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Old 20th October 2008, 20:48   #31
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MJothi,

Loved the photos!

Especially the one with Kittu on the incline!
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Old 20th October 2008, 20:50   #32
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Default Exclusive Safari coverage.

As many know, this is a dream vehicle for so many guys over here. And seeing your dream machine performing something like this is surely one of the greatest thing to see. Add to that, sitting inside the beast when its performing. It has to be felt rather than I type here.

First, I appreciate Hrag for the guts & confidence on his Dicor Ex 4x4 to take it to these extreme terrains. And did not mind some of the few hits he had on his machine. Seems he has prepared for anything that could happen over there.

Now the actions.

After seeing every ones shuttle service on the steep slope, Rishi decides to take his machine down.

Vinay(?) accompanies him on the passenger seat.

Rishi ready to drive down his Safari.
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2.5Ton beast rolling down
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Goes silently as if nothing happened

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Now the BULL stares at the rock again, and prepares to take it again
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Done. It zoomes and reaches the top with no hiccups.

Then every one leave for the next spot. Safari slowly moves to the spot and

On the top.
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Rishi has a smoke and puts off the bud.
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Not only the bud, but also some buddies assumption that it cant make it.

Parked on the hill top
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The view from where Safari was parked
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Moving to the other side to join its buddies.
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Old 20th October 2008, 21:28   #33
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mjothi. great pics and good narration too. Especially of the safari on top of the hill. I am sure Hrishi will use them as his desktop wallpaper :-)

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... Then Sunil and Dwarak request ....

......
and first to lead is Sunil's jeep.

...... Sunil again start to decend. .....
That's not Sunil. He's Suresh Stephen. A veteran jeeper and an expert in most things related to jeeps.

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...I never knew that you had interest in taking pics. Those gypsy pictures were amazing.
Manoj, I am a point & shoot type person. You can call the pictures fluke (if at all you think they are good :-)). My sole objective on this OTR was to capture action shots of my wifey driving the gypsy in some terrain. Rest all was a bonus :-)

Cheers,

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Old 20th October 2008, 21:42   #34
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The next spot was right behind the one where we had all these fun.

The path was more inclined than the one you just saw. our Mods went for a visual inspection for the terrain and decided that it would be ok to do that.

The jeep tries to get that inclined route.

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Look at the smoke coming from the right rear wheel. It was loosing traction in the rear. And kept sliding down for everyattempt. So, we decided to have some weight. Me and kitty get into the rear and the next try, zoom it passes the climb.

Then comes our Vijay. Look at him with those hat man, looks like a professional jeepers on those old hindi movies

He just took it in one try with no hurdles.
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Then Safari decides to make it. Rishi tries to bring it near the rock, but got stuck near the rock. Then he backs up and then moves forward towards the rock.
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First he tries only to come down in the same speed and hit the ground at the back. So, next time Vinay also joins him in the driver seat and then they pick some momentum and cross the rock.
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Now its Kitty's turn.
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He takes it and half way got stuck. Did you notice a videocamera guy taking video? He is from TV9.

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He was trying but the jeep started to fall down and slide. We were worried if its going to topple. But luckily it descended at an angle.
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Look at the angle it landed down.

Then Vinay takes the driver seat and then the next try was a success.
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When all these happening here, look at our Khan, he started putting "8" on the hill top.
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Then Rishi wants to try himself. So he decides to take it now again.
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Chandan & Hrag walking towards Dicor.


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After all those "8"s Khan comes down to take it on this. First he tries but fails, loses traction and he is back to ground.

Then in the next attempt he took it straight with some difficulty though.
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Old 20th October 2008, 22:06   #35
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Next the Classic. It was going so smooth, no sound, no hiccups nothing. Just moved slowly on the rock and done.
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Then Dwarak wanted to try the terrain. He first tried, almost half way and slipped. I think he tired so many times but the vehicle said a big no.
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But he never gave up, kept trying and finally got stuck in a rock on the behind.
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At some point it was almost sure that it was about to topple. Look at the angle the Gypsy landed after going straight on the rock.
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Slowly people guide him to come back. Then Vinay tries to take it. But with no success. Then they almost gave up and thats when another person (whats his name???) comes and tries it to take it.
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He was 90% done and then Gypsy started showing is face. It began to slide and wheels started to slip. Thats when our friends Kitty & one more gave the 2 pairs of human leg power and finally it made it.
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Now its Girish's turn. First it slipped, but the next attempt was very professional.
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Suresh climbing down [Sorry for naming wrongly in the previous post. Thanks Shanwaz.]
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Classic - Entertaining

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The classic never had any rules or anything. Wherever it wants, it started to climb. Seeing this in action, the TV guy literally ran to capture this.

