Motorcycle display team Tornadoes flagged off from city

Shillong, Oct 9: The Army Service Corps Motorcycle Display team, “Tornadoes” which commenced its expedition from Tezpur on  October 1 was flagged off from 101 Area , Shillong by Lt Gen KC Panchanathan, GOC 101 area, on Sunday.

To commemorate the rich history of the Corps and pay homage to the brave soldiers and martyrs who have served the nation, the Tornadoes have undertaken a 2600 km motorcycle expedition in the Northeastern region of the country. The team consisting of 15 riders of Royal Enfield led by Maj Ramya Venkat & Capt AS Grewal started the expedition from Tezpur where the expedition was flagged off by Lt Gen DS Rana, GOC 4 Corps.


The team paid homage to the bravehearts at the war memorial before the flag off. The team will pass through Tenga Valley – Bomdila- Sela Pass – Tawang – forward posts of Tawang – Kalaktang – Guwahati – Shillong – Kombrian – Imphal – Dinjan and will finally culminate at Gajraj War Memorial, Tezpur on  October 17.

The team targets to cover a distance of 2600 km in 17 days.

In a statement, PRO defence Sreeprakash J said Tornadoes have been the cynosure of Indian Army, epitomizing the spirit of adventure, daredevilry and technical skill.

Tornadoes have been pioneers since their inception in 1967, have an impressive 32 world records under their belt, with the count increasing every year. The team is stationed at ASC Centre (South), Bangalore and comprises 39 riders which include two officers, two junior commissioned officers and 35 other ranks.

In the last fifty-five years of their existence, the Tornadoes have displayed their skills in thousands of shows across the country. The team has also represented India six times at International level in Bhutan.

Among the 32 world records certified by various record holding agencies,the team had set nine world records in November 2020 under various categories, such as longest ride through tunnel of fire and highest & fastest pyramids. The team also undertook a winter expedition to the Karakoram Pass covering over 2500 Km in 22 days.

On December 8, the Army Service Corps will be celebrating its 11th reunion and 262nd Corps Day.

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