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January 2020 (Issue 465)

Robert Townsend receives his membership badge from club president, Mark Tyssen

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

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ABOUT THE CLUB The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. was originally formed over 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 2019/20 year were ratified at the general meeting in April 2019 and are as follows:

MEMBERS RATES Single: $85 (Senior card - $80) Joint/Family: $95 (Senior card - $90) (Note: these are annual rates. New members joining mid-year pay pro-rata) One off joining fee of $15 ($30 for Joint/Family) also applies All annual fees include FWDV affiliation and trip insurance: $52 These fees are based on an electronic newsletter distribution only. No levy or discount to be offered. Requests for a hard copy magazine will be considered by the Committee.

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


COMMITTEE President: Mark Tyssen

Vice President and FWDV Delegate: Tim Folliard

Secretary: Martin Foot

Treasurer: Angela Bombardieri

Trip & Social: Tim Folliard

Editor: Damian Stock

Venue coordinator: Mark Tyssen

Membership: Martin Foot


PRESIDENT’S REPORT Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you all had a safe holiday period. Unfortunately the planned trip after Christmas was cancelled due to the bushfires in the region and the warnings issued by the various government agencies. Cancelled earlier this week, on 21st January, was the event of “February 8th to 9th Pajero Challenge” which was to be held in the regions around Licola. On 22nd, I was advised the Pajero Club cancelled the event due to new strict conditions that were required to be implemented, but would be unworkable and difficult to implement in such a short time frame. I had previously mentioned that we only had 4 members able to assist in December to them, and with an offer of a former Check Point participant to assist [thank you Daryl Lynch], and the recruitment of two members of the Ulysses Motorcycle Club [an over 50s MC, where quite a number of the motorcycles are large capacity: Buelle, Harleys, & BMWs; friends of mine], and 3 from the Pajero Club, we would have had a viable Challenge Check Point. Apparently last year they held the same/similar Check Point with two members, but the comment was made “that the Challenge participants missed the welcoming soups and break at the Subaru Club manned Check Point”. Our Club has assisted the Pajero Club for many years (I was told about 10 years) by manning a Check Point station in the early hours of the morning, however we were unable to assist last year. It always feels good to hear that our efforts in assisting another club are appreciated. Also with the bushfire devastation that has occurred from November to present, in vast areas of Victoria, New South Wales & Queensland, the best way to assist the communities affected is to run trips, even single day trips within Victoria, to those areas to assist their economy grow to rebuild their livelihood. No sooner has Christmas 2019 come and gone, then a week later midweek it has been New Year’s Day, so “Happy New Year” to everyone, then a few weeks work for some, and for those with Chinese heritage or lineage, Chinese New Year is on Saturday 25th January, the “Year of the (Metal) Rat” then pause for another holiday “Australia Day” held on Monday 27th January, then, what we’ve really been waiting for our first General Meeting of the 2020 year on Tuesday 28th January 2020. So, on Tuesday 28th January, commencing from 6:30pm, in the adjoining parklands at the BBQ area, we have a BBQ get together, relocating near 8pm to have our meeting. All meats, bread, salads and soft drinks will be provided at very reasonable prices. Bring along plenty of gold coins because the food and drink is hard to resist. Tuesday 28th is expected to have “no rain”, and a top temperature of about 23C, so very unlikely for the day to be declared a day of “Total Fire Ban”. Stick to the tracks, Mark Tyssen President, e:


VICE-PRESIDENT’S REPORT The recent fires through Victoria and New South Wales have been devastating and tragic. As I hear the names of the areas burnt it reminds me of many of the spectacular areas the club has visited over years and our many regional members living close to the high risk areas. Once the fires are out, Parks staff will be out clearing roads and tracks, cutting down dangerous burnt trees and rebuilding camp sites. However with such a large area burnt, all this work will take some time. It also highlights the importance of checking Parks, VicRoads and emergency.vic websites before heading out on a trip either in a hot, dry summer or after heavy, localised rainfall. Four Wheel Drive Victoria put out a call to assist with transporting some relief supplies and over 50 vehicles signed up almost immediately. On behalf of the Clubs, the Association made a donation of $2500 to the relief fund. Tim Folliard Vice President, e:

