Hyderabad: Melvin won podium finish in the stock category while Rini Thomas emerged champion in the ladies class of the Mahindra Great Escape, a popular off-roading adventure event which concluded in the city recently.
G Manmohan Reddy was the winner in the modified category. The runner-up trophies for modified and stock category went to Saran and KP Reddy respectively. Over 20 vehicles were registered for the event. The rally was flagged off from Raja Reddy Farm, Masaipet Village. Participants entered the event in Boleros, Scorpios and Thar 4X4s- proving yet again the ruggedness of vehicles from the Mahindra stable.
The Mahindra Great Escape was first conceptualized in 1996 as a non-competitive, off-road rally meant to encourage Mahindra customers to test the strength and performance of their vehicles on terrain other than tarmac. The winners of the Hyderabad Off-Roading Trophy Round are set to compete against the winners from other Great Escapes at the grand finale which will be held at the Mahindra Adventure Off-Road Training Academy, in Igatpuri. The winners, in turn, will stand a chance to win a new Thar CRDe.