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Old 26th April 2011, 20:28   #16
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I was pleasantly surprised when i got the invitation from the TBHP Support to don the role of moderator. So, now that i am in, here's my intro for your perusal.

Although named Benson, i am popularly known as Benny both on the forum, as well as among my friends. Born in the city of Dubai, i have been lucky to get to see exotics right from my childhood. My dad tells me i used to name cars early on, as against other kids who stuck to traditional learning modes.

Pursuit of a higher education brought me to India, and i have been lucky to work with renowned software majors who have helped shape my career. After a wonderful time in Hyderabad where i freaked out with my bike, i find myself currently settled in the city of Bangalore. Not sure what life has in store for me hereon.

Cars have been my passion right from childhood, and i have even stolen money from home just to buy myself scale models. I still have some preserved from the collection, although i am on my way to building a new one. When doing up the interiors for my new apartment, a display case for my scale models was a pre-requisite.

I am more of a SUV guy, who enjoys long drives, rather than giving in to the thrill for speed. Been blessed with a supportive wife who loves road travel as well. My current car is an Ikon which i enjoy for the driving dynamics it offers, while i graduated to it from a humble Pulsar 150.

While i go about my stint as a moderator on this wonderful forum, i look forward to your co-operation and support, without which we as a forum would not have been able to achieve whatever we have so far.

Cheers!

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Hello Folks,

Just donned my Moderator's hat a couple of weeks ago and finally got some time to pen down a few words about myself.

The name is Vidyut which means electricity in Hindi was given by my grand mother cause there were frequent power cuts in Kolkata at that time. I was always crazy about cars since I was a kid. My dad says he had to buy a black Ambassador in 1987 cause that was the only car I wanted. I stayed in Hong Kong for 3 years and then in Singapore for 3 more. My dad had a W124 Merc E200 in Singapore and I knew more about the car than him at the age of 13. After Singapore, moved to Mumbai for 6 years and finally settled down in Bangalore since 1999.

Viddy or Vid was the nickname I got from T-BHPians. I fumbled onto T-BHP in 2006 when I was looking for tyres for my black Lancer SFXi which a lot of members know by now. The first T-BHPians I met were Sam, Rudra and Normally_crazy. Seeing Rudra's Optra I caught the car detailing bug. From then on a free flow exhaust, K&N filter and ICE upgrade happened in my Alto and there was no looking back. Learnt a lot on the way and am happy to say I came out a wiser person.

Oh and the 6639 is the registration number I had on my Lancer. Number grew on me and I knew I wanted to keep it when I got the Altis. I also have some weird knack for remembering people by their number plates. If a person asks me do you know so and so, I try to remember his car's registration number. I still remember all my car's registration numbers as well as all my friend's car's registration numbers.

Circa 2008 and I decided to change the Lancer. The hunt began for a replacement. With all the gyan and high expectations being a T-BHPian could never find a car that would fulfill my criteria. With all the confusion earned my self a dubious reputation on T-BHP amongst the senior chaps.

Ended up with the safest option possible, a Black Toyota Altis in August 2009.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...ms-report.html

After getting the Altis, got all emotional and couldn't let go of the Lancer and instead got rid of my 4 year old Alto. Finally in Feb 2010 my dad threatened me to sell the Lancer since I was going to the US for 4 months. Once I returned the new car saga started once more. This time I surprised everyone and got a Figo Diesel in September 2010 taking all of 2 months to decide. lol.

Another passion I always had was electronics. Did my engineering in Electronics but almost landed up with a software job. Luckily found a job in semiconductor industry and that’s where I’m still at.

Now as a moderator I’ll try my best to maintain the quality of Team-BHP and share some of the knowledge I have learnt from the forum with all the BHPians out there and ofcourse world peace.

