Want to rush your sturdy cars through the tough and mountainous terrain of Kashmir? Are you daring enough to ride to the far-flung and untouched areas of Kashmir?
The Kashmir Off-Road is the first-ever car racing club in Kashmir that aims to bring together adventure seekers to explore Kashmir in a unique way! Founded by Ali Sajid and Farah Zaidi; the Kashmir Off-Road is now associated with the Jammu And Kashmir Tourism Department to promote the untrodden places in J&K and encourage Off-Road adventure in the state.
The couple compliments each other in this project as both of them are crazy about cars and adventure sports. While Ali organizes the rallies, Farah takes care of the PR.
Ali Sajid says “We are Kashmir’s first and only passion-driven, off-road adventure and motorsport outfit based in the region. Our aim is to build a local motorsport community. We envision honing the local talent for national rally events.” (Source:https://jandkheadlines.com/headlines/kashmir-off-road-brings-off-road-adventure-and-motorsport-to-the-valley)
In collaboration with the J&K Tourism Department; the club organized India’s first-ever snow autocross – Frozen Rush in Gulmarg in 2017. The event was held in the month of January when Gulmarg experienced 10-12 feet of snowfall. The event turned out to be a huge success and gained them, several motorsport junkies.
The recent event carried out by the club was “Zanskar Overland” which was from July 6 to July 15, 2019. This expedition was aimed at exploring the Zanskar which is a homage to ancient Buddhist monasteries, villages resting on high cliffs, mountain ranges and the awestruck views of the mighty Himalayas.
Members who went the Unbeaten Path
The club has given a platform for its members to create history and also opened doors to National level championships.
Two Kashmiri boys named Asrar Wani and Mehboob ul Hussain who were the members of this club got selected and participated in the Volkswagen Ameo Cup Championship, a national motorsport event in Pune, Maharashtra, 2019.
Besides, we have Sharmeen Mushtaq Nizami who has created history by becoming the first-ever female driver from Kashmir to compete in Frozen Rush 2 in January 2018.
She is a doctor by profession and she has been enjoying driving from the past 20 years and she aims to become a source of inspiration to other aspiring women in the valley.
Sharmeen says that “If you have it in you, and you are provided with a well-structured platform to show your skills, then you must give it a try at least. Perhaps in the future, we will have a team of Kashmiri female racers too.” (Source:https://yourstory.com/2018/01/kashmir-woman-participate-frozen-rush)
Faheem Altaf, one of the first club members of Kashmir Off-Road and a businessman by profession, said, “It’s adrenaline-pumping experience when your car is pitted against a slope when the only option is to go forward. The sense of satisfaction is exhilarating when such obstacles are overcome. Going on such off-road trails also throws open beautiful views of the Kashmir alpine valley and we get to experience some truly breathtaking views.” (Source:https://jandkheadlines.com/headlines/kashmir-off-road-brings-off-road-adventure-and-motorsport-to-the-valley)
If you are an adventure junkie, then this club is totally meant for you! Get a chill down your spine by driving through the Paradise on Earth with the Kashmir Off-Road. Hurry up! Get yourselves enrolled and go out on an adventurous ride with your gang!