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Videos of Off-Roading over the Years

January 18, 2013 2 comments

Hey Guys,

Its already a bit late by nevertheless its never too to share greetings ‘Wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous new year’. I’ve been guilty of being lazy, infact quite lazy with updating this blog so here I am starting this year with sharing some videos of off-roading.

This first video is my decent from Rohtang Pass. This was taken in Sept’12 on my drive from Kaza to Manali. As can be seen from the video, its nothing short of being termed as off-road gauging from the terrain, the slush, etc.

Descending the Rohtang Pass through the infamous Rani Nalha on 13thSept2012

For best quality, after you hit Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right, and choose 720HD.

I started Off-Roading way back in December 2008. Infact I shared this in my 1st blog post

Harjeev’s M&M MM550 XD 4×4- The making of an Off-Roader

 

IMG_7938Since that time I must have taken hundreds infact thousands of pictures through the years. Most of these pictures are on my hard drive, just sitting there. So I thought, what would it be like to share these with everyone. However the problem was that no one in the world has neither the time nor the patience to sit and see 6500 pictures, atleast I don’t. So getting the clue from time-lapse branch of photography, I started to experiment on converting these images into a short video.

Some details of the enclosed video

  • 6258 Total number of pictures
  • Used Lightroom to merge the images together
  • Frame Rate per Sec(FPS) 10
  • Length of the video 10:26Mins (6258 Images @ 10fps= 626sec or 10 mins & 25.8 sec
  • Music from Youtube Voyage- Sorena2009- Instrumental
  • The video in HD of 720p. So please change the quality from the menu in Youtube

The resultant video looks a bit fast however this is my first experiment with combining images together. Will be uploading more videos in future with lower frame rate and shorter length of 2-3mins each.

Off-Roading over the years

For best quality, after you hit Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right, and choose 720HD.

The following is a short video taken on 12th of Jan’2013. This again is a set images and compiled @ 3.33 FPS. For best quality, after you hit Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right, and choose 720HD.

 

This last video was taken on 10th Dec 2011

For best quality, after you hit Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right, and choose 720HD.

Finally completed 10000 Kms on the Cruiser

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment
1st 10000 kms finally done...

1st 10000 kms finally done…

Hey Guys,
I had to share this one fast. Sorry for the bad picture quality as it has been taken from my mobile phone camera.
My Cruiser has finally completed 10000 kilometers under my belt. After completing this small journey, I am still now sure whether I liked the Cruiser more when I bought it or whether I like it more now. This vehicle is growing on me and I’m simply loving…reminds me of the McDonalds tag line, but you can get a sense of the feeling
As I got the mechanical fuel pump re-calibrated, I’d taken the Cruiser for a test run to Karnal, Haryana. What was the reason for this, well? Well, I am taking the vehicle for the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm on this sunday 20th February 2011, so I wanted to check the vehicle for any faults, shortcomings, etc etc as if anything cropped up, I’d have time to sort it out.

Anyways more of that later, during this time the statistics of the vehicle are as under

Total no of Kilometers under the belt 10,132 Kms
I’ve owned the vehicle for 171 days
It has given me a Fuel Efficiency of 8.52 KM/ Liter
Total Value of Fuel Consumed Rs.45,686.90
Cost per Kilometer Rs.4.51 per Km
Total Fuel Consumed 1189.60 Liters
Average Cost of Fuel Rs.38.40 per Liter
Cheers
Harjeev

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My MM550, In its new Avatar happy with its new owner

February 12, 2011 5 comments

Hey guys,

As many would know that the 1st off-road vehicle that I had bought and restored was a Mahindra & Mahindra MM550. Threads are all over this blog under the MM550 section.

Anyways the new owner that I sold the vehicle to, has done a complete restoration himself and practically rebuild the vehicle from all over again.

I recently received an email from him with pictures and a brief writeup on the work that he’s done on the vehicle. So the first thing that I thought was to share it with everyone.

Thanks a lot to the new owner for sharing these pictures and giving me permission to share it with the community.

MM550 Collage - Copy

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OTR on 1st January 2011

January 7, 2011 16 comments

Continuing with the previous post here are the pictures of the 1st January 2010.

All the pictures are courtesy Harbeer Singh Chadha.

Same as always the meetup place was Signature Towers NH8.  The meetup time was noon but by the time we guys left Signature Towers it was 15mins to 1PM. From here on I’ll let the pics do the talking

Following are the pics of Bobbie in is, well it used to be referred as the Black Mamba but after painting it yellow, I am not sure what to rename it…

Seen in the following pics Bobbie is eager to check the latest addition to his jeep, the 33” Yokohama MT’s followed by me in my CJ3B in 31” Maxxis Mudzillas being looked upon by eager villagers

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Slush Fest: NIOC OTR at DND 17th Nov 2010 – Part II

December 7, 2010 1 comment

I am really sorry for delay in posting the second part of the pics and videos. So without further delay heres the second and final set of pictures and videos for that day events.

 

So after negotiating the water on one side of the embankment we headed to the other side of the trail and we could see lots of water and it looked very inviting.

I having completed water crossing on one side, maybe got a little over confident and well… l

DND 101 CJ3B Stuck

 

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Slush Fest: NIOC OTR at DND 17th Nov 2010 – Part I

November 26, 2010 Leave a comment

As the 17th of November 2010 was a holiday due to Id, so some of us from the NIOC gang thought lets get together and go for some off-roading. Having heard lots about the river bank around the DND Expressway (Delhi-Noida-Delhi Expressway) but never been at this track, this place was chosen for the the days excursion. 

