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OffRoad Thrills: India’s first mobile app for the 4×4 & off-road enthusiast, available on android playstore

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4×4 off-road is one of the fastest growing adventure motor-sports in the country and there is need for people to learn different aspects of off-road; such as safety, vehicle modifications, and off-road driving styles in a concise and easy to understand manner at one place on a mobile device.

As an avid off-road enthusiast, always wanted to create something for the off-road community in India and created OffRoad Thrills mobile app as part of the Bangalore OffRoad Drivers Association (B.O.D.A) initiative to bring 4×4 off-road closer to everyone.

OffRoad Thrills provides users with quick tips on off-road basics, 4×4 technology, off-road driving, modifications & recovery. There is a section with hand-picked off-road videos to learn about various off-road aspects. Users can view listing of prominent 4×4 clubs across India and join them. A calendar of popular off-road events is provided and the app also features listings of prominent off-road modifiers/garages, accessories & equipment suppliers for off-roaders to modify and prepare their 4×4 vehicles for off-road.

OffRoad Thrills is now available for free download worldwide on the android play store and an iPhone version is planned later.

To download the app: http://bit.ly/offroadthrills

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Off The Road [OTR]: It’s not the destination but the journey….

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Off The Road [OTR] means taking your vehicle off the paved roads, onto the dirt tracks, rocky tracks or no tracks. OTR is usually done with 4×4 vehicles like Jeep, Gypsy, etc. There are many OTR groups across the country that have passionate and enthusiastic people who believe that going OTR on a weekend is better than being a couch potato watching TV or hanging out at the latest Shopping Mall in the city. I am part of one such group in Bangalore and we regularly go out for off road adventures.

Here is an account of one such adventure and the learning tat one can draw from it.

9 OTR enthusiasts in 6 Gypsies assembled outside IIM on Bannerghatta Road at 6.30 am on a beautiful Sunday morning with cool breeze blowing, deserted roads with virtually no traffic (Imagine, all of us were there at sharp 6.30 AM. No one was late and that too on a Sunday morning!). We all headed straight to our destination — Pearl Valley [Anekal] some 20 kms from the city. Needless to say that we all had a wonderful time navigating and negotiating the terrain in our Gypsies. Read the rest of this entry »