Hi, this is Anshuman Bishnoi, a diehard petrol-head as most other BHPians are. My Dad's a car guy too, guess it's in the genes then. I have been a part of Team-BHP since the early days in 2004. Professionally, I am into real estate and am based in Gurgaon.
My garage consists of a Toyota Fortuner, Skoda Laura, Hyundai Elantra and Fiat Punto. I have logged hundreds of thousands of kms behind the wheel of a wide variety of cars. Personally, I prefer turbo-diesels for their amazing torque and do think that diesel automatics make a lot of sense in India. Love to drive and can easily tell a good car from a bad one. My car reviews are very detailed; hopefully, you'll agree after reading some of them. I am a huge fan of road trips and have already covered Ladakh, Kashmir and the North-East.
Thanks for reading & look forward to bumping into you on the forum.
Born in '76, I've been crazy about cars for as long as I can remember. I was a demanding child; Grandpa just had to give me a short drive in his Ford Zephyr every day before leaving for work. With age, this craze became a diehard passion. Unfortunately, passion doesn't count when you want to take up automotive engineering....marks at school do. So, after studying Commerce at Bombay University, I worked in the accounting field.
I started with an ol' Ambassador and spent a lot of time watching mechanics take it apart & put it together again. That was a fabulous learning process! Soon, I began carrying out light repairs myself. As the years passed, cars changed and so did my job. I freelanced for an automobile magazine and participated in several events, rallies & endurance runs. Motorcycles? Owned a Suzuki Shogun for a while and rode the wheels off it. Commercial vehicles with monstrous torque excite me too. My current steeds are a Mitsubishi Lancer and b'Twin Rockrider 5.0 bicycle. I'd like to get home a Triumph Bonneville someday. Apart from vehicles, I have a keen interest in wildlife, cricket, football (LFC in particular) and tennis.
Team-BHP is a vault of information and its quality has remained absolutely top notch, right from the early days. Feels great to be a part of this glorious community.
I am a Bangalore-based electrical engineer who works with circuits for a living. A sedate driver, I enjoy long road-trips, but don't push myself. Love the countryside morning sunrise to the late night dinner. I have toured India extensively via public transport, and am now in the process of rediscovering the same by driving through it (just like most of us, isn't it?). With the kind of roads that Bangalore has, it's always a car with high ground clearance for me. I like the concept of compact crossovers for their sheer utility. Personal ride = Renault Duster, earlier ride = Ford Fusion.
My interests are more into maps & routes, and it's Google Maps which attracts me the most. There lies my passion to explore the unexplored. Add to that, the thrill of a good drive and a desire to capture the unseen. Fact is, I discovered both these passions only after joining this wonderful community.
Team-BHP surely is the most well-maintained forum I have seen, with answers to all topics that one can think of. I've also made good friends here. Trivia: my first post on any public forum was on Team-BHP! I'm not into public forums as such, yet the sheer value & knowledge creation of this site drew me in.
Although named Benson, I am known as Benny both on the forum, and off it. Born in Dubai, I've been exposed to exotics right from childhood itself. I came to India in pursuit of a higher education and am lucky enough to have worked with renowned software majors who shaped my career. After a wonderful time in Hyderabad, I am currently settled in Bangalore. Cars have always been a passion; I still have some scale models preserved from the early days, and a display case for these cars was a pre-requisite in my new apartment! I am the kind of driver who enjoys relaxed long drives, rather than one who gives in to the thrill of speed. Have been blessed with a supportive wife who loves road trips as well. My current ride is a Ford Ikon which I thoroughly enjoy for its wonderful steering & sharp driving dynamics.
While I go about my stint as a Moderator on this wonderful forum, I look forward to your co-operation and support, without which Team-BHP wouldn't have been able to achieve what it has so far.
Here's a "pukka" Delhi'ite, having been born & brought up here. I work as a Manager in the Telecom industry.
Contrary to 99% of the population here on Team-BHP, I was guilty of abusing the cars that I drove. Thanks to this forum, I've learned to care for my rides and treat them well. I bumped into Team-BHP sometime in 2007 (Thanks Google!) and have been hooked ever since. Sure, I had initial reservations about the profile of the forum, but quickly realised that people here can wear different hats and advise accordingly. I'm not your regular tech expert and rely a lot on other BHPians for tips. My garage includes two value-for-money driver's cars: A Ford Ikon and a Maruti Swift VDi ABS. I like how discussions on non-automotive topics in the "Shifting Gears" section are equally fruitful. I am part of quite a few forums online (mostly using the same handle), yet none of them have come close to becoming a part of my life as Team-BHP has. This also remains the only forum that has given me friends offline.
