Indian Autorickshaw Challenge 2007 Dates Announced: An Amazing Race for the Clinically Insane Became Nasty

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The Indian Autorickshaw Challenge is one of the strangest, most wild events the amateur adventurer will ever experience. In 2007 hundreds of amateur adventurers will get to experience the cities and countryside of India like never before. Check http://www.indianarc.com for more details.

On August the 21st of 2006, one of the worlds strangest races began in Chennai (still better known to Europeans as Madras) and headed for Kanniyakumari, a city over 1,000 miles away on the southern tip of the continent. This race, organised by the infamous Adventure Rally Association of Budapest, who, not content to have driven through southern Europe to the deserts of North Western Africa in Ladas and Trabants, invited all participant to travel on the ubiquitous Autorickshaw. Dubbed 'An Amazing Race for the Clinically Insane' the participants enjoyed not only some of the most beautiful sights in all of India, but also the challenge of obstacles ranging from monsoons through crowds to unpredictable roads, all on India's most iconic mode of transport, the Auto Rickshaw.

The 2006 event proved to be so popular with amateur adventurers from all over the world that the organisers this year are doubling the entire event in its scope and its excitement. In 2007 two new rallies will be organised, giving adventurers the chance to choose their own level of endurance, and with double the participants, there will be well over double the partying done as well. After last years coverage of the event by publications as diverse as The Times, FHM, BBC, Overdrive Magazine and many more, excitement is really building for the 2007 rallies.

As well as competing for the coveted title of Autorickshaw Rally World Champion, the amateur adventurers will all be helping to promote vital local charities in their fight against child abuse and the exploitation of child labour.    

The Autorickshaw the participants will be using to pursue both these worthy goals are efficiently adapted motorcycles fit for three people, travelling light. Their ease of use, economy, and extreme ease of maintenance and repair has made them the number one workhorse from Bangladesh to Pakistan. Capable of 55km/h unloaded and with a following wind, the participants are likely to achieve a statelier cruise of 35km/h dependent on road conditions. Weighing only 600 kilograms, Autorickshaws are exhilarating to drive, convenient to refuel, and reparable at just about every village and settlement on the entire sub-continent. Whilst the adventurers may want to test both themselves and their vehicles to the limit, the organisers drew the line at three people to a vehicle for safety.    

The Indian Autorickshaw Challenge is one of the strangest, most wild events the amateur adventurer will ever experience. In 2007 hundreds of amateur adventurers will get to experience the cities and countryside of India like never before. Applications are now open for the 2007 event, Check http://www.indianarc.com for more details.

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