Looking back at 2017

As the year is going to end in a few hours, I think it comes naturally to sit down, look back at what happened during the year. Almost everyone on my Instagram feed is sharing their best nine photos, and everyone on my facebook feed is sharing their holiday pictures or ‘we-got-no-plans-for-new-years-eve’ jokes.

And I am here sitting and writing down this post, especially for those who plan to spend their New Years Eve doing some reading on the Internet! 😀 Let’s get to some of the best things, worst things, lessons of 2017.

January 2017

I welcomed the new year with this quote and tried to stick with it!

“Never let your failures go to your heart or you success go to your head” – Soichiro Honda.

And then followed it up with multiple dates with the Tata Hexa. First I got to experience the capabilities of the Hexa at the Tata Hexa Experience event in Mumbai! And then the Tata Hexa was officially launched a few days later. Just as I thought that January couldn’t get better, there was the Autocar Performance Show that I got to attend. Amidst all the good cars, I also got to see John Abraham at the opening ceremony of the APS 2017! 😀

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February 2017

And then came the date with one of the hottest hatch in the country – the Volkswagen GTI! And this was an experience I cannot forget! This two-door beast left me so speechless, I ended up making my first video of 2017 to share the experience with you! xD Check out this post to read a little about what GTI is and see the video below!

And then February ended in a very classic way with the VCCCI Vintage Car Fiesta 2017!

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No. 127 – 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia at the VCCCI Vintage Car Fiesta 2017! . . Know the story behind this long name? Post-war, VW was doing good with the economy car Beetle. Since there was an increase in the living standards of the people, VW decided to add a flagship sports car to its model range. So it gave a contract to Karmann, a German coachbuilder, for its manfacture. He in turn contracted it to an Italian firm Ghia, who made the fresh styling for this car! 😁 It first debuted at the Paris Auto Show in October 1953 and more than 10000 were sold in the first year (1955)! . . The car was later superseded by the Volkswagen Scirocco and Porsche 914. #tbcbehistory . #thebestcarblogever .

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March 2017

March was filled with dates with the Honda WR-V & the Tata Tigor. Two different yet stylish looking cars of 2017!

Mors photos and videos are on Instagram!

April 2017

April was the best as it started with meeting my creative self again after a long time! I started with the #100DaysOfSketchingCars campaign. And then I couldn’t continue with it sadly, but it’s never too late and you never know! Positive hopes!

Check out the sketches I made on this separate page that I will definitely try to update with more soon.

May 2017

May was a little slow, I guess too hot for any car manufacturer to host any events and for me to do anything. 😛 I know it sounds like an excuse but what more can I say about my laziness. I did post one interesting photo on Instagram and here it is!

June 2017

It started with making new friends and forging relations with a place that I didn’t know I would keep re-visiting! I attended the re-opening of the 3S showroom and facility of Mercedes-Benz Shaman Wheels, which was accompanied by the launch of the E-Class E220d. And as the rains started, I finally went on a short road trip with one of my brother-from-another-mother. Just the perfect way to enjoy the rains!!

July 2017

July was a mixed bag. Two sketches, one spotting, one time where I lost two wheels and when for a two-wheeler event 😀 and one post about a friend who took time and efforts to show love to his ‘Jewel’ Ciaz!

August 2017

Someone helped me change my perceptions of Hybrids, especially a Toyota Prius! 😀 Thank you!!

September 2017

It started with an event at Mercedes-Benz Shaman Wheels – Celebrating Bertha Benz and the women who love cars! Although not much of a wedding season here in India, a friend got committed to his love – the Jaguar F-PACE! 😀 (Read the post below!) And then I went on a date with the Tata Nexon on its launch day.

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Once upon a time, there was a boy. He went to the Jaguar showroom. XE was the one he had been thinking about. But then he saw her beautiful sister F-PACE. XE became his EX. And the boy ran away with F-PACE! 😂😂😂 . Congratulations @fla5hburn on your new lady! Treat her well! And make sure you keep going on those long drives with her! 😁😉 . Looks like ironman in this shot! 😜 . #newcar #jaguar #jaguarxe #jaguarfpace #thebestcarblogever . #jaguarxf #jagaurxfrs #jaguarxj #jaguarxjl #jaguarxkr #jaguarxkrs #jaguarftype #car #suv #ironman #jaguarlove #jaguarindia #carlife #carlifestyle #cars #carcrazy #loveforcars #carporn #carsofinstagram #carsindia #automotivedesign #automobile #automotive #lifestyle #motivation

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October 2017

As the year came closer, I think it just became more and more exciting! I went on a spotting spree, a classic one, mind you! And I also did my first Instagram series: “Things Car Manufacturers don’t do anymore!” It was a herculean task making this one happen and I am really glad I could do it! Go check this post where I have them summarized!