I am a street foodie and enjoy tasting all kinds of cuisines. Good thing that Delhi has a rich food culture then. Watching movies and listening to oldies is what I'd do on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Cricket is a diehard passion that I share with millions of other Indians.
It's time to contribute my two cents to the forum that has taught me so much. Hope to do my best and expect a lot of support from you guys.
I was born in Coimbatore and brought up in various parts of Kerala - Trivandrum, Palakkad, Thrissur and Ernakulam. Folks were working for SBI; as a result, we were wandering like nomads during my childhood (both have now retired & are merrily enjoying the new stint together). It sure was fun though - different people, different culture, new neighbours, classmates and teachers! Made a lot of good friends along the way, some of whom are still in touch.
I graduated in mechanical engineering and began my career at L&T's ship-building division (Gujarat) as a design engineer. I knew I wasn't meant to be the IT guy - software/coding was never my forte. It's the core mechanical stuff that interests me. I like things that move, make noise, can be touched and felt. Favourite pastimes - cooking, music, travelling, home maintenance and tinkering with the car. Do check out the many DIY threads that I have created on the forum. My tool collection is ever expanding - the latest addition being a nice & heavy bench vise fixed to my erstwhile computer table! A proper workbench should follow shortly.
Current steed - the Polo 1.6L GT TDI. I love her to bits. She leaves me with a smile every time I floor the throttle. Hot hatches appeal to me - if the Golf 2.0 TDI and 6-speed manual ever makes it to India, I'll gladly hand over a cheque to VW. The co-driver's seat is reserved for Soumya, while the child seat isn't there yet!
It has been a great honour to join the Support Team. I trust you will extend your co-operation in maintaining the quality of this forum. Today, Team-BHP is what it is because of the members, the content and our unbiased approach to the Indian automotive scene. Thank you for reading and drive safe!
Hello BHPians. I am Jayakrishnan from God's own country, Kerala and a Human Resource Manager by profession. Yes, I can read minds and play management games, which means that I've touched upon Psychology and an MBA in my academic career. My prettier half is a Business Analyst; we share our spare time with road trips and the pet Labrador.
I started out with tying a torch to a Hotwheels Lancia Integra (night driving!) and soon enough, cars & mechanical bits became a part of my life. I owe a lot to Dad, an engineer by heart, who guided me on the finer aspects of automobiles. Driving & riding came at a very early stage...it's the Yamaha RD350 that transformed my existence. Believe it or not, this legendary bike brought me to Team-BHP. My garage has been home to a Maruti Gypsy, Jeep CJ3B, Ford Ikon, Honda City, Maruti Swift and some others.
My interest in cars is more inclined towards the technical aspects rather than remembering model numbers. Motorsports is also an area of keen interest. I've gotten myself labelled as a grease monkey, with most people concerned if they don't see parts and tools in my driveway. A quest for mechanical precision has frequently landed me in awkward situations, so I should have a tale or two to share with you. Gadgets and gizmos grab my attention too. Fortunately, my girl has some reign on the wallet.
Team-BHP is a very integral part of my life, and the expression "extended family" would be an understatement. So, thank you all! I look forward to sharing some more.
This is Kunwar Shahnawaz Khan, although my pals call me by a variety of names: Khan, Shah or Shahnawaz.
I was born & brought up in Meerut. My father was part of the Ministry of Defence, which meant visiting lots of places across India. Some rather strange turns of education & events made an engineer out of me. Post-engineering, I spent about 2 years in the oil industry setting up the distribution network in UP & MP for a European lubricants major. Then, I switched over to the booming software industry and spent a couple of years in Bangalore as well as the UK. I am currently working in the Knowledge Management domain.
My garage consists of an offroad-prepped Gypsy King and a Fiat Palio S10. My wife is also a car enthusiast and joins me for most of the Team-BHP drives & off-road events. I consider myself lucky! On Team-BHP, you'll find me mainly in the 4x4 section. Off-roading is my passion and I am very happy to see a strong 4x4 movement on the forum.
Look forward to interacting with you all - both online & offline.
My passion for machines started with bikes (the reason behind my Team-BHP handle). Over the course of time, I've owned several scooters & motorcycles. Life on 4 wheels revolved around my Pete'd Accent Viva initially. Then, the new car bug bit me and I brought home the diesel rocket, a Chevrolet Cruze. My ownership threads for the Accent, Cruze and i10 Kappa (Wife's car) are available for your reading pleasure on Team-BHP. Please use the search strings "Pete'd Accent", "White Annihilator" and "White Angel" to dig them out from our massive collection of ownership reports.