PHOTO COMPETITION Our photo competition will once again be held at our February 2020 meeting . Categories are: Categories: Best Portrait (photo of a person) Best group photo
 Best landscape/nature scene
 Best close-up nature shot (Flower, animal, etc.) Best Subaru action shot Funniest photo Don’t forget to keep the camera handy! All photographs submitted must have been taken within the last two years, taken by the person entering the photo, and taken at a club event. There is a limit of one photo per person, per category. Any photographs that have won a prize previously are not eligible. Entries should be emailed to:
 Members in attendance at the February meeting will be able to vote for the best photos. 6

EDITOR’S NOTE Welcome to 2020 and our first magazine for the year. Due to the bushfires we didn’t get a Christmas trip to report on, nor did we get a report from the Christmas party, although we did get plenty of photos instead. While a picture is worth a thousand words I didn’t think that four pages of photos would be all that exciting, without some accompanying commentary. We will make some room for them next month. Don’t forget to send through your articles, photos and videos from coming club events, for publication in the magazine, or up on the club’s web site and Facebook page. Damian Stock The deadline for submissions for the next edition is:

Friday, February 14th, 2019 Email editor:





Opening Balance a 1 November t 2019

Balance $3,357.93



Membership fees D. Lynch




" P. Landouris




" G. Chapman


Total Income



Expenses: Four Wheel Drive Vic.


C & D Trophies



Optus Sat. phone mthly service fee



Optus Sat. phone mthly service fee


Total for month



Closing Balance at 31 December 2019


NOTE: 1. Term Deposit of $8,147.21 (this includes interest accrued) matures on 10 January 2020. Angela Bombardieri Treasurer, e: 7

TRIP AND SOCIAL More details on these trips can be found in the Club Website under proposed trips. It is easy to add your name to trip bookings. The trips below are all suitable in dry conditions for a standard AWD so sign up for anything that interests you. Alternatively, you can still email, or contact the trip leader directly, to register for a trip or to propose a new one.

Australia Day trip When: 26 January 2020

Reply by: 23 January 2020

Location: Mount Disappointment. Difficulty: Easy/Medium (in dry conditions) Contact: Tim Folliard, e: Details: Replacement trip to avoid fire risk areas.

Introduction To 4WD When: 2 February 2020

Reply by: 28 January 2020

Location: Lerderderg State Forest. Difficulty: Easy/Medium (in dry conditions) Contact: Tim Folliard, e: Details: A good series of easy tracks to try some 4WD skills under guidance (ruts, rocky climbs, shallow river crossing) with the option of a little more difficult after lunch.

Border Track (Vic/SA Border) When: Sunday, April 5th., for six days.

Reply by: TBA

Contact: Tim Folliard, e: Details: There has been strong interest in the trip but there are a few spots still available. Desert driving on a legendary track not too far from Melbourne.

North Flinders Ranges Touring When: Two weeks , tentatively 19 July - 1 August 2020.

Reply by: 30 June 2020

Contact: Martin Foot, e: Details: A 2 week touring trip through the Northern Flinders Ranges in July 2020. Martin has extensive outback experience in Foresters and has just returned from a trip that included Birdsville and outback S.A. The club is trialing a first Sunday of the Month trip schedule. These can be easy social drives to 4WD challenges. Trip Leaders are needed to propose, plan and lead the trips. There is plenty of guidance available so don’t feel that you need to have a lot of experience to lead the convoy out. Tim Folliard, Trip & Social Coordinator e:


