The original event invite: Calling all folks in the NCR region who are passionate about off-roading. Here's a chance to get to know the mechanicals of your 4x4 vehicle, be it a Mahindra Thar, Maruti Gypsy, Skoda Yeti, Mahindra Scorpio, Tata Safari, Toyota Fortuner or just about any four-wheel drive. See details below:
Here's a two part program that has been chalked out just for you. A big shout out to Hitesh Madhok of Made 4x4 Concepts and Neeloy Sarkar of Terrain Tigers for helping put this together. Date: Friday, March 18, 2016 Time: 6pm-8pm Venue: Made 4x4 Concepts WorkShop, Kishangarh, Vasant Kunj (See Map) Program: 4x4 Classroom > Understanding how a 4x4 works > Types of 4x4s > Looking at the parts of a 4x4 vehicle > Basic theory on how to use a 4x4 vehicle off-road This will be followed by coffee, snacks and conversation at Cafe Connect, Vasant Kunj. Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016 Time: 7.30am - 10.30 am Venue: Golf Course Extension Road (is the meeting point) Program: Join Terrain Tigers on an Off-Road Drive in Gurgaon. Those with 4x4 vehicles can bring them as well. Tackle obstacles, try out various techniques for off-roading, and if you get stuck, some recovery techniques too :-) Bring a tow rope, plenty of drinking water and an open mind to fill with loads of fun! Don't have a 4x4? No sweat, hop on with any of the others. We're sure at the end of it, you will definitely want one! Please RSVP in the thread below.
Lovely to see the confirmations pouring in here as well as on the Terrain Tigers and ZigWheels Facebook pages. We're going to have a good time! Tomorrow, evening at 6pm we start with a Classroom session at Made 4x4 Concepts workshop in Vasant Kunj (Map in first post). There's not much parking, so you'll have to park on the road leading into Kishengarh, near A-block car market. Hitesh, who runs Made 4x4 Concepts, and I will conduct the session - it's very informal and we're looking forward to loads of questions and interactions - on just about any 4x4. You can see some of the parts as well of a 4x4 at the workshop. We'll then take our discussions to Cafe Connect, just a few metres away from Made 4x4 Concepts. Then, on Saturday, we assemble at Terrain Tiger's den - at the end of Golf Course Road, opposite Hilton Double Tree Hotel (SEE MAP) at 7.30 am. The Tigers will take us along for an OTR where you can experience the practical side of 4x4ing. It's a moderate track - any 4x4 can do it, so bring your SUVs, all-wheel drive crossovers, whatever. Let's have some fun, folks!
Roshun I am interested in joining tomorrow's event. Can I have contact numbers of relevant people for coordination purpose. Thanks.
Sure, we meet at 7.30 am at the end of Golf Course road. Today, we are doing a 4x4 workshop at 6pm at Vasant Kunj, do come if you can. It will be fun. Take my number: 9810209783 in case you need to call.
What a weekend it was! Starting off, with the classroom session on Friday evening at Made 4x4 Concepts Workshop in Kishangarh, Vasant Kunj. Hitesh Madhok has a really nice set up with a basement full of off-road equipment and seating area, and a workshop on the ground floor. The evening started off with a whole bunch of 4x4 enthusiasts meeting up - around 25 odd folks. We had a presentation on the basics of 4x4s. That presentation is in the slides below. Those who missed it, take a look you may find it useful. It was great to have Sumeer Tandon, the man who built the RFC Challenge Force Gurkhas come in as our special guest to share his experiences too. Please feel free to ping us for any questions you have on the PPT below.
After Friday’s classroom session on off-roading at Hitesh's Made 4x4 Concepts workshop in Kishangarh, Vasant Kunj on Friday, all of us couldn’t wait for the next days OTR session with Terrain Tigers in Gurgaon.
The day started off early with Roshun and me driving towards the meeting point. The meeting point choc-a-bloc with off road machines of all kinds and what a sight it was. Soon after the whole group arrived, the ones who didn’t have off-roaders hopped into the many Mahindra Thars and Maruti Suzuki Gypsys that chaps from Terrain Tigers had brought. I hopped into abhimanyu’s almost-new Mahindra Thar.
We soon, headed to the trails we were supposed to devour that day. As we reached the trail, the group broke off into two - one for beginners and one for the veterans. After switching to 4L, we soon found a sandy patch and a couple of steep inclines to let the machines flex their muscles a bit. Neeloy from Terrain Tigers immediately took the role of a spotter and started guiding the Thars, Scorpios, Fortuners and a Pajero through ruts and inclines. We kicked up quite a lot of dust and most of the cars fared well on the obstacles that were lined up.
Neeloy Sarkar with his Gypsy
Then Neeloy came up and asked abhimanyu to take his Thar up a very steep incline. abhimanyu lined up the Thar and gunned it, but right at the top the Thar lost grip and couldn’t climb no more. We were told to roll back and attempt the incline again. Now, rolling down a slope the opposite direction is no easy task. I was scared to death as I couldn’t see one bit of where we were going and the fear of toppling over was overwhelming. After a long discussion on the right way to tackle the incline, we were off again and this time Abhimanyu gave it everything he had and soon we were over the incline. At this point I realised that nothing beats the sense of accomplishment and the adrenaline rush you get when you go over an obstacle without toppling over or hitting anything. What a rush!
Right next to the incline that Abhimanyu had negotiated was another one where the Pajero, a Fortuner and Roshun’s Red Beast Scorpio were trying to negotiate. After many attempts, the the Pajero got beached and Roshun had to take out his tow strap and rescue the beached SUV. Later, he took a couple of shots at the said incline but somehow none of the SUVs would go over them. So we backed off and went in search of more trails and obstacles to tackle.
Lining up to tackle a steep incline. There were steep inclines of all kinds to test the capability of the machines that took part.
The Pajero's rear differential got beached and had to be pulled out by...
...Roshun's Red Beast. That's Sukhpreet bolting the tow strap to Roshun's Scorpio.
Two veteran off-roaders (Neeloy and Roshun) at the helm, the rescue was a fairly easy one.
A crowd looks on...
as a Thar takes the plunge...
...and makes it back in one piece.
Neeloy and his Gypsy defy gravity!
The Thars cool their heels...
...while a crowd gathers.
Sukhpreet's long-term Tata Zest made it this far...
...which sent the goats into a tizzy!
Pajero gets beached again. Stud that he is, Sukhpreet goes to help.