An MBA by qualification, I am a Marketing professional and have handled various verticals including Business Development, Sales and Account Management. Apart from automobiles, books (mostly fiction) and music fill up a lot of my time. I consider myself a food connoisseur and can discuss good food with the same passion as we do cars. Needless to say, I'm an active participant on the Hyderabad foodies thread.
It's been a rocking drive ever since I became a part of Team-BHP in October '06. I look forward to the journey ahead, with support from you of course!
The name's Deep and I'm an automobile engineer by qualification. I have pursued my higher education and career in the United States.
Exotic cars driven include the Maserati Spyder and Dodge SRT10, while the hot rides in my garage are a BMW M3 Coupe and CTS-Honda shifter kart. As an auto enthusiast to the core, I am chasing a dream of designing and engineering cars. My area of expertise is "suspension & dynamics". The technical side interests me and I look forward to getting my hands greasy. I like cars that can handle; my favourites include all the BMWs, Elise, Miata etc. Call me stuck in the 90s, but I don't care much for the new crop of gizmo-laden behemoths. Bikes? Yep, I like 'em too. Have owned a CB750 Nighthawk. The fastest motorcycles I've ridden are the Yamaha R1 & Kwacker Ninja 900, though the most fun was a KZ-450. My life revolves around vehicles, irrespective of whether they have 2, 4 or 18 wheels. I also have a thing for boats, yachts & jet-skis.
I've tried different forms of Motorsport over the years and have a keen interest in racing at the club level. The most memorable race was at the famous Road Atlanta Circuit, drafting and overtaking at 160+ kph!
Thanks for reading!
I am a marketing professional and have been settled in the beautiful city of Pune for a while now. My wife shares my wanderlust; we frequently go road-tripping with my young daughter in tow. Perhaps one day, I shall get a travel book published with dollops of humour tossed in, a la Bill Bryson or Paul Theroux.
I started driving with the family steed, a '93 Padmini. As soon as I could afford to, I bought myself a "decent" car, in this case an Accent GLS. I drove the car to the ground in 7 years! My later cars have included a Swift VXi and Vento 1.6 AT (the family also has a M800 and petrol Innova). Next on the wishlist is a frugal yet torquey turbo-diesel monster. An Alpine white BMW 530d?
Here on Team-BHP, you'll find me skulking about the What Car? forums, since the thing I love doing most is giving advice! I also haunt the Travelogues section where I contribute a fair bit, and occasionally, the Technical or Accessories sections to educate myself on the finer points of ICE and modifications. Other than travel and driving, my leisure time interests include playing guitar & bass with my band, writing humour & fiction, quizzing and trivia.
You can learn more about me (a LOT more) by going through my ownership reviews & travelogues. Feel free to message me for help you need around the site.
Like most car nuts, I started off very young with a large collection of toy cars. Have slowly worked my way up from there, and I'm finally getting to play with Ferraris, Porsches, M5s and AMGs in real life! To me, the automobile is an ideal blend of physics, chemistry, engineering, art and emotion; that pretty much explains my obsession at the elemental level.
High on my list of favourite cars are the Ferrari F355, Impreza WRX STi, BMW E46 M3, Ford GT40 and Porsche 911 GT2. The full list is very long, yet this should give you an inkling of what I'm all about. Excellent dynamics, driver involvement and outright fun trump monstrous power and straight line speed in my books. Technical tracks, twisty mountain roads and challenging corners are what put a smile on my face. No number of laps around a track is ever enough for me!
I graduated as an Industrial Designer from the Rhode Island School of Design, but I'm keeping myself busy with other things. In addition to automobiles, I also have a strong interest in technology, computers and photography. Yes, quite a geek.
I enjoy taking part in technical discussions on the forum, and I love the collaborative information sharing, helping & problem-solving that goes on here. To me, that's what Team-BHP is all about; a place where people come to share and learn, helping everyone in the process. There's not a day that goes by where I don't learn something new from our members, and there's not a day where the community doesn't amaze me in some way or the other. The beauty of our forum is that it goes beyond just cars and the internet. In the time we've been around, Team-BHP is probably responsible for almost as many lifelong friendships as car purchases :)
I do hope Team-BHP provides great entertainment and knowledge to you. Don't ever hesitate to reach out to us members of the Support Team with any issues or suggestions you might have!
I am a native of Udupi district and have lived mostly in South Karnataka, except for a 9 year stint in the United States. I run a tiny software company in a village that's pretty close to the coast. Earning an MBA hasn't stopped me from writing C++ code though. My primary obsession is martial arts, followed by secondary interests such as driving and photography. I am married to a travel crazy girl and am a proud father of two boys.