Cheers,
Vidyut

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Old 26th January 2012, 21:16   #18
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Turn the clock back to 1992. A three-year old kid holds onto his father's hand while frantically pointing at a gleaming blue-grey Premier Padmini that's parked in his family's garage. He wants a ride in it. So he gets one! While sitting in the passenger seat, his eyes wander around the insides of the car as he soaks in as much as he can. A year later, he sets his eyes on a Porsche 928. It's just a little sticker that had been strategically stuck on a switch-board in his house. He asks his father about it, and then instantly falls in love with 'the automobile'.

He would then study each and every page of each and every car magazine that came free (a condensed copy) with a business news-paper. Noticing this, the father drops a cheque in the mail, and a month later, his first of many a copy arrived by post. And the rest they say was history.

2002. Sitting next to the driver in his school bus, he would hold his water-bottle next to him and pretend to shift gears, nearly mimicking the driver's actions. He would then reach home, pull out an umbrella and stuff it in between the cushions of his couch and go about working the 'box again.

Fag-end of 2007. New years eve. He walks away from a bustling crowd and numerous cars with a little slip in his hand that says 'DL passed' and immediately begins to notch up the miles on his parents' cars.

2009. The same kid stumbles upon a treasure trove. An automotive site that he was looking for, for several years. A place where he could get his information almost as immediately as a light that comes on when the switch is pressed. A place where people 'discussed' and 'debated', and not hurled slander at each other. A place that is friendly, inviting, informative and most importantly clean.

Suhaas Shenoy is what I've been named. And people recognize me as an automobile enthusiast, a music lover and a rationalist. Someone who is eager to learn. I'm no perfectionist, but I certainly aspire to be one.

People who know me personally, often say that I was born in the wrong generation. I would have fitted well amongst the kids of the '60s and '70s. I have a very strong passion for Porsches. My favourites would be the iconic 2.7 RS, the 2.8 RSR, the 3.0 RSR (all from the '70s) and the 964 Turbo. The original Mini holds a special place in my heart. The Cooper variant, even more so. I'm an ardent fan of Honda cars, and hot-hatchbacks too. Give me something with a short-wheel base and a pokey motor, and I'd be chuffed!

I'm a big fan of music from that era too. My life would be incomplete without Pink Floyd, especially their early music. I enjoy listening to Cream, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rush, King Crimson, Dire Straits, Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead, The Doors, Tracy Chapman, Michael Jackson, Soundgarden, Porcupine Tree, Tool, etc.

I'm currently a student, pursuing law. I hope to spread my tentacles into various fields of work, and would prefer it if they are in some way connected to automobiles.

I'm grateful to Rush and gang for Team BHP. It's my second home now.

They say that the curious cat's best friend is Google. For me, it would be Team BHP.

I also strongly believe in this quote (albeit altered slightly): Cluttered Forum = Cluttered Minds.
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Old 31st July 2012, 09:34   #19
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Hello bhpians,

This is Kiran. It feels great to be invited as a member of the support forum. It's been just under 24 hours since I've taken up this role and I am quite thrilled to be able to contribute to the greatest community of car guys I have ever been with. Having said that I have had some great moments for the last 8 years on team-bhp.

About me:

I was born and brought up in Bombay for 18 years and my love for cars started from as far back as I can remember. I've been a resident of Pune for the last decade. Just like many of you, it all started with a gigantic collection of dinky cars and slowly moved to bigger and better ones. As a kid I would always stop by Pranlal Bhogilal's impeccable collection of vintage and classics while we would drive up to our house in Walkeshwar. A stop-by was customary irrespective of the date or time of the day. Well, that does not hold me down to just loving vintage & classics but that does form my main area of interest in automobiles.

I do love anything under the sun with wheels and an engine in it be it a slow and long trailer truck or the fastest production motorbike. The best so far I have been in is a Mercedes Benz Gullwing and a Ferrari 275 GTS/B. There's a thread somewhere on the forum about it.

My bread earner:

I work for the IT industry for the last seven and half years. We are in the payments domain and that's all I have to say about it. Just like many of you, I am contemplating on a move to someway or the other associated with the automobile industry.

