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Old 24th October 2016, 22:29   #16
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Day 2:
We kept day 2 comparatively easy (though many competitors tend to disagree ) so that people can relax a bit as many plan their return the same day. Also, due to very late closure of Day 1 SS and then party last night people, needed to catch-up on sleep as well. SS of day 2 were spread comparatively far with more variety being put in

SS 6: This SS had steep inclines/declines, gradient climb, mud pit and water (not that snorkel was required but it was just before an incline which breaks your vehicle momentum. Few had ball in the mouth moment while taking on slushy wall diagonally.
It started with the diagonal entry to a small dam , then diagonal slope on the other side, go to water pit with a small vertical wall at the end, go straight and steep incline of loose soil, take left, take a right U turn, get down to another side of dam, again diagonal incline to the dam wall but once you reach on top, you need to go straight to other side at an angle  if you reach the other side, you need to take sharp left, come to dam water and take the exit route.

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Old 25th October 2016, 11:06   #17
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SS 7: this SS was again very simple looking SS, from a hill top you go down to the bottom following route, take a right U turn and come back to the top. But there was a twist, it had to be done in REVERSE!
Idea was to see the coordination of driver and co-driver and drivers skill in driving the vehicle reverse. Many people broke the bunting and many went out of the track. Especially offroaders with closed cabin had hard time and this is where their codriver came to help, but again for Gypsies to incline a climb without momentum was difficult but few drivers who visualized the track after their walk through did exceptionally well.

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SS 8: Star attraction of the day 2 (like what we had last year: a log crossing). One of the best moments were captured here. It started with very very sharp slope (few offroaders did DNF here only), once you reach to bottom there were two concrete pipes placed on river which you had to cross using ladders (provided by us), get down to the other side, take a right U turn in slush pit and there was a log placed on river where you had to place your left tyres and cross the nullah. If you have cleared it then the fun starts: you need conquer the ‘S’ shaped incline which had slush at start, grass at mid and big rocks (which you need to climb) at the end.
Few competitors did this SS very beautifully and completed in just half of the duration given. Crowd also enjoyed this SS to the fullest and cheered each of the competitors. Many realized importance of driving skill than the vehicle, few vehicles even with basic modification completed the SS whereas few highly modified vehicles couldn’t.

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Old 25th October 2016, 13:12   #19
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SS 9: longest SS of day 2 saw maximum breakdowns, this SS was very technical. While few cleared in very less time, few couldn’t complete it and few broke their vehicles. JCB was running throughout doing recovery and pulling out stuck and broke vehicles.
It started with a small slope with sharp right turn to a small trench, then right incline and take left U turn at an angle to come down and then you enter to a long trench where many got stuck. Once you reach till the end of trench, you need to take sharp right to the hillock which would take you to the end of the SS.

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Old 25th October 2016, 15:52   #21
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SS 10: The mix of all SS was setup just behind the event headquarters to give people a glimpse of what offorading is all about. It had slope, rocks, articulation, incline, water, slush, rally style circuit etc. specially people who parked their vehicles at parking spot and didn’t want to go deep inside the property. They had big fun.
This SS started with deeeeeeep slope to the bottom of an uneven area, then you need to take right clearing few rocks again to the top of hillock and sharp left U turn at angle with limited space to maneuver takes you back at ground, straight sprint for 100 meters and then you enter to a water pit with not sticky mud and pebbles, accelerate your vehicle, clear rocky incline and reach to the top of dam. Once you reach at top you again need to go down take a U turn in slushy field and come up with mud filled tyres, again come down clear the water pit and race back but take a right from junction and it will take you to rocky incline at an angle where many people broke the bunting and went out of the track, if you are able to clear it and come top of the ridge, you have reached to the end of the SS.


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All the SS of day 2 had hard-stop time of 17:30 hrs to ensure we get 1 hours to complete the scoring process in the meanwhile a banquet hall was booked with evening snacks and refreshments for everyone. Almost everyone who didn’t have major breakdowns were able to complete all SS of day 2 before 17:30 hrs.
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Old 25th October 2016, 16:21   #22
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Superb!
Double superb!!

Gave it a well deserved 5 star rating.

How do I come to know when such a thing is happening in Pune? I am not a off-roader. However, I would like to witness it.

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Superb!

How do I come to know when such a thing is happening in Pune? I am not a off-roader. However, I would like to witness it.
Thank you for appreciation Mr Mahajan.
I am not sure how you missed it as it was well (at least this is what we think ) promoted event through radio, newspaper, facebook etc.
Lesson learnt, next time we would prmote it better.
There are few more events in the line-up, will update in this section when time comes.

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Thank you for appreciation Mr Mahajan.
I am not sure how you missed it as it was well (at least this is what we think ) promoted event through radio, newspaper, facebook etc.
Lesson learnt, next time we would prmote it better.
There are few more events in the line-up, will update in this section when time comes.

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Dear Shubhendra Singh,

Thanks for the prompt reply.

