|13th December 2009, 03:05||#287|
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|14th December 2009, 00:17||#290|
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Otr - Mahape .dec 13.
My Gurkha had it's long awaited chance to romp the muddy tracks and climbs and impress upon it's master that he hadn't wasted his time and money invested in it..
The first time it was at Rajmachi and this time it was Mahape near Vashi,New Mumbai.
It was a four some trip - a LR,Safari ,Classic and Gurkha.
The track was different from Rajmachi as it had frequent ups and downs and needed attention all the while.
Allan led the way as he was familiar with the terrain,his usual testing ground-only it wasn't wet and treacherous as in the rainy season.
It was the first time for Sen and Tejas and the 2nd time for me.
All in all we were newbies trying to make it the right way.
The terrain was challenging and we did not know how time flied by.
Sen learnt how detrimental it could be to depress the clutch while in motion the hard way by giving his safari a large dent. Despite that his spirits were soaring and he could make all the ascends and descends properly.He was one happy man at the ned of the OTR who appeared convinced that coughing up a few grands to change that bumper was worth it.
I must thank Allan who was always there to help and advice as in the instance when Tejas's and Sen's vehicle got caught in slush and also when Sen couldn't ascend the climb.
Allan doing the slushy rut -LR:
GURKHA doing the same.
Stuck on 3 wheels.
With this trip my interest in off-roading has only heightened and so is my confidence in Gurkha.
Waiting eagerly for that next OTR
|14th December 2009, 08:27||#292|
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You guys seem to have had a brilliant time. Tejas, from the above posts I figure you got stuck somewhere. Getting a Classic stuck is quite an achievement .
Give me a couple of weeks. Should be able to make time after that.
|14th December 2009, 10:10||#293|
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Had an awesome time! More pics please.
Why it happened: bad tyres, overconfidence (didn't follow the tracks of the other three cars - thought i would make my own... so no sidewall traction). After the first attempt, the tyres were horribly clogged. But allan gave good tips and she made it out on her own steam.
Last edited by Dippy : 14th December 2009 at 11:39. Reason: On request
|14th December 2009, 11:31||#294|
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damn missed it,
saturday night was little too much so couldnt get up,
@Tejas finally your baby is no more virgin, hope you enjoyed. will catch you soon.
@Mohan i can see a great change in your driving, i still remember your first trip. lol
i was really tempted to get my car from the garage the way it was.
we should do this often, my car should be out in this week.
|14th December 2009, 14:36||#296|
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|14th December 2009, 15:52||#297|
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We surely missed you man.
Plan something soon, would get to learn a few more tricks from you..
Hats-off to Tejas ,he was composed and executed well ..and you are right Dev the first time I saw you guys in action it scared the bejesus out of me..
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|14th December 2009, 18:10||#298|
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Wow seems to be an excellent OTR.
Mohan I am glad to see you take your Gurkha out so effortlessly. A marked difference in what we have seen last for the initial hour. You have done a great Job. Good to see you taking the gurkha to its paces and surrounding where it belongs. I am sure with Allan you would learn a lot along with Devang.
|14th December 2009, 18:22||#299|
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Mmbai OTR - 13th Dec 09 (Another Report)
The OTR took place in mahape, New Mumbai, at a location close to Allan's workshop. He uses this location frequently to test his WIPs. Infact one such WIP, the Discover took part in this OTR along with three others -
1. My Safari
2. Tejas's Impulsive Classic and,
3. Dr. Mohan's seasoned Gurkha.
Out of all four drivers, I was the complete novice. Tejas had done plenty og Jungle trails and Mohan has done this track once before.
We gathered around in front of the Indian Express compound around 7:30 in the morning. I reached there first and was looking for some tea, while Allan arrived in his Landcrusier followed by Tejas in his Classic. We went inside where Allan's Workshop is located and enjoyed some nice tea. Meanwhile Dr. Mohan arrived in his Gurkha. He came all the way from Alibaug, which I then cosidered to be quite outrageous for attending a 1.5 hour OTR.
I later learned that rhandle of Delhi was interested to join in and infact have traveled all the way down once to participate in Rajamachi. I understood that Dr. Mohan was one of the more sane people around.
From Left - Tejas, allan, Sen, Mohan and Tyson.
After hanging around for a while, we left for our spot.
The spot is quite close to Allan's workshop. The land belongs to a local temple.
We parked at the begining of the trail for a quick instruction session.
Allan gave us a small introduction of the trail - what would it contain. Dr. Mohan has been around before, so me and teajs needed this most. Allan also advised us to be permanently in low gear in the region.
About 5 minutres from the briefing spot, we reached our first obstacle. It was steep climb with some sand towards the top. The LR and Gurkha climbed with ease. Classic seemed to break momentum near the top end but managed to pull up with some wheel spin. Safari also climbed without much issues.
We did 4 climbs in this section, last one being the toughest one for me. I tried 3 times unsucessfully. Later alan sat beside me and instructed me on the go - completed on this 4th attempt.
From here we moved towards some slushy sections.
However, the first slush spot was too slushy.
Allan tried to copnvince Mohan to get his Gurkha into it. However, mohan found it to be too soft to try (he threw a rock in it, and the rock sank a couple of feet). So, we returned back to the convoy for our next obstacle.
Next up was a river trail. The river bed was rocky so wasn't much difficult for anyone.
However, climbing back upon the bank was difficult due to the slush on the edge. This was the first time Allan had to engage a gear lower than the 3rd in his LR.
Next we crossed a deep rut with some water at the bottom. Meanwhile climbing gradients became more frequent and I could do them on the go (as opposed to stopping, thinking five minutes, trying 3 times and clearing).
Last up was some steep declines, mostly the inclines we climbed earlier near the begining section. I learnt the precious Engine breaking here. Tejas's classic gave some nice macho pose around here.
The LR was truly the thing one would want to have! With the 3.6 litre toyota engine and other mysterious technologies, this was one monster which can do anything and everything. Of course one must not forhet the driver's skills, but I guess even a novice could do many difficult things with such a piece.
End of it, between the Allan and the LR, it's tough to decide who is tougher.
There were some more action, like where the classic got stuck in the slush and where I got my nose banged. But, for posting those, I need some inputs in Video processing. The files are just too huge to upload to youtube. If someone can help me towards any thread discussing video editing and compression, I can post them up as well.
Last edited by sen2009 : 14th December 2009 at 18:24.
|14th December 2009, 18:48||#300|
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@Mohan: Did you get the Gurkha serviced in Pune (Kasarwadi SC), because I was at the service centre when a similar looking Gurkha was getting serviced, the guy took it for a ride and offered me to sit beside, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The tyres were Goodyear I believe. Awesome machine I must say.