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February 2013

High Country Trip 2012

(ISSUE 389) Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. Reg. No. A – 0006149J FWDV Member PO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley VIC. 3149

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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 2012/13 year were agreed at the general meeting in March 2012 and are as follows: Interstate: $100 (Seniors card - $95) � Single: $110 (Seniors card - $100) Joint/family: $115 - (Seniors card - $100) (All fees includes affiliation and Insurance: $42) A trip fee of $10 per adult non-member applies (for insurance purposes) Please contact the membership officer for further information regarding membership, including pro-rata and monthly rates.


South Camberwell Tennis Club 322 Burke Road Glen Iris (Melways 59 H6)

Last Tuesday of each month at 8:00pm sharp (except December)

COMMITTEE Meetings 1st Tuesday each month: 7:30pm Damian Stock (President) Jessica Walsh (Vice President) Peter Bellis (Secretary) Bob Marshall (Treasurer) Martin Foot (Trip & Social) Michael Hartshorne au (Editor) Andrew Jantke (Membership) Dale Rebgetz (Resources) Stephen Whittaker (Venue) Bev Davison (Ordinary Member) Phil Milkins (Ordinary Member)

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT Welcome to the February club magazine and my report. It seems to be such a short time since my last report, which I suppose happens in the short month of February. Well it certainly has flown by and it is a bit of a struggle to work out what has happened in the club of late. For those of you who missed the January meeting, you really missed a fun filled evening. The fun started earlier than usual with a sausage sizzle BBQ kicking off at 6.30PM. The response to the BBQ was so good that I had to rush off, midBBQ, to get more bread. Fortunately, that was all we ran short of and, due to the hard work of our cooks, Jessica and Stephen, there were a lot of well-fed members and visitors ready when the meeting proper started. There was also a healthy contribution to the club’s funds which is always very welcome. The meeting itself was also quite special, with one of the most entertaining, and profitable, fines and fun we have had in recent times. Apart from the odd missing badge, most of the fines resulted from the club’s eventful Christmas trip. The story was well told by a number of the attendees and was a perfect introduction to a thirty minute compilation video of the trip, put together by Stephen. It was great seeing so many members not only at the meeting but also staying on after supper to watch the video presentation. As a result of the extended fines and fun session, together with the trip video, we ran out of time to run the club’s photo competition. The competition will now be run at the February meeting. I hope that we can repeat the pre-meeting BBQ again before the colder weather returns. We may also consider a pub counter meal before the March meeting, given the close proximity of the pub to Glen Waverley Subaru where our meeting will be held that month. This week I experienced a couple of meetings of very different dimensions. On Monday I attended the association’s board meeting which, even after a 6.30PM start, still did not finish until around midnight, due to the amount of business to be transacted. On Tuesday I attended the general meeting of the Toyota Landcruiser Club, at the invitation of Peter Dwyer, their club president, held at the Mulgrave Country Club. Many of you will know Peter from his company, Telstat, while some will remember Peter from his involvement in the Four Wheel Drive radio show. While the meeting proper finished before 10pm, it was still around midnight before I left the meeting venue. After some interesting discussions with their club webmaster, training officer and Cruiserkhana coordinator, I enjoyed a late coffee with Peter, Carol and Russell, which meant that it was another very late night by the time I got home. Any discussion with Peter is most entertaining due to his very long involvement with 4WDing and he was in fine form, despite having just run the club meeting.

