The Statesman Vintage & Classic Car Rally is an annual vintage car rally held in New Delhi and Kolkata and the oldest, continuously-run such event in India and the sub-continent. Started in the year 1964 in New Delhi, the main organiser of this event is The Statesman, a nearly 200-year-old newspaper who organises the event that sees vintage beauties cruise down the streets of the Capital. The major attractions of the even are assembly of vintage and classic cars, followed by a drive through the city where cars are assessed for originality and performance on the road section; display of period and fancy dress; grand parade and live music.
It’s that time of the year again. Delhi’s vintage car aficionados and owners are gearing up for the 51st edition of The Statesman Vintage & Classic Car Rally, India’s oldest and most prestigious car rally, that features some of the most stunning automobiles ever manufactured. The schedule for the annual event is as follows:
Flag off ceremony & exhibition: To be held on 26th February, 2017, at 9:00 am
Venue: Flag off ceremony at The Statesman House & Culmination and prize distribution at the Dhyanchand National Stadium
About the event: The golden oldies old cars will line up at Statesman House, Barakhamba Road, on the morning of 26 February and the Chief Guest, Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, will flag off the rally at 10 am.
After the flagoff, the cars will proceed to Greater Noida with all the participants set to enjoy the day with their families and friends. They will wend their way back to the National Stadium near Pragati Maidan where the prize distribution will take place at 3 p m. A team of judges will evaluate the cars on the basis of their age, maintenance, performance and originality.
The pre-judging of all the cars will take place on 24 and 25 February at Modern School, Barakhamba Road. The panel of judges will be led by veteran Mr RN Seth along with Jitender Pandit, Rakesh Jain, Gyan Sharma, Appa Saheb Alur, Promod Bhasin and Ashwini Kathpalia. For the first time a coffee table book outlining the oldest rally’s history will also be launched by Justice Dalveer Bhandari on 26 February evening. Some of the main participants of the rally include Diljeet Titus, Uday Singh Meena, Director, National Rail Museum, Kaleem Khan, Tariq Ibrahim and others.
Last year, among the notable prize winners was a 1919 Citroen entered by Vir Srivastava that won the Statesman Challenge Trophy. The CR Irani Memorial Trophy was won by a 1930 Stutz owned by Diljeet Titus. The Bikram Singh Memorial Trophy was won by a 1938 Buick owned by HW Bhatnagar and the V Sagar Trophy went to a 1937 Rolls Royce entered by J Housing.