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April 2018 (Issue 446)

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Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. Reg. No. A—0006149J / FWDV Member

PO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley VIC 3149

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CONTENTS About the Club

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President’s Report

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What’s in the pipeline!

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Venue Report

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General meeting notice

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Trip and Social

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Trip and Social

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Long term future planning

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Trip Report - Phillip Island

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Treasurer’s Report

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Queens Birthday Long weekend

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Trip Adviser

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Trip and Recovery gear

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Buy it and Sell it

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Committee Meeting

Pages 18-19


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General Meeting

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Bush Tucker

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Editor’s Note

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ABOUT THE CLUB The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. was originally formed 40 years ago by an enthusiastic group of Subaru owners. Today the club has expanded to include all Subaru 4WD and AWD vehicles, as well as all other makes of AWD, light 4WD and crossover/soft-roader type vehicles. The club aims to participate in the exploration of the Australian countryside without damage to the environment, vehicle or individual. Visitors are most welcome to attend the club’s General Meetings and contact committee members regarding participation in club activities.

The club relies on membership fees to offset its running costs, including insurance. Membership fees are payable each year, due on 31 May. Fees for the 2017/18 year were agreed at the general meeting in May 2017 and are as follows:


Single: $125 (Senior card - $115) Joint/Family: $145—(Senior card - $130) One off joining fee of $15 ($30 for Joint/Family) also applies All annual fees include FWDV affiliation and trip insurance: $51 Members who choose not to receive a hard copy of the magazine are eligible for a $25 discount


A trip fee of $15 per adult non-member applies (for insurance purposes) Please contact the membership officer for further enquiries Email:


COMMITTEE President: Dale Rebgetz

Vice President: Duncan McCrae

Secretary: Peter Bellis

Treasurer: Janelle Rebgetz

Editor: Edith Fullalove (OM) (03) 95157224 0478 750 612

Social: Lee Wegner (OM) 0438 005 438

Trip: Mike Dale (OM)

Venue coordinator: Meredith Dale (OM) 0428 488 502

Resources: Kevin Bird (OM)


PRESIDENT’S REPORT APRIL 2018 Australia is a vast country, although much of it is sparsely populated because of its arid conditions. It is the driest inhabited continent is the world. We have ten deserts occupying about 18% of Australia’s landmass, but our deserts don’t have the extremes of temperature and rainfall as seen in others such as the Sahara, Gobi or Atacama. Ours have relatively mild temperatures and usually receive meaningful amounts of rain – but forget about growing crops, there’s nowhere near enough for that! However, if you have ever visited any of our deserts, you will see that they are typically well vegetated. No big trees, only small shrubs and grasses, but a good habitat for a variety of wildlife. Also, particularly after the infrequent rains, the wild flowers can be plentiful and magnificent – but you have to be there to enjoy it. Without suitable roads and vehicles, very few people ever get to experience those deserts. So who would build those roads? Sixty years ago, enter army surveyor Len Beadell with his Gunbarrel Road Construction Party. 6000 km of roads later, many of those deserts of central Australia are now accessible to you and me. I became a fan of his about 40 years ago after reading the first of his many books. I was never fortunate enough to meet him but many did during his outback talks later in his life. Ten years ago was the 50th anniversary of the construction of the most well known of his “highways”, the Gunbarrel Highway. At that time I was privileged to be part of a tag-along that travelled the full length of that highway, with Anne, Len’s wife, as a guest. That is probably my most memorable trip ever. At this April’s monthly meeting the adventure continues. Len and Anne’s son, Gary, will be a guest speaker, talking about his father’s legacy, a legacy that includes helping to open up Australia’s arid regions for us to enjoy. See you there.

Dale Rebgetz.


WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE! VENUE REPORT APRIL GENERAL MEETING DATE: Tuesday 24th April at 8pm VENUE: South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris. This month we have Gary Beadell coming out to talk, show photos of Len Beadell life and legacy. Len Beadell a short biography DOOR PRIZE: Come along to win a special door prize at this month's meeting.

