Trip to FCA plant at Ranjangaon – Nov 3rd, 2018

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This may be the first ever JEEPAG’s all regional groups meet with Jeepers of WW, BJC, IJ, GoJ and DJ driving down to the factory together.  The Jeepers kicked off with a group partying a day prior to the plant visit, a night rather midnight well spent sharing skills of our JCs and other club activities.

An early morning assembly and timely co-ordination by WW team, JCs lined up in batches for flag off to the factory.  As usual the predicted traffic slugged the time taken to reach factory.  A warm welcome with breakfast was waiting for everyone and the checkin was so quick as it was well organized by the FCA team.

A brief introduction about the plant and their management team, the Jeepers were escorted in batches to various sections.  As usual WW had arranged for an enlightening cake with milestones of the trails.

 

The factory produces around 40 different variants of Jeep Compass catering to the 13 countries.  Almost with 65% localization including the diesel engines, the facility is gearing up for more localization.

They manufacturer 40000 diesel engines presently in this facility catering for all brands like Fiat, Tata, Jeep and Suzuki.  The production capacity will be expanded soon to 1 lakh plus engines with rotational shifts for the staff.  The doors of JC was laser welded – this was first time in India. 

The petrol automatic variant engine and transmission is completely imported and they do not have the facility to manufacture here in India as of now.

There was a display of the diesel engine and transmission in transparent enclosures and everyone had hands on experience on the technology inside these machines.

A break for delicious lunch which no one expected to be organized with such great hospitality inside a factory, and the journey continued for further sections of plant.

We were also able to have glimpse of the test tract in their facility, wherein the Jeeps were tested for up to 120kmph and along side a track to test the suspension and ground force tests. A tests are also carried out to ascertain the performance of the vehicle with speed breakers, kickers and maneuvering cones circuit. We did not get any clarity about where the crash tests were performed.

It was a breath taking view through the safety goggles as how the state of the art robots perform their job with a thread thickness accuracy. 

The assembly is fully automated that it can produce any variant, any brand and any model car at the same time, as we witnessed there were competitors cars running along with different variants of JCs.

Every Jeeper were thrilled to have a glimpse of the trail hawk variant (even though none of us were allowed even to open the doors), it was a masterpiece of all standing next to it. Few of us also had a sneak peak to the remotely parked Renegade.

Everyone’s curiosity about the sun roof addition to their existing JCs was self-explanatory, once they saw as how the sun roof plate was built by the robot lines. Hey Jeepers please DON’T ever think of cutting your roofs – this will have major safety concern.  Only FIAPL at Ranjagoan is certified for such high standard production of safe structures for your Jeeps, and be proud that your JC is manufactured in the south Asia’s best and unsurpassed factory.

There was a discounted counter for accessories and a send off note with high tea which concluded the journey to plant.  As a customary by FCA team, a refreshments / snacks kit was provided for everyone at exit.  Thanking the FCA team and WWs for such a wonderful experience and promising a greater safety in our JCs everyone departed to their respective locations.

Happy Jeeping Jeepers, after the witnessing the built process we have more confidence on our beasts.

Bangalore Jeep Club and Western Wanderers’ Trail to Goa – 08-11 Nov, 2018

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Bangalore Jeep Club Western Wanderers

Bangalore Jeep Club and Western Wanderers went on a Great trail to GOA


Original Itinerary: 

8th Nov (Thursday) – 11th Nov (Sunday)

8th is Gujrat new year + Govardhan Pooja + Balipadyami and Friday everyone joining needs to take an off.

Location: Ashvem Beach, Ashvem Wada, Mandrem, Goa 403512

Resort: www.theregaliaresort.com

Western Wanderers’ Mahalmira Trails – Sep 8th, 2018

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Mahalmira also known as “Mirya Dongar’ is located 1800 feet above Sea level and approx. 50 kms from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai & 100 odd kms from Ravet, Pune. This place was conceived and promoted as ‘Mini Mahabaleshwar’ in the late 80’s but unfortunately remained only on paper.

This Western Wanderer’s Trail will be made special by an accompanying professional team of Drone Photographer’s who will cover our entire ‘Mahalmira Trails’.

 

Original Itinerary

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Western Wanderers Bhandardara Trails – Aug 11th, 2018

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Pan India Independence Day Trails – Aug 15th, 2018

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All JeepAG Clubs are planning a Pan-India Independence Trail in their respective Regions, more details here soon.

North Chapter – Register Now..!!

“F&B, trails and photography are supported by FCA #JeepIndia.”

A Drive against use of PLASTIC

Chandigarh

  • 15 August – 8:30 AM – Meet at WSL Mohali Dealership to have Tea/ Coffee and Sandwiches followed by Registration and number and Jeepag stickers.
  • 9:00 AM – Flag Hoisting ceremony at the Dealership.
  • 9:30 Am the Convoy will depart towards Karnal.
  • 12:00 PM – Expect to reach Hotel Noor Mahal, Karnal.
  • Meet and Greet Delhi NCR Jeepers over Tea & Coffee .

Delhi NCR

  • 15 August – 8:00 AM – Meet at Landmark Jeep, Moti Nagar, Delhi to have Tea/ Coffee and Sandwiches followed by Registration and number and Jeepag stickers.
  • 9:00 AM – Flag Hoisting ceremony at the Dealership.
  • 9:30 Am the Convoy will depart towards Karnal.

