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Old 29th January 2010, 15:07   #121
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LOL, he packed his bags and went back Bling Bling early next morning
Ofcourse he had to leave... with all those ugly mm540s around!
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Old 29th January 2010, 20:42   #122
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LOL, he packed his bags and went back Bling Bling early next morning
No headers you mistaken it for someone else !!, He is with Ganesh Banawar Holding an umbrella.

Ok guys here is my share of pictures.
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Old 29th January 2010, 20:43   #123
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My 540 was as ugly as they get. And am very very proud of it!

By the way IMO the Willys MB is greatest and bestest offroader ever.
Sandeep what do you feel?

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Ok guys here is my share of pictures.
Elli sir? I don't see the pics. Please upload. I have uploaded your slalom through the stream. Will attach shortly.

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Old 29th January 2010, 20:54   #124
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My 540 was as ugly as they get. And am very very proud of it!

By the way IMO the Willys MB is greatest and bestest offroader ever.
Daniel has gone crazy just when i had some respect for him. He did an amazing job - this being his first OTR and his 540 was AWESOME, clean, simple and unsophisticated. The driver in you is just great.
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You missed my next line:
"Sandeep what do you feel?"

The healthy discussion we were privileged to witness that night should come to the open forum, so just wanted sandeep to come out for a discussion. Do we know his tbhp handle? I wanted to PM him.

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He did an amazing job - this being his first OTR and his 540 was AWESOME, clean, simple and unsophisticated. The driver in you is just great.
I am quite thrilled with the appreciation you guys have given me. Thanks again Vikram - it really means a lot to me.

There were many others who openly gave +ve and -ve feedback, which means a lot to newbies.
I will surely summarize that in continuation to my report. <when I get the time>

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Ofcourse he had to leave... with all those ugly mm540s around!
Nope.. this is where he was

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EDIT : Guys, BTW I met most of you but have no idea about the handles here. Mind putting a small pic with the face?

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Old 29th January 2010, 21:16   #127
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Hi Iron Wolf when you are going to post videos.
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By the way IMO the Willys MB is greatest and bestest offroader ever.
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....The healthy discussion we were privileged to witness that night should come to the open forum, so just wanted sandeep to come out for a discussion. Do we know his tbhp handle? I wanted to PM him. ....

Folks, A request:
Some discussions are best enjoyed in person over campfire and it's also best to leave them there. Maybe we can carry that discussion forward in the next OTR.. Hope you understand
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After lunch on day 1 a bunch of 540/550s got lost in the undergrowth.

Dont ask me how or why but about 5 jeeps got lost and all were 540/550s.
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Finally someone came looking for us and took us to this lovely little ditch.

A very very interesting obstacle. There is talk of doing this trail in the monsoon. And if so be prepared to get stuck in this one.
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Then we reach the water hazard part of the trail. Very very scenic. Lovely photo opportunity for the vehicles.
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I did not take pics of the bon fire and the very dramatic discussions which took place, but I can assure you it was a whole lot of fun.

Sleeping arrangements were made
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Next Morning

Potty arrangements faced this Hill.
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My 2WD lever came loose with all that jiggling and bumping over the rocks.
The Mahindra team were on the job early in the morning. Fixing a number of small issues on a number of vehicles.
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Prateesh aka SPIKE ARRESTOR was on the job early explaining the Thar to a few and to UBS.
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UBS points out a few pain points in the bling version of the Thar. Behram had assured us the previous day that we will get the version sans all the plastic and bling.
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They did however miss the water sports that morning, which has already been extensively been covered in the last 2 pages.

I wont cover that here and bore you guys.. But will share this.

Vijay did try this once before but got stuck. Second time around the Mudzillas pulled him out nicely.

Vijay sir here you go :


After that Vijay's Jeep looked really...
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My faithful steed wishing it could roam around and park here in its natural habitat everyday.
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That night Vivek, Giri, myself, few other Blr offroaders and UBS sir met up with the Chennai gang for a nice time.


Like I said at the beginning of my report somewhere on this thread: This will be one of the Best OTRs of my life.

There are many reasons why a rookie Offroader on his first OTR said this.
  • Acquiring a budget 4x4 after quite a lot of searching>
  • Getting that vehicle on a serious offroad trail and not breaking anything.
  • Learning to appreciate the power, raw grunt and capability of my 540.
  • Getting over each obstacle like I've done this many times before.
  • Getting appreciation, advice and directions from seasoned offroaders.
  • Getting positive comments on my good ol '92 540 and Arka even saying he is tempted to put an offer to buy it.
  • Bangalore folks taking time to talk to the newbies and make them feel welcome
  • Listening to Offroading and Jeep stalwarts talk about jeep models, parts, jeep events and techniques. (Yes, sorry I was the weird guy just listening and grinning on the side of practically every conversation)
And the icing on the cake was UBS's friend introducing me to UBS (Like we dont know who he is) and UBS telling me that he liked the jeep and that 'that was some good driving there'. - Then the UBS hug. <Humbled!!>

What I learnt is Offroading is serious business. You have respect the terrain, nature and other offroaders.

-Daniel

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Danny boy, you drove Arka's jeep. I think you should mention how it was.
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Here you go:

From left to right:

Poornima, MP Srinivasan, Vivek HP, Tejas (tejas@perioimpl [black t-shirt] from bombay), UBS, & ?? (he was a very helpful guide - sorry can't remember the name)


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This was a nice obstacle and we got to do it both ways
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As I was away on an official trip since the OTR I couldn't chirp in my appreciation !!