GENERAL MEETING NOTICE The Subaru 4WD Club holds its monthly general meeting on the last Tuesday of the month (no meeting in December) at the club house of the South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris (just off the Monash Freeway) starting at 8pm – unless otherwise specified/advised. The meeting is open to all members and visitors. The usual agenda of the general meeting includes: Welcome of members and visitors. Review and acceptance of previous general meeting’s minutes. Correspondence. Reports by various office bearers. Other business as mentioned below. General business raised by members. “Fines and Fun” – including brief summaries of recent trips. Guest speaker or presentation. Supper and networking. Details of the next few general meetings are as per the schedule below:



Guest Speaker/Presentation

Other Business

Tue 24 Apr

South Camberwell Tennis Club

Gary Beadell

Membership fees

Tue 29 May

South Camberwell Tennis Club



Tue 26 Jun

South Camberwell Tennis Club



TRIP AND SOCIAL To put your name down for these trips or events you do not need to wait for a club meeting. Email: or contact the trip leader directly.

Otway Ranges When: 22nd April Trip leader: Tim Trip Standard: Medium Robe Survivor II When: Wed 25th to Sunday 29th of April Trip leader: Duncan and Lee Trip Standard: Medium Mallee Crawl When: Friday 8th to Tuesday 12th of June Trip leader: Jamie and Les Scott Trip Standard: Social 19th Century Bluestone When: Saturday 19th of June Trip leader: Lee Trip Standard: Social Christmas in July When: July - TBC Trip leader: Meredith Trip Standard: Social High Tea When: August - TBC Trip leader: Lee Trip Standard: Social Eurambeen Historic Homestead When: September - TBC Trip leader: Lee Trip Standard: Social 8


Simpson Desert. Trip leader: Jamie Gawler Rangers/ Googs Track, TBC. Trip Leader: Mike Dale


Coffin Bay/Lincoln NP, TBC. Trip Leader: Mike Dale


CSR, TBC. Trip Leader: Dale

Mike Dale: Trip Coordinator Lee Wegner: Social Coordinator

PHILLIP ISLAND - TRIP REPORT We all met at the Cardinia Cultural Centre in Pakenham for a cuppa and to decide if we wanted to go to Phillip Island it was going to be wet. We had our cuppas and then headed off to Phillip Island, as it rained on and off. We arrived at Phillip Island and headed to the township of Cowes, where we found a nice little cafe for some lunch. We had to walk down to the water front to check out the water. As if we really needed to see more water. It was mentioned that all I should write for the trip was WET, WET, WET. I hope all you lovely ladies who came on the trip had a wonderful time. I certainly did, so thanks for coming along with me.

Attendees: Edith Meredith Sandy Janelle Kerry Lee

TREASURER’S REPORT Account balances as at 17th April Current bank balance: $8,715.75 Current term deposit balance: $5,000 Janelle Rebgetz 9

QUEENS BIRTHDAY LONG WEEKEND FRIDAY 8TH JUNE-TUESDAY 12TH JUNE ULTIMA GOLF CLUB Camping is at the Ultima Golf Club (At a small cost towards the golf club) There is lots of room for camper vans and tents Ultima is around 4 hours north of Melbourne We will be there from Wednesday 6th June so you come up any time you like BYO Food and Water Warm cloths it could/can got cold over night At Ultima there is a Shop ( ice creams - VERY IMPORTANT) The Pub has pizza most nights, meals are only on Sunday night (May need number to book a table?) Showers at the Pub for a Donations of $5 towards the Royal Children’s Hospital and Please buy a can of soft Drink or a Beer Rooms at the Pub cost $35 a night NO FUEL Closest fuel is at Swan Hill or Sea Lake What’s on over the weekend: Play Golf Bring your own clubs for a bash around Play Mini Golf Putters are there to be use Play POOL Fly with Les in his plane Depending on weather Visit Lake Boga Flying Boat museum Guided tourer at group discount Has a café with food and Coffee Saturday morning Drive around some back roads and across to Lake Tyrell to look at the stars at night and then back to camp Early tea or bring some food with you to eat as you drive Look around the township of Ultima Maybe check out some old Solos the Town Hall and a talk? Farm visit Look at some BIG STUFF, at one of the biggest property in the area Donations welcome, goes toward the Lions Club Sit around camp fire and kick back More information to come at May’s meeting Please contact Les or Jamie if you have any require any addition information on this trip: Les Jamie :


