Simpson Desert Trip - Cameron Corner
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INTRODUCTION TO THE SUBARU 4WD CLUB The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. was originally formed over 30 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 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 2013/14 year were agreed at the general meeting in April 2013 and are as follows: ● Interstate: $105 (Seniors card - $100) ● Single: $115 (Seniors card - $105) ● Joint/family: $135 - (Seniors card - $120). Joining Fee $10 ($20 for Joint/Family) (All annual fees include FWDV affiliation and trip insurance: $45) A trip fee of $15 per adult non-member applies (for insurance purposes) Please contact the membership officer for further information regarding membership, including pro-rata and monthly rates.
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COMMITTEE Meetings 1st Tuesday each month: 7:30pm Damian Stock firstname.lastname@example.org (President) Jessica Walsh (Vice President) Peter Bellis email@example.com (Secretary) Bob Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org (Treasurer) Martin Foot email@example.com (Trip & Social) Michael Hartshorne firstname.lastname@example.org. au (Editor) Andrew Jantke email@example.com (Membership) Dale Rebgetz firstname.lastname@example.org (Resources) Stephen Whittaker email@example.com (Venue) Bev Davison (Ordinary Member) Phil Milkins (Ordinary Member)
PRESIDENT’S REPORT Welcome to the August magazine and my first president's report from home in a couple of months. It is quite a change from the last two months where I was either on the other side of the world or in the middle of outback Australia. While I have nothing against Melbourne, I am finding it a little hard getting used to the weather after spending most of the last two months either in the northern summer or in the desert, where the day time conditions were pretty comfortable for this time of year. Even the night time temperatures in the desert, while cold, were nowhere near as chilly and wet as what we are encountering at the moment. Still, it is nice to be back home, especially after leaving Angela in Melbourne for three weeks, so that she could return to looking after our one year old grandson a couple of days per week. At this time of year we are normally welcoming a new committee following the AGM elections. Thanks to the meandering of a majority of the current committee through the desert it has been necessary to move the AGM to the August meeting, meaning that the current committee has carried on in their current roles, for an extra month. Now back in Melbourne we have quickly got back into the swing of local club activities and preparation for the AGM. Unfortunately, Angela and I were re-acquainting ourselves with the farm at the weekend so we were unable to attend the movie night organised by Dot. From all accounts it sounded like a very interesting evening. After my last report, despatched from the Birdsville caravan park, we had to face a major challenge with undertaking the crossing as a complete convoy. Due to issues with Martin’s car, necessitating it to be left in Birdsvillle, we decided that it would be best for Bev and Martin to continue on with the convoy, as passengers in other vehicles. On Sunday morning the group distributed Bev and Martin’s essential camping gear and personal items, as well as their food and drink, across a number of the remaining vehicles. Martin’s jerry cans were also distributed across the convoy so as to not leave them full in the vehicle while it was being shipped back to Melbourne. Due to the delay in leaving Birdsville Jessica soon realised that she would not be able to cross the desert and still make it back to work in Melbourne on time. As a result, she decided to cut and run, heading back to Melbourne via the Old Birdsville Track, while the rest of the convoy would be heading out to Big Red and the start of the crossing.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT After the mandatory photos in front of the Birdsville pub, the seven remaining vehicles headed out of town towards the Simpson Desert National Park. At the turn off to the old Birdsville Track Jessica bade us farewell and headed south while the rest of us headed west towards Big Red and the start of our big adventure. After airing down at the base of the dune, on the edge of Lake Nappanerica, we headed up Big Red with Dale in the lead, having rotated the group through the convoy leader and tail end Charlie positions each day since leaving Hattah Lakes. After the remaining six vehicles successfully negotiated what would be the largest dune in the crossing we again spent plenty of time taking photos before heading into the desert. Due to the lateness of our departure we had to reassess our camping locations across the desert and, as a result, settled the first night about half way across the QAA Line towards Poeppel Corner. As we progressed across the desert our track was being recorded by a Spot GPS tracking device in Dale and Jan’s vehicle. This reported our GPS coordinates via satellite every ten minutes where these could be monitored on a web site that Dale had published prior to our leaving Melbourne. I know that Angela, our grandson and many others watched our progress not only across the desert but for the whole trip, giving them a great view of where we were each day and the progress we were making. Together with Martin’s satellite phone we were never too far away from family and friends, even though we were hundreds of kilometres from anywhere in the middle of the desert. Dale also did a great job documenting the whole trip, periodically publishing updates as a blog on the exploroz web site. Despite having a little challenge on one vehicle as we crossed the WAA line, a couple of days out of Birdsville, all six vehicles made it successfully to Mount Dare without any fuss. The desert did not really pose any real challenges for the convoy and it was with great satisfaction that we enjoyed a refreshing swim at Dalhousie Springs, on completion of the crossing, before continuing on the very rough Bloods Creek track to Mount Dare. While the desert crossing was the highlight of the trip from a four wheel driving perspective, there was plenty more to see after we left Mount Dare. Probably the highlight of the trip was our visit to the late Molly Clark’s old home of Old Andado Station. While I would love to cover this visit here, as well as the rest of the trip, there is just not enough room so you will have to wait for more in the trip report. Continued on page 7.
