The Popular Rally is one of the oldest motor rallies in India which takes place in the state of Kerala. The 2018 Popular Rally will host the 5th and final round of the Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) which is scheduled to take place from 13th-16th of December, 2018 at Kochi.
The Popular Rally, begun as a regional event in the year 1983, was the start of an adventurous Journey through the twisted and rugged surfaces and continued for 21 long years apparently embarking on a new automobile euphoria in Kerala. It was also a leg of the Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) certified by Federation of Motorsport Clubs of India ( FMSCI).
Overall winners of Popular Rally 2017 - [L-R] Dean, Shruptha, Younus, Nithin and Darius
The Popular Rally which used to run over 400 kms of scenic and breathtaking routes from Kochi to Munnar and back, for over 21 long years had a special significance among the best of drivers and navigators in the country. A lot of curious fans accompanied the Popular Rally from Kochi to Munnar witnessing the overwhelming joy of hundreds of local people and many others from different parts of Kerala. If some of them were attracted to it by the adventurous routes that are special to this rally then there were others who fancied the tarmac road which is a characteristic feature of the rally. Ever after a long gap of 15 years a lot of them recall and marvel on this event.
Being a leader in the automotive business, it was only natural that popular took the lead in popularizing the motor- sport, it was a chance to express the passion for automobiles, albeit a little differently. For 21 years Popular was the sole sponsor for the Rally and even today no other vehicle dealer has its own Rally.
Top rallying teams from across the country such as Mahindra Adventure, Arka Motorsport, Snap Racing, Team Champions, and Race Concepts will battle it out on high-speed Tarmac stages for the overall honours in the 2018 edition.