November 2017

My birthday month couldn’t get any better than this! Spotted a Lancer Evo IX, a first-time seeing it for real and feeling the Evo-lutionary vibes I also attended the launch of the Land Rover Discovery but I could neither post anything about it on my blog here nor on Instagram. 🙁 One more thing happened, met someone I look up to and feel inspired by – I’ll reveal about it in the next week in my Instagram stories. Don’t forget to follow if you aren’t already! There is one more news – even I got committed just like my friend got hooked in September! Revealing her next week!! 😀

And I couldn’t imagine ending November like the way I did – driving the Ford Mustang GT!!

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Here's the good car 😍 you voted for! 🔥 The Lancer Evo IX! 🔥 . Swipe for more photos! Only got these shots while I was riding my Navi! **Do not try this on the road** 🙅‍♂️ . I eventually did have a talk with the owner, but he didn't want to get his Evo photographed more… So I guess I will stick to keeping his privacy. Wish him all the luck and more miles with this baby! ❤️ . #mitsubishilancer #lancerevo #lancerevo9 #evolution9 #lancer #evolution #lancerevolution #mitsubishievo #mumbai #gta5 #needforspeed #carsofinstagram #carsindia #cars #carstagram #carporn #dailydriven #drift #carlifestyle #carlife #automotivephotography

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More Mustang on my Instagram!

December 2017

December has been quiet for me – but not for the rest of Mumbai, because we had a Ferrari 70th Anniversary celebration Drive! I couldn’t attend it because of personal commitments. 🙁 Much of December has been kind of a throwback, as I shared some previous pending posts and tried to converse with as many people as possible.

Thank You 2017!

I also made a lot of new friends across this eventful year – you guys know who you are – and I hope we keep talking, meeting and sharing the love for cars! Thanks for being a part of my journey so far!

I won’t make any resolutions for the coming year, but I know there is a lot I can do and I will do! Keep watching! See you in 2018! Till then drive safe!

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

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peugeot-309
peugeot-309
peugeot-309

Toyota Celica 2.00 GTi

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toyota-celica-1
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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… 🙂

Get your own Mustang, your color your style. Here’s how.

While updating the blog’s fan page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thebestCARblogever), I came across a post by the Ford Mustang Page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/fordmustang).

Ford Mustang Customizer
Mustang Customizer – [Click on the picture to enlarge]
Ford Mustangs have been running this since quite a few months now. (They already have over 2,000,000 different customs made by their fans! Yes those are the correct number of zeros there!) You can go to this site: http://mustangcustomizer.com  and start customizing your Mustang in your favourite color and style.
And by doing this you stand a chance to get to see your Mustang as ‘The Car of the Week‘ on their Facebook page, which they then use as their cover photo for a week.

While the customization options are as awesome as possible, they can vary from changing the color of the car to changing the car itself. Yes! You get to choose between which models of the Mustang you want to modify – a V6, a GT and lastly the powerful Shelby GT500.

The customization options work on various aspects of the car covering the color, the hood, the roof, the wheel, the bodykit, the door handle, the door trim, the fuel door, the headlight, the hoodpin, the louver, the side mirrors, the plate, the scoop, the side skirt, the spoiler and what not! (need to catch a breath now!!)

Well its fun customizing the Mustang according to your choice for free! When its all done, you can invite your friends to also create their Mustangs and compete with them.

Well, if you are still not convinced to try it out, you can have a look at Sid’s Storm! (my Mustang, you can name yours too!)

Sid's Storm 1
Sid’s Storm 1
Sid's Storm 2
Sid’s Storm 2
Sid's Storm 3
Sid’s Storm 3
Sid's Storm 4
Sid’s Storm 4
Sid's Storm 5
Sid’s Storm 5

Yeah you can also change how the background looks and how much your tyres burn! 😉 And the best part of all this is that you can create as many of them as you wish and download them so that you may use them as your wallpapers!! 😀 😀

Go ahead and have fun. And don’t forget to share your Mustangs with us! 😉

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