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT An interesting thing about the TLC meeting is the number of members who regularly attend, with over two hundred in attendance at this month’s meeting. Next month, when they will have Ron and Viv Moon as guest speakers, they are expecting well over three hundred. The numbers attending are so large that they now need to pre-book dinner reservations in the club’s bistro. Even though the club has around thirty members in their committee, with each presenting on their portfolio during the meeting, the proceedings moved along very well, mostly thanks to Peter’s organising skills. I learnt a number of things about TLC at the meeting including the fact that their Yaark property has been valued at around $1M. Not bad for a club that has been around only a couple of years longer that ours. The property is so large that it has a maintenance budget of its own, something that we should consider for the Buchan site. Speaking of Buchan, don’t forget that we are planning a trip there for the March long weekend, so please let David Wilson know if you want to come along. We hope to start closing in the shelter, in order to keep the stock out, so come along to help, or supervise, the development. Last month I mentioned the new Forester and was looking forward to a new automatic CVT to match up with the diesel. Unfortunately, this is not going to happening in the near future, if at all. This is a questionable decision on the part of Subaru corporate but, given the size of our market, I suppose we can’t blame them. Having said that, a number of the Forester’s competitors have released their diesel models with an automatic option so it will be difficult to see the Forester maintaining its market share. This could be good discussion for our March meeting at Subaru. The next association general meeting will be held at Warragul on February 23rd. This should be an interesting meeting as the guest presenters will be from the CFA Community Liaison Bushfire group. This is very topical given the amount of the state currently under threat of bushfires. I am sure that you will enjoy the meeting, if you have time to make the trip. If any of you are interested in making a weekend of it, you are welcome to make the longer trip down to our farm at Woodside North, where Angela and I will be, to stay for the weekend. We could head out to the local pub at Woodside for a counter meal on Saturday night. Please let me know if you can make it to the meeting and if you would like to stay at the farm as well. Anyway that’s enough from me for this month. Take care of yourself out there, on the road or in the bush, and if I look forward to seeing you soon. Damian

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EDITOR’S REPORT Thanks to Martin for preparing this month’s magazine while I’m in trekking in Tassie. Back to normal next month. A reminder that we are no longer sending out hard copies of the magazine before the general meetings to the majority of members. The exceptions are those who have not registered an email address with the club. Everyone else will receive an electronic link to the magazine on-line and can collect their magazines at the meeting or print them using the files provided in the email. The magazine deadline for next edition is February14th 2013. Send all copy to Michael


FEBRUARY GENERAL MEETING Date: Tuesday 26 February at 8pm Venue: South Camberwell Tennis Club Presentation: Two this month! Annual Photo Competition (deferred from January): Looking forward to seeing photos from our members! Some pretty amazing entries this year! Presenter: Flexitank (water bladder systems manufacturers) Presenters and meeting highlights to come in 2013: ● ● ●

Telstat (outback communications experts) Smithy’s Outback Gear (Greg Smith – 4WD & outback gear) Freshield (food preservation and packaging)

There are door prize giveaways for members at each meeting too.

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VENUE REPORT SUBARU GLEN WAVERLEY – MARCH MEETING (Tuesday 26 March) The launch of the new Forester is here. And, there is no doubt all of us want an up-close and personal moment with it. The club is in the midst of speaking with Subaru Glen Waverley to have our March General Meeting at their showroom! It’s tentative at this stage and we will let you know when we have more information, but a basic rundown of the night may look something like this: From 5:30pm – Dinner at the Village Green Hotel (for those who can make it) From 7:00pm – Subaru Glen Waverley (look at vehicles, take test-drives, attend tours) 8:00pm – Start of General Meeting in boardroom or theatre room Confirmation and details to come! PHOTO COMPETITION Due to a packed January meeting, we have (once again) postponed our annual Photo Competition to this coming February General Meeting (Tuesday 26 February). Entries have closed. Thank you very much to everyone who submitted their entries. There are some seriously good photos in the competition and they’ll be up on the big screen at the upcoming meeting! Members in attendance at the meeting will be able to vote for the winner in each category – come along, see a display of the club’s events over the last two years and VOTE for the best photos. Stephen Whittaker Venue Co-ordinator

HIGH COUNTRY TRIP VIDEO The video highlights of the 2012 High Country Trip shown at the January General Meeting are now on-line on the club’s website at Great job, Stephen!

