To ensure safety, we have engaged a catastrophe emergency crew and prepared a technical assistance vehicle. Before the start, ice measurements were made and areas were selected where its thickness was not less than 70–80 centimeters. This is enough to sustain a tank division.
On March 5, the day of the first test drive, we arrived at the site. A strong wind was blowing, the tent that the organizers were trying to install on the ice was leaning to the right and to the left. A truck with a bio-toilet and a catering service arrived. There was an hour before the guests arrived. At this point, they took their seats in a hovercraft in the Village of Listvyanka, 15 kilometers from us.
About ten people were running around, someone was tormented with a flying tent, someone was holding sheets of plywood. It seemed that by the arrival of the guests the organizers would not have time to prepare the site. Most of all, it was alarming that there was no marking of the track on the ice. Although I saw the projects of three tracks: a snake, a straight, circular route with turns.
Hovercrafts began to park near the shore, 20 guests looked around trying to understand what was waiting for them in the middle of miles of pure ice. There were no tracks, the tent had been dismantled, the catering had not even warmed up the coffee machine. The wind was blowing, the temperature was about minus 20. People, like penguins, trampled on the spot for another half an hour trying to warm up, after which they began to sit in the queue in three Nissan X-Trail cars.
Sitting in a cozy technical SUV, chewing a sandwich with hot tea, it was a pity for the frozen people, and it was unclear what the organizers had gone wrong. Yes, there were difficulties with the "legalization" of the event, but why was everything so bad with the internal organization? Where were the warm tents? Where was the food? Where was the entertainment? Where was the track for a test drive after all? Races lasted from 10:00 to 16:00, all this time people were outside, from time to time driving cars back and forth. At lunch, they were fed a little and taken back to Listvyanka. It would be better if the company Cordiant did nothing at all than such a shame.
The next test drive was planned on March 10 with new guests. The organizers kept in touch with us, but hid their future plans. It seemed that they were trying to get contacts of SUVs, hovercrafts and people from us to continue to do everything on their own. Later it appeared that organizers found a contact of the person who promised them to resolve a situation with the Ministry of Emergency Situations and to move down a column on ice in the Village of Listvyanka. It is impossible to imagine more noticeable place than this one.
On March 10, we witnessed a circus performance performed by inspectors of the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the test drive team. At 10 am, a line of 7 Nissan X-Trail cars departed from the Mayak Hotel in the Village of Listvyanka and moved toward the exit on the ice. There at that time the crew of inspectors of the Ministry of Emergency Situations was already on duty, who blocked the exit with the UAZ car. After twenty minutes of altercations, the column turned around and went to another exit, opposite the Mayak Hotel. The inspectors were there, led by the one who refused me to hold the event.
In front of the guests, whom the Cordiant Company invited to Lake Baikal, there was a clownery. People who promised the organizers to resolve all issues with the Ministry of Emergency Situations, tried desperately to do this for an hour. As soon as we believed that the staff in uniform would remain adamant and the test drive would be canceled, the inspector, who so sincerely told me about insecurity, gave up and released a column onto the ice.
The further fate of the event is unknown to us, as well as the fate of the inspector, who broke the law, endangering the lives of 30 people. The organizers of the test drive, having felt themselves well on the spot, received the necessary contacts from us, decided to refuse further cooperation. Also along the way, they refused to pay the money, which we agreed before the start, arguing that now they do everything themselves.