VENUE REPORT AUGUST GENERAL MEETING Date: Tuesday 27 August (following the August General Meeting at 8pm) Venue: South Camberwell Tennis Club Presentation: The Annual General Meeting is tonight! This is your opportunity to become more involved in our great club. The clubs annual awards will also be announced tonight. They’re always entertaining, so come along to see who has won (whether they wanted to or not!). It could be you. Door Prize: As it’s the AGM, we’re going to draw two door prizes on the night! Come along members to be in the draw to win. SPECIAL SUPPER: Pizza’s on the club! Be sure to have just a small dinner (or at least save some room) for a special supper – pizzas will be delivered to our meeting. Stephen Whittaker Venue Coordinator
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JESSICA’S JOTTINGS I recently wrote about weight limits. What also needs to be considered is how the weight is distributed, not just how much weight there is. The higher the heavy items are, the higher your centre of gravity. Always try to keep the heavy items as low as possible. On the recent Simpson trip there were a number of ingenious methods to carry the extra fuel and water required. These ranged from being secured in the foot well, to actually removing the seats themselves and fitting custom made jerry can holders. With any packing there are compromises, and easy access is one of them. In some cases the car had to be unpacked to get to the spare fuel, but that was a small price to pay for keeping the weight low. A high centre of gravity will increase the instability of the vehicle on rough ground and when cornering. Happy travels. Jessica Walsh
PRESIDENT’S REPORT Continued from p5. This will be based on Dale’s blog together with a few other pieces that were not for public consumption. Watch out for this in the coming months. Don’t forget also to come along to the AGM where we should have some photos from the trip as well as plenty of banter in fines and fun. I also have some great news on the Subaru Docklands front, which I need to confirm before making any further announcements about it here. Anyway, that’s enough from me for this month. Take care of yourself out there and I will hopefully see you at the AGM. Damian
TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT MYSTERY NAVIGATIONAL RUN / TOURING ASSEMBLY Sunday 1 September Trip Rating: Social Trip Leader: Stephen Whittaker, email: email@example.com This is a day for everyone in the club! Commencing in Sunbury, this fun, social navigational run will take you across some picturesque countryside while challenging your brain (so make sure you bring it with you!). Keep your eyes peeled throughout the day too as you can’t miss a thing. There’ll be plenty of socialising and we’ll enjoy a BBQ lunch at the halfway point. A great day for the kids! All roads are 2WD, formed roads with some of them dirt roads. Where will we end up? You’ll just have to wait and see… OTWAYS TRIP Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October Trip Rating: Medium, or Otway Fly only - Social Trip Leader: Michael Hartshorne, email: firstname.lastname@example.org 4WD-ing and Otway Fly (Sunday) HIGH COUNTRY – AROUND BRIGHT & POREPUNKAH Saturday 2 – Tuesday 5 November (Melbourne Cup Long Weekend) Trip Rating: Medium – Difficult Trip Leader: Stephen Whittaker, email: email@example.com The Victorian High Country is a large and very special area of Victoria. This trip will explore the areas immediately north and south of Bright and Porepunkah. Get ready for breathtaking views and scenic hill climbs… with the occasional river crossing. Based at a standing camp in Bright, we’ll enjoy day trips out, navigating some challenging tracks just after they’ve reopened for the summer. More details about the trip will become available closer to the date. CHRISTMAS PARTY Sunday 24 November Trip Rating: Social Venue: Open to suggestions from members, within reasonable distance from Melbourne Trip leader: Feel free to volunteer (usually a team effort) Further details TBA. Page: 8
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TRIP REPORTS Simpson Desert Trip by Dale Rebgetz Saturday, Jul 13 Our target today was to leave at around lunch time, but drop into our favourite cafe for lunch and coffee before actually departing. At three o'clock we finally left home, eating a couple of muffins as we headed straight past the cafe, not stopping until we got to Calder for fuel and coffee. From there we headed to Bendigo (it rained all the way) and took a cabin at the City Central Caravan Park. Tea at the adjacent pub seemed like a good idea but they were booked out. We headed further towards town where at another pub we waited 20 minutes for a nice meal. Car stuff... On Wednesday evening I changed the oxygen sensor in the Subbie and it seems to be running better. On Thursday evening I changed the ECU mapping, trying to smooth out the throttle response bumps the tuner had left in there - which means the ECU has to re-learn its timing settings. I had read that resetting the ECU can stuff up the fuel consumption for a while - well I was watching the instantaneous consumption from Calder (after refuelling) and it was all over the place, sometimes as high as 18 LHK in flat steady driving, with the average to Bendigo being 13.5!!! I hope it learns the correct settings soon. Tomorrow it's off to Hattah Lakes to meet the others in our party. Sunday, Jul 14 Bendigo to Hattah Lakes A wet night, a wet morning. A straight forward trip up the highway. Lunch at Sea Lake, sunshine from Sea Lake on. 3 pm arrival at the camp site. Only drama was running out of fuel 8km from our planned refuelling stop at Ouyen - with a calculated 10 l of fuel still left in the tank!!?? We pulled off the road, the engine had cut out, and contemplated the significant unpacking required to get access to the reserve fuel on board. I tried the starter motor - success. Was it dirty fuel? One kilometre down the road and the same thing happens. We pause, we contemplate. Ignition on, I hear the pump in the fuel tank operate momentarily, the engine starts - but it is not happy. Then a thought. The engine runs well enough for a quick figure 8 in the dirt beside the road, and we drive to Ouyen without further incident where we are able to put just 50 l into the 60 l tank. Page: 10
