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Powerful engines bouncing off the red-line, nearly 500 participants trying to get close to that magical 10-second quarter mile, supercars and superbikes on display and hundreds of spectators getting up close to the action while munching on good food.
This is India Speed Week for you, and the second round of the event is set to happen in Bangalore on the last weekend of this month.
India Speed Week is the nation's premiere drag racing event which is usually organised alongside an auto expo and food arrangements in order to make it more interesting for spectators. The event is also organised with an aim to promote talent in drag racing, in a safe and controlled environment.
The drag-racing event is set to take place in Bangalore for the first time, but this is round two of the event. The first round was held near Pune, at Aamby Valley earlier this year, and the third round is expected to take place at Kolkata in December.
Vehicles being registered by participants will be categorised based on their engine capacity and extent of modifications. The cars and motorcycles would then be raced over a quarter-mile (402.336metres) and the top three positions for the day in a particular category are decided based on the timings clocked by them.
Organisers of the event were present in Bangalore earlier today, making an announcement to the media about India Speed Week being organised in Bangalore. Speaking to the gathering was Amit Kumar Modi, Managing Director of India Speed Week, and his team.
Vroom, a Bangalore-based organisation known for holding drag race meets in the region, will be facilitating the India Speed Week. The race management and the state of the art timing system will be handled by Elite Octane - the pioneers in re-igniting drag racing in India from the successful Valley Run series since 2013. Elite Octane is associated with veterans and Limca Book record holder for motorsport events, Sportscraft India.
Adequate measures will be taken to ensure the safety of the participants, and track marshals from the FMSCI (Federation Of Motorsports Corporation of India) will be present at the event to ensure all rules, regulations and standards are adhered to. Renowned Bollywood actor and stunt junkie Suniel Shetty would be present at the event to interact with participants and visitors.
Registrations are open for participants until 16 October, after which there will be a late registration penalty. No registrations would be accepted after 21 October. Audience tickets for the event are being sold online at Rs 1,000 (General entry) and Rs 2,500 (VIP lounge) at Mera Events.
Drag racing has been a much loved form of motorsport in India and especially Bangalore. After a 10-year gap, during which the government had banned drag racing in Karnataka, the quarter-mile was back only in 2015. Since then Bangalore has seen several drag racing events, and India Speed Week might just be the largest yet.