It’s been a while and it’s time again for another WPC fun drive.
1st February 2009. On brisk Sunday morning, 23 waja owners gathered not knowing where they are going to head to except for the marshal team. The meeting point was petronas batu cave; near the karak highway and surprisingly we were not the only group that about to have some fun with our ride. We were greeted by the presence of PROSBOC and PROCC groups at the same location as well.
At 8.45, we were briefed by chief marshal of the day, Dean, regarding convoy rules and safety check. All members came well prepared both mentally and physically and no slippers were seen on driver’s foot. Still the destination was remains unknown.
We started moving at 9.10am heading to trunk road heading to genting sempah, which would be the first clue of the destination; it’s out of KL Though there was not much traffic, there were numbers of cyclist using the same trunk road for practice. With the assistance of mixed senior and junior members of marshal team, the journey was smooth and well.
Arrived at genting sempah roundabout nearby the R&R, the convoy being redirected to the trunk road to janda baik. Here is another stretch of challenging route as the road is pretty much narrow with numbers of sharp turns. As some of the members enjoying the windy road, we still need to be always alert of others especially the incoming traffic with limited line of sight. This is where communication equipment plays a very big role, and being an experienced club in convoy activities, all cars are equipped.
It was a great experienced driving under the shade of the nature with the chilling air that even colder than air-cond! Several water stream originated from titiwangsa makes it more inviting and irresistible. Some of us even felt so misfortune they didn’t bring swimming gear on that day. at 10.20 we were greeted by civilisation again. A familiar sight of motorist, shop lots, and the warmth of small town like bentong welcomed us. What? Bentong?! We can hardly feel the journey is that long being awed by panoramic scene of nature.
We drove few minutes more and Zero made his final turning to the destination. It was at a small car park in front of one shop lot and one of the shops written “ABC Power” at its signage. We then straight away knew we’ve arrived. After brief arrangement at the car park we headed into the shop. Everyone seems so anxious to try the infamous ABC since most of us didn’t get a chance to have breakfast earlier. The ABC didn’t disappointing. A perfect blend of traditional ABC, with all the dressing n condiments, topped with vast selection of ice cream flavour really hit the spot. I had 2 bowl myself. But it seems ABC alone didn’t cut it, so some of us resort to get roti canai from nearby mamak restaurant. I’m included.
After a bit more than an hour mingling around and indulge ourselves, it’s time to make a trip back to KL. But before that, we have the ever-must photo session at the car park with the Bentong bus station as the background. We had another round of briefing from chief marshal and off we go.
We opt for highway this time as it more relax. The convoy was splited due to heavy traffic but we managed to regroup at entrance of karak highway, bentong bound. Convoy members showed high spirits and discipline in following traffic rules and direction from the marshals and that does pretty much smoothen up the drive. We arrived at toll gombak around 12.15 noon and the initial plan to disperse at this location was cancelled due to insufficient space to stop.
We then proceed to Petronas Melawati. 30 minutes later we arrived at the break-off point and then being debriefed before members taking the chance to bid farewell to everyone. Some of us felt the morning drive isn’t enough and proceed to do a ‘mini fun drive’ to sungai kedondong, batang kali, along the old trunk road to genting.
Overall, it was a great event for the members to stretch their leg after fun drive has been missing from the event calendar quite some time. This is also a practice drive for the participants of Jom Gi Ganu II Trip that will be held on 14-16 Feb 2009. We’ve seen few potential members for the marshal team too. All in all, we had a good turned out, and for the juniors, we hoped that they would enjoy the spirit of grouped driving of WPC as much as the seniors do. For the seniors, keep on rocking
Kudos to all convoy members and to the marshals, great work. Till the next fundrive, barium033 signing out.