Once again the Club is collecting old

CAR BATTERIES, CATALYTIC CONVERTERS and ALUMINUM CANS Bring your old BATTERIES to the General Meetings and we will recycle them!

All recycling revenge goes back into the club Last time we managed 4.7 tonnes Please contact: Jamie or Les if you have any questions. 11






Otway Ranges

Sunday 22 April



Robe Survivor II

Wed 25-Sun 29 Apr

Duncan and Lee


Mallee Crawl

Fri 8-Tue 12 June

Jamie and Les Scott


19th Century Bluestone

Saturday 19th June



Christmas in July




High Tea

August TBC



Eurambeen Historic Homestead

September TBC




TRIP AND RECOVERY GEAR The aim of all Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. trips is to have an enjoyable experience in the bush, increasing 4WD’ing skills and experience, whilst maintaining the highest regard for the safety of individuals, the vehicle and the environment. As a driver you have ultimate responsibility for the safety of your passengers and vehicle. It is the responsibility of any participating driver to contact individual trip leaders for clarification of individual trip requirements and standards. Financial members are encouraged to participate in as many trips as possible to increase confidence and experience. Visitors are welcome subject to the payment of the appropriate levy to cover insurance, but after two visits, should consider membership. Non-financial members are not covered by insurance and may not participate until payment is received. Individual drivers with concerns or queries regarding their vehicle and the trip standard should contact relevant trip leaders. The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. recommends that each vehicle carry the following items or equipment on every trip:


Personal details form as specified by FWDV, copy to Trip Leader


Two rated D- Shackles (minimum 3.2t)


Rated snatch strap


Recovery points, front & rear; plus, optional bridle strap, according to vehicle design;


UHF (477Mhz) Channel 16 CB Radio. Ideally in car but hand held are ok provided sufficient battery(s) to last the trip.


Fire extinguisher, accessible to the driver


Spare tyre (full size)


Jack and wheel brace, or equivalent


Emergency supplies (matches, food, water and clothing)


Sufficient fuel, oil and water for the trip and delays


A tyre pressure gauge; compressor (according to the trip)


An axe, bow or chain saw;


A sturdy shovel (collapsible shovels are no good)


Spare parts (appropriate to the nature of the trip)


A tool kit


Personal first aid kit


Your vehicle manual

Any vehicle not carrying at least the first five (5) items of equipment should contact the individual Trip Leader before leaving. Any club member unsure about any of the items of equipment listed above are advised to contact the Trip and Social Coordinator or the Trip Leader concerned. All Trip Leaders carry a complete First Aid Kit in case of emergency. All non-emergency medical needs are expected to be meet by individuals own medical supplies.


BUY IT AND SELL IT HERE Please note: If you have any items listed here for sale which has been sold please remember to let us know at:

Member items for sale Item: Forester aluminium bash plates Details: Made from 6.0 mm construction grade aluminium SF Forester SG & SH Forester SJ Forester CVT & Gearbox Protection Outback & Diesel Vehicles

$350 $380 $420 $380 $420

Fitting can be arranged. 10% discount for Subaru Club members. Please contact David via TXT after hours Road less Travelled - Vehicle under body protection 0429 942 724 Item: 1991 L series GL wagon Details: My father’s 1991 L series GL wagon. 235000 gentle kms, none off road. Auto. Burgundy. ETZ$@$. Cost: $250 ONO Contact: Rob Boykett,, 0424211748

