Come April 29 the streets in Panaji will sport a classic look with vehicles of the bygone eras making their way to the Goa Tourism’s Vintage Car and Bike Festival. The annual Goan fiesta organised by the Goa Tourism Department will attract bikes and cars from across the country. NT BUZZ finds out more
As many as 60 vintage cars, 50 bikes and scooters will make their way to the streets of Panaji to be part of Goa Tourism’s Vintage Car and Bike Festival that will be held on April 29 at Inox Courtyard, Panaji from 10 a.m. Various vintage bike and car owners, users, collectors, and fans from across the country will parade along with their prized possessions around the capital city. The parade will be led by 25 Harley Davidson bikes.
There will be categories of vintage, classic and modern classics as an attraction for this event. Interesting modern classics like 2 SL Mercedes from the late 80’s are expected along with a couple of Mazda Miatas. Morris’ and Mercedes Benzs from all eras will also be part of this year’s event. “The other vehicles that will be part of the festival are BSAs, Triumphs, Nortons, Lambrettas to name a few,” says curator of the festival, Pradeep Naik adding that the crowd puller will be the 1886 Benz Motorwagen (replica ) brought from Ashvek Vintage World in Nuvem. Invented by Karl Benz in 11886, the Benz patent Motorwagen is widely regarded as the world’s first automobile that was designed to be propelled by an internal combustion engine. Only 25 wagons were built between 1886 and 1893.
The vintage bike and car rally will be routed from Inox Courtyard to Miramar Circle and further proceed to Divja circle and head back to Inox Courtyard where they will be on display till 6 p.m. This will be followed by a function to award prizes and certificates in various categories of vintage vehicles. Some of the categories will include the oldest automobile, most appealing and the rarest.
(The festival is open to all)