Premeet Exitement !!
The day I got the tweet about the TATA SAFARI Storme – XTREME DRIVE experience meet, I was super excited, for 3 reasons, a) would get a chance to experience the off-road, b) would get a chance to meet my fellow indibloggers !! c) Would know more about the TATA SAFARI Storme and win some prizes !!
THE EVENT DAY with a twist !!
Days passed by slowly one by one, weeks ended and then the day I was waiting for, came with a twist!! The twist being that I may not be able to attend the event due to some other commitments which popped up like a stone on the head!! However gutted from inside I accumulated my lost hope and thought of finishing the work in due time of the event… hope gave a glimpse to fulfill my commitments in time ….
THE MUMBAI TRAFFIC – Pathetic
Confident and content, I drove through the highway with excitement but it all came to a halt, guess what !! It was the Mumbai traffic which was not allowing me to reach anywhere close to the time !! Somehow with the help of GPS navigator I tried to skip to a shortcut route and tried not to miss the event !! I was hopeful that I will catch the action ! Thou I was a 1 hour late !!
EVENT MINITES – Phase 1 : Registration !!
Registered myself for the event, thanks to the indiblogger core members ! they gave me a token / card for availing a test ride of TATA SAFARI STORME … I was a bit late … but catched up with the actions after taking feeds from the nearby bloggers about what s going on !
EVENT MINITES – Phase 2 : Introduction Please !!
Our trademark host Anoop was in full swing with his charismatic best and indulging us in some cool surprising contest and super cool prizes … besides that considering that many new bloggers were attending the event for the first time, here was a session where in random numbers bloggers name popped up on the screen and they introduced themselves and their blog and what they write about … it was a good attempt to indulge bloggers to know about each other and interact !! Was fun ..
EVENT MINITES – Phase 3 : Did you know !!
Tata Motors marketing Head was on stage to give us a brief on the features of the New Tata Safari Storme, he shared some of his experience while dealing with customer who were fans of Tata Safari series and loved the look of the car.
EVENT MINITES – Phase 4: Some Outdoor Fun – with Tata Safari Storme
After the briefing was over, Anoop our host told us to assemble in a group of 20, and after naming the group, we had to choose a team leader and tweet it on the #tag and @indiblogger , just as he announced there was as usual epic chaos in wondering whose team to go, eyeing friend in the group and so on and forth, finally the groups were made.
I was in the “Cyclone” group, a very energetic and enthusiastic bunch of people raring to take up any challenge with the banner Hurrr hurrr huuurrrr karde sabki jaddi gul … 4 other groups were formed and things were taking shape for the challenge ..
As we reached the ground we saw Tata Safari Storme standing in the glory for us to find out … Well after the much awaited suspense, Tata Safari stuff and Indiblogger team members explained us what the challenge was..
The challenge was “tug of war” in which a rope was suspended from the Tata Safari Storme, each team had to pull the Tata Safari Storme from point A to point B with the help of the rope and teamwork of the members in the least amount of time. It was a game which required strength as well as mind for strategizing how to and what way the combination might work to take it from point A to B in the least time.
Our Chattur team leader made some effective strategies not only got the team work together but also to dilute our contenders with some tacky punch lines.. haha that was fun ..
After turn by turn chance of the teams, our hands on with tug of war happened, and we performed our ultimate best to do what we had planned thanks to our team leader, fortunately or should I say cleverly we took the game away from all our competitor teams, moving the car from point A to point B in just 5.94 sec … woohoo we were leading the pack ..
After announcing 1st and 2nd place … there was supposed to be a one on one tug of war between teams which really didn’t happen because of the rope issues … However we were later declared the winning team ….
EVENT MINITES – Phase 5: Off Road experience on Tata Safari Storme
Off road experience replicated with the following tracks, my experience while I was in the car:
Tight Turns: To display the car turning capabilities, some crisp tight turn was made possible by the 5.6m radius turning capabilities of the Tata safari Stome, its redifined from the previous version from 6m radius
Steep High And Low Climbs: The car was taken to high and low climbs with the help of ramp made metal structure to showcase the sheer power of the car, the Car driving instructor explained us that as the car was climbing at a steep 45 degree hight without any acceleration or clutch support, I was impressed with the car’s power and engine torque totally.
Tilts 45 and 70 Degree: Showcasing the stability of the car, it was tilted 45 and 70 degree, I had heart on my mouth when I was experiencing it as I was scared the car would tilt, but the instructor advised me to stay claim and explained how the car was stable and didn’t tilt due to the fine engineering and top shock absorber system in the car.
Seasaw: As we passed through the seasaw the instructor explained us about the stability of the car under rigid, uneven and muddy roads and terrain, which we were headed to the seasaw, it was hard to believe that a car can go through such a test, which just proves how the car is designed to run under any possible conditions.
After I went through with the awesome experience off-road , some staff from Tata Motors marketing team asked how the experience was and which part of the drive I thought was most extreme, well to cut it short all the stages and parameter were just amazing and it truly made me believe that it’s a real SUV.
Finally i had dinner, which was awesome feast and loved the delights which were on offer.
My Take Overall: I have learned a new definition of Extremeness courtesy TATA SAFARI STORME and Indiblogger.
P.S. Got featured on Tata Safari Facebook Page for my click on the event day.