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Old 7th July 2013, 21:29   #271
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Default Re: Fortnightly mini-meet @ Hiranandani Powai. Brunch in South-Mumbai on 7th July, 20

Pics from Eastern Freeway drive to SoBo: 7th July 2013: Set 1/4
In front of Hiranandani school was the get-together point. Superbee and Swapszone got delayed and decided to join directly at Eastern Freeway entry.

The rest (8 cars) started at 10am from Powai.

At Pizza Hut junction. Karan's BMW, Santosh's BMW, Harishv's Corolla, Siddarthdev's Vento, sa_kiran's City, Mohan Mathew's Swift. Me at 7th position. Jignesh's WagonR was behind me.
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That's siddarthdeb in his white Vento TDi.
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sa_kiran with family in red All New Honda City.
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Superbee caught us somewhere in Chembur.
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Pulled over next to a fuel-bunk while couple of cars tanked up.
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Santosh's beautiful 320.
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Jignesh next to his WagonR. Mohan in the background.
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Karan checking Swapszone's whereabouts.
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More calls. Another white BMW joined in. Apparently Santosh's friend.
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Karan's 747!
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My Duma!
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Siddarthdeb's Vento.
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L to R: Jignesh, Mohan, Superbee, SDP
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Jignesh's daughter and my daughter in the XUV's backseat. With seat-belts!
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My son in the front.
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sa_kiran apparently took a different route. Shome joined directly at the entry.
Below the flag, you can see the Shivaji Maharaj statue which is the landmark for the starting point of the Eastern Freeway's currently open section.
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10:55AM -> Took a right at the roundabout and the ramp for the freeway is right ahead.
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Immediately after entering the Freeway, we hit the famous tunnel.
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Superbee's FFE Swift (not in the pic) sounded amazing in the tunnel!
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Beautiful day for a drive. Blue sky and white clouds.
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Hard to believe this scene is from Mumbai.
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Apparently its the BPT road from Sewree to Mahul.
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The sight-barriers at Sewree.
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They do create blind curves.
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Jignesh flying!
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11:05am -> We reached the end of the Freeway.
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To be continued...

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Old 7th July 2013, 21:45   #272
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Loved this meet. Sorry to join in late, missed the drive with all you guys, though it was fun driving on the new freeway. It was my son's first TBHP Meet and he enjoyed it the most. Wifey also enjoyed this one, after missing a few drives in the past few months.

Waiting for more pics.

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Old 7th July 2013, 21:53   #273
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It was too sad that I could not make it :(

Nice pics and I guess you should have also written about how water was getting collected on the Freeway in atleast 2 places. Please drive carefully and slowly as the car skids if it hits a patch of standing water.

The Blind Curves on the Freeway are simply amazing.

The Road surface has already started deteriorating :(
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Old 7th July 2013, 22:05   #274
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Pics from Eastern Freeway drive to SoBo: 7th July 2013: Set 2/4

A quick regrouping at the end of the Eastern Freeway.
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And we started again. This time directly to NCPA. No more halts.
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Been ages since I have been to this area.
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Old Customs House, is it?
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Interesting design on a compound wall.
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Buildings! Unmistakably south Mumbai!
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11:20AM -> Reached NCPA.
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Esma1981 and Raj were already there waiting for us.
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Parking was not a problem. The black Swift was Shome's and the silver All New Honda City belongs to Esma1981.
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3 beemers.
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Beautiful day.
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Monsoon? What monsoon? Bright sunny day.
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Esma in metal grey shirt. Raj in white tee. Two gentlemen on extreme right are Shome and Superbee (black tee).
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Kids and spouses.
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The lineup: L to R: Jignesh, Shome, Harishv, SDP, esma1981, Raj Bajwa, Siddarthdeb

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Sa_kiran, esma1981, Raj.
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Siddarthdeb, Mohan Mathew, Jignesh
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Esma, Raj, Shome, Superbee
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Two first graders enjoying the sea breeze.
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Harish with the boys.
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Must be something special about the crow.
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Families bonded well.
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A couple were getting a portfolio done from apparently a professional guy. We found this particular pose quite amusing!
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To be continued.

