Still one of my favorite projects, even after all this time!
Back in 2009, an article in a Sunday supplement sparked an idea that would turn into a madcap adventure. The article was about the 'Rickshaw Run', a madcap 'adventure race' across India by 70 or so teams in tuk tuk's or 150cc auto rickshaws as they're otherwise known. Fast forward six weeks and three strangers supported by a production crew of ten were at the start line about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime.
Sadly it was an adventure I never got to enjoy personally. Three days before leaving for Goa, and the race starting line, I was hit by a car in a pedestrian area in the middle of Delhi! Yup, go figure?! I watch this now am still more than a little rueful at missing such a wonderful 'life' experience. Perhaps this accounts somewhat for the constant feeling of restlessness and the nagging desire to embark on another adventure, this time one that I can enjoy fully.
Watch this space...!
In the meantime, enjoy this short description for the teaser we produced, written by Producer/Director Jon Moore.
Ian Carless | July, 2014
The Shaw Must Go On | Rickshaw Run
Goa to Pokhara, two weeks and 3000km through India and Nepal in a 150cc Auto-Rickshaw!
In September 2009, three complete strangers took to the handlebars of a 150cc auto- rickshaw and joined sixty other teams on a unique, bizarre and totally unforgettable journey from Goa on the shores of the Arabian Sea to Pokhara in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Tiger infested jungles, monsoon floods, river crossings, Delhi belly, and more than one empty petrol tank – would they make it? What would they have to do to get there? How would they get along as they bumped cheek-to-cheek for ten hours a day?
From quaint Goa, climbing through Maharashtra, exploring the forts of Madhya Pradesh, threading through the side-streets of Bhopal, crossing the Ganges to the ghats of Varanassi and on to the serenity of Lumbhini – the birthplace of Buddha – and to the Himalayas beyond.
Whatever the challenge, whatever danger and hardships they face, The Shaw Must Go On!
Executive Producers: Ian Carless, Azhar Habib
Producer/Director: Jon Moore
Travelers: Gordon Torbet, Katie Campbell, Shelley Foster
Camera: Steve French, Steve Moro
Post Production: The Deck
If you missed the trailer the first time around, here it is again. Enjoy!