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The rally had 81 Mercedes-Benz cars on display spread across 77 different model variants, and about half of the cars on show made their debuts.
The line-up at the rally included a spectrum of cars, from Pratapsinh Gaekwad’s 230 SL Pagoda to the iconic R129 SL, which is credited with kickstarting the Goa road-trip culture with its appearance in the 2001 film, Dil Chahta Hai, and, among others, Yohan Poonawalla’s 190SL that originally belonged to Maharani Gayatri Devi and the 300Sc Roadster, one of 51 ever made, from the famed Bhogilal collection.
A host of well-regarded vintage and classic car collectors from across the country participated in the rally. These included publisher Viveck Goenka, industrialist Yohan Poonawalla, Himanshu Sinh of Gondal, Pratapsinh Gaekwad and Rajiv Kehr.
Industrialist Yohan Poonawalla said he was there with his very special 190 SL in Jaipur Blue, which was restored just last year and belonged to the Maharani of Jaipur, Gayatri Devi. Image for representational purpose only.