Autobahn – The Grand finale
Text: Jayan Morris
Photos: JM Frames, Sugeeth Krishna, Naveen Ravi
The weekend date was decided for xBhp – Trivandrum and non-Trivandrum xBhpians, Swaroop, Vishnu and Aslam at ‘Autobahn 2017’ for the Grand finale on April 8th and 9th at Greenfield International Stadium, Trivandrum. The highlight of the weekend apart from the xBhp stall at Autobahn was stunt show by Joona Vatanen, a sportbike freestyle rider from Finland.
Saturday started late with the setting up of the stalls at Autobahn. By noon, the competition for the modified cars and modified bikes was started. With loud cars & bikes, painted in candilicious colours and custom designs were rolling around Greenfield making it a treat for the shutterbugs and Autobahn visitors.
In the evening, a rider’s meetup was organised by the Autobahn team inviting various motorcycling groups in Trivandrum which saw a plethora of motorcycling groups riding into Autobahn. After the rider’s meetup, there were performances by ‘Bea.T.ecH’ Crew and ‘Eka’, both in-house dance crew and music band of Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering.
On Sunday, the day started with the opening of ‘The Motography Show’ at xBhp Stall. The stall also had an online MotoQuiz competition with xBhp magazines as giveaways for the most number of correct answers. Also, in the stall was for display MotoGP Replica helmets by AGV owned by xBhpians, along with xBhpians owned motorcycles namely, a MotoGP 50th Anniversary edition Yamaha R1, Yamaha FZ1 and Harley Davidson Superlow.
There was an Auto-Expo as well displaying various Superbikes for the visitors at Autobahn. Towards the evening, Greenfield Stadium was at maximum capacity with visitors coming in for the stunt show by Joona Vatanen. xBhpians on motorcycles escorted Joona to the stadium for a deafening, overwhelming and super excited crowd cheers. Joona started the stunt show on a CBR 600 f4i provided by Autobahn team making the crowd go into a frenzy with his wheelies, stoppies, crossovers, switchback, heel clicks etc.
After the show, while DJ Sibin was keeping the rhythm in-air, while everyone was busy clicking selfies with Joona. The day was closing shortly and people had started leaving Greenfield after a wonderful show while some were seen smiling with their eyes, the Autobahn 2017 team. Special thanks to Ashik, Harold, Vijin, Jeeth, Nevin, Rebin and Archa for inviting xBhp to be a part of Autobahn 2017 and delivering a good show.