Over the years, the Raid de Himalaya has taken on an iconic status and a reputation for being the toughest motorsport event in India. From 16 participants in 1999, the rally has grown to include over 150 teams in 2017. The organisers have also had to contend with blizzards, earthquakes and snow storms, over the last 19 Raids. As a result, Safety and Evacuation systems have been refined for the fastest response to mitigate potentially fatal situations. The Raid organisers have also worked consistently to reduce the event's carbon footprint (carbon di-oxide emission and noise pollution) to make the event as carbon neutral as possible.
Himalayan Motorsport Association
The Himalayan Motorsport Association (HMA) was formed in 1999 with the aim of conducting motor sporting events in the Himalayan regions of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand. The association is registered as a society under the Registrar of Societies Act 1814 at Shimla where the association has its registered office.
HMA is a not-profit society that donates its surplus income for worthy causes. In 2012, HMA donated Rs. 10 lakhs to the Deputy Commissioner, Leh, towards relief work conducted for the victims of the cloudburst that struck Ladakh. HMA also supports Umang, a society in Jaipur that is involved with educating children with special needs. As part of its social responsibility program, HMA organises rallies for 'blind navigators' in Delhi and Rajasthan.
All members of HMA have been associated with motorsport for the last 20 to 30 years as rally drivers or organisers, across the country. Many are qualified Scrutineers and Stewards who have current Scrutineer and Steward licenses from the Federation of Motorsports Clubs of India (FMSCI), Chennai. HMA is a Council Member Club of FMSCI. About 500 clubs are members of the Federation of which eight are appointed as Council Members.
HMA is the first Indian Club (in 2001) to have its event - the Raid de Himalaya - inscribed on the International Off Road Rallies Calendar with the FIA (Paris) and the FIM (Geneva). There are 12 such events worldwide and the Raid de Himalaya is one of them.
Internationally reputed to be the "highest motorsport event in the world", the Raid de Himalaya was created by HMA and has been organised and conducted by the club for the past 15 years consecutively. Other events run by HMA include the Dhorra Kross (Desert 4 x 4 training in Rajasthan) and the Ice Kross (Snow and Ice 4 x 4 training in Himachal/ Kashmir). Both these events are organised annually and showcase HMA's expertise in the field of cross country driving.