Panjim, 04 october 2016: Goa was recently abuzzed with excitement as vintage bike and car owners, users, collectors and fans were seen decking up their priceless possession being paraded along with pride in Panjim on last Saturday.
More than 85 vintage cars and around 50 vintage bikes participated in Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s rally cum festival held recently on Saturday, 1st October 2016.
From the oldest surviving Cadilacs to the Fleetwood, Oldsmobile Super 88, the Chevrolet convertible and many other vintage cars and vintage bikes dated from 1921 to 1970 took to the streets of Panjim with their shiny spotless bodies and adorable poise.
The event which was the first of its kind was being organized by GTDC and is proposed to be an annual event which evoked huge turnout of spectators as the vintage automobiles made their way from Patto through the capital city upto Miramar and later assembled at the INOX Courtyard.
“The rally commenced at 10.30 am and concluded by 6 pm. The vintage bikes and cars were kept on display at the INOX Courtyard from 12 noon to 6 pm. After the programme, a function was held where in the cars and bikes were judged in different categories each having strong contenders. The oldest automobile, most appealing and the one travelling from the farthest location for the festival were judged and awarded prizes.
A troupe with total number of 4 cars and one bike travelling from Nagpur covering 2,400 kms to and fro were the highlight of this event.
A Vintage Bike and Car drawing completion was also being organized from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
And A live Jazz show was staged at the INOX Courtyard from 6 pm onwards.
Minister for Tourism, Mr. Dilip Parulekar flagged off the Vintage Bike and Car Festival from Patto at 10.30 am, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Laxmikant Parsekar presided over the prize distribution ceremony later in the evening.
Tourism Minister of Goa, Shri. Dilip Parulekar said “The Vintage Bike and Car Festival 2016 have got an overwhelming response from a number of vintage bike and car users and enthusiasts. He said lets Come and witness the world’s coolest vintage bikes and cars for the first time on the streets of Goa.”