If you want to see human ingenuity and determination in action, watch amateur runners. These are the people who do this thing because they love it rather than for the fame or the money. Many also do this with whatever they have – 24 Hours of Lemons, for example – and have to do their best with tight budgets and, often, substandard tools or equipment. Winning might be the icing on the cake, but it’s the whole experience that gives them real joy.
Take, for example, tuk-tuk races. Not just any kind of racing either, we are talking about rallying. As you probably know by now, Red Bull enjoys supporting a wide range of sports around the world, and one of the most intriguing has to be Red Bull Tuk It. It’s an annual tuk-tuk rally in Sri Lanka, and the 2020 round ran from February 22-23. How many tuk-tuks participated? A lot, as you will see in the video.
The route was from Kaluaggala to Dambulla, a distance of around 86.1 miles if you follow a very straight and boring lane. Obviously this is not what the Tuk It 2020 course looked like. It took two days and the tuk-tuk teams could number up to three people. Tuk-tuk races are a lot like sidecar races in that you want more than just one rider on board, as you need someone to move significant amounts of weight to help you out. steer the vehicle where you want to go. In many cases, one or more of those who are not driving may also have to jump up and return the tuk-tuk to position on the course.
Amusing? Yes. A little ridiculous? It totally depends on your point of view. If you live in a place where tuk-tuks are a part of everyday life, that’s probably not ridiculous at all. I mean, why wouldn’t you just want to drive or drive what’s around? If it has an engine, people are going to be racing it – and it seems like a real concept pretty much anywhere in the world. Heck, people race office chairs and grocery carts when they’re bored. I don’t know about you, but rallying tuk-tuks sounds a lot more fun than either of those things.
There is no information on Red Bull Tuk It 2021 available yet, but if this idea interests you and seems like something you want to try, there is an upcoming Tuk Tuk tournament on October 17-19, 2021 at Sri Lanka which is also sponsored by Red Taureau.
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