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Old 15th February 2009, 15:13   #1
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Default Report & Pics : The Blind Man Rally Experience, Feb 09.

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Meanwhile, Ford_Rocam discovers his car's PS hose has conked, and is spilling over the road. A quick fix and his ride is sorted.

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Tejas arrives.......

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.....and the OHC owners get chatting already.

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Vikram arrives in his Civic. Hot ride.

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To be continued....

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Old 15th February 2009, 15:13   #2
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Default Report & Pics : The Blind Man Rally Experience, Feb 09.

A Sunday morning well spent, I'd say !! What a fantastic event, I'm sure everyone enjoyed including the ones who got lost or missed a couple of turns here and there (or drove on the wrong side of the road/went to buy bumpers in between/floored it from Hyatt to NAB etc). A report from my side.

My MERU cab i.e. Dippy arrives on time at 7:15am. We meet at Mahim causeway. Arpandiv and Ford_Rocam are well on their way to NAB Worli already. Dippy is a chiller eh?

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We reach Mahim, where we get the news that apparently the sun has not risen in Gujarat as yet. Yet, Dippy is pleased with his car on a beautiful morning, and decides to park haphazardly. Someone hand him an infraction.

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Finally, the sun rises in Gujarat and F50 meets us in his S(wift)14. I'm riding as passenger with F50 in his S14 today.

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When we get to NAB - Worli seaface, everyone is busy stickering their rides. New fad, it seems, we joined in the fun as well. Seen here are Akshay (Dippy's friend), F50 and Ford_Rocam pasting their stickers.

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Old 15th February 2009, 15:23   #3
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GTO is in the house !!

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Kya AAP ke paas bhp hai ??

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Scooby finds his way to Worli seaface in a beautiful Sl500 with AMG wheels. "Arre koi actor aaya hai flag off karne!!" said the bystanders on seeing the car...lol !!

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Team-BHP saw a good turnout at the event. Unfortunately I don't have pics of all the cars present. Clearly we were redlining the Indian automotive scene !!

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Old 15th February 2009, 15:39   #4
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By the power of greyskull.... Heman! And his nav, who i dropped to the station after the rally. He was really interested in cars, i have pointed him and a few others to the forum, since they have some software which reads web-pages to them.
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Swale ... little did he know how hard driving slow would be!
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Zavo...got stuck ? Help...help... someone get help!!
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The GTO-mobile looking good with the "new" wheels. And F50's "white mischief" hiding in the background.
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GTO and his nav
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Cyrus explores unchartered territory.....
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Vikram18's civic looking sweet.
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Manson (& straight6) -- his car later became a BEST bus for dropping people home!
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Me and my nav Chandrakant
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Leadfoot repping the new stickers nicely.
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Let me know if ive left anyone out!!

More to come....

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Old 15th February 2009, 15:39   #5
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Nice stuff flyingspur,

It was a great experience and a lot of fun too. A really well organized event, for a good cause, that was fun for the participants, navigators - and seemingly for the organizers too! Thats a sucess.

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I tried to capture every BHPian and navigator, or atleast their car....

Participants met their navigators @ NAB and then walked out to the parking area.
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The turnout. Roughly 67 cars, including about 15 from Team-BHP.
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Tejas and his navi Pankaj
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The Dipp-mobile. Full house.
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My nav Chandrakant(background) and Jitu's nav were quite chatty in front of the cameras for a local news channel
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Michael_schumi and his nav
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Arpan and his nav (sorry i dont know all the navigator's names! Help me out here boys.)
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R.P.M - or rather his car. Both our cars got lost together about 10 minutes into the rally but managed to get back on track
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Old 15th February 2009, 15:39   #6
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This was truly an event for a good cause.

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BHPians. (L-R) Arpandiv, Tejas, Dippy's friend Akshay, Dippy & Ford_Rocam in deep conversation.

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We keep hearing that flag-off is in 5 mins, but nothing seems to be happening. Frustrated, Dippy decides to pose with his ride.

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When flag-off is nearing, F50 remembers he still hasn't found his navigator. "Arre bhai, mera navigator kidhar hai?"

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The cars finally line up at the flag-off point, with drivers, navigators and passengers in place.

Rehaan [Fiesta], Tejas [OHC] and Arpandiv [Alto]......

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....followed by Ford_Rocam [OHC++], F50 [[S14] and Swale84 [Ikon].

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Old 15th February 2009, 16:07   #7
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We're handed supplies...

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...and the event is flagged off. F50 is in a mood to cruise.

