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In the driver's seat through slush and sand

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HYDERABAD, MARCH 12. Sitting beside rally driver, Jagat Nanjappa, and watching him drive through slush pits and sandy inclines on a dirt track is indeed an experience. His control over the steering, observation of the bumpy track and the ease with which he handles the car shows the confidence with which he drives. But, does he simply take the risk of driving fast or does he think the Henry Ford-way that "the road is ours?"

"I'm sure of whatever I do, specially when it comes to driving fast on a dirt track or on tar roads," says Nanjappa, the renowned rally driver who has won nine Indian National Rally Riders Championship awards from 1986 to 1996.

Nanjappa has been touring across the country for the last two months along with Ford India officials who have been organising events for two days as part of `The Great Ford Drive-Test the Best' in which dirt tracks have been laid down for car enthusiasts to test various models of Ford cars. For all the events, he has laid down one-km track keeping in view all safety aspects.

But how did the passion for fast cars grow in him. "I picked it up from my dad, Appanna, who used to love driving fast, specially on muddy and wet roads," he says. A native of Coorg, the passion for fast driving has been in him right from his young days. "In Coorg, there are hardly tar roads and so that thrill of driving fast caught up very soon with me," he says, while quickly adding that his wife is never scared of sitting next to him whenever he wants to drive on the top gear.

"One can feel safe and comfortable sitting next to Nanjappa even if he is driving full speed," says a car enthusiast, who is present at the Hitex Exhibition ground, where events will commence on Saturday.

He also heads the Nanjappas Racing Foundation at Bangalore and can be contacted on 98440-94826.

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