It has been a great year for racing events in India. As racing and motorsport events in the country take a turn towards unconventional events, Gulf Oil has announced its 2013 Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally. This scooter rally is open to all Indian-made scooters – two-stroke, four-stroke as well as gearless and will be held in Mumbai on Sunday, July 7th. Flag off will take place from Our Lady’s Home in Parel at 8.30 am and end at K Star Hotel in CBD Belapur.
The rally will stretch over 80 kilometers comprising of 2 legs, first being the tarmac section from Parel to Belapur in Navi Mumbai while the second leg would be the ‘competition sector’ which will be the off-road leg held around the backwoods of Belapur. This sector would be the most challenging and will test the riding skills of each participant as they wade through knee deep water, ride through slippery dirt tracks and gravel laden roads. The ‘competition sector’ will be an 8 kilometer course which will have to be traversed 3 times over. Winners will be announced based on the total time taken to cover both the legs of the rally comprising of a total 80 kilometers.
Speaking about the event, Mr. Ravi Chawla, President & CEO, Gulf Oil India, Lubricant Business said, “The Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally is one of its kind sporting events in India involving only scooters. The rough terrain especially in the second leg will be a true test of rider skills involving concentration, scooter maneuverability, endurance and experience. Having being associated with motorsports for over 25 years now, we are proud to be the lead sponsors of this event and I wish all the participants all the best for the race.”
Commenting on the rally, Mr. Shrikant Karani head of Sportscraft (Organisors) said, “This event is very unique and special to us as it one of its kind running for 24 years gaining popularity and has second generation participating. The third generation is at the threshold waiting for their license to participate. We have seen an overwhelming response this year and have already received 25 participants.”
The Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally has been one of the most awaited motor sports events in the country and has seen participation from Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Nashik as well as from far away cities such as Dehradun and Bhopal. Last year’s winner Rustom Patel will be competing against Mumbai’s defending champion Avtar Singh, who won the rally in 2011.
Along with the honour, winners will take home trophies and cash prizes worth Rs. 75000/-
A maximum of 40 entries will be accepted on first come basis. Sportscraft reserves the right to reject and increase the number of entries.
Entry forms are available and accepted only at the SPORTSCRAFT office, Chitrakut, 3rd Floor, Siri Road, Chowpatty Bandstand, Mumbai 400 006. Tel. 022 – 23677631 or web site – sportscraftindia.com