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Old 15th October 2015, 10:28   #1
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A replica of the 19th century Benz Motorwagen set off on its historic journey from Coimbatore to Chennai from the Gedee Car Museum (GCM) here on Wednesday.
Dubbed the Heritage Motor Drive by GCM, the promoters of the event, the vehicle pulled in the crowd an hour before the scheduled flag-off.
They had come to see what the first horseless carriage in the world looked like. And some of the motor sport enthusiasts in the crowd helped them out with its history. And of course, there were selfies along with the vehicle. After tackling the crowd and the media, the 1886 Benz Motorwagen replica finally rolled out on its 500 km non-stop trip. And, the crowd roared in delight.
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The same is reviewed in the print edition of this month's Autocar .

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That's awesome!!

But would also be extremely terrifying for the six of them when a bus or truck passes them. They are also going to be super tired what with all the crosswinds and the burning afternoon sun!!

Would love to know where this car is gonna land up in Chennai?
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Any engine specifications available? Figures such as the speed they would travel?
Interesting to note that, it got an RTO plate as well!

While it must have been a luxury a century ago, it is nothing more than a historic symbol, and to be true to myself, running it on our highways is outright dangerous. Hope they choose the route appropriately passing through the towns (and not on 6 laned highways with vehicles passing at 120kmph) and do not drive in night.

In my view, this is an ambitious project. Instead, to pass on historical education to the folks they could have just circled the Coimbatore city and if they wanted they could have transported the car to Chennai instead of driving.
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The Gedee Group started designing replicas of the car in 2012, and the first car was ready in 2013. Following a series of trial runs and appreciation by experts across the globe, G D Gopal decided to attempt longer distances.

On June 13 this year, the group attempted to drive the car up to Salem covering 165km in almost nine hours. "Having successfully completed this ride, we gained confidence that we will be able to ride a longer distance. So, we decided that we will drive the car up to Chennai," G D Gopal said.

The car will travel for almost 30 hours to reach Chennai at 10.30pm on Friday. The G D Group has organised a convoy to travel along with the car to Chennai.

A total of 50l fuel (Benzene) and close to 100l (water) for coolant is being carried by the convoy.

"Six drivers will be a part of the ride, and we will change the drivers every 30km. These drivers are experienced and were a part of the ride to Salem," said assistant general manager, operations, UMS Technologies Limited, N Ramaraj, who is also accompanying the team for the ride.

The car will be received by the commissioner of tourism and managing director, Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation, Har Sahay Meena, and Consul General of Germany, Chennai, Achim Fabig, in Chennai on Friday.
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The Benz Motorwagan has completed its 500 km journey from Coimbatore to Chennai successfully.

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This car seems to have always got the people bowled over by its quaint charm, to step out of their comfort zone and go the extra mile. G.D. Gopal, managing trustee, G.D. Naidu Charities, is one of them.

When replicas of the Benz Motorwagen were popular, Mr. Gopal wanted to have one of them, and add it to the collection of vintage cars at the GedeeCar Museum in Coimbatore.

He did not, however, stop with acquiring a replica. He wanted to create one such car himself.

The vintage cars at the museum had undergone restoration. Here, Mr. Gopal was going to “recreate” the oldest car in the world. It was uncharted territory.
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As a result of this, the car reached Chennai on Friday, having been driven non-stop by six drivers from Coimbatore, covering an incredible 500 kilometres.
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Vintage cars have always been a passion for Diljeet Titus. And like many other enthusiasts, he was always fascinated by the 1886 Benz Motorwagen, famously known as the first horseless carriage. "I have 70 vintage cars. But it was always my dream to own a Motorwagen,'' says Titus, owner of the Titus Museum for Transportation and Collectibles in Delhi.
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In April this year, Titus' dream came true when he got the keys to a Benz Motorwagen, a 100% replica which was rolled out from the workshop of auto parts manufacturer UMS Technologies Ltd in Coimbatore. Known for its motorsports tracks and an emerging auto parts hub, the city now has vintage car enthusiasts flocking from all over the world to pick up replicas. UMS Technologies has sold 22 cars so far, 17 of them to car collectors abroad. (The manufacturers prefer to not disclose its price).
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Inside the warehouse, a special assembly and design unit was installed over 6,000 sq ft. The unit has three major sections - design, painting and assembly. It takes the team about a month to make one car. Painting takes another 12-14 days. Gopal says the team started working on the project in September 2012, and the first replica took seven months to make. After carrying out a series of tests, an automobile expert was invited to review the car. The visitor was so impressed that he placed an order for a few cars. After about nearly 120 years since the production of the car stopped, its replica rolled out from the workshop.
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