First post-lockdown vintage car rally in Chennai to start at Marina Beach

A dozen automobiles together with Cadillacs, Mustangs, Jaguars and Mercedes’ will start reverse the workplace of Director General of Police and head in the direction of the Old Mahabalipuram Road

After a niche of over six months, a dozen vintage automobiles and its house owners will take up area close to the Lighthouse on Kamarajar Salai early Sunday morning as they embark on a brief rally. The entourage will start at 7am from reverse the workplace of Director General of Police close to Marina Beach and head in the direction of their vacation spot on Old Mahabalipuram Road.

“It is a nice feeling since the pandemic restricted us from moving around for so long. But this (vintage cars) is a passion and we want to share the enthusiasm,” says Ranjit Pratap, Managing Director, Rayala Corporation Pvt. Ltd. The day can also be particular as a result of it occurs to be World Tourism Day.“We usually do activities for the Madras Week, which wasn’t possible this year. So we thought we would combine both occasions and organise a rally,” he provides.

Also the vp of the All India Federation for Vintage and Classic Cars, Ranjit notes that the rally could have a 1949 Cadillac, a 1949 Buick, a Mini Cooper, Jaguars, Mustangs and Mercedes’ apart from different vintage fashions. Like-minded collectors have additionally gotten collectively to kind a brand new membership, the Federation of Historic Automotive Clubs, headquartered in Delhi with regional centres in different metro cities: Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai. “If the pandemic situation gets better next year, we plan on doing more rallies and exhibitions as before,” he says.

File picture of a vintage car at a rally in Chennai
| Photo Credit:
M Karunakaran

There are over 100 vintage car collectors based mostly in Chennai. Prior to the pandemic outbreak, the group members used to convene for a weekend journey down to Mamallapuram. During lockdown, nonetheless, the house owners of vintage automobiles discovered it powerful to preserve the vehicles. “We didn’t have the mechanics and the shops were also shut. These cars have to be started at least once a month. If you don’t, then the brakes get jammed, the carburettors get clogged, and because our fuel content is high on sulphur content, we also encounter a lot of issues with the cars’ fuel systems.”

But the lockdown enforced by COVID-19 outbreak did contribute so much to these hobbyists pursuing their ardour like by no means earlier than. Ranjit describes it thus with fun: “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” He estimates that the acquisition of vintage automobiles went up throughout lockdown; Ranjit himself bought six vintage fashions — together with fashions by Honda, BMW, Citroen, a Toyota Camry and a 1975 Toyota Land Cruiser. “I have no place left to park in my garage now,” he exclaims.

However, he encourages vehicle lovers to take sufficient safeguards and slowly resume pursuing their pursuits, like occurring a street journey. “You have to be cautious, take enough precautions and then enjoy yourself to the extent possible,” he provides.

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