1st India-Asean Car Rally: Highlights
The 1st edition of the India-ASEAN Car Rally took place from 23 November– 06 December 2004 and was held in 8 countries coveringover 8000 km and included 240 participants with 60 vehicles. The rally was flagged off by Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh
from Guwahati on 22 November 2004 and a ceremonial flag-off took place at Vientiane, LAO PDR on 30 November 2004 by Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Heads of State of all ASEAN nations during the 3rd ASEAN-India Summit.
The rally was officially launched by Mr K Natwar Singh – Honorable Minister of external affairs, Government of India. MrTarun Gogol – Honorable Chief Minister of Assam was also present at the event
Then Honorable Prime Minister of India – Dr. Manmohan Singh flagged of the rally on 22nd December 2004, at Guwahati, Assam.
The rally traversed through the states of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur before its historic land crossing into Myanmar.
The rally crossed through Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore , and finally Indonesia.
The rally garnered a lot of media attention both, in India as well as all the ASEAN Countries.