TRIP REPORTS Why? My guess: The fuel tank is a saddle tank sitting across the transmission tunnel, with fuel pickup on one side, and an internal pump to move the fuel from one side to the other. If that pump is not operating there is about 10 l which is not accessible. My figure eight sloshed that fuel around a bit; I must figure out which side the fuel pickup is on. Fuel consumption was a bit better today - 12.2 LHK, help by mostly travelling around 95 km/h. Based on unexpectedly high consumption 4 years ago on a similar trip I suspect there are three contributing causes: (a) vehicle weight, (b) the AT tyres - probably high rolling resistance, and (c) the roof rack. Fuel was 1 cent/litre cheaper at little Ouyen than at Calder (Melbourne)! Jamie, Les, and Jessica arrived last night. Jamie's swag did not cope well with the significant rain and he ended up sleeping in the car. Peter and Jean arrived a couple of hours before us, Stephen shortly after us (carrying a cold so left today rather than yesterday, allowing more time for recuperation). Martin and Bev's bedding got wet - the roof-top pod leaked - so they were drying it out before leaving Melbourne 11-ish. Damian left around 1pm so should be here an hour or two after dark. Monday, Jul 15 Martin and Bev arrived around 7:30 pm last night and had their tents up just before the heavens opened up. Half an hour later it was gone, not to be seen again. Damian arrived around 9 pm. Only to discover he left behind his sleeping mat. An uncomfortable sleep in the car ensued. Morning saw us slow away â€“ like about 10:30. Wet tents and this being the first night camping for this trip didn't help. Next stop was Mildura â€“ to grab a few things we needed (like a sleeping mat). That was a slow stop too. Lunch was at a Wentworth, in a picnic ground looking over the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers. Our plan from there was to head up the Wentworth Pooncarie Road to Pooncarie, then on to Menindee and camp at the lake. However a little geographical embarrassment when leaving Wentworth saw us on the wrong side of the Darling. When we discovered our problem we decided to continue on that side of the Darling to Pooncarie. When some confusion arose over the exact track we should be on, a local resident butted in on our conversation to help us. What we learnt was that while we could get to Pooncarie via our current route, the road from there to Menindee would Page: 11
TRIP REPORTS probably be closed because it is black soil country, and last night's rain would have made it impassably slippery. If it did indeed transpire (that the road was closed), we would have to head all the way back Wentworth before we could take an alternate route – a very long detour. Hence we chose to abandon our Menindee camp plans and head to Broken Hill and camp at a caravan park. We were planning on passing through Broken Hill tomorrow anyway, so the only down side was missing out on seeing the Lake Menindee area – which I am told in a very pleasant experience. It was after dark when we rolled into Broken Hill. We have a nice grassy camping area – the same one we had when we passed through here two years ago on our way to Lake Eyre. Most cooked tea at the caravan park, but Bev, Martin, Jan and I went into town for a quite acceptable pub tea. Tuesday, Jul 16 Broken Hill, clocks half an hour back for local time, refuel, some of us needed to purchase our Desert Passes for our passages into South Australian parks. Damian is having lots of problems with his fridge – excessive current causing drain blown fuses yesterday morning and a flat battery this morning. 10:30 say us departing the information centre (half an hour later than planned) with Les as trip leader today. We headed up the Silver City Highway – mostly sealed but still with many unsealed sections. The unsealed sections are generally good quality and very wide, making passing the occasional road train quite easy. Immediately after rain, however, could make them troublesome. Lunch was at a little rest spot just past Packsaddle roadhouse. This would not be a good road to be travelling at night – judging by the significant amount of road kill, including a cat, an emu, and lots of roos. We stopped on a high ridge where we could see Cobham Lake to the west, with lots of water, and a much larger dry (unnamed) salt lake to the east. Further north we took a 1 km detour into the Milparinka ghost town. There was plenty to see and explore, but time was against us. Our destination for today was Tibooburra - population 150 so quite sizeable. Two fuel outlets, one had no unleaded until the tanker came in tomorrow, so we had to refuel at the other. Happiness is when your choice is no choice at all. The two diesels in the party, however, had to choose. 5:30 saw us at the Dead Horse Gully campground in the Sturt National Park, just a few km out of town. No files allowed but good facilities including BBQs.
TRIP REPORTS Wednesday Jul 17 – Tibooburra to Innaminka An earlier rise today, we made it into town by 9 – to grab a coffee before leaving. At least that was the plan, until Les locked his keys into his car. With the valiant effort of two second rate car thieves (Jessica and a local) it only took 15 minutes to break in. It was 9:30 when we finally moved off. Not much other action in the morning - several stops for photos, one stop to fix Jamie's spot light that had come loose, and another to patch Peter and Jean's broken headlight – from a stone. Next stop: Cameron Corner – where one can be in NSW, SA, and Qld at the same time. After a group photo we headed up to the corner store where some of us bought some lunch. Jan's steak sandwich and my burger were both quite enjoyable. There is club sticker on the wall now. From there it was east for a while then up the Old Strzelecki Track to Innaminka. Good unsealed roads all the way, mostly wide, some corrugations. The first section from Cameron Corner was good fun as we headed over lots of of sand dunes (on a gravelled road, so no sand driving). We typically travelling around 80 km/h, which over some of the rises left our stomach in our mouth. We arrived at the Innaminka camp ground early enough to set up camp and have tea before dark. The plan for a very early start tomorrow was scuttlebutted when we discovered (at 5:30 pm) that fuel is available from 8am to 5pm. Such is life. Today was a warm day – 27 max.
