The first motorcar was witnessed on Indian roads was as early as 1898. Till 1949, there was no car manufacturing in India. Every car lover had to import it into India. The love was at its peak and thousands of cars were getting imported into India. Most of these imported cars were manufactured in a customized manner as per the occasion for which it was being purchased and other requirements of the car owner. Mostly it was the Maharaja's and similar high-rank people who used to buy these imported cars. Around 1300 Rolly Royce alone were imported into India in 1930. The first assembly units in India were incorporated in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
|Mr. Madan Mohan, Founder, 21 Gun Salute.|
The 21 Gun Salute Rally aims to bring to you the much awaited royal heritage of vintage cars. The early era (between 1946 to 1970) in the context of vintage cars and India is worth mentioning. In 1946, PAL in association with Chrysler started assembly of The Dodge DeSoto and Plymouth. HM in 1949 started manufacturing Morris 10 (Hindustan 10) in collaboration with Nuffield of U.K. In the same year Mahindra & Mahindra started manufacturing Willys Jeeps. And Ashok Motors started Austin A40. 1950 witnessed the arrival of Fiat 500 into India. Austin A70 also was started and so was Morris 14 (Hindustan 14). In 1954, HM launched Lansmaster and Fiat launched Millicento. Standard 8 arrived in 1955. Ambassador MK I was launched in 1957. Standard 10 and Standard Pendant were launched in 1959. Standard Herald was launched in 1960. In 1963, Ambassador MK II got launched. Fiat 11000 was launched in 1964. And finally, Standard Gazel arrived in 1970.
So far, five Annual Vintage Rallies have been held in a row starting 2011. 2016 will witness the 6th Rally and Concours. Royal guests, grand (national and international) sponsors, gala events, cultural shows, music, and dance are the key highlights. There were 50 vintage cars and 20 bikes in the first vintage rally that was held in 2011. In 2012 (the second rally), the count of vintage cars increased to 95 having their origin between 1910 to 1965. The count increased to 100 for vintage cars in the third rally in 2013 and that of bikes to 75. In the fourth rally in 2014, the count of vintage cars was 125 and that of bikes was 40. The 5th edition of the rally held this year witnessed not only 200 cars and 50 bike connoisseurs from India but 10 vintage car enthusiasts from overseas.
21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours Show 2016 (6th edition) will be held on 6th and 7th of February. This will be a great showcase of India's Royal Vintage Motoring Culture. There will be 125 royal cars and 50 bikes in this edition. This will be a great amalgamation of centuries-old Heritage of India and a new kind of cultural tourism evolving in India courtesy the 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours Show 2016. On 6th Feb, the gala event will begin with a marathon 5-hour long cultural, dance and music fiesta in Red Fort. On 7th, the rally will happen at the Buddh International Circuit, F1 Track.