An off-road driving skill was put to test for the Mitsubushi Pajero Sport owners in a one-of-a-kind experience

A drive through deep puddles, slush-filled ditches and steep climbs — up and down— may not come as a surprise to many drivers on city roads these days. But an event organised for the Mitsubushi Pajero Sport owners to test their off-road driving skills turned out to be truly a ‘heart-in-mouth’ experience. Held at GMR off-track Road Rental near the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport last Sunday, the adventure sport had 25 eager participants signing up.

Just before the event began, the organisers held a small briefing to instruct participants on how to overcome challenges that come during their ride. At each stop, participants were told how to manoeuvre the car, what gear to use etc.. Families, children, businessmen and senior level personnel of large companies participated in the event. There was one family that came all the way from Kurnool to take part in the event.

Suresh Reddy, owner of Pride Mitsubishi in Hyderabad says, “We wanted to showcase the capabilities of the vehicle and also give an opportunity to our customers to drive off-roading. Apart from that we want to build a relationship with our customers.”

P. Vijayan, chief operating officer and strategic business unit head of Hindustan Motors who had earlier flagged off the event says, “We wanted customers to feel how these vehicles performed on off-roading and on tough terrains.” Participants got to see the Anniversary Edition of Pajero Sport which was on display at the boot camp. It was launched last year and had won BBC Top Gear's ‘Off-roader of the Year 2012’ award.

Jasraman Grewal of Hyderabad Graphic Novel Project who participated along with his father-in-law Dr. Vithal Rajan comments, “It was a real heart-in-mouth experience. Much better than I expected, I felt like a professional racer. Wish they would do more events like this. It was quite an unbelievable experience as a driver.”

The event that was filled with adventure, entertainment and lot of camaraderie had The Hindu MetroPlus ‘Wheels’ as the media partner.