The 13th Chander Memorial Rally, organised by the Coimbatore Auto Sports Club (CASC), will be flagged off here at 9 a.m. on December 16.

The one-day event is open to both two and four wheelers. Besides the open category, it will also feature the novice and all ladies class.

Conducted in memory of M.K. Chander, who started his career as a rider and later navigated in over 100 rallies in both two and four wheelers, the rally will be run on a Time, Speed & Distance (TSD) format.

This year’s event covers a distance of approximately 140km. It will start from the Nehru Stadium, run through Club Office, Ganapathy, Saravanampatti, Kovilpalayam, Annur, Sirumugai, Puliampatti, Mondipalayam Temple, Annur-Karumpathampatti Road, Pachapalayam, Kurumbampalayam, Kalapatti, Avanashi Road, and finish at Nehru Stadium.

The maximum speed allowed is 45kmph and the minimum is 15kmph (through villages and crowded areas).

There will be secret checkpoints en-route to monitor the speeds. Every second is liable for a penalty whether running late or early.

About 40 cars and as many bikes are expected to take part. “The Rotary Club of Coimbatore Spectrum will use the event as a platform to create awareness on the participation for the End Polio Campaign scheduled in January/ February next. Incidentally, it coincides with the National Immunisation Day,” said R. Prithviraj, the CASC Secretary.

“We are pleased the event is being used for the promotion of a social cause,” said P.K. Rajagopal, late Chander’s brother-in-law.

The mandatory safety checks (pre-scrutiny) and the compulsory drivers' briefing will be held at the CASC, 29, Nehru Stadium, at 6 p.m. on Dec. 15.

For details, contact CASC at 2380065.

Manikandan makes merry

At Udhagamandalam, an all-round show by M. Manikandan (three for 45 & 92) helped Anna XI score a convincing six-wicket win over Fernhill Youngsters Sports Club in the TNCA-NDCA third division league for the Sancheti Memorial Rolling Trophy at the Lawrence School grounds on Wednesday.

The scores: Fern Hill Youngsters SC 161 (K. Nandakumar 52, M. Pranesh 31, M. Manikandan three for 45, U. Gautham three for 28) lost to Anna XI 165 for four in 25.2 overs (M. Manikandan 92).

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