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On a reverse drive

Lyricist Madhan Karky flagging off the Discover Madras — A Treasure Hunt Car Rally. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam  

Discover Madras, a treasure hunt car rally organised by the Madras Motor Sports Club for the members of the Madras Race Club on August 16, provided participants a chance to explore the culture-rich city. The rally was flagged off by lyricist Madhan Karky. The event was open to non-members as well and prizes were announced in three categories: MRC members, general and all women team.

The rally began at Madras Race Club grounds, and the route covered a distance of 45 kilometres from Guindy, towards St.Thomas Mount, KK Nagar, Kodambakkam, T. Nagar, Egmore, Kilpauk, Purasaiwalkam,Vepery, Teynampet, Kottupuram, Gandhi Nagar, Adayar, Velachery and back. The Madras War Cemetry, Ashoka Pillar, Vani Mahal, MGR Residence, The Regional Institute of Opthalmology, Doveton Corrie School, St Pauls Church, The Madras Veterinary College and a 1000-year-old Perumal temple in Kotturpuram were the landmarks located using the riddles and clues provided in the chart.

Set in the format of time, speed and distance, along with 15 questions and fun tasks to be completed en route by the participants, the results were calculated based on the accuracy of the participants. Amit Arora, GM-operations, Madras Motor Sports Club, who was also the Clerk of the Course (the person who plans the route of the rally) said that he did extensive research on the lesser-known historical buildings of the city and planned a route that covered these in the rally.

It was only at the rally that I came to know that the Regional Institute of Opthalmology was started in 1819 (it is the world’s second eye hospital) and that the Doveton Corrie School has been in existence since 1855. In some locations such as Madras War Cemetry and at MGR House, we had to get out of the car and one of the team members had to pose and be photographed.

The lifeline of our team was Chandramouli, whose precise calculations and interpretation of the route chart enabled us to complete the rally.

The three hours spent exploring the city was a fun way of celebrating Madras week. The rally discouraged speeding with heavy penalty for those who reached the various points where marshals were stationed at undisclosed locations en route.

Therefore, it was a safe way to see the unique aspects of singaraa Chennai. The rally organisers also announced prize for best dressed team that represented Chennai and the prize was won by the all-women team: Padma Sundar, Smitha, Varsha and Usha.

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