Rajasthan is like a love affair with history! Undoubtedly, each city there has a story to tell.
Keeping with its connect with the ages, the Pink City holds the Vintage Car Rally every year, bring together the beauty and vibrance of the past. The Vintage Car Rally of Jaipur is an annual event held during the winter months of January/February by the Rajputana Automotive Sports Car Club in association with the Department of Tourism. A similar Vintage Car Rally is also organized at Jodhpurby the Jodhpur Heritage Club since 2007, now.
This event is a step back in the past when cars were a matter of luxury and dignity, especially during the British period. It is a spellbinding display of vintage cars, some that date back to up to 1923, paying tribute to these magnificent automobiles. Many of these cars that are used in the rally are imported, having been procured from Europe and America, way back in time.
This event draws adventure enthusiasts and automobile lovers from across the country and this is one of the most sought-after events among tourists who flock to Jaipur and Jodhpur during the days of the Vintage Car Rally.
For the participants, this event is a revered event and cars that have originated before 1939 are the ones considered for the display in the vintage auto. Participants prepare for this event year on year adding to their existing collection and always being on the lookout to find ways to improve their vintage stock of timeless beauty.
More than 100 ageless beauties march across the roads of the Pink City from Jal Mahal Palace to the Castle Kanota. Some of the classic models that often partake in this event include 1903 Humber,1923 Austin,1923 Fiat 501, 1927 Erskine, 1934 Rolls Royce, 1937 Mercedes 170 V, 1938 Morris 8, 1950 Jaguar XK 120, 1952 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, 1957 Chevy Bel Air and 1964 Ford Mustang.
Anyone who has a vintage car can participate in the Rally. One needs to fill out a form that can be obtained from the organizer’s (Rajputana Automotive Sports Car Club’s) office. One can also request the form online and register online over email for a registration fee of INR 2000.00.
This year the Vintage Car Rally 2020, organized by Rajputana Automotive Sports Car Club, was held on January 22 and 23, starting from Hotel Jai Mahal Palace. This rally saw vintage cars from across the country participating in the event, including vintage cars from neighbouring states.The participating cars were hosted under three categories – Vintage Cars Category (cars from the 1930s and before), Classic Cars Category (cars that originated between 1940s and 1950s) and the Modern Classic Category (cars that came from 1960s and 1970s).