Touge: An entourage on Saturday morning

Published on December 31st, 2010

I received a notification on Facebook on Friday evening, saying something about a small touge session on Saturday morning. I didn’t actually plan on going, but I woke up rather early that Saturday and decided to switch on my laptop and browse around some pending works.

I decided to send Ariel a message.

His reply was swift… and after considering a few things, including a little manoeuvring with my girlfriend, I decided to join the Saturday morning touge session. I warmed up my car, filled her up to the brim, and head over to Makcik X restaurant in Gombak for the meet-up.

After some light breakfast and a little bitch-talk, and after Oreedo has arrived, we rolled on to the tarmac in a slow drive towards the starting location. Ariel’s newly bought EF9 packed with a B16a lump led the pack, with Oreedo driving Fry Crack’s Toyota SEG bringing in the rear, followed by my SOHC 1.8 Satria, a Honda Prelude and a Turbocharged Corolla completing the pack.

I had some interesting session during the previous run and wanted to improve on my cornering this time around. It was a wet morning, and all of us were sliding all over the place, but not without having a little fun along the way. Stopping for a short breather at our usual stop, we bitched about the wet condition with rattling hands. Well, at least my hands were rattling. Blame it on the noob blood.

Anyway, we journeyed on towards Bukit Tinggi and again we were greeted with wet tarmac. I didn’t dare to push it so I waved the others to overtake. I took a slow drive upwards, taking my own sweet time.

Not far from the guardhouse, we saw a Myvi making love to the curb and decided to give a little help. We were not sure how we could do it, but we decided to try anyway. After considering a thing or two, all of us decided we should leave the matter to the professional hands of the tow truck driver who was already on his way since none of us had any harnesses available to tow the car out.

We continued on towards the top, but this time we noticed that the tarmac was drier. Smiles appeared on our faces and started pushing the car.

We arrived at our usual stop and continued our bitch-talk while helping Ariel solving his hood problem; the bloody thing just won’t shut tight. Toolboxes were taken out, spanners were wielded, and after a few curses and slaps, the hood stayed shut, terrified to the mighty hands of these touge veterans. They fixed the bloody lock.

It was an interesting session driving back. I will always push harder on the way back, probably because of the calmed adrenaline rush and the little warm-up session on the way up.

I had fun being able to finally control the car a little bit more when over-steering, and I remember scaring a few bicycle riders along the way.

I feel more in control now, but to be able to catch up with the veterans, I’ll need a few thousand hours more on the tarmac.

And a four-throttle installation, and bigger rims, and a roll cage, and a few more things on this short list I have here. Nice run guys, thanks for the invite.

words & pix: Al-Mu Syahrisyawal Ahmad

Comments

  1. Posted by oreedo on January 5th, 2011, 13:17

    hahha…. nice coverage chief…. we do another run….. be patient…. the infamous 260km+ drive is coming…

  2. Posted by Traffic Mag on January 5th, 2011, 15:25

    i’ve yet have a car la bro… ishhh! make it a bit later if possible.

  3. Posted by Traffic Mag on January 5th, 2011, 19:43

    Count me in. Sumpitan?

  4. Posted by Shahrul Azwan on April 22nd, 2011, 12:33

    humm, what about that Sumpitan? Anything goin on?

  5. Posted by Traffic Mag on April 26th, 2011, 15:44

    sumpitan was cancelled to give way to bukit putus charity challenge this coming saturday. do come, participate and enjoy bukit putus.

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