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Old 15th September 2011, 16:16   #1
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What’s One Big Dream ?

Two little boys had one big dream
Like many little boys, Ashwani and I had a dream to drive racecars and participate in rallies. While our boyhood dream weren't exactly unique, our ambition certainly was, and today we are going to do what we always wanted.

Considered to be the pinnacle of motorsports in India, Raid-de-Himalaya competition is unattainable for most independent racers, especially those with self-built cars and self-funded racing expenses like us. Up against factory-backed teams and the biggest names in the Raid, we are underdogs in a big way, But that doesn't stifle our big dream.


Background

We might have had our own dreams, but they would have stayed in dreamland if it hadn't been for friends Vikram and Monga. Both talented filmmakers who love travel, they were responsible for bringing us together. Bikes, cars, wheels, speed -- a shared passion makes for a great introduction.

After a few late night chats over chai, Vikram suggested that we put our skills together and give our one big dream a shot.



Then came the hunt for the perfect car that wouldn't break the bank. We found it in an unusual place: the Wheeled Beast started life as a sedate Parliament Gypsy!


Getting the Gypsy Home

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after much running around and loads of phone calls we finally
found it through the Parliament Auction

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The Gypsy's Makeover

After much discussions we decided to give the Gypsy to be Rally prepared at SpeedSport (// Speed Sport . Automotive Engineering Solutions . New Delhi . India //) run by Phil.


Who's Who ?

Ashwani Rana -

From being declared the "Rookie of the Year" to "The Leading Racer in North India" Ashwani has come a long way.



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Some of Ashwani’s achievements :
• Won six races in Chennai in year 1989

• Came in the top three positions in 7 race categories in the year 1991 in different categories and set the fastest lap timing in 350cc

• Came in the top three positions in 6 race categories in the year 1991 in different categories

• Declared as the "Rookie" of the year in 1989 & 1991

• Seeded No.2 in FMSCI for year 1992

• Leading position in six categories F.I.R.R.C 1993 championship

• Leading position in six categories F.I.R.R.C 1994 championship

• 1989 - 1996 remained the leading racer in North India

Ashwani has hands on experience and sound knowledge of automobile re-engineering and expertise in professional motorcycle racing which include moto cross, rally, super cross race and dirt racing.

A simple human being deriving pleasures from small things in life and enjoying every moment that life has to offer. He offers his recipe for success to motorsport aspirants as "Mind should always be faster than the machine."


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From the last time that Ashwani raced it has been a tough and unforgiving way of life. Today, Ashwani runs his own workshop in Gurgaon "Goodwill Motors" and lives and breathes automobiles. His expertise is in Yamaha 350's.

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Old 15th September 2011, 17:24   #2
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Holy Sh!t!

Never knew will come across Ashwani Rana aka Chotu this way! Countless Sunday's have been spent between 2001-2004 at his first garage near Venky.

All the best to both of you. Keep the vehicle transformation story coming.

Cheers


P.S: Does he still have the petrol Chevy truck which he had bought at US Embassy Auction. It could have been your best service vehicle

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Old 15th September 2011, 17:42   #3
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Hi MileCruncher,

Its a small world, aint it! Chotu will be thrilled when he gets to know bout you.
The Chevy's gone so this time around the Bolero will be doing the service duty

Are you coming for the Raid ?
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Old 15th September 2011, 19:17   #4
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Great thread Abel.

Thanks a lot for making the effort.

I have pm'ed you my name
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Old 16th September 2011, 12:56   #5
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The Pains / Anger / Joy et.al.

Participating in such an event has its own set course. What we thought would be a breeze turned to be a hurricane sending our lives into a whirlwind.

We had initially hoped to participate in the Extreme Category, knowing very well that we both had no prior rallying experience but were hopeful that Ashwani's racing experience and his hands on expertise with automobiles would be a point for consideration.

We sent our entries to Himalayan Motorsports, but they informed us that we could not participate in the extreme category and would have to participate in the ProStock Amateur category. Heart Break! anyways we decided that we would go ahead with our endeavour as we had already spent loads (read loads and loads and loads) of moolah.


Our Motivations

Apart from all the downs we have had some amazing ups, friends who have ever been so helpful and encouraging us and motivating us as if its their own project. Really cant thank you guys enough especially Ajay for having lent his Rally prepared gypsy to us to do the dry runs in. Ajay, we plan to be competing as a team if all goes well, also Tarun, Puneet, Arjun, Shanky, Utkarsh, Vikram, Praveen, Monga amongst others who have driven with us for our practice sessions clicking some amazing moments.