My stint with Team-BHP started with the search for a performance car...I ended up getting a lot more than just automotive advice. I won enough friends for a lifetime!! My car craze began with an Acura 3.2TL that I owned in the States, and it continued as I moved back to India with a Suzuki Baleno. Here's an interesting factoid: In 100,000+ miles of driving in the States, I have never been pulled over by the cops. That pretty much explains my driving style which is spirited, yet safe and within limits.
After moving to a rural area that has atrocious roads and a generous helping of Mother Nature, I developed an interest in off-roading. Behind the wheel of my Grand Vitara 4x4 & Mahindra CJ340, I often go looking around for off-road opportunities. I don't get too technical about cars, yet love long torque-happy drives on the road. And now, off it.
I've been a car guy since as far back as I can remember. It was only later that I developed an interest in Motorcycles; when I did, I ended up really hooked! I'm part of the breed that can't sleep when a car or bike launch is around the corner, or on the eve of a long drive / ride. Don't ask me to choose between cars & bikes. I've yet to decide what I love more...driving or riding.
I have been associated with Team-BHP since the early days of 2004. This community pulled me toward itself with the expansive knowledge on offer. What added to this was my penchant for quality of content over quantity, something which Team-BHP truly symbolizes.
I ain't no audiophile, but you'll see me hanging around the ICE forum too. My current drive is an 8th Gen Accord V6 with 272 horses on tap. Hope to own a fast multi-cylinder bike in the near future.
I do what I can to ensure that Team-BHP maintains the high quality standards it has become known for. Always look forward to meeting BHPians offline. Hope to bump into you at a Team-BHP Meet.
Hi everyone! This is Tanveer Singh who the Team-BHP folk know as just TSK.
I work in the VLSI industry, but I'd surely be a better fit in a travel show. Yep, you could call me the "Travelling Moderator". My better half & I love to travel and share our experiences. You'll find several travelogues from us on Team-BHP, with the destinations including some pretty exotic locales from India & abroad.
It was in '05 that my love for cars brought me here. Little did I know at the time of enrolling that Team-BHP is going to turn into a lifelong addiction. With time, I found myself becoming increasingly active on the forum...discussing, debating & interacting with other BHPians. This community simply became a second home. They say all techies check their email the first thing they arrive at work. Well, my first click goes to Team-BHP. I have made great friends with people I've never met, and probably won't for a long time either. This is what Team-BHP does to you.
I used to be a sports car fan until the travel bug bit. Now, having a "go anywhere" 4x4 SUV is mandatory. My other area of interest is photography. You'll find some breathtaking pics in my reviews & holiday reports.
Thanks for reading my profile. This is how I roam.
I was born in Kolkata, but have lived in a multitude of places across the country. My father had a highly transferable job in the Ministry of Defence. I'm one of those eternal KV'ites who did his schooling from different KVs, and still believes they are one of the better schooling options in India. I was part of the typical middle class milieu of the last millennium, growing up in a socialist India. Dad used to ride a Lambretta that I had my eyes set on. One fine summer afternoon, I took off on this scooter and my love affair with wheels began.
I've had extensive experience with Tata cars. It started with a Sierra...a different car compared to the quintessential Maruti 800s of the time. Over the years, I went through an Indica, Indigo and Manza. My current ride is still a Tata, besides a Mahindra XUV500. I am a driving freak who needs no excuse to head out of the city. My friends find it baffling that I categorize a 500 kms drive as a "short" one. Well, one of my recent trips to Himachal resulted in 6,000 kms of driving! There is some romance in chasing the setting sun on a deserted highway, with barren lands all around and an express train running with you to keep company.
I am an MBA by qualification. At work, I manage teams in charge of development, testing, production support and services in the infrastructure world (mostly middleware). At home, I love to cook and read.
One constant companion in all my walks of life is Team-BHP.com. Even in the busiest of schedules, I still find time to take a quick pip into Team-BHP. That's the dose of caffeine we all need now, don't we?
A sucker for expensive cars with big engines, I hate tuning for more power. Instead, I prefer them built that way - at the factory itself! My passion for cars has only grown with time. Fun Sunday afternoons were spent taking apart as much as possible of Dad's car and then, trying to put it all back together (not that it always worked, still..). Born and brought up in Mumbai, I am now settled in New York. A blunt eccentric person, a boring electrical engineer, an avid reader, a computer geek and a gadget freak describe me perfectly. You won't know me as a heavy poster, though I'm always logged on to Team-BHP.
