courtesy: Team Firefox.
Nazir Hoosein Memorial Drive culminated on November 13, 2021 in Manali, after a
five-day journey passing through Lansdowne, Mussoorie, Kufri, driving through
the Jalori Pass and to Koksar via the Atal tunnel.
Memorial Drive was a non-competitive event and was a tribute to a legend, Nazir
Hoosein who put India firmly on the map of International Motorsports. This
event was put together by Team Firefox which has in the past conducted 20
Himalayan rallies. The event was endorsed by IARC – the founding club of Nazir
Hoosein. Enthused by the success of the
event, Team Firefox is planning for yet
another edition in 2022.
the final day of the drive, participants were allowed a free run to Koksar via
the Atal tunnel, towards Sisu, to take in the sight of snow-clad mountains and
serene mountain scenery. Lunch in the valley was followed by a farewell dinner
after the completion of the event, Rajan Syal expressed his gratitude towards
everyone who participated in the event and paid special tribute to an extensive
team of volunteers who helped put it together. "The overwhelming
generosity witnessed in the last few days is a testament to the success of this
event. We are glad to have put together something to commemorate the memory of
a great man and look forward to doing it again in the coming year," he
main theme of the drive itself has been nostalgia and in keeping with it many
classic cars had registered for the event, not just for the pageantry, but the
adventure itself. All five classic cars (1963 VW Beetle, 1968 VW Beetle, 1963
Fiat Select 1100, 1957 Fiat Elegant and a 1972 VW Westfalia) that registered
for the event, competed the drive successfully.
Hussein, a vintage car collector who bought and restored his 1972 VW Westfalia
four years back, said that from the moment he heard about the drive he knew he
wanted to test his van in the mountains. "To be honest, the van has
actually never driven anywhere more than 100km at a stretch," he grinned.
"Which always used to claw at me. I think the purpose of this iconic
vehicle has always been to serve its owners with long comfortable journeys, and
finally I can say that having come up to the Himalayas, it has served its
co-driver Rhea Suresh Rao admitted that while they hadn't anticipated some
small problems of the terrain and the journey, overall she never doubted the
car's capability to negotiate arduous climbs. "The cold and the general
lack of temperature control was a bit rough on us, but that is a great lesson
for next time."
hey, it's all worth it, when we look back at what we've done," Hussein
quipped. "Someday I'll tell my kids what a cool thing we did in the
mountains, and we will have all these beautiful pictures shot by the
organisers, to prove it," he added.
a vintage car collector from Kolkata who took part in the drive with two
friends, said he'd been sceptical when he saw the 'classies' at the starting
line. "But "now I swear, it's given me confidence. Maybe next year
I'll get my MG (Magnette, 1955) for this," he smiled.
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