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! πŸ˜€ 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! πŸ˜€

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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!

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 The car was later superseded by the Volkswagen Scirocco and Porsche 914.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. πŸ˜› 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 πŸ˜€ 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! πŸ˜€ 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! πŸ˜€ (Read the post below!) And then I went on a date with the Tata Nexon on its launch day.

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! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ . Congratulations @fla5hburn on your new lady! Treat her well! And make sure you keep going on those long drives with her! πŸ˜πŸ˜‰ . 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. πŸ™ 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!! πŸ˜€

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

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. πŸ™ 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!

Celebrating Bertha Benz

Bertha Benz, a woman that has all my respect and praise for her work and the role she played. If she had not done what she did, we would not be living in a world full of cars, let alone reading about some fast cars on my blog.

We all know about Dr Carl Benz, how he in 1886 patented the world’s first automobile vehicle. The Patent Motor Wagen was a horseless carriage powered by a single cylinder motor. Carl unveiled his invention to the world in 1886. But contrary to his expectations, it failed to create any interest and people didn’t want to buy it.

Carl Benz kept on making improvements to the Motor Wagen and identified each iteration with a number. He made the Benz Patent Motor-Wagen No 3 in 1888. But by this time, Carl was losing his patience and did not want to continue working further on this.

Bertha had fallen in love with Carl when he explained his early drafts and plans of building such an automobile to her. She was interested in locomotives from an early age, thanks to some exposure from her father. So this idea had not just blown her mind but took her heart too. She wanted to support Carl with his vision and when Carl was about to give up, Bertha decided to do something herself about the situation.

This was a time when women were not treated equal and given the restricted to just doing household chores and bringing up kids. She decided to show the world what an automobile could do. In August 1888, together with her sons Richard and Eugen, and without the knowledge of her husband, Bertha Benz took to the road with the Benz Patent Motor-Wagen No 3. She was undeterred by the fact that some stretches of the roads, which were normally used only by horses and carriages, were anything but suitable for the automobile. Lack of fuel, clogged valves or wiring chafed-through to breaking point – she found a solution to every difficulty on the journey. She resorted to a garter, a hat-pin, and plundered the ligroin stocks of pharmacies along the route. When the fuel ran out completely outside Wiesloch, the Motor Car had to be pushed for several kilometers. Bertha got down herself to help.

Because of her persistence and this long journey, the Motor-wagen gained attention. And finally Carl made a total of 25 of these and sold them between 1886 and 1893. It also gained a title of being the world’s first mass production automobile.

Bertha Benz Memorial Drive & Treasure Hunt

Mercedes-Benz Shaman Wheels had organized a drive and treasure hunt event on Sunday, August 20, 2017 for women to take part and win exciting Mercedes-Benz Collectables. This was organized for the first time in India.

The event details
The event details

About 8 to 10 teams had participated in this wonderful adventure, in spite of heavy rains that day. Here are some photos from the event:

More about Carl & Bertha Benz

There is a lot to know about these two of the many legends of the automobile world. Here are a few good links if you are interested to read more.

  1. Bertha Benz on the Mercedes-Benz website
  2. Bertha Benz on the Bertha Benz Memorial Route website
  3. Β A short movie ‘Carl & Bertha’ was made by Mercedes in german language to honor them. You can view the making of the film here. The movie is only available in german language with no english subtitles so I am not linking it here. If you find one do let me know, I’ll update it in this post.

Thank you to the wonderful people at Shaman for inviting me to this event! I had a good time at this event. I also got a chance to spend some time with this particular beauty, the SLC43 AMG:

I’ll share more photos with the SLC on my Instagram, so don’t forget to follow me @thebestcarblogever. There are also photos from when I had visited Mercedes-Benz Shaman Wheels at Kalina, Santacruz before.

The Blog is moving!

Hello friends/readers/fellow bloggers/fans(if I may say so)!

I am moving the blog from http://thebestcarblogever.wordpress.com/ to a self hosted WP at http://thebestcarblogever.com/
The transition is going to take at least a few days! I just hope to make it seamless for you and me! πŸ™‚

Thank you guys for all your support and love! I hope our journey still continues and I get to blog more often than ever(twice as many posts)!

P.S. The blog turns TWO next month! Two years of blogging, Two fun years of CARS! We’ll have twice the fun ahead! πŸ™‚

Regards,
Siddhesh (Sid) πŸ™‚

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Learn how to drive a CAR & impress a girl – the Minions way

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No kidding! Just watch the video! Seriously! πŸ˜€

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What are these three year olds upto with a Car?? [Videos]

Here is one video where a three year old son makes awesome expressions to his dad’s drifting in a Subaru Legacy B4 (BE5), which is tuned up to 376 HP and 500 N/m of torque. A must watch!

This is so still believable. And shows the innocence of the kid and how he actually enjoys the ride.

Now watch this video as another three year old picks up a Lancer Evo VI and throws it around on its own literally(almost)!!

I know that’s unbelievable and amazing, and there’s a giveaway behind the secret of how the three-year old is doing it in the video itself.

Notice, that the car’s rear passenger windows are tinted. And watch the video again. At 2:18, you see a third hand on the steering, which obviously doesn’t belong to the three year old! πŸ˜€ But kudos to the efforts behind making it!!

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Cars with the ability to show what excellence means

When discussing about CARS, Β one or more of the people in the conversation will say “This FOOΒ is an excellent car! That BARΒ 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 weΒ have done before; and when we see that we have grown, we have beaten our own records and achieved — excellence.

β€œCompetition 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. Β So which cars have i think Β 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 isΒ 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! πŸ˜‰
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: Β #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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