It was in June ’83 that
we first conceived the idea of a round the world tour
on Motorcycle. Roughly, we decided on a year as the
time required for organizing the venture, and accordingly,
set the date of departure in May ’84.
Considering we lived in Bhilai, a small city in central
India without any access to required information,
that we have really been able to give shape to a project
of the nature and magnitude of our ‘World wide
on Wheels 84-85’ in this short period of time
was truly an achievement. The remarkable success has
been possible only due to the major factor –
the tremendous amount of support we have received,
both moral and material, from all concerned. We approached
innumerable people all over the country for guidance
and help, and we always received a very encouraging
and favourable response. And so to these big hearted
people, who came forward magnanimously to support
the cause of promotion of the spirit of adventure
in Indian Youth, we shall ever be indebted, and to
them we express our heart felt and sincere thanks.
We recognize and appreciate the importance of all
assistance we have been favoured with, however big
or small, and so we realize with regret our inability
to include here the names of all those who have helped
First and foremost, however, to our parents and family.
Without their understanding and co-operation, this
project would not have been impossible.
We take this opportunity to thank Steel Authority
of India Ltd. and the Management
of the Bhilai Steel Plant
for encouraging and
supporting our venture all the way and extending to
us every conceivable facility and assistance.
We are grateful to the Bhilai Adventures’ Club
for giving recognition to our project in its infancy,
and nursing its growth at every stage.
Our thanks to Department of Sports, Government of
India, for giving clearance to our venture and also
to the External Affairs Ministry and Ministry of Finance,
Government of India for their whole hearted co-operation.
We owe our gratitude to the Jaycees, Lions and Rotary
International Clubs of Bhilai and Giants International,
Bombay, Indian Mountaineering Foundation, N. Delhi
and the Explorer’s Club of India, Calcutta and
also the Indian Red Cross Society, for actively participating
in and sponsoring our venture in a big way.
We are also extremely grateful to the following companies
for their substantial contribution, financial or otherwise,
towards our venture –