Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Auto Rickshaw Challenge Putt-Putts Through India This August

CHENNAI, India (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – How would you like to do a road trip on a rickshaw?

That’s what will be happening in August in India thanks to an event called the “First Annual Indian Auto Rickshaw Challenge,” which kicks off August 21 in Chennai, India.

Twenty teams from around the world will compete to be the first to putt-putt 590 miles to the city of Kanniyakumari.

Organizer Aravind Bremanandam estimates the journey will take about a week, mostly because the race stops at 4 p.m. each day because, he admits, at night the “roads get too crazy.”

Instead, racers are encouraged to take in the country’s scenery during the day and, as Bremanandam points out, with the rickshaws maxing out at 35 mph, this shouldn’t be too hard to do.

Luckily, the rickshaw racer won’t have to worry about shipping their own rickshaws to India, as the vehicles are included in the $1300 entrance fee.

As an added bonus, each driver will have two days to “pimp their shaw” out as they please and the finished products will be posted up at

Sadly, there is no cash prize for the winner but the top rickshaw racer will have the joy of knowing he or she is the true “Rickshaw Champion.”

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