The Jaipur polo field in the Indian capital of Delhi was the scene of quite a different sporting event on October 30, when 82 cars were assembled for the start of the Himalayan motor rally.
1. GV & SV Rally cars parked before start of rally (5 shots) 0.16
2. SV Jayant Shah, woman navigator and Aslam Khan seated on car bonnet 0.19
3. SCU PULL BACK TO SV Crew of car number eight 0.22
4. SCU PULL BACK TO SV The acting President of India (on right) Mr. Mohammed Hidayatullah and the rally president, Mr. Nazir Hoosein, walk around rally cars 0.29
5. GV Crowd waiting for rally start 0.32
6. GV Car number one leaves starting mark (2 shots) 0.40
7. GV Car number two follows car one at start 0.48
8. GV Car number eight leaves starting point 0.59
9. GV PAN Car number 36 on rally course 1.17
10. GV Entrants numbers 41 and 46, both jeeps, and car number 45 on roadway (2 shots) 1.46
SPORT: MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: DELHI, INDIA
The Jaipur polo field in the Indian capital of Delhi was the scene of quite a different sporting event on October 30, when 82 cars were assembled for the start of the Himalayan motor rally. There were more than 20 overseas entrants, including the reigning Kenyan rally champion, Jayant Shah, with his co-driver Aslam Khan and a woman navigator. The acting President of India, Mr. Mohammed Hidayatullah, who later flagged the cars away at the start, made a brief tour of the cars with the rally organising president, Mr. Nazir Hossein. The gruelling Himalayan rally, the third to be held, covers 4000-kilometres (2,500 miles) about 75 per cent of which is very rough going along narrow, winding mountain roads. The first car away was Jayant Shah's Datsun Violet, followed by the other entrants at intervals of one minute. The cars will travel along the plains from Delhi for about 350 kilometres (217 miles) before reaching the Himalayan foothills.
Source: REUTERS - PREM PRAKASH