My cars:

I started off on team-bhp while looking for a used Safari way back in 2004 as an upgrade to the Zen. I am glad that 10 bhpians jumped in and stopped me from making a blunder. Moved on and bought a Palio 1.6 for myself under heavy discounts. I could barely afford it but then love is strange. Used the Palio for a good 5 years and clocked over a 100,000 kms on it. Moved to a Swift Diesel for the last 10 months and it's been a good kmpl journey so far. So much so that I've stopped walking completely.

My dream garage:

Should have a stash of classics that I could use everyday! An Alfa Romeo 8C is what I lust for each passing day.

On the forum:

I am here to shoulder responsibilities for the upkeep of the forum. Learning things slowly and I am sure to be at speed to help you around for any issue that you may have on or off the forum related to cars.
That said, have a fun revving time on the forum while keeping our quest for quality in mind.

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Old 13th November 2013, 15:44   #20
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I am known to the outside world as Aditya Nadkarni.

Born in 1976, I was crazy about cars since as long as I can remember. I was a demanding child. My grandfather had to give me a short ride in his Ford Zephyr every day before he went to work. Toy cars were the only toys that really excited me.

With age, this craze became a passion. Unfortunately, passion doesn't count when you want to take up automobile engineering, marks at school do. So, after studying Commerce at Bombay University, I worked in the accounting line for many years. Still, my passion for cars would just not die. I used an old Ambassador, which was lying around for a while and on occasions, spent time at a garage watching mechanics take it apart and put it back together. This was a good learning process and soon I started carrying out a few light repairs on my own. I used to always jump at any opportunity of a long drive. As the years passed, cars changed and so did my job. I started freelancing for an automobile magazine and took part in many events like rallies and endurance runs.

Motorcycles? Yes. I had a Suzuki Shogun for a while and rode the wheels off it. Loved it! Commercial vehicles with monstrous torque excite me too.

Apart from vehicles, I follow cricket, football (LFC in particular) and tennis. I listen to a lot of music and have a keen interest in wildlife.

My current steeds are a Mitsubishi Lancer and b’Twin Rockrider 5.0 bicycle. I’d like to get myself a Triumph Bonneville someday.

Team-BHP is nothing short of a vault of information. The quality has remained absolutely top notch right from the start. It’s great to be a part of this wonderful community.
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Old 20th May 2015, 13:35   #21
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I am a Bangalore based electrical engineer who works with circuits for a living. I think I may be the least of automobile enthusiasts in this community. My interests are more into maps and routes, and its Google maps which interests me the most. There lies my passion to explore the unexplored. And add to it, the thrill of a good drive and a desire to capture the unseen. It was just that I discovered both these passions only after I joined this wonderful community. And that was the genesis of my love for automobiles.

I am a sedate driver and enjoy long road trips, but I don’t push myself. Love the local countryside morning sunrise to the late night dinner. I have toured the country extensively by public transport, and am now in the process of re-discovering the same by driving on my own (just like most of us, isn’t it?). With the kind of roads in Bangalore, its always a vehicle with high ground clearance for me. I just love the concept of a compact crossover SUV for its sheer utility.

Team-BHP surely is the most well-maintained forums I have seen around, with answers to all topics that one can think off. Not to mention the good friends that I have made.

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Old 20th May 2015, 13:42   #22
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Hello guys,

My name is Ganesh and I belong to Palakkad, Kerala. I was born in Coimbatore (on 8th February 1987) and brought up in various parts of Kerala - Trivandrum, Palakkad, Thrissur and Ernakulam. Parents were working for SBI (both have now retired and are merrily enjoying the new stint together) and as a result, we were wandering like nomads during my childhood. But it sure was fun - different people, different culture, new neighbours, new friends, new classmates and teachers, time to wind up and relocate to a new place! Made a lot of good friends on the way, some of them whom are still in touch.

