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Emmanuel

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About Emmanuel

  • Birthday 12/13/1976

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    Marshal
  • Gender
    Male

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    Dubai
  • My Car
    Nissan Xterra (Jawaher special edition)
  • Expertise
    Translator - Teacher

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  1. Ah ah thank you @Gaurav ! Thanks Xaf and Brette.
  2. Personally I don’t listen to any music while off-roading, especially when it gets a bit extreme. I came to the conclusion that it might be dangerous because unconsciously you try to follow the rhythm and the mood of the music while driving, when actually you should follow the rythm of the dunes. Maybe it will sound weird but that’s how I feel it.
  3. And so is Belgium my friend : Jacques Brel, Arno, Stromae, the list is so long Yes of course I like DJ Shadow
  4. Off-road : my V6 and Carnity FM On-road : it can be anything except Celine Dion 😜 : Bach, Handel, PJ Harvey, DJ Krush, Ahmad Jamal, John Coltrane, Yusuf Omar, La Lupe, Girija Devi, Biohazard, Fishbone, High Tone, John Cage, etc.
  5. DRIVE REPORT We all met on time, but started with a slight delay because of the short interval between morning and afternoon drives, among other things. I kept the briefing quick, focused on safety advices and numbering. @Frederic was my second lead, @Srikumar was in the middle and @Rahimdad (with @Jamy B. as a copilot) in sweep. @Shamil and @Brette, who have recently been promoted to intermediate level, also gave a hand for recoveries. Thanks all. Our entry point being Badayer Shops, we started directly at a good pace to climb the first set of high dunes, and as I understood from @Ale Vallecchi, his two passengers got a bit shocked since they were expecting a relaxed drive. Let’s hope they didn’t hate us at the end of the day! Reaching the top of the second set of dunes was a bit more tricky, but, after a few refusals, everyone made it. At this point, after several failed attempts, Shamil realised that his Xterra had a problem. For some reason, the engine wasn’t delivering its 260 HP. While we were waiting for him and others to reach the top, one of @Ale Vallecchi guests (I didn’t hear her name well, very sorry for that) suprised us, as she took a trashbag and started to clean the area around us. When I told her that, in Badayer area, which unfortunately became a big junkyard, there is so much to do, she just reminded me of the Hummingbird’s tale : « I’m doing my part ». During the Newbie briefings we always emphasize on the fact that we must keep the desert clean and never throw anything (personaly I don’t even leave a cigaret stub), but here, it was a much more advanced level… Hats off! And hats off also to the person who will help me to understand how someone can leave garbage in the middle of the dunes, since I still didn’t get the idea. After that, the drive has been smooth, with very few refusals and only one or two stucks, and I have to say that at some points the level was not a regular fewbie level, actually not far from intermediate. As a matter of fact, our two Fewbies, @Ale Vallecchi and @Xaf, did very well, even when I decided to spice things up with a couple of challenging crisscrossings in high dunes and, later, in the technical patches that we crossed on our way to Superbowl area. We avoided the main playing spot since it was full of crazy supermodified patrols and buggies, so we can have more fun on the other side. Before we head out, my plan was to play a bit at Iftar bowl, but Brette hitted a bush and had a pop-out. Because sunset was already close when we finished to fix it, we decided to exit. Just before we reached our usual inflating point for this area, we found a police patrol blocking the access to the tarmac, showing us to take left before the residential area. We understood later the reason behind this when we reached Badayer Shops : crazy trafic jam everywhere and earsplitting crowds of buggies and ATVs - for the record, we should always avoid Badayer Shops on Fridays just after sunset, at least during the offroading season. Anyways, apart from this last detail, I can't tell how much I enjoyed leading this drive. Thanks everyone.
  6. Ahah no need for OBD reading then, we found the culprit !
  7. Hi Dr @srini62, Happy to see you back, but this drive is for fewbie and above level. Once you attend a couple of newbie drives after your long break, we can promote you to the fewbie level. Always welcome Jamie!
  8. until
    After the newbie morning drive, which is opened to all levels, this one is only for Fewbies and above. Badayer area offers amazing sets of medium to high dunes that will keep all drivers awake for sure... Plan is simply to have a more challenging drive till about 5:00 pm. Depending on convoy, we shall head to Iftar Bowl rather than Big Red side. When: 06 December 2019 Meeting time: 1:00 PM sharp, convoy will move at 1:15 PM. Where: Badayer Shops GPS Coordinates: https://goo.gl/maps/Nb2AP376K1BRFrK28 Level: strictly Fewbie and above. Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Snacks - whatever you like with little extra to share -, water, liquids, smiles, stories, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 5:00 PM Please RSVP the below calendar event
  9. After the newbie morning drive, which is opened to all levels, this one is only for Fewbies and above. Badayer area offers amazing sets of medium to high dunes that will keep all drivers awake for sure... Plan is simply to have a more challenging drive till about 5:00 pm. Depending on convoy, we shall head to Iftar Bowl rather than Big Red side. When: 06 December 2019 Meeting time: 1:00 PM sharp, convoy will move at 1:15 PM. Where: Badayer Shops GPS Coordinates: https://goo.gl/maps/Nb2AP376K1BRFrK28 Level: strictly Fewbie and above. Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 10 inches of ground clearance. What to bring along: Snacks - whatever you like with little extra to share -, water, liquids, smiles, stories, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Approximate finish time: 5:00 PM Please RSVP the below calendar event
  10. Well, 29 hp for the strongest motorisation...
  11. This is how Citroën sold it in the late sixties, as a cheap off-road car:
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