Nano hunters' drive for treasure on city roads

CHequered flag: A ‘Treasure Hunt’ was organised to mark the third anniversary of Tata Nano in Mysore on Sunday. DH photoFor the owners of Tata Nano, Sunday couldn’t have been better as they set out on a ‘Treasure Hunt’. Cars in myriad colours converged at the Sri Kanteerava Narasimharaja Wadiyar Sports Club (SKNWSC) to vroom past each other in the 60 km quest for success.

The exciting event held as part of the third anniversary of Tata Nano’s launch, was flagged-off by DCP (Traffic and Crime) P Rajendra Prasad. Each participant was given clues using which they had to find out nine check points throughout the city within specified time and speed limits.

The first pit stop was the Urs Kar showroom near Ballal Circle, followed by Veene Sheshanna Bhavana, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), Oriental Research Institute, Hotel Dasaprakash Paradise, GRS Fantasy Park, Dasara Exhibition grounds, Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre, a drive around scenic Chamundi Hills before ending at the launch point. For many participants, it was a chance to spend quality time with their family members driving across the length and breadth of the city. While 30 challengers took part in the competition, only 10 were able to cover all the check points.

Volunteer Phalgun V Urs said that toughest clues to crack were those given to identify ORI and Hotel Dasaprakash Paradise. Phalgun explained that if a driver reaches the check point on time then he or she is not awarded any penalty.

However, if a person reaches earlier than expected, then he is penalised on a 1:3 basis. A person, who goes much slower than required time mentioned on the clue is penalised on a 1:1 basis. He said that people who are slower, often succeed the race. The route was designed by rally driver Lohitt V Urs.

Winners

Urs Kar Proprietor Kantharaj Urs said that the first place was clinched by Anuradha Nagesh, while Chandangowda finished second. Nancy Fernandes secured the third place in the 60 km treasure hunt that made for a perfect sunday entertainer.

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