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Old 19th February 2014, 23:40   #31
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It was a cold and gloomy morning on Saturday, the 15th. I was piggybacking with 2 other BHPians (mohanKV and rohittunga) in a white Punto, so I didn't have to worry about tanking up or checking tyre pressure of the car, etc.

They picked me up by 5ish and we reached the meeting point venue a couple of minutes later than 5:30 AM. While the newbies were all meeting and greeting each other, RSudarsanan was already checking off names on an attendance list and making a mental note of whether the stipulated number of cars were present.


The map of the route we were going to take to hit the beach resorts at Kannur, planned meticulously and to perfection by RSudarsanan sir.
A - initial meeting point at NICE road exit, Mysore road SH17.
B - breakfast stop at Kamat Upachar, Maddur (McDonald's campus)
C - Regroup at Srirangapatna for turnoff towards Hunsur
D - Coffee break at Cafe County, Hunsur-Madikeri road
E - Lunch stop at Ambatti greens resort, Bittangala near Virajpet.
F - Beach resorts at Payyambalam beachfront, Kannur
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Sharp at 6AM, we departed for Kamat Upachar on Mysore road (adjacent to McDonald's). Being a winter morning, it was still dark until almost 7 AM. Surprisingly (for February in Bangalore), there was a light shower somewhere near Ramanagara town!


The convoy departs for the breakfast stop at Kamat, Maddur with diesel_convert in the lead (oops, I mean with us in front).
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VellVector joins in with his XUV
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VellVector's XUV5OO bi-xenon headlights were outstanding in the dark!
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More convoy driving followed
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Briefly following Robi's brilliantly driven Pete'd and modified Polo GT TSI
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We were among the first to reach the breakfast point, roughly 45 km from the initial meeting point
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The others in the convoy slowly poured in while I stood guard at the entrance lest they overshot the restaurant in the dark
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CalypsoGT in his gleaming red GT TDI
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But for our convoy, Mysore road surprisingly wore a deserted look even at 6.45 AM!
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Some members parked their cars and proceeded to the restaurant while waiting for the others to rejoin the group
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While some others used the spare time to tank up their cars
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We had surprise visitors at the breakfast point - friendly mods Vid6639, ajmat and Samurai in a Jetta and Grand Vitara
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Breakfast pictures have already been covered by abirnale earlier (So no pics of breakfast inside Kamat). We had nice Idli Vada Chutney Sambar and Dosas for what was quite an early breakfast. I made sure I stuffed myself properly to keep hunger at bay for as long as possible . Some latecomers joined the convoy directly at the breakfast point.

By roughly 7.45 AM, members started to walk back to the parking lot to resume the journey.
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Meanwhile there was a small gathering of BHPians with moderators Samurai, Ajmat and Vid6639 who had joined the meet (until the breakfast point).

Ajmat in an animated conversation with members while Samurai San looks on
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After some banter sessions and chit-chatting, Ajmat and Vid6639 handed out 'Live to Drive' keychains to all the members present that day. Thanks guys for making it to the meet and seeing us off with the freebies!
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Soon after, Diesel_convert and RSudarsanan rolled out some goodies of their own - specifically for this meet. We had stickers to be pasted on the rear windshield and front bumper for this drive. Kudos to both of them for the planning and design of a simple yet elegant vinyl sticker depicting this drive! The message says it all.
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All the members departed one by one from Kamat. We were sweeping the convoy for the next stretch and left last, after seeing the moderators off.

Diesel_convert departs in his 'Rapid' Rapid
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The mods walking back to their cars to return to Bangalore
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After covering pace quickly with mohanKV behind the wheel, we caught up with robi's Polo and then proceeded together to meet the rest of the convoy at the next meeting point - Srirangapatna bridge
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To be continued...