I believe the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe is the most beautiful automobile ever designed. Though I've driven a number of great cars over the years, my favorites - the Lamborghini Diablo, Aston Martin Lagonda and Dodge Viper - have remained ever elusive. I also adore the BMW E38 sedans as well as the Mercedes-Benz W140's. If you ask me, Land Rovers are the way to go when it comes to difficult terrain. Trains and ships arouse my curiosity too.
See you around the forums!
As one of the old men on the forum, salt & pepper hair adds panache to my young heart! I am a Manager at the world's largest semi-conductor company. On the personal front, I am married and have a beautiful daughter. My free time is spent playing golf, collecting art and travelling. I began life in England and moved to India for 6 months - that was 15 years ago!
I love spicing Team-BHP with my wicked dry humour and also monitor a lot of international motoring media. First Drive : Mercedes 350SE (W114) at the age of 9 - sat on the owner's lap and steered it around a field. First Car : Peugeot 309 SRi - Ugly, invisible but hot....it was the best car I've ever owned. Track Record : Enjoyed many Ferraris on track in the UK. In India, I burned my Vtec's tyres on the Chennai track. It is far from perfect, but what the heck as long as it's fun! The wildest drive was in a Porsche 993 Cabriolet at 220 kph with the top down (ever picked flies from your teeth?), while the craziest car I have ever driven is a VW-engined Trabant. Confession : Have done sewage drifts in an Ambassador. My steeds : Honda City Vtec - fun but flawed. Maruti Swift - fun but fat. Skoda Octavia 1.8 vRS - fun but not trouble free. A VW Jetta 2.0 TDI with a 6-speed manual box became a part of our garage in 2012.
An avid biker, I love my Royal Enfield ThunderBird. She's a July '03 build and I honestly have no idea how many kms she has done since! The speedometer console was removed a long time back. First time that I sat on her, felt her move, swaying and dancing on the road, I fell in love. A WagonR serves me dutifully when it's time for 4 wheels or 4 passengers. I love bikes....and appreciate cars.
To me, unadulterated pleasure is looking at my hands covered in grease & grime while working on my bike. I'm not an expert mechanic, yet I do know my nuts and bolts. My first ride was a BSA SLR somewhere in 1990; the only ride which got performance upgrades in the form of gears. I had a 7 free-wheel setup at the rear and a twin at the front. The craziest thing ever done was riding her down the Anna Flyover (Chennai). Used to ride fast and wasn't expected to survive adolescence. Motorized transportation started with a Kinetic Pride which I took apart to see what a piston looked like. Don't know what I did wrong (or right?); top speed came down to 30 while mileage shot up to 90. Moved on to a Morris Minor which I raced against snobby girls in their Maruti 800's (those were the days).
My riding / driving style has changed over the years. Today, I'm a lot more sedate and calm. No longer a racer, I like to keep the revvs easy. Though, ever so often, the old flame burns fiery and I let myself go. Without my bike, I'd end up in an asylum of some sort.
It's great to be a part of this wonderful community.
When there is just one life to achieve what you aim for, age becomes only a number. I am one of the lucky few who loves what he does, and does what he loves.
Like a majority of folks from my generation, I too am an Engineer. And like most of the engineers out there, I am currently doing the exact opposite of what I studied for four years! The automotive bug bit me so hard that I dropped an extremely lucrative offer with one of India's largest conglomerates, and treaded on to making my passion for automobiles a profession. The gamble paid off brilliantly! So here I am - Bhavik Sharma, the pint-sized automotive journalist.
I was exposed to the world of cars by my dad who is an auto-buff himself. The first car in our family was a Premier Padmini, the one with a gear lever sticking out of the steering column. Yet, the car that made me fall in love with the entire automotive ecosystem was our jellybean shaped Maruti Zen. I learnt driving on this li'l hatch and still feel nostalgic after seeing one on the road. Unfortunately, we had to let go of it in 2013. Current drives in the garage include a Maruti Dzire and a city-friendly Celerio AMT. All-time favorites? The Ford Mustang Mach 1 and Ferrari F40.
In the present era of commercialization, Team-BHP is one of those rare platforms that is completely unbiased. With comprehensive reviews and healthy discussions on varied automotive topics, the forum has grown as a family. It continues to amaze me every single day! I personally would be most active in the News section, bringing to you all the latest happenings from the Indian car scene.
Like most petrol-heads, my four wheel fascination began with some toy cars I owned as a child. One among them was a Ferrari Testarossa; I didn't know the name back then, yet it is my favourite design to date. Growing up, the fascination slowly turned into an obsession beyond bounds, with those around me realizing no other subject could hold my attention as something automotive can.