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Old 7th July 2013, 22:27   #275
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Pics from Eastern Freeway drive to SoBo: 7th July 2013: Set 3/4

12:15pm -> We decided to walk to a nearby hotel rather than driving.
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Five minutes walk and we reached 'Status'.
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Initially we put together some 6-7 tables horizontally. Not sure if it was against vastu or something, but the hotel staff objected to that arrangement and converted it to 2 vertical rows.
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The 2nd large table. Kidos and spouse special!
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Black cap and tee. That's swapszone.
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Karan.
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Harish.
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Karan and Kiran.
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Jignesh with his daughter.
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Food arrived decently fast.
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A group of senior citizens behind us.
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Esmail and Mohan
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Me at the far end!
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Raghav aka Superbee.
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Swapnil's better one-third playing with the best one-third!
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1:20pm -> Walking back to NCPA
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The Air India and Indian Express buildings.
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To be concluded in next set.

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Old 7th July 2013, 22:54   #276
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Pics from Eastern Freeway drive to SoBo: 7th July 2013: Set 4/4

1:25pm -> Back to the parking spot.
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More discussions
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Group Photo.
L to R -> Swapszone family, Mohan Mathew, Raj, Harishv, Siddarthdeb, Jignesh family, Karan, Esmail, Shome, SDP + kids, sa_kiran.
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Another group photo. Superbee replacing esma1981.
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Swapszone family.
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Raj.
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1:40ish pm -> Lots of handshakes and time to head back.
My kids insisted on riding with Karan. So we drove back together till Mulund.
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Beemers in mirror are closer than they appear!
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The tunnel on the way back.
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My son grinning after experiencing the sports mode on the Freeway! Thanks Karan for the ride. Two young BMW and Karan fans are born!
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12 BHPians. 4 with family. Good turnout for a mini-meet! Good weather. Good discussions and fantastic drive on the Eastern Freeway! Overall a very good meet!! Had fun!

PS: Please share other photos. Especially looking forward to the 320 + 328i photo-shoot snaps.

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Well i<3turbo is banned so i will help him with uploading the pics. I was riding shotgun with him sorry if i didnt say hi. It was my first meet. Nice to see the enthusiasm. Great pics sdp!
Sad but true some of you missed i<3turbo's massive smokeshow!


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Pic was taken pic karan. He will upload the video soon!
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Thanks to Karan for the idea of the Eastern Freeway Drive. SDP and Jignesh for another successful meet. So many discussions about car specs and mods, I seriously have a lot to learn. Hope I can join in for future meets
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Well i<3turbo is banned so i will help him with uploading the pics. I was riding shotgun with him sorry if i didnt say hi. It was my first meet. Nice to see the enthusiasm. Great pics sdp!
Sad but true some of you missed i<3turbo's massive smokeshow!
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Pic was taken pic karan. He will upload the video soon!
Ah, didn't realize you are a BHPian! Thanks for the pics.
I only got to 'hear' the smoke-show. Will wait for video from Karan as well.

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Sorry Guys had to miss this one. We won the best modified jeep and also 4th place at the MGE trophy championship, so was offroading on sunday to prepare for the finals. Seeing the pictures it sure looks like you'll had fun and hope to be there for the next one. Cheers guys..
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Sir jee, let the meet finish! After a late lunch and a quick dash on the sea-link, we are heading to Delhi Darbar for dinner!

Just kidding!
You had to see the expression on my face while I was reading those lines.
Though I too did a dash on the freeway yesterday itself, but later in the day. I was there around 3:30, and was looking around to see if I see any of you around.

It would have been an awesome experience to be with you guys, next time maybe.
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Jignesh with his daughter.
Hello SDP,

Thank you for the briliant pictures.

Infact last night (after 9:30 pm) me & my family were hooked on to computer waiting for you to release next set of pictures.

The picture - "Jignesh flying" is really good. Was it clicked by you or your son?

Let us figure out a way to transfer the pictures of last meets to me.

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Thanks SDP for the beautiful pics & an wonderful write up.

You actually created an "Virtual Meet" environment with your report & pics

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My son grinning after experiencing the sports mode on the Freeway! Thanks Karan for the ride. Two young BMW and Karan fans are born!
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Sanjay, Jignesh, Kiran and et all.

I cursed myself for having to give this meet a miss after looking at the pics. Although I did enjoy my Sunday but it could never have given me the high which I could have got had I attended the drive cum meet.

Sanjay - you have become a sort of a narrator of the events with your photography, need to take some tips from you.

One question - After the free run on the freeway, did you encounter any traffic enroute to NCPA?
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One question - After the free run on the freeway, did you encounter any traffic enroute to NCPA?
No. Absolutely no traffic anywhere. As yesterday was a Sunday, it was a pleasure to drive on SoBo roads. We were also lucky to get free parking near NCPA & all the cars in our convoy managed to park next to eachother.

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