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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT TASSIE TREK Saturday 15th February - Friday 1st March 2013 This trip is underway as the magazine goes to press. See Trip Reports for their progress so far. BUCHAN TRIP Sat 9 – Mon 11 March (Labour Day weekend) Maintenance working-bee at the Buchan campsite, plus day trips Trip leader: David Wilson, PYRENEES RANGES AND MT COLE STATE FORESTS Fri 29 March – Mon 1 April (Easter) Trip Leader: Stephen Whittaker, (bearing in mind he is in Tassie until 1 March), No-one can quite remember the last time the Club visited this area, which is located approximately 200 Km west of Melbourne near the town of Avoca. The Pyrenees Ranges offer visitors a wonderful mix of natural and cultural history, with spectacular views, rugged mountain ranges, abundant wildlife, a rich mix of wildflowers and historic sites. The main attractions of the forest are the Waterfalls Picnic Area, Governor Rock Lookout and the Pyrenees Endurance Walk. Other nearby attractions include the Percydale Historic Area, the Landsborough Flora and Fauna Reserve and the numerous wineries located around the Ranges. Located one hour drive west of Ballarat, just off the Western Highway, Mt Cole State Forest is 25 kilometres from the township of Beaufort and marks the gateway to the Pyrenees Wine District and the Grampians. The club is investigating accommodation options, in the meantime, there will be a trip intention sheet at the February GM, so please put your name down if you’re interested so Stephen can get a sense for numbers. CRANBOURNE BOTANIC GARDENS TRIP Sunday 21 April Visit the newly opened second stage at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne. BBQ lunch at the Woodland Picnic area, then enjoy the bushwalks, bicycle track and the formal gardens. Free entry. Trip Leader: Martin Foot, Page: 8

TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT BUNYIP STATE FOREST NIGHT DRIVE Sat 14 April (with option for overnight camp to Sun 15) Meet at Caltex servo Longwarry on Princes Freeway. More information to come. Medium/Difficult. Trip Leader: Jamie Scott, SOUTH GIPPSLAND TRIP Deferred from Australia Day to a date to be confirmed Day and night drives, visits to State and National Parks. Standing camp at Jamie Scott’s property in South Gippsland. Social/Easy to Difficult, your choice. Trip Leader: Jamie Scott, SIMPSON DESERT TRIP 2013 This trip has been on hold since 2011 due to inland road conditions, but hopefully will take place in 2013. Likely timing: July/August Vehicles will need to be suitably prepared and subject to prior inspection and approval Contact: Damian Stock, email HIGH COUNTRY AROUND POREPUNKAH Sat 2 – Tues 5 November (Cup Day long weekend) Trip Leader: Steven Whittaker, OTHER TRIPS Film Night – Drive-In? Cathedral Ranges Woods Point Goldfields

Narbethong A Picnic at Hanging Rock Melbourne Laneways

We need leaders to run these trips, please contact me. Martin Foot Trip and Social Coordinator

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TRIP REPORTS TASMANIA TREKKIN’ (Part 1) February 16 - March 1 2013 Report written by Jessica Walsh Michael, Stephen and Jessica met near the Spirit of Tasmania for a quick photo shoot and a drink. Stephen’s parents came along so there were five of us to bid three ‘Bon Voyage’. We boarded the ship, found our cabins and headed for dinner. The crossing was calm and uneventful and after a good night’s sleep (for most) we were awake at 5am and preparing to disembark. After driving off and collecting our gas cylinders we headed for Burnie. By the time we got there the shops were open for a last minute veggie purchase and breakfast with coffee. Stephen would beg to differ at the reference to breakfast. Our next stop was Smithton for our last fuel stop and then on to Woolnorth, the northern most part of Tassie we could reach. We were soon to appreciate what the ‘Roaring Forties’ meant. We were southbound towards Arthur River campground with a slight detour to West Point, so named because it is the westernmost point in Tassie we could get to. At Arthur River we found a font of information from Tia at the ranger station and we soon had camp set up. Did I mention it was windy?! After a sleep in we looked forward to a big day behind the wheel. We headed south to see how far we could get and soon found the track to be quite challenging. There was sand, rocks, mud and more rocks, and more sand. Pressures were dropped, and then dropped again. After a particularly difficult section we decided enough was enough, so we turned around and made our way back towards camp. As we still had plenty of time we chose to do some of the tracks that followed the coastline. It was on the Couta Rocks to Sarah Anne Rocks track that Jessica suffered a flat tyre. The puncture was in the sidewall, and coincidentally the same wheel as the high country trip. It was quickly changed Page: 10

