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The Rally

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View Sri Lanka - 28 Jul to 1 Aug 2008 & India (Autorickshaw Rally) - 1 Aug to 15 Aug 08 on hilarywh's travel map.

The Challenge
Drive an Autorickshaw for 14 days, over 2,000 kilometres, from Chennai to Mumbai, through the 4 states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, and Maharashtra on a trip marketed as ‘an amazing race for the clinically insane’.


The Route
DAY 1. Chennai
DAY 2. Chennai to Vellore 140km (87 miles)
DAY 3. Vellore to Bangalore 200km (124 miles)
DAY 4. Bangalore to Hassan 203km (126miles)
DAY 5. Hassan to Manglore 258km (160 miles)
DAY 6. Mangalore to Bhatkal 147km (91 miles)
DAY 7. Bhatkal to Panjim 230km (144 miles)
DAY 8. Panjim
DAY 9. Panjim to Malvan 90 km (56 miles)
DAY 10. Malvan to Ratnagiri 193 km (120 miles)
DAY 11. Ratnagiri to Mahad 165 km (102 miles)
DAY 12. Mahad to Alibagh 140 km (87 miles)
DAY 13. Alibagh to Mumbai 100 km (62 miles)

The Rules
Survive - completing the Challenge in 1 piece is essential if you are to have any chance of winning.

The Scoring System
The scoring system is broken down into 2 parts:
- 55% Competition (time sheets, challenge completion)
- 45% Other (costumes, charity effort, sportsmanship) as determined by the organisers over beers and bribes.

The Participants
There are 18 teams with a total of 39 participants of which only 4 drivers are female. The 2008 Challenge consists of adventure seekers from England, America, Canada, Australia, Germany, Norway, Spain, Hungary, New Zealand and France. Among the 21-48 year olds participating in the 13-day Rally are a tax advisor, newlyweds on their honeymoon, twin brothers, an English woman residing in Wales, batman and robin, hippies, Vikings, air hostesses, students and Americans bringing us democracy.

What the fuk fuk is a tuk tuk?
Related to the Thai Tuk-Tuk and the Indonesian Bajaj, the Indian version is known as the Autorickshaw, or simply the Auto. A three wheeled vehicle with a 2 stroke engine and a 7 litre fuel tank capacity it comfortably seats up to 3 people, sounds like a lawn-mower, looks like a toy insect on wheels and handles like a waiter with Parkinson’s. It provides a bumpy, fun and often harrowing ‘air conditioned’ ride fully capable of reaching dizzy speeds of 50 km/h.

Even when Autorickshaw s predictably crash, breakdown or stall it isn’t a problem! They are easy to fix and it shouldn’t be difficult to find spare parts no matter where we are in India. Because of the light weight construction and simple mechanics a single man (or woman!) can push the powerless Auto. Three people can carry it and apparently almost anyone can fix it.


Rickshaw Specifications:
Gross vehicle weight: 610 kilograms
Overall length: 262 cm
Overall width: 130 cm
Overall height: 171 cm
Engine: Single Cylinder, two-stroke forced air cooled
Max. Net Power: 7.00 HP @ 5000 rpm
Starting System: Kick start
Transmission: 4 forward, push to reverse
Brakes: Front and rear hydraulic break system
Fuel tank capacity: Approximately 7 litres

Posted by hilarywh 22:28 Archived in India

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