The classic car business in India has been one that is fascinating and interesting at the same time. The event – 21 Gun Salute Rally that took place last month, gave me some perspective. MG Motors India was kind enough to invite us to this event that takes place over the course of two days. Two days of classic cars, bikes, vintage tools, owners dressing up to match their cars and also reliving old stories about their prized possessions.
Apart from the glitz of the Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Jaguar, big American land yachts, Italian marques – the MG classic cars were really cool. At the flagging off the rally, Adam Sloman, General Manager, MG Car Club (MGCC) UK, said, “Connecting with past MG owners in India helps us in strengthening the bond between the global MG community. It feels great to hear stories of Indian MG classic car owners and see some of the most iconic and rare models like MGB, MG Midget and MGA which signifies the strong heritage of MG cars in India.” Founded in 1930 in the UK, MG Car Club (MGCC) is one of the oldest car clubs in the world, with over 50,000 members worldwide.
It was interesting to see how cars and bikes were not only being showcased but deals for spare parts, cars were being sold and bought right in the middle of conversations. Talking to Adam from the MG Car Club of UK, he talked about how the classic car market is worth Rs 6 billion dollars in the British Isles now. He also talked about how 300 MG classic cars have been identified in India and plans for restoration are underway. With MG Motors of the present now focusing on SUVs and EVs they do pledge about making sure that the past is also taken care of. The owners of the vintage cars can rest assured that MG Motors India will help them in their every need.
Gaurav Gupta, Chief Commercial Officer, MG Motor India said, “MG is a brand that car lovers have cherished for close to a century. Connecting with the owners of MG classic cars enriches us with stories of the past, allowing each one of the participants to have a trip down memory lane. The 21 Gun Salute Rally is not just an event but a journey that brings together vintage car owners and creates the foundation of a ‘car club culture’ and ‘connected community’ in the country.”
The two-day event culminated with a Concours d’Elegance which was held at Karma Lake Lands in Gurugram on February 16, 2020. The day also witnessed a special MG Motor parade that showcased the carmaker’s vintage vehicles along with its latest innovative, best-in-class products – the HECTOR and ZS EV. But what did I take away from this whole experience? We keep driving the newest and the latest. Some of them can be too clinical and perfect. I got to drive a vintage MG roadster, it was not the most comfortable car, the best in space or mileage and guess what – I don’t care. These cars have a mechanical soul that none of the cars of the present day can replicate or even come close. That’s what makes them special. That’s why you should at least once drive a vintage car in your life.