TRIP REPORTS and we were on our way again. We headed back to camp to find a large assortment of motorhomes had also chosen to share our location. Michael found one of his tyres had a slow leak, which would need to be monitored. Day three and we were heading for Corinna Campground on the Pieman River. We stopped at the end of Balfour track, to see what we would have faced had we taken that route. It looked very challenging. We then headed into Balfour, the site of an old mining town with lots of tracks to explore. It was here we found Michael’s tyre had dropped pressure again, so we changed it. We continued on our way and observed some dramatic vegetation changes as we headed further south and climbed the hills and dropped into the valleys. We made good time and were soon in Corinna, where we enjoyed lunch. Unfortunately the campground was booked out for the night so we crossed the river on the ferry (at $20 per vehicle) and headed to Strahan, via Zeehan. In Zeehan we fueled up at an attendant-less petrol station, and aired our tyres back up. After a few more vegetation changes and kilometres of windy road we arrived in Strahan where we set up camp not far from Macquarie Heads, the entrance to the second largest harbour in the Southern Hemisphere. Little were we to realise that tragedy would soon strike... This tale of Tassie will be continued in more detail upon our return. Attendess: Jessica Walsh Michael Hartshorne Stephen Whittaker

2010 2.0D Outback 2010 XT Forester 2007 X Forester Page: 11

SUBARU NEWS 2013 SUBARU FORESTER NOW ON SALE IN AUSTRALIA by Malcom Flynn, The Motor Report, Subaru's new 2013 Forester is now on sale in Australia, introducing buyers to the fourth generation model in its popular midsized SUV range. The new 'Fozza' brings expanded drivetrain options, improved interior space, a host of new features, and improved efficiency across the board. Style-wise, the new Forester is a continuation of the design language introduced with the current Liberty and Impreza/XV models - and arguably the most visually appealing to date. Overall length and height is now 35mm greater than the model it replaces, but the 2013 Forester uses high strength steel and an aluminium bonnet to keep weight-gain to a minimal five kilograms. Despite its taller stance, the new Forester’s aerodynamics have been improved from the previous 0.37cd, to a more hatch-like 0.33. Like the 2012 XV/Impreza ranges, petrol Foresters adopt the i, i-L, and i-S trim level designations, while turbodiesel models are available in equivalent D, D-L, and D-S levels. Mechanical Package (non-XT models) For 2013, the previous Forester’s 126kW/235Nm 2.5 litre petrol and 108kW/350Nm 2.0 litre turbodiesel boxer engines continue largely unchanged, aside from the diesel’s maximum torque arriving 200rpm earlier at 1600rpm. Diesel models continue as six-speed manual only, but are now spread across three trim levels; D, D-L, and D-S. These continue to lead the way in terms of fuel efficiency, with an official 5.9l/100km (down from 6.0l/100km). The 2.5 litre petrol boxer is now auto-only, but the big news is that the previous model’s four speed torque converter unit (five-speed on S-Edition) has been replaced by Subaru’s Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT transmission with paddle shifters. This transmission has helped the 2.5’s efficiency improve Page: 12

SUBARU NEWS significantly, from 9.3l/100km to 8.1l/100km, and this driveline is available in i, i-L, and i-S trim levels. At the lower end of the Forester’s price scale, a 2.0 litre base petrol option returns to the range for the first time since 2003, producing 110kW/198Nm, and returning an impressive 7.2l/100km. The 2.0 litre base petrol is available with six-speed manual only, and available in i and i-L trim grades. All non-turbo petrol models are now equipped with an automatic stop/start function, which switches off the engine when stationary for more than half a second, and will restart within 0.35 seconds when needed. Subaru’s SI-Drive system is fitted to 2.0i-L, 2.5i-L, and 2.5i-S models, giving drivers the choice between ‘Sport’ linear throttle response or ‘Intelligent’ economy-biased throttle. The 2013 Forester continues to offer two versions of Subaru’s symmetrical all -wheel drivetrain, with manual models utilising a viscous centre coupling, and autos a active torque-split arrangement. The previous low-range transfer case available on non-turbo petrol manual Foresters is now absent from the Forester lineup, but off-road enthusiasts will be sated by the introduction of the new X-Mode off-road mode. X-Mode is controlled by a console-mounted switch, and adjusts the traction/ stability control and ABS settings to suit low-traction surfaces. The function also brings hill-descent control to the Forester range for the first time, and permits descent speed control intuitively through the accelerator and brake pedals. Features The 2013 Forester’s all-new cabin features a similar design to its Liberty and Impreza contemporaries, with soft touch points complementing an altogether family-proof feel. All trim levels feature a 4.3 inch multifunction dash display for the first time, demonstrating information such as fuel economy, eco evaluation, outside temperature, and self-maintenance advice. Bluetooth telephony and audio also appears across the range, along with USB and 3.5mm connectivity. The rear bench offers a reclining function for all models, along with a one-touch electronic folding mechanism. Slightly larger dimensions in most areas permit a 23mm rear legroom gain, 32mm higher driving position, and 36mm higher rear seat location. Combined with forward mounted A-pillars and door mounted wing mirrors, outward visibility is improved for all occupants. Child seat anchorage points Page: 13







