WildZests: February 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Farewell And A New Beginning

Sometime in September 2013, with a very heavy heart, we bid adieu to our wonderful Tata Safari. It was quite a tourer and had taken us a lot of places including the mystical land of Ladakh in 2012. The good thing was that it was changing hands with another of our office colleagues and we'd still get to see it sometimes.

But as they say, old memories must make way for new ones. So the end of one relationship was going to mark the beginning of a new one. Our hunt started with the Ford Endeavour which couldn't materialize due to various reasons and we landed up at the Toyota showroom ogling at the Fortuner. Soon, dreams turned into reality and we brought home the white monster.

There was always this thing bothering us on whether we made the right choice of switching the Safari for the Fortuner since there were some trade-offs to be made. But all our doubts vanished when we got the new car registered. By sheer luck, we got the same 8515 legacy from the Safari carried over to the Fortuner and it was nothing less than a sign that this was a worthy successor to our old steed.

Given that this was going to be Gozu's new car and she was super excited about it.


A detailed ownership log can be found on TBHP here: Toyota Fortune-Her: A ride for the wife & maybe for life!

BODA Offroaders Jamboree - October 2013

For the first time the BODA guys had announced a one-day competitive offroad type of event. Since it was happening in Bangalore on a weekend, there was really no question of whether to attend or not. There were quite a few cleverly designed obstacles, most of which were time based except for one which needed a lot of  skill to bring back maximum amount of water in the bucket tied on the bonnet after crossing a few obstacles on the way.

The jeep was all prepped up before the event and it was raring to go.


As usual I couldn't get pictures of myself driving through the obstacles, but we thoroughly enjoyed it anyways. However, there were a few interesting events that did get captured on my camera though. This one was a fellow offroader from Chennai with his Ford Endeavour trying to climb on to a rocky obstacle. He finally managed to get on but not without putting/moving some stones to help him out.


This one is the famous "Arka" with his multi-faceted Jeep doing the same obstacle.


And finally, this is the gang of jeeps we had for the event, although we're missing one more jeep due to a breakdown.