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Old 15th May 2010, 13:37   #1
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Default 15th May - Midnight Mumbai Offroading

Its time again, we go 4wheeling tonight - with an aim to learn more

meeting place - mulund check naka
meeting time - 10 pm sharp

we are heading towards shapur to tackle some serious obstacles
difficulty level expected - 7/10
should be back home by 7 in the morning
mud,loose gravel & slush

please carry search lights if you have any and loads of water
this is a highly organised event so expect loads of chances to learn, organised convoys and red bull women.

team-bhpians confirmed so far:
1. Mohan(gurkha)
2. Tejas(classic)
3. Gs Ferrari(gypsy and icebox)
4. Devang(monstar)
5. Danny (gypsy's)

please add your name to the list, if confirmed

taking this opportunity to welcome a new offroader into our group,
Alok was blessed with a beautiful healthy baby boy.
congrats buddy and all the best
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Old 15th May 2010, 16:38   #2
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I'm in too..

Congrats Alok! Baby boy! Great news!

team-bhpians confirmed so far:
1. Mohan(gurkha)
2. Tejas(classic)
3. Gs Ferrari(gypsy and icebox)
4. Devang(monstar)
5. Danny (gypsy's)
6. Imran (Gypsy) + passengers
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Stocking up on the liquid stuff!
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Old 16th May 2010, 10:35   #4
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Didn't need the liquid stuff much! Night OTRs are just...better!

Less people to bother you and the darkness makes it all that bit more racy and exciting. I had fun!

Driving back was a bit of a chore though...very very sleepy! A couple of red-bulls should help.

Thanks for the awesome company guys and I learnt a lot as well!
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Old 16th May 2010, 19:12   #5
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'40 minute drive from Mulund,' was what I was told! It turned out to be WAY longer than that!
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It is only 40 minutes really. The halt after Bhiwandi bypass and another at the railway crossing made it seem much longer. On the way back I was keeping pace with Neville and the Silver M-Kraft but they seem to have Iron butts because once we got to the Speed breakers (which they hopped over) - I backed out and after that it was a lonely and drowsy drive back home for me...had to keep pinching myself to stay awake.
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guys- Where are the pictures?? I t would be interesting to see the pictures. Hope you guys have recovered by now to post some.
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Old 16th May 2010, 20:56   #8
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Actualllllly going fast over a speed breaker is less painful than going slow, provided the speed breakers arent monstrous!

If I would've known that you were alone, I would have followed you! But I stopped with the others for tea/coffee.

Now if only we had Sowmya with us, to give a good narration of the turn of events!
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Where are the pics and report guys!!
Feels bad to have missed yet another one!!
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sometimes OTR - your own vehicle + Fruit Juice = Fun

this time Allan and I decided not take our vehicles and trust me we enjoyed a lot (Thanks to Tejas and Imran for the ride)

@GS,
i saw you driving and this peice of advice may help in future.
you have to build momentum and the vehicle should be in power band before you reach the incline or slush. you cant suddenly floor the throttle or you cant go really slow either.
you will endup with wheel spin or loss of power.
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@GS,
i saw you driving and this peice of advice may help in future.
you have to build momentum and the vehicle should be in power band before you reach the incline or slush. you cant suddenly floor the throttle or you cant go really slow either.
you will endup with wheel spin or loss of power.

Yup - noted. I must admit though...a sense of fear when racing towards the obstacle at speed. This is also my first time in loose sand with such a short run-up so I gave it too much gas.

Those obstacles I would have never believed possible in the Gypsy...especially the first one where Imran nearly went over backwards. Now I know better.

Thanks to Allan and Devang for hopping into the passenger side and giving constant guidance. I'd be staining my shorts getting into someone else's 4x4 heading into a pretty difficult obstacle!

EDIT:
The power "band" input is very important to me. Last OTR while going uphill, The Gypsy was struggling to move up. I think it is important to keep the revs up (3k minimum) and then let it go. Almost like a drag launch. otherwise it just bogs down!

Will keep these points in mind.

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This small otr was indeed fun,
a long drive away, but im not complaining, i was not driving
tejas' classic took me and my three friends along(devang included)

one thing i noticed was , this otr was very orderely, each obstacle was taken after judging it properly and in sequence with each vehicle waiting for its turn and nicely completing the obstacle

watching the gurkha climb the first obstacle did it for me.....way too much of ease

Also keeping one spotter whos was not driving but well experienced was the trick, no need to run back to the vehicle and change spotters and waste time,

Also gs, its very important that you walk the track first before you tackle an obstacle and trust no one till you see it yourself and then rely on the spotter once your in your vehicle

whenever i saw an obstacle, i kept telling tejas it can be done just get your vehicle ill guide you, but he came saw it once and then relied on me in guiding him,
it oozes confidence once you see it, a similar confidence you got when i sat in your gypsy.
but your learning buddy, and the curve just goes up.

thanks tejas for letting me drive your jeep and sitting on its bonnet

and gsferrari next time be on time


regards,
Allan

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Apology to all for the delay. I was under the impression that Shahpur was on Guj highway and so I was further ahead of Mulund on Ghodbunder road. I was in doubt when 15 minutes after your call from Mulund I still couldn't see any of your vehicles. Did a quick Map check on my phone and realized my mistake. I would have made it there in 5 minutes flat had there not been any truck traffic but the junction was ABSOLUTELY packed before I could get on NH3.

I feel like a twat...stupid mistake and I should have looked at the map much earlier!
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The only usable video :(



I need a passenger for the next OTR - hard to do shooting AND driving.

Guys - I have 2 Flip HD cameras so next time need two volunteers to play Resul Pookutty.
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The only usable video :(



I need a passenger for the next OTR - hard to do shooting AND driving.

Guys - I have 2 Flip HD cameras so next time need two volunteers to play Resul Pookutty.
Gs Bring both the cameras along for the recce this saturday we should get some good video!

I will arrange the passenger!
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