Planned activity at Karnal

  • 12:00 PM we expect to reach Karnal Hotel Noor Mahal
  • Meet and Greet Chandigarh & Delhi NCR Jeepers over Tea & Coffee.
  • Merchandise stall to be set up at the Karnal Stop over Point
  • Small briefing along with lunch and leisure time for all to Talk and mix with each other over Lunch.
  • 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM we’ll do a small off-road trail near the Resort & a small cleanliness drive.
  • 4:00 PM we depart .

The Still Photography will be done by SoulMate team.

Bangalore

KHT Prime and Bangalore Jeep Club have planned the Independence Day Drive on Aug 15th, 2018 to Jain Farms.

Theme – Pledging for Eye donation with Rotary Orchards, Bangalore

  • 09:30am: Flag off from KHT Prime Yeshwanthpur.
  • 09:45am: Flag off from KHT Prime Mahadevpura (Whitefield).
  • 10:00am: Flag off from KHT Prime Domlur.
  • 10:15am: Assemble at Freedom International School, HSR Layout.
  • 10:45am: Start to Jain Farms, Hosur.
  • 12:00pm: Reach Jain Farms followed by Flag hoisting.
  • 01:00pm: Lunch and disburse.

Jain Farms http://www.jainfarms.com offer a plethora of activities within the resort which can be availed at own cost.

As a good will gesture you may donate for Divyaang Maitri, an NGO run by para athletes for para athletes to represent in domestic and international sports. They also nurture young para athletes. Visit https://www.divyaangmyithri.com/

Find More details and Register for the Bangalore Jeep Club’s Independence Day Drive Here.

JEEP® Official Ladakh Trail

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Western Wanderers’ Night Drive – Apr 13th

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Western Wanderers

The searing April heat of the Western Ghats was no deterrent for the Western Wanderers. A bunch of adventurous Jeepers got together on the night of April 13th disregarding everything that was thrown their way: meeting up at the end of a work day, the heat, as well as the fact that they were meeting on Friday The 13th!

3 Pune Jeepers met up with 7 from Mumbai at Lonavala from whence they proceeded for a long drive towards Mulshi in pitch darkness on roads that did not have a breathing soul on them.

The destination: wilderness.

The road: non-existent in most places.

The spirit of adventure: undying.

After a 2+ hour drive and some stops in between, the Jeepers arrived at their destination: EcoGrid near Mulshi Lake. This is a quaint homestay run by an enterprising and cheerful couple – Andy and Nandini – who put the ‘Home’ in homestay. It didn’t matter that we reached close to midnight, it didn’t matter that we were just getting started with our evening. The hosts were ever cheerful and energetic in rustling up the most interesting dinner for everyone, accompanied by warm conversation. Andy the Adventurer is a person who has travelled almost the whole of India on his bike (currently owns a Harley!).

 

4-5 hours of merry-making and folks decided to get a couple of hours of shut eye. Anticipation levels were beginning to rise with the almost poetic description Andy and Nandini provided of a nearby off-road site that led up to the lake bed. With the promise of rising early and heading there, the Jeepers retired to their tents, albeit not before 2-3 adventurous (and sober) souls, headed out for a short drive further into the unknown. 

 

The next morning, the early birds were up as early as 5:30am to watch the sun rise, dog walks, and some exploring on foot.

 

When everyone was ready to leave, we set off for the lake bed with our host and guide Andy. A short 10 minute ride off track got us to a view that blew our minds, disregarding the challenge of the access point even for the 4×4 Compass. With one of us leading the way, and others following behind, the Jeep’s made short work of the challenge.

The semi-dry lake bed with all its mud and rocks was just the environment for the Compass. The enthusiastic amongst us skimmed the water and tried their hand at some drifting too. Inevitably, the first vehicle got stuck in the mud with wheelspin and then the next. What was endearing about the whole experience was that while the others were having their schadenfreude moment watching the wheels dig deeper into the mud, the drivers themselves were also having fun watching mud fly all over the place and see their beloved Compass sink in into the soft earth.

Out came the towing cables, up went the sleeves, with a tug here and a push there, the vehicles were out – only for the drivers to find another spot where they could stick it in again!

After these adventures, it was time to head back to the campsite to escape the rising heat and for a late breakfast for the hungry souls.

With full bellies and an (almost) satiated hunger for adventure, it was time to bid goodbye to Andy and Nandini with promises of returning during the rains when the landscape transforms and the dime-a-dozen waterfalls make driving through paved roads an adventure in water wading.

On the way back towards Pune/Mumbai, the group passed a point near Kundalika Valley. The fact that most folks were getting late, had other commitments back home, and that was nearing 40 C did not deter anyone from indulging in photo-ops and some more off-roading.

Finally, it was time for the groups to disperse towards the two cities for the longish drive back home, every mile becoming hotter than the last.

On the trip were: Akshay Thakurdesai, Gaurav Pradhan, Krishna KD, Ponz Bopanna, Pravin Shetty, Padamdeep Singh Handa (our special guest from Bangalore), Rajesh Asnani, SJ, Ujval Nanavati, Vinayak Bagwe, and June!