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Old 10th July 2019, 21:58   #1
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Chennai Off Road Excursions


Before I grow older and start scratching my head and other parts of the body, to remember dates and events, let me put in the Off Road Excursions that were conducted in Chennai by the Terra Tigers (TT) so far. And then hope to remember not to forget to pen down the future ones.
Mahindra Great Escape (Report & Pics: Mahindra Great Escape @ Chennai (February 2019)) was the last event conducted by the Terra Tigers, that I had added here, and since then we have had drives on the 9th of March, 4th of May, 8th of June and then 6th of July. (what happened to April, did I suffer a black out )
All the above were conducted by the Terra Tigers, and the events were alternately held at the Farm and at the Palar.
The Farm is a closed terrain with in the city, where 2WD SUVs are also taken in to participate, and the tracks are manmade so as to use your SUV in what they were made to handle. Separate tracks were chosen for the 2WDs and the 4WDs.
The Palar, on the other hand, is an extensive river bed, about 75 km from Chennai where you need to have a 4WD, preferably with a low gear range, and the terrain is all natural, consists of all possible terrain you could think of. Sand, dunes, slush, gravel, rocks, grassland, water crossings – you name it, Palar has it all in varying levels, at different times of the year. So every Palar drive is a different challenge.
All off road drives conducted by the Terra Tigers has its own charm, and even though there may be regular participants, nothing is taken in for granted. The initial briefing is thorough, starting from getting to know your vehicle, the terrain, etc to the finer etiquettes of driving in a convoy, knowing the TT marshals and the signals that would be used to guide the participants whenever needed , knowing your fellow participants and finally, returning back safely with only good memories of the drive. (no plucking flower or carrying back sandalwood).
Whenever a newbie is present special attention is paid to him till he gains confidence to tackle the terrain and the obstacles, and at time even with one of the TT marshals sitting along with him to guide him through.
The TT vehicles are fitted with the required recovery gear need in case of any one getting stuck, with one of them having an air compressor to inflate your tyres after the event, and are always loaded with cartons of chilled Tata Gluco + to keep you hydrated through out the event.
All said and done, going in with the Terra Tigers on an off road excursion is a Saturday well spent.
So much for singing praises of the Terra Tigers team. (The next time I meet Arka hope he will offer me a couple of bottles of bubbly golden liquid instead of the usual Gluco cups)
This is going to be in 4 posts for the 4 different dates, and each with 30 attachments, to keep me clear of the Mods warning of ‘back to back’ posts.

The Farm – 9th March, 2019
Vehicles participating were mainly Thars, a TUV and a 2 week old Ford Endeavour. The TUV was the only 2WD, and the owner (a TBHPian) was very keen on knowing if his vehicle came with a MLD fitted, and was dejected on knowing that it was not, but still the vehicle did well, giving him the confidence that the tank could handle the Chennai craters well during the monsoons, if at all we get them.
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Palar – 4th May, 2019

The usual meet up point at Motel Mamalla, followed by the routine briefing and then the drive in a convoy to the Palar.
All was good till noon, after which the sun started beating down on us mercilessly. Cameras and mobile phones taken out for taking photos shut down automatically. My dashcam went off at around 11 am, and then came on only in the evening after reaching home. And to top it all up, I had decided to wear a black tee.
The highlight of the day was a Jeep Wrangler and its owner, who had driven all the way from Bangalore to take part in the Palar drive, and even the wrangler, with all its futuristic electronics, could not take the heat, warning the driver of overheating, and then shutting down on its own.
For the first time in all the outings that I had been to the Palar, upon a collective opinion, it was decided to call it a day, pretty early in the day, and at 2 pm we started proceeding out from the Palar.

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Guess who is pulling who ?


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Watch this for the answer.
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The Farm – 8th June, 2019.


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Palar – 6th July, 2019
I could not attended due to unavoidable commitments elsewhere, but nevertheless, the photos of the event.


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Thanx to the Terra Tigers team for organising and conducting these events, and special mention to Mr Bala, for sharing the photos with all the participants.

Now I wait for the Terra Tigers to come up with the date for the August event .

And for those of you from Chennai, and wanting to join in the fun, 2WD SUV or a proper 4x4, the contact numbers has not been blanked in the first photo of this post.
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Back to back, but about a month apart

Terra Tigers is conducting the next Off Road Excursion on the 15th of this month. Assembly point will be at Motel Mamalla, Mahabalipuram at 1000 hrs.
Those in and around Chennai who are interested in taking their 4x4s off the beaten path and onto no track areas to check out what their beasts are really capable of, please do join in.
Contact numbers are mentioned in the below photo.
Please note that there shall be a nominal registration fee.
If your question is - "How nominal ?" call the mentioned numbers to know more details.

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