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January 28, 2014

Second Amby Valley drag run ends successfully

Elite Octane Inc organized the second edition of its popular Valley Run – the only drag race in the country at the Amby Valley strip in Lonavala over the weekend. This year the event saw participation of 400 drag enthusiasts along with the presence of some of the finest race tuned Indian cars and bikes, supercars and superbikes competing to clock the fastest quarter mile. Keeping the crowds entertained and offering spectators some variety was a Supercross event, which included a championship for under 14 racers & the pro seniors. A brand new professional drag racing timing system was also provided; the same system is used by all professional drag strips across the globe.
Putting up an exhibition run on the new Kawasaki ZX14R was 11 time World Drag Race Champion Rickey Gadson. Speaking on the occasion Rickey Gadson said “This is my second trip to India and I’m blown away by the excitement shown by the participants. I’m amazed how racers have managed to tune the small capacity vehicles to deliver good outputs; these things are pocket rockets. I came for the Valley Run in 2013 and saw a huge turnout for the run and this year the number has multiplied and it is just amazing to see so much passion for drag racing here. I have utmost respect for all the racers & appreciate Elite Octane Inc’s initiative to take this concept to the highest level.”
Mr. Vivek Kumar, CEO AAamby Valley City and Hotel Sahara Star: “We are extremely pleased to host The Valley Run 2013 at Aamby Valley City. The international level drag race will be a spectacular event for all auto lovers and will see superbikes and supercars competing to give viewers the ultimate adrenaline rush. The drag race is one of the many unique offerings at Aamby Valley City and we strive to constantly provide such international experiences to our guests.”
Drag racing is a competition in which specially prepared automobiles or motorcycles compete, usually two at a time, to be first to cross a set finish line. The race follows a straight course from a standing start over a measured distance, most commonly ¼ mile (1,320 ft (400 m)); in India drag racing is still in its nascent phase, but is quite popular among auto lovers. Tuning vehicles to give an enhanced performance is common in drag races and tuners also get the opportunity to display their skills.
The much anticipated event had participants travel from Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Gujarat showcasing their vehicles and tuning skills. The two day was every automobile lover’s dream with cars like Lamborginis, Audi R8s, Ferrari and bikes like Ducatis, BMW HP4s lined up to prove whose the fastest.



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