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In this picture taken on May 29, 2011, a Porsche 911 sportscar drives past a busy road during an event organised by the Cannonball Club in Chandigarh - AFP.
Get out of the way: boy racers in India are using escort vehicles to ensure their souped-up sports cars have a clear run along the country's potholed and congested public roads.
Weaving through trucks, horse carts and clapped-out hatchbacks on one recent rainy on Sunday afternoon, members of the Cannonball Club sped down a state highway on a terrifying 30-minute dash.
The 25 luxury cars, including Porsches, Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Jaguars were led by a large SUV (sports utility vehicle) which helped find a route through the busy traffic outside the northern city of Chandigarh.
For its rich, young members, the Delhi-based club is a chance to drive in a convoy with other top-brand models and to compare notes afterwards on the pleasures of owning cars worth up to seven million rupees (160,000 dollars).
Drivers are told the club events are not races and that they must stay behind the lead escort vehicle, but members are united by a love of speed and talk often about how to evade the police and keep their licences.
"Our idea is to make driving stress-free for the members," Paritosh Gupta, 26, the club's founder, told AFP.
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