VENUE REPORT NOVEMBER GENERAL MEETING DATE: Tuesday, January 28th at 8pm, with our welcome back BBQ before it at 6.30PM VENUE: South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris. DOOR PRIZE: Come along to win a special door prize at this month's meeting. PRESENTATION: Mark Tyssen Venue Coordinator

GENERAL MEETING NOTICE 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

Tues 28 January

South Camberwell Tennis Club


Welcome Back BBQ

Tues 25 February

South Camberwell Tennis Club

Photo competition

Tues 31 March

Ringwood Trade Training Facility


Under vehicle inspections

Tues 28 April

South Camberwell Tennis Club









Australia Day weekend day trip

January 26, 2020

Tim Folliard

Medium (in dry)

Lerderderg Introduction to 4WD

February 2, 2020

Tim Folliard


Border Track (Vic/SA Border)

April 5 - 10, 2020

Tim Folliard


North Flinders Ranges

July, 2020

Martin Foot


FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VICTORIA TRAINING CALENDAR FOR 2020 - UPCOMING PROFICIENCY COURSES: PC20020201 - Theory: Tuesday January 28th, Practical: Saturday February 1st. PC20020321 - Theory: Tuesday March 17th, Practical: Saturday March 21st. PC20020502 - Theory: Tuesday April 28th, Practical: Saturday May 2nd. PC20020620 - Theory: Tuesday June 16th, Practical: Saturday June 20th. Course details will be available on the association web site, as below. Member Price is $220.00 Contact:

Four Wheel Drive Victoria, RTO: 21605 Ph: 03 9874 7222, Web:


FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VICTORIA Fire Relief—February 1st and 2nd The next Fire Relief run will be happening on the 1st + 2nd February based out of Bairnsdale and we are looking to have 2 or 3 members allocated from each club giving us a total of twenty vehicles if possible. I would like to think that we may share this activity with those who have not yet been from each club as the uptake from the previous notice that went out was outstanding to say the least. The weekends event just completed was an incredible success and the next will be even better with gained knowledge on how to best implement processes and procedures. I look forward to offering the organizing party from the Vic Police 4x4 Club adequate numbers to make this come about. Please contact the office to sign on to this event as it will be first in best dressed once again. Thank you for your consideration on this matter.

FWDV Rural Response Group - Blaze Aid Assistance Required We have been advised that Blaze Aid will be set up at the Bruthen Football Club, Bruthen Buchan Road Bruthen, from Thursday 23rd January and encourage any clubs, and/or their members, who would like to help out to make their way there to assist in the rebuilding of lives through fencing and other associated tasks. We have posted details on the association website and other social media so please take the time to look at these and share with your own members and outlets. Once again thank you all for your consideration and cooperation with these events. Please keep a record of all details spent in fulfilling these tasks and send copies to our office via the volunteer form available from your club secretary.


MINUTES Committee Meeting Minutes (abridged) Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. held on Tuesday, 3 December 2019 at the home of Angela Bombardieri and Julie Dwyer,16 Mercil Road, Alphington, starting at 8.50pm approximately. Present: Mark Tyssen, Martin Foot, Tim Folliard, Angela Bombardieri Apologies: Nil. Visitors: Nil. Quorum: A quorum was achieved with all committee members present. Minutes of the Previous Meeting Minutes of the meeting of Committee members held on 6 November 2019 were accepted as a true record without amendment. Moved Tim Folliard, seconded by Mark Tyssen, CARRIED. Business Arising from the Minutes: [carried over] Roles and Positions. Martin and Angela yet to discuss a possible membership handover. Fundraising. Re chocolate sales fundraiser. Volunteer needed. ACTION: Notice to be included in the next magazine Pajero Club of Vic – Pajero Challenge. Mark has spoken to the Pajero Club president and informed him that we do not have sufficient volunteers available to staff the checkpoint. ACTION: Mark to follow up with an email. Correspondence In via Post Box and “by hand”: 3/12 LRCOV – Oct/Nov edition of Review magazine via email: FWDV: 7/11 Alison Mclaughlin, AGM Reminder General: 21/11 “Orville Thive” – promoting their mass email broadcasting “service” (Spam?) 25/11 Chris Morton, 4wheel productions P/L – promoting their magazine and trip books which are largely WA based. 26/11 Bundanoon Motel – promoting their services in the Southern Highlands of NSW 26/11 Rudi Paoletti – response to thank for addressing the club meeting 30/11 Bendigo Bank – statement available 30/11 MotorLife Museum (Wollongong/ Port Kembla) – magazine MotorLife News 2/12 Steve Mathews – what to do with a Brumby with issues 12