I did my schooling at the various Kendriya Vidyalayas (Kanjikode, Thrissur and Kadavanthra, if you must know) in Kerala, graduated in mechanical engineering (‘04-08) and began my career at L&T in their ship-building division at Hazira, Surat (GJ) as a design engineer. When the graduation was underway, I knew I wasn’t meant to be the IT guy - software/coding was never my forte, and core mechanical stuff is what interests me. I am glad I am working for that sector right now. I love the things that move, make noise, can be touched and felt. Favourite pastimes - cooking, music, traveling, home maintenance and tinkering with the car. I love my ever-expanding tool collection - the latest addition being a nice and heavy bench vise which has been fixed to my erstwhile computer table! I am going to need a proper workbench shortly. I was also into PC and console gaming (favourite genres - FPS, RTS, action-adventure, RPG, indie) until sometime ago. Greatest honor? Completed Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls. RPG fans would know!

Current steed (and my first one!) - the first gen Polo GT TDI. I love her to bits. Leaves me with a smile every time I step into the car and floor the throttle. During my free time, I love tinkering with her and have attempted some modifications such as the bi-xenon projector headlamps, Euro-spec tail lights, the instrument cluster from the Polo GTI, gas strut to lift the hood and so forth. When you have some spare time, do check out the DIY threads I have posted on the forum. I have a thing for hot hatches - if the Golf with the 2.0 TDI and 6 speed manual-box ever makes it to India, I’d gladly hand over my cheque to VW India. All said and done, the co-driver seat of the car is reserved for Soumya who accompanies me for the travels we undertake from time to time. The child seat isn’t there yet!

It has been a great honour to join the Support Team - I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the moderators who have placed their trust on me while inviting me onboard. I trust you will extend your co-operation and support in maintaining the quality of the forum. Today, Team-BHP is what it is because of the members, the content and our unbiased approach towards the Indian automotive scene. I hope I will be able to add my bits to the useful discussions being posted onboard. Please feel free to contact me over PMs.

Thank you for reading and drive safe!

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Old 25th July 2016, 21:54   #23
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Hi, I am Sanjay. Age 42. Born and brought up in Mumbai. Absolutely love Mumbai! Schooling in RM Bhatt High School, 11/12th from Ruia College and electrical engineering at VJTI-Mumbai. Work in the IT industry since 20+ years. Married for 14 years now and have 2 kids (8 & 11 Years). Wife works in a bank and we are a nuclear family, so life is generally hectic.

Love books (I buy a lot and read a few of them) and cars (obviously). Love travelling. Love to Drive! Every year I look forward to a 8-10 day trip to a new state and a few quick getaways in monsoon. Unfortunately, anything more is not feasible due to my leave and kid's school constraints. Started driving at the age of 21 and own a 12 year Alto and a 4 year old XUV5OO currently. Including 2-wheeler experience, have easily clocked 2+ lakh kms till now. Ladakh is still a dream that I am working on. A bigger dream is driving in Europe over an extended vacation! Love photography! Got my first SLR 18 years back and own a Nikon D90 currently. Because I don't have any post-processing skills, I tend to be purist and try to get acceptable quality images directly from the camera. I also enjoy cycling, swimming & trekking. I prepare for and do crazy things like "100kms trekking in 36 hours" and "100kms cycling in ~5 hours" once in a while. Learnt swimming last year, at the age of 41.

Journey with TeamBHP started 7-8 years back and its been a great experience reading genuinely good quality original content (be it new car reviews, ownership logs or travelogues). Felt like I belong here and started contributing to the best of my knowledge and intelligence. Going by the invite to join the Distinguished-BHPian team 3 years back and the more recent invite to join as a TeamBHP Moderator, seems like the TeamBHP community and the Moderator team appreciates my small contributions. I have benefited immensely from TeamBHP, because of the no-nonsense nature of the forum. No junk, no spam, no sponsored messages, no biases (to the maximum extent humanly possible). Pure information and experience shared in plain English. Love the discipline in terms of not allowing ANYTHING that compromises the quality of the forum. Taking on the Moderator responsibilities is an attempt to pay back at least part of what I got from the forum.

