The days before the 8th Rincome - Angkhang Season Rally
were most threatening with daily heavy rain showers, but luckily Saturday
morning was a beautiful cloudless day. A great turnout of 30 cars, drivers,
navigators and a bunch of children gathered from 6 a.m. in the parking lot
of the Amari Rincome to get ready for the fun to come.
The first job was to plaster each car with the
sponsor’s stickers, followed by a group photo, with everyone in their
matching yellow t-shirts, and an address by Amari Rincome’s general
manager Wim Fagel, who reminded everybody that it was not a race, but a game
of skills, knowledge and safe fun for the whole family.
HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani wished everyone a safe journey
and the 30 cars started their engines and were flagged off, at one minute
intervals, fully equipped with two bottles of water, 11 emergency telephone
numbers, seven pages of directions and tasks, including a sheet to compose a
song which had to contain selected words.
The teams had no maps with marked routes, instead, they
followed clues as instructions and had to answer a quiz about things they
should see during the 162.5 km of the rally. Six ‘time checks’ on the
road made sure that people were not speeding, and were used to challenge
drivers, navigators and accompanying family members with fun games such as
‘Make a ball out of bleached elephant dung, weighing between 500 and 550
Another task was at the 1st Cavalry Army section. There,
driver and navigator were put in heavy army gear, separated, and had to run
through mud and jungle, while under machine gun fire (which turned out to be
the sound of firing through hidden loud speakers). Everyone was sporting
broad grins after finishing this task, enjoying watching the other
competitors who still had this ahead of them.
But the route was not just fun and games, it was a scenic
rally as well. Living in Chiang Mai, one easily forgets how picturesque the
route up to Doi Angkhang really is. Roads leading up the hills were steep
with as much as a 40 percent gradient, trees, wilderness, a rich diversity
of plants, cool fresh air at the 1,500 meter altitude, an extraordinary
landscape with stunning scenery.
The comfortable Angkhang Nature Resort was reached and
the competitors enjoyed a well deserved break before the evening dinner
celebration. Angkhang general manager Makoo Techasopon and his staff had
prepared a wonderful BBQ before the official prize giving ceremony, with the
trophies presented personally by HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani.
But the event was not over yet. Drivers, navigators,
mechanics, radio DJs and all helping hands had by now regained their
strength, and enthusiastically engaged in karaoke singing and dancing until
the wee hours.
A huge thanks go to everyone who helped make the weekend what it was - a
great family fun weekend. We are all looking forward to the next Season
Rally up the mountains.
declare the 8th Rincome - Angkhang Season Rally open!” The magic words
spoken by HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani, with Angkhang general manager Makoo
Techasopon looking on.
winners Apple and Kaow received their well deserved 1st prize trophy from
HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani.
ever made an elephant poo ball? The first handful was a little hesitant.
points were given for everybody who got up and danced with the performing
hill tribes, and everybody did, despite 40 degrees Celsius temperatures.
It was a
scenic rally as well, and our personal highlights were the horses which
suddenly appeared on top of a deserted mountain road.
Karaoke time. ‘Dontree Season’s own performing boy group!
Dawson celebrated his birthday that evening after successfully finishing the
Season Rally and everybody joined in singing Happy Birthday!
Artittham (right), managing director Dontree Season Radio Station crowned
Miss Rally 2004! And what a better prize than a box of peaches!
was cheerful all night.
soldiers from the 133 Cavalry Battalion obviously had as much fun as the
at an altitude between 1400 - 1500 m; the roads were in very good condition.
wasn’t much time to enjoy the beautiful scenery on the way to Doi
traditional dresses are more beautiful? The black-red ones of the Akha...
the white-blue-red ones of the Ka-cin hill tribes?
pose minutes before the start.
of a nap after lunch at Nong Khieo Royal Project Development Center, a
‘balance’ relay was held and this was all about speed!