The Indian Asean car rally 2018, which will traverse through four countries zigzagging nearly 7,000 km in 24 days, will be ceremonially flagged off from Guwahati on January 12.
Organised by the North East Federation of International Trade (NEFIT), the rally will start from Guwahati and travel through Kohima, Imphal, Kalyemo (Myanmar), Mandalaya, Bagan, Yangon, Bangkok (Thailand), Vientiane (Laos) and return. Nearly 50 rallyists from all over the country will take part in the campaign.
The NEFIT has been working in promotion of trade and business with neighbouring countries for years and this rally is also part of the same endevour.
The vehicles – all vehicles will be Tata Hexa – were sponsored by Tata Motors. Former chairman of Tata Sons, Ratan Tata, is expected to attend the ceremonial closing ceremony on February 3 at Guwahati which will coincide the Advantage Assam business summit.
Oil India Limited, Bohniman Systems, Gonand are the logo sponsor of the rally. Besides, the state governments of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur will provide logistical support to the rally.
The main motto of the rally is to spread the awareness against the killings of the one horned rhinos of Assam. The Rally will travel through the route, which is generally considered the smuggling route of this trade with South East Asia as the main market of Assam’s one horned rhinos.