India’s longest inter-state women car rally, which is being organised in Gurgaon on April 7, will give women a chance to show their prowess behind the wheels. “People often make fun of women drivers. I wanted the world to sit up and take them seriously. What better than an all-women car rally to showcase their driving skills,” says Sanjay Kaushik, founder of Uthaan, a Gurgaon-based NGO that’s organising the rally.
Since the rally’s inception in 2006, the number of members have almost tripled. “Participants from all over the country, including Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Mumbai and Chandigarh have registered,” says Kaushik.
Driving Force Most races are on the basis of speed, but this rally, which has been listed as India’s longest inter-state women car tally in the Limca Book of Records since the last five years, is different. It tests the calculation, confidence, reversing and car parking skills of a woman driver. “Most women have the habit of asking people for directions, which is not possible on a highway. We have put landmarks on the way, which test a woman’s sense of direction,” says Kaushik.
“Once the rally reaches its destination, there are interesting competitions like reversing the car or parking it between two cars,” says Vamini Sethi, who participated last year, and is looking forward to compete this year as well.
Participation The rally will flag off from Fortune Select Hotel, Sohna Road, and go along the 286 kilometre drive to Bhandrej Fort, near Jaipur in Rajasthan on April 7. Only a woman driver can register for the rally with a companion (man or woman) who will help her navigate the route. The participants will stay over at the fort resort for a night after the competition for a better bonding experience.
Catch the action
What: Women’s Car Rally
Starting Time: 8.30am at Fortune Select Hotel, Sohna Road, Gurgaon
When: April 7
Eligibility: Driving license, car insurance, one year driving experience
Fee: Rs5,000 per pair
NEAREST METRO STATION: IFFCO Chowk on the Yellow Line