Motor racing at Sriperumbedur Race Track
Inaugurated in 1990 this motor sports track has been the backbone of motor sports in India and also plays a key role in vehicle and component level testing by automobile and related companies. The test track is located on the Chennai-Bangalore highway and is about 45 kms from Chennai Central Railway Station.
It is owned, managed and operated by Madras Motor Sports Club. The main circuit is about 3.7 kms or 2.3 miles. Being a NVH and Vehicle Dynamics Engineer, I have had numerous opportunities to be present on this track and also conduct testing on the circuit. It's a pretty good circuit with 12 turns and 3 straights
Overall the place to be for those intesrested in Motor racing (both Bikes and Cars)
Equipment: The track need to be booked asap since many automobile and tyre companies carry out their field testing on it as well as there are several races that are arranged here.
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Muttukadu Boat House
Muttukadu Boat House: Located at 23 Kms from Adayar, this backwater area is maintained by the Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation, and offers rowing and speedboat riding. This place has great potential but the bad marketing of TTDC ( Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation, they are just like our WBTDC) it is not getting clientale. First the timing is bad , the speed boat do not take you far in the deep, they go only for a very short duration less than 10mts. I asked the boatman to take us little further towards sea, he looked the other way, obviously he was not interested. The TTDC bus takes you there during mid day in scorching sun. In my view they should include Crocodile Park in their itenerary and drop VGB Golden Beach amusement park. It is fine entertainment for the people coming from the villages.
It is not run by TTDC themselves but they have given rights to some private company. The time is very short for boating about 10 mts, which they dont tell beforehand but you learn when you pay and ride the boat. It's just a touch and go. If there are more people waiting the boatman may just ask you to get down as you have seen and boarded on a power boat??? Hope someday TTDC will wake up?
Charges: As far as I remember, in 2004 it was Rs40/- per person.
Cricket, the most popular sport in Chennai
The M.A. Chidambaram Stadium (MAC) in Chepauk is one of the oldest cricket stadiums in India. The Chemplast Cricket Ground on the IIT Madras campus is another important venue hosting first class matches. Prominent cricketers from the city include former Test-captains S. Venkataraghavan and Kris Srikkanth. A cricket fast bowling academy, the MRF Pace Foundation, whose coaches include Dennis Lillee, is based in Chennai. Chennai is home to the Indian Premier League cricket team, the Chennai Super Kings. Chennai is also home to the Indian Cricket League team, the Chennai Superstars, who won the first ever ICL 20s championship and the ICL Domestic 50s.
The Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium is regarded by the International Hockey Federation as one of the best in the world for its state-of-the-art infrastructure. The city is home to a Premier Hockey League (PHL) team, the Chennai Veerans, and has hosted many hockey tournaments such as the Asia Cup and the Men's Champions Trophy.
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Cricket is a bat-and-ball sport contested by two teams, usually of eleven players each, It is the most popular sport in Chennai.
The bowler, a player from the fielding team, bowls a hard, fist-sized cricket ball from the vicinity of one wicket towards the other. The ball usually bounces once before reaching the batsman, a player from the opposing team. In defence of the wicket, the batsman plays the ball with a wooden cricket bat. Meanwhile, the other members of the bowler's team stand in various positions around the field as fielders, players who retrieve the ball in an effort to stop the batsman scoring runs, and if possible to get him or her out.
Equipment: You'll use only the Cricket Ball and the Cricket Bat. And a helmet to protect your head.
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M A Chidambaram Stadium
The M. A. Chidambaram Stadium is a cricket stadium in Chennai (formerly Madras), India, named after M. A. Chidambaram, the former President of BCCI and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. The stadium was formerly known as Madras Cricket Club ground or Chepauk Stadium. Commonly known as Chepauk, its first match was played February 10, 1934. This stadium is where the Indian cricket team won its first ever Test victory here in 1952 against England. It is the home ground of the Tamil Nadu cricket team. The stadium witnessed history when only the second tied test was played here between India and Australian in 1986, which included Dean Jones making a heroic 210, Greg Matthews taking 10 wickets and Kapil Dev scoring an excellent century. Another famous moment was Saeed Anwar's record 194 against India in the Independence Cup in 1997. The stadium also witnessed dramatic scenes when 50,000 fans gave a standing ovation to the Pakistani cricket team in 1999 after victory in a very closely fought test match. The nature of the pitch at this ground is bouncy which offers something to both the bat and the ball in a country renowned for producing dry, low, spinning, flat wickets.
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