Monsoon brings in many intricacies to the off-road lovers, and Mahindra loves to conquer them all in this season with its brigadier type vehicles. The 112th edition of the Mahindra Great Escape – one of India’s most popular off-roading adventures, concluded successfully in Lonavala, with more than 80 4WD vehicles from the Mahindra stable manoeuvering the challenging route. This Great Escape marked the start of the monsoon off-road season as Mahindra customers from Lonavala, Mumbai, Pune and other neighbouring areas participated in the event. The drive received an overwhelming response from off-roading enthusiasts, leaving everyone asking for more.
The rally was flagged off from 19 Degree North at Lonavala and presented an opportunity to explore the area’s scenic terrain. The event saw participation from the entire stable of Mahindra vehicles including the Bolero, Scorpio, Legend and the extreme off-roader – Mahindra Thar CRDe 4×4 – each representing the company’s tough and rugged DNA. These iconic Mahindra SUVs negotiated the arduous and slushy terrain of Lonavala and discovered what it’s like to be in the lap of nature.
Wrapped in a blanket of green with gurgling streams and rolling hills, Lonavala offered a picture-perfect postcard setting for a day of fun filled off-roading. Located close to both the cities of Mumbai and Pune, Lonavala gave auto enthusiasts the perfect opportunity to enjoy the monsoon and tackle a challenging route. Speaking on the occasion, Vivek Nayer, Chief Marketing Officer, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “We are delighted to host this edition of the Mahindra Great Escape in the ever popular destination of Lonavala. This gave a chance to our customers to enjoy the bounty of nature, while testing the tough and rugged DNA of the Mahindra vehicles. This is one of the most coveted destinations amongst off-roading enthusiasts, for its scenic beauty and challenging terrain. Over the years, the Great Escape has developed the reputation of being one of India’s most thrilling off-road events and this one was no different as it tested the limits of both man and machine to the extreme”.
The Mahindra Great Escape under the Mahindra Adventure umbrella brand continues to live up to it’s promise of encouraging an off-roading culture and demonstrating the tough and rugged DNA of Mahindra vehicles.
Initiated in 2013, the concept of an all-India ‘Mahindra Off-Road Trophy’ has seen fierce competition as participants got a chance to demonstrate their off-road driving skills through different stages of obstacles.
Winner- Shindolkar Tejas (Driver) & Audi Pushker (Co-driver) – Mahindra Classic
Runner up- Kaushal Vyas (Driver) & Mulik Saurabh (Co-driver) – Mahindra THAR
Winner- Chandgude Shrikant (Driver) & Chandgude Rohit (Co-driver) – Mahindra THAR
Runner up- Machado Marshall (Driver) & Shetty Sudesh (Co-driver) – Bolero GLX 4wd
These winners from Lonavala Great Escape, along with winners from the Shillong Great Escape will join winners from the other upcoming Great Escapes like, Goa, Hyderabad, Vagamon, Chandigarh, Ooty, Hyderabad, Sakleshpur, Gurgaon and Pushkar, to compete against each other for the trophy at the finals.
This edition of the Mahindra Great Escape was conducted in association with MAXXIS, the official tyre partner for all the Great Escapes and the Off-Road trophy to be held this year.