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Toyota / LandCruiser / 80 Series GXL 5-dr wagon

February 8, 2011 2 comments

The other day I was reading a review of the LandCruiser and found this one to be really interesting. So I though that it would be nice post it on my blog so that I could share it with everyone.

All credit to the following goes to

1990 Toyota LandCruiser 80 Series GXL 5-dr wagon Overview.

This page also includes links to a full list of Toyota car reviews, Toyota model news and Toyota family tree


1990 Toyota LandCruiser 80 Series GXL 5-dr wagon Car Review

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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


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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Bobbie The Unstoppable Bhogal & Shammi Chadha

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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

4guna4 – A photologue – Part I

October 25, 2010 4 comments

This sunday the 24th of October 2010, I attended an event and as the title says it all, the 4guna4, translated in English 4×4 or four wheel drive or a fun filled, all day event.

Its not that I have never attended any  4×4 event previously, I must have attends countless of them but this time it was different. Me and Ashish Bhatia were here today not as mere spectators or as officials but as participants. We couldn’t believe it ourselves but just a couple of days before the event we decided that lets participate and have fun. So it was Ashish as the designated driver and myself as the navigator, mustered the courage and decided to go for it.

Now I am not much of a writer, so I will just write narrations and let the pictures and videos do the talking.

A little more about the event. This event was organised by none other than Northern Motorsports. The name Northern Motorsports shouldn’t be new for anyone who’s even slightly familiar with motorsport’s in India but for the less aware here a brief intro

In 2001 a team of well known automotive enthusiasts, some with over 30 years experience in motorsport, came together to form an Association with the objective of revitalizing motor sport in India.

Today, over 20 events later northern motorsport is the leading motorsport organization in North India, organising highly technical National Championship events and Rallies like the “Rally of the North” and the “Rally Desert Storm”, India’s first international cross country rally.

More info can be had from their website

and their Facebook page

Northern Motorsports on Facebook

We were at the event location the Leisure Valley Grounds, Gurgaon at 7am

Here’s a picture from far end of the grounds


The lineup of the vehicles, participants affixing stickers, meeting, greeting each other etc.

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The organisers explaining the rules and regulations, details on how the event will be carried out, penalty system, safety points, etc



Another picture

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After this all the participants started to line up and get prepared for the start of the event.

I do not remember the exact count but I believe that the number of participants was around 30+ vehicles with all the vehicles competing in two categories. The Extreme and the SUV.

The event was being organised in two parts and half of the vehicles were sent to complete the nature trail while the remaining set of vehicles competed at the Man Made Trail

  • The Man Made Trail
  • Nature Trail

Further the above were also broken into further sub sections and each section was to be completed in a specific amount of time, with the least amount of penalty. If the participant got stuck or was not able to complete any obstacle there was a rescue team on standby.

So  below are some pictures of the participants at the line-up

Some were just having a nice stroll


While some watched the organising team try hard in getting everything inline and maintaining the time schedule


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Others were all set to go


While some just stood there and happily posed for the shutterIMG_4354

Me and Ashish were part of the group that was suppose to compete the Nature Trail first. Around 9AM is were out of the Leisure Valley grounds and waited for all the participants, officials to come along and get set to go.






This is the end of the first set of pictures. I will update the next set of pictures and videos soon.

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