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Recently held Monsoon Run 2014 – Prasanta Paul Memorial Trophy saw 30 teams compete for top honours. The Rally run on the TSD (time-speed-distance) format was ceremonially flagged off in the late afternoon on Friday, July 11, 2014 from Hotel De Sovrani in Salt Lake. Suparna Paul (widow of Late Prasanta Paul), Nani Gopal Chanda (veteran rallyist), Ravi Kumar (Chairman, CMSC) and other dignitaries were present to flag-off the competitors.


Early the next morning, the Rally started from Dankuni Toll Plaza on the National Highway 2 just outside Kolkata. The rally route travelled along the Durgapur Expressway via Bardhaman, an abandoned World War 2 airstrip at Orgram, then on to Guskara, the mud roads of Pichkuri village, forest roads of Valki-Machan and ended at 11 Mile on the Mourigram Road near Durgapur.


The challenging route required the competitors to display both their driving and navigational skills. There were 35 Time Controls (check points) including 5 GPS Time Controls where the transit time was automatically taken through Global Positioning satellites. Included on the route was an abandoned airstrip near Orgram which was used by the US Army during World War – II, and the competitors had a tough navigation job there. Drivers showed their skills in the spectacular mud road near Pichkuri Village.


In the GPS control zone, it was the ultimate in driving skills and navigation as no Time Controls were visible. The competitors were required to maintain the average speed given in the speed chart and their time was recorded with the help of satellites on the basis of latitude/ longitude position of the car.  A very special section of the route was named ‘Paul’s Terrain’ in the honour of the Late Prasanta Paul.


Amongst the 30 teams that began the rally, 28 finished within the time permitted. One arrived very late and another had a breakdown due to suspension damage.



Suparna Paul giving away the Prasanta Paul Memorial Trophy to Subir Roy and his navigator Arindam Ghosh


The prize distribution ceremony was held at the Calcutta Rowing Club on July 13, 2014. Suparna Paul gave away the Prasanta Paul Memorial Trophy to Subir Roy and his navigator Arindam Ghosh who finished first and won a cash prize of Rs 30000.


They were followed by 1st runner up Jogendra Jaiswal and Amit Saha who took home cash prize of Rs 20000. The team of Anubhav De and Chandan Sen took the final step of the posium finishing 2nd runner up winning Rs 10000 as prize money.


Jharkhand lad Ashish Budhia won the trophy for the best performance in ‘Paul’s Terrain’. Dipali Poddar won the Best Lady Driver Trophy while Sananda Sen bagged the title of Best Lady Navigator. The team of Nakul Jaidka and Aditya Vikram Gupta was adjudged the Best Novice Team Prize while the team of Ankur Kapoor and Gautam Khandelwal bagged the Best Promising Team Trophy. The Best Tuner trophy went to Sk. Sajjad.


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