Why I started ‘The Best CAR Blog Ever!’

What’s this? Why am I not writing about CARS and starting a post on why I started writing a blog?? Relax! I know this is ‘The Best CAR Blog Ever!!‘. I haven’t forgotten, its all about cars, more cars…just cars! Let me tell you about when I started blogging.

For those who know me and have followed this blog since the beginning,they know I started out in October 2012. But that will not tell you about the reasons or the situation at that time.

I was pursuing my Diploma in Journalism, had reached half-way through it & it wasn’t that easy. I put in efforts & equally learned from my mistakes. For the first time, I had pursued writing at lengths. From the admission interview to all the classes that I attended, I had only one answer about my interest in journalism – “I am interested in getting into Automobile Journalism.” I was exceptional in terms of my choice then; there were many brilliant students (most) with mainstream journalism interests.

I felt a bit disconnected, because I would be speaking Latin & Greek for others, if I spoke about automobiles. And neither could I really speak well on other fields. I tried to write in other streams, I wouldn’t be able to even beat my previous assignments.

So, some how I needed to write about what I really wanted to do. A professor suggested me to take up blogging as a practice for topics of my interest (and still improve on my writing on the rest of the topics of the class).

That’s where my blogging journey started; my journey of excellence. I had a different take when I started out, I focused on covering news, but I would be left behind (I was new to writing and slow!). Then I understood, even if I don’t cover each & every news, somebody else would. I had to only focus on my writing, my topics. If I want to do better, I need to strive for excellence. And here is what I wrote about excellence in my previous post:

“It is about giving your best, exceeding expectations & setting standards for others. It is the constant achievement through hard work, dedication and discipline… ” –

The CARS of Excellence from Mercedes-Benz - My previous post
The CARS of Excellence from Mercedes-Benz – My previous post

I did the same what Mercedes-Benz did; we strove for excellence. They achieved their goals, they set a benchmark at making the best luxury cars & were awarded for it. I had the goal of making this ‘The Best CAR Blog…Ever!’, I have written posts that I have been appreciated for, I got rewarded with a chance to be part of interesting car events, meet various people from the industry and interact with them, all at the completion of just a year in blogging.

Here is one thing that Mercedes-Benz and I would agree on & follow too:

The Habit of Excellence
The Habit of Excellence

Make it your habit too, in whatever you do, not just blogging! Its your life; so take excellence very personally!

Share your thoughts on what excellence means to you!
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Cars with the ability to show what excellence means

When discussing about CARS,  one or more of the people in the conversation will say “This FOO is an excellent car! That BAR is no match for this one!”. We would have our own choice and thinking of what makes for an excellent car. But there is a specific set of CARS that have proven this year what excellence means.

Before getting to these cars, let me clear what I think of excellence to be (and should be).

Excellence is the quality of being excellent. It is about giving your best, exceeding expectations & setting standards for others. It is the constant achievement through hard work, dedication and discipline.

But, excellence is NOT success. There is a difference. Success is when we compare our achievements with what other people have done already. Excellence, on the other hand, is when we compare our achievements with what we have done before; and when we see that we have grown, we have beaten our own records and achieved — excellence.

“Competition with oneself, is the way to excellence.”

You’ll find lots of links to explain you on that topic, so lets get to what we were talking about here.  So which cars have i think  proven their excellence??

Take a look at this.

Their excellence has been appreciated and reflected in the awards they have got. Being awarded as the ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ at six different award events of a single year is no joke. It is a sign of excellence. If you’ve seen any of the award ceremonies of this year, you will have guessed by now, I am talking about Mercedes-Benz.

It hasn’t ended there. Ten other awards (16 in total), across various other categories have been awarded. The A-Class, B-Class, E-Class, the E63 AMG and the GL-Class have won these awards.

Here is a snap to show who got what!

List of Awards won by Merecedes (India) this year.
List of Awards won by Merecedes (India) this year. [Edited][Original Source]
The A-Class A180 - It had to Win! Just look at it!
The A-Class A180 – It had to Win! Just look at it!
Th B-Class B-180 - Imported beauty! ;)
Th B-Class B-180 – Imported beauty! 😉
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Mercedes-Benz marked 2013 as the ‘Year of Offensive’ and launched fascinating products, expanded its network spread and provided its customers value-added after sales service, according to their strategy. Setting benchmarks in the luxury segment (for its competitors), is their strategy of the ‘Year of Excellence’ – 2014.

They have already began the year’s celebrations, by the successful launch of the new S-Class, while showcasing the CLA 45 AMG, GLA and the M-Guard at the Indian Auto Expo 2014. [Photo Gallery:  #MercAtAutoExpo2014]

Here is what they’ve got to say, while they celebrate – “When you pursue the path of excellence, the world makes you a winner.”

This is what Mercedes-Benz is about – “the Best or Nothing“.

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I promise to get the following posts up soon!

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http://www.facebook.com/thebestCARblogever <– Lets keep in touch!

