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Old 23rd August 2009, 21:13   #1
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Default OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009

Had half a day of pure OTR fun today morning. All present at the venue on time and at the spot as schedules.

Vehicles were:

2 Safari's : Mine and Sandeep's (off JeepThrills)
1 Gypsy : Khan
1 Jeep : StarAqua

People:
Me, Dev, Khan, Rudra, Khan, StarAqua, Jaggu and Sandeep.

It was a day of learning; learnt a lot of stuff about 4x4, but it was just the tip (absolutely tip) of the iceberg!

Realized the true meaning of the statement that is often made here, that pictures do not show the terrains true nature. People, like me, who had never been out to OTR's before, are grossly would naturally be under-estimating that statement. It has to be seen / experienced to believe.

Also realized what a machine that Khan has got made out for himself. Spidy is truly a marvel!

So, the first round was Spidy working out its legs in a long rough track and the two Safari's sitting silently on the side. Call it initial scare or whatever, but the two Safari's just did a small run across the track, which was nothing.

Next we set out to another track and this is where the Safari's got their first taste of dirt! Spidy, as usual, did a short work of the terrain; similarly the MM. Khan's and Aqua's experience and their vehicles capabilities are a sight!

Sandeep did the first run and then followed by me. This was when we found out the true capabilities of the machine (with whatever limitations it has).

And then went off to the third spot where the veterans allowed the newbie's to try out the Safari and guided us.

After close to an hour, it was all done and we headed back. Khan and StarAqua wanted to head back and try out another track but it was too dry and it was no where near what they wanted.

So, it was off to Rudra to do the photoshoot and then pack-up.

Half day of pure adrenaline rush it was!

Thank to all of you for the great time and also to the veterans for the guidance!

Photos and video's follows from the next post.

There will be better quality photos from the stables of Mr.Rudra.

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The first pit stop:
OTR Report: (Bangalore) Arenara-Indlibele Lake Bed, 23 Aug 2009-100_3945.jpg

The road ahead:
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The participants:
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Two vehicles with the same thought: What are we doing here?
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We all know what this guy is thinking: Is this all you can throw at me?
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Survey:
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Khan has that grin all over his face:
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The big guns were taken out (time to hide my puny Kodak!!!):
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Rudra & me in the Spidy:
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Rudra & me in the Spidy:
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The last pic rocks!! its a damn good shot.
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Man! HappyWheels is surely excited. One for him here.

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Spidy making a short job of whatever was thrown at it!


On the first run, this was just the max that the Safari's did! A very sorry figure, that it was made out to be! :(
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Mean while, StarAqua started doing the track that Spidy cleared; it was a breeze for StarAqua as well.

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While two Safari owners were still wondering how to get over this ant hill!!!

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EDIT:

Rudra: thanks for the wonderful photos. Shown my family the 70 odd photos I took and your single photo made all of that second grade (as expected!).

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Man! HappyWheels is surely excited. One for him here.

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WOW! exactly at that moment i looked back at Rudra, and he was calm doing nothing. i thought he missed it.
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Wink Happy Wheels aka Lucky Singh's day out!

Story telling later, but we all had a very good time. Khan saab i absolutely am in love with your spidey! Need to beg, borrow or whatever to get one for myself I think she is more of a monkey while Rudra thinks she is acting like a rodent popping its head up from the hole.

Star_Aqua that MM is a real beauty, keep her spinning and new set of tires i guess.

Check out Sandeep posing (rather grinning) next to his Safari, after he had his first tryst with the real mud.

Victory dance by Mr.Lucky Sing oops Happy_wheels after his first go at OTR riding his red truck was a sight to see

So let the picture do the talking for now, in no particular order.
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Cool Happy Sing aka Lucky Wheels??!

and still continues to next post ohey lucky lucky ohey!
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The pictures say it all. The Gypsy looks very much at home there. Built for the kill.

Happywheels, im sure as the days go bye and you use that little 4x4 switch more often, you will discover what this 2.2 Safari is truly capable of. This is surely the best way to run in the Safari, engine, gearbox, suspension et al..

There are many on this forum and otherwise, who doubt this little 2.2 truck in 4x4. But trust me, with a good set of tires and offroad driving skill(which you will acquire over time) you will truly enjoy your Safari while the naysayers keep drooling and living in doubt.

Good times like this make all the small niggles feel worthless in comparision and that is why the 4x4 2.2 is worth owning. For the price - NOTHING else comes close especially considering the comfort in which you drive through such an obstacle course.

I hope that they allow a bunch of 2.2 safaris to do the tough Mahindra great escapes. That will be the true test, comparision and point driven home. I would remove the bumpers, footboards, get mudzillas and splash in the mud and after all that, drive home without a stain on my clothes with the ac on and Eminem - 8 mile road freestyle.

Aaah I forgot to add: One doesnt need a fat wallet(extended warranty will do), One needs heart to push his horse and you have tons of it.
Have a blast Happywheels.

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I hope that they allow a bunch of 2.2 safaris to do the tough Mahindra great escapes. That will be the true test, comparision and point driven home.
The MGE is a picnic for Mahindra owners & by no means tough.Even 2WD vehicles are allowed these days .

@hrag: You got company.Two more safari 4x4s.The point of debate,of course will be 2.2 or 3 ltr,which one is better in OTRs .

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Great Sunday morning and great fun.

Checking turf.

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Checking route.

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Finding way.

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First jump in life.

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And graduated.

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Group with Cokin P 120 graduated filter.

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Checking situation..

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StarAqua emerges..

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Me trying figure out that abnormal torque..

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Jumped out. Jaggu probably tried to save my camera.. hence slightly out of focus.

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serious stuff guys. looks like you had a blast.
well done!

fantastic work with the safari's too chaps!
now I ve got the bug for another 4x4 again! too long a time has passed!
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Thats you only Rudra, check out the small kodak on top of the windshield and i was shooting and hence out of focus
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Looks like you guys had a great time, great shots.
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Hi Shahnawaz,

Nice pics, maybe you guys can organize a trailing event in the same area, post monsoon.

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