Car rallying is a type of car racing sport that is organized either annually or at several intervals on public or private roads. That cars used for this sport and customized and road-legal cars. Car rally is different from other general sports. This is due to the fact that car racing doesn’t occur on a circuit but in a point-to-point format. In car rally participants and co-drivers drive between set control points leaving at regular intervals from one or more start points. India hosts a number of car rallies annually driven by several social causes.
Car Rallies in India
India-ASEAN Car Rally
The India-ASEAN Car Rally is conceptualized with the aim to strengthen India’s relations with the South-Asian countries. The rally aims to promote trade and tourism between India and ASEAN. The first India-ASEAN Car Rally was acknowledged by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh from Guwahati. The rally witnessed 250 participants from India as well as South-Asian countries in 60 vehicles and rallied across Assam, Nagaland and Manipur before entering Myanmar.
The Vintage Car Rally
The Vintage Car Rally starts off from New Delhi and went up to Sohna (Haryana). The rally witnessed some of the rare collection of cars. Some of the cars that participated in the Vintage car rally are 35 Jaguar Convertible or a ‘34 Austin Saloon Deluxe or an 1898 Humberette.
Great Arc Rally
The Great Arc Rally was a month long rally that started off from Kochi in the south to Mussorie in the north. The rally was organized to commemorate the ‘Great Arc’ survey done during the 19th century. Great Arc aimed to uplift the spirit of survey by asking competitors to drive in straight as a line from Cape Comorin to Hathiopaon near Mussoorie. The rally comprised of 27 participants in twelve cars and three Sports Utility Vehicles.
Women Car Rally by NGO ‘Uthaan’
The Women Car Rally was organized by an NGO called Uthaan in partnership with Ibis, Power Grid, Indian Oil, Radio Mirchi, Desert Trails and Avenues Travel Services. This rally was an initiative of the NGO to create and spread awareness n social segment. Women Car Rally was considered as one of the National Record Creating Events.
Blind Man Car Rally
Blind Man Car Rally was an endeavor to raise funds for its projects under the aegis of the national theme ‘Freedom through Education’. It started in Mumbai on February 11th, 2007. The rally was aimed at creating awareness about illiteracy in addition to highlighting the initiatives of Round Table India to eradicate illiteracy and the challenges faced by the visually impaired. It was held in partnership with National Association for the Blind (NAB).
Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm Car Rally
Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm Car Rally is considered as one of the toughest motorsports escapade in India. The rally passed the terrains of Thar Desert, the rocky mountains of Aravalli and the white sands of Rann of Kutch and comprises lot of thrill and excitement. The event covers a distance of 2,600 km and judges the participants on their driving skills in various terrains. This Rally was an endeavor of Maruti Suzuki to popularize motorsports in India.
Himalayan Car Rally
The Himalayan Car Rally is another India’s most important and challenging rallies. The car rally started at New Delhi and concluded in New Delhi only. The rally was concentrated on the mountain terrains of Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal. The rally was extensively popular and attracted participants from outside India as well.
Monsoon Rally is held on an annual basis and starts off from Kolkata. The striking feature of this valley is that in order to earn points participants need to get wet. The Monsoon Rally started in 2000. The rally is being run in popular time-speed-distance format with secret time control.
Kalinga Green Car Rally
Kalinga Green Car Rally is organized by Kalinga Motor Sports Club (KMSC). Though this rally is not organized annually yet KMSC organizes different small scale rallies. In the past few years, the Time-Speed-Distance motor rally routed in and about Rasgobindopur and Rajabasa airstrip is a noted one.
Indian National Rally Championship
Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) is an adventure sport organized by Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and Motorsports Association of India (MAI). It is based on the point system and is a driver-co driver combination championship. It first received its National Championship Title status in 1988.