Amazing Motor Rally: Racing for the greater good

KGH Foundation recently hosted the Amazing Motor Rally on February 6. The annual event saw (number of people and cars) adventure seekers taking part in the two-day race. Throughout the event, participants had to complete various tasks and challenges.

The adventurous motor rally was all about finding ourselves and recreating memories with our loved ones and spreading awareness for cancer and promoting tourism in Nepal.

The starting point was the premises of the Nepal Tourism Board where participants registered and received their rally car number, vehicle stickers, flags and rally kit. Inside the kit was a collection of essentials such as T-shirts, caps, Waterfront Resort room key voucher, luggage tag, tabulation sheet and water bottle. Participants were also provided with a packed breakfast and event meal voucher.

Most of the cars were decked out in stickers with the theme being ‘Visit Nepal 2020 and #IAMANDIWILL Create a FUTURE without cancer’. Some cars even had a corporate and personal touch in terms of decoration.

After a quick meal, it was time to start the Amazing Motor Rally! The flag off began at exactly 7 am, with the first rally car leaving a trail of dust. Others soon followed, with the order based on their rally car number and a minute time difference.

They were on a race to pass six checkpoints and complete 14 tasks before being crowned the winner. There were different contests and games within the Amazing Motor Rally as well. These included: Best decorated car, Guess the weight, Parallel Parking, Shake it off, The Nutstacker, Dance with Nature, Click it and Win, Hit the Bull’s eye and Beer Pong.

The six checkpoints were located at Naubise, Malekhu, Kurintar, Damauli, Pokhara Gate and Halanchowk before the final destination at Waterfront Resort. Participants had to reach the checkpoints according to the tabulation sheet. For the team that left at exactly 7 am sharp, they had to reach the first checkpoint in Naubise by 9:12 am. If they arrived ahead of time, they would receive 20 points for each minute. But if they reached the checkpoint after the predetermined time, they would only get 10 points.

To ensure that participants drove safely, each sector had a different average speed limit as per the tabulation sheet. Participants had to put on their thinking caps to calculate the distance and plan accordingly. If their speed exceeded 85kmph, they were immediately disqualified. They also had to follow the designated route and adhere to traffic rules. This meant that participants with faster cars could not simply bulldoze their way to the final checkpoint.

Once they reached a checkpoint, participants had to complete a series of tasks to earn the least number of points. At the third checkpoint, participants had to ask the official photographer to take a picture of their team. At the final checkpoint, participants were welcomed by the Rotary International District 392 Governor. They submitted their final task and tabulation sheet and waited for the other participants. After a long day filled with fun tasks and scenic drives, participants ended up at Waterfront Resort where drinks flowed freely. A closing ceremony was held where the winners of the Amazing Motor Rally were honoured. They all received several exciting prizes.

The title winner was Shalendra BC. He received a grand trophy and certificates along with a ticket to any Qatar Airways destination, two luxurious pairs of Dulla shoes – The Factory Team, 2N/3D package from Waterfront Resort and Himalayan Front Hotel. He also received a gyrocopter, champagne and accessories from Nepal Goodies.

The first runner up was Shikhar Pandit. He also received a trophy and certificates along with a helicopter ride to Mardi Himal, a pair of shoes from Dulla – The Factory Team, hot air balloon ride and a Friday night BBQ package for two at Park Village Hotel. He also received a Trisara meal voucher worth Rs 3,000.

The second runner up was Anuskha Shrestha. Aside from the trophy and certificates, she was awarded a mountain flight for two by Buddha Air, a pair of luxurious shoes from Dulla, a 1N/2D package for two at Waterfront Resort and dinner for two at Maya Manor Boutique Hotel worth Rs 3,000.

After the thrill of the first day, participants got a much-needed break at Waterfront Resort and Himalayan Front Hotel and woke up the next day feeling energised. They gathered for breakfast at Himalayan Front Hotel and fuelled up on the various delicacies on offer.

After a hearty meal, participants went to charitable events from a free health camp to distributing educational items at a school.

The free health camp was held at Janajagriti High School in Sarangkot, Kaski. Locals received free eye and dental check-ups. There was also a cervical cancer screening for females along with pediatric service and glass distribution.

It was followed by donating school bags and sports materials to students at Janajagriti High School. The event officially concluded after lunch which was hosted by the Rotary Club of Pokhara – Annapurna and NCRS Kaski.

The 7th edition of the popular Amazing Motor Rally was organised by Waterfront in association with KGH Foundation and the Rotary Club of Bagmati. It showed us that the event is not just limited to the fun and competition of a motor rally but also comprises of giving back to society.

Other sponsors for the 7th edition of the Amazing Motor Rally 2020 are Himalayan Front Hotel, Waterfront Resort, The Kathmandu Post, Arna Beer, Shikhar Insurance, Prabhu Insurance, Qatar Airways, Buddha Air, Geomate, Bank of Kathmandu, Captain Outdoors and Autolife Nepal. Major corporate houses and winner of Miss Nepal 2019 Anuskha Shrestha also attended the event.

Managing Director of Waterfront Resort and KGH Group Diwakar Rajkarnikar added, “We have been organising this event since 2013 to promote tourism, traffic rules and safe driving for the whole nation. Since then, the event has grown and is now in its 7th edition.”

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