Elite Octane Inc organized India’s first international drag run at the Aamby Valley air strip on 9th and 10th March. The weekend event witnessed some of the finest automobiles in the country pitted against each other to clock the fastest time on a quarter mile. The event saw more than 200 participants – super bikes, supercars as well as race tuned Indian cars and bikes. Taking the event to an international level was ten time world drag race champion Rickey Gadson.
Speaking on the occasion, Rickey Gadson said: “India has a huge and thriving drag racing fan base. So I’m honored to be the first US Champion Drag Racer to come over and be a part of The Valley Run 2013; there is so much passion and enthusiasm for automobiles here and I am stunned by the sheer number of vehicles participating in this event. Drag racing has a huge fan base in India and it’s good to see people take it seriously. I see people put a lot of effort in their machines in tuning them up and it’s highly appreciated that they’ve travelled across the length and breadth of the country to come participate in the Valley Run. The passion for the sport is clearly seen. It’s nice to see Drag Racing catching ground here in India & people taking sincere efforts on all fronts to promote it in every way possible.”
Mr. Vivek Kumar, CEO AAamby Valley City and Hotel Sahara Star: “We are extremely pleased to host The Valley Run 2013 at Aamby Valley City. The international level drag race will be a spectacular event for all auto lovers and will see superbikes and supercars competing to give viewers the ultimate adrenaline rush. The drag race is one of the many unique offerings at Aamby Valley City and we strive to constantly provide such international experiences to our guests.”
The event started with 2 Stroke bikes sweating it out on the drag strip. This category consisted of a tasty set of machines with mind-blowing timing figures (of course, for their class).
The Mahindra Scorpio did the duty of the Safety Vehicle and had its share of outings on the drag-strip.
We also saw great participation from many foreign bikes that also consisted of some of the biggies which are officially sold in India.
Superbikes galore at The Valley Run. Busa’s timing- 10.5 sec @ 214.2 kmph
Thoughtful of the organizers to put up a big screen for the audience to have a better view of every part of the action.
Plenty of old school Japanese sedans at the event. This Baleno here was seen giving many bigger cars a run for their money.
The EG-6 !!
The Y2K was one of the biggest highlights of the event.
The Trikke Pon-e36 DX, the electric PMV that we tested last year, too was present at the event. The Trikke, although not a participant, was the slowest vehicle at the venue. Slower than the Tata Nano, which registered a 22.5 sec time to hit the 400m mark, at a speed of 92.7 kmph.
This OHC, tuned by Joel Joseph, was among the fastest of the tuned cars present at the event and won lot of accolades.
Zens and Swifts, stripped off the bodywork, were a common sight.
Can an event like this not have Japanese cars like these?
This tuned BMW S1000 RR was among the quickest of the bikes out there (10.6 sec @ 220.2 kmph).
This contraption was seen putting to shame many a biggies.
The ZZR1400 that Rickey Gadson was seen on. Rickey posted a timing figure of 11.6 sec @ 216.4 kmph.
The Mansory for Bentley.