Trip Standard

Tues 26

General Meeting

Tues 5

Committee Meeting

Sat 9 – Mon 11

Labour Day weekend

Tues 26

General Meeting

Fri 29 – Mon 1 April (Easter)

Pyrenees Ranges and Mt. Cole Trip

Tues 2

Committee Meeting

Sat 14

Bunyip Night Drive

Sun 21

Cranbourne Botanic Gardens Day Trip

Tues 30

General Meeting


South Gippsland Trip


Simpson Desert Trip

Nov: Cup Day weekend

High Country around Porepunkah


Vehicle Suitability

Easy Medium

All wheel drive and high range 4WD. Can be Suitable for medium clearance vehicles with d

Difficult Very Difficult

Suitable for medium to high clearance vehicles wit Suitable for high clearance vehicles with dual rang

ALENDAR Location

Standard Contact for further info.


Peter Bellis


Peter Bellis


David Wilson


Stephen Whittaker

Near Avoca in western Victoria



Peter Bellis Jamie Scott

Caltex servo Longwarry Ballarto Road Cranbourne


Martin Foot Stephen Whittaker

CSTC Based at Jamie’s property Details TBC Details TBC

Stephen Whittaker

Jamie Scott Damian Stock TBA

Stephen Whittaker

low clearance with single range and road tyres. dual range and all terrain or road tyres.

th dual range and all terrain tyres. ge and tyres suitable for the terrain (eg. mud terrain tyres).


SUBARU NEWS are now located on the rear seatbacks, eliminating the compromise to rearward vision of the current model roof points. Seats-up cargo capacity for the 2013 Forester is actually 38 litres less than previously (now 422 litres), due to Subaru Australia’s insistence on a full-size spare wheel on all local models. Previous Foresters have also come equipped with full-sized wheels, but the new model has been designed around a space saver wheel for markets who prefer outright cargo capacity. Safety features include a knee airbag (for a total of seven) across all models improving what was already a 5-Star ANCAP model - along with traction and stability control, reversing camera, and hill-start assist. Subaru’s EyeSight collision avoidance system also makes its first Forester appearance on the 2.5i-S model (optional in 2.5i-L). Also new to Forester is an automated tailgate on 2.5i-S and 2.0D-S models, with a memory height setting for those with low-ceiling car spaces. Key visual differentiation between the trim grades is via wheel designs, with the entry i models equipped with 17 inch steel wheels, D, D-L,and 2.5i-L models gain 17 inch alloys, while S models feature 18-inch star pattern alloys. Beyond the entry i/D models’ impressive levels of standard kit, the mid -spec L models gain front fog lights, leather steering wheel and gear selector. On top of these features, S models gain an electronic sunroof, automatic xenon headlights, automatic wipers, keyless entry and push-button start, leather seats, electric driver seat adjustment, heated driver and front passenger seat, and satnav with additional 6.1 inch screen. Pricing • Forester 2.0i manual - $30,990 • Forester 2.5i auto - $32,990 • Forester 2.0i-L manual - $33,490 • Forester 2.5i-L auto - $35,990 • Forester 2.5i-S auto - $43,990 • Forester 2.0D manual - $35,490 • Forester 2.0D-L manual - $37,490 • Forester 2.0D-S manual - $43,990 • Forester 2.0XT auto - $43,490 • Forester 2.0XT Premium auto - $50,490 • Option: EyeSight™ on Forester 2.5i-L - $1500 Note: prices exclude on-road costs. Page: 16

CLUB MEETING MINUTES A General Meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 29th January 2013 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:15pm. 1.

