33rd annual SJOBA rally begins
First day witnessed environment of adventure and enthusiasm
Chandigarh: The St. John’s Old Boys Association (SJOBA), an alumni association of St. John’s High School, Chandigarh founded in 1980 with the affiliation of both the Motor sport authorities in India i.e. MAI and FMSCI is organizing the 33rd Annual SJOBA Rally from 28th Feb to 1st March. The three day mega event was kicked off on Feb 28 with the scrutiny of the vehicles and Super Spectator Stage (SSS) set up at JLPL Ground of Sec66 Mohali .
The first day witnessed an environment of adventure and enthusiasm with expert riders and drivers showcasing their motoring skills on a sand and rough track. The jam packed ground presented the excitement of the event among the sports enthusiasts of tricity. Nearly 40 riders on 4 wheelers and 50 motorcyclists on bikes in the extreme category of event made the viewers hold their breath. The modified vehicles on the track presented an adventurous & picturesque view. The Super Spectator Stage also assessed vehicles for their rally worthiness & a proper scrutiny of these was conducted.
Organisers of Rally said, "Today we scrutinised the vehicles & also held a motor skills display by riders & drivers. The SJOBA rally will be flagged off from St John's School, Sec 29 Feb at 6:30 am. I remember the time of 1981 when first SJOBA Motorcycle rally was held and it makes me and my team feel satisfied that motor sports is getting exposed to the amateurs in a professional way.."
This year’s route has been revamped to ensure new competitive sections, which would put to test both man and machine over a rigorous period of two days. Additionally, the routes include dense shrubbery, riverbeds and a night stage as well. The terrain is a mix of plains, hills, plateaus and forests, which has roads varying from asphalt passes to rough forest tracks and tarmac roads.
The Rally will culminate with the felicitation ceremony in Chandigarh on March 1, 2020.