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Old 28th February 2010, 02:30   #1
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Dad: Remember, left one is the clutch, middle one break and right one accelerator. Use right leg for acceleration and breaking, left for clutch while gear shifting.

Me: Got it!

Dad: Now, adjust seat and mirrors, check the gear for neutral, engine start, press the clutch...

M800: Boy, at least this time, comm'on, move me.

Me: Right Mr. 800, give me this chance and we will be on our way...

Dad: ..slowly, press the clutch, move gear to 1, press accelerator and release clutch simultaneously and slowly, easy, easy...slowly, no hurry...

M800: No way, this kid is not going to move me today. Oh, wait... I am actually moving, slowly but smoothly...boy, am moving, this kid is driving me.

Dad: Easy and you are on your maiden drive. Keep going son!

Me: Hurrahhh!!!

I cannot explain in words the excitement I felt that very moment. It was a small step forward for our M800 but a giant leap for me, I am actually driving a car.

The same adrenaline, I feel every time I hold a car steering. A lot has changed in these 14 years (yes, I started driving since my 9th std, illegally though) - my first drive, first long drive, first city drive, first solo drive, first drive with a..., first international drive, first bet-race... car magazines, BBC Wheels/TopGear, car movies, car shows, car test drives, car reviews and 'Team-BHP'.

Came across TBHP circa 2006 on a fine day through Google. Since then, have been closely observing TBHP and imparting the 'TBHP Culture'. Now felt the responsibility of contributing to the community, which taught me a LOT about cars, and here I am.

About me:
Another IT Consultant in the community, roaming across, clicking across, driving across (of course, travel, photography and driving go along well). Also into cooking at leisure time if not browsing cars and TBHP.
Have an AStar at home, previously owned M800 for some dozen years.
Just like many others, waiting to realize many dreams (including a pan-India drive, a cross country trip ‘Destination Doha’ types), have driven some good number of cars in and outside India. For me shear pleasure means - driving any type of a car, a good old Amby or a recent Mustang, not much into technicalities though.

A TBHP sticker says 'Live to drive' and that suits me well.

Thanks for spending time reading about BusyBoyKK.

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Old 28th February 2010, 21:50   #2
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Welcome aboard BusyBoyKK,

That's a heck of an intro. I fine-tuned my driving skills on an 800 too, though I actually learnt how to drive on a Padmini. I remember the first time I sat in the 800 (after weeks in the Padmini) and went "Wow" at the ergonomics. The gearshift. The bucket seats. The direct steering. At that time, I thought the M800 is all the car I will ever need. Understatement of the decade, wot?

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Came across TBHP circa 2006 on a fine day through Google. Since then, have been closely observing TBHP and imparting the 'TBHP Culture'. Now felt the responsibility of contributing to the community, which taught me a LOT about cars, and here I am.
Thank you. Team-BHP's strength is in our contribution....as petrolheads & car owners for other petrolheads & car owners. It's collaboration at the topmost level, and your comment just made me smile.

Do take the mandatory pitstop by our board rules section, just once, for the sake of familiarisation. Hope to bump into you over on some interesting thread. See ya!
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Even for my college semester exams, haven't burnt mid night oil. At last I am through with the pit stop after two late night studies .
While going through the pit stop, noticed Mr.Kapasi's English classes . As some one said English was never so interesting. In fact, before bouncing upon TBHP in 2006, while just 1 year into my career, I was never serious about typing proper emails/text. I should say TBHP has taught me not just about cars and roads but also about writing etiquette.

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