Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Rubber burned on the straight strip of asphalt even as deafening vrooms filled the vast emptiness near the in-flight catering complex at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad here on Sunday.

Cars and bikes of different classes, few foreign-made, some India-manufactured and fitted with foreign engines, raced at feverish speeds at Deccan 1/4 Mile Drag, a national drag racing competition conducted by Andhra Pradesh Motor Sports Club (APMSC).

A quarter of a mile (1,320 feet) was all that separated the start and the finish lines; and vehicles zipped past on the track, to loud cheers from the audience.

Winners were judged on three parameters – reaction time, elapsed time and speed, said Srikanth Araza, honorary secretary of APMSC. Approximate maximum speeds of the vehicles were measured through a speed trap located near the finish line.

Teams from all over the country participated in the event that consisted of 30 classes for cars and motorcycles.

Vehicles were categorised on the basis of different factors like engine capacity, configuration of cylinders, frames, vehicle construction materials, etc.

“We have introduced new classes this time. A diesel open class, unrestricted class open to all Indian cars with foreign engines, foreign cars and specials, single seater and non-production vehicles”, said Mr. Srikanth. “Also two new classes for women have been formed which are cars up to 1,300 cc and cars from 1,301 to 1,600 cc.”

C. Madhusudan Reddy (Indian open cars class), Mohd Hyder Khan (diesel open class) and M. Varun Reddy (unrestricted class) were declared as champion of champions.