Present David Wilson, Phil Milkins, Elaine Milkins, Glenys Howell, Brian Howell, Paul Saleeba, Enid Hewitt, David Hewitt, Tom Boltadzija, Stephen Whittaker, Jamie Scott, Michael Hartshorne, Les Scott, Katie Mynard, Peter Mynard, Jessica Walsh, Martin Foot, Andrew Jantke, Lisa Jantke, Matt McConaghy, Ruth Marshall, Bob Marshall, Jean Bellis, Peter Bellis, Bev Davison, Jan Rebgetz, Dale Rebgetz, Damian Stock, Rick Koster.


Apologies: Michael Dickman.


Visitors: Emma Hammel.


Welcome: A welcome was extended to all members and visitors.


Minutes of the Previous General Meeting 5.1. The Minutes of the November 2012 General Meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Jessica Walsh and seconded by Jean Bellis. 5.2.


There was no Business Arising from the Minutes.

Correspondence 6.1.


Magazines from various 4WD clubs. • •





4WD Victoria Bushfire relief.

Reports 7.1.


• Offer from Burson in Mitcham – King springs and struts – advised to members by email. •

Accepting club clothing orders – prices are in the magazine. Page: 17



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As per the magazine. Thanks to those who contributed trip reports.


Trip and Social

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Club trip calendar and details elsewhere in the magazine. Future trip suggestions • A picnic at Hanging Rock • Movies at Dromana Drive-in Cinema • Melbourne laneways

• Damian displayed some trip maps for east Gippsland, which were put together by DSE, Parks Victoria and 4WD Victoria. • Jamie’s South Gippsland trip has been delayed to later in the year – maybe Easter. 7.4.


• Club calendar details elsewhere in the magazine. • Future guest speaker suggestions – Telstat. • Photographic competition – thank you to those who submitted photographs. • Video tonight of the high country trip. 7.5.


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Had 1 new member and 2 former members rejoined. Have also received 2 expressions of interest.



• Current bank account balance is $2,939.54. • Main receipts – 2 memberships. • Main payments – hall hire for 6 months, and the Christmas party supplies. 7.7. 7.8.

Secretary: Nothing to report.

Vice-President • Jessica is continuing her 4WD driver instructing. drove over the Landcruiser Club’s test track. Page: 18



President • 4WD Victoria is keen to get involved in the bushfire relief in Gippsland, and support is being sought from member clubs. • Many thanks to members for turning out for tonight’s barbecue, and for Stephen’s and Jessica’s cooking efforts.


General Business 8.1.

Buchan campsite • Some work is required to recover from the floods last year. Fencing was damaged, which resulted in stock damage to trees, and the barbecue. •


Track into the campsite has been widened by DSE.

MSB oil additive – Rob will offer a discount to club members.

8.3. Computer UPS – Damian has been able to adapt one into a battery inverter to convert 12v DC into 240v AC. It has a bit more oomph than a standard inverter. 8.4. Sharing of club photographs / videos – looking at options to be able to share such amongst members and with the public. If anyone has any ideas as to how to best do this, please speak to Dale, Damian or Stephen. 8.5. Martin is investigating a number of options to improve his car’s performance. Such options include oiled air filters and direct cold air. 8.6. Air filters – important to always check / replace air filters after a dusty trip. With oiled air filters, it is very important that they are cleaned properly. Otherwise, they will clog up and cause increased fuel consumption. 8.7. 9.

Supercheap Auto – offering Willow jerry cans on discount.

Fines and Fun 9.1.


Bev Davison, Rick Koster.


Last to Meeting

Rick Koster.

