We at Man’s Life India have witnessed the much-awaited and ‘Classic’ rally of the year 2021, The Mercedes Benz Classic Car Rally, also popularly known as ‘MBCCR’ organised by Autocar India & Mercedes, now into its eighth edition. The rally was held on the 5th of December at Taj Lands End in Mumbai, centred around the theme of ‘Reimagining Excellence’.
What makes this rally so exceptional?
The rally was first organised by Autocar India in 2014 and is still the country’s premier classic car event of proud Mercedes-Benz classic car owners and restorers. This year, the rally was flagged off by the Cabinet Minister of Urban Development and Public Works (Government of Maharashtra) Eknath Shinde, along with Martin Schwenk, Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India.
Martin Schwenk compared the MBCCR to a rolling museum on wheels. “That’s what is so special about the rally – we put these magnificent cars on the road. And I never fail to be impressed by their beauty and how impeccably they are maintained. Our motto this year is ‘Reimagining Excellence’, and when I see this kind of excellence on four wheels, I feel the obligation and responsibility to transport that heritage into the future. Mercedes-Benz stands not only for history but also for the future,” said Schwenk.
This year’s rally had an assortment of over 55 stunning classics. Among the highlights of the show were a pristine W29 500K owned by Hormusji Cama, a trio of W186 Adenauers, belonging to Jam Sahib of Nawanagar, Gautam Singhania and Behram Dubash. The 1955 300 Adenauer Cabriolet belonging to Maharaja Jam Sahib was restored by Mayur Khasran and made its debut at the rally this year.
The 170S Cabriolet was also one of the major highlights of the beautiful morning. Mercedes-Benz built this particular line of cabriolets in limited numbers after World War II, and it is an extremely rare classic. The 170S Cabriolet, which is believed to have ferried Jawaharlal Nehru when he was prime minister, belongs to Mumbai-based businessman Zahir Merchant and made its showcase debut in the 2020 edition of MBCCR. The event also had some modern classics such as the SLS AMG Gullwing and the Maybach 62 alongside some SLs and S-Class models from the ’80s and ’90s and much more!
We were completely star-struck with the beauty of these classics and it was indeed a privilege as absolute petrol-heads to witness first hand, the passion and enthusiasm from every car owner to bring their beauties on a crisp Sunday morning and put on a show for the City of Dreams.