I am a Mumbaikar at heart and have spent all my life in this crazy city. Naturally, a drive to town in the early hours of the morning – or past bedtime – is a frequent activity. I'm an Engineering as well as Management student, currently pursuing my automotive passion via a career in the industry.
Looking around in the Support Team, I'm one of the relatively fresher faces on this forum. Been a member since December 2007 and an active participant in meets & drives from '08. A lot has changed at Team-BHP since. Exciting new opportunities & challenges lie ahead for me as a part of Support...and for us as a community.
I trust the Team-BHP Moderator Group will always enjoy the support of this diverse, immensely knowledgeable member base.
I am a Bombay-based Jeeper and by qualification, an MBA in Marketing from Bentley University, Boston. A rusty ol' Mahindra CJ 4x4 (on its 3rd engine yet) is the favourite from my garage. We Parekhs are big on road-trips, with the family frequently heading out on driving holidays in the BMW 530d - our highway express. A souped-up Honda Civic & spacious Nissan Sunny serve as commuters within the city.
I'm a huge fan of off-roading and track racing; India offers immense opportunity for 4-wheeling, while the Buddh F1 Circuit is the stuff of dreams for a track lover. Honestly, I couldn't care less about 1/4 mile competitions, and am more into sharp handling, precise steering input, redlining a sweet engine, late braking and racing lines.
Cars that I absolutely lust for are the Ferrari 288 GTO, Porsche 911 Turbo, Mercedes S-Class series (in particular, the W111, W126 & the brash W140), some yesteryear manual-transmission sedans (BMW M3, M5 & Lancer EVO), Mini Cooper S and pure American muscle (Mustangs & Camaros, including the newer gens). Cars deeply touch my soul...I can have the time of my life putting even a humble Maruti 800 through her paces down a curvy ghat section. How a car makes me feel is more important than its on-paper statistics.
When it comes to everyday rides, reliability is of paramount importance to me. I'm known to be extremely critical of cars that fail to work reliably, day after day. In that, I have a soft corner for the stupendously dependable Japanese & Korean cars. I appreciate European automobiles for their build & driving dynamics, but am rather vocal about the frequent issues they suffer from. I greatly respect Tata & Mahindra for the strides they have made in engineering strength & product capability, yet will be the first to agree they have a long way to go before reaching global benchmarks.
To Indian petrol-heads, Team-BHP is an integral part of daily life. This community is more than just a forum for car enthusiasts; indeed, it is our virtual home. I'm especially proud of the camaraderie among BHPians, and the brutally unbiased information that makes our knowledge base. Feel free to contact the Support Team with any suggestions or concerns. We are right by your side on Team-BHP.
Greetings all! This is Karl, and it's a pleasure to be on the Support team for Team-BHP.com - by far the place to be when it comes to Indian cars.
Among the first words I uttered was "Mercedes"; I like to think that my folks named me after Herr Benz. Cars & bikes - more specifically vintage cars & bikes - are a way of life for me. In my garage, I'm lucky to have over a dozen of them (at last count) including a '56 VW Beetle, '55 Landmaster, Standard 10, Fiat 1100, Triumph Tiger 100 and some others. Most of my spare time is spent on their upkeep...I can think of little else that I'd rather do! My education was in the field of petroleum engineering. Pune is home to me, though work is in Bombay, so I constantly shuttle back and forth.
As you might have guessed by now, it is the 'Vintage Cars & Classics in India' forum where you'll find me on Team-BHP. This section is a very exciting place to be and a treasure trove of information that's freely available for all to read. India was privy to the best cars in the world over the last century. Some stunning examples still survive for us to ogle at, many on the forum itself! Having said that, I'm always looking forward to feedback on ways to add value to our vintage section.
Happy motoring and drive safe.
So, here I am and it feels good...really good to be part of the Moderator Group on Team-BHP.
Who am I?
Before you misconceive me to be a slice of the extra special like the other Mods, let me admit that I'm just one of the regular old timer members. In a Team-BHP first, this is also a previously banned member to be promoted to Moderator status!! You'll remember my posts only if you frequent the Motorcycles section, especially anything Superbike related. Large bikes make me go weak in the knees :)
I graduated in Commerce back in 2004 and followed it up with a post-graduate program in Actuarial Science. At one point, I thought I was going to be a mad mathematics & statistics geek. Jump to late 2005, I started to shoulder responsibilities in the family business of heavy engineering & infrastructure machinery. I was asked to stay back for a couple of months and give it a shot. Well, I still haven't moved! Most of our four wheeled acquisitions are decided by the head and I'm glad that we've managed just fine through the years. I'm a fan of no nonsense fuel-efficient cars that are high on practicality, rather than snob value. My daily drive is a Mahindra Scorpio SLE. A Toyota Innova, Ford Ikon & Skoda Laura 2.0 AT are the other cars at home.