Lately, I haven’t been able to get a few posts up on the blog on time… So here’s a public to-do list for me to follow and you to look out for…! I hope this will push me towards meeting my deadlines and keep you looking out for the following posts! 😉 🙂

Here are the posts that I shall get done with by the next week:

1. My #HangoutWithHonda Experience (Update to article: #HangoutWithHonda Sneak Peek)
2. Mumbai Car Garage Real Photos! (Yep, I got them finally! 😉 Update to article: My Visit to CAR Garages in Mumbai!)
3. Alert: Awesome CAR Sketches ahead! (Not mine! But a friend’s sketches..)
4. New Page for ‘Auto Performance Show 2013 photo coverage’ (Oct 17-20 ’13)

P.S. I also shall try to add a new sketch to the Sketches Page! 😉

My visit to CAR garages in Mumbai!!

On November 6, I got a chance to visit two CAR garages here in Mumbai with my dad. Both belonged to his old-time friends who have been in this work for close to 45 years. The experience was a whole lot overwhelming and exciting than I could have ever thought.

The first garage is ‘Ashok Auto’ located in Lower Parel, Mumbai. When I entered I had a silver Honda Accord (8th Gen) in front of me and on the left of it lie a Toyota Crown. I could see some one hiding in one corner in Red…and White. It was a Ford Mustang II in red with white rally stripes. I was so awed by its beauty, I spent atleast another half-an-hour going in circles around it, inspecting closely every inch of the beauty. All the original badges were intact, on the whole the car was in a pretty good condition (except it had a list of 20-odd things to be worked on). I got my hands a bit dirty around the Mustang II and even got its hood opened so that I could have a look inside the heart of the CAR. All original inside, except for the battery though, still ready to breathe again. I couldn’t get it fired up though, because it was being worked upon. But then, there were some other cars that would require my attention.

On the right of the silver Accord lay three cars: a Mercedes Benz 2000, a Mercedes E320 and a Lincoln. Yes, a Lincoln. It wasn’t just another Lincoln, it was the TOWNCAR. I am not sure whether it original comes in the form of a Limo, but then this one was. Moving forward was a Peugeot 309, whose body was being worked upon; re-fabrication and paint-job. Yes, there were other regular cars such as a Hyundai Accent, Honda Accord (7th Gen) and even a BMW 5-series.

More interesting were the rares ones that were present there. Two of them, to be precise. A Toyota Celica 2.0 GTi, which wasn’t in a good condition though, but well I did keep looking at it again and again… and a Jaguar XJ6.. in a dark green shade with two gold strips going around the perimeter of the car, which was not in a pretty good condition. It was completely different from what a Jaguar sedan looks like nowadays. I could sense the difference, I could understand how far the design of cars have evolved. Didn’t get much time with the others (as I spent most of the time with the Mustang II), and really sorry for not being able to get any photos for them.

I have asked dad to plan another visit again soon. Lets hope it’s here soon! Till then here are some photos that could resemble the ones I got to see…

Ford Mustang II

Ford Mustang II - Red with White Stripes
Ford Mustang II – Red with White Stripes. The one I saw also had white alloys… Pic source: gatewayclassiccars.com

Lincoln TOWNCAR

Lincoln Towncar Limo
Lincoln Towncar Limo pic source: team-bhp.com
Lincoln Towncar Limo
Lincoln Towncar Limo : The one I saw was of this color. pic source: team-bhp.com

Peugeot 309

peugeot-309
peugeot-309
peugeot-309
peugeot-309

Toyota Celica 2.00 GTi

toyota-celica-1
toyota-celica-1
toyota-celica-2
toyota-celica-2

Jaguar XJ6

Jaguar XJ6 (XJ40) 1988
Jaguar XJ6. While this one is in red, the one I got to see was of the color below.
Jaguar XJ6. This color, but it didn't have such sporty wheels.
Jaguar XJ6. This color, but it didn’t have such sporty wheels.

On the other garage ‘Ashoka Car Care’ also located in Lower Parel, here they carryout work on mostly accident cars with accidental insurance. Still, there was one car to get my attention, a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle. It wasn’t in a good condition, but the garage owner had still bought it, so that he could get a chance in restoring one of his favourite cars. (I know how car lovers can be, obviously! 😉 )

1969 Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle 1969. It was of this same color in the interiors, that's from where you could tell its original color, since it's outer body was mostly rusted.
Volkswagen Beetle 1969. It was of this same color in the interiors, that’s from where you could tell its original color, since it’s outer body was mostly rusted.

Please share here in the comments with everyone, if there is something interesting you know about these cars. Really want to get to know them… 🙂

Dangers of Drunk Driving [Infographic]

I got a mail from Andrew [Alex] who is a member of ‘Teens 4 Safety’  where he with the other members try to spread resources that they think are informative. By doing this, they hope to make connections with other people who can share their years of car knowledge with us.

BTW, They also has a website at [http://teencartalk.com] where they discuss car types, car parts, car technology and many more car related topics.

He came across an awesome link where they explain drinking and driving dangers better than anything I’ve seen so far!

Here is the link : [http://www.sr22insurancequotes.org/dangers-of-drunk-driving/]
and below is a quick grab of the website just so that it interests you to have a look at it! I hope this link is useful! Also don’t forget to spread the word… 🙂

Dangers of Drunk Driving
Dangers of Drunk Driving – Awesome Animated Wesbite!