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Trips 9.3.1. High County • David – for using Jamie’s vehicle as a ground plane for mobile phone reception. • Stephen – for not being able to find his wheel brace. • Stephen – bit of a knocking sound due a missing wheel nut. • Stephen – for not requiring a wheel brace to remove the remaining wheel nuts. • Stephen – for having loose wheel nuts on the front wheels. • Stephen – for discovering the wheel brace was in the other bag. • David – for having a heater hose that “grew”. • Jessica – for checking out the alternate chicken tracks to Escarpment track. • Jessica – for losing a mudflap on the creek crossing at Hells Gate. • Peter – for damaging his rear bumper bar on the creek crossing at Hells Gate. • David – for a 10 metre slide backwards on Hells Gate. • David – for a second slide backwards on the same section of track. • David – flattening his exhaust on the exit through the creek. • Jessica – for blowing a car tyre on the creek crossing after “screaming” across the creek (momentum is my friend!). • Jessica – for a very smelly clutch. • Jessica – for only having a “space saver” spare tyre (had to borrow Dale’s spare tyre). • Rick – for complaining about the lack on lollies at a gate (which had not required opening). • Jessica – for good fuel economy travelling from Benambra back to Sunbury at 80kph. • Martin – for going through the middle of the Buckwong Creek at the Buckwong Creek campsite. Page: 20

CLUB MEETING MINUTES • Martin – blowing his exhaust jack. • Martin – flat tyre on the track to Mt Pinnabar. • David – for snapping his left rear drive shaft. • David – for having a spare drive shaft with him to replace the broken one. • Stephen – flat tyre. • Dale – for opening the back of his vehicle on a steep section and having all the crockery and cutlery strewn out the last 20 metres of the track. • David – for blowing his gearbox on the last section up to Mt Pinnabar. • Rick – for erecting his side awning on Mt Pinnabar. • David – for coming to a stop due to the hill-holder becoming engaged. • Jamie – flat tyre 1 kilometre from camp. • Jamie – lots of credits for future fines due to all the towing. 9.4.

Total fines collected - $20.75.

10. Meeting closed at 9:45 and was followed by supper and videos from the Christmas high country trip.

FOR SALE 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.

Mountain Bike plus Tow Bar type 3 bike carrier, safety helmet The lot $120 o.n.o. Contact Bob Marshall, 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, Page: 21

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


Hat Safari


size 59

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 Page: 22

COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on 5th February 2013 at the home of Peter Bellis starting at 7:42pm. 1. Present: Peter Bellis, Damian Stock, Jessica Simpson, Dale Rebgetz, Bob Marshall, Andrew Jantke, Stephen Whittaker, Bev Davison, Martin Foot. 2.

Apologies: Michael Harthorne, Phil Milkins.


Quorum: A quorum was achieved with 9 committee members present.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting 4.1. Minutes of the December 2012 minutes were accepted after being moved by Dale and seconded by Steve. 4.2.

Business Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Actions 4.2.1. Club Constitution Changes – yet to be lodged with Consumer Affairs Victoria. 4.2.2. Pre-2003 Club Website – Martin will continue to follow up with Mark Tyssen. 4.2.3. Club brochure – needs to be updated. 4.2.4. Bursons, Nunawading – general 20% discount has been set up. Need to contact Damian or Dale for details. 4.2.5. FWD Victoria membership stickers – yet to be distributed to members. 4.2.6. Fundraising • BBQs – have some alternatives to Bunnings, such as OfficeWorks. •

Oil additive – have received a 15% discount.

4.2.7. Club website • Stephen has recently updated the site in regards to trip reports, photographs, events, etc. • Dale, Stephen and Martin to discuss new engine for website. 5.

Correspondence 5.1.


VicRoads – registration for club trailer. Page: 23



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FWD Victoria – Bushfire relief. New membership enquiries via the club’s Facebook site.


Out: Mark Kennedy, Glen Waverley Subaru.

Reports 6.1.

Resources: Have not received any recent clothing orders.


Trip and Social

• Refer elsewhere in the magazine for the club calendar and trip details. • The Australia Day weekend trip to South Gippsland was cancelled due to lack of interest. • In the past, various trip leaders have prepared a one page trip summary for participants as to what to expect on the trip, gear required, etc. • Buchan – Labour Day weekend – David/Damian will be the trip leader. • Have a dearth of trips between late April and mid July. • Simpson Desert – the current storms in Queensland and northern NSW could result in flood waters in the area in about July. Need to have some alternate trips planned just in case the Simpson Desert is not feasible. • Les Scott – offered to run a one-day training session on tyre changing/repair (he used to work in the trade). • Bushfire relief – potential trip in the near future. • Various day trip / weekend trip options were tabled. 6.3.


