Jump to content


- - - - -

DesertStorm 2010 - A dream...


15 replies to this topic

#1 ihrishi

ihrishi

    Motoroid

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 125 posts

Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:18 PM

How often does a dream come true? Well, I can see one of my wildest dreams come true. Hold your horses, im not off for a weekend with Ms Kaif. Its something even better.

I am participating in a car rally. And not just any one day car rally, it?s the prestigious Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm rally, from 12th Feb to 20th Feb 2010. I will be navigating a Fiat Punto, being driven by Manoj Vaidya. There will be participants from professional teams, the Indian Army, and journalists among other privateers like us...

It sure is going to be a very sharp learning curve, as well as a very different experience. I had never imagined participating in a real rally before. The fun has already started, with the planning and preparation for this. There is a lot of paperwork involved in this, like getting rally licenses from the FMSCI, certificates from the doctor, indemnity bonds from the lawyer, insurance from the broker?.you get the drift.

Paperwork is one thing. The actual challenge will be when driving over sand, water, beaches, dry lake beds, near the POK border, next to an extinct volcano somewhere in Rajasthan. Some of these things are on moonless nights just to make things interesting.

Well, we did some amount of beach driving & changing the tyre practice among other things, but that story I will leave for another day. ;-) Just hoping that we don?t face something like that in the real deal, where a tyre is supposed to be changed in 3 mins.

I still am to get used to the peculiar world of Tulips and Time Controls and CAST's and Road Books and Speed Sheets. But slowly and surely, am getting there. Most of my work is mathematical. It is my responsibility to ensure that we are at right place at the right time. So the most important tool for me is?a calculator. And pencils, markers, erasers and sharpeners. :-)

I am not going there just to participate. I am going there, and will give it my best shot for a podium. So, wish me well, and hope that I come back with a rally classification.

From what I understand, the organizers are going to update the positions of each car real time. In case you are interested in following our progress, visit the link below:

Itinerary is as below:

12 & 13 February 2010
From: 1000 hrs At the Scrutiny, DLF Place, Saket, New Delhi
14 February 2010
From: 0800 hrs At the Ceremonial Start, DLF Place, Saket, New Delhi
15 February 2010
From: 1800 hrs At Hotel Laxmi Niwas, Bikaner
16 February 2010
From: 1800 hrs At Hotel Fort Rajwada, Jaisalmer
17 February 2010
From: 1800 hrs At Camp, Bhuj
18 February 2010
From: 1800 hrs At Camp, Bhuj
19 February 2010
From: 1800 hrs At Hotel Radisson Plaza, Udaipur
20 February 2010
Rest day
21 February 2010
Drive back from Udaipur

More details here:http://desertstorm.motorsport.in/
Cheers,
Hrishi
Motorep, Mumbai
http://ihrishi.blogspot.com

#2 avinrichards

avinrichards

    Moderator

  • Moderators
  • 726 posts

Posted 07 February 2010 - 11:41 PM

wow.! this is really exiting ! :(

All the very best man.! Keep us posted !

#3 razorBlades

razorBlades

    Duking!

  • Administrators
  • 1,441 posts

Posted 08 February 2010 - 01:20 PM

whoa! nice ihrishi :( all the very best mate!
The only time you'll see me down on one knee, is on my bike!

Posted Image Posted Image

#4 ihrishi

ihrishi

    Motoroid

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 125 posts

Posted 08 February 2010 - 04:37 PM

THanks mates. But how do i keep u updated on the latest happenings??
Cheers,
Hrishi
Motorep, Mumbai
http://ihrishi.blogspot.com

#5 dman

dman

    Motoroid

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 108 posts

Posted 08 February 2010 - 08:37 PM

All the Best Pal... Just Aim for the Horizon... If there is any .. :(
Vehicles Own/Owned :
Jawa 350 Twin Sports (Made in Chech),
Yezdi 350 Twin,
Yezdi 250 CL2,
Bajaj Chetak,
Tata Indica Xeta 1.4.

#6 razorBlades

razorBlades

    Duking!

  • Administrators
  • 1,441 posts

Posted 10 February 2010 - 12:04 PM

ihrishi said:

THanks mates. But how do i keep u updated on the latest happenings??

a twitter account? :( if using mobile gprs u can post here :D

if nothing works, an sms would be great! :( i'll post the updates here for you
The only time you'll see me down on one knee, is on my bike!

Posted Image Posted Image

#7 ihrishi

ihrishi

    Motoroid

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 125 posts

Posted 10 February 2010 - 05:47 PM

razorBlades said:

a twitter account? :( if using mobile gprs u can post here :D

if nothing works, an sms would be great! :( i'll post the updates here for you

I was planning to post end of day updates on my blog via a mail... no idea if GPRS will work there, though.

Alternatively, will try facebook thro SMS.

I think i have ur number, will send u those too...
Cheers,
Hrishi
Motorep, Mumbai
http://ihrishi.blogspot.com

#8 ihrishi

ihrishi

    Motoroid

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 125 posts

Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:15 PM

Ok, update...
In all probability, the daily updates of the rally will be covered on Motoroids. So keep visiting :(

Cheers!
Cheers,
Hrishi
Motorep, Mumbai
http://ihrishi.blogspot.com

#9 avinrichards

avinrichards

    Moderator

  • Moderators
  • 726 posts

Posted 11 February 2010 - 06:13 PM

^^thats even better :(

in anycase drop in your twitter account . we will update from that too :D

#10 razorBlades

razorBlades

    Duking!

  • Administrators
  • 1,441 posts

Posted 12 February 2010 - 01:38 PM

cool.. cant wait! ihrishi all the very best again m8! :(
The only time you'll see me down on one knee, is on my bike!

Posted Image Posted Image

#11 satyenpoojary

satyenpoojary

    CommuTOURer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,310 posts

Posted 12 February 2010 - 03:32 PM

Woah! A car rally!
That is one awesome insane way to go crazy!

#12 nav75

nav75

    Motoroid

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 220 posts

Posted 12 February 2010 - 05:39 PM

Punto power is with you guys. Go beat the competition to pulp. :)

Good luck.

#13 ihrishi

ihrishi

    Motoroid

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 125 posts

Posted 22 February 2010 - 11:51 AM

Whew. Am back. Awesome experience.
We came in 4th position. :)

Now for sorting the pics and the trip log...
Cheers,
Hrishi
Motorep, Mumbai
http://ihrishi.blogspot.com

#14 razorBlades

razorBlades

    Duking!

  • Administrators
  • 1,441 posts

Posted 22 February 2010 - 12:46 PM

ihrishi said:

Whew. Am back. Awesome experience.
We came in 4th position. :)

Now for sorting the pics and the trip log...

great news ihrishi.. your first rally and 4th pos :) awesome!! :)
The only time you'll see me down on one knee, is on my bike!

Posted Image Posted Image

#15 satyenpoojary

satyenpoojary

    CommuTOURer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,310 posts

Posted 22 February 2010 - 01:28 PM

First rally and almost the podium! Woah! Neato!




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users