TRIP REPORTS Thursday Jul 18 – Innaminka to Haddon Corner Last night at the Outaminka Beer garden (that is it what it is called) there was a big outdoor screen set up for the State of Origin match. None of us partook of the spectacle but we could clearly hear when tries were scored. A very mild night – 16 min. Note to self – don't trust unproven phone apps to work and save data as expected. I had made copious notes about today's events – for easy blog posting when I had internet coverage again, but when I went looking for it, only the most recent edit was there. Not happy. First stop today was Burke's Grave – the site on the Cooper where Burke was initially buried. A little further along we visited the Burke and Wills Dig Tree. The area is maintained by Nappa Merrie Station, which explains the unexpected $11 per vehicle entry fee. A relatively uneventful trip ensued from there north before taking a sharp left into Haddon Corner. Haddon Corner is the north-west corner of South Australia. After the obligatory group photo we set up camp nearby in a flat footy oval sized area surrounded on three sides by sand ridges. The wind stopped and the flies came out in force when we were about to cook tea – one annoyance replaced by another. A very nice sunset this evening, with rain visible in the east, north-west, and west. Shortly after sunset the wind sprang up accompanied by a few drops of
TRIP REPORTS rain, and two minutes later we had strong wind and heavy rain, yet ten minutes later it was gone. Needless to say the rapid onset of rain and strong wind caught a few of us with our pants down, figuratively speaking. Friday Jul 19 â€“ Haddon Corner - Birdsville A worrying amount of rain overnight but not much surface water this morning, although there is much thunder, lightning and rain to the north-west. Some of us found ourselves camped in mud, other more fortunately on sand. 8:40 depart. Compared to the rain which had fallen a week ago this was light rain, but enough to make the road very slippery. It was horrible clay of the type that when you walk on it that you grow taller with every step; It has similar effect with vehicles, clogging up the wheel arches. Back on the main road (gravelled) great lump of clay would fall off sometimes as we travelled along. Before long we were on dusty road again. We turned left onto the Birdsville Developmental Road and planned a rest stop at Betoota. Unfortunately a communication breakdown combined with that locality being recently bypassed (and the bypass not shown on most maps), saw only some of the party visit what was by all accounts a very interesting place. It was around 1:30 when we drove past the Birdsville race course into Birdsville.
TRIP REPORTS It is NAIDOC week this week (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee); we were fortunate to be able to attend a local community NAIDOC event in the evening, with children dancing traditional dances to didgeridoo music, followed by a free meal with your choice of kangaroo or fish. The kangaroo was barbecued, while the kangaroo tail and the fish were slow cooked in hot coals. The fish and the kangaroo were very nice, but I passed on the kangaroo tail. Saturday Jul 20 – Rest Day Recently Jan and I changed our phone plan to Aldi pre-paid – because it utilised the Telstra network and was much cheaper than Telstra from Telstra – but there is a catch. Telstra ain't Telstra, Sol. Both Telstra and Optus have mobile service in Birdsville, but not Aldi Telstra. There is a free vehicle washing facility here in Birdsville, specifically for washing mud off vehicles – using hot artesian water. It was well patronised by us, however that clay does not like coming off. At around 3 we all headed north for a look at the Waddi trees, then a visit to a nearby lookout offering a spectacular 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside – a harsh country with its own beauty. Bev, Jan, Jean and Peter then returned to camp, and Damian left his car at camp, riding with Jessica, while the rest of us went out ostensibly to view the sunset from on top of Big Red. The sunset was rather ordinary, but our first real sand dune of the trip certainly brought home the importance of tyre pressure. There were several ways up, some harder than others. I chose one of the harder tracks; 16 psi front, 18 rear: one try was enough to tell me not to bother. 10/12 psi and I was just able to negotiate it. Others had similar experiences. Page: 16
TRIP REPORTS Climbing (driving up) these dunes takes a lot of engine power and unfortunately it appears to have been too much for Martin's car. It got up okay, then up another rise before descending, but as we started the journey back to Birdsville, he barely made 200 meters before the engine decided it did not like running. It did not want to restart, and when it did it was not happy idling, usually stalling immediately. There was uncomfortable engine knocking happening during these restart attempts, making me think the problem may be a valve or ignition timing issue, perhaps a slipped timing belt? Because of the engine knocking we decided the safest thing to do was to flat tow him back. So while Jamie towed, Martin steered his sad Subie back to Birdsville. Fortunately the road was relatively flat and the distance only about 35 km. We were back at camp by 8 pm, with enough time to get to the Birdsville pub for a buffet tea. Those who had stayed at camp had already eaten but were still at the pub to greet us. Martin has RACV Total Care, so tomorrow morning he has to ring the RACQ (this being Queensland) so they can ring the local garage we are camped opposite to give them permission to assess the vehicle. Fortunately the garage is open tomorrow morning (Sunday). Then as a group we will be in a better position to assess our options. Sunday, Jul 21 "She's buggered, mate.", says the mechanic, so it's Total Care to the rescue. The vehicle is to be left here at the RACQ centre waiting trucking back to Melbourne. The plan is that Martin and Bev will transfer personal effects and food to other vehicles and continue with us, occupying some of the spare seats. This Page: 17
