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    Thumbs up Team IJC at Cholistan Rally 2014

    Alhamdolillah, team IJC is back after participation in the 9th Cholistan Jeep Rally held on 14-16th Feb.

    Six IJCians particpated in this Rally

    1, Asad Marwat + Ali Zafar on Pajero V6 3000
    2, NN + Hasan Rana on NPP 4.5
    3, Suhaib Kiani + Farooq on FJ40 UZi 4.0
    4, Shabab Haider + Hassan Asad on Tundra 5.7
    5, Zuhaib Jadoon + Imtiaz Siddiqi on Nissan Safari Cruiser 4.5
    6, Samad + Faraz on TLC 60 2JZ-GTE 3.0

    Details to follow

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    Lets get to the beginning………………………how the IJC rally team came into being. It was February 2010, and on an usual Saturday morning, I received a phone call from Desert Devil, …………Doc I am going for a sand run near Lawrencepur, do you wanna join, and I replied, I can’t, I have my clinic. He said cancel it, this will be super fun! Half-heartedly, I checked my appointments schedule and there was only one booking…………….which was duly cancelled! I called Redbull-AR and woke him up from sleep to come along join for some photography. Long storey short, we went there and did some very interesting sand runs, and it was then that Asad put forward this proposal of participating in upcoming Cholistan Jeep Rally. My instant response was sure, why not! There was lots of too and frooing and eventually it was decided two vehicles would participate, me and Kashif in TLC100 and Asad n Pinky in Jero 4d56. Burhan came along for support! Hectic preparation was carried out, before 2010, roll cages were not mandatory for hard top vehicles, but for 2010 they were! Ehsan Kiani built us an external roll cage as per requirement and we set off for the rally. That was one of the most memorable weekend with minimal sleep, lots and lots of adrenaline and camaraderie! Asad’s Jero tested our patience n stamina to the limit! Qasim Saidhi very kindly guided us in our very first rally. We both completed the rally and that was the start of Zabardast rally partnership, which continues to this day! <o:p></o:p>

