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Old 19th November 2012, 14:07   #1
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Hi Guys,

Adventurezone presents SUV Off-Road Excursions.

1. Date: 2 Dec 2012: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

2. This is a non competitive off road event. The trail has been designed to give SUV owners the experience of handling their vehicles off road.

3. Open to
a) 4x4 SUVs
b) AWD SUVs

4. Not open to
a) 4 x 2 SUVs

5. Max 4 people per vehicle (including children).

6. Participation Fees: Rs 2,500/- per head including taxes.

7. No alcohol to be carried or consumed during the event.

8. No firearms/ weapons / contraband drugs to be carried.

9. Night stay on 1st Dec can be provided at an additional cost of Rs 1,200/- per head.

10. Last date for making payments: 29 Nov 2012

11. No refunds.

12. Dress Code:
a) Outdoor clothing: (Jeans/Shirts/Tees/Sports shoes)
b) Caps/sunscreen/sunglasses
c) Do carry a towel, soap and a change of clothes as you might like to shower and change before leaving the campsite.

13. Itinerary:
1-Dec-12 2000Reporting for out station participants
2030 Screening Off Road videos
2100 Dinner
2-Dec-12 0800 0900 Reporting & Registering
0900 0930 Breakfast
0945 1015 Drivers Briefing
1100 1500 Off Road
1530 1600 Lunch

14. Contacts:
a) Maj SR Roy (retd): 94443 84608: adventure1@dataone.in
b) Arkaprava Datta: 98400 66657: arkaprava.datta@gmail.com

15. Payment Details: All payments to be remitted by direct credit / RTGS / NEFT / IFCS / demand draft / crossed cheque in favour of “ADVENTURE ZONE” payable at par in Chennai. Clearing charges if any are to be borne by you.

(a) RTGS / NEFT / IFSC code: IOBA 00 00 876
(b) Bank branch code: 876
(c) Bank details: IOB, Indira Nagar Branch, # 85, 1st Avenue, Indira Nagar, Adyar 600 020.
(d) MICR no: 6 000 200 34
(e) Account No(CA): 0 876 02 00 00 0 5161
(f) Service Tax Regn No: AOQPS 1443 F SD 003

Regards,

Arka
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Wonderful initiative, Arka !

Obviously, this excludes the SWB 4X4 vehicles like CJ3B/MM5X0/Gypsy...but what about the Bolero 4X4 or Judo/Gama 4X4? Will they classify as SUVs for this event?

And also, do the participants need to bring any recovery equipment ?

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Arka this is awesome! I'm definitely going to be participating and am will even help organize with you since I have experience on these trails. I will post all my offroad photos and videos here of my Endeavour doing obstacles near Adventure Zone for people to get a feel for the terrain. Will also invite all my SUV owner friends to this event. Best of luck.
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Wonderful initiative, Arka !

Obviously, this excludes the SWB 4X4 vehicles like CJ3B/MM5X0/Gypsy...but what about the Bolero 4X4 or Judo/Gama 4X4? Will they classify as SUVs for this event?

And also, do the participants need to bring any recovery equipment ?
Enlighten me pls. Why would your regular 4x4 Jeeps & Thar's not qualify? Are they not classified as SUV's?
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... Are they not classified as SUV's?
Of course, they are not classified as SUVs.
(i dont know if this is enlightening enough )

I guess the trail would be selected with the longer-wheel-base vehicles in mind.

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We spent this weekend (17th and 18th of November) at Adventure zone and went on a night offroad on the 17th, followed by a long and awesome day offroad on the 18th. On the 18th we did a long and fun trail skirting the border of a large lake. Beautiful scenery and fantastic terrain. The trail itself is good fun, sprinkled with obstacles along the way with more challenging optional obstacles on the sides. The trail is perfectly suited to long wheelbase SUVs. On the trail, the SUVs we had this weekend were my Ford Endeavour and a Bolero 4x4.

Here are some of the offroad videos and few pictures I have from the terrain next to Adventure Zone. This is just to give you a feeling of the terrain and does not mean that SUVs will be doing the same obstacles. Will add more videos as they are slowly uploaded to youtube.





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2 more Videos from this weekend:





Some old Videos in the same area:
You can see the Endeavour struggle here but this was before I had my MT tyres and when I didnt have much experience. After getting more experience and modifying my line a little bit to suit the long wheel base, these obstacles were easily conquered in later OTRs:



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Hi Guys: This trail is a picturesque one near a lake and some hills - We've got Easy route / difficult obstacles / scenic trail drive etc, all in this area.

This excursion is predominantly for 4x4 SUV and AWD owners to explore their vehicle's potential.

