I don't really know if this post belongs here, but I will take some liberty :p
As a newbie, I want to introduce myself to all the members of this esteemed forum. I am a 21 years old Law/Company Secretary student, currently working as an intern with a Singapore based FinTech startup. I am based in New Delhi. I have been passionate about automobiles right since my childhood. Playing with toy cars and miniatures was probably my favourite pastime. It was only when I entered my teenage I realised how much passionate I was about automobiles, and that was when I started browsing through various automotive portals. I never missed any video of Autocar and Motorbeam. My daily drive is a 2016 Elite I20 Petrol, and my father drives a 2017 Ciaz Diesel. We also have a 2007 Alto, which is used very sparsely and is our beater car!
For someone who is an automotive fan, reviews of his favourite machine surely fascinate him/her the most. I had been an avid MotorBeam reader (I still am actually). I never missed any of MotorBeam's videos. It was in late 2017 that Faisal sir, the founder of MotorBeam started his YouTube channel. He started posting video everyday at 11:30 AM from 1st January, 2018 and I made sure not to miss any of his videos. His style of reviewing, the connect that I felt was very hypnotizing. Now, on Sunday, i.e. 5th August, 2018, Faisal sir were doing a live YouTube session and he announced about a meetup plan in DLF Cyberhub, Gurugram. The timings were 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. That was when it hit me up that I had meet him, come what may! But what about office? My office timings are 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. To reach the venue on time, I had to take a half day!! I informed about it to another friend of mine, who is also a Petrolhead! He was as excited as me and the plan was made. But what's fun wothout any drama? When I reached office on Monday morning, my senior gave me an urgent work which I had to complete by the end of day at any cost. I was baffled and taken aback with sudden arrival of such urgent and important work. Nevertheless, I somehow finished my work, informed my senior that I had to leave early (I told him the truth), and he was kind and courteous enough to let me leave early, given that I finish the work as soon as I reach home back. I happily agreed, and I rushed back home to grab some snacks. Informed my parents about it, left my place at around 5:45 PM, picked up my friend from his place and the journey started. I live in South Delhi, and there are two ways to reach Gurugram, one via NH-8 and the other via Mehrauli-Gurugram Road. I had checked Google Maps before leaving home and it showed a massive traffic jam from Aerocity to CyberCity on NH-8. I decided to take the MG Road route and we were in for another surprise. There was massive jam on a particular stretch. We somehow passed that stretch, and I drove the car like a maniac to reach on time. We reached CyberHub around 7:15 PM and my heart was beating fast. I reached the venue, and I was constantly in touch with Dhanil sir. Dhanil sir kept us updated and informed that they will be late due to traffic and will reach the venue by 8:30. And, the wait starts again!! Meanwhile, I met other auto enthusiasts who had come from various parts of Delhi to meet Faisal and Dhanil sir. It was around 8:30 that Dhanil sir informed us that they were about to reach and we gathered outside Haldiram's, DLF CyberHub. In a couple of minutes, Faisal and Dhanil sir were there, they greeted everybody, and duly apologised for being late due to traffic. They had come in Kia Sportage and Kia Rio (more on that later) and everybody asked them about how Kia cars were. Everybody had questions, and both of them answered each and every query with utmost honesty. They looked very tired and hungry, because they had been shooting with the above mentioned Kia cars. All of us took pictures with them, and they gave us some MotorBeam merchandise (stickers to be precise) as token of gratitude for coming for the meetup. All in all, it was a memorable experience and having followed and admired Faisal sir, my respect for him has only grown. After the meetup, me and my friend had dinner at KFC, and we proceeded to our journey back home. But, the ride back home was even more eventful, as it started to rain, and it took me more than an hour to reach back home, which generally doesn't take more than 40 minutes. I reached home around 11:30 PM. The meet up was a memorable one, and now one point from my bucket list is ticked.
Discussions that happened
Main topic of discussion were Kia Rio and Kia Sportage. Dhanil Sir were driving the Rio and Faisal Sir were driving the Sportage. I had a long discussion with Dhanil sir regarding the Rio, coz being an I20 owner myself, I am really looking forward to Rio. Rio has exactly the same underpinnings as the I20, and the model that Mr Dhanil drove was a European spec model, had all the bells and whistles (including the sunroof). The car rode on 17" tires, being low profile. Suspension is brilliant, but just not good for the Indian roads, bumps and thuds were prominently felt and he had a neck pain after driving for so long on Noida and Gurugram roads. Steering is not light, it offers brilliant feel and feedback, and hey, you won't get this steering in India, because it's firstly, it's H-E-A-V-Y. We Indians are used to feather light steerings of Hyundai's and Maruti's. Secondly, Indians don't care a bit about the feel and feedback offered by the steering, best example is Ford Ecosport facelift, in which steering isn't as precise as the pre-facelift model. It was intentionally made light, as stated by Ford, to cater to customer's demands. Next discussion was about Kia Sportage, which has same dimensions and underpinnings as the Hyundai Tucson. A great car, with all LED lights, and a very unique quad-fog lamps set up. It looks a bit amusing in photos, but very unique and stylish in person. What must be praised is Kia's design philosophy! In the age where grills are becoming wider and bigger, Kia's tiger nose grille just stands out and looks very appealing. I had a good look at both the cars, and both look very sharp and edgy, nowhere hideos (ahem ahem, Hyundai Xcent facelift). I apologise for not clicking the photographs of Kia cars, as photography was prohibited and I was apprehended twice by the security guard in the parking lot (Sorry for stalking :p) Apart from these, VW's plans for India, Clever packaging of Japanese cars were key topics of discussion.
I am attaching some pictures below.
Here, Faisal Sir is telling about his experience with Kia Sportage. What must be mentioned is Sportage looks absolutely P-H-E-N-O-M-E-N-A-L (Pun Intented)
A prized picture, I am going to get this framed <3
Kia Sportage (Left) and Kia Rio (Right). Rio looks smashing in this Red shade. Kia is coming with a bang! (Also visible is reflection of my I20's Instrument Cluster :p)
And lastly, my I20 with the MotorBeam sticker <3