Maybe you could make a mailing list too. I would be obliged if you could update me directly - from next time onward.

Another thought - is there a whatsapp group for this? Maybe that could be a good way!

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Maybe you could make a mailing list too. I would be obliged if you could update me directly - from next time onward.

Another thought - is there a whatsapp group for this? Maybe that could be a good way!
Mailing list is a good idea.
We create temporary whatsapp group for participants only. There was facebook page created by one of the viewer for all viewers.
But we will definitely come up with something.....
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Award function: We closed all SS at 17:30 hrs sharp and participants went to hotel to fresh n up. Award function was organized at hotel's banquet hall with evening snacks and refreshments. It took us 1 hour to consolidate the results put up in software and pull out the final results (thanks to separate scoring team headed by Ritesh Kedari).
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Worthy points to read:
• We had one situation where one Gypsy which toppled was about to catch fire but each of our SS manager had industry grade fire extinguisher, first aid kit, ambulance with ERT trained doctor etc. thankfully situation was avoided successfully. Just wanted to iterate how safety preparation eases out critical situations.
Mechanical support: all offroaders have attended various events but one think which we all surely miss is mechanical support at venue. And not everyone can carry all spares and team of mechanics, welding machine, all tools etc. we learnt this from Mr Ayub Khan who organizes ‘The Gokak Challenge’ and replicated the same with further improvement. We have a designated mechanical area with separate bays/mechanics/spares for Jeep & Gypsies sponsored by Shetty Multicar Services (Gypsy) and Grizzly Motor works (Jeep). People coming from far off places have appreciated it an and we would continue to further improvise it.
Natural track: as always we carve out track from terrain without using any machine or altering the terrain with minimum damage to green cover. That’s why it take us 4 months of weekends to find and prepare SS using all possible offroad vehicles (modified & non-modified) to ensure everything has been tested and done (including SS time where we drive through each SS and then add buffer time to give final SS time)
Vehicle preparation & support teams: special mention is required to almost all participants who so well prepared that it was a treat to watch. Almost all of them had bunch of support vehicles, additional spares, mechanics and some even had their own photographers and videographers 
Vehicle preparation has gone to another level now, starting with suspension mods, to competition tyres to diff locks to engine mods etc…. old timers can see how this motorsport has transformed in last 5 years
Feedback mechanism: we have open feedback mechanism which has helped us a lot in improving the quality of service. During first year of the event many people gave variety of feedback and we ensured each feedback discussed and action is taken. This time also we received many feedback which we would try to incorporate. We would also like to take feedback from members here, you can share the feedback to offroadcarnival@gmail.com
Marshals: they are backbone behind each event and no event can happen without them. We are blessed to have so many active team members in our group (Pune Pathfinders) who took care of each small things and who literally worked round the clock during event and months in advance. No one said no to do small/odd jobs which they would never do otherwise in daily life.

The team who made it possible:

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Vote of thanks: we want to say ‘thank you’ to all the sponsors/participants/viewers/marshals and many more individuals who helped us pull off event at this scale for consecutive second year. Sorry to participants & competitors whom we couldn’t accommodate as we had limited intake (40 for competition and 15 for trail drive) and we couldn’t take more due to logistical constraints. We hope to include more category of people in coming years. Thank you for coming from far off places in not so comfortable vehicles and being cooperative throughout the event, it helped us to maintain the professionalism.

Thank you T-BHP for giving us a platform to share the event with like minded people.

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Super event you guys had Shubendra. Only the distance was keeping me away from the event. But for an event of this quality, Next time, I'm definitely in!

Umm. A couple of quick questions: The ballon arch by Red Bull - who put it up? How much did it cost? Same with the Big Baloon.
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Mailing list is a good idea.
We create temporary whatsapp group for participants only. There was facebook page created by one of the viewer for all viewers.
But we will definitely come up with something.....
Dear Shubhendra,

I spend all my working days in Mumbai and 2nd and 4th weekends with my family in Pune.
Within this limitation, if there is any way that I can help, then please do feel free to let me know.

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Within this limitation, if there is any way that I can help, then please do feel free to let me know.
Will definitely let you know in future.

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Super event you guys had Shubendra. Only the distance was keeping me away from the event. But for an event of this quality, Next time, I'm definitely in!

Umm. A couple of quick questions: The ballon arch by Red Bull - who put it up? How much did it cost? Same with the Big Baloon.
Thank you Dhanush for appreciation. Poona is not that far if you guys (you, Sreejesh and team) make up your mind and you guys wont regret. BTW, our team drove down to Chennai to attend TPC few years back on their jeeps.
About Red Bull arch - Red Bull was one of the sponsored who gave free Red Bulls to everyone (participants, visitors, marshals etc.) throghout those two day. in fact one of the arch was mistakenly damaged by one competitor
That big helium baloon is rented, you can rent it, out your stickers and use it. It came very handy to let people know about event headquarters.
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