• Refer elsewhere in the magazine for the club calendar. • Last month’s general meeting was a great success with the barbecue at the start, and the video of the Christmas trip at the end. Had 29 members plus one visitor at the meeting • Suggested future topics • Tyre talk – what to look for in tyres, look after, repairs, etc. Les Scott has been suggested as a speaker. • Tech talk – mechanical issues. Cover it either at some general meetings or on a day. Page: 24


Greg Smith – Smithy’s Outdoor.



• Membership cards – still waiting for the cards. Will delay until the new financial year. 6.5.


• No report submitted. • Martin will be doing the February report since Michael will be in Tasmania on the club trip. • The current print run is about 20 copies. • Andrew to send up-to-date membership list to Martin for use for the February magazine. 6.6.

Treasurer: Current bank account balance is $3,018.79.



• Yet to start work on reviewing the club’s constitution in light of the changes to the Incorporated Associations Act. 6.8.


• Driver trainer training – will be sorted out when Jessica sorts out her job. • 4WD driving training courses – the club needs to promote 4WD Victoria’s courses. 6.9.


• Blaze-Aid – FWD Victoria will be co-ordinate their fire relief activities in Gippsland with Blaze-Aid. • FWD Victoria – would like to know what community activities the 4WD clubs are involved with. The club will probably be involved in a relief activity in about 3 weeks. • Buchan campsite – need to do some remedial work on the shelter. 7.

General Business • Forum / e-trip – how feasible is it, how much is the cost? Stephen will do some research on the topic. Damian will contact the Pajero 4WD Club about their system and pass the details onto Stephen. Page: 25

COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES • Membership survey – have the survey conducted at meetings by a committee member quizzing members. 8. Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday 5th March 2103 at 7:30pm at the home of Andrew Jantke. 9.

Meeting closed at 10:05pm.

JESSICA’S JOTTINGS 'Pump up the volume' How often do you consider your tyre pressures? We need to consider them not just for when we are driving on sand. Car manufacturers will generally specify a slightly lower pressure than the tyre manufacturers, as a higher pressure is a firmer ride which some may find uncomfortable and blame the car or suspension manufacturer. However if you run slightly higher pressures your car will handle better as there will be less roll on the tyres. The trade off is of course the firmer ride. If you lower the pressure then you will have a softer ride. This is especially true when you are driving on poorly made or maintained roads. The tyre will tend to mould around the bumps as opposed to bouncing over them. The trade off in this case is that we may need to reduce the speed as our handling can be adversely affected. What is the right tyre pressure for on road use? It depends if you want better handling or a more comfortable daily drive. We usually find somewhere in the middle as a compromise. Next time you check your pressures, try a little more or a little less and feel the difference. Happy Travels Jessica Walsh

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FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VICTORIA TRAINING CALENDAR March 2013 Friday 1st 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130302) - Theory Saturday 2nd 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130302) - Practical Friday 1st Ladies 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130303) - Theory Saturday 2nd Ladies 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130303) - Practical Tuesday 12th Track Classification (TC130317) - Theory Saturday 16th First Aid Course (FA130316) Sunday 17th Track Classification (TC130317) - Practical Thursday 21st 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130323) - Theory Friday 22nd GPS Course (GPS130322) Saturday 23rd 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130323) - Practical April 2013 Friday 5th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130406) - Theory Saturday 6th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130406) - Practical Saturday 6th Winch Recovery (WR130406) Friday 12th Chainsaw Course (CS130414) - Theory Sunday 14th Chainsaw Course (CS130414) - Practical Thursday 18th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130420) - Theory Friday 19th OziExplorer (OZ130419) Saturday 20th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC130420) - Practical FWDV can be contacted on 9857 5209 or e-mail: Contact S4WDCV Secretary Peter Bellis, email: regarding attendance at FWDV courses as a club discount may apply.

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Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria monthly magazine - February 2013  

The monthly magazine of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. - on-line version for February 2013

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