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Night Fewbie Desert Drive - Big Red - Sharjah - 9 Sep 2022


Chaitanya D

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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 strictly follow these guidelines in order not to jeopardize someone's health, and to ensure we can keep organizing these drives safely.

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Drive Details

Level:  Fewbie level and above

When:  09 September 2022 Friday night

Meeting time: 08:00 pM (SHARP - Without any exceptions)

Meeting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/DoxKyeDK91NFEGyy9

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: 11.45 PM

THIS IS A COMPRESSOR ONLY DRIVE. WE WILL END THE DRIVE AT A POINT WHICH IS NOT CLOSE TO AN AIR LINE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A COMPRESSOR, PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS DRIVE. IF YOU ARRIVE AND HAVE NO COMPRESSOR YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE DRIVE

 

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE:

  • Limited to 10 Fewbie and above drivers. RSVP will close on Friday - 9 AM.
    • 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


Please RSVP on below calendar

 

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14 hours ago, Yerem Davtyan said:

Dear Dr. @Chaitanya D, unfortunately i have to drop out for Friday, so hope folks from the WL can join. 

Enjoy the drive and have plenty of fun, everyone!

Thanks for informing, hope all well. Please remove your  rsvp 

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Dear Friends

topgear @topgear

Waitlisted Attendees

 

Note as below :

  • Please be on time and bring all your passion for off-roading sharp by 8PM
  • Deflate your tires to 12 psi for all terrain tires and 15 psi if regular tires
  • Please ensure your programable radio is on, fully charged and set to Channel 1 (446,006)
  • Briefing will be done  before we start moving
  • Please ensure everything in the car is tied down and there are no moving objects 
  • Please check all car fluids, tow hooks, and ensure no hanging parts below the chassis.
  • please ensure you come with a full tank (as much as possible) in addition to all mandatory gear for this drive level specially your

1. tire deflator,

2. pressure gauge

3. compressor,

4. safety flag and

5. radio. (NO FLAG or RADIO = NO DRIVE)

  • For night drive you can drive with high beam on sand with fog lamps on, off road lights helps but not required in a convoy. USeful to have a extra torch
  • Please watch where you step in the dark!!

 

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My first drive in over a month, and what better way to take the edge off than a night drive with Doc @Chaitanya D.
I also haven't been to the gym in over a month - thank you for taking care of that too 😛

The last time I was in Sharjah, at night, was at least a couple of months ago with Srikumar where we encountered very similar challenges to the one we faced last night. Of course, that was a higher-level drive in the Area 53 side of the Sharjah's dunes. But the results were not too dissimilar. And I don't think any driver should be thinking too hard about any of the refusals last night. These are all part of the process in offroading. It was great experience in learning how to do complex recoveries including self-recovery, tethered support, and the tugs of course. So much on the learning agenda in one night.

What was extremely surprising and perhaps one of the largest challenges as I followed Doc, was that while the climb up to the top of the dune was hardened, there were deposits of soft sand at the top on seemingly flat surfaces. This required a change in driving styles as most of us let off the power just as about half the chassis clears the top of a dune. 

Thank you Doc, for giving us the opportunity to still play around at Big Red in the wee hours of the morning.

I also felt so much more comfortable returning to the sand in the presence of so many familiar faces, names, and of course the supremely more capable support peers in @Waqas Parvez & @Rajiv Sam. Having you gents around takes the edge off :)

@Dinesh Kumar A - most of your refusals were down to just a general hesitation in powering through. This will go away as you get more comfortable, or blind 😛 

@Andrei S - seeing you sideways in the first 30 minutes was quite a sight. I'm certain that the mood inside the cabin was a lot more tense but you handled that supremely well. You worked hand-in-hand with Doc's advice and the result was a recovery executed perfectly.

@Felix Obst, @Ashutosh Garg: great driving all around.

For all the other familiar faces, thank you for making my night back out so much fun.

See you all out on the sands soon!

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Hi All,

Thank you very much for the great drive. It was a bit challenging with big dunes, soft sand and sidetracks. But it was great fun.

Many thanks to @Chaitanya D @munkybizness@Rajiv Sam @Waqas Parvez for your support and guidance. I found myself in a tricky situation at the beginning of the drive but thanks to your expertise I was able to recover safe and sound.

Looking forward to more drives with all convoy members.

Best,

P.S. 

Added a photo from the cabin

 

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