At the Raid de Himalaya in 2005, driving a Maruti Suzuki 800. Photographs: Mohit Midha.
My first rally ever was the Raid de Himalaya in 2005. For the highest rally in the world, I was driving a 799 cc Maruti 800, no less. At the end of 6 days, we just about managed to limp past the finish line into Srinagar. We finished 10th in a pool of some 28 cars in the TSD category. I was hooked, but I promised myself that I would never put myself through the mind-numbing experience that is a TSD rally. So henceforth, X-treme category rally driving it is.