That's it for now!

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Old 29th July 2016, 22:41   #24
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Hey Guys,

Was invited to be a mod last week, and I gladly accepted. It is a great opportunity to be able to do something for the community which has taught me so much and made me meet so many people. I have been on team bhp for about 10 years now, and was a D Bhpian for about 5 out of that.

A little bit about myself. I'm 24 years old now, and have been in Bombay all my life. Went to school at the Cathedral and John Connon School, and thereafter at HR College. After graduation I worked at 2 international banks for about 2 years, before I came to the conclusion that corporate life was not for me. I decided to then start my own venture (which is still in the process of starting full fledgedly) in the automobile aftermarket industry. I am lucky to be in a position to take this risk, also helped immensely by my family's full support.

Coming to the cars, ever since I was a child I've been drawn to them. On a holiday to the US when I was about 4, I was presented with a new Hotwheels car every day of the almost 60 days we spent there. After that there was no looking back. A few years later I was into collecting scale models too. I used to read all the car magazines available every month, memorizing more about cars than my school work. After being introduced to Team BHP (god only knows how I found it back in 06), there was an exponential increase in my knowledge, and not just on automobiles. There are still new things I learn here every day.

The vehicles we've owned have been a mixed bunch really. From the time I can remember, we had an NE118 and an M800. Its been a long way from then to what is in the garage today. Again my families support for my madness has lead to me having a 500bhp+ V8 parked downstairs in the garage now. All the vehicles we've owned has taught me a lot. I'm the kind of person who goes to drop and pick up each of the vehicles we own from the service centre. I have been called mad many a time for the way I behave with my vehicles, not letting friends eat or drink anything in the car, not letting people fiddle around with things, and having all kinds of rules. I am a bit extreme in that sense, but nothing is more satisfying than seeing your car in the same condition as when you got it, years later!

Cars are of course my main interest, but apart from cars its got to be electronics and gadgets, travel and recently airplanes which has caught my interest.

Anyway I would think that's enough about myself.

See you guys on the forum!

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Hello folks, I'm Ashwin Iddya from Bangalore. Like everybody, my car craze started from age 4 or 5. Spent most of my childhood with a car/truck toy in hand and making V8 sounds. We always had a car at home - an Ambassador petrol with column shift, that my dad bought for Rs. 20,000 and sold for Rs. 40,000 twenty years later. Occassionally, my Dad used to drop me to school and that was very weird for me since nobody else owned a car . I always asked him to drop me near the school, but not at the gate! We got a 286 processor PC at home way back in 1992 and then 486 processor PC in 1996. No surprise then, but my favorite past-time was playing computer games like Stunts, Destruction Derby, Carmageddon and Need for Speed. Does anybody here remember Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed?

Over time, we had Maruti 800, Maruti Zen and Hyundai Santro Xing in the family. When I turned 16 (ahem, no wait, 18!), I simply took the Maruti 800 keys without asking and drove with my elder brother in the passenger seat. I have fond memories of driving the Maruti Zen (PS) in college years. My personal rides:

- Hero Puch 2G
- Suzuki Samurai (inherited from my brother)
- Yamaha RXG (bought pre-owned)
- Chevrolet Optra 1.8 LT (my first car)
- Honda Civic 1.8 VMT (bought pre-owned)
- Maruti A-Star AT (second car, bought pre-owned)
- Honda BR-V CVT

I love driving and travelling (by car) and that's what made me sign up for Team-BHP. To pen down my travel exploits. I then slowly moved on to other sub-forums within Team-BHP and now, I'm addicted to it. I'm NOT a traditional car enthusiast though. I would rather read about or watch video reviews of Bajaj Qute/ Tata Nano/Renault Lodgy than Lamborghini Hurracan Performante/Koeinigsegg XXX. Cars that are accessible to everybody and solve problems. Now in my late thirties, I'm more interested in business side of automobile industry. Why? I will get to that now.

