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Hornbill motor rally becomes full-fledged National Time-Speed-Distance

DIMAPUR, NOV 27 (NPN)(Staff Reporter)
Published on 27 Nov. 2012 10:52 PM IST
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Hornbill festival this year would feature not only additional spectacular cultural extravaganza but also would be remembered for upgrading annual motor rally into a becoming a full-fledged league round of National Time-Speed-Distance (TSD) rally championship. This was disclosed by press secretary to chief minister Abu Metha during a press conference here Tuesday.

With the inclusion of the motor rally as one of the six rounds in the national rally championship, Metha said that it was for the first time that such an event was being organized in the Northeast region adding it was not just an achievement for the organizer - Nagaland Adventure and Motor Sports Association (NAMSA) but also for the state government and the Nagas.

Describing the event as a “good opportunity” and “excellent vista” for young drivers and motorsports lovers of the state, Metha called upon them to take advantage of the platform stating that despite Nagas having “tremendous” amount of talent, they have found it difficult to find exposure and compete with the best.

Pointing out that famed national and international drivers would be participating in this year’s event all competing for the coveted title, Metha informed young talented state based drivers could compete with them in their own “backyard”.

Metha disclosed that more than twenty drivers who have already been part of national championships would be participating in the rally.

Participants were also expected from neighbouring states like Manipur, Assam and Meghalaya along with others from Delhi, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh and West Bengal.

Metha also informed that Tata Motors would be sending a full-fledged team to participate in the event. He also extended gratitude to JK Tyres for supporting and sponsoring the event for the last five years.

The total prize money this time would be Rs. 3.5 lakhs. Local participants could register for Rs. 4000 (four wheelers) and Rs. 2500 (two wheelers). Registration fee for participants from outside the state would be Rs. 20,000.

Hornbill motor rally is being conducted under the supervision of Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India which would also oversee the technical aspects and fix the routes of the event. The rally would be ceremonially flagged off on December 5, 3:30 p.m. from IG Stadium Kohima while the main event would be held on December 6.

The participants had to travel for 140 kilometers through parts of national highway 29, Touphema tourist village and culminate at Kisama.

WWII peace rally to attract more tourists
Another attraction of this year’s Hornbill festival would be the WWII peace rally with the aim to promote peace, motorsports and Nagaland as a tourist destination. Unlike previous years, the rally would be flagged off from Dimapur and the participants would travel through national highway 29 via Kohima to culminate at Kisama.

The press secretary to chief minister also said the two events have showcased the capabilities of Naga youth and have taken Nagaland to international fame.

“We want to tell the international community to come and visit Nagaland not just for its beauty and its natural aspects but for also for its historical importance” added Metha.

WWII peace rally would be flagged off by state chief secretary Lalthara on December 3, 8 a.m. at DDSC stadium, Dimapur. The participants would be received by chief minister, Neiphiu Rio in Kisama. During the press conference, the trophies of the WWII peace rally were also unveiled.

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