JK Tyre Orange 4x4 Fury: Exciting clash on the cards

Gerrari Off-Roaders and United Kerala Off-Roaders are the top contenders.

Defending champion Gerrari Off-Roaders from Chandigarh pose with their last year's trophies.   -  special arrangement

The rather quiet and sleepy Dambuk Village comes to life at this time of the year, thanks to the popular Orange Festival of Adventure and Music. But for some years now, the JK Tyre Orange 4x4 Fury has added to the excitement in a big way.

The participation for this off-roading event has increased in size and so is the competition. This year, about 50 teams will fight it out in this mega festival that commenced here on Saturday.

The top contenders are the Gerrari Off-Roaders from Chandigarh and United Kerala Off-Roaders from Kochi. The former has fielded four teams, led by defending champion Kabir Waraich and Gurmeet Singh. The latter will be represented by a 22-member strong team.

One of the biggest

The teams, which include AON Nagaland and MOCA Arunachal, lined-up on Saturday to make it one of the biggest off-roading competitions in the country.

The event holds great importance for JK Tyres as it had formalised off-roading in the North East region by introducing the 4x4 Fury in Dambuk four years ago.

“We are delighted to see the way the JK Tyre 4x4 Fury has grown since we conceived it,” said Sanjay Sharma, Head of JK Motorsports.

The Orange 4x4 Fury will be held in the dense rainforests of Arunachal.

The teams will negotiate two really tough circuits over some 800 metres that will challenge their driving skills, courage and teamwork, as also the sturdiness of their vehicles, ranging from the Maruti Gypsy to the bulky SUVs and the Quad.

Their first obstacle course will be the Sisar river and the participants will have about 20 minutes to negotiate a 500-metre course, with a dry river bed and mountains.

In the final stage, the vehicles will have to tackle the Sineh river bed, which is like a 300-metre obstacle course that opens with a steep downhill section requiring the use of winches.