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Morning Fewbie Desert Drive - Faqa - Dubai - 25 Jun 2022

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This drive is organized in full compliance with the COVID19 guidelines. We expect every member that joins this drive to go through below information and and strictly follow these guidelines.



Drive Details

Level:  Fewbies and Above

When:  25 June 2022 Saturday

Meeting time: 5:15 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions)

Meeting Point:  https://goo.gl/maps/WbWFK5iwurzey1dF8

Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance.

What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm and willingness to learn.

Approximate finish time: 9:15 AM




  • Limited to 10 cars only. RSVP will close on Friday- 2:00pm
    • If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please mention your name on the drive thread to add on the waiting list. 
  • Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS.
  • Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS.
  • Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others.
  • Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month.

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Dear Desert Drivers

@Alfred Alinazar @takeshi sobue @Shahid Mehmood @Lucky sAm @Richard Franks @Daniel Rodas

We will have a short convoy tomorrow, perfect configuration to go through the hot sands of Faqa. As you know from your recent drives, the sand will be soft, the temperature will rise very rapidly, we might have some wind... real desert conditions, but still good to enjoy a nice ride.

Remember that momentum is key in these conditions, to keep your car moving and to "float" on the soft patches. The sand is soft, and soft shall be your driving. Avoid any sharp turn, sudden acceleration or breaking, keep your car moving, especially on ridges, or on flat soft pockets, and when you need to stop, do it as far as possible on an incline (downwards) or on hard surface. Also the slip faces will be even more slippery, so don't take any chance, go straight down, and avoid any situation where you will get stuck sideways on a steep incline.

I will confirm the convoy order later this afternoon. Please let me know incase you change your plan. @Lucky sAm, please confirm which car you will take.

Stay tuned for the next update !


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Last update for tomorrow morning (no change, only confirmation of previous elements)

Meeting at 5:15 am at  https://goo.gl/maps/WbWFK5iwurzey1dF8

Convoy Order


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@Alfred Alinazar @takeshi sobue @Shahid Mehmood @Lucky sAm @Richard Franks @Daniel Rodas

Take a good rest, and see you all tomorrow morning !

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I enjoyed very much the drive this morning. This short convoy format was perfect to explore the variety of terrains of this Faqa area. Also good to be more specific in the coaching of each driver according to his experience, and the car he is driving. 
As expected, we had very soft sand from the beginning, and I was the first one to misjudge a ridge apparently round and smooth…. and being dragged into a pocket, stuck with a weird angle. A cautious self recovery got me out. 
A bit later a first criss crossing was an excellent demonstration of the #dontfightgravity thing. Two cars had a dangerous fishtailing, and I stopped everyone for a reminder.

After this warmup, we could enjoy the empty dunes, passing from the semi-technical area, to bigger dunes, crossing straight or criss crossing,  working on the momentum to keep the car moving at the right pace. We had some bigger dunes where the most experienced drivers could play with the balance of their car on the sharp ridges. 
Each convoy member was focused and concentrated, and improved during the drive itself. This allowed us to complete a full loop of 60 km, coming back at our starting point. The average moving speed was 20.1 km/h, very respectable for a FB drive.

@Alfred Alinazar Thank you for the 2nd lead. You were stopping when needed, and adjusted the route for the rest of the convoy. You have a safe handling of your car.

@takeshi sobue very good drive, but don’t rely too much on your car. You can improve being more focused on the lines the cars in front are taking.

@Shahid Mehmood, good drive also, you were attentive to the explanations during the drive, and the benefit was there.

@Lucky sAm nice to see a new FJ in the convoy. Once you will get used to the car, you will enjoy pushing its capabilities.

@Richard Franks always a pleasure to have you in the convoy. The red jeep is very reliable, even if it was challenged a bit on the high ridges

@Daniel Rodas a big thank you for the sweep and assistance during recoveries. Your driving with the Pajero is flawless !

Thank you all for participating to the drive this morning with an excellent spirit, enjoy the rest of the weekend ! Please post photos or comments if you have.

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