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Old 17th July 2012, 16:36   #16
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When the Event was planned the decision was Max 30 Jeep/Gypsy + 10 Marshal Jeeps (No SUVs) and What I know and Understand was got 35 Entries and The Entry is closed on 5th. But when I was helping to arrange the Stickers I sadly understand few of the O-team members are decided to take spot entries I asked about it and the answer was more disappointing few of the O-Team members have a privilege to Block entries (We really Sorry Rajith) this Extra 30 Vehicles including SUVs made all the Food problem. Normally in OTRs the last vehicles won't get any food but this time the first.
Dear Sreejesh,After reading and hearing every bodies experience, i thanks a lot to you for not allowing my last minute entries which saved our precious vehicles,time & money. Was not aware that just miss could be a great escape..

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Dear Sreejesh,After reading and hearing every bodies experience, i thanks a lot to you for not allowing my last minute entries which saved our precious vehicles,time & money. Was not aware that just miss could be a great escape..
Rajith, saving money Agreed..

But saving vehicles, NOT Agreed! Well, the trail was just superb, and anything simpler is not worth spending 2 days effort. If you were careful and let aside your ego's a bit, then vehicles were not damaged.

My personal opinion knowing you is: you could have come.

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Now, this one's too a hybrid. A Classic with a Scorpio Engine..

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Sams LC!

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The Montero which took the limelight of breakdowns.

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Excellent report Dhanush !

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Rest all the participants stayed back. Bachelors were sent to some Baba home stay dormitory and Families in Kallat Hotel. IIRC Baba home stay dormitory is not at all worth the 800 bucks the O-Team charged per head. A very bad move by the organizers :(..
Hope the Baba did not cause any problems.

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LC, a lifted Prado, a land rover, a pajero , a Montero etc... etc.. Well, seeing the SUV's, and having experienced the track before, I silently prayed, that they would atleast not block the others from having fun.
How did the LC perform?

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Thank you Dhanush for this Wonderful report with Pros&Cons. Will try to explain some of the Cons cos My finger's are locked by My friend Bhpian.
What happened Sreejesh?

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How did these vehicles perform

- Hybrid with Armada Grand Chassis, Scorpio CDRe engine, wide axles, raised intake, raised exhaust
- Tom's CJ. 1.8 Isuzu engine, Isuzu GB + TC, Back LSD, 8x18 MRF Tractor Tiller tyres
- A Classic with a Scorpio Engine..
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saved our precious vehicles,time & money.
I am no expert but the trail was worth it. Sure the vehicles would have taken a hit but what is off-roading without few hits and close calls?
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Hope the Baba did not cause any problems.

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How did the LC perform?
I did not see how it performed, but, heard that it did good comparing to the other SUV's, but still it needed to be winched. Meaning not better than a Jeep! Maybe someone else can confirm.
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- Hybrid with Armada Grand Chassis, Scorpio CDRe engine, wide axles, raised intake, raised exhaust
On one rock, where I had to be winched, heard that he came up in the 2nd try.
On the slush, he went farther than anyone.. afterwhich was winched.
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- Tom's CJ. 1.8 Isuzu engine, Isuzu GB + TC, Back LSD, 8x18 MRF Tractor Tiller tyres
No idea. But, IMO, it was the only other vehicle which stood a chance in completing without winching.
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- A Classic with a Scorpio Engine..
It was well behind me, but I saw it perform in the slush. Much better than other vehicles, but not upto Monsoors hybrid standards.

The gypsys too performed good.
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I am no expert but the trail was worth it. Sure the vehicles would have taken a hit but what is off-roading without few hits and close calls?
No hurt for Men & Machine, thats what we look at it.

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One of the best trails, I should say. We were fortunate enough to have been amongst the first ten vehicles. We did manage to complete the loop albeit with winching & self winching. Some of the stretches on the return were really scary.
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No hurt for Men & Machine, thats what we look at it.
Its the very same trail that we had been through the last time, at-least until the point we got stuck first, after which, you returned back to fetch your Thar.
You could have made it Rajith, after-all, it would have been a good oppurtunity to test your upgraded brakes, if not the new South African roll cage.

