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Old 18th July 2005, 00:10   #1
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Default Bangalore Team-BHP drive to Krishnagiri on July 17th 2005

This was an exclusive Team-BHP drive, only cars that were either black or gold were allowed. No kidding, check out the cars...



Samurai's Baleno, Amitoj's Zen, gkrishn's Corsa, Psycho's Esteem, Rudra's Optra, Anush's City VTEC and Rahulmd's Petra, and one Audi A4.

Anyway, the rendezvous point was at Hosur road in front of Dakshin Honda showroom. Although the meeting time was 6:40 to 7:00AM, I rolled in at 7:06 along with my son only to find nobody. Amitoj showed up in couple of minutes and in a few minutes later Rudra, Anush, his brother Suhas, gkrishn, and rahulmd showed up. Then it was a long wait for the stragglers namely Iceman and Psycho who showed up almost 20 minutes later.

We started off together towards Krishnagiri and soon due to traffic conditions, we all separated. Amitoj, Anush, Psycho, gkrishn and Rahul were ahead of me and only Rudra's Optra was behind me. This was my first time on a modern highway (with dividers and two lanes on both sides) in India, the road was simply delicious. I ripped happily upto 140Kms, couldn't find long enough runway (for me that is) to go any faster without getting into traffic conditions, for example a ford escort that was coming the wrong side in my lane . Then there was this green Santro (zipDrive) which tail gated me when I was at 140, I let that suicidal maniac go ahead. BTW, it was a stock Santro and even Rudra's Optra had to contend with it. BTW, that levitation problem, WHAT PROBLEM? I guess it was just the bad roads. Once on a proper highway, it didn't have any problemo... Man! it was an amazing drive, I had never done such a drive in India on such a nice road, without having to worry about oncoming traffic, well almost.

I had to slow down once I entered Hosur since I couldn't figure which way to go, I kept going in 60s looking around for sign boards. Finally I called Rudra to confirm I was on the right track, again I started ripping... Finally I joined up with gkrishn at the toll booth near Krishnagiri who was getting a runaround for presenting a Rs.500 note to the toll collector. After crossing the toll booth it was time to round up the folks and settle down at a chai-pani place who were thrilled to serve 7 car load of hungry people.

After the photo op around the same place it was time to drive back. We had one more stop after crossing back the toll booth. When the 7 cars parked right after toll booth, couple of toll cops (??) came by to check us out, but they left after getting completely ignored.

It was at this time I handed out my keys to Iceman so that I can take some photos and videos of the road, I couldn't drive and click at the same time. It was the best decision of the day, and I got a real wild ride, and I loved it. I discovered what a Baleno is really capable of if it was driven to the limits. I had never crossed 5K RPM until now and Iceman readlined it in both 2nd and 3rd gear. Both the windows were down for a change and my son in the back seat couldn't open is eyes due to the rush of wind and fear.

It was a joy and a privilege to watch a master driver in action. Thanks Iceman. My Baleno had finally graduated, I will start opening it more from now on. I think the maximum speed we reached was about 160Kmph.


Once we reached Bangalore, Rahul and gkrishn had to leave us and the rest of us drove down to Koshy's for lunch and that was it.

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Old 18th July 2005, 00:19   #2
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Cool...The report speaks of what fun you all had in there...

Waiting for Rudra's Pics....

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Nice review and pics Samurai . Seems like you guys had a blast.. What happened to Rudras Amby and I didnt quite understand the Audi A4 factor... Please enlighten

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Damn, looks like I missed some FUN! The price one pays for engg! Well, there's always next time...

@Dippy...Audi A4 = Samurai Jr's bling ride!

Samurai, what is your son's name? Maybe I'll meet him next time.

ps. Isn't the Audi blue? That breaks the black and gold rule, right?! Ah well, anything for an Audi!
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What happened to Rudras Amby and I didnt quite understand the Audi A4 factor... Please enlighten
Rudra's Amby is sitting in Psycho's workshop. During our last trip to Mulbagal speedo cable snapped. Investigation report says worn out cog in the gearbox...and Mr Psycho was too busy with an Esteem to give any attention on poor Amby.

Audi A4 belongs to Mr junior Samurai. Rear glass came out due to hectic driving. Currently waiting for insurance claim.

