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Vintage Car Rally held in Ooty.

Udhagamandalam (Tamil Nadu), May 24 (ANI): A grand Vintage Car Rally was held at Udhagamandalam, the picturesque hill station known as Ooty in Tamil Nadu on Monday.

The rally witnessed the participation of classic cars from Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

The Vintage Car Rally Association (Niligiris) hosted this well-attended event that witnessed participation of over 50 classic car models.

Most of the cars belonged to the 1930-1960 era.

"Due to summer festival, we have started this rally. This is the fifth year since we have started the rally. In our first year, we had only 20 vehicles but this time over 50 vehicles have come," said Rajnikanth, President of the Vintage Car Rally Association (Nilgiris).

Among the popular cars on display was a red-coloured Baby Hindustan of 1958 vintage.

The grand allure of a classic Rolls Royce attracted many car lovers, who marvelled at its graceful beauty.

Other cars, in the rally included Baby Austin, Chevrolet, Plymouth, Desoto, Morris Minor, Ford, Buick and Hindustan Landmaster as well as Jeeps of Second World War era.

"I have got a Ford Jeep of 1942, which participated in the World War 2. This is a historical jeep and (participating in this rally) is a matter of prestige," said Gypsy Babu, a participant in the rally.

"I feel that one may own a car worth a crore, but still people would see this jeep only," he added.

The District Collector of Nilgiris flagged off the rally that covered a distance of five-kilometres.

At the end of the romantic drive, the cars were parked in a row for the vintage enthusiasts to appreciate. (ANI)

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