Kitty climbing

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Old 20th October 2008, 22:11   #36
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My sole objective on this OTR was to capture action shots of my wifey driving the gypsy in some terrain.
The avatar may ask: "got mud?" but the real question is "got dinner?"

mjothi, what a superb report! :-) You've saved me a report while helping me relive the whole episode. I will add my comments after mjothi finishes his fantastic report.

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First, I appreciate Hrag for the guts & confidence on his Dicor Ex 4x4 to take it to these extreme terrains.
I'm sure that text in bold rings a bell for many folks
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Old 20th October 2008, 22:28   #37
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Mahesh, oh man!!! you have captured each and every single moment. your detailed report with those wonderful pics are coming out really great.
The pics from my cam is a subset of yours. no point in uploading it.
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Old 20th October 2008, 23:00   #38
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Hi Ultimate Champ,

Be in touch with UBS. aka Uday Bhan Singh, in Hoogly. He is an inspiration for us 4 X4 WD freaks. He has a collection of over 45 jeeps of all generations. You can join UBS for one of the off roading in your home grounds
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Thanks a ton Dwarak
By the way,how do I manage to contact UBS? Any contact info would be of so much help.
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Old 20th October 2008, 23:04   #39
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Then we decided to head back.

View from Safari - Downhill
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The Classic
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Look at the driver & driver seat. The guy was walking down and had the Jeep in crawling mode. It was like a guy talking his BULL for a walk

When we all ended in the road, he again started up to the mountain.
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End of Sholay Hills


When we were about to leave from the main road, guys decided that it was (12pm) too early to head back to Bangy. So, we decided to head to next OTR spot. Chetan and Kiran left for home.

It was here we took a right for the next OTR

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We were stopped because there was a VIP expected to cross.

While waiting we spoted this cute on-track vehicle

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Chit-chat while we wait

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VIP arrives

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Once we cross the gate, rain starts to pour.

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Luckily we were inside the Safari.

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We could see the open jeep guys running for cover.

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Look at Vijay, he was using the jeep cover as his shelter.

We then crossed a huge hump on the way to top. Actually we left all the jeep to pass to it so that it will chop the top. Then we made it.

When we are heading further, Safari got royally stuck on a huge rock. The left side footboard got damaged. Then finally it joined the rest of the crowd.

View from top

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This is the view we enjoyed when we were quenching our thirst.cheers:
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Safari 3.0L Dicor 4x4

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Vijay

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Dont worry, we will be back soon

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While we were returning it was pouring cats & dog.

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Then we reached the "Chetan" dhaba, had nice lunch and dispersed. Before we left, there was also talk of next OTR proposed for the weekend of 2nd Nov. Lets keep our eyes & ears open to know when and where it is planned.

Thanks Vijay for the ride back to your place.

End of report.
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Mjothi,

Thanks for the wonderful report.

And thanks for taking me on the experience you all had, atleast to what it is worth! Can never come even a bit close to the real thing though!
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Look at the driver & driver seat. The guy was walking down and had the Jeep in crawling mode. It was like a guy talking his BULL for a walk
I do that a lot with my CJ340. Recently I put my boss on passenger seat on a slight uphill, and jumped out of driver seat. It happily chugged along and climbed the incline without ABC and to his wonder. After sometime he started steering from the other side to avoid some shrubs.
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Seems you guys had a Bash!!! Had to miss this :-(
So when is the next one :-)

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Wonderful report, pics , narration. This whole event seems like jeep loads of fun
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Old 21st October 2008, 00:55   #44
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Default Had Tons of Fun!!

Had tons of fun!!

I did not expect off-roading was so much adventerous & exciting..
The Gypsy's, Safari & Classic was just kewl!!

As this was my first off-roading, i did'nt know anybody..

Thanks to Khan_Sultan for helping me get to the venue & for drop back to get my car from the Bidadi start piont..

mjothi, Hrag, Vijay & Andy, thanks for your company..

My collection of pictures will soon follow..

Cheers,
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check out this pic where our photographers are in position.
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This point where we quenched our thirst with a can of beer and till here Andy took the driver's seat in my jeep from the railway crossing.
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After having a can of beer i took the driver's seat and had to reach this point[here Khan is pointing out the OTR spots around].
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now my jeep was acting crazy in 4Low. loosing the traction at every point!! i was wondering if a CAN of beer could make such a difference in my driving. Somehow reached the destination with Andy's direction.
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now got down and checked the free wheeling hubs. Damm!! it was not locked


on the way back to highway, Dwarak's gypsy tyre was going flat. we observed it and asked him to stop. he stopped his vehicle and was checking out the tyre pressure with the air pump he had. we had wait for him. what shall we do till then?? by the time he corrected his tyre pressure we had a mini OTR right away there and back to the road.
Stuck!!
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C10 and Andy relaxing
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RECOVERY[Suresh in action]
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Recovered!
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Finally back to home!
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