Samurai, I've corrected the colour on your highway pics. They were looking greenish.
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Samurai, I've corrected the colour on your highway pics. They were looking greenish.
Thanks, you can blame my llumar windscreen sunfilm for that greenish tint.
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Hey no bikers turned up ?...
And nice report samurai.
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Rudra's Amby is sitting in Psycho's workshop. During our last trip to Mulbagal speedo cable snapped. Investigation report says worn out cog in the gearbox...and Mr Psycho was too busy with an Esteem to give any attention on poor Amby.
Nothing to do with the Esteem.... got more to do with the KEB did not have electricity to do the cog gear work on the lathe, wash and service the car or get the electricals completed...

Well at least the list looks so short compared to the conti's almost a month now dont know how I am going to manage...
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wow!!! yesterday was fun, psycho was late to arrive and hence the delay in us getting there...man but what an entrance did he make...dressed up for a corporate breakfast rather than a drive.

got to Dakshin late adn i jumped into rudra sir's car thinking i could get a snooze...but the car just did not let me sleep it is a beauty..used to crib about it earlier but now i have a totally different opinion about it.
stopped at teh krishnagiri junction because did not know where the guys ahad gone...madras or salem...no cell phone no network, luckily spoke to gkrishn and met them, then did a quick turn around and got onto the 4 lane again. i shifted to the drivers seat and really pushed the optra and man was it fast....stopped for cofee and slowly turned it into a breakfast break too.
had a photosession and then headed back. on the way abck i drove the baleno and showe it to samurai that he has nothing to worry and the car is good!! he was one happy guy.

we had a quick drive back where Mr.Psycho said top speed limited to 120kmph, everyone left and soon rudra sir overtook me doing 160 and dissappeared after that "what limit?"
everyone drove well adn found ouselves at silk board in 45 minutes.

from there it was to KOSHY'S for some good cold beer and lunch...the main topic being psycho's attire
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Guys ,

nice drive and nice pics. the Audi looks mind blowing !!

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Idiscovered what a Baleno is really capable of if it was driven to the limits. I had never crossed 5K RPM until now and Iceman readlined it in both 2nd and 3rd gear.Both the windows were down for a change and my son in the back seat couldn't open is eyes due to the rush of wind and fear.
that wasnt a very bright thing to do with a kid in the car though you must have strapped the small fella up , still IMO that was foolish !

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that wasnt a very bright thing to do with a kid in the car though you must have strapped the small fella up , still IMO that was foolish !
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Well, he was well strapped in the back seat. BTW, we were not careless at any point. I have more than 12 years of fast highway driving experience and I found Iceman was also being very careful even while driving at that speed. With so many things coming in our way, never had even remotely close call whether it was my driving or Iceman's. In my nearly decade of US driving, I have never been stopped by cops, let alone have an accident. In India, the only accident I had was at 5Kmph at a traffic circle. Therefore, you can ease up on your unsubstantiated comments, you have no idea how carefully we drove.
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Both the windows were down for a change and my son in the back seat couldn't open is eyes due to the rush of wind and fear.
Just to clarify, my son is not used to having the windows down, ever. The rush of wind on his face and the incredible road noise at high speed caused his fear, not Iceman's driving. Proof, after going home he telling my wife about the drive describing it along with changing of gears and burrrr noise. He was a happy kid yesterday.
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Well, he was well strapped in the back seat. BTW, we were not careless at any point. I have more than 12 years of fast highway driving experience and I found Iceman was also being very careful even while driving at that speed. With so many things coming in our way, never had even remotely close call whether it was my driving or Iceman's. In my nearly decade of US driving, I have never been stopped by cops, let alone have an accident. In India, the only accident I had was at 5Kmph at a traffic circle. Therefore, you can ease up on your unsubstantiated comments, you have no idea how carefully we drove.
well - the point i was making was why take a chance on these roads when u have a kid ? or for that matter even when you are alone ??

i wasnt saying that you or iceman were rash or not in control - but if you cant get it , fine pal !
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i wasnt saying that you or iceman were rash or not in control - but if you cant get it , fine pal !
As I said, you have no idea how we were driving. I am not a college kid to ignore my parental instinct. I wouldn't have allowed Iceman to put us into danger, but he was pretty careful, he ripped only when clear stretch was available.

However, if you want to stick to your Holier Than Thou attitude, that's fine with me. There is no cure for that.
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Nice Pics and Report,
I missed it and also missed the trip to Sivasamundram. Hope to drive with fellow BHPians next time.

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