Training in the Desert, a special day of the Black Edition Club

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Training in the Desert, a special day of the Black Edition Club

As part of the activities organized and carried out by the Black Edition Club for its members, an offroad driving training was recently carried out.

The place selected for this training was the desert, where the participants had the opportunity to learn and reinforce their driving skills on a surface full of sand and dunes.

Additionally, it was an occasion to share with the family and camp under the starry sky of the desert.

A special and unique training

We had the opportunity to chat with Bassam, one of the VIP members of the Black Edition Club who participated in the training in the desert, about this great experience with Afra as an instructor.

Why did you participate in this training? 

Main reason why I participated in the off roading training (Desert Driving) is to get my knowledge and skills check and to make sure that the things I know are right and also up-skill my driving techniques.

Did this activity meet all your expectations? How? 

Absolutely yes! It basically showed me that all the skills I had previously are incorrect and the outcome of the training exceeded the expectations for different aspects from different ways, starting from having a world class professional race driver as my co driver, trainer and motivator.

What did you like the most about this experience?

The most thing that I mostly liked is that the experiences nice was to test my skills and also built a connection between myself and my car and have a feel on the car. Additionally it has built my confidence in driving my Nissan on dunes that I had never expected that my car would make it.

What surprised you the most about this training?

What surprised me is that power is not the way to go with dunes and it’s all to do with gravity and steady speeds that will enable the car to gain traction.

Do you think you require another session in the desert?

Definitely yes! Who would not want another session with Afra being the co-pilot, personal trainer, and motivator, also not to forget the other trainer who is an off-road expert Abduallah.

Can you share which driving stunt you liked the most?

Definitely the huge ditches that are between the dunes and how to get out of such large ditches and how to control them, also the camping part in the middle of an untouched desert.

Would you participate in the same activity again?

Definitely would again and again.

Is Afra a good instructor?

Words can’t express, she was amazing and straight to the point and she pushed me to limits that I didn’t not know about or ever dared to take my self to such extends.

Not only that she took her time to first observe my driving and they highlight the mistakes and corrections on my driving which so far after being out off roading in the desert for a number of year no one has shared such information or tips, which were on point and also it was a great journey for me to have Afra with me as a co pilot to train me and guide me on the desert driver.

Afra: an instructor who continues to learn

We also share with Afra about this special training day in the desert. She presented us with her point of view as an instructor at this event held for VIP members of the Black Edition Club.

How did the idea of doing this training come about?

After the fixing Radflo suspension from titan performance on Bassam’s car, we went for a test drive, there when I realized that member doesn’t have enough safety skill driving in the desert. Steering was wrong, acceleration and breaking, technical driving skill of crossing the dunes and humbs, understanding of the gravity and weight balancing of the car as well was not related to safe drive in the desert and such drive could cause damage the car or cause serious injuries. Beside of it other things like deflation the tires with right amount of air to the tires where it can depends on the surface of the sand, style of drive, speed.

How many Black Edition Empire members participated?

It was 2 VIP members. Ahmed had has no experience in the desert with over night camping at all and other member was having some idea about offroad drive.

What type of car do you use in this activity?

We used Nissan Patrol safari vtc owned by VIP member of black Edition Bassam, where I was in roles as instructor from the passenger side.

And Nissan Patrol vtc Capsula Owens by Abdullah Allkhsab who is in rescue team and pro drivers of offroad of Black Edition. He was with other VIP black Edition member who did not have any experience in the desert and he had great chance to watch, learn and experience all emotions as passenger, later as camp building and over night stay.

What did you like the most about this training?

We had a lot of fun and reached and discovered great beautiful places, we cooked in the desert and slept over night in the middle of the wild desert!

In my believe the training have to be delivered not in the straight dry way as training, it should have more natural way and connection to the environment and emotions where member able to maintain his stress and push his limits naturally to not cause inner rejection or not create or plant fears.

Were all the objectives met?

In my opinion the training went so well and it was in great communication and understanding level! In the end of the next day I could see the huge improvement in driving and the member realized many things on the way and felt huge difference after the completing the training, unbearable emotions to describe, success of the member I felt like my own success as well. I so much proud of him and I was satisfied as well.

What do you think was the part that most excited the participants?

This part was a bit challenging but it was successfully accomplished.

When Bassam has to maintain the right speed not relaying on the engine power, but for the gravity and getting the wheels right on the track, get the right speed and get out of the medium level dune ditch from the inside to reach the top and stay up safely. We had about 7-8 attempts when it cause engine and gear overheating and we had to have some stops and wait. In this moment I had to take responsibility and control member’s emotional level, to get him encouraged and believe in himself but in the same time explained how it could be dangerous it something can go wrong!

It was as well my first experience leading in the desert without having a steering wheel and it pedals, I literally had to establish great communication and connections with the members to lead us in the desert when one of expert drive from black Edition have a chance to drive and lead the road for the first time. 

In my opinion it was too early but this experience was great chance to move limits and as well for myself gain new experience.

Are you planning another session?

Yes, we still need to do practice in different conditions and area, surface and speed, where I believe the member can already apply new gained skill for other drive offroad conditions.

Who can participate in the next session?

All members of Black Edition Empire

Advanced sessions only VIP members of Black Edition Empire.

This is a small sample of the activities that the Black Edition Club offers to its members. Always looking for actions that enrich and strengthen the members of the club, in all aspects.

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  1. Bassam is very careful and specific in what he does he thinks alot before step in anything and i like this in him
    I wish you all the best bassam

  2. I have known Basam since child hood, he just has the passion and motivates into off roading ,great driving skills and has the love just for engines , not to forget afra she just has the skills Mashallah for both of them.. hope them them best

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