Item: Number plates Details: S4WDCV Cost: $500 ONO Contact: Jamie, 14

Item: 4WD Recovery Air Bag. New – Never used. Details: Inflates to 70 cm. 1250 kg safe working load, Cost: $50 Contact: Dave Hewett, 9873 2945 Item: Genuine Thermorest inflating mattress (2) Details: These are in perfect condition – no holes, marks etc. Cost: $60 for the 2 Contact: Dave Hewett, 9873 2945 Item: Tent – 2 person; 6’ x 6’ perfect condition; never used Details: Centre pole; attached awning; complete with poles etc. Cost: $50 Contact: Dave Hewett, 9873 2945

Item: Standard number plates Details: VIC blue and white in as new condition, 1XV4US Cost: $400 ONO Contact: Jenny, 0417 369 405

Item: Number plates Details: SUBARU, can be re-issued in any custom design via the Vic Roads website (see link below) If a different colour or style is preferred: index.php?page=custome-plate Cost: Negotiable, but realistic offers between $3,500 to $6,000 Contact: Richard, 0414 737 333 15

2 cars for sale, some very old Subarus. They would make good projects for someone. Item 1: 1978 Subaru Gen 1 Brumby (Subaru model A68) Details: VIN A68-002308. Is in running order. Needs body work. Engine needs a tune. Comes with a bunch of spares (including a rust-free roof section with A pillars) and a canopy. EA71 1598cc (1600cc) engine, single range 4WD. Cost: Asking $450 or $550 with the EA81 engine cross-member and duel-range gearbox Item 2: 1975 Subaru Gen 1 (Mk 1) 4WD Wagon (Subaru Model A64) Details: VIN A64-010162. Pretty much a bare shell. Needs work, but the body is in pretty good shape. Can help with sourcing parts as I know where other wrecks are and have leads on NOS bits too. Dash is on the back seat. Would like to see someone save this. Is the earlier single-range 4WD, originally fitted with the EA63 1400cc (1398cc) engine (I have leads on 2-3 engines, possibly a NOS engine block). Cost: Make me an offer. Contact: Michael Dickman, 0402 649 875

+1=1 1983 Subaru L-series Sport Wagons for free: Item: 2x 1983 L-series 4WD Sports Wagons (red). Details: Neither is going or registered. One has good engine but bad clutch, the other a bad engine but good clutch. The better one has a new windscreen (including rubber) and new hatch struts. I wanted to get one out of the two, but the job is beyond me. Tyres are good; one has mag wheels. VIN’s: JF2AM5ERO1G025977 ; JF2AM5DR01G023570 Cost: Free to a good home. Contact: Glenn Taylor,, 0419 366 143

Want to sell something Subaru/Off-Rod related? Contact: The Club makes this space available free of charge to members wishing to buy or sell items. PLEASE NOTE: that the Motor Car Trader Regulations 1988-22(4) require that vehicles for sale advertisements must contain: (a) the cash price of the vehicle and; (b) the registration number if registered or the engine/chassis numbers if unregistered.


MINUTES Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. FWDV Member Reg. No. A – 0006149J GPO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley VIC. 3149

Committee Meeting Minutes (abridged) Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on Tuesday 10 th April 2018 at the home of Peter Bellis starting at 7:30pm. 1. Present Peter Bellis, Meredith Dale, Michael Dale, Edith Fullalove, Janelle Rebgetz, Dale Rebgetz, Kevin Bird, Lee Wegner, Duncan McCrae. 2. Visitors Dorothy Grieveson, Martin Foot. 3. Quorum A quorum was achieved with nine committee members present. 4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting 4.1 Minutes of the March 2018 were accepted without amendment. 4.2 Business Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Actions 4.2.1 By-Law – Convoy Travel – Peter yet to complete reformatting of agreed text into By-Law format. 4.2.2 New Member Pack – Edith will rework it in a new document. 4.2.3 Club magazine archiving – no scanning of old magazines has yet been done. Edith and Dale will discuss optical character recognition requirements for PDF. 4.2.4 Trip management facility on club website – committee to review and decide. 4.2.5 Portable speakers – Stephen W yet to come back with a quote. 4.2.6 Club stickers – Michael and Dale to forward high resolution electronic copies of logo to Kevin. 4.2.7 Bob Marshall’s chronicles – Jean/Peter to approach Ruth to see about them being published in the Club’s magazine over a number of issues. 5. Correspondence 5.1 In “Concerned members” via Martin Foot – concern about the grievance and disciplinary process. FWDV – Education Day, Clean-up-the-Bush weekend activity, Gunbarrel Highway trip proposal, Drive and Recover a 4WD course, and notification of changes to seasonal road closures. 5.2 Out None 5.3 Business arising from correspondence Martin and Dorothy attended the meeting to discuss the letter from “Concerned members” sent to the committee. 17


