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  • 8th Edition of Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Rally to be held on December 5

    Published on December 2, 2021

    • Classic car event will see 55 Mercedes-Benz classics from various decades
    • The rally, which will be held at Taj Lands End, will be flagged off by Maharashtra urban development department minister Shri Eknath Shinde
    • MBCCR 2021 will have participants from several parts of the country

    Mumbai: A constellation of impeccably maintained and rare Mercedes-Benz cars from various decades will form part of the 8th edition of the Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Rally (MBCCR) that will be held this Sunday, December 5. The rally, which will be held at the Taj Lands End in Mumbai, is being organised by Autocar India in association with Mercedes-Benz.

    This year’s rally, which will be flagged off by Shri Eknath Shinde, Cabinet Minister for Urban Development and Public Works- GoM, will have Mercedes-Benz cars from various decades, including every generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL, S-Class, E-Class in almost every body style, and even a highly desirable supercharged 500K roadster. Over 50 cars are scheduled to take part in the MBCCR 2021, including a Unimog motorhome and a replica of the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, the company’s — and the world’s — first ever automobile.

    Also part of the line-up are rare models such as the Adenauer limousines in at least two variants, the 170V range and some S-Class coupes and cabriolets. The event will also see 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.

    Over the last eight years, the MBCCR has grown into being the most premier event of its kind in the country, and participants this year include well known automotive aficionados such as publisher Viveck Goenka, businessman Samit Hede, and Pratapsinh Gaekwad.  The participants and their cars will drive in a convoy from Taj Lands End to Worli Sea Face and back. MBCCR 2021, which will be held according to updated state government Covid-19 protocols, will also see participants from several parts of the country, including Goa, Kochi and Rajkot.

    Martin Schwenk, Mercedes-Benz India MD and CEO, said that the MBCCR had evolved into one of India’s most awaited motoring events, featuring some of the rarest Mercedes-Benzes in the country. “The immense pride and the unmatched zeal with which our customers present their Three-Pointed Stars at the rally and drive them on Mumbai roads strongly underlines the love, respect and the impeccable customer loyalty for Mercedes- Benz. Moreover, it gives us a platform to share the passion of classic car owners and reiterates yet again Mercedes-Benz’s unparalleled heritage that has inspired generations of engineers and designers to make modern day luxury cars for our customers that set new benchmarks in design, luxury quotient and technological innovation, each time,” said Schwenk. 

    The rally has also created an ecosystem of its own, which includes collectors, restorers and parts suppliers, said Perseus Bandrawalla. “And that’s something very few such events across the world have managed to do. I would like to thank Mercedes-Benz India for their continued support,” said Bandrawalla who has been curating the rally since 2014.

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