Heavily modified Honda City packed with NOS, Maruti Zens with monster motors under their small hoods and various other exotic four wheelers and two were out to prove their mettle at the Valley Run 2013.
The cars and bikes, in their respective classes, fought furiously as they went about setting their best times. Participants had one practise run before giving their best shot next time out. Once the Christmas tree lit up, it was furious action. The pressure though was quite clearly on the machinery as the final standings were decided on the basis of only the elapsed time. Hence, the riders' and drivers' reaction times didn’t play a pivotal role on the drag strip and took out some of the drama of the competition.
The crowds were thrilled to see the cars hitting the track – a E60 BMW M5, Z4, Nissan’s GT-R, Audi’s R8 and Lamborghini’s Gallardo were some of the head turners there. On two wheels, a BMW S1000RR, Honda CBR 1000RR, Kawasaki ZZr1400, Suzuki Hayabusa drew a lot of attention.
The two-day event organised by Elite Octane drew over 200 participants from all over the country. Participants came from as far away as Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore. The Indian cars were split up into various categories based on their displacement, state of tune and modifications. There was everything from a Tata Nano to a Rolls-Royce Phantom that took to the strip. But the serious contenders were the super tuned machines in the ProStock categories with B Bala Vijay’s Honda City clocking a blistering time of 13.54s. Of the exotics, Dr Amjad Khan’s Nissan GT-R was given chase by the 911 Turbo of Amish Shah. However the GT-R’s 11.26s time remained the benchmark of the event.
On two wheels, the RX100 kick off time was 14s. The RD350 class-best times was 13s. The next few classes of four-stroke motorcycles couldn’t get close to the times set by the 2-strokers. It was only when the big displacement four-strokes came out to play that the times tumbled quickly into the 12s and 11s! The day’s best time was a smashing 10.2s set by Sundeep Singh Sokhi on a BMW S1000RR.
However, the highlight of the day was to see ten-time world drag race champion Rickey Gadson tear down the quarter mile on his demo runs. Once he got used to the borrowed Kawasaki Ninja ZZR1400 and its setup, Rickey chipped away at the times. It was an absolute treat to watch him peel off the line with perfectly controlled aggression that netted him the best time of 10s.
The crowd also waited patiently for the demo run of the 320bhp MTT Y2K turbine bike. There was no mistaking the Y2K for anything else as the whine from the turbine engine was impossible to ignore. The Y2K’s full bore run lacked drama as the bike built speed progressively before disappraring into the distance. It felt truly at home on the runway at Aamby Valley.
The Valley Run 2013 had the right mix of smooth organisation, determined participants and high speed thrills. It was a great way to jump-start the drag racing scene in this part of the country and hopefully it’s even bigger and better next time.