Day 2 at India’s first International Drag Racing event
This was an event which should be on the must have list of every auto enthusiast, and more so due to the fact that in India, we are not exposed to such events on a routine basis.
2013 Valley Run Drag Racing Event was organized by Elite Octane Inc. and saw more than 200 participants – super bikes, supercars as well as race tuned Indian cars and bikes. It was a first for many who were present at the private airstrip, owned by Sahara Aamby Valley City, Lonavala. Obviously, the event attracted people with cars which are not usually seen on roads everyday. Most of the powerful cars were spotted at the 2013 PARX Supercar Rally earlier this year, but here we got to see them perform.
After the first day saw motorcycles, the second day at the Drag Racing Event, 2013 Valley Run, saw Yohan Poonawalla and his collection of cars which included Lamborghini Gallardo, Rolls Royce, BMW 7 Series 760Li Mansory Edition, Bentley, another Bentley, and some more.
Gautam Singhania, India’s only drifting car champion, was also present and showed his drifting skills in the Audi R8, video of which you can watch below. There were also passionate’s from across India who had built their own car and some of them did a good job, like the one below. This particular car had beaten a stock Mercedes Benz E Class, BMW 5 Series and a Jaguar. The Team Mars dedicated Drag mid-engined, RWD car is designed, conceptualised, built and tuned in-house. This weekend the vehicle clocked a career best of 12.9 seconds with podium finishes at Amby Valley. The experience will help the team deal with tuning issues that need to be fixed to improve the vehicle.
The Y2K was also present, but for some reason, it was not able to perform up to its tag of 421 bhp. Rickey, the champion of drag racing, once again got on his bike, Kawasaki ZZR 1400, and showed what he can do. Rickey managed to get a time of 10.088 seconds, the fastest of the event. His exit speed for the particular run was 229.01 kmph.
There was also the Trikke, the three wheeled wonder, managed to do a great job helping stewards at the event. At one point, it even managed to get on the airstrip at full throttle! (watch the video below to believe it). The evening ended with some performance from RSA -Rubber Smokin’ Angels and wheelie classes. RSA amazed the crowd with their skills on the motorcycles.
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.”
Elite Octane says, “Drag racing is a competition in which specially prepared automobiles or motorcycles compete, usually two at a time, to be first to cross a set finish line. The race follows a straight course from a standing start over a measured distance, most commonly ¼ mile (1,320 ft (400 m)); in India drag racing is still in its nascent phase, but is quite popular among auto lovers. Tuning vehicles to give an enhanced performance is common in drag races and tuners also get the opportunity to display their skills.”