Arjun_M

Parx Supercar Show 2014 - View from the Skywalk

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Here are a few images I have taken from the Skywalk at Bandra, near Kalanagar, as the cars from the Parx Supercar Show came in.

Parx Supercar Show - View from the Skywalk

Now, the story behind it. I used to turn up with my best/biggest camera (first, a Canon PowerShot A85, then a Canon PowerShot SX30) at every car show, when the cars were parked, and take a few photos of each car, but after my trip to Meilenwerk in Stuttgart, and the visits to the Porsche and Mercedes museum, the novelty of seeing stationary cars up close wore off- unless a new car joins the party, or is launched. So this time, like last year, I thought I'll catch them on photo, instead of video, while they are in motion, at the turning point of the course. So I headed to the skywalk at Bandra, instead of Mantralaya, where they start and finish.

The map suggested a route into Bandra-Kurla-Complex, which is reasonably supercar-friendly, but it wasn't so, when I walked all the way from Bharat Nagar to the skywalk at Kalanagar. Another enthusiast with a far superior camera told me that they'll turn here itself at the skywalk. And he was right.

Taking photos was incredibly difficult, due to the difficulty in taking telephotographs. Timing kept going off, and also focus, and the bright sunlight overhead only made things tougher. My Canon PowerShot SX30, bought for taking telephotographs, was out of its depth in image quality, as these photos will suggest- I could take much better photos on my Nokia N8, at a smaller size, as my Meilenwerk and (coming soon) Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Museum photos will show.

I saw very few supercars, and wasn't aware of any incident. The cars were often lost in the traffic. This time, there were no instances of stupid, crazy driving by cheap car drivers, but plenty of sunroof gazers were visible. Very surprisingly, there were only three individuals on the skywalk watching the rally, not counting me, a massive drop from the thirty-plus crowd at Sahara Star last year. Most of the cars were there from the previous lineup.

To sum it up, it was a slighty-better-than-average experience (last year's was much better), taking photos was a lot tougher than getting a decent video (like last year) and I need a DSLR with a massive resolution- from which I can then crop for faraway subjects.

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Much appreciate the efforts brother for its the journey that makes up most of the story than the destination! Thanks for these nice pics hoping you take some more the next time! :)

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I had it easier in other trips to the Autocar events and motor shows, and Stuttgart, than I did here, :P I guess. Hopefully I'll have a DSLR for the next event. Or maybe a video, but I'm often confused what's better- video or photo.

Until then, I'll need to know when supercar owners (forum members included) take their machines out for a ride on weekends- hopefully they'll pass Bandra (Kalanagar, BKC) sometime, although I don't mind a trip to Marine Drive/Nariman Point either. Will be ideal preparation for the next year's event.

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Nice pictures there Arjun. Turnout was a lot less than previous events and most of the cars that stood on display didnt turn up at the drive. There wasnt anything new either with the usual suspects being present. Reckless driving continued with people hanging out of cars to click pictures.

Hope next year is better

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I'm surprised at that. Very low attendance even amongst cars? And few took to the roads? I remember, when I covered my first car club parade in 2006, at the VCCCI rally, I found several cars parked and waiting, including a Ferrari 308 and a Ford Model T. The organisers said they were not 'roadworthy' and were just put up for show. Was there any such instance this year?

I didn't notice reckless driving on the road this time, as I did last time, where cheap non-super cars tried to compete with the supercars on speed, and accelerated and swerved dangerously. There were, however, plenty of people in jeeps, SUVs and not-so-cheap cars standing through sunroofs and hanging out of windows, taking photos, and I photographed a few of those too.

All the cars on the parade were the new generation models. What happened to the old classics? Like the 512TR? I saw a few old gems in my first and second trip to the SCI parade.

Were there any issues from an organiser's point of view?

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