One of India’s renowned adventures, the Mahindra Great Escape has concluded successfully in Lonavala with its off road trophy round. Said to be the 162nd edition, saw Pushker Prakash grab the first place in the Stock Category, Abhijeet Dhumal Deshmukh won the Modified Category and Dr. Vani Parmar won the Ladies Class Category.
The event was flagged off at Club Mahindra, Tungi at Lonavala and presented an opportunity to explore the area’s scenic terrain which is cool and vegetation lush & green in the monsoon season. The Great Escape saw the participation of 90 vehicles and Mahindra customers from Mumbai, Nasik, Pune and neighbouring areas.
This year’s event saw involvement of the entire stable of Mahindra vehicles which included Boleros, Scorpios, XUVs, KUVs and the extreme off-roader – Mahindra Thar CRDe 4×4 – each representing the company’s tough and rugged DNA. These iconic Mahindra SUVs successfully took on the arduous and slushy terrain of Lonavala in the lap of nature.
The Great Escape also saw Mahindra vehicles having 2wd and 4wd steering the challenging route. The route this year also delighted customers with an opportunity to demonstrate their off road driving skills through different stages of natural terrain.
The specially designed tracks for 2wd and 4wd vehicles, the latter being more challenging, scared and excited the participants with slippery and steep inclines and descents, to driving through streams and slush. They also had a chance to understand and experiment the true capability of their vehicles and at the same time enjoy the thrill of off-roading.
The Mahindra Great Escape was first conceptualized in 1996 as a non-competitive, off-road event meant to encourage Mahindra customers to test the strength and performance of their vehicles on terrain other than tarmac. Over the years, the Great Escape has developed the reputation of being one of India’s most thrilling off-road events with each edition seeing enthusiastic participation from die-hard Mahindra fans and customers across the country.
The winners of various Great Escapes held throughout the year, will compete for the grand prize; a new Thar 4*4 at the Off-Roading Trophy which will be held at the Mahindra Off-Roading Academy, Igatpuri next year.