Out: 7/11 Alison McLaughlin, FWV (MT) – submitting Delegates form for the AGM 14/11 Members (MF) – Reminder re Christmas Party 22/11 Members (MF) – November magazine distribution 26/11 Rudi Paoletti (MF) – thank you for addressing the club meeting 3/12 Steve Mathews (MF) – re what to do with a Brumby with issues 6.3 Business Arising 6.3.1 FWDV AGM: Mark and Tim attended the FWDV AGM as registered delegates of the club. 6.3.2 Club Constitution to be updated: ACTION: Martin 6.3.3 Spurious emails: Spoofing of club email addresses may be occurring, with possible damage to our reputation leading to denial of service delivery. Changing email addresses was considered, however it was decided to take no action at this time, but continue to monitor the situation. 6.3.4 Andrew Bothwel(?) – Forester GT free to good home: vehicle has been disposed of. 6.3.5 Daryl Lynch membership. Now confirmed with Daryl. Membership payment arrived in the bank approximately 6 weeks after payment was made. Mysterious delay. 6.3.6 Bryan Smith membership enquiry – Martin had explained to Bryan that vehicle permit registration and new membership would not be done together. Bryan thought this “too onerous” and did not proceed. Reports Resources As of the November “Order Date”, only Les Ralph had requested items of apparel. The quantity is not sufficient to justify an order being placed with a supplier. The next “Order Date” was set for the February General Meeting. ACTION: Martin to inform Les and arrange for a notice in the January magazine. Trip and Social. Annual Christmas Party – was held on Sunday 24 November at Bundoora Park. 20 people attended. Thanks to the organisers. High Country Trip post Christmas. Trip will be based at Buckwong Creek Hut, north east of Omeo, from 27/12 to 1/1/20 and possibly longer. TL David Wilson will provide detailed instructions closer to the date. Possible meeting up point to be discussed with David. ACTION: Tim. Australia Day Trip: Trip to Keppel’s Hut and on to Rubicon valley area. No bookings at present. Reminder to be sent to members via broadcast email. ACTION: Tim. “First Sunday of the Month” trips: Damian had suggested that this approach be reinstated from a number of years ago, the idea being to hold a Social or Easy rated day trip each month as a regular event. It would provide a means for the general membership, especially newbies, to become involved regardless of their level of 4WD -ing skills or the preparedness of their vehicles. From a practical point of view, are there sufficient TLs available to make it work? Perhaps it may be a way of “blooding” new TLs. This discussion prompted the following new proposed trips: 13

