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Mercedes-Benz Traditional Automotive Rally 2021: Reimagining Excellence | Autocar India

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Revealed On Dec 05, 2021 04:21:00 PM

The eighth version of the Mercedes-Benz Traditional Automotive Rally was a mega affair of automotive greats.

It’s unattainable to not be star struck when within the presence of a number of the best Mercedes-Benz vehicles of all time, and it’s notably overwhelming when over 60 three-pointed stars align. The eighth Mercedes-Benz Traditional Automotive Rally (MBCCR) was held on the sprawling seaside garden of Taj Land’s Finish in Mumbai on December 5, centred across the theme of ‘Reimagining Excellence’. A tall order, you’d assume, however not when the celebs of the present contain some legendary and outstandingly lovely machines.

A pleasing Sunday sky shone upon a stunning assortment of basic Mercedes’ at this 12 months’s MBCCR, with fans and proud homeowners of those machines amplifying the power that this annual celebration brings about. Having great entries representing each sort of basic Mercedes-Benz – from the 500Okay, a quartet of Adenauers (a pair of cabrios and limos every) to the 170V in each physique fashion, C-Class, E-Class, S-Class and SL – the eighth version MBCCR was absolutely a deal with to the senses for followers of basic Mercs, lots of whom had gathered alongside the parade route that shaped a scenic seaside route between the Taj Land’s Finish in Bandra to the Worli Seaface.

Among the many highlights of the present had been a pristine W29 500Okay owned by Hormusji Cama, a trio of W186 Adenauers, owned by Jam Sahib of Nawanagar, Gautam Singhania and Behram Dubash. Viveck Goenka, an everyday on the MBCCR, introduced alongside a number of the most interesting in his enviable assortment, which features a Patent Wagen, a W108 280S,W111 230S Fintail, a pair of W180 220S Pontons and, most distinctively, the Unimog, which is a highly-revered go-anywhere automobile that has even made a mark on Dakar rally raids. Abbas Jasdanwalla’s Adenauer appeared resplendent within the firm of three impeccable Fintail S-Class fashions and 4 W120s. Additionally represented was each variation of the E-Class, making it a really eclectic combine.

The rally was flagged off by the chief visitor, Hon’ble Cupboard Minister of City Improvement and Public Works (Authorities of Maharashtra), Eknath Shinde, together with Martin Schwenk, Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India. Esteemed visitors current on the occasion had been the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Bombay Excessive Courtroom, Dipankar Datta, a basic automotive aficionado himself, together with Dr. Shrikant Shinde, Member of Lok Sabha.

“Automobiles and roads go collectively”, mentioned Shri Eknath Shinde. “Regardless of COVID-19, the state authorities has been centered on strengthening and increasing the street infrastructure. We’re taking a look at making a 5,000km entry management grid that may get individuals and items to their locations in a secure and fast method,” mentioned Shri Shinde.

Martin Schwenk in contrast the MBCCR to a rolling museum on wheels. “That’s what’s so particular in regards to the rally — we put these magnificent vehicles on the street. And I by no means fail to be impressed by their magnificence and the way impeccably they’re maintained. Our motto this 12 months is ‘Reimagining Excellence’, and once I see this type of excellence on 4 wheels, I really feel the duty and duty to move that heritage into the longer term. Mercedes-Benz stands not just for historical past but additionally for the longer term,” mentioned Schwenk.

In keeping with Viveck Goenka, the MBCCR has been a godsend to basic automotive lovers. “Because of this rally, many Mercedes have now come out of the woodwork. There are vehicles being restored and it’s beautiful to see them out on the roads and at occasions like this. Yearly we see a number of new vehicles on the rally,” mentioned Goenka.

“That is my second time on the rally, and I’ve real admiration for the way it brings educated lovers of basic Mercedes collectively. It’s nice to satisfy them and study extra about their vehicles,” mentioned Pratapsinh Gaekwad, who introduced alongside his lovely W113 Pagoda.

Perseus Bandrawalla, curator, MBCCR, acknowledged the phenomenon that the occasion has developed into over time and mentioned, “Reimagining excellence takes one thing really particular – like a basic Mercedes-Benz, which is the epitome of basic design language and future-oriented expertise and engineering. At MBCCR, we have fun the world’s most iconic Mercedes-Benz vehicles, and it’s a delight to have all of them – and their homeowners from all around the nation, who’re ever so smitten by collaborating – come collectively to make this probably the most memorable Sunday of the 12 months.”

In direction of the tip of an excellent Sunday, the homeowners, who meticulously contributed to creating the present one to recollect, had been felicitated with certificates, trophies and memorabilia, as a token of appreciation from the organisers. Amid the continuing pandemic, the eighth version of the MBCCR adopted strict social distancing protocol.

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