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Mercedes-Benz Basic Automobile Rally presents a glowing array of automotive gems | Autocar India

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Over 70 vehicles in 65 variants had been displayed on the MBCCR 2022, with individuals and spectators coming in from so far as Goa and Kochi.

The burble of large engines, glints of chrome and a nip within the air – the circumstances had been good for the ninth version of the Mercedes-Benz Basic Automobile Rally (MBCCR) that rolled off this morning from the lawns of the Taj Lands Finish in Mumbai. The rally, which featured a complete spectrum of iconic Mercedes — from Yashvardhan Ruias 1929 Nurburg to extra acquainted classics from the 1960s and ’70s proper as much as Mercedes’ India 2002 vary — drew in a stream of passionate, knowledgeable lovers.

  1. Participation from 70 vehicles in 65 variants
  2. All seven generations of S-Class on show
  3. Convoy route from Bandra to Worli Sea Face and again

The MBCCR, first organised by Autocar India in 2014, has grown to turn into one of many world’s premier automotive occasions, and with good purpose. The 2022 version was studded with some singular vehicles comparable to writer and collector Viveck Goenkas S-Class assortment, Pratapsingh Gaekwads 230 SL Pagoda and Gautam Singhanias 300S Adenauer cabriolet. Additionally on show was your entire vary of W123, W124, and W126 in all physique kinds – from coupes, cabriolets and limousines to estates, SWB and LWB sedans. In all, over 70 vehicles in 65 variants participated within the MBCCR 2022.

Three totally different generations of property physique kinds had been current together with the very uncommon Binz Wagon.

Goenka termed the MBCCR among the many best-organised rallies of its type within the nation and an occasion during which he will get to see Mercedes-Benzes hes not seen earlier than. Over time, the MBCCR has additionally began a motion of Mercedes collectors. Lots of people have been bitten by the basic Mercedes bug, because of this rally. I do know at the very least 10 or 15 of them whose first basic automotive is a Mercedes, and I feel thats phenomenal,” stated Goenka.

Flagged off by Vishwas Nangre Patil, Joint Police Commissioner (Legislation and Order), Mumbai, and Martin Schwenk, MD and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India, the placing convoy of Mercedes vehicles turned a number of heads because it wound its method from Bandra to the Worli Sea Face and again. This yr, with the introduction of the Star Basic class — which featured each Mercedes assembled and bought in India as much as 2002 — spectators had been handled to extra acquainted icons comparable to your entire India vary, as much as the W203 C-Class, W210 E-Class and even the W220 S-Class. The rally additionally noticed participation from cities comparable to Rajkot, Goa, and Kochi.

As a tribute to the S-Class, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this yr, the MBCCR additionally had all seven generations of the pathbreaking automotive on show, with every technology being represented by at the very least two variants.

I’ve been witnessing the rally since 2018, and every year since then it has saved exceeding my expectations by way of the vehicles on show and the sheer ardour of the homeowners who have a good time Mercedes-Benzs heritage,” stated Schwenk. 

Yashvardhan Ruia, whose 1929 Nurburg was the oldest Mercedes on the rally, stated that the MBCCR had led to lots of people restoring their Mercedes-Benzes. I see many individuals restoring their W123s and 126s, and thats a beautiful factor. As importantly, Mercedes has finished a beautiful job holding its heritage alive on this nation,” stated Ruia. 

Rally curator Perseus Bandrawalla stated that over the previous 9 years the MBCCR has not solely reignited curiosity in Mercedes-Benz classics, but in addition saved a big a part of Indias motoring heritage alive. No different carmaker has as many basic vehicles on the roads in our nation. Whereas we take pleasure in the truth that the MBCCR has grown to turn into a much-awaited, globally famous occasion, whats as necessary is that it has fostered a vibrant neighborhood and ecosystem of collectors and restorers,” stated Bandrawalla.

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