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    IJC rally team has come a really long way since Cholistan 2010. For one reason or another, I was not able to participate in Cholistan rally again after 2010, until this year. But this year was extra special, this time we had six vehicles participating. And most of IJC clan came along for support of the rally team. We had our very own distinct rally camp and it was an amazing experience for all the gang! <o:p></o:p>
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    Some of our rally vehicles were transported on trailer from <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Islamabad</st1:place></st1:City>, while others drove theirs all the way to Cholistan. Asad is now working abroad, and came to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Islamabad</st1:place></st1:City> a day before just to participate in the rally! We drove all in a convoy from <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Islamabad</st1:place></st1:City>. The journey began at 6am thursday, progress was steady, and we were having a scrumptious late lunch at Taj Hotel on GT road near <st1:place w:st="on">Bahawalpur</st1:place> at 4pm. However progress after that was rather slow, I was pulling our loaded luggage trolley behind NPP. On the way we lost our direction, courtesy the extra clever GPS, which wanted to take us to our destination thru some rather small / narrow streets, eventually which ended up in dead-end. Anyway, when we got to Ahmed Pur sharquia, the trolley leafsprings gave up, which needed to be sorted before we could proceed to the desert. After some struggle we found the right man, but it was almost 10pm by then. The man was alone and he went by the work at his own pace and it was over 4 hours before our trolley was sorted. Than the long dirt track / poor road to the desert. Eventually just after 3am I reached the camping destination. While we were getting the leafsprings sorted, most of the gang had proceeded to the desert and started the camping process. Zeb was our kitchen manager as usual, and he lighted up the fire and started the barbeque on coals, which in the freezing temps of desert was very welcome. Than came the hot tea after which I eventually retired in my camp at almost 5am.<o:p></o:p>
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    Next morning I was up around 9ish. After just a cup of tea and unpacking rest of our stuff, Hasan Rana (my navigator) n I proceeded to the registration desk in main village. The registration and vehicle tech took some time. At 12 noon, we eventually decided that we should directly proceed for track recce. Some of the other IJC drivers had already been on recce, while remaining started after us. Halfway into first stage, we found Baber Khan’s recce vehicle (Irshad’s TLC40) broken down on the side just past CP5. So we waited there with him, trying to workout what’s wrong. Eventually Asad and Ali arrived on their recce run and Ali spent the next hour+ fixing the fuel line. Eventually after a delay of nearly three hours we proceeded on our recce. Unfortunately, soon the darkness set in and last third of recce was done in lights. Which is a different experience!<o:p></o:p>
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    After reaching back the rally camp we had an early dinner at 7:30. Boy it was one tasty dinner, or could be the fact that we hadn’t had breakfast or lunch! All day we had few oranges and a biscuit packet and nestle water! Then we proceeded straight to the rally drivers meeting. Where after various discussions, the draw was taken out for the qualifying round firing order. This time round the qualifying order draw was according to various classes. The A class was first to do their runs and low n behold my name was called out for first. In the last 4 years I have started the qualifications round twice before, and was 2nd starter and 3rd starter once each. But then everyone realized that Nadir’s Magsi’s name slip was missing in the draw, and although he said he was fine to go in the end, the draw was re-done and I was 8th man out. While Zohaib was 6th, Suhaib Kiani 7th and Shabab 12th man out. Asad and Samad were in B category, so they went out later!<o:p></o:p>
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    Overall, as Suhaib mentioned, in qualifying, it was a great day out for IJCians, Shabab 2nd overall, Samad 9th overall, Zuhaib 14th overall and myself 18th overall…………………indeed an achievement to be proud of! With such good qualification’s there was obviously pressure as well. Strategies were discussed. I had decided on recce day to remove one of the two spare tyres on the back, because I had removed one leafspring too many from rear setup and the vehicle was bottoming out easily on jumps! Also after discussion with Suhaib and Rana Sumair Noon, we reduced tyre pressures down to 19psi front and 18psi rear in the evening. Early next morning the gauge showed these pressures to be 17psi front and 16psi rear, but I just left them as is!<o:p></o:p>
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    The night sleep before the race was not as peaceful, and I got up from the noise of our support team at 5:15 am when they were leaving with fuel for our mid point break! Eventually I got out of my tent, and turned out Imtiaz was also outside unable to sleep. Probable nerves all round! We chatted for a bit, waiting for first light. Time passed slowly in freezing cold weather!<o:p></o:p>
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    Eventually at 7am things started up. Shabab, Zuhaib and Samad left for starting line around 7:20ish, while I left at 7:40 for the expected 8am start. As it is the start was delayed by 30 minutes. Slowly we waited for our turn. As I mentioned before, despite a checklist, we ended up not engaging the 4x4 at start line, and during the first 30+ minutes, I was blaming the lower tyre pressures for it. Anyway, despite everything we gave it our best shot, no point in what ifs afterwards! By the grace of Almighty we ran well overall and finished safely. Podium is always very nice but 12th overall out of 88 competitors is not a bad showing! During the race we managed successfully three overtaking manoeuvres over competing vehicles. Looking back, it’s my 8th participation in national rallies, and I have successfully completed all and without any mishaps! Eternally grateful to Almighty for all his blessings!<o:p></o:p>
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    After return back to the camp, found out about various incidents with remaining IJCians. Everyone mashaallah was in excellent spirits, despite what ever. Mine n Asad’s timing were reasonably competitive, so we stayed back in Cholistan until official result was announced at 8pm. As luck would have it, we were both 5th in our respective categories. While we were waiting for the results, the rest of the gang had already pushed off towards <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Islamabad</st1:place></st1:City>. Eventually we left Cholistan around 9pm, driving NPP all the way back. Progress till <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Multan</st1:place></st1:City> was reasonably brisk. But than we hit the fog, and after that it was a struggle all the way till <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Faisalabad</st1:place></st1:City> until sun came out. At times we were moving at barely 20-30kmph. It was hard work, considering the whole rally and lack of sleep n all. By the grace of almighty we eventually made it back home safely by noon the next day! Some of the lads slept upto 15hours on the trot on return!<o:p></o:p>
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    The whole trip was truly memorable, the camaraderie, the leg pulling, the pranks and all were just ongoing and will be remembered for a long time. All those who could not make were missed! Long live IJC! <o:p></o:p>
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    @nn: Thanks for the videos, really a treat to watch! NPP was doing very well on the khabar sections. The 2wd ( equivalent to 1 wheel drive without LSD!), the Dhanji Sb overtake sequence along with all associated commentary are classics. Dhanji Sb picked up very quickly that you were on his tail, as opposed to the JJ crew which took a hell of a long time to realize the same. Jurmana jaiz hai

    As for the questions, we were taking it easy on the qualification owing to a series of unforseen events in prior days. I had also thought that a later start may work to our advantage because the track would probably be a bit smoother and we seemed to have had more than adequate grunt to torque through any extra sandy areas which may have disadvantaged later cars. Our top speed on race day was 147 kmph on the GPS, although we probably only hit it once on the long straight on a wide open dhar.