Being a holiday we guys took it easy and started the OTR around 11am ish.

 OTR 2010  November 17 DND8

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4guna4 – The Man Made Trail

November 1, 2010 3 comments

From the Nature Trail we made our way back to the Leisure Valley Grounds for the IInd part of the event. The Man Made Challenges.

This part consisted of several challenges like rock boulders, Inclines, mud pits, articulation challenge, etc.

Again as at the Nature Trail, the objective here too was simple

To complete the various challenges in the least possible time with the least amount of penalties.  There were track marshals or officials posted at the start of the challenge and the end of the challenge and if the obstacle was long couple of marshals were in the middle of the challenge. The co-driver had the option of either sitting inside the vehicle or guide his driver from outside. However if the co-driver/ navigator decided to sit inside the vehicle, they were not allowed to exit the vehicle before the challenge was complete.

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Our famous SLS (Sardar Laxman Singh) in his jeep.

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As can be easily seen from the above set of pictures this challenge was not an easy one. This can further be seen from the attached video

 

 

In the following video it is Rahul Roy in his Force Gurkha  at the articulation challenge and then at the log challenge. 

In the following video its Ashish Bhatia in his trusted BUSHRANGER at the articulation challenge

The event was not fun and games for just the off-roaders. The kids and other participants were seen having a good time too. In the following picture while some can be seen talking serious business and other can be seen having a good time at the rope walk. Kids at the same time decided to have a good time of their own and decided to get the best seat in the house.

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There was this one challenge, I think the camel’s back. While all other vehicles cleared it easily. This one vehicle a Suzuki Grand Vitara beached at the top of the obstacle. Being a novice I am not sure whether this was because of the low ground clearance as the vehicle was prepped up for Extreme Rallying. Here’s a picture

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Here are some videos of a Gypsy at the Camels Back and the NISSAN PATROL at another

Then there was this one challenge ‘The ROCK or BOULDER SECTION’. On the face of it, the challenge looked really difficult. But if properly negotiated, it wasn’t as difficult at it was appearing in person

Then again doing the challenge, is one thing, but ROCKING THE ROCK CHALLENGE IS ANOTHER.

This is demonstrated by our own BOBBIE BHOGAL

 

Another obstacle, I am not sure of the exact name, there was this huge pit and the trick was to come nose down and then attempt to come out from the other side.

I am not able to explain it in detail. Let the following pictures and videos do the talking

The following pictures are of Rahul Roy in his Gurkha and Ashish Bhatia in his Bushranger

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The difficulty of of the challenge is not as evident in the above pictures but the videos are more explanatory

 

Then comes our own Mr.Bobbie Bhogal, in his home grown, Mayapuri marka jeep. I am not sure what vehicle this is and called by many as a JUGAAD. But I’d say that if a JUGAAD can accomplish this and makes it seem as a cake walk, Ill settle for a JUGAAD anyday.

Jokes aside, I totally agree that its not just the vehicle but the person sitting behind the wheel that makes a difference.

 

Now there was this one particular obstacle that was initially scrapped due to the difficulty level. But the off-roaders are a different breed all-together. Give them a challenge and utter these magic words.  THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE & CAN’T BE DONE, and watch the fun.

Then come BOBBIE in his mayapuri marka  mix and match JUGAAD Jeep or I should say that by this time the nickname UNSTOPPABLE BHOGAL is more appropriate

well… just watch the video

But again Bobbie wasn’t the only one. In the following pictures and video Madan ji can be seen in his 4000cc 6 cylinder petrol powered NISSAN Jonga and he too does the obstacle with ease

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The following are some pictures of Keshav Malik in his MM550

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Siddharth Singh Rathore from Jaipur in is Diesel powered SWB Jeep  CJ

 

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And finally last but not the least, THE UNSTOPPABLE BHOGAL giving another try at the same obstacle but from a different approach and the results… well does he do it???

See the video

 

Some Random pictures from the event

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4guna4 Stitch A

Results & Prize Distribution

With the above picture the event came to a close and we decided to bid good byes to everyone and head home. I started to hunt for Ashish Bhatia, my co-driver so that we could move out. but in the meantime I get a call from Ashish himself.

He say “kahan par hai, jildi aajaa, near the podium”

Where are you, come fast near the podium..

Just wondering what the big issue was, I headed near the podium and Bhatia Saab had a big grin on his face and hugged me and said, “We came IInd in the extreme category”. I couldn’t believe my ears and was like “WHAT!!!” It can’t be, but it was true. Saw the results for myself

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I was over joyed and simply spell bound. I had no words to express my excitement. But all in all, it was a wonderful event and I enjoyed it to the last moment.

 

So finally, I finish the photologue of the event with the following prize distribution pictures.

XTREME IInd Runner’s Up

Rahul Roy & Anu Roy

Prize Distribution

XTREME 1st Runner’s Up

Ashish Bhatia & Harjeev Chadha

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XTREME 1ST

Bobbie The Unstoppable Bhogal & Shammi Chadha

Prize Distribution2

SUV

1st Sunny Sidhu/ Rohit Micheal

2nd Gaurav Bharadwaj & Rishi Kapoor

3rd Harjeet Grewal & Harjot Singh

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Final Parting Shots

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Thanks and cheers

Harjeev Singh Chadha

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