The 2009 Mumbai Xpress was a fantastic success! Though we really miss Los Pacos, the teams that made it to Mumbai did so in style, with class, and in the spirit of humor and cleverness that I found to be absolutely priceless. Between the official challenges, the unofficial challenges, the charity bonuses, and the nominations for the win from other teams and organizers alike, I am happy to announce that Harry Hanscomb and Paul Haran of team Nigel Manzil are the 2009 Mumbai Xpress World Champions with a total score of 1,200 points! Well done, gentlemen!
The points were close in Mumbai between the Historic Racing and Nigel Manzil teams. Historic Racing, the team of Edit Mekler and Gabor Nemeth of Hungary, were return champions, having won the Caucasian Challenge in 2008. With a score of 925 in challenges alone (versus Nigel Manzil’s challenge score of 880), it looked like Historic Racing was going to take the win. But because of Nigel Manzil’s charity contributions of over Rs. 1 lakh (over 100,000 rupees) to Round Table India combined with 4 team nominations and 1 organizer nomination, Nigel Manzil won the event by just over 100 points.
Paul and Harry won a variety of prizes, including two fantastic custom-made jacket-vests by Barkha ‘N’ Sonzal, an incredible World Championship trophy, and free entry into the 2010 Caucasian Challenge! Congratulations, Nigel Manzil! We look forward to seeing you again next year!