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V5 Coorg Off-Roaders win the Mahindra Adventure Club Challenge

V5 Coorg Off-Roaders win the Mahindra Adventure Club Challenge
Firoze Irani Firoze Irani Friday 12 August 2016, 15:15 PM

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) concluded the first ever Thar Fest on August 5th and 6th in Goa. Adding professional competition to the Thar Fest was the second edition of the Mahindra Adventure Club Challenge. V5 Coorg Off-Roaders took the overall winner trophy taking the lead over Gerrari Off-Roaders Chandigarh who took a close second.


Participants from 10 off-road clubs from across India competed at the Club Challenge. However, here the obstacles focused more on teamwork than on individual performances. Each team had three vehicle entries in the Stock, Modified and Pro-Modified category. One of the obstacles at the challenge was a night stage called Pass the Baton, an event where all three Thars had to synchronize to pull a bundle of logs tied together with chains through rutted trenches and slush-pit, uphill climb negotiating corners. This obstacle was won by Gerrari Off-Roaders.


Trench Trouble was the second obstacle which involved dismantling all four wheels and putting the vehicle on stands. Carrying the tyre to the top of the trench in four different directions with the second team collecting it and putting it back on the vehicle and recovering themselves from the trench. This was also won by Gerrari Off-Roaders.


Highlights of Thar Fest included the Thar Parade, and various Thar Off-Road Challenges were held like the Strong Thar Contest and Deep Trench Challenge and other awards like Best Modified Thar were also given.


The third obstacle was ‘Goal’ won by BODA, where the competitors were put in a slushy field with the aim to play football with their Thars and score a goal using the tyres and bumpers in the least amount of time possible. The fourth obstacle was Trench Trouble 2 won by V5 Coorg Off-Roaders, this obstacle was technical, designed to involve the modified vehicles of the team to pick up the flags which were strategically positioned in the obstacle along with cones so that it becomes as difficult as possible to negotiate the obstacle and also collect the flags to collect points.


The last and most crowd gathering obstacle was the Bus Stop, which was jointly won by V5 Coorg Off-Roaders & Gerrari Off-Roaders. In this obstacle the teams had to work together with props like ladder and spare tyres to negotiate a laid vehicle carnage which including climbing over a bus, water tanker and other vehicle debris.

The defending champions BODA (Bangalore Off-Road Development Authority) passed the overall winner trophy to V5 Off-Roaders from Coorg. They were closely followed by Gerrari Off-Roaders Chandigarh while the 2nd runner up title was won by Team Flywheel from Kerala. If you are wondering how V5 took the win over its Gerrari it’s because they stood at a higher position on average and had a higher standing in the points table.


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