The sixth edition of India’s only ‘underground’ car meet was the biggest yet!
'Underground’ car meets are a phenomenon we’ve only seen in movies, no? But what if I told you that our own country, and Pune to be precise, has been hosting such meet-ups for a while? Hard to believe? You see, that’s the thing about underground car meets – they’re hush-hush and are ‘invite-only’ events. And recently, Pune played host to Underground 6, the sixth edition of the meet-up! One couldn’t just walk in as entries were by invitation only, though this was done purely in order to avoid unwanted crowds and limit the number of people attending, which helped in maintaining decorum.
Unlike the previous do held in a massive underground parking lot, this time the Underground was held at the Pune Kartdrome, Pune’s newest karting arena. The karting circuit has been spruced up with a new track and made for the perfect venue. Freshly laid asphalt, fast cars and petrolheads together – sounds like the perfect gathering, no? And it was!
The idea behind Underground has been to help like-minded enthusiasts spend an evening together celebrating automobiles and this time, there were over 130 cars present, with the lineup including stock cars, modded ones, tuner cars, supercars, sportscars and even classic cars!
In typical tuner car meet style proceedings kicked off only post sunset, with cars being arranged in a disciplined manner to ensure all cars coming in were displayed for everyone to take a good look at and admire.
A huge stage was set up on one side and allowed Jeet Tapaswi of Tapaswi Racing, who was at the helm of proceedings, to call owners ahead to showcase their prized possessions and talk about their cars.
Many of the cars that showed up were extremely rare, like a Cadillac Bel Air, Mitsubishi Pajero Mini, Nissan 350Z convertible and the Honda CR-X del Sol to name a few.
Representing the Japanese car culture were a kitted out Honda Accord, Honda City, Honda Jazz, Honda Civic B16 and more, while German representatives ranged from the Volkswagen Polos to BMWs, AMGs, Audis and more. Volkswagen Motorsport India made its presence felt officially as well and brought in the Polo RX, it’s rear-engined, rear wheel drive monster with the 1.8 TSI engine at the back and sending over 200 horses to the rear wheels! Eye candy was aplenty in the form of Lamborghini Huracans, a Lamborghini Aventador and even a Ferrari Portofino that came in from Ferrari Mumbai.
Underground 6 wasn’t just about the cars though, it was also about the men (and women!) behind the machines and also promoting young blood in Indian motorsport.
There was two-wheeled action as well in the form of stunters who made their motorcycles dance to their tunes, engaging the audiences. One of the biggest highlights of the evening though was our very own ‘Drift Singh’ aka Sanam Sekhon who showed up in his custom Lexus GS300 that we featured just last month!
The car was running snazzy looking decals this time and Sanam had a custom course set up for himself, where he let his 2JZGTE powered drift monster loose, pulling drifts with extreme angles and even offering taxi rides to a lucky few! Underground 6 was thus an evening to remember and proved to be the perfect event for petrolheads from across the country to celebrate cars.
We are promised the next iteration will be even bigger and even better and of course, we are taking that word!