The Great Arc Rally Of India Roarrs Into Life

The Great Arc, a new concept in motoring events has been launched by ROARR, organisers of the Jewel of India and the Himalaya Classic Rally.

The Great Arc aims to be the "Paris Dakar" of India, taking off-road and 4x4’s, motorbikes and classic cars from the tip of India in the South to Mussoorie in the Himalayas - in a straight line.

The Great Arc pays homage to William Lambton and George Everest, two intrepid surveyors who mapped India in the largest and longest geographical survey ever carried out. Taking nearly 50 years the two men and hundreds of Indians fought their way through the jungles, across the plains, up the mountains and over the rivers of India to deliver the definitive survey of India.

Its 1600 miles of inch perfect survey cost more lives than most contemporary wars, and involved equations more complex than any in the pre-computer age. Hailed as ‘one of the most stupendous works in the history of science’, it was also one of the most perilous.

The Great Arc Rally aims to take up the spirit of the Survey by asking competitors to drive in as straight a line as possible from the tip of India at Cape Comorin to Hathiopaon near Mussoorie, Everest’s home in the clouds where he spent many years calculating the results of the survey.

The Rally will follow a route up the spine of India and will require ingenuity, persistence, stamina and a strong dose of luck to win. Competitors will have to fashion river crossings, beat a path through the jungles, and negotiate their way through villages, all in aid of keeping a straight line. The event is open to three classes of vehicles, off road and 4x4’s, motorcycles and classic cars which will follow a kinder route on roads and tracks.

The entry fee includes route directions, mechanical back-up and team doctors to sort out the blackwater fever from the black-eye. No private back-up or service vehicles are allowed.

Run over 21 days in October 2007 it costs £14,850 to enter a vehicle and two drivers or £7,425 for a motorcycle and rider. All accommodation and food at overnight stops, many of which will be tented camps, is provided, along with route and telemetry.

Vehicles’ Eligibility
  • Off-road and 4x4’s: Competitors can bring their own jeeps or they can hire a local jeep from ROARR.
  • Motorbikes: Trials and off-road bikes are recommended.
  • Classics: There are no age categories, type or model restrictions, it just has to be manufactured before 1975.
  • Download the entry form at
28 April 2006 Staff

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