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Old 20th August 2008, 06:50   #61
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Well rippergeo, there was a lot of promising talent in the form of volunteers from C-TBHP, especially off the forum. Unfortunately, no one could make it. Hope I am clear now!
yes you are! was just pulling your leg.while we wait for the photos, can we get some kind of description about the curse and the type of teamwork required?
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yes you are! was just pulling your leg.while we wait for the photos, can we get some kind of description about the curse and the type of teamwork required?
What curse? You want it described too...

PS:You mean course.
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Nevermind rippergeo!

heres a link from a paper

Bharasite: sports: Chennai hosts third edition of ''The Palar Challenge-2008'' car rally

ofcourse, motoring journalists hardly understand vehicles let alone a 4x4.

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Bharasite: sports: Chennai hosts third edition of ''The Palar Challenge-2008'' car rally

ofcourse, motoring journalists hardly understand vehicles let alone a 4x4.
Thanks to TPC, now Vinod_nookla knows what a break is over angle.
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What curse? You want it described too...

PS:You mean course.
Curses!! of course I meant course!
Thanks for the link headers. like you said- the journo has no clue on what is happening.

samurai is having a field day with all the spelling and grammatical mistakes.

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My god, how i missed this thread?
Very good photos. Congrats teambhpians......
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samurai is having a field day with all the spelling and grammatical mistakes.
Samurai has a "field" day nowadays, especially with his new jeep, which he believes is better than his GV
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Hello TBhpians


The Palar Challenge 2008

14-08-08
We drove to Maj.SRRoy’s house to pick up the 1Ton and 2 JEEPs and the 1Ton were to head to Adventure Zone ( Home).

Due to the lack of fuel in and around Chennai we got delayed and finally decided to drive up to Madurantakam (95Kms). Filled 3x 18L of petrol in the Jerry Cans and 4.6L in an emergency Can and decided to drive the 1Ton.

We decided to drive because of 2 reasons; 1 make up for lost time, tried towing it and it was a very slow procedure. 2 Driving it would give me a feel of the gears and the engine in general.

Started at 1200 hrs Reached AZ at 1530hrs and took us 16.5L of petrol not bad I thought for a 2800kg GVW truck.

In the evening the participants started to trickle in. At 2030hrs we started the Lec-Dem for First-Aid techniques; these were conducted by my instructors from RLSS (I) Chennai.

After that we briefed the participants about the event and concluded the registration procedure and had dinner.

15-08-08
All the participants headed towards Chenglepet Bridge on NH45.
By 0830hrs we were on the riverbed and 3 vehicles headed towards the various Special Stages (SS). Each SS was marked by a Flag.

The Teams
Team A (Alpha) - Vikram Ramprasad (MG413W)
Vinod Nookala (MM540DP)
Sharief & Kumaresh (CL340DP)

Team B (Bravo) – Rajamohan A. & Jagdish (MM540DP)
Rajkumar J & Siddharth. (CJ3B)
Tharani (MM540DP)

Team C (Charlie) – Dr. Jones & (Prowler)
Mr. & Mrs. Sreenivas (Armada)
Sanjay David & Abdul Tahir (MM540DP)

Chenglepet to Pulipurakoil OTR Distance 15Kms+


The Start Line & Lec-Dem - Maj.SSRoy. (MM540DI)
1st SS – Sandwall manned by Manoj Shah. (MM540DP)
2nd SS – River Crossing - Sub. Ramanan (retd.) & Mhd.Ali (Nissan 4W73)
3rd SS – Double Hill-Double Climb – Arka (MM540XD)
4th SS – Entry to Rapid 21+ section – Manoj Shah (MM540DP)
5th SS – Water Climb & Spur Descent – Arka (MM540XD)
6th SS – Exit Rapid 21+ section – Sub. Ramanan (retd.) & Mhd.Ali (Nissan 4W73)
7th SS – “Palm” spurs & re-entrants – Maj.SSRoy. (MM540DI)
8th SS – Water Crossing (HTL) - Sub. Ramanan (retd.) & Mhd. Ali (Nissan 4W73)
9th SS – 3 way Sand Climb - Manoj Shah (MM540DP)
10th SS – 4 ways Water-Crossing - Arka (MM540XD) & Sub. Ramanan (retd.) & Mhd. Ali (Nissan 4W73) & Maj.SSRoy. (MM540DI)

After that we drove back to camp and did a quick run through of the Life-Saving techniques, and had dinner.

16-08-08

We had a late start which got further delayed by the unavailability of Diesel.
Those who had extra fuel shared it with participants.
Finally we were on the riverbed by 0945hrs.

Echur to Irumbilacheri (15kms+) OTR

The Start Line & Lec-Dem - Maj.SSRoy. (MM540DI)
1st SS – Double Climb manned by Manoj Shah. (MM540DP)
2nd SS – Double Climb - Sub. Ramanan (retd.) & Mhd. Ali (Nissan 4W73)
3rd SS – “Palm” spurs & re-entrants – Maj.SSRoy. (MM540DI)
4th SS – 4 Climbs (Loop) – Arka (MM540XD)
5th SS – Double Climb manned by Manoj Shah.(MM540DP)
6th SS – 3 Climbs (Loop) – Arka (MM540XD)
7th SS – Rapid 4 Climbs - Sub. Ramanan (retd.) & Mhd. Ali (Nissan 4W73)
8th - Tyre Changing without a Jack or a Lifting Device
9th – Individual Timed Run (5 Ascends & 4 Descents)
10th – Timed Vehicle Recovery

We reached the campsite at 1830hrs and after Tea and washing up, assembled on the Lawn for the Quiz.