Professionally, I joined a VC funded startup after college (year 2000) as an internet marketing executive. But we mostly played Quake III Arena and didn't get much work done. Naturally, we ran out of money in less than 2 years. After that, I setup my own internet marketing company with a couple of friends and this time, we did much better. It took us 10 years to run out of cash. However, even when I was in college, I was primarily interested in stock market and how various businesses are run. Since 2011, I have been a "full time" stock market investor and derivatives trader. I spend most of the time reading about various topics. I might start reading about Porsche 911 and somehow end up reading about World War II. Darn Wikipedia. Amazingly, Team-BHP is my primary source of news about the Indian economy. You can get a pulse of what is happening by just spending some time in 'India Car Scene'. For me, spending time on Team-BHP is "work"!

I would like to thank GTO, Moderators, Distinguished BHPians (content champs) and most importantly, all the members for slowly building Team-BHP over the years. Don't hesitate to PM me if you need anything.

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Feels strange to be writing an introduction after all these years, the BHPian in me turns a teenager in a couple of months! My life ever since has been an open book on the forum, or at least everything about automobiles.

Parents tell everyone that I've been crazy about vehicles ever since childhood - The best way to feed me was to stop my tricycle pretending to be a traffic cop who handed out a ball of rice rather than speeding tickets, the best way to make me fall asleep was to let me count the number of cars passing by. The first car in our family was a humble Maruti 800 back in 1999, which was upgraded to a WagonR in 2004, and later to a Hyundai Xcent in 2014. The first vehicle I got to own was a Bajaj Pulsar 180 back in 2006 during my early college days, soon after which I stumbled upon this forum. Got myself a FIAT Punto in 2012 soon before getting married, got a Hero Maestro in 2012 as well for the better half, and a Kawasaki Versys 650 in 2016 for myself - all three vehicles still doing their respective duties in the garage. I've been lucky to have done more than 3L kms combined driving / riding experience in all, with hopefully a lot more incident free miles ahead.

Have to thank the people in my life for feeding this passion - parents and now wife, all of them enthusiasts in their own right. Coming to think of it - I have to thank TeamBhp for all my present day friends as well!

On a personal front - I'm a Keralite (Mallu, incase you're wondering!) who spent the entire school and college time in the state itself, but later out moved out (as is typical once again) to Chennai for 6 years and currently settled in Bangalore since the last five years. I'm into the software industry as well like most young people of this city, and worked with two of the biggest MNCs till date - which has given me a good resume but a bad paycheque! I sometimes repent this decision of jumping into the software industry, because my life till 2008 had nothing to do with anything but automobiles, even did my engineering in this field - and then the curious cat in me just wanted to see how different was this new world that campus selection offered! Ended up a 10 year long affair now - made sane only because the forum and the vehicles i owned help me keep in touch with my passions. However, that said - I'm also thankful to my job for teaching me how to face challenges head on, and also to keep a cool head in tense situations.

The forum plays a very important role in my life - 1. Being that of a stress buster, 2. One stop source for all automotive information and especially the most unbiased of reviews available, and 3. As a platform that stands for us consumers and amplifies our voices so it is heard by the right people. Over the years, the forum and the support team have proved their unbiased stance and worth to me over multiple situations and threads - and I'm really glad to be asked to help the team strengthen the forum going forward. I hope the forum reaches even higher reputation levels - spreading wider across the industry in the nearby future.

Am I really a CrAzY dRiVeR on the roads? Not really, I have a rather mature driving / riding style compared to what the handle suggests, and before you ask - there is a real name as well. It's Sujai J.

PS: Please feel free to contact me over PM incase you need anything that I could help you with, regarding the forum or any queries regarding the vehicles I've owned.

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