Conrad started out in 1999 with the first Jewel of India rally. Rhythm of a Road Rallies has always been run out of passion, not as a business. We seek out the greatest driving roads of the world and invite like-minded classic car lovers to come out with us and enjoy the freedom of the road, safe in the knowledge that the red tape has been taken care of and a support crew are on hand. Great driving and in great company.
GREAT ARC 2009
COCHIN TO MUSSOORIE
Cochin to Mussoorie into the foothills of the Himalayas, experiencing rural India with unique adventures and 5* camping along the route. The camping was the ‘greatest moving camp site in the world’ inspired by the era of adventure, as Lampton & Everest would have travelled in the 1820s. The camping produced great camaraderie among this small band of travellers as they journeyed the length of India.
GREAT GAME 2011
ISTANBUL TO CALCUTTA
ROARR’s second rally of 2011 and after 12 years our most adventurous rally to date. 46 days of high adventure driving from Istanbul, crossing 11 countries. We drove through Iran, the Pamir Mountains, the Wakham Valley in Afghanistan, the Taklamakan Desert, China and the great plateau of Tibet to the fabled city of Lhasa, into the Himalayas and reaching Everest base camp, before the final run into Nepal and India to the former capital of British Indian, Calcutta. One hell of a journey.
JEWEL OF INDIA 2001
UDAIPUR TO UDAIPUR
The 2nd Jewel of India was just as challenging as the first, with the cars starting and finishing in Udaipur. At the drop of the starters flag wielded by His Royal Highness Arvind Singh Mewar the cars headed east to Bhopal, Pachmarhi and Khana National Park before turning north to the holy of holy cities, Varanasi. The real fun started with the drive into Nepal and Kathmandu. Heading north the great Himalayan mountains grew taller and taller as we approached the border with Nepal. Leaving Nepal by its western border, the event took in some of the great hill stations of India, including Nainital, Shimla and Dharamsala. We even stopped at Rishikesh, the Beatles’s city of enlightenment. Breaking out of the hills the event dropped onto the desert landscape of Rajasthan and the oasis of Gajner before moving on to the great and ancient desert city of Jaisalmer. The event finished in Udaipur 23 days after setting off from the same city, thereby completing a unique circle of India.
GREAT ARC 2011
COCHIN TO MUSSOORIE
For the second time in classic cars we travelled the route of the greatest survey ever undertaken. Cochin in the south to Mussoorie into the foothills of the Himalayas. The route, with its unique experience of rural India, much unchanged since the days of George Everest and William Lampton, was a great joy to those who ‘love to drive’. Fort hotels and old palaces welcomed us at interesting night stops. For one month we travelled this route until on the final drive through the woods, amidst silence, we reached Sir George Everest’s house at Hathipaon, Mussoorie. It was here that Sir George, from his residence and observatory, worked on conclusions of the Great Arc – the height of the Himalayas, the shape of the Earth. His colonial bungalow is a must, with the finest views of any house in the world; situated between the Himalayas of Kashmir and Tibet to the north, and the 6000 ft drop down into the Doon valley, Indian, to the South. Quite extraordinary and breathtaking.
TIGER RALLY 2008
KUALA LUMPUR TO HANOI
The Tiger rally was a unique classic car adventure of 35 cars travelling through the most exotic lands of South East Asia. 7,500 km from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur to the historic capital of Vietnam Hanoi, via the vibrant city of Bangkok, the magnificent temples Angkor Wat and the capital of Cambodia Phnom Perth and the mountains of Laos.
HIMALAYA RALLY 2006
UDAIPUR TO CALCUTTA
The Himalaya Classic Rally 2006 was a grand journey from Islamabad in Pakistan to Calcutta in West Bengal, via Nepal. The Rally crossed the IndoPak border at Wagah before driving to nearby Amritsar, the home of the Golden Temple. Stops at the old Raj hill stations of Dharamsala, Shimla, Mussoorie, and Nainital were supplemented with a night at Rishikesh, the old haunt of the Beatles in the 60’s. Crossing into Nepal we visited Royal Bardia, Lumbini, beautiful Pokhara and Kathmandu. Once more in India the rally took in Darjeeling and Gangtok in Sikkim before heading for Calcutta via Siliguri, Malda and Murshidabad and a rousing welcome in Calcutta from people and press.
CLASSIC INDIA 2013
DELHI TO DELHI
Fifteen cars flagged off from the glorious Imperial hotel in Delhi and spent thirty days exploring the magnificent forts, palaces and landscape of Rajasthan and Gujurat. Highlights included the spirituality of the Jain Temples at Palitana and Ranakpur, the bleak stark beauty of the salt flats of Kutch, the largest ship scrapyard in the world at Alang, the beautiful step wells of Gujarat, the desert walled city of Jaisalmer, the vast fort at Jodphur, and the cattle fair at Naguar.
BUENOS AIRES TO BUENOS AIRES
After the Great Arc, with 90% returning participants, the Patagonia Rally attracted an entry from 100% returning participants. For 30 days these crews drove the Big and Beautiful lands of Patagonia. From Buenos Aires to Santiago, 9000 km of adventure via the beautiful island of Tierra del Fuego and the most southerly city in the world – Ushuaia. Returning north on the Pacific side of the Continent, the rally drove Argentina’s most iconic road – the Ruta 40 – and then the ‘finest’ road in all the Americas the ‘Carretera Austral’. Further north the rally enjoyed the spectacular shore line of the famous Seven Lakes drive around Bariloche. The Volcano lands followed before finishing with a mighty drive over the high Uspallata pass back into Chile and onto Valparaíso and Santiago.
HIMALAYA RALLY 2007
UDAIPUR TO CALCUTTA
In 2007 the Himalaya Rally for classic cars started in our favourite town of Udaipur and headed through Rajasthan before stopping at Amritsar, home of the Golden Temple. From there it wound its way along the Himalayas through Nepal before visiting Bhutan where we were privelaged to be the first ever event of this type to be allowed into this ancient kingdom. Once again the finishing line was in Calcutta, the most fascinating of all the major Indian towns.
JEWEL OF INDIA 1999
UDAIPUR TO UDAIPUR
The first Jewel of India was an epic journey covering 6,500 kilometres, taking a small but beautiful band of classic cars from Mumbai (Bombay) to Madras (Chennai) via Rajasthan. In Rajasthan we visited Udaipur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. The Rally then headed east to Agra and the Taj Mahal before turning south to Kipling country and the jungle camp of Khana. Continuing south we visited Nagpur, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty, Madurai, Trichinopolli and Pondicherry before crossing the finishing line.