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Tourism Ministry of Goa announces State’s First Vintage Bike and Car Festival in October

Vintage two-wheelers and four-wheelers dating from 1921 to 1970 will be on display during the event

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Panaji, Sept 13, 2016: Goa hopes to ride the heritage tourism wave with the help of vintage vehicles, state Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said on Tuesday, while announcing the state’s first vintage bike and car festival organised by the Tourism Ministry.

Over 50 such vintage bikes and cars will be driven through the main streets of Panaji as part of the one-day festival on October 1, Parulekar said.

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 “We are planning this event which is going to be very exciting and enlightening as vintage cars and bikes from vintage car museums, those in use and those maintained for exhibitions and special occasions will all be participating in it,” Parulekar said, adding that the event would be included in the Tourism Ministry’s annual events calendar.

“We hope to make it a regular attraction for inbound travellers,” Parulekar said.

Vintage two-wheelers and four-wheelers dating from 1921 to 1970 will be on display during the event. Cars that one would get a glimpse of at the festival include the Citroen, Austin, Morris, Cadillac, Ford, Chevrolet, Mercedes, Volkswagen, and bikes like Norton, BSA and BMW.

“Vintage automobiles are another form of heritage and in Goa, there are vintage car fans who are passionate about this. Through this festival, we hope to kindle that hobby and motivate local Goans and others to preserve vintage vehicles so that the present generation and the future will have something to appreciate and admire,” Goa Tourism Development Corporation Chairperson Nilesh Cabral said.

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 “This can draw tourists from domestic and international markets who have an appetite for heritage and they will surely have one more facet to engage in when in Goa,” he added.

The state already has two privately run vintage car museums and a large number of vintage bike and car owners and collectors. (IANS)

  • Ayushi Gaur

    Healthy policy for hiking up the tourism revenue for Goa

  • Enakshi

    That sounds great 😀

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When asked about his most favourite character, from the scores he has assayed on screen, Dutt said, "No idea. Every character has been close to my heart"

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Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt believes that casinos play a big role in promoting tourism in Goa.

“It’s very important I think. It (casinos) plays a big role in tourism. People go to Macau, they go to Vegas, but it is beautiful to see something like this in India,” Dutt said on Saturday while launching ‘Big Daddy’, an offshore casino promoted by Haryana politician Gopal Kanda.

Besides ‘Big Daddy’, Goa has six other offshore casinos which operate from the Mandovi river, off Panaji.

Casino has been a politically sensitive issue ahead of the May 19 assembly bypoll for the Panaji seat, with several candidates promising to do away with the casinos, which largely operate from the state capital.

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During the casino launch, the ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’ actor also talked about his film career’s most memorable dance performance.

He said the dance was choreographed for the song “Tamma Tamma” in the 1990-film ‘Thanedar’.

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When asked about his most favourite character, from the scores he has assayed on screen, Dutt said, “No idea. Every character has been close to my heart”. (IANS)