Paintball turned VVCE into warzone!

Crusades- 2011

Automobile frenzy:Students of Vidhyavardhaka College of Engineering (VVCE) admire vintage motorcycles at ‘Crusades 2011’, at their college grounds, in Mysore on Saturday. DH photos by anurag basavaraj

Don’t be confused. They are not anti-government protesters in Libya, fighting forces loyal to embattled President Moummar Gadhafi, but the students of Vidya Vardhaka College of Engineering (VVCE), at Gokulam here on Saturday, playing paintball, a fun game, as part of ‘Crusades 2011’, the annual technical fest of Department of Mechanical Engineering, that came to an end on Saturday.

Armed with colour spraying guns, teams of five players on each sides, fight each other to bring the flags from rivals. And, it is not that easy, as they have to survive the bullet (paintball). One who receives a bullet or empties all the 20 paintballs, is declared out.

Claimed  by the organisers for having organised the game for the first time in Mysore, the paintball competition resembled a war zone, making for a curious watch on the college premises. The other attraction was vintage cars including a ‘De Soto’ by Chrysler Corporation, that was stopped in 1961, a Wyvera of 1946,  1962 Jeep with left hand drive and the highlight of the show - a Morris Minor of 1948 model.

Even modern cars including a 2000 cc Pajero imported from Japan and a 3000 cc, six cylinder Mercedes Benz, imported from Germany were also among the eye-catchers.
While revving sounds of a ‘1000 cc GSX’ motorcycle, owned by Ajay Rao, imported from Japan had youngsters gazing over it diligently, a ‘Yamaha Passetta’ owned by Karan, left people wondering as to who could use these motorcycles.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Karan said that he owns about 24 bikes, many passed on from his father Rajashekar. Karan said that the Yamaha Passetta was imported from Japan. Describing the uniqueness of the Passetta, Karan mentioned that they were used to traverse the distance, the length and breadth of Japanese Ships.

Other bikes on display included a 1946 model AJS 350cc, Lamby, 175cc Bobby and others.

RC nitro car racing

Enthralling youngsters was the ‘Remote Controlled Nitro Car Racing’, which had two players holding the keys to manoeuvre the cars with remote. The cars fitted with special nitro cans can move up to a speed of 100 kmph. Event co-ordinators Susheel and Rahul B mentioned that the event had attracted more than 100 entries.Earlier, a technical quiz was also organised the college campus.

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