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Vintage car rally held for differently-abled children

Posted on Feb 01 2014 | IANS

New Delhi, Feb 1 : In an unique initiative, over a hundred vintage cars, bikes and scooters Saturday rolled down the roads of the national capital taking spectators down memory lane while also spreading awareness about spastic children.

The 4th edition of the 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally and Auto show was organised with an aim to spread awareness about the need for a more inclusive society while at the same time showcasing timeless classics to the people of Delhi and Gurgaon, Haryana, where the rally culminated.

Convertibles, tourers, sedans, coupes and jeeps from brands like Rolls Royce, Buick, Dodge, Austin, Bentley etc. were cheered by onlookers as they made their way through Old Fort, Rajghat, India Gate, Teen Murti marg, Mother Teresa Crescent and Dhaula Kuan ares of Delhi before reaching Gurgaon.

The highlight though was a 1933 Hudson, the only vintage car of its kind left in the world. The seven-seater, eight cylinder car was bought by its owner Nitin Dossa 20 years back from a mill owner in Mumbai.

"This is the last Hudson surviving in the world. It had a unique seven-seat configuration and body style for its time (1933). The straight eight cylinder engine was considered to be a cracker back then," Dossa, a resident of Mumbai told IANS.

According to Madan Mohan, managing director of the 21 Gun Salute, the differently-abled children are on most occasions forgotten but "this year they have joined us in celebrating the automobile heritage of India."

The group of children were also presented with gifts along with a monetary aid of Rs.5 lakh at the end of the event.

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