February day trip – Tim to look at running a day event, perhaps revisiting the Lerderderg circuit from 2019, the date depending on whether the Australia day Trip goes ahead. March day trip – Possible Mornington peninsula trip involving a navigation rally, or other alternative. ACTION: Martin Labour Day LWE Trip: No proposals at present. Pre-Easter 2020 Trip: Border Track. None or ten bookings in hand. May be time to close off. TL Tim. Bike Day Trip, possibly in May? Warburton rail trail was suggested. ACTION: Mark to consider options. Northern Flinders Ranges Trip in July 2020. Two weeks duration following the SA school holidays, focussed on Blinman, Arcaroola, Strezlecki Track, Parachilna and Wilpena Pound areas. TL Martin and Dot. Four bookings in hand at present. [carried over] Proposed Cobaw State Forest Trip. Tim to investigate. [carried over] More social trips also needed in between the above. Trip Management System. Some confusion amongst members re website “public” calendar and the “members only” calendar when booking. ACTION: Martin and Tim to monitor and make any necessary adjustments. Bushfire risk. Martin asked whether the club should have a blanket policy on cancelling trips when bushfire risk was high / extreme. It was decided to leave this to the discretion of Trip Leaders as provided in the By-Laws. Venue Alternative GM venues: The March 2020 meeting to be held at Ringwood Trade Training Facility. Need to clarify time members should arrive to use the hoists. Opportunity to display / discuss other equipment as per the trip requirements list in the magazine. Meeting to be delayed until 8:30pm and kept short. ACTION: Mark to liaise with David Wilson. Speakers / Presentations: Matt Chaplin presented at the November meeting on his range of Subaru lift options and also LSD / locking diffs. Promoted some interesting technical discussions. No presentation at the January Meeting, due to the Welcome Back BBQ from 6:30pm. ACTION: Mark, Martin to organise The presentation at the February Meeting will be the Photo Competition judging. ACTION: Martin to ask whether Dot would be prepared to organise it as in 2019. March meeting (RTTF as above). April Meeting presentation – setting of fees. [carried over] Door prizes – tyre deflators? Items needed to boost stocks Membership Membership Applications: Applications had been received from Nathon Redden and Graeme Chapman. MOTION: That they be accepted as members of the club, effective from 1 January 2020. Moved Tim, seconded Angela, CARRIED. ACTION: Martin to advise them accordingly. Badge: was presented to Robert Townsend at the November GM. 14

Martin advised that the club now had 30 current memberships. Editor Submission deadline: 17 January 2020. Articles: reminder re Photo Competition; Call for volunteers for fundraising and resources; new Order date for club clothing. Social Media. Peter Kakalias had offered to assist with the Facebook page at the November GM. Committee were in favour of this. After discussion, it was agreed that it was not appropriate for the FB page to be opened to un-moderated postings. The possibility of a members-only FB group where this would be possible requires more research and consideration. ACTIONS: Martin to advise Peter K and Damian. Angela to enable Peter as a FB administrator. Magazine format. A suggestion has been put by a member that the magazine adopt a new paperless format more suitable for hand-held devices and that she would be prepared to do some work on this. ACTION: Martin to follow up and suggest that a proposal be put to Committee for consideration. [carried over] Advertising: An invoice is yet to be raised for Volksbaru. The last issued and paid was in 2017. The year in between is to be written off. ACTION: Mark to raise with proprietor John Bailey and advise Angela. Martin yet to discuss advertising with Subaxtreme. Mark yet to investigate possible advertising with wreckers: Subaru Heaven, Subabits, SubaRoos Burwood. Treasurer Bank Balance: $3,478 as at 3 December. Recent Payments: None. Claim form in hand for $115.81 from Martin for printing and postage. [carried over] Investment account: Matures 10 January 2020. ACTION: Angela Secretary Annual Club Awards: Were announced and presented at the November GM. One trophy outstanding. ACTION: Mark to follow up. Vice-President No report. President No report. Priorities and Planning 8.1 By-Laws: [carried over] It was noted that the By-Laws would in time consist of this and other sections that are still being worked on. ACTIONS: Martin to continue to draft Code of Conduct section. Mark to continue to draft Roles and Responsibilities section. General Business: There was no general business. Next Meeting: Tuesday, 4 February 2020, at the CAV clubrooms, 8 Ashley Court, Wantirna, commencing at 7.30pm. Meeting closed at 10:20pm approx. 15