The drive down from Hyderabad to Chikballapur

Absolutely fantastic road. Almost glass smooth except for a few diversions. The CJ3B in petrol was a delight. Felt like an electric car and was able to clip at a steady 80 effortlessly.

Participants

What fun meeting so many deeply passionate offroaders. All you guys made this event so special. The easy atmosphere, with everyone focused on having fun made the event so special. New friends and many more OTR's now to look forward to

It would be unfair to name a few and miss many whom I met in the course of the event. Some were familiar from TBHP and many new friends. This really is the best part about any activity. New friends you make !

Organisers

What a fabulous bunch of people. I was totally bowled over by the sheer thoughtfulness of so many of you who were behind the organisation of the event. Its the little details which really showed how genuinely you folks wanted everyone to not just have fun but be msot comfortable doing so.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the camping site. Shamianas, neatly laid out bedding with pillow and blanket. Chairs to sit around and the toilets ! Wow guys. Ceramic wc's in the wilderness with water ! You guys are in a different league and I must say you put many in the hospitality industry to shame.

Later at the camp fire I sat back in awe as surprise after surprise unfolded. So thoughtful to organise the potatoes, the butter, the foil, the salad ! Nothing went unnoticed guys ! The warmth with which you guys shared in food and drink making sure everyone was looked after was truly amazing.

Special thanks to Vivek and Dwarak for making the campfire evening so special.

I was totally bowled over by the sheer commitment of the Srinivasans in making sure everyone felt at home. The effort made by Mrs Srinivasan to make coffee for all of us was deeply appreciated.

So many small touches which showed the organisers gave so much personal thought to making the event enjoyable.

The food was excellent and served ontime.

The cars

Drool drool all the way. I expecially loved Sirish's Defender and Tanzeem's Patrol. Gorgeous machines

Sirish was a riot post a few drinks and I must say Sirish you are one heck of a perceptive guy, very sharp and am sure a very quick learner. He kept the Hyderabad nawabs entertained for a long time with his hillarious accounts of his experiences on the trail. Sirish we'll have a public hanging of that Marshall who asked you the price of your Defender as you hung in a life and death situation What a blast we had hearing your stories.

All those cars with the Maxxis tyres looked like they were going to war. What an aggressive tyre! The trio of the Scorpios and the Patrol on the highway is a menacing sight.

In all the meaty beefy Terminator style offroaders my CJ3B looked like a kitten !! Honestly. She's so quaint compared to the other offroaders.

But did she surprise me!! That Hurricane under the hood should go into the hall of fame of engines. I had reservations about where the rebuilt motor could handle the strain of the drive down from Hyd and the trail but was I surprised!

Throughout the trail the temp guage stayed planted below 80deg and the torque at the wheels was so fluid and adequate that it handled all the obstacles on silent tick over. It was such a pleasure to drive this car. Now I know why so many people across the planet feel so passionate about the Jeep. Its a wonderful machine and so minimalist !

UBS (it was such a pleasure to meet and spend time with you) tells me the older Go Devil engine has an even more linear power delivery and awesome offroad. It was fun listening to the tale of how it only had to be someone like Arka who took the challenge of scaling a 60 deg incline and did so triumphantly while everyone believed the car would flip over as the 60 deg rating is beyond the car's limit! My guess is Arka's trick was to hit the incline at a speed pushing the car toward the incline and preventing it from flipping back ! Had he done this at slow speed their worst fears may have been confirmed. Arka correct me if I got that wrong.

Arka there's never a dull moment with you around and I really enjoyed your quips. I am very serious about what we discussed about multiple events across the country to fill the calendar and Shams and I will set the ball rolling for something around Hyd. We will need your help to choose a special trail. I have the locations more or less in mind and am trying to work through the forest dept to officially allow us to explore

Sanjay it was a pleasure meeting you again. And thanks for the weight when I needed it ! Lets please work on making the western ghats expedition a reality.

Behram bhai, lets see the Thar onroad soon. I really think you have a great vehicle in the offing and like I said its first important to make it a commercial success before we get the version we offroaders desire. Please make MLD standard on the version you release with 4x4

This is a bit of a hurried report but so much more happened in those three days we spent travelling down, enjoying the event and driving back.

On the way back from Bangalore I opted to rise early and hit the road at 5:15 am. On account of liquid consumption no other nawab was willing to rise so early.

Top down as I headed out of Bangalore alone and clipped at a steady 80 all the way upto Kurnool, there were moments when as the sun rose and the earth turned golden, the hurricane hissing ever so silently under the hood, cold crisp air and the smells of a country I deeply love, I was ecstatic that I had participated in the Bangalore Annual OTR.

I loved every moment of it and the biggest surprise for me was, not an ounce of my body ached after the 1500 km sojourn. Its got to be the petrol. The sheer refinement of the car now made this whole trip so deeply enjoyable.

The CJ3B in petrol is divine. Thanks guys for a great time and hope to see you all soon

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DKG,

Very exhaustive and gripping report and thank you for all good/nice words. Pleasure meeting you in the event.
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The CJ3B with the Hurricane Engine is THE..........

Hope to see you soon too Deepak... Keep the coke rolling!!!!!
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