    Still too tired to put down any stories from my end, although not much to say and not many videos to share either....
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    Many thnx all!

    Lovely pix Bilal...........................do keep in mind these are rally pix, so you have to post the pix in speed!

    And where is everyone else, there were so many camera's there, I was hoping after a few days rest people would start posting up their captures!


    @ Suhaib, looking back at vdos, the CP3 person said goodluck to us, and I think he probably warned Dhanji Sb on CP that he could see us coming, coz Dhanji sb very kindly moved over in advance first time round. Also note the thumbs up and go sign by barchundi people on side, at the time I had seen dust but didn't know we were that close, so maybe they were egging us on to catch n overtake. The CP4 overtake, probably Feroz sb may have panicked when he heard us honking again n dropped the card! But pretty pleased with NPP initial pick in sand, low tyre pressures helped and probably the turbo lag let dhanji sb down as well, coz he did push off before us. All in all it was good adrenaline rush at the time!


    Our GPS topspeed during race was only 130kmph. Do need better 4th gear ratio, coz 3rd goes to 110kmph and than 4th goes to 170kmph on redline!

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    As per angle it looks like that, other wise its not
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    Quote Originally Posted by qwertypoiu View Post
    As per angle it looks like that, other wise its not
    Driver completely lost track because of crowd standing on the track; this was his second attempt to return to track and the poor guy was really close considering his pace

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    These were all the pictures from my camera; got a few from the other camera....will post sometime soon

    I must say that this was an amazing experience and adventure trip i had with IJC. Thanks to all for such lovely company and for letting us all have such fun time.

    Special thanks to Zeb Bhai and Salman Bhai for arranging all the logisticsto all others for putting in their hard work and efforts to set up our camping site and bringing out their respective expertise to make it all a big success for IJC Rally Team and people there to back up our team. Long live IJC. Insha Allah

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    loved the videos ...excellent driving doc nn ....hassan rana navigation's and Rally pace-notes seems to be really good....loved the NPP overtaking dhanji's nissan GTE and the conversations ..Btw would loved to hear the conversation in the video when NPP overtake JJ
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal_Z View Post
    These were all the pictures from my camera; got a few from the other camera....will post sometime soon

    I must say that this was an amazing experience and adventure trip i had with IJC. Thanks to all for such lovely company and for letting us all have such fun time.

    Special thanks to Zeb Bhai and Salman Bhai for arranging all the logisticsto all others for putting in their hard work and efforts to set up our camping site and bringing out their respective expertise to make it all a big success for IJC Rally Team and people there to back up our team. Long live IJC. Insha Allah

    @ Bilal, yes each and every individual needs a mention for their part in making this trip a success, but probably none more than ur self, from initial arrangements in Islamabad to the help during travels and finally at the camp. You were the most selfless and helpful of all. Proud to have such lovely people as friends n fellow IJCians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 060276 View Post
    loved the videos ...excellent driving doc nn ....hassan rana navigation's and Rally pace-notes seems to be really good....loved the NPP overtaking dhanji's nissan GTE and the conversations ..Btw would loved to hear the conversation in the video when NPP overtake JJ

    Thnx Umer, yes indeed Hasan was a star, very composed, yet alert and let me have all the tanturums!

    JJ overtake, well the very initial concern, why is he so slow, he left 20 minutes before me! Than a thought, I hope he hears me and lets me thru easily,.......................... being a fellow IJCian it started of very mildly, than some less mild words like idiot...............than some words pre-fixed to it, than some more and than I almost gave up, and Hasan came in full blast! You will understand during the rally, these 1:45 or so seemed likely eternity!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    @ Bilal, yes each and every individual needs a mention for their part in making this trip a success, but probably none more than ur self, from initial arrangements in Islamabad to the help during travels and finally at the camp. You were the most selfless and helpful of all. Proud to have such lovely people as friends n fellow IJCians.
    Thankyou Doc sb, it has always been a pleasure being among such an amazing bunch of people.

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