Auto Racers, Quite Literally for the Clinically Insane.

For all those who have been in an Auto Rickshaw in India you will know what I am talking about. The Maikalal Schumachers if India are supposedly the Auto Rickshaw Drivers, or at least that’s what they think they are. Especially driving through the streets of narrow Indian roads, with vernacular abuses when translated, can shatter the dictionary. Well there is now a place for them to test their racing skills out, quite literally.


Just when you thought you had seen the weirdest, there comes along something that just makes you wonder. For friends of mine who don’t know what an Auto Rickshaw is : An auto rickshaw (auto or rickshaw or tempo in popular parlance) is a vehicle usually for hire and is one of the chief modes of transport in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka it is also popular in many other countries. It is a motorized version of the traditional rickshaw, a small two- or three-wheeled cart pulled by a person, and the velotaxi. The auto rickshaw is also related to its Thai cousin, the tuk-tuk and the Bajaj in Indonesia. Some more ways this is called are auto rickshaw, auto-rickshaw, auto rickshaw, auto rickshaw, auto-rickshaw. Motorized rickshaw, Motorized rickshaw, Tuktuk, Three wheeler and in many parts of India simply as AUTO. Here is a You Tube video to give you a small experience to see how a ride on the Auto feels like. Detailed look and feel of the auto rickshaw

The fact that all the proceeds are for charity makes you take notice of the event. The Indian ARC (Auto rickshaw Challenge) 2007 is an event organized by indianarc.com and will be in fact a charity based event. The website is very interesting and counts down a total of 87 days and 12 hours; which means that on August 5th the world will witness one of the most bizarre motor sport endurance rally. The race is not for the faint hearted as this rally certainly would test ones physical strength, and mental character. Rightly stated it is for the clinically Insane. Well interestingly the route is very scenic, it would be a foreigners delight to see so many places in a single trip so many places with so much to offer.

Chennai is the automobile capital of India – and aptly – as it is from here that with an exuberant start the challenge begins for an unrelenting journey through the west coast of India.

  • Station 1 is the Fort City of Tamil Nadu, Vellore
  • Station 2 is my Hometown of Bangalore which is The tranquil and picturesque “Garden City of India” with its many gardens and boulevards is also India’s silicon city,
  • Station 3 is the tranquil town of Hassan is the oldest town of the Hoysala Empire, the city almost dates back 1500 years.
  • Station 4 is Mangalore, a city of vivid contrasts. On one hand you see narrow winding streets with cozy, red-roofed houses and on the other there are lofty coconut trees lining the beautiful beaches.
  • Station 5 is Bhatkal. Bounded by the shimmering sea and rolling hills, this place is a favourite tourist spot and known for the gorgeous temple perched on a hillock by the shore.
  • Station 6 Karwar, The beautiful Devabagh Beach in Karwar is said to have inspired Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore to write his first play. It is also home of the Indian Navy’s Biggest Fleet.
  • Station 7 welcomes you to the Paradise of India, Panjim. The Capital of Goa.
  • Station 8 invites you to discover the forts of Malvan. Malvan is today known for its salt pans, Chinese clay pottery and the special Malvani cuisine which is quite distinct from Konkan food.
  • Station 9 is the worlds most well known for the King of King of Fruits, the Alphonso Mangoes.
  • Station 10 is the hillside town of Mahabaleshwar, exhausting amounts honeymoons and romantic sunsets cant reduce the lusture of this romantic hill station.
  • Station 11 is Alibagh, an idyllic town where you can rest your weary feet. It’s a small town with a beautiful beach and the green hills on the other side, free of pollution and noise.
  • Station 12 is India itself, Ancient yet modern, fabulously rich yet achingly poor, Mumbai is India in microcosm.

I would not be able to jot down a better itenary for any person visiting India. The sights and sounds and the heart beat of India can be felt in only one visit, the Most Amazing Race ever. The organizers of the Indian Auto Rickshaw Challenge have taken a specific notice of the lack of good education, low literacy levels, and the high percentage of child labor that affects the Indian society. By fostering the Adopt a Village program and donating every penny of the profits from the rally to this worthy cause, the organizers of the Indian Auto Rickshaw Challenge hope that the ultimate winners of this historic rally will be the children of India.

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