One of the most demanding motor rallies in the world -- the six-day Himalayan -- started on October 23 in New Delhi, India.
GV PAN Drivers and cars before start of rally.
SV Jayant Shah, winner of 1982 rally examining his car's engine.
SV Guy Colsoul checking his engine.
SV Car team and mechanics looking at route map.
SV PAN Car No. 1 (Colsoul) and car No. 2 (Shah).
GVs Spectators watching and control officers seated at table. (2 SHOTS)
GV Car No.1 (Colsoul) leaving ramp at start.
SV Car No.2 (Shah) driving off ramp.
GVs Contestants driving along road. (2 SHOTS)
GVs PAN Car No. 38 and car No. 37 driving along road. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: One of the most demanding motor rallies in the world -- the six-day Himalayan -- started on October 23 in New Delhi, India. The route for the fourth annual running of the 3,800-kilometre rally goes through dense jungle, desert plains and some of the world's highest mountains. Last year's winner, Jayant Shah of Kenya, started as a firm favourite for this year's event, but Japan's Yoshio Takaoka, driving a Subaru 5 took the lead halfway through the first leg, in the Himalayan foothills. Shah, driving a Nissan 240RS, was in second place at the Dharasu check point, 929 kilometres (576 miles) north-east of the capital. Belgium's Guy Colsoul in an Opel Ascona, well fancied for rally honours, - and the first man to leave the National Stadium starting point - was third. Of the 64 cars that began the rally, four had already dropped out before Dharasu.