Ajay with his Ride !

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Old 19th September 2011, 12:52   #6
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The Gypsy has been in the workshop and work has been in progress, suddenly it looks as if we are way too behind schedule.

As of now the things that have been done on it :

Roll Cage
Rally Cabin
Diff strengthening
Upgraded suspension
Extra Tank
Fire Extinguisher clamp
Spare wheel carrier

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congrats..

You are living out the dreams of many members here including me.

A question.

How come you do not have double/dual shocks? I thought that will help greatly in RDH.

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congrats..

You are living out the dreams of many members here including me.

A question.

How come you do not have double/dual shocks? I thought that will help greatly in RDH.

firoz

Hi Firoz,
Thanks for the support and encouragement.
You are right, we will be running on dual shocks, the modifications have been done, yet to fit the shocks.
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A small video teaser from the very first test run, put together by friends - Vikram, Praveen & Monga.

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It seems time is just flying by, just 13 days to go, the gypsy is nearly there we have got it for a few days to do a few test runs and then take it back to Phil's "SpeedSport" for last minute check ups and tweaks.

A special mention to Phil and his team for having worked over time in meeting the deadline.

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Nice preparation by Phil's Speedsport, All the best to the duo! Which tyres are planned for the ride? Also can you share the prices if its not a secret.

Also I note the Phil's Evo taking shape there, hope to see it in action too!
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Nice preparation by Phil's Speedsport, All the best to the duo! Which tyres are planned for the ride? Also can you share the prices if its not a secret.

Also I note the Phil's Evo taking shape there, hope to see it in action too!
Hi !
Thanks for the encouragement, and we have no secrets to keep on Team-BHP its all bout brotherhood!!!

We will be riding on Tornadoes - Jk Tyre. We struggled with the availability and a lot of strings had to be pulled to get the same. It costed us close to 5300/- a piece.
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Before we ever make it to the rally to race against our fellow drivers, we've been racing time to meet the paperwork deadlines, and bumping into the potholes of red tape at every turn. It's been an exhausting rush from pillar to post over the last few weeks.

We're registering the Gypsy in my hometown, and Ashwani drove over last month to set the bureaucratic wheels in motion. But despite various people pestering the RTO office there, they'd been sitting on our application for weeks.

Finally, on Monday, they said they couldn't give the registration without a reply on the NOC from the Delhi RTO. That left us confused since we'd already got the NOC, but anyway, tried contacting everyone who might help us get through to the Delhi RTO. Then that evening, we were told that no, it is NCRB which needs to give its nod. So we got someone to stand in queue at NCRB on Tuesday and get the document stating that the vehicle had not been stolen or anything. We thought we were home free.

We were wrong. My hometown RTO insisted that the Delhi RTO had to confirm/verify the NOC it had already given. By then it was past noon on Tuesday, and the cash counter was shutting for the day. The office was closed on Wednesday and Thursday for the festivals, so this was our last chance. In my hometown, a friend pleaded with the RTO to keep the cash counter open till 4 pm. In Delhi, we prayed a desperate prayer and made one last-ditch effort to meet the RTO. Finally, got into his office at 3:20, and initially he said that it would take 15 days to go through the process to get an NOC. We really thought we'd run out of hope, and would have to miss the rally. It was unthinkable after all the blood, sweat and tears -- not to mention the moolah! -- we had already invested.

Then Ashwani came into the RTO's room wearing a T-shirt with a Yamaha RD-350 badge on it. The moment the RTO saw that logo, everything changed. Turns out he was a biking enthusiast himself. Anyway, Ashwani explained that we already had an NOC, we just needed an official confirmation from him. So then the RTO said that he would give it to us in a few minutes. While his clerk was preparing the document, the RTO and one of his colleagues who used to be a rally driver sat us down with tea, and proceeded to ply us with questions about the rally, Ashwani's racing experience and his workshop, and all our mutual friends in the auto sports world. In just five short minutes, we swung the pendulum from despair back to hope!

We got the document from the Delhi RTO at 3:45 pm and rushed to find a fax machine to send it off to the RTO in my hometown. After a couple of false tries, it finally got through, and we got the registration papers from the RTO Office on the dot of 4 -- literally the last possible minute! Truly an answer to the prayers of so many. Thanks to everyone who helped us get the registration; it was a team effort.
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