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TRIP REPORTS has not been confirmed as Martin is trying to contact Dot (his wife) first, to discuss the situation with her. We anticipate being on the move by midday. And then we were six. Jessica has to leave us and head back early. The time line was always going to be tight for her (she has to be back at work a week earlier than the rest of us) and this delay has pushed the boundary too far. After a group photo in front of the Birdsville pub (including Jessica, but minus Martin's car) we headed west together, with Jessica peeling off south just a km or two later. First stop – Big Red. We paused at its base, reduced tyre pressures, and changed to channel 10. All Simpson travellers are requested to use this channel – for easy inter-party communication – necessary to avoid head-on accidents on dune crests. We breezed up it – not the slightest bit of trouble this time. It was easier than a number of later dunes we crossed. Travel was slow but we progressed steadily and made camp at about 4:30. As reported by recent travellers, the east to west direction is currently the easier as the west face is terribly chopped up. Often our down-hill decent was slower than up-hill. There are still clouds around from the recent inclement weather, producing a spectacular sunset this evening which we viewed from a dune top. \ Dale Rebgetz To be continued next month…
Solo down the Birdsville Track By Jessica Walsh It was with heavy hearts that the Simpson trip divided in Birdsville on Sunday. With one car’s engine trouble, two people had to fit into the remaining six vehicles. I was already on a tight schedule to get back to work by Friday so I chose to leave the group at this point and make my own way back to Melbourne. I headed off from Birdsville with the others in tow at 1pm and waved goodbye at the turnoff to the Birdsville Track whilst they continued to Big Red and the Simpson Desert. I was fortunate to be able to drive the iconic inside track as it was open for the first time in four years. This was the route that Tom Kruse took in the 50’s with his old truck from Marree to Birdsville. It was sobering to think he drove this track at a maximum speed of 40mph, taking 2-3 days at his quickest. Page: 20
TRIP REPORTS There was a little sign of water on the edges of the track from time to time, but nothing significant. The inside track is primarily dirt so it is easy to see how driving on it after a little rain could cause damage. For much of the track it was single lane so I had to take care when crossing the dunes to keep as far left as possible. Unlike the Simpson, there is no set radio channel for the Birdsville Track so I set my radio to scan all of them, just in case. After about three hours of leisurely driving I came to the outside track (or Birdsville Track proper). The road turned from single track to what seemed like a multi lane highway. There was a lovely campsite area about a kilometer down the track, with toilets and shady areas to pitch tents. As it was still early, I chose to keep going for another hour to Mungerannie. I only passed three cars on the inside track and stopped to chat to two of them. They were both pleased to learn that they could get through to Birdsville. It had not taken me much research to find that out before heading off, so I wonder just how much preparation some people do. When I got to Mungerannie I headed to the pub to pay for my campsite, all of $10 per person per night. I set up camp and then headed back in for a refreshing beverage. Phil the owner/operator was exceeding friendly and happy for a chat. He was quick to spot the Suby polo shirt I was wearing didnâ€™t match the car I was driving. Apparently there was a group of Subaru club members through a short while before (SA?) and none of them were in Subies. There were a few travellers staying in the campsite so it was good to be able to compare stories of the roads travelled. Two of them had ridden from Big Red on motorcycles and then down the K1 line to Mungerannie to relax and Page: 21
TRIP REPORTS restock before heading back into the desert the next day to continue west. That certainly tested their knees. Mungerannie has a few trucks parked in the front yard, a couple of which had been owned and operated by Tom Kruse. After an ale or two I made the prudent decision to have dinner at the bar. I had a parma with some of the best chips in the known universe. Should I travel within cooee of the Mungerannie Hotel in the future I will be stopping in for more chips (and maybe a drink). Up and at ‘em early the next day and I was off further down the Birdsville Track to Marree. I paused at the old railway station to view yet another Kruse lorry and then dropped into the general store for an early lunch. At this point I chose to head west to Lake Eyre South. At least I could say I had visited Lake Eyre again! Then it was back to the Borefield Road junction and south to Roxby Downs. The track conditions of the Borefield Road were much the same as the lower Birdsville and Oodnadatta Tracks: wide, corrugated and gravel. It can’t have been that bad, as I passed a Holden Barina going the other way. I arrived in Roxby Downs to find a few more police on the roads than I thought necessary. I soon found out that protesters were expected around the mine, and so security had been heightened. I was not hopeful when I saw the caravan park had the ‘No Vacancy’ sign out. My trepidation was short-lived, as that was only to keep the protesters away. The park was in fact nearly devoid of travellers, with mostly mine workers as the only tenants. Mind you, after paying $32.40 (and that was with 10% discount) I can see why many don’t stay. For my money I got a nice grassed area to myself. The amenities block was spacious, and I enjoyed a cleaning Page: 22
TRIP REPORTS hot shower as my reward (punishment?) for being back on the bitumen. I asked when I checked out why they didn’t think I was a protester. They actually weren’t sure, they just took a guess. So if you wish to protest in Roxby I suggest you drive a big 4WD covered in mud and travel solo. That way you will be able to pay a small fortune to stay in the caravan park. Another early start saw me off to the coffee shop and then hitting the ‘blacktop’. I headed to Port Augusta for lunch and then through Orroroo and over the Flinders Ranges to Morgan on the Murray River for the night. There had been rain recently so some of the dirt track ‘short-cuts’ were quite slippery and added another layer of mud to the already well disguised, no-longerwhite car. After a delightful night on the banks of the Murray, watching the ferry go back and forth, it was off home after two weeks away. The only car trouble for the entire trip was a broken windscreen on the first day which had been replaced that afternoon in Mildura. I will be heading back to Birdsville next year to finally do that crossing that I missed out on - anyone else want to come along? Jessica Walsh 2011 NT Pajero
