Rallying around the World


We are friends from the greater Stuttgart area in South Germany and always looking for like-minded people for affordable motor sports, adventure travel, and international understanding. After fun in Jordan as part of the "Rallye Allgäu-Orient 2010" and Speed ​​in Mexico, at the "La Carrera Panamericana 2012" our next adventure will be steep and rocky - with the Himalayan rally we will move to India, on the roof of the world! According to our Moto: "old cars and new adventures" We will start this time with a self-converted Rally Replica Mercedes SLC 350, built in 1979th.  Our team formation this time is  Jürgen Könnecke & Martin Eitdorf in the car, and Markus Wagner and Andy Christophidis on the home front. 

Hans is this year, will race the historic Joch Pass-Mountain race with his Porsche in October as a training-programm for the common Targa Tasmania 2016th.


An intrepid lot of 150 motorists set out Sunday from the Himachal Pradesh capital town over the rugged Himalayan ranges in the 16th edition of the world’s toughest motor rally, the Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya, organisers said.

The rally will cover about 1,650 km through harsh and difficult terrain at 4,000 metres above sea level and will cross mountain passes in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir in six days.

“Raid-de-Himalaya started from Shimla on Sunday and will pass through the hostile terrains of the cold deserts of Lahaul and Spiti and Ladakh districts,” Manjeev Bhalla, vice-president of the Himalayan Motorsport Association (HMA), the Shimla-based club that annually organises the rally said.

The rally would conclude in the picturesque tourist resort Manali 10 October, he added. Ace rallyist Suresh Rana, who won the Raid-de-Himalaya nine times in the four-wheeler Xtreme category, aims to capture the 10th title in this edition.

“This time retaining the title for a record tenth time seems as tough as climbing a mountain peak. Like every year, this time too I am gearing myself up for the rally,” Rana said.

In the 16 years of the Raid, the defending champion of Raid-de-Himalaya won the race five times on the trot till 2008.

Actor-producer Sohail Khan, brother of Salman Khan, is competing in Raid-de-Himalaya for the first time. He is participating in the Adventure class, an all-out speed category.

For his navigator, Sohail picked Pune’s Rahul Sancheti, who ranks among the top motorsport navigators in the country for TSD rallying.

Amir Yardenay, the Israeli rallyist, is riding a Royal Enfield, while Martin Eitdorf and Jurgen Konnecke, the two oldest Raid competitors from Germany, are at the wheels of a 35-year-old classic Mercedes Benz 350 SLC. The car has been brought from Stuttgart in Germany.

“Old cars, new adventures,” said 53-year-olds Eitdorf and Konnecke, competing in the Raid Adventure category. A total of 50 competitors are competing in Rally Moto (motorcycles and quads) category, 41 teams feature in Rally Xtreme (4X4) and 51 teams in Rally Adventure. Each team in the Xtreme (4X4) category and the adventure category comprises of a driver and a navigator.

In the high speed Xtreme, four women rallyists will be driving this year, the highest number in Xtreme category yet at the Raid.

They are Anu Rana of Delhi with navigator Khyati Modi of Mumbai, Vaneeta Kang and navigator Gagandeep Kaur, both from Chandigarh; Shuchi Thakur of Mumbai with navigator Zuzer Rangwala and Captain Madhvi Singh of Team Army with navigator Lt. Col. H.S. Katoch. All these competitors are driving Maruti Gypsies.

The other champion rallyists in the Raid are Sandeep Sharma of Delhi (Team Maruti), Harpreet Bawa of Chandigarh (Team Thunderbolt), Lt. Col. Shakti Bajaj of Team Army, Amanpreet Ahluwalia of Delhi (Team Thunderbolt), Sanjay Agarwal of Bangalore (Team Maruti), Amartej Buwal of Delhi (Team Thunderbolt) and Raj Singh Rathore of Jaipur.

The Raid-de-Himalaya is one of the two Indian motorsport events listed on the off-road rally calendar of international automobile and motorbike federations — FIA and FIM. Only 12 international motoring events worldwide are listed in this calendar.