For the two-wheeled stuff, I hand out full authority to my heart and the result is a tricked out Honda CBR 954RR, running some of the absolutely best upgrades available. In third gear, she redlines at 244 kph...and there are yet more ratios to use.
Team-BHP is a very special part of my life (automotive and otherwise). A lot has changed since late '04 when I first joined the forum. We've grown from a handful of members to thousands today! The knowledge base has also grown exponentially, while the discussion topics are equally widespread. I'm looking forward to putting my Moderator hat to effective use, and controlling all of that spam you shouldn't be posting in the first place. With a machine that hits the ton in less than 3 secs, be sure this Mod is going to catch up with you in no time :)
It feels great to be a part of the Support Team and I'm absolutely thrilled about contributing to the greatest car community I know!
I spent the first 18 years of my life in Bombay, after which my family moved to Pune. The automotive bug bit me early; I vividly recall stopping by Pranlal Bhogilal's impeccable collection of vintage cars on the drive up to our Walkeshwar home. A stop-by was mandatory, irrespective of the day or time. That doesn't hold me down to classic cars only, though this breed is my main area of interest. I love anything under the sun with wheels and an engine in it, whether it's a slow trailer truck or a fast motorcycle. The best I've experienced so far are the Mercedes-Benz Gullwing and Ferrari 275 GTS/B. There's a thread on the forum about that day.
I stumbled upon Team-BHP while looking for a used Safari way back in '04. Luckily for me, 10 BHPians jumped in to stop me from making a blunder. I moved on to buying a Palio 1.6 for myself. Used the Palio GTX for a fab 5 years and clocked over 100,000 kms with it. A Swift Diesel followed and it's been a good "kpl" journey since. I love driving long distances and much prefer single lane highways to the boring expressways. Claim to fame? Once rode a Kinetic from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. I hold some kind of Limca book record for this feat.
My dream garage should have a stash of classics that I can use everyday. An Alfa Romeo 8C is at the very top of my wishlist.
I am here to shoulder responsibilities for the upkeep of the forum. Do have a fun revving time on Team-BHP, while keeping our quest for quality in mind.
I am part of the 'Old Man Brigade' at Team-BHP. Since I was born in my aunt's dispensary, my folks had no choice but to accept me as theirs (I was the only baby there). Later in life, the same aunt requested my father to send me to NYC (where she had migrated to). Dad was only too happy to see his terror go. So off I went to school, college and IBM in the States. Fast forward to '95, I moved to India for good. Married in '99 and have my own little terrorist (Aditya) now.
I love cars and have helped restore a lovely Spitfire. But I love I.C.E. (In Car Entertainment) even more. In the winter of 1969-70, I attended my first rock concert. The Who with Keith Moon were visiting and they even left their HiWatt & Marshall Amps behind. About the same time, Dad got me my own spool deck (7" reel, 3.75 and 7.5 ips) along with a Philips valve radio...enough for the audio bug to bite. In high school, I built my own amp & speakers. I also tuned Dad's Premier Padmini using stobes and other fun stuff.
The house parking spot has seen a Honda City AT (Wife), Daewoo Matiz (Mom), Skoda Octavia 1.8 vRS (spectacularly maintained) and Toyota Camry (backseat comfort).
You'll usually find me over in our I.C.E. forum. I'm referred to as an old man not only due to my chronological age, but also because my friends include septuagenarian audio gurus.
Growing up in a family surrounded by engineers & doctors, the career path was pretty much decided. Being a petrol-head, I opted for an undergraduate degree in automobile engineering. Studying auto engineering was an experience of its own. The labs were like museums, showcasing each & every aspect of vehicular systems. One of the best bits was watching an isolated drivetrain being put through varying load conditions (as part of an experiment). For the final year project, my team designed & tested an electromagnetic suspension prototype with adaptive control.
After graduation, campus interviews placed me in a general insurance company as a claims executive for damage assessment of insured vehicles. Long story short, it didn't work out, although it was quite an adventure surveying damaged cars and interacting with workshops.
The family currently drives a Maruti Swift, while I ride a military edition Yamaha FZ-S. Both have influenced the Indian market in their own unique ways. The Swift was a wakeup call for other manufacturers to make stylish hatchbacks (rather than the bland looking cars of that era). The FZ-S is another trendsetter with that wide rear tyre and naked bike design. Its single pot motor is perfect for a street bike!
