The opening edition of the2014 India Chai & Pakoda Bike Week, which attracted around 400 bikers from all over Gujarat and Maharashtra, saw its conclusion at Mumbai on the 28th of September. The journey had started at Hotel Fountain on NH8, and ended at the Ahura Dhaba, thus covering a total distance of 82 kms.
A special mention goes to Vishnu Mehta and Pankaj Trivedi, who attended the prestigious event. Vishnu Mehta currently holds the Guinness World title for the longest journey on a motorcycle within a single country, while Pankaj Trivedi holds the Limca Book record for travelling the entire distance from Kanyakumari to Kargil the quickest.
Mumbai is not the only city where the Chai & Pakoda ride is being held. The ride will take place in 19 other cities all over India within the next 3 or 4 months, thus taking the total number of participants to over 6000.
CEO of 70 EMG, Martin Costa said that these Chai & Pakoda rides were primarily aimed at bringing together riders from all across the country, regardless of what motorcycle they rode. He further said that the Chai & Pakoda rides were the prelude to an upcoming event of huge importance in India – the 2014 India Bike Week, which is a merry amalgamation of hard core bike riders, enthusiasts and other festival fans.
Keertan Adyanthaya, MD of FOX International Channels said that the Chai & Pakoda week had been held in India the previous year too in cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Shillong, Chandigarh and Kochi, and had seen overwhelming participation. The turnout this year was expected to be even better as 2014 would see the India Bike Week being held, and all bike enthusiasts would no doubt be excited about that.