The Results of TPC2008

The Palar Challenge 2008 ended with the award ceremony.

Winner of TPC2008 – Team A (Vikram Ramprasad in MG413W, Vinod Nookala MM540DP & Sharief in a CL340DP) they were awarded a weekend getaway sponsored by GRT Sunway and Dune Resorts Pondicherry.

Team which won the Technical Events – Tyre Changing without a Jack or Lifting Device & Vehicle Recovery – Team A, they were awarded a 2-Ton Hydraulic Bottle Jack sponsored by VANJAX, Chennai.

Spirit of the Palar (Most Sporting Team)– Team B (Rajamohan. A in MM540DP, Rajkumar J in CJ3B, Tharani in MM540DP) were awarded a fine-dining experience for two sponsored by Asian Hotels, OMR.

Runners up of TPC2008 – Team C ( Dr. Jones in Prowler, MP Sreenivasan in Armada and Sanjay David in MM540DP) were awarded a 12V DC portable air-compressor sponsored by VANJAX, Chennai.

Best Individual Timing (5 Climbs and 4 Descents)
First – Mohamed Ali in MM540XD 2:06 minutes
Second – Vikram Ramprasad in MG413W 2:21 minutes
Third – Rajkumar J in CJ3B 2:56 minutes
Fourth – Rajamohan A in MM540DP 3:09 minutes


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PS - Pictures will follow
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they are calling it a "car rally" ....yyuuuuckkkkkk!!!

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EDIT : just saw your post, Arka : good crisp review !

Please post more pics and videos, I hope there are videos of the event. This may help in understanding the difficulty of the terrain better than the still photos.

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Best Individual Timing (5 Climbs and 4 Descents)
First – Mohamed Ali in MM540XD 2:06 minutes
Second – Vikram Ramprasad in MG413W 2:21 minutes
Third – Rajkumar J in CJ3B 2:56 minutes
Fourth – Rajamohan A in MM540DP 3:09 minutes....
Nice succinct report Arka -- like a military log book EoD report. Eagerly waiting for the pictures & the videos.

BTW, Vikram won the individual/most performing 4x4 for his MG413W but your post above mentions him as second. Was this the same thing or some other prize?

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Hi Guys,

Not many pics were taken as the participants hardly had any time to take pictures, because of the cross-country driving, between Special Stages.
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Nice succinct report Arka -- like a military log book EoD report. Eagerly waiting for the pictures & the videos.

BTW, Vikram won the individual/most performing 4x4 for his MG413W but your post above mentions him as second. Was this the same thing or some other prize?

Cheers,
Dear khan bhai,

The Most performing 4wd trophy was for the team as a whole and was TPC 2008 official trophy. The individual timed runs was won by Vikram even though he was second because Ali who came first was from organisers team and wasnt a participant. Vikram won a portable air compresser for best timed run in participants category.


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...The individual timed runs was won by Vikram even though he was second because Ali who came first was from organisers team and wasnt a participant. Vikram won a portable air compresser for best timed run in participants category....
ohhhhhh.. thanks Vinod. So it's the same thing.

Wonder what will Vikram do with the air compressor though . blow balloons?
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BTW, Vikram won the individual/most performing 4x4 for his MG413W but your post above mentions him as second. Was this the same thing or some other prize?Cheers,
Same event. The most performing 4WD was created for 2007, but we could not change the plate before TPC2008.

This Year it was Winner of TPC2008

And officially the best timing was of Mhd.Ali on the MM540XD, as announced at the Prize ceremony, but there could have been some confusion as he is on the organizing team (Mechanic)


PS - Vinod & Vikram were very (very) happy and did not follow the results closely.
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Dear khan bhai,

The Most performing 4wd trophy was for the team as a whole and was TPC 2008 official trophy. The individual timed runs was won by Vikram even though he was second because Ali who came first was from organisers team and wasnt a participant. Vikram won a portable air compresser for best timed run in participants category.


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Vinod, there is no prize for the individual event. Only recognition!

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And officially the best timing was of Mhd.Ali on the MM540XD, as announced at the Prize ceremony, but there could have been some confusion as he is on the organizing team (Mechanic)

PS - Vinod & Vikram were very (very) happy and did not follow the results
@Arka, official or unofficial doesnt matter. What matters is that we had a wonderful event and experience.

Md. Ali was faster than me in the event as he had the opportunity to be with you guys on a recce before. Also his mastery of the jeep [which is Arka's havin bald sandgrip tyres and LSD both front and rear] kind of made him beat my timing by 16 secs. Ofcourse he was AMAZING.

You guys, [the organrisers] said i had the best time - now who am i to refuse that ?


BTW, am sure if i get a second chance at the run, i would better my time as i had made a couple of mistakes!
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