Posted on 05 Dec. 2021 16:21:00
The 8th edition of the Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Rally was a big deal for the automotive greats.
It’s impossible not to be star-struck in the presence of some of the greatest Mercedes-Benz cars of all time, and it’s especially overwhelming when more than 60 three-pointed stars line up. The eighth Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Rally (MBCCR) was held on December 5th on the expansive seaside lawn of Taj Land’s End in Mumbai under the theme of âReimagining Excellenceâ. A tall order, you think, but not when the stars of the show involve legendary and exceptionally beautiful machines.
A pleasant Sunday sky shone over a magnificent assortment of classic Mercedes at this year’s MBCCR, with enthusiasts and proud owners of these machines amplifying the energy this annual celebration brings. Having huge entries representing all types of classic Mercedes-Benz – from the 500K, an Adenauer quartet (a pair of convertibles and limos each) to the 170V in all body styles, C-Class, E-Class, S-Class and SL – the eighth edition of the MBCCR was surely a feast for the senses for fans of classic Mercs, many of whom had gathered along the parade route which formed a scenic seaside route between Taj Land’s End in Bandra and the Worli Seaface.
Among the highlights of the show was an immaculate W29 500K owned by Hormusji Cama, a trio of W186 Adenauers, owned by Jam Sahib of Nawanagar, Gautam Singhania and Behram Dubash. Viveck Goenka, a regular at the MBCCR, has brought some of the best from his enviable collection, which includes a Patent Wagen, a W108 280S, W111 230S Fintail, a pair of W180 220S pontoons and, most notably, the Unimog, which is a much revered all-purpose vehicle that has even made its mark on Dakar rally raids. Abbas Jasdanwalla’s Adenauer was resplendent in the company of three crisp Fintail S-Class models and four W120s. All variants of the E-Class were also represented, making it a truly eclectic mix.
The rally was marked by the main guest, the Honorable Minister of Urban Development and Public Works (Government of Maharashtra), Eknath Shinde, as well as Martin Schwenk, Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India. The esteemed guests present at the event were the Honorable Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, Dipankar Datta, himself a vintage car enthusiast, as well as Dr. Shrikant Shinde, a member of Lok Sabha.
âCars and roads go hand in hand,â said Shri Eknath Shinde. âDespite COVID-19, the state government has focused on strengthening and expanding road infrastructure. We plan to create a 5,000 km access control network that can get people and goods to their destination safely and quickly, âsaid Shri Shinde.
Martin Schwenk compared the MBCCR to a museum on wheels. âThat’s what makes rally so special: we put these wonderful cars on the road. And I never fail to be impressed by their beauty and impeccable upkeep. Our motto this year is “Reinventing Excellence”, and when I see that kind of excellence on four wheels, I feel the obligation and the responsibility to carry that legacy into the future. Mercedes-Benz represents not only history, but also the future, âsaid Schwenk.
According to Viveck Goenka, the MBCCR has been a godsend for vintage car enthusiasts. âThanks to this rally, many Mercedes have now emerged from the shadows. There are cars being restored and it’s nice to see them on the roads and at events like this. Every year we see several new cars at the rally, âsaid Goenka.
âThis is my second time taking part in the rally and I have a sincere admiration for the way it brings together discerning classic Mercedes fans. It’s great to meet them and learn more about their cars, âsaid Pratapsinh Gaekwad, who brought his beautiful W113 pagoda.
Perseus Bandrawalla, Curator, MBCCR, acknowledged the phenomenon into which the event has evolved over the years and said: âReinventing excellence takes something really special – like a classic Mercedes-Benz, which is the epitome of classic design language and forward-looking technology. and engineering. At MBCCR, we celebrate the world’s most iconic Mercedes-Benz cars, and it’s a pleasure to see them all – and their owners from across the country, who are always so excited to participate – come together to make this Sunday the most memorable. of the year.”
Towards the end of a glorious Sunday, the owners, who meticulously helped make the show unforgettable, were congratulated with certificates, trophies and keepsakes, as a token of appreciation from the organizers. Amid the ongoing pandemic, the eighth edition of the MBCCR has followed a strict protocol of social distancing.
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