October 2016 to start with a vintage feel.
Goans will witness a motley collection of classic vehicles plying on city roads with vintage car and bikes lovers set to partake in the Vintage Bike and Car Festival-2016 for the first time ever.
“Come October 1, more than 50 Vintage vehicles (bikes and cars) are slated to drive downtown in the capital city and will be a treat to the eyes at the INOX Courtyard,” Tourism Department spokesperson said in a release here today.
Onlookers will get a glimpse of vintage two-wheeler and four-wheeler beauties dated from 1921 to 1970. Cars that one would spot at the festival include the Citroen, Austin, Morris, Cadillac, Ford, Chevrolet, Mercedes, Volkswagen and bikes like Norton, BSA and BMW.
It is going to be a very exciting one-day event. Vintage cars and bikes from vintage car museums, those in use and those maintained for exhibitions will all be participating.There are many vintage car fans in Goa who are passionate about these cars. This festival will motivate local Goans and others to preserve their vintage vehicles.
There is an encouraging response from collectors. The GTDC and the tourism department are positive that the festival will be a huge success. Vintage bike and car owners from Goa and across the state borders will be a part of the festival. The idea of making the festival an annual event is to attract inbound tourists and will add it to their calendar of events after the conduct of the first edition, the release said.
On October 1, Tourism Minister, Dilip Parulekar will flag off the festival at Paryatan Bhavan, Patto at 10:30 am. Participating cars and bikes will move through the city till Dona Paula junction and wind their way to INOX courtyard for an exhibition between 12 pm to 6 pm.
The highlight of the festival will be prizes for the oldest car and the most appealing car, in addition to prizes for several other competitions and activities, the release said.
This festival will draw tourists from domestic and international markets to Goa who have an appetite for heritage.