-Indo Asian News Service

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

History Of Raid-De-Himalaya

By 1998, motorsport in India had reduced itself from magnanimousness to the ridiculous. The chain of mountains
Rally was dead and infighting between the FMSCI and therefore the MAI had almost lame the game. Sponsors had been burned and one or two of four wheel rally drivers remained to the tattered vestiges of the title – “National Champion”. the 2 tire giants JK and MRF initial fielded groups and so spent longer and cash on court battles, to determine the winner of events, than on their R&D. 2 wheel rallying was press fully and rockers found themselves excluded from something additional serious than the odd motocross.
Finally, the aggravation. The “southcentric” federations set that the last rally within the north wasn't upto scratch and may be shelved. With Tutu Dhawan’s Desert Rally being derecognized a pall of gloom descended over the rallying fraternity north of Bombay, together with the 2 dozen rally drivers and riders that were the cream of Indian rallying in north India!
To retrieve associate apparently hopeless state of affairs the chain of mountains Motorsport Association was fashioned in 1999, having at its core older rally hands. With over fifteen years of rallying underneath every belt, Atul Handa, Manjeev Bhalla and Vijay Parmar, won the arrogance of the Himachal government and therefore the support of Maruti Udyog Ltd. for the primary Raid Diamond State Himalaya.
With the money in situ and therefore the “real” Himalaya because the playground the primary Raid Diamond State Himalaya was born.
Breaking with the traditions in situ at the time, the ‘Raid’, because it has come back to be illustrious, ran a marathon format with special stages typically longer than a a hundred kilometres. Rallies within the south had reduced their stages to a most of fourteen kilometers and infrequently ran a similar course many times daily. This format, tho' nice for provision lacked any bit of true journey and is primarily the explanation for the entire lack of viewer interest within the sport these days.
Another vital break the past was that the ‘Raid’ had each cars and bikes within the fray. a pair of wheel rallying was back and how!
The distinction was instantly apparent. With the backcloth of the range and real dangers threatening each participant, the task of mere completion was alarming. once you achieved the top of every day it absolutely was a true success. Participants declared that this was a true journey – if you bought it wrong you may die - if you survived you we tend tore a true driver associated tough! With an endorsement like that we tend to knew we had got it right….the ‘Raid’ would be called the country’s most scary nevertheless revered motorsport journey in its terribly initial year. it'd grow from sixteen participants in 1999 to ninety seven groups by 2005 !!
With seven consecutive events the Raid has raced to the borders with China, in each Himachal and J&K; been to Kargil simply once the war. The ‘Raid’ has been stranded during a mighty blizzard at Baralacha La wherever chain of mountains Motorsport designed the biggest evacuation of each participants and locals in history from atop the pass in temperatures below minus thirty degrees uranologist and with over three feet of snow on the road.
Surviving the earthquake in Srinagar last year with over a a hundred vehicles on the run down from Captains Mor to Sonamarg, once the tremors hit, was a godsend!
We haven’t continuously been therefore lucky tho'. There are casualties in 2001 with three participants losing their lives and injuries nearly per annum. However, over the years the security and Evacuation systems are refined to a degree currently once fast reactions from the medical backup groups through superlative communications ar the rule instead of the exception. we tend to cannot stop injuries, as is true of any real journey these days, however we tend to definitely have improved the chances for extant a doubtless fatal state of affairs significantly.
The reliableness Trial Innovation
By 2003 we tend to had complete that the Raid is simply too extreme for the primary timer. All the fatal crashes and most the non fatal ones concerned initial time rallyists. With no rally colleges in India to tutor talent it absolutely was set to initiate within the interests of Safety. The Raid was broken into 2 classes – the X-treme and therefore the reliableness. Whereas the X-treme was open solely to the seasoned rally drivers the reliableness Trial was for the primary timer. this technique of segregation was adopted for each reducing the danger of fatalities and for increasing participation by the standard person, WHO had the spirit of journey however didn’t need to essentially lose life, limb and automotive within the method.
So was born the reliableness Trial that is actually a Time Speed and Distance rally with stress on navigation and management instead of outright speed. This format teaches each the drivers and navigators the basics of rallying; creating them match enough to rise to the challenge of the X-treme among one event.
As the routes ar slightly totally different from the X-treme version and therefore the asking speeds so much less this event lends itself splendidly to providing the correct mixture of each journey also as commercial enterprise. The day finish destinations of each the X-treme and therefore the reliableness ar but a similar. This basically implies that ninety % of the route are going to be identical with the frightening X-treme Raid – the sole quiet being on the speeds needed. If you'll be able to drive clean, it’s attainable to induce nice results even on your initial outing. Fifth placed Neeraj and Rajnee Vohra in their Accent Glx last year were truly on their honeymoon!
Another nice feature of the reliableness cars is that the modifications needed ar borderline. Whereas to organize a ‘Raid’ machine takes something from three.5 lacs five|to five} lacs, not count the value of the automotive, for the reliableness all you would like additional may be a second stepney! this fashion the participant needn't invest his life savings on rally verbal description gadgets and understand later that the game is simply too stern for him. He will expertise the event on a coffee budget and judge for the longer term.
Still another advantage to the reliableness participants is that the chain of mountains Motorsport Association provides the day finish service, freed from price for the whole rally, which might commonly price a contestant nothing but Rs. 40,000/- per automotive for the period of the event!

With associate Entry Fee of around Rs twenty five,000/- for a crew of two (3 or four price double) you get food, accommodation, service and recovery, medical evac and emergency look after eight days. give a contribution the expertise of the range on the best event on the Indian motorsport calendar and you've got the formula for a laughably low-cost ‘ultimate adventure” expertise.


The Raid de Himalaya is the largest and most demanding rally event in Central Asia and will be held in Northern India, near the border with China, Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is the highest rally in the world. The total distance is approximately 2.500km which demands within 6 days of the rally teams and their vehicles all, because the slopes and mountain-passes reaching up to 5.700m height.

We start, in contrast to most other RAID participants with a 35 year old classic car, a Mercedes Benz 350 SLC, without 4 wheel Drive and  without ABS, ESC, ESP, ESD and all the other electronic helpers.

Nevertheless, we are optimistic because the rest can be quite see ... V8 engine, 3500ccm, over 200hp, about 300Nm, with modified and reinforced 3-speed automatic transmission with forced circuit, one with specifically designed locking differential with 50% locking with reinforced drive shafts, underride protection, special tires, sand sheets and many snow chains are to defy the odds of up to 5600m high situated mountain passes. The most demanding route, temperatures from +20 ° to -20 ° degrees, thunderstorms, lightning-ice, sand or snow storms and altitude sickness take their toll, since only about one third of the approximately 200 teams come to the end.

But the real challenge is especially Northern India in the border regions of China, Afghanistan and Pakistan! The constant change of heat, cold, sand, mud, snow and brute differences in height, while the six-day ordeal, take their toll not only on the car, it is especially the physical hardships, the endless chaos, the most adventurous roads in the world and everything on the left. Our aim is therefore to achieve completely independent of time penalties and scoring, safe and sound the "Finish Line"difficulty and special audits are graded accordingly.