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Old 10th March 2011, 18:38   #46
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Great thread. Though one thing I have been able to conclude is that the MIGHTY THAR is "all show no go" !! :-( Sad to see that the hype it had created was for nothing really.




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Managed to click few pictures
A TATA Sierra (competetion # 164) did the storm? Was it a 4x4? What specs was it running and how was it placed?

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Not for Xplore category. If you have a 4x4 then you get in to Ndure category automatically. For Xtreme a 4wd is (highly) recommended.

Are the routes different for each category? Also apart from Gypsies any other 4x4s participated?

Thanks for some wonderful information and pictures!
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A TATA Sierra (competetion # 164) did the storm? Was it a 4x4? What specs was it running and how was it placed?




Are the routes different for each category? Also apart from Gypsies any other 4x4s participated?

Thanks for some wonderful information and pictures!

The Sierra was fitted with a Toyota 2c diesel and was a 4X2

The routes are diffrent only for the xplore class. The extremes and endures follow the same path . Team Tata Motors participated with the Xenon 4x4 and Safari 4x4 and won class honours in the endure category. The extreme class had 2 Grand Vitaras and 2 XL7 "s participating.
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Great thread. Though one thing I have been able to conclude is that the MIGHTY THAR is "all show no go" !! :-( Sad to see that the hype it had created was for nothing really.




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Thanks Ricky. This THAR was a brand new one so really cant conclude if it was the owners fault to directly bring it to a strenuous event like the STORM.

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The Sierra was fitted with a Toyota 2c diesel and was a 4X2

The routes are diffrent only for the xplore class. The extremes and endures follow the same path . Team Tata Motors participated with the Xenon 4x4 and Safari 4x4 and won class honours in the endure category. The extreme class had 2 Grand Vitaras and 2 XL7 "s participating.
Awesome , exact specs. Were you there in the storm?
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[quote=harishnayak;2274920]Thanks Ricky. This THAR was a brand new one so really cant conclude if it was the owners fault to directly bring it to a strenuous event like the STORM.


@harish

This post is with all due respect to all those who were involved with the development etc etc etc of the THAR.

In my opinion strictly, a brand new vehicle it may be, but are new vehicles not to be more reliable ?? Or maybe it was just pure bad luck.

M&M should have put up a factory team & contested. The fact that they shied away - says a lot of the THAR's "real" capabilities.

Anyway, look forward to more updates & pictures.


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Thanks Ricky. This THAR was a brand new one so really cant conclude if it was the owners fault to directly bring it to a strenuous event like the STORM.



Awesome , exact specs. Were you there in the storm?

Yes i was in the white Gypsy (0030 ) with Rahul Dutt
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Apologies for the delay in continuing with the thread

Leg 3 - [FONT=&quot]107 kms again which started at about 6.30 am and the Marshall's were placed at about 6:00 am and were all set to welcome the all the categories and we were supposed to head off to Barmer which was 420 odd Kms

I was expecting to be placed somewhere where i could take some flying shots but unfortunately it turned out to be exactly opposite as the track was FLAT.

Checked radios etc and everything worked perfectly fine , we were placed just before the finish line so not much of pressure as most of the cars would have made it successfully to the end after crossing us which turned out to be true later.

There were couple of breakdowns and also lot of cattle and other horse riders who passed through the track and we had to struggle to move them away from the track.


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Some more pictures from the same leg . There was a XL7 from Stallion motor sports which broke down and was towed away later by a tractor
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Yes i was in the white Gypsy (0030 ) with Rahul Dutt
Oh Ok , Met you ( saw you ) when we were driving to Barmer. Also saw you during the PD but never got the opportunity to meet you.

Will definitely meet you next time i see you , hope you would recognize me .
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The leg ended at about 1:00 pm and we had a quick lunch as there was a LOONG drive ahead.

Indraprstha to Barmer which was 400+ kms and we had to reach the hotel by night to settle down for the day and a early morning leg the next day.

Since the car had taken lot of White rann Salt & Sand so we decided to get the car washed on the way and the results were fantastic. Many officials stopped here to get their cars washed , especially the ones who chose to drift at the white Rann.

Since most of the officials/participants had started at almost the same time so came across lots of them enroute.

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All dirty with Sand sticking like Leeches
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AHA i'm all fresh and ready for the GRIND
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Participants/Officials heading towards Barmer. Blue alto was the all womens team..Kudos to them
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Continued..

Next day we were supposed to be stationed at a village near Pokhran and this time it was the DZ ( Danger Zone ). We were placed at the beginning of the Danger Zone where the village started.

Generally Officials placed at DZ's were given T-shirts so that they could hand it over to local villagers to befriend them and ensure that the leg goes of smoothly due to their assistance however unfortunately we did not get the T-shirts but i had a nice Idea in mind and was waiting for our placer to place us.

This was one of the toughest placements as we were continuously going off the GPS track for some wierd reasons even though there were 2 veteran vehicles were leading us.

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Sudev Sirs GV tyre had low pressure and needed some air & Raja's inflator came handy
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Next was one of the BEST experiences of my life i.e when we reached our point
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Hey there - so gaya yaan kho gaya? When is the next instalment coming?
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Sorry for the Delay

So we were finally place at a village near Pokhran and were almost at the tail end of the Leg. I'm forgetting the name of the village where we were placed however the moment we stopped our car there were about 50-75 kids already around our car looking at us with curiosity.

I knew that we would be in for LOT of questions and my guess came true , what with the kids asking us hundreds of questions on why we had come , whats going to happen , will the cars be fast , will there be bikes too etc.

In a while we got friendly and one way that i got them engaged was by identifying the right kid who was the LEADER of them all and taught him how to use the Digi cam.

I also gave him few tasks to ensure that the KIDS crowd was under control at all the times -

Asked him to assign few more kids to keep other kids off the track
Asked him to click MY picture while i was on duty

The kids were so courteous that they got the following things to comfort us
  • 2 chairs to sit
  • Water ( although we had enough )
  • Tasty Tea
  • Lunch - Bajre ki roti and Sabji..It was YUUUMMYY
  • Jug full of Lassi
  • A cycle ride
They even wanted to make a tent kind of shade to provide us comfort from heat however we were too indebted to even ask them to do it.

I also gave them my Glares to put on and almost all of them wore it one by one..LOL.

I can BET that none of us would have got this kind of a ROYAL treatment by any of the city Kids..hats of to these kids

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They were all around..can see some of them sitting above me too
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Some pictures of the cars in action shot by the KIDS. They were elated doing this for me
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Gosh so this was wiat the wait. Great pictures man and looks like the desert has got your beard growing

Like they say the Heart of India is in the villages.
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