Guwahati: The Adventurous Hynniewtrep Off Roaders (AHOR) flagged off the 3rd edition of 4×4 Off Road Challenge at Kharsati Nature Park Umsning Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya on Thursday. The three-day long event will conclude on Saturday.
With a motto to preserve, promote and explore the AHOR 4X4 offroad challenge was first started in 2017 at Kharsati Nature Park with 25 to 26 registrations from across the Northeastern states.
Speaking with EastMojo, AHOR general secretary Demetrius Onel said, “We go to places which are like Jungles and for any land we never destroy any tree and always try to protect the environment. Even for this event, we didn’t use JCB or any tree cutting to make the track and we use all natural terrain where there are rivers, ditches and paddy fields, flush, hills and rocks. We all use the naturally giften terrain.”
The AHOR 4X4 Off Road Challenge also encourages women and other people from the neighbouring states of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam to come and join the event.
“For this event, we are using only highly modified vehicles in which a jeep or a four-wheel drive vehicle should have all proper equipment such as big tyres, big engines and a lot of safety gear in place,” said Onel.
However, Onel lamented that in Northeast India, we don’t have those kind of vehicles, so we have less participation. “Nobody can afford those kinds of expensive parts (off-road vehicles), which are mostly imported. So, to encourage 4X4 off-roading in Northeast, we are planning to arrange a sub-category next year so that any vehicle, which can be a stock Jeep or Thar, can come and join us,” the secretary added.