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    Thread: Hill Climb at Nandi Hills - 20th to 22nd Jan 2015

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      Hill Climb at Nandi Hills - 20th to 22nd Jan 2015

      The legendary event is back after a couple of years. Lots of fast cars expected, should be good fun.

      Any GearHeads taking part?
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      I bet many of them are. I would love to head there for this, but my car is neither safe nor fast, even the stock 1600 class i wouldnt get through. Surely some day!

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      Accidents Put the Brakes on Nandi Hills Climb

      BENGALURU: Failure to control a large crowd that had gathered to watch a motorsport event led to a slew of serious accidents at Nandi Hills on the outskirts of the city on Wednesday. Four people were injured. Some claimed that at least two people died, but the police and the organisers have dismissed this.

      The Nandi Hills Climb, which has been taking place for years at the popular picnic spot, began on Wednesday. The two-day national racing event takes place at the top of the hills. A 1.5-km stretch from the top is cordoned off while the riders race. The event was last held in 2012, as permission was not granted in 2013 and 2014. The climb that took place on Wednesday was “highly anticipated”, according to the participants and saw around 240 riders from across the country take part. There were around 10 categories for bikes, including super-bikes.

      The climb for four-wheelers was to be held on Thursday, but was called off by the police following the accidents on Wednesday.

      ‘It Was Utter Chaos’: Sonali Mukherji, who was to participate in the bikers’ climb, chose not to on seeing the crowd that had gathered at the venue, and the consequent ruckus. “The management was poor. They (organisers) had no inkling on how to control the crowds,” she said.

      She said some members of the crowd had resorted to substance abuse and then started riding their bikes.

      “I saw a few of them consuming alcohol and smoking drugs. There were just three or four policemen and they were clueless on how to handle the surging crowd. The organisers could not do anything either,” Sonali said.

      Event organiser Avinash Gowda clarified that there were no deaths, and claimed the rumours were aimed at maligning his name. “There was a death on Dodballapur main road not connected to the race. However, rumour mongers have not only connected that death to the event, they have also said four deaths took place. This is absolutely false.”

      He told Express that normally, the event draws 1,000 to 2,000 people. But this time, there were 7,000-8,000 people. “This was not anticipated and we indeed had a hard time controlling the crowd,” he said.

      He said it was pure bad luck that due to the crowds, the race suffered. “In one incident, a person from the crowd lost his balance while riding and fell down. Another girl sustained minor head injuries, and was rushed to a hospital…. But these were not participants,” he said. He said of the participants, only two fell and sustained minor injuries. He said the organisers had asked for 10-15 police men, but only four were posted.

      Chikballapur (rural) police officers confirmed Gowda’s statement on the death on Dodballapur main road. However, the Chikballapur SP was not available for further information.

      ‘A SLIPSHOD JOB by the organisers’

      Jupsy Kushalappa, a rider who participated, said the event was supposed to start early in the morning to avoid traffic, but was delayed. “It was supposed to start around 8 am, but it actually began only past 10 am. By the time the first few categories were completed, it was already around 3 pm, while the climb was supposed to conclude by evening. It was a slipshod job by the organisers. Coupled with the large crowd that could not be controlled, it really isn’t surprising these accidents took place,” he said. Jupsy added that it was the organisers’ duty to ensure there were no glitches, especially given that the participants were charged a fee of Rs 1,500. But the money was refunded after the chaos, he added.

      Source - Accidents Put the Brakes on Nandi Hills Climb | MotoXindia.com

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      Nandi Hill Climb – an embarrassment to Indian Motorsports

      Bangalore is a haven for motoring enthusiasts. Supercars, Superbikes, tuners, race teams, custom bikes, race spec bikes and cars, rare bikes and cars, stunt teams and even wacky concepts, you name it Bangalore has it. So it comes as no surprise that racing is a big deal in the garden city. There was the Drag championship that happened once at the Yelankha Air strip but that soon came to a halt for reasons unknown. The only remaining place for all the racers to vent was the Nandi Hill climb that used to happen every year. Sadly even that faced some issues but luckily this year it was brought back to life. The event was scheduled from the 20th to the 22nd of January with practice on the first day, bikes on the second day and cars on day three. The good news ends there though.

      With every passing year the Nandi Hill Climb has become a nightmare to manage and this year it probably was the worst ever. The Nandi Hill Climb happens on the single lane road uphill. The hilltop is a popular go to place for the people in Bangalore and sees a decent amount of regular traffic and that number multiplies many folds when you have the Hill climb scheduled. So basically how the race happens is, traffic is halted for about an hour, a few racers are timed and then traffic opened and the whole process is repeated. It all seems simple but it is not. The huge number of people gathered are everywhere and there are never enough amount of organizers to handle an event of such magnitude. You have people on the track, walking across the track, blocking you when you are about to launch and even right at the corner where you are really pushing a bike or a car. One mistake from the rider/driver and all these people are in for some real danger. All these are distractions for the participant as well. Just imagine a fast corner going into a hairpin turn, you are braking hard, looking at the entry and you see a bunch of guys having a beer two meters next to the tight entry. Should I go on?

      The organizing team needs to be much bigger and way more well prepared to handle the Hill Climb. The event started late and the snails pace of execution saw only two or three classes of races timed by evening. The others were pushed to the next day. And if all this was not enough, along came the Police and parked their jeep right across the start line and start chasing away everybody including participants. Makes you ask the question, did the event even have the right permissions? Participants understandably were furious. A lot of participants made time on a weekday from their daily jobs, prepared for weeks to participate and did not even get a chance to race and were asked to come another day. Totally unfair and utterly demoralizing.

      Having an event like this is a definite boost for the motoring community. But if mismanaged like this it would only be known for the wrong reasons and give the already ignored, small dedicated group of racers a bad name. Even worse, events like these could see an end. We sincerely hope the right people take notice and organize events like these in the passionate, prestigious and sporting manner it needs to be done.

      Source - Nandi Hill Climb – an embarrassment to Indian Motorsports | MotoXindia.com
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