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Old 20th February 2014, 00:02   #32
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Here are the couple of beach photos from Saturday evening. Met a lot of new bhpians as I had not been able to attend the previous meets. Thanks to Sudarasananji for making it happen. Will look forward to future drive meets.
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Old 20th February 2014, 08:30   #33
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After some banter sessions and chit-chatting, Ajmat and Vid6639 handed out 'Live to Drive' keychains to all the members present that day. Thanks guys for making it to the meet and seeing us off with the freebies!

The mods walking back to their cars to return to Bangalore
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A couple of clarifications

Those are not freebies - just a symbolic thank you for celebrating 10 years of T-BHP and contributing to the forum!

We walked back to the cars, I decided to take a drive in Samurai's Grand Vitara while Samurai decided to shoot my car. We then went back in for another breakfast!
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Awesome pics guys. Glad to see the huge turnout. Wish we could combine the Blore and Kochi drive meet sometime soon. Sudarasan did invite us but we had our drive on Feb 1st week. Waiting for the combined drive soon.
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Having fun on sand


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Driving Polo GT on Beach
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Old 20th February 2014, 10:51   #36
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21 Car Salute!!!! Amazing pics and well worded, I must say!!!
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That beach sand appears to be as hard as the tarmac. In the beaches I frequent around Udupi district, even a 4WD with low ratio has 80% chance of getting stuck.

Yes, it was lots of fun driving 90kms one way to surprise a few BHPians who were celebrating the 10th anniversary of TBHP. Even my wife and kids wanted to join, but gave up when they heard about getting up at 4:30AM.

Ajmat got so excited, he broke into a song while handing over the key chains.

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hello all
Firstly we would like thanks to the organizing committee who have done a splendid job of arranging a fabulous meet

Friday nights are usually never ending as it a weekend and all friends meet up which also means i was quite late at getting ready in the morning. Woke up at 6:00 and realised that convoy would have started from Mysore road towards breakfast. Since it was a convoy we realized that we can catch up pretty quickly as well and above which we had "CMIUC" driving his splendid XUV 500 (remembering the elantra days he was would start good hour late to yelagiri etc. drives and reach before every one else)

We also had in mind that we need to reach kannur by afternoon or late afternoon so that we can do a good photoshoot of the cars ( Brraj polo and CMIUC - XUV 500) . Since i had done this trip twice earlier also knew that the beach would be relatively empty at that time and we could do doughnuts etc with out people being around

So we finally caught up with the convoy near coffee shop near hunsur and the decided we need to drive at the speed we are comfortable with CMIUC driving and Brraj in his awesome polo leading the way


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The group excluding CMIUC who is taking the snaps
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XUV is quite photogenic
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Drive in beach pics, doughnuts pics with brraj and Chikku

Water has such amazing reflective properties that the reflection of vehicles can be seen in water/beach sand

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The set of photos earlier were of Xuv 500 now uploading the set of POLO pics of Brraj which was superb to watch in ghat sections and while doing doughnuts. Hope he does suspension mods that megazoid polo has and it will be better handler than it already is.

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Us watching sunset
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Couple snaps of the car that carried the key chains to Kamat Upachar. Photo taken after the travelers took off towards Virajpet.

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Hello All,

I am not yet done with my travelogue, but wanted to upload the gist with just 3 pictures.

1)TBHP - Drive
2)Dinner Pictures
3)Introduction Pictures of all the members
(Disclaimer: Incase I have missed somebody, do let me know)
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Could someone help with the names of the people in the pics please.
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Uploading a video of a stretch from Virajpet (after lunch) to Iritty...
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i wish i knew about this meet, i would loved to meet fellow bhpians and get to know them and their rides better. loved the photos from the beach ride and sunset.

can any one please throw some light on how i can be notified the next time such a meet happens in Bangalore?
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can any one please throw some light on how i can be notified the next time such a meet happens in Bangalore?
Keep a look out at the team BHP meet section. I am a newbie and this was the first meet for me. Outstanding co ordination by Mr. Sudarsanan, Karthik and Jayanth. Many more helped. Keep a track on the Meet thread and you should be fine. Would be great if you can join our next meet. We are already planning for it.
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