MINUTES General Meeting Minutes The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 26 November 2019 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:10pm approximately. Present Martin Foot, Mark Tyssen, Angela Bombadieri, Bev Davison, Les Ralph, Tim Folliard, Robert Townsend, Deb Leask, Nick Leask, Michael Bauer, Des Lehmann, Peter Devine, Dorothy Greiveson, Damian Stock, Peter Landouris, Peter Kakalias, Rick Koster, David Wilson Apologies Julie Dyer, Angela Stock, Kylie Davies Visitors Matt Chaplin (guest speaker), Graeme Chapman, Nathon Redden Welcome A welcome was extended to all members and visitors. Minutes of the Previous General Meeting The Minutes of the October 2019 General Meeting were accepted without amendment. Moved by Tim Folliard and seconded by Damian Stock. There was no Business Arising. Correspondence In Four Wheel Drive Victoria: Alison McLaughlin – Reminder re FWDV AGM to be held on 10 November General: Freshield – Christmas sale details, Outdoor vacuum sealer at $229 David Wright, Shannons Ballarat – re All-Japanese Day in Ballarat 19/1/20 Peter Bellis – providing an editable copy of the club’s Constitution Specialty Wheel – promoting their range of black racing wheels Chris Morton, 4wheel productions P/L – promoting their magazine and trip books, which are largely WA based. Various membership enquiries Out Alison McLaughlin, FWV (MT) – submitting Delegates form for the AGM Rudi Paoletti (MF) – thanks for presentation at October GM Responding to various membership enquiries Reports Resources The Committee has decided to accept orders for club clothing by set dates, the first of 16

which will be this meeting. Members to direct orders to the Secretary. Still looking for a volunteer to take the Resources role on. Not necessary to be a Committee member. Editor Magazine: Thanks to contributors and especially the trip report from the Leasks. Social media: As a result of recent posts including the Mt Disappointment video interest levels have risen by 300% plus. Interest shown by members in assisting with posts. Deadline: Friday, 17 January. Trip and Social Trip Bookings system: There are currently two calendars on the website, one viewable by the public and one members-only. Currently, trips are duplicated and appear on both. This has led to some confusion as to where to make bookings. Martin explained that members should click on Proposed Trips to reach the members-only calendar for this purpose. The Committee will review this aspect. Enquiries: Tim or Martin. First Sunday of the month trip proposal: Damian proposed that the club reintroduce these regular monthly day trips from some years ago. These would mainly be social, easy and medium trips to develop members’ 4WD skills, while providing events that the majority of members would feel comfortable attending. Weekend and extended trips would continue as normal. In response to interest shown by members, Damian said he would list trip dates on the club calendar, awaiting further details. Trips: Cup Day long weekend (Mt. Terrible Trip) Went ahead successfully with 7 vehicles attending (6 on the first day). Tim thanked Deb and Nick for doing the trip report. Christmas Party BBQ – was held on November 24 at Bundoora Park. 20 people attended. High Country Trip – standing camp based at Buckwong Creek Hut campsite, north east of Omeo. TL David Wilson. Australia Day long weekend – Marysville / Keppels Hut / Rubicon Trip. TL Tim Folliard. Border Track (vic/SA border). Sand dunes and desert camping in SA and Victoria, from 6 April for five days. TL Tim Folliard. North Flinders Ranges Touring Trip. A two week trip from 19 July to 1 August 2020 with some 4WD-ing (Arkaroola) and desert driving, notably the southern end of the Strezlecki Track, through Lyndhurst, Parachilna Gorge to Wilpena Pound (walks, fossils and cultural activities). Suitable for trailers. Possible inclusion of Calperum property north of Renmark (TBC). TL Martin Foot Social Trips needed. Contact Tim with ideas / proposals. Venue Presentation will be by Matt Chaplin of SubieLiftOz. Door prize: Nathon Redden. Membership Several membership enquiries have been received. Badge presentation to Robert Townsend. Treasurer Statement as per the magazine. Balance at 29 September: $3,476.93, plus $8,147 in the investment account, which matures in January. Claims for the Christmas Party, trophy engraving and magazine printing since July yet to be received. 17

