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Old 6th February 2017, 07:33   #1
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Hi all

I apologise for introducing myself so late.

I have myriad interests. I love anything on wheels and anything to do with the outdoors. I am an adventure junkie. Hiking, photography, you name it - I do it!

I regularly cycle, use my motorcycles and my cars. I am licensed to drive heavy vehicles and have driven buses also. I maintain my vehicles myself, very rarely allowing my helpers to clean them. I have a very diverse collection of bikes and cars, all of them in pristine condition. I have a 1994 Shogun which still looks almost new, a 2005 petrol Innova, a Ford Figo (old one with fantastic handling), a Harley-Davidson Street 750 and have just bought an Isuzu Dmax Vcross. I learnt driving on an Ambassador, graduated to a Maruti Van, used to maintain an MM 540, drove a Matador F305 and F307 and fully agree that a good driver is far superior to any mechanical aids a vehicle may have.

I divide my time between Rajasthan and Uttarakhand and so have access to some of the nicest driving areas in the country. My vehicles have been chosen accordingly. I had been reading the Team-BHP forums for a long time and felt that I had things to contribute and also realised that this is the only place where I can get to exchange views with like-minded auto nuts!

I grew up in those times when Premier Padmini and Hindustan Ambassador were the main cars available. Only a few people were interested in the Standard Gazelles, etc. Mahindra jeeps had 3 gears and were extremely uncomfortable. Then Maruti came and it was a different experience altogether to drive a Maruti Van.

I had the first issue of The Indian Auto Journal till a few years back which got misplaced during shifting.

I was taught driving by my father. The bench seat of an Ambassador is a very good place to start learning driving. My father would let me handle the steering wheel. Then once he judged that I could negotiate turns and reversing, he taught me how to use the gear and clutch. He only allowed me to drive myself after I turned 16 and that too on private roads.
After I started using my own two-wheeler when i got my license, he insisted that I first get a full-face helmet. This was 30 years back! He was a fast driver and always emphasised the fact that rash driving at any speed is more dangerous than fast driving done under control. So, I grew up in an atmosphere where your father taught you driving and also the nitty-gritties of maintaining a car. He used to drive a Haflinger before I was born and used to talk about rear and front differential locks and how Mahindra jeeps could not even come close to the abilities of a Haflinger. (We went to buy one in a good condition from a Tibetan gentleman from Delhi, which is another story by itself). I think it also has a lot to do with the fact that our family is from Bombay, the only city in India where road manners are practised and the original auto-nuts, the Bawas, live!

I wish more parents nowadays teach their children driving techniques and safety norms before indulging them with brand-new vehicles. It shall really help in bringing down road fatalities in the country.

Happy motoring to all BHPians!!
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Welcome Alfresco!

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I have myriad interests. I love anything on wheels and anything to do with the outdoors. I am an adventure junkie. Hiking, photography, you name it - I do it!
After reading this, I scrolled down on your post to see what cars you own and was happy to see this...

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have just bought an Isuzu Dmax Vcross
What a sexy pickup ! Congrats.

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I am licensed to drive heavy vehicles and have driven buses also
Sweet! We have some lovely threads in the commercial vehicle forum. Hope to see you there.
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Hello Alfresco. That was a wonderful intro. Welcome to the forum. Please share the wealth of knowledge you have with the forum. Am sure you have a lot of interesting tales to tell.

Looking forward to a bus review too.
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What a sexy pickup ! Congrats.
I think a lot of people were in the same predicament as me - between Thar and Gypsy. Lots of pros and cons for both. Neither suited me as a whole package as I wanted every day usability also. The Vcross does not tick all the boxes but comes close to being a perfect package. My MM540 experience could never let me be convinced about Thar and vis-a-vis Gypsy, though a great dedicated off-roader, zero creature comforts is something you cannot live with nowadays.

I think the Grand Vitara would also have been a good package, if priced below 20L OTR.
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Hello Alfresco. That was a wonderful intro. Welcome to the forum. Please share the wealth of knowledge you have with the forum. Am sure you have a lot of interesting tales to tell.

Looking forward to a bus review too.
Growing up in the times when you could get down and dirty with the mechanics does take your knowledge level above average!

I still love hanging around to see how things are being done. I caught a lot of desi lingo also that mechanics used. Not everybody here can understand the phrase "Cycle ke kutte fail ho gaye !

I don't know about 'wealth' of knowledge. I think we had no choice when we had to make cross-country trips in a Mark II Ambassador in the pre-Maruti era. Because of that experience, I know what 'reliability' means and am put-off whenever I read about quality control and ASS issues with automobiles.
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