I admire cars & bikes that have a history; those who have set benchmarks from time to time to make this industry as we know it today. An all-time favourite would be the LaFerrari. A hybrid Ferrari? Well, this 950 BHP hypercar defines awesomeness. Among motorcycles, the H2 makes it to the top of my list. First ever supercharged production bike - this is one bad-ass Ninja, and an astounding piece of engineering at the same time.
As the eldest from the team, I am popularly known as the "Old Man" on Team-BHP. I am essentially an arts person with a career in the world of advertising. I was born in Calcutta, but eventually left that city for Bangalore. I love cars, photography & digital art and blend all three into my profession. You'll also find me trying (desperately) to make time for my sketching and water colours. Meeting people is top on my list; I see this as a good way of viewing life. Music preferences include jazz, soundtracks and anything else under the sun, except for rap, disco & remix.
In Bangalore, I am known as the "Amby guy", primarily because of my immaculately restored 60+ year old HM Ambassador. The Amby has had engine transplants n number of times. In today's context, it's almost like the 'Last man standing'. Another family member is the black Optra 1.8. They both bring special feelings in their own ways.
As a proud Moderator of the most interesting car community, it's a pleasure to see Team-BHP growing every day. Cheers!
People recognize me as an automobile enthusiast, music lover, rationalist and one who is eager to learn. Those who know me often say that I was born in the wrong generation; I could have fitted well amongst the kids of the '60s and '70s. I'm a big fan of music from that era too. My life would be incomplete without Pink Floyd, especially their early music. I'm pursuing a degree in Law and hope to spread my tentacles into various fields of work. Would prefer it if they are in some way connected to automobiles.
I have a very strong passion for Porsches. My favourites would be the iconic 2.7 RS, 2.8 RSR, 3.0 RSR (all from the '70s) and the 964 Turbo. The original Mini, especially the Cooper variant, holds a special place in my heart. I'm an ardent fan of Honda cars and hot hatchbacks as well. Give me something with a short wheelbase and a pokey motor, and I'd be chuffed!
They say that the curious cat's best friend is Google. For me, it would be Team-BHP. I strongly believe in this quote (slightly altered): Cluttered Forum = Cluttered Minds. I'm grateful to Rush and gang for Team-BHP. It's my second home now.
Thank you for reading & see you around the forum!
I've put on my Moderator hat and must say that its size and fit are quite nice. I got introduced to this great community in March '06, when I was searching for alloy wheels. While I've never been addicted to anything up until that moment, Team-BHP has had the last laugh here. This forum consumes a significant slice of my energies today and will continue to do so into the distant future.
On the personal front, I'm from Bangalore while my genes are dated 1979. Got my Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Bangalore University in the 90s. I'm currently employed with Hewlett-Packard and have worked with IBM before. To say that I'm crazy about cars would be a gross understatement. My steeds include a black Swift and silver Enfield Thunderbird. I spend more $$$ on them than I can afford to! The two are extremely well-maintained, primarily because I'm big into automotive detailing. Look up their ownership reports elsewhere on Team-BHP.
I will be cleaning up any content that is not deemed worthy of this superb forum. I trust you will extend your support to the Moderator Team.
The name is Vidyut, which means electricity in Hindi. This name was chosen by my Grandma as there were frequent power cuts in Kolkata at the time!! Dad worked with the Bank of India and kept getting transferred from one place to another. After Kolkata, we lived in Bihar for a couple of years and then, in Bombay. Next up were international stints with 3 years each in Hong Kong & Singapore. The family finally settled in Bangalore. Till date, if anyone asks me where I'm from, I just draw a blank. If they insist, they end up listening to the story above :). I have an Engineering degree in Electronics & Communication, and work in the semi-conductor industry.
Dad says he had to buy a black Ambassador in '87 because that was the only car I ever wanted. We also owned a W124 Mercedes which I, at the age of 13, knew more about than my Father. I stumbled upon Team-BHP in 2006 while researching on new tyres for my black Lancer SFXi. Shortly after, I attended a Team-BHP Meet & the car detailing bug bit me. Today, I'm known for keeping my cars real nice & shiny. I'm also particularly interested in performance tyres and Motorsports. Circa 2008, I decided to upgrade from the Lancer. With all the gyan and high expectations as a BHPian, I simply couldn't find a car that would fulfill my criteria. I finally ended up with the safest option in the market - A black Toyota Altis. Some months later, a Figo diesel joined the garage. I'm told that my car reviews are incredibly accurate. Look up my test-drive reports on Team-BHP, including one on a Tempo Traveller!
I have learnt a lot from Team-BHP and am happy to say I came out a wiser person. As a Moderator, I try my best to maintain this forum's quality and share whatever knowledge I have with other BHPians.