Reports 6.1 Resources Club clothing – will need to increase some prices due to increase in cost of underlying clothing. Number plate surround – to be investigated. 6.2 Trip and Social See elsewhere in the magazine for details about upcoming trips and events. Long term planning - see elsewhere in the magazine for details about upcoming trips and events. 6.3 Venue March – Bill put on a good show. April – Gary Beadell regarding his father’s trips in outback Australia. Will have a guest speaker from Bob Jane TyreMart regarding tyres for four wheel driving. Will follow up a suggestion with Penrite Oil. Will follow up advertising material regarding Gary, the comedian who was at the March meeting. 6.4 Membership Have received two membership applications. After review and discussion of the two membership applications, the committee made the following resolutions.



The committee resolved to accept the application for single membership by Lucas Waters.

The committee resolved to accept the application for family/joint membership by Chris Hayward and Jenny Peacock.

6.5 Editor Editorial deadline for April is 13th April 2018. 6.6 Treasurer Current bank cheque account balance is


6.7 Secretary Nothing to report. 6.8 Vice-President Nothing to report. 6.9 President Attended the last FWDV member update day. FWDV are testing new software called TeamApp; which is a mobile phone application for facilitating communications within FWDV and its affiliated clubs. Also will be doing some research into the benefits that four wheel driving offers to communities, etc.


7. Sub-Committees 7.1 Communications Nothing has been progressed. 7.2 Community Involvement Nothing to report. 7.3 Constitution Review Has not been progressed. 7.4 Education/Training 4WD driver training – booked for Tues 19th June (theory) and Sat 23rd June (practical). 8. Grievance Peter to compile and send reply to a grievance. 9. Disciplinary Actions The matter was discussed. 10. Membership Fees for 2018/9 After reviewing the club’s current financial year’s financial performance, the committee decided to leave the fees for 2018/9 the same as the current fees (as shown below).

Membership Type

Membership Subscription

Association Levy


Joining Fee

Senior’s Discount







Electronic Magazine only discount -$25

Family / Joint















Trip Fee (adult non-member) $15

11. General Business None 12. Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday 1st May 2018 at 7:30pm at the home of Lee Wegner. 13. Meeting closed at 9:54pm.


MINUTES Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. FWDV Member Reg. No. A – 0006149J GPO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley Vic 3149

General Meeting Minutes The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 27 th February 2018 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:01pm. 1.


Peter Fullalove, Edith Fullalove, Meredith Dale, Duncan McCrae, Lee Wegner, Paul Saleeba, Robert Miller, Katie Mynard, Kaye Fraser, Peter Mynard, Kevin Bird, Bev Davison, Phil Milkins, Elaine Milkins, Kerry Gill, Graham Gill, Cory Scott, Bev Davidson, Peter Devine, Martin Foot, Peter Devine, David Wilson, Les Scott, Jamie Scott, Damian Stock, Angela Stock, Kurt Imberger, Tim Folliard and Rick Koster. 2. Apologies Peter Bellis, Jean Bellis, Janelle Rebgetz, Dale Rebgetz Richard Saleeba, Michael Dale, Andrew Jantke and Lisa Jantke. 3. Visitors Les Ralph, Nathan Peterson, Jenny Peacock, Des Burns, Bill O’Brien. 4. Welcome A welcome was extended to all members and visitors. 5. Minutes of the Previous General Meeting 5.1. The minutes of the February 2018 General Meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Paul Saleeba and seconded by Meredith Dale. 5.2. There was no business arising from the minutes. 6. Correspondence 6.1. In Link to WA Subaru 4WD Club.


