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Old 18th November 2009, 10:21   #1
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Default 3rd Indo-Bhutan Friendship Car Rally - 2010

The 3rd Indo-Bhutan Friendship Car Rally has been announced. The route for this year is:

Ceremonial Flag off at Kolkata - Jan 31, 2010
Leg 1 - Siliguri to Phuentsholing - Feb 4, 2010
Leg 2 - Phuentsholing to Gelephu - Feb 5, 2010
Leg 3 - Gelephu to Thimpu - Feb 6, 2010

Entries are being accepted. The rally will be in TSD format. For more details, Official Website of Friendship Car Rally Association
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good! i went for the 1st flag off with shuvc & toiingg.

Will love to see you participating. i will try to come to the flag-off if at Nicco Park. All the best.

get the Roll Cage thing done
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Yes, the roll cage is planned around end-Dec early-Jan. I wont take the risk of doing this without a roll cage.
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Great news. Best of luck Saurabh. Will it be part tarmac and part dirt?
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As far as the SR (Supplementary Regulation) goes, all the 3 legs will be combinations of tarmac, forest roads, dirt, dry river beds and mountain roads and narrow passed with steep climbs. Veterans from previous years are saying that this year, average speeds would be much higher, eg, 3rd leg (Gelephu - Thimpu) of 230kms have an average running time of 7hrs.
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what about tyres? get spare 185s for the rally

what about the engine? stock with FFE and intake?

do you want to keep the dark tints? AFAIK WB Govt banned tints - though Govt officials are still using tints.

what about fire prevention (Fuel Cut-off switch) and timing device?

who is the navigator? Nosu/Joseph (Nos Power)?

@ Sumitro / BP - the first round was part tarmac & dirt.

last but not the least - please update the black hawk thread with pictures of the BH.

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I am running MRF ZVTS 175s. These have turned out to be very tough tyres. The ride is rough, but these really hold on the road, even wet roads very well and provides good traction and braking. Will stick to that, otherwise the metering will get hampered. Will be carrying 2 spares for the rally. Engine remains stock with FFE and intake.

I am a bit worried about the dark tints. The car came with it, otherwise do not prefer tinted glass. There's already a circuit breaker installed, so fuel cutoff is taken care of. There's also a fire extinguisher lying around in the car. Will get that installed.

Navigator is Nosu.
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We are going a bit OT here - but i guess it is ok since your car will be a part of the rally.

Most of the Esteems run with 185s - don't they? have you caliberated the meter with the 175s on?

Congrats Nosu/Joseph
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May be. The ones from our garage run on 175s and the meters are calibrated accordingly.
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Thanks planet.

Well rather than the pics the performance is the talking point of Black Hawk. Took a brief TD of it on the Durgapur Expressway, boy oh boy what an improvement.

The fun part is there's more to come.
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Anyone else planning on participation, would love to join in as Driver/Navigator in case someone wants to team up. Let me also check the regulations required.
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I will be participating in the rally as Rally Official. We (me along with 2 other friends) will be travelling from Delhi in a Scorpio to participate. Will we be meeting any other bhpians at the rally?
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I will be participating in the rally as Rally Official. We (me along with 2 other friends) will be travelling from Delhi in a Scorpio to participate. Will we be meeting any other bhpians at the rally?
That's great..! As an officer, what all duties would be done by you? and how does one qualify to become one?
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IIRC, Saurabh M (Saurabh) and NOS Power (Joseph) are participating (Joseph will be the Nav') in Saurabh's rally prepped Esteem. Another bhpian evo (Deval) may participate in a Zen.

@ wandernomad - will you be in Kolkata for the initial flag-off from kolkata?

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I will be participating in the rally as Rally Official. We (me along with 2 other friends) will be travelling from Delhi in a Scorpio to participate. Will we be meeting any other bhpians at the rally?
Thats good news. Will surely get a chance to meet up. As @planet mentioned, me and NOS_Power will be participating in my Esteem. No confirmations yet from any other bhpian.

This time, there will less participants from Kolkata, as some of them are participating in the Desert Storm in the following week.
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