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Coordinates: 13°12′37″N 80°09′08″E / 13.21036°N 80.15213°E / 13.21036; 80.15213

Cholavaram, also spelled Sholavaram, is a suburb 24 km (15 mi) north of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is popular as Sholavaram and is also known for the Cholavaram lake. Adjoining the lake, there was an defunct Air Force Airfield which was used as a motor racing track. It was an air strip used during World War II; After the Madras Motor Sports Club was formed in mid-50s, it selected Sholavaram[1] to conduct its racing events. Since then racing events took place every year[2] and continued till late 1980s until the Madras Motor Sports Club built a new track at Irungattukottai, Sriperumbudur, Chennai.

The famous Malayalam actor Jayan was killed in a helicopter accident here during the shooting of his film Kolilakkam on 16 November 1980.

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  1. ^ "Madras Musings - We care for Madras that is Chennai". Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  2. ^ Takle, Abhishek. "Why did 70,000 fans flock to a town in Tamil Nadu to watch Indians motor-racing in the early 1970s?". Retrieved 8 April 2020.

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