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Soon we make the first (and only) big mistake of the morning. A turn is overshot by a long way. F50 is puzzled and tries to figure it out with our navigator.

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A quick phone call F50 makes a U-turn and floors it. We're now back on track. "Sab saaru chaale chhe" he seems to say !!

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We reach the first checkpoint.

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Driving down to Marine Drive, it's a beautiful morning. The city is just about waking up, while a bunch of cars is running about crazily through the streets of town at the whims of the visually impaired.

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An adventure through Colaba and we're at the second checkpoint already, near CST. While we wait at the red light, I'm trying to decide whether we have enough time for me to hop off and run to McD real quick for some chow. Proposal promptly shot down by F50

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Guess who's caught up with us? It's Manson [Scorpio] and Arpandiv [Alto]. Later we learn that Doggdigga took a detour, made a quick stop at Opera house and picked up a bumper or something

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Old 15th February 2009, 16:19   #8
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Nice. I didnt realise that car numbers 19-30 were almost all Team-BHPians!

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The rally was now beginning to heat up, and we witnessed some, err, competitive driving. Arpandiv was weaving in and out of traffic....

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....while Manson took a sweeping right turn across four lanes Please hand out the infractions.

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F50 was now feeling quite confident of the route and the progress we were making. We decided to pig a little.

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DISCLAIMER : The following few pictures must be viewed strictly as a tutorial for the oblivious and NOT as a representation of back-seat boredom.

How to execute the task of eating a Kit-Kat chocolate. The Kit-Kat way.

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Since we were driving around so much, F50 and I decided to drop by our respective homes

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We reach the Reclamation checkpoint.

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Manson is now feeling confident of winning as is clear in his expression.

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Under the Kalanagar flyover. Manson : "Oye. Kit-Kat hai kya?"

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The latter stages of the rally are quite uneventful. It's down to a final blast to NAB....at about 35kmph. Here's our timesheet.

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F50 finishes backwards! Comes through in the wrong direction.

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Still, he's relieved to have finished, and flashes a triumphant smile.

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Michael_schume and Cyrus pull up at the finish. Cyrus starts cribbing right away!

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"Kaala-chashma" Dippy itna khush kyu hai?

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[L-R] R.P.M., Swale, Manson, straight6, Zavo, Dippy, F50.

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Super-admin crosses the line at the same time as cars which started an hour earlier than him

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Jitu at the finishing line. "Bas ho gaya yaar, le le time sheet"

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McD @ Tardeo has shut shop for the moment. Here's an amusing board they put up in place of it.

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The line for lunch was too long at NAB, so F50, Dippy, Ford_Rocam, Akshay, Arpandiv, his friend and myself decided to scoot to Noorani's. Don't have pictures of that. Finally got dropped off by Arpandiv home at about 3pm. Thanks for the ride man.

That was the end of the report from my side. Hope you guys enjoyed it !! Nice meeting every one of you.

Cheers!

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What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday. A gang of Bhpians, a bunch of blind but extremely talented navigators, one mentally retarded co navigator(guess who?) armed with their machines and their maps. We went the right way, lost it a bit, got back on track and I almost overshot a checkpoint but it was a blast. I enjoyed every bit of this rally and moreso because it was for a good cause. Good to see the turnout of bhpians today. Thoes who missed is this year should definately take part next time. It is a very special experience. I will surely be there next time around.

Got a participation certificate too which is quite cool. Let the other pictures flow in.
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Guys, great write up and pics! Had a super time overall... I'm too tired now, will write about a few funny experiences of ours during the rally tomorrow.
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Here is the Final Timing sheet.
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what a great day we had, really enjoyed every bit of it and moreover it was for a cause, really appreciate the way it was organized, we were handed a packet of breakfast,cold drink and mineral water at start line, shows caring for participants and navigator. cyrus.... you listening...
we should do this every year...
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what a lovely experience. A sunday morning well spent.
Hardly anyone of us have an experinece of being navigated , following instructions blindly, literally from a blind man.
The experience of mixing two good things in life, driving and charity for a good cause, was so much entertaining. All the participants had so much fun bring some good moments in life of these visually impaired people. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

I did miss up a checkpoint only to realize that i did not have any further instruction left in the road book. I had to take a U- turn and drive back at the phoenix mills checkpoint to get the next road book. Probabaly my only mistake for the day but not one dull moment.

It was great to see Team-BHP turn up in decent numbers to support this cause.

All in all a Great day and a Sunday Morning well spent.

Guys keep the pics coming.
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