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No hurt for Men & Machine, thats what we look at it.
Rajith Sir, I'm extremely sorry if I have conveyed a wrong message through my thread. There were no major vehicle damage, except for SUV's. And, they were clearly told so, but still chose to come on the trail.

For example, I took my Jeep in stock condition, with absolutely no mods for the event. And the only damage I took was

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Well, isnt it customary to remove bumpers and foot steps before you go to an OTR? I didn't do that, and hence the damage. Rest everything went smoothly.

And, yes, about my tyre, I was running a very low pressure, inspite of that, it was not a side wall damage, just a puncture, which I have fixed for 50 bucks.

I believe with your Thar with so many add-on's can conquer much better and dangerous terrains than my humble 550 can. Hence my comment.

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Dear Dhanush & Jeeva,

Looking forward to have a rejoin again in a new place at wayanad. Dhanush,Jeeva and Our unsung hero Mr Sreejesh can do a great job in identifying the place,making the trail and our beloved Jeep captain can do the program outlining.

We missed this as spot enrty was banned as per Mr Jiteesh, but taken later under disguise !.

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Hey, nice reporting, thanks for sharing the details. Action packed day and event it was. It looks like everyone enjoyed to core, inspite of the dislikes!

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While taking this pic, were you standing away from the track? I hope you were not directly anywhere in front of the vehicle. It looks like you used a zoom, but appears as if you were standing very near to the road
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Hey, nice reporting,
Thanks W.A.G.7.
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W.A.G.7 Sir, this particular picture was taken by a Marshal. And, the way these vehicles were coming up, no one who wishes to go home safely would stand in the way!!..
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Nice coverage of the event danushs! Nice pics too.

Some tips on the undermentioned experience (would appear to be wiser after the event but is something I practice so here goes):

1. Avoid getting into a situation when you start feeling hunger pangs when you are on long drives or a day long event such as this which needs high levels of concentration - the key to this is to have small snacks every hour or so that you stomach does not feel hunger pangs losing up on that vital and much needed concentration. Reason: hunger lowers sugar levels and thereby increases exhaustion and lowers concentration.

2. Do not fill up your stomach too! Especially with biriyani's and fried rice! This is as important as not going hungry as a full stomach will make you sleep which again lowers concentration - reason: blood goes to the stomach region to help digestion and hence you feel drowsy = lower concentration. Avoid restaurant meals / spicy food too.

3. It is better to stock up on biscuits, fruits, peanuts etc and not depend on any external source. It is also better to avoid lunch / meals and have light snacks of what you have stocked up in the car so as to keep the concentration level at its maximum. Strong coffee if available helps you keep awake too.

It is probable that some of the skirmishes that occurred in this event happened on account of lower concentration levels on account of no food being available.

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Things start to get delayed, and hey, where is the water, snacks and refreshments they promised?

Waiting.. waiting.. waiting mixed with hunger, anticipation, excitement for the convoy to move on and discover what lays ahead!...
But, missing lunch too??!!.. Now, that's getting too much. I had my breakfast at ~7:00AM and till this time, we got nothing!.

Time: ~5:00PM... Where the hell is LUNCH????!!!

Now, couple of hours passed and we were still waiting for lunch to arrive.. even at 5:00PM, no sign of lunch, or any refreshments.

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Nice coverage of the event danushs! Nice pics too.
Thanks VeyronSuperSprt.

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1. Avoid getting into a situation when you start feeling hunger pangs when you are on long drives or a day long event such as this which needs high levels of concentration
Well.. The participants were given snack bags. Which included chocolates, water, biscuits, nuts etc.. However, due to lac of proper organization, some Jeeps didnt get it. I was too was in the unlucky lot!
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3. It is better to stock up on biscuits, fruits, peanuts etc and not depend on any external source.
True!
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It is probable that some of the skirmishes that occurred in this event happened on account of lower concentration levels on account of no food being available.
While it is a day long event, the total drive time is much less. You will have to wait an hour or so for your chance of crossing the obstacle. From morning till midnight, we covered only ~5+5 -10 kms!
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