Yesterday was my first experience of not only attending an IJC event but also of off roading. Luckily I had a friend with me who guided me (along with some other kind members) on what gears to use and when. I deliberately did not venture into tougher obstacles/tracks but quite liked whatever performance my little Land Cruiser exhibited. I thoroughly enjoyed the event and experience but unfortunately had to leave early owing to some other commitments.
I would like to thank everyone and especially Aamir bhai for his warm welcome and making me feel part of the group.
Also yesterday Aamir bhai requested me for some feedback on the event and IJC which I would like to take the opportunity to provide.
The overall initiative along with its vision which Aamir bhai took the time out to explain to me is commendable. Under the grim economic, political and law and order situation it is important to find a glimmer of hope and pleasure in this case made possible by setting oneself targets and subsequently achieving those. This bring a unique sense of achievement while at the same time provides evidence of what one can do if one sets his mind to it. Also in parallel to having fun if the forum is projected in the right manner and corners, which I believe it will be thanks to so many enthusiastic members taking pictures; a lot can be done to improve the tarnished image of our society/country.
On the operational side of the event, I did feel things to be a little chaotic. I do not mean to offend anyone in anyway as it was my first event and may be this is how these events are supposed to be but I thought the event could be a little more regulated. By regulated I mean everyone should decide on one obstacle at a time and everyone (whosoever wants to) takes a turn and attempts it while others watch rather than do their own thing. Also even though the risk and possible damage to member’s vehicles is at their own expense I think someone should be nominated to discourage members from performing stunts that could result in possible damage to the individual’s asset and god forbid physical harm to the individual. Here I can quote the example of the black Vigo where the driver managed to break the axle. Observing from where I was it seemed quite unnecessary and could have been prevented. If both my suggestions can be incorporated while at the same time not taking out the element of fun in the game I will be very happy.
Overall like I have already said I thoroughly enjoyed the event and look forward to more. Thank you everyone.