NEW SUBBIE FHI Releases "SUBARU XV HYBRID" in Japan June 24, 2013, Tokyo - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today announced the release of the "Subaru XV Hybrid" which goes on sale today at Subaru dealers throughout Japan. Subaru's first-ever hybrid vehicle offers the brand's distinctive, enjoyable driving experience. By using a motor assist function for the engine output, both enhanced fuel economy ยน and smooth acceleration have been achieved. The components for the hybrid system such as a motor and a high voltage battery are installed while maintaining the Subaru's unique Symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel drive) layout. The layout delivers superb driveability based on its low center of gravity and superior weight balance. As the top grade model of Subaru XV, the chassis performance and body rigidity have been thoroughly enhanced in pursuit of ride quality, low noise level and agile handling with the exterior exclusively designed for the hybrid model. [Main features] Hybrid system and Power unit Subaru's original AWD hybrid system has been integrated into the model, furthering torque, responsive power and environmental friendliness with its motor assist function. By utilizing the Symmetrical AWD layout, superb driveability was also achieved. A 2.0-liter DOHC Horizontally-Opposed 4-cylinder gasoline engine was partially modified for the hybrid model, including reduction in engine friction. The transmission was exclusively developed for the hybrid model based on the Lineartronic (CVT). A motor was installed behind the primary pulley. Full-time AWD system with simple structure can distribute torque to four wheels even in EV (Electric Vehicle) driving at low speeds. All four wheels are also driven in engine driving and hybrid driving. By compactly housing heavy parts for the hybrid system such as the high voltage battery under the cargo space, the overall front rear weight distribution and the low centre of gravity were maintained at the same level as the gasoline model. ยน: 20.0km/litre (JC08 mode, 19.0km/litre in case that vehicle weight is 1,540kg)
NEW SUBBIE Eco-Cruise Control" function The exclusive function for the hybrid model "Eco-Cruise Control" was newly developed. It is employed for the model with the "EyeSight" driving assist system. While the EyeSight's "Adaptive Cruise Control with all-speed range tracking function" is operated, actual fuel economy is enhanced by utilizing EV driving maximally. Packaging / Utility New features for the hybrid model are employed while the Subaru XV's user-friendly utilities are maintained. Flat and easy-to-use cargo room have been embodied by installing high voltage parts such as an inverter, a DC-DC converter and a battery as one unit under the cargo space. The multi-function display shows the hybrid system's energy flow according to the driving condition such as engine / motor operation and battery recharging by brake regeneration. Chassis / Body The chassis performance and body rigidity have been refined to detail. Ride quality, noise reduction and sporty handling have been achieved. Friction control damper has been newly adopted for front and rear suspension. It absorbs any road surface irregularities to enhance ride quality. The quick steering gear ratio embodies sharper handling response and a secure feeling. Noise insulation / absorbing materials have been added to reduce hybrid vehicle's unique noise. Large floor undercover has been adopted in pursuit of better aerodynamic performance. Exterior and Interior Design Advanced hybrid engineering and quality feel have been integrated to the Subaru XV's sporty character. A new "Plasma Green Pearl" exterior colour exclusive for the hybrid model has been adopted. It spotlights the vehicle's environmental character. The aluminium wheels which evoke superior aerodynamic performance and advanced engineering were newly designed. The enhanced rigidity of the aluminium wheels contributes straight-driving stability. Head lamps exclusive for the hybrid model offer advanced quality feel. The clear blue inner lens and white bulb have been adopted for the front position lamp. The clear rear combination lamp features the same Subaru motifs used in the front. In the interior, the exclusively designed instrument cluster uses gradations of the blue colour scheme to create a sense of depth and advanced character. The two-tone silver and black Alcantara速 trim enhances the quality feel. The interior quality as the top grade model can be identified at a glance. From: http://www.fhi.co.jp
CLUB MEETING MINUTES Last month’s meeting was planned to be a short meeting as most of the committee was away in the Simpson Desert. A dinner was arranged at Sofia’s Pizza & Pasta House which all enjoyed. Most didn’t finish their meals due to the very large size of the serves. The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 30th July, 2013 at the Sofia’s restaurant commencing at 8:12pm. 1. Present Andrew & Lisa Jantke, Doug & Michelle Greenall, Matt McConaghy, David Wilson, Paul Saleeba, Phil Milkins, Brian & Glenys Howell, Bob and Ruth Marshall, Michael Hartshorne, Jessica Walsh, Tom B, Dot Greiveson. 2. Apologies Elaine Milkins, and those in the Simpson: Damien Stock, Jean Bellis, Peter Bellis, Les Scott, Jamie Scott, Stephen Whittaker, Dale Rebgetz, Bev Davidson, Martin Foot. 3. Visitors Emma Hammel. 4. Minutes of Previous Meeting ● The minutes of the August meeting, after being moved by Ruth Marshall and seconded by Bob Marshall, were accepted without amendment. ● There was no business arising from the minutes 5. Correspondence 5.1 In ● Approval of the new constitution by Consumer Affairs Victoria. 5.2 Out n/a 6. Reports 6.1 Resources ● None, as he is in the Simpson. 6.2 Editor ● As per mag. Page: 26
CLUB MEETING MINUTES 6.3 Venue ● None, as he is in the Simpson. 6.4 Membership ● There are still a number of memberships that have not paid their annual membership. ● Contact will be made with all of them for the annual general meeting. 6.5 Secretary ● None, as he is in the Simpson. 6.6 Vice President ● None 6.7 President ● None, as he is in the Simpson. 6.7 Treasurer ● Current bank account balance is $4,242.56. 6.8 Trip and Social ● None, as he is in the Simpson. ● The Next trip is the Mystery Navigation run on the 1 st September. Talk to Stephan direct for further details. 7. General Business ● A ballet was taken of all present for next months club awards. ● Matt wants to get some very well shot video, to create something. At least one video that is only Subaru’s. Give Stephan a call. ● Ruth moved that Jess should be thanked for the work she did on the constitution. 7. Fines and Fun 7.1 Name Tags Ruth, Bob, Paul, Dot 7.2 Last to Meeting Tom B. Meeting closed at 9:03pm.
COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on Tuesday 6th August 2013 at the home of Martin Foot starting at 7:45pm. 1. Present Martin Foot, Michael Hartshorne, Phil Milkins, Peter Bellis, Damian Stock, Stephen Whittaker, Bev Davison, Bob Marshall, Andrew Jantke, Dale Rebgetz. 2. Apologies Jessica Walsh. 3. Quorum A quorum was achieved with 10 committee members present. 4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting 4.1 Minutes of the July 2013 were accepted without amendment. 4.2 Business Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Actions ● Pre-2003 Club Website – Martin has been able to send an email expressing the club’s concern about the club’s old website still being accessible by the public. ● Club brochure Stephen is yet to incorporate the suggestions from the last committee meeting (his excuse was being on a trip through the Simpson Desert). ● Club website Dale, Stephen and Martin – no further work has been done on updating the photograph gallery engine. ● Membership survey – still in progress. ● Buchan campsite Wayne was re-grassing the paddock after the recent river works by DSE. As with any other private property, we always need to seek permission for access. ● Club constitution Has been accepted by Consumer Affairs Victoria without amendment. A PDF copy of the new constitution needs to be circulated to members. Page: 28
COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES ● Information to trip visitors Dale is having an issue with the printout of the document – some of the logos get distorted. ● Sand flags Dale was able to acquire flags for the Simpson Desert trip. ● Notification of Annual General Meeting It was not sent out with the July magazine. Action: Martin to circulate with the electronic copy of the July magazine. 5. Correspondence 5.1 In ● Consumer Affairs Victoria – approval of the new constitution. ● Club magazines Subaru 4WD Club of South Australia. Land Rover Owners’ Club of Victoria. Pajero 4WD Club of Victoria. ● Sale offer Cargo barrier for a 1997 Forester. Workshop manuals for Liberty vehicles ● Advertising material Club clothing. GPS speedometers. ● Motorist Enthusiast Party – seeking support for a senate ticket in the upcoming Federal election. 5.2 Out ● Mark Tyssen - email. ● Jed – email regarding membership. 6. Reports 6.1 Resources ● Sand flags It was a great hit on the Simpson Desert trip. It will be promoted at the next club meeting to gauge interest of other members to purchase. ● Club trailer contents – Andrew sought verification of the contents list of the trailer. ● Club polo vest – need to find a new replacement as the current style is no longer available. Will do so when the supplier has finished updating their website. Page: 29
COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES ● Dale has monies from the sale of the oil additive. 6.2 Trip and Social ● Details are elsewhere in the magazine. 6.3 Venue ● Details are elsewhere in the magazine. ● Action: Stephen to compile a list of “door prize” resources on hand and table at the next committee meeting. 6.4 Membership ● Have followed up a number of members whose membership fees are still outstanding. Most will being paying next month. ● Still have 12 members still outstanding regarding membership renewal – some which have not yet been contacted. ● Action: Andrew needs to write to 4WD Victoria seeking cobranded membership cards for this year for the club. 6.5 Editor ● Had trouble doing the double sided booklet style PDF copy. Martin will create and upload it in the next few days. 6.6 Treasurer ● Current bank account balance is $4,242.56. ● Major receipts include sales of oil additive and 3 membership renewals. ● Main expenditure was Consumer Affairs Victoria for constitution changes, and purchase of oil additive. 6.7 Secretary ● Nothing to report. 6.8 Vice-President ● Has offered to print the AGM report, if required. 6.9 President ● Recently visited Subaru Glen Waverley to check out new Subarus and maintain our relationship with them. ● Visits to other Subaru dealers should be considered by Venue. 7. Annual General Meeting 7.1 Annual Accounts ● The club operated at a surplus of $1,977.21 for the year. This is mainly due to reduced magazine printing costs and increased resources revenue. ● The club is not obliged to have the accounts audited due to total revenues being under $250,000. Page: 30
COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES 7.2 Annual Reports ● Need to be submitted to the secretary by 13th August 2013. ● Will arrange for the report to be circulated as a PDF file prior to the AGM, and will have some printed version on hand at the meeting. 7.3 Chairman for elections ● To be organised on the night. 7.4 Membership Awards ● Andrew has compiled a list of eligible members – 9 in total. 7.6 Annual Awards ● Nominations were received for the various annual awards. The nominations were reviewed and awardees determined. 7.7 Supper ● Order pizza and drinks on the night. Other foods will also be supplied. 7.8 Door Prize ● Will have two door prizes. 7.9 Committee Composition and Nominations ● The committee recommends that the number of ordinary members for the new committee be 7, which is what the number of ordinary members the committee operated with for the last club year. ● Nominations have been received for the 4 office bearer positions and 5 ordinary member positions. 8. General Business ● Electronic communications – this is permissible under the club’s constitution. Need to update the club’s membership form so that it is possible to have an electronic on-line form that people are able to complete and have such information forwarded to the appropriate committee member. ● Action: Andrew will supply a form to Michael for electronic integration. 9. Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday 3rd September 2013 at 7:30pm at the home of Peter Bellis. 10. Meeting closed at 10:35pm.