Secretary Committee ratified the adoption of By-Laws in November. These will be appended to the Constitution and placed on the website. ACTION: Martin. Thanks to all who contributed to the review of trip procedures. Vice-President – As per the magazine. President Club Awards were presented as listed below. (The Awards had been held over from the Christmas Party). Clubman Of The Year

Tim Follard & Martin Foot, shared jointly

Clubwoman of the Year

Angela Bombardieri

Most outstanding service to the club by a male club member during 2019. Awarded for consistent performance in multiple jobs, including Trip and Social, By-Laws and Delegate (Tim) and Secretary, Membership and special projects (Martin). Most outstanding service to the club by a female club member during 2019. For her as-

Burnt Billy

Not awarded

Most humiliating campfire cooking or lighting

Piggy Bank

Rick Koster

Individual who received the most number of

Silver Socket Bent Valve

Nick and Deb Leask Tim Folliard

Jacked Up

Martin Foot


Mike Tyssen

Best maintained vehicle. For their bright, shiny 2018 Outback, with roof tent. Mechanical breakdown on trips or vehicle most worthy of retirement. For a blown exhaust muffler on the Dandenongs trip & clutch failure on the Lerderderg / Wombat trip. Most number of Flat Tyres. For destroying a road tyre on a rough track and not having the tools to replace it. Vehicle stuck most often. For failure of his electric bicycle battery on the Glen Waverley bike trip, necessitating him to actually pedal!

General Business. Damian reported on a CFA meeting he had attended recently, at which the use of a woollen blanket to protect occupants of a car trapped in a bushfire was recommended. In short, there should be one blanket for each occupant of the vehicle, stored where they are easily accessible (eg under the front seat). They should not be used wet, to avoid scalding. Peter Kakalias reported on a FWDV training course he had attended. While he said he gained a lot from the course, his car suffered from water inhalation during a river crossing, requiring it to be recovered. Members asked about instructions given regarding the speed of travel and whether the use of a tarpaulin was suggested. Fines and Fun Nametags No fines. Last to Meeting David Wilson


Trips: Mt. Terrible (Cup Day weekend). Tim (trip leader) for being last to the meeting point Fred (visitor) for sleeping in the HiLux to avoid getting the tent wet and having an uncomfortable night (paid by Rick) 4WD Training Peter Kakalias, for drowning his Outback in a water crossing on a FWDV training course. Total fines collected - $8.50. Presentation: Mark welcomed Matt Chaplin, of SubieLiftOz, who presented on his range of lift kits suitable for Subarus from the mid-nineties onwards. Using a slide presentation and a range of actual kits, he explained the essential differences between the various Subaru models, which require specific kits for each application. In particular, he talked about the introduction of multi-link suspension for Foresters and Outbacks in recent years. Later he spoke about the availability of after-market limited slip and lockable rear, centre and front differentials for Subaru vehicles and their differing characteristics and uses. Videos illustrated the significant improvement in traction available from a rear locker in an off-road context. Matt answered a number of questions from members, covering topics including legalities, DIY installation advice and the availability of kits from other suppliers for earlier models, such as Brumbies, L-series and MYs. Meeting closed at 10:20pm approximately and was followed by supper. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 28 January 2020, at Camberwell South Tennis Club, commencing at 8pm. It will be preceded by the “Welcome Back BBQ� from 6:30pm in the carpark.

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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 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 or equipment on every trip:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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. 1. Fire extinguisher, accessible to the driver 2. Spare tyre (full size) 3. Jack and wheel brace, or equivalent 4. Emergency supplies (matches, food, water and clothing) 5. Sufficient fuel, oil and water for the trip and delays 6. A tyre pressure gauge; compressor (according to the trip) 7. An axe, bow or chain saw; 8. A sturdy shovel (collapsible shovels are no good) 9. Spare parts (appropriate to the nature of the trip) 10. A tool kit 11. Personal first aid kit 12. 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. 20

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