It is that time of the year when vintage car owners are gearing up to take part in The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally 2018 that provides an opportunity to witness the vintage beauties which have ruled the city roads in its heyday with much pomp and grandeur.

Every year, during this time of the rally, hoards of vintage cars and two-wheelers flock the roads after staying in the garage of their owners for a year. “We wait all year for The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally to bring out the vehicles which are a part of our family. The rally is a perfect platform for us to display them with pride.

Throughout the year, we devote a considerable amount of time in the maintenance of these vehicles so that we can participate in this prestigious event,” said Lt Col Nitin Shrestha, who would ride a 1956 Lambretta LD Mk2 scooter in the rally.

He added that it is his third time in the rally and is looking forward to win it. Around 203 vintage vehicles including four wheelers and two wheelers would take part this time. In the four wheelers category, there are legendary names such as 1936- Rolls Royce, 1926 Studbaker Erskine, 1906 Renault Freres, 1935 Rytecraft and 1938 Mercedes, 1937 Wolseley, 1932 Baby Austin, 1938 Adler, 1937 Dodge, 1929 Austin 7 Tourer, 1919 Citroen Torpedo, 1913 Stoewer, 1912 Standard Coventry and several other prestigious brands.

The event will take place at the Eastern Command Sports Stadium, FortWilliam on 28 January from 7:30 a.m. The cars are expected to assemble by 8:30 a.m. while the judging of period costume and fancy dress would begin at 9 a.m.

The rally will be flagged off thereafter at 10:35 a.m. A musical programme will be also be held at 11:30 a.m.A live singing performance by Snigdhajit would entertain the participants in the rally.