The PHD Chamber Women’s Car Rally 2018 has been an instant hit with the participants and the corporate world. Powered by Sony Entertainment Television, the rally from Delhi to Jaipur was organised with an objective to recognize the selfless efforts of women in all walks of life.
The all-woman rally with the ‘Wheeling the Women to Power’ theme had attracted nearly 150-strong participation. The ladies on wheels drove their respective cars from Delhi to Jaipur on Day 1 and around Jaipur on Day 2 of the rally. The Rally also saw the participation of four teams of the Indian Army and five teams from the Indian Air Force. The participants shattered the age barriers – with the participants ranging from 18 to 80 years of age. Bhim Sain and Parvina Bhim Sain were the oldest couples to join the competition.
A strong sponsorship support and PHD Chamber-backing had placed the rally among the top Time Speed Distance motorsport events in the country. The event, powered by Sony Entertainment Television, has attracted corporate sponsorships from country’s top brands like Lotus Herbals, Fena, Kent RO Purifiers, State Bank of India and Envy Deo. The strong financial support meant lower entry fee and best amenities for the participants.
A ceremonial flag off at the PHD House, New Delhi, was graced by the first lady of Indian Army, Mrs. Madhulika Rawat who is also President of Army Wives Welfare Association and Padmashri Guru Shovana Narayan and Indian Paralympian Deepa Malik.
The Women Car Rally, organised under the aegis of Sports Authority of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India and in association with Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India, covered around 700km over the two days.
The time speed distance event comprised a set of instructions specifying a route to travel, and a speed at which to travel.
The carefully charted, lightly-travelled terrain through the Aravalis, Bhangarh Fort, Jaipur Fort included ravel, tarmac, sandpits and sand dunes along the road which made the participating ladies more confident. The route decoding was a great team building and coordination exercise between the driver and the navigator as shared by Priya Hingorani, Co-Chairperson, Sports & Youth Affairs Committee. She was also among the participants on the wheels.
“The idea is to celebrate and make it an enjoyable experience rallying the alleys of Haryana, Rajasthan. It’s PHD Chamber of Commerce’s first initiative through its Sports and Youth Affairs Committee. The event based on the theme, ‘Wheeling the Women to Power’, is also associated with the women empowerment causes like Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and breast cancer awareness en route from Delhi to Jaipur. It’s been an amazing success, since the time we have announced it, almost two hundred women have successfully participated and many of them have shown great grit and determination in winning among their category,” says Arshad Nizam Shawl, co-chairman Sports and Youth Affairs, PHD Chamber of Commerce.
The rally concluded with a prize distribution ceremony on March 31 at Hotel Clarks Amer in Jaipur with Princess Diya Kumari as the chief guest. “The Rally has boosted the confidence and competitive spirit of the drivers,” said Princess Diya Kumari. She further added that she deeply believes that women should empower women. “This will leverage women to reach greater heights.”
The prize distribution ceremony was also graced by Ms. Bibi Russell, Fashion Designer, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and Rajasthan State Guest and Kamal Shekhawat, Additional Superintendent of Police, Jaipur Police Commissionerate. Among others present on the occasion were PHD Chamber president Anil Khaitan and Co-Chairman and Co-Chairperson, Sports and Youth Affairs Committee, Arshad Nizam Shawl and Priya Hingorani.
The Overall Team Trophy went to the Army Adventure Team from the Indian Army. The Airforce Adventure Team of the Indian Air Force finished in the second position. Other winning categories included Mixed-Amateur, Mixed-Expert, All Women-Amateur and All Women Expert.