All are welcome
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Official Stickers / Logos for the event are done! Currently favoring the first one but the other 3 are options as well.
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Hey guys, I would love to join, but willl the obstacles tear my Scorpio 4x4's skirt? Unfortunately the boffins who designed the Scorpio have never heard of approach/ramp over/departure angles.
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Hey guys, I would love to join, but willl the obstacles tear my Scorpio 4x4's skirt? Unfortunately the boffins who designed the Scorpio have never heard of approach/ramp over/departure angles.
Not at all! The trail is very safe for SUVs! For more fun, there are many obstacles along the side of the trail. We have chosen some safe obstacles for the SUVs to do

Everyone, please note that the obstacles showed in the videos are only to show what the area is like. The SUVs will not be doing most of those obstacles. There are much easier obstacles for the SUVs.

This is a safe trail, SUV owners need not worry.

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To all interested in the SUV Off-Road Event on December 2nd:
Please make the payment of Rs. 2,500 as soon as possible for your vehicle only, to the below bank account. You may pay for any passengers you bring in cash on the day of the event. This is so that we can at least have a good idea of how many vehicles will be attending in order to prepare for the food and beverages that we will be serving you on the trail

Payment Details: All payments to be remitted by direct credit / RTGS / NEFT / IFSC / demand draft / crossed cheque in favour of “ADVENTURE ZONE” payable at par in Chennai. Clearing charges if any are to be borne by you.

(a) RTGS / NEFT / IFSC code: IOBA 00 00 876
(b) Bank branch code: 876
(c) Bank details: IOB, Indira Nagar Branch, # 85, 1st Avenue, Indira Nagar, Adyar 600 020.
(d) MICR no: 6 000 200 34
(e) Account No(CA): 0 876 02 00 00 0 5161
(f) Service Tax Regn No: AOQPS 1443 F SD 003
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Hi all, The event is tomorrow morning and for people who have not yet paid but still want to join, you still can. Spot entries will be allowed until 9.30 AM tomorrow morning at which point the drivers briefing will begin.

Hope to see a lot of SUV owners and their vehicles at the event!
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The first Adventure Zone SUV Off-Road Excursion went amazingly! The participants enjoyed themselves thoroughly, especially the poor chap driving the Skoda Yeti that was scraping in one too many places. He really enjoyed the experience though and has promised to return for the Next Event (Jan 6th)! No visible damage to any of the vehicles.

Participating SUVs this time were a Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Landrover Freelander, Skoda Yeti, Hyundai Tuscon, Mahindra Bolero, and a Ford Endeavour. We were also joined by about 10 Jeeps in which SUV participants got to ride in to experience more extreme obstacles from the passenger seat.

If there was one thing I was impressed by, it was the Pajero Sport. Good ground clearance for a stock vehicle, good approach and departure angles, and impressive articulation in the front axle for an IFS setup. It got a small scrape on the side step though because it is hanging around 4 inches lower than the body! Have advised the owner to rid himself of the low hanging nuisance.

The Freelander had good approach and departure angles but lacked the ground clearance. It performed admirably with the terrain response saving it in a few spots (upcoming video will show this). I have also informed him of Ironman 4x4 and ARB in case he wants to get a 2" suspension lift for better off road performance.

The Skoda Yeti was just scraping a bit too much due to the sedan like ground clearance but I was very glad to see that the owner who had come with his family was enjoying himself thoroughly regardless. What a brave fellow I must say. The owner has loads of interest but sadly he is in a vehicle that is not quite meant for this kind of terrain.

The Hyundai Tuscon was definitely a little surprise packet, having decent ground clearance and performing well also due in part to the owner driving it well. He already has prior off road experience (he owns a Pajero and an Imported LHD Grand Cherokee as well).

The Bolero with solid axle front and rear with EXCELLENT approach and good departure angle just breezed through the course except for the slush pit at the end where nothing less than MTs sufficed.

My Endeavour performed faultlessly as usual and I was most impressed by how it just strolled through the deep water and slush without even hesitating. This one I will attribute a majority to the Maxxis Bighorn MTs though. Still, I fall more and more in love with my vehicle every single day

At the end of the day after finishing up with the slush obstacle on the edge of the lake, people were getting hungry so we started to head back to camp. On the way back we were driving through a slightly boggy part on the edge of the lake and I noticed some deep ruts in front of me which I was careful to avoid. I had mentioned to the participants during the drivers briefing to always look ahead an plan your route and I hoped that they would heed this piece of advice. However, the Skoda yeti driver, probably due to overconfidence or for whatever reason, decided to drive straight through the ruts and got royally stuck in the soft undersoil. We needed to hook up THREE vehicles in order to be able to winch him out! Got all participants back to the camp after that for some lime juice, a tasty meal (veg and non-veg) and discussion about the days events.

It was blatantly obvious to anyone there that every single one of the SUV drivers had a blast and they were itching for another event. They made sure we jotted down all their numbers to ensure that they are invited for the next event. We reassured them that the next hoorah will be on January 6th so they can look forward to a grand way to celebrate the start of the next year! I hope all you SUV owners make a resolution to put your SUVs to good use because there will be one every 1 or 2 months!


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Few photos attached below but a ton more to come, including some video as well. Stay Tuned!
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