1981 Subaru 4WD station wagon (silver) Only 163,844 kms in very good condition Been in the family since brand new (my grandma owned it before me). Serviced regularly, all records available. Had new clutch, radiator, alternator and battery done not too long ago. Pirelli tyres. Has a CD/AUX stereo, as well as the original AM radio. Rego til April 2014 (XOJ 138) $1500 (without road worthy) Please contact Lyndsey at email@example.com Forester Aluminium Bash Plates: made from 6.0mm construction grade aluminium: $300 for club members, $330 for non-members. Fitting can be arranged. Contact: David Wilson, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Jessicaâ€™s Sale: 17" alloy rim to suit the current model Outback. It is fitted with an almost new Kumho 225/60 R17 road tyre that has done about 500km (max). $200 3x 225/60 R17 Yokohama Geolander G012 A/T-S tyres to suit the current Outback/Liberty. Two of them have been driven about 30,000km ($50 ea.) and the other is near new with about 4,000km of use ($100). For more details on any of the above, please email Jessica at email@example.com;au 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 1998-22(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. Contact the club editor to advertise in this space.
RESOURCES We have plenty of resources to sell. We may have many, some or none of the following items so if you are interested in any of these then please come along to the club meeting and I will be very happy to sell them to you. Correct change will be much appreciated. $ Hat Oiled Skin size 55
Black caps with club logo
Short sleeve blue chambray shirt with logo Size 14
New Style Red Polo Shirts (M, L, XL, 2XL)
New Style Vest
Blue Polo Shirt
Large Sew on Badges
Small Sew on Badges
Shackles 3.2 tonne
Fuel Filter Plastic x 45deg.
Fuel Filter Plastic x 90deg.
Fuel Filter Plastic x Straight
eFlare HZ510 Red with Base
CV Boot Clamps Large & Small
CV Joint Grease
Wheel Nuts [Set of 4]
For substantial discounts on all general automotive spare parts, oils, filters, shocks, etc., please see me for details. Thanks, Dale Rebgetz Resources Officer, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Page: 33
STANDARD TRIP EQUIPMENT The aim of all Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. trips is to have an enjoyable experience in the bush, increasing 4WDing 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 of equipment on every trip: a) Personal details form as specified by FWDV, copy to Trip Leader b) Two Rated D- Shackles (minimum 3.2t); c) Rated “Snatch’em” Strap; d) Recovery Points, Front & Rear; plus optional bridle strap, according to vehicle design; e) AM (27Mhz) Channel 5 or UHF (477Mhz) Channel 16 CB Radio; f) Fire Extinguisher, accessible to the driver; g) Spare Tyre (full size); h) Jack and Wheel Brace, or equivalent; i) Emergency Supplies (matches, food, water and clothing); j) Sufficient Fuel, Oil and Water for the trip and delays; k) A Tyre Pressure Gauge; Compressor (according to the trip) l) An Axe, Bow or Chain saw; m) A Sturdy Shovel (collapsible shovels are no good); n) Spare Parts (appropriate to the nature of the Trip); o) A Tool Kit; p) Personal First Aid Kit; q) The 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 the Trip and Social Coordinator or the Trip Leader concerned. All Trip Leaders carry a complete First Aid Kit in case of emergency. All nonemergency medical needs are expected to be meet by individual’s own medical supplies.
FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VICTORIA TRAINING CALENDAR August 2013 Wednesday 28th 4WD Driver Awareness (DA130828)
September 2013 Friday 6th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130907) - Theory Saturday 7th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130907) - Practical Thursday 19th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130921) - Theory Saturday 21st 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130921) - Practical Saturday 21st Winch Recovery Course (WR130921) Saturday 21st First Aid Course (FA130921) October 2013 Friday 11th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC131012) - Theory Saturday 12th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC131012) - Practical Thursday 24th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC131026) - Theory Saturday 26th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC1301026) - Practical Thursday 24th 4WD & AWD Proficiency - Ladies (PC131027) - Theory Sunday 27th 4WD & AWD Proficiency - Ladies (PC131027) - Practical Tuesday 22nd Chainsaw Course (CS131026) - Theory Saturday 26th Chainsaw Course (CS131026) - Practical Friday 25th Map Reading & Introduction to GPS (MR131025) November 2013 Friday 7th GPS Course (GPS131107) Friday 8th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC131109) - Theory Saturday 9th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC131109) - Practical FWDV can be contacted on 9857 5209 or e-mail: email@example.com Contact S4WDCV Secretary Peter Bellis email: firstname.lastname@example.org regarding attendance at FWDV courses as a club discount may apply. Page: 35
The monthly magazine of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc., online version for the month of August 2013
Published on Aug 22, 2013
The monthly magazine of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc., online version for the month of August 2013