7. Reports 7.1. Resources (Kevin) Update on club apparel - 2 suppliers to confirm price-embroidery is the same but clothing price has increased. Kevin is in negotiation re pricing; may be increases. Please place your orders with Kevin Bird. 7.2. Editor 13th of April is the date due for reports Edith will be sitting an exam Some trouble with electronic distribution. If you’re missing the magazine please let Martin know. 7.3. Trip and Social Lots of trips on trip sheets out April 15th– Social Trip to Churchhill Island. Edith Fullalove 22nd April Otway Ranges Tim Follard medium 25th – 29th April Robe Survivor II Duncan McCrae June 8 – 12th Friday to Tuesday QB Long Wénd Camping Ultima – Jamie or Les Scott. Anyone wanting to run a trip or event please contact Michael or Lee. 7.4. Venue April – Gary Biddell May - Bob Jane Tyres. 7.5. Membership Received applications from Luke Waters (Brumby Owner) and one other. 7.6. Treasurer Current bank account balance is $8676.15 & terms deposit of $5000. 7.7. Secretary Nothing to report. 7.8. Vice-President Dale went to the 4WD Vic meeting – Dale to update next month. 4WD driving training – Dates confirmed as the 19th & 23rd June (1 evening 6 – 9pm & 1 day) $200 ea. ($30 subsidised by Subaru 4WD Vic). Total fee $170 per member. 7.9. President Not at meeting.


8. General Business 9. Fines and Fun 9.1. Last to Meeting David Wilson 9.2 Trips Wombat State Forest & Leatherburg Forest – lead by Kevin Bird Meredith forgot First Aid Kit & details form. Kevin got bogged in a Bog Tim Follard got bogged Rob got bogged on his own towbar. Tonimbuk Dale & Janelle – picked a camp site & had it mowed especially for them. Dale left a hat in the toilet. Bev water left behind Peter Devine – ripped off inner guard Bev breaking a chair & leaving it behind Dale left his nice coffee cup at the fire overnight Cory for lots of towing Jamie – just because Tim – ran over a witches hat Places in the Tonimbuk Competition – 3rd Tim Folliard 2nd Peter Fullalove 1st Paul Saaleeba Peter Devine thanked the Scott team for organising a wonderful Tonimbuk Event. 9.3 Total fines collected - $10.60 10. The lucky door prize was won by Paul Saleeba 11. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 24th April 2018 commencing at 8pm. 12. Meeting closed at 9.30pm and was followed by Comic entertainment from Bill O’Brien.


BUSH TUCKER If you have a favourite recipe you would like to contribute to this page. Please email editor:

Boerewors with Pasta Ingredients: Boerewors sausage (about 1 metre long chopped into big meat ball size chucks) 1 Large tin of tomatoes 1 Tomato paste Soy or oyster sauce 1 Teaspoon of honey 1 Teaspoon of Chilli flakes Pasta (1 bag), (cook pasta while you are cooking the sausage) Parmesan cheese

Method: 1. Cook the chopped sausage. 2. Once sausage is cooked add the tinned tomatoes, tomato paste, soy or oyster sauce to taste, chilli flakes and if you wish you can add garlic . 3. Heat all these items together. 4. Once all heated through serve on top of the pasta. 5. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. 23

EDITOR’S NOTE Thank you for all the contributions this month! Any interesting articles you find and would like to share, or if you would like to write an article for the magazine ‌. Let me know! Just a friendly reminder to please proof read, and be sure to use punctuation and grammar. The deadline for submissions for next month is:

Friday 18th MAY 2018 Email editor:



Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria - April 2018 magazine online version  

The monthly magazine of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc., online edition for April 2018

Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria - April 2018 magazine online version  

The monthly magazine of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc., online edition for April 2018