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

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May 2018 (Issue 447)

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

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CONTENTS About the Club

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President’s Report

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What’s in the pipeline!

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Venue Report

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General meeting notice

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Trip and Social

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Trip and Social

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Long term future planning

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Trip Report - Phillip Island

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Treasurer’s Report

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Queens Birthday Long weekend

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Trip Adviser

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Trip and Recovery gear

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Buy it and Sell it

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Committee Meeting

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General Meeting

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Bush Tucker

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Editor’s Note

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

The club relies on membership fees to offset its running costs, including insurance. Membership fees are payable each year, due on 31 May. Fees for the 2018/19 year were agreed at the general meeting in April 2018 and are as follows:


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


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


COMMITTEE Vice President: Duncan McCrae

Secretary: Michael Dale

Treasurer: Lee Wegner

Social: Lee Wegner (OM)

Trip: Mike Dale (OM)

Venue coordinator: Meredith Dale (OM)

Resources: Kevin Bird (OM)


PRESIDENT’S REPORT May 2018 Dear Members, There are a number of training opportunities from 4WD Victoria regarding training in first aid and chainsaw operation, for details, please contact 4WD Victoria for more information. On the training front, there is the up coming 4WD TRAINING conducted over Tuesday night for theory and the Saturday for the practical driving... details can be found on the trip sheet at the up coming meeting, SPACES ARE LIMITED!!! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate in contacting me: Kind regards,

Duncan McCrae. Vice President


WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE! VENUE REPORT MAY GENERAL MEETING DATE: Tuesday 29th May at 8pm VENUE: South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris. Come along for plenty of club news, trip reports and member interaction. DOOR PRIZE: Come along to win a special door prize at this month's meeting.

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

Details of the next few general meetings are as per the schedule below:



Guest Speaker/Presentation

Other Business

Tue 29 May

South Camberwell Tennis Club



Tue 26 Jun

South Camberwell Tennis Club



Tue 31 Jul

South Camberwell Tennis Club




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

Mallee Crawl When: Currently on hold Trip leader: Jamie and Les Scott Trip Standard: Social 19th Century Bluestone When: TBC - Moved to July Trip leader: Lee Trip Standard: Social High Tea When: August - TBC Trip leader: Lee Trip Standard: Social Eurambeen Historic Homestead When: September - TBC Trip leader: Lee Trip Standard: Social




Simpson Desert. Trip leader: Jamie

Mike Dale: Trip Coordinator Lee Wegner: Social Coordinator 8

TREASURER’S REPORT Account balances as at 12th May There has been not activity since the last meeting. Current bank balance: $8715.75 Current term deposit balance: $5,000 Lee Wegner

TRIP REPORT Otway's Day Trip 22 April 2018 By Tim Folliard The heavy mist cleared early to a clear blue sky. Only 3 vehicles on this trip made for a quick start from Anglesea. The first part of the morning was spent on Denham’s Track. A good undulating track with a few deep ruts and despite the dry weather, some decent muddy puddles. Clearly a few vehicles with big wheels had been through and cut up the surface in parts, especially on some of the short climbs. After a break at Hammond’s Campground, we headed along Gentle Annie Track back to the Airey’s Inlet lighthouse picnic area. A few tracks lead back to Anglesea where we aired up for the trip back to the City. Most of the tracks are closing for the winter soon but a great spot with plenty of tracks for some summer exploring. Tim and Jack Kurt and Rosemary Peter D

FJ40 Prado Forester







Mallee Crawl

Currently on hold

Jamie and Les Scott


19th Century Bluestone

July TBC



High Tea

August TBC



Eurambeen Historic Homestead

September TBC



Once again the Club is collecting old

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

All recycling revenge goes back into the club Last time we managed 4.7 tonnes

Please contact: Jamie or Les if you have any questions. 10

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


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


Two rated D- Shackles (minimum 3.2t)


Rated snatch strap


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


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


Fire extinguisher, accessible to the driver


Spare tyre (full size)


Jack and wheel brace, or equivalent


Emergency supplies (matches, food, water and clothing)


Sufficient fuel, oil and water for the trip and delays


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


An axe, bow or chain saw;


A sturdy shovel (collapsible shovels are no good)


Spare parts (appropriate to the nature of the trip)


A tool kit


Personal first aid kit


Your vehicle manual

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


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

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

$350 $380 $420 $380 $420

Fitting can be arranged. 10% discount for Subaru Club members. Please contact David via TXT after hours Road less Travelled - Vehicle under body protection

Item: Number plates Details: S4WDCV Cost: $500 ONO Contact: Jamie, Item: 4WD Recovery Air Bag. New – Never used. Details: Inflates to 70 cm. 1250 kg safe working load, Cost: $50 Contact: Dave Hewett, 9873 2945 Item: Genuine Thermorest inflating mattress (2) Details: These are in perfect condition – no holes, marks etc. Cost: $60 for the 2 Contact: Dave Hewett, 9873 2945 Item: Tent – 2 person; 6’ x 6’ perfect condition; never used Details: Centre pole; attached awning; complete with poles etc. Cost: $50 Contact: Dave Hewett, 9873 2945


Item: 1991 L series GL wagon Details: My father’s 1991 L series GL wagon. 235000 gentle kms, none off road. Auto. Burgundy. ETZ$@$. Cost: $250 ONO Contact: Rob Boykett,, 0424211748 Item: Standard number plates Details: VIC blue and white in as new condition, 1XV4US Cost: $400 ONO Contact: Jenny, 0417 369 405 Item: Number plates Details: SUBARU, can be re-issued in any custom design via the Vic Roads website (see link below) If a different colour or style is preferred: Cost: Negotiable, but realistic offers between $3,500 to $6,000 Contact: Richard, 0414 737 333 2 cars for sale, some very old Subarus. They would make good projects for someone. Item 1: 1978 Subaru Gen 1 Brumby (Subaru model A68) Details: VIN A68-002308. Is in running order. Needs body work. Engine needs a tune. Comes with a bunch of spares (including a rust-free roof section with A pillars) and a canopy. EA71 1598cc (1600cc) engine, single range 4WD. Cost: Asking $450 or $550 with the EA81 engine cross-member and duel-range gearbox Item 2: 1975 Subaru Gen 1 (Mk 1) 4WD Wagon (Subaru Model A64) Details: VIN A64-010162. Pretty much a bare shell. Needs work, but the body is in pretty good shape. Can help with sourcing parts as I know where other wrecks are and have leads on NOS bits too. Dash is on the back seat. Would like to see someone save this. Is the earlier single-range 4WD, originally fitted with the EA63 1400cc (1398cc) engine (I have leads on 2-3 engines, possibly a NOS engine block). Cost: Make me an offer. Contact: Michael Dickman, 0402 649 875 +1=1 1983 Subaru L-series Sport Wagons for free: Item: 2x 1983 L-series 4WD Sports Wagons (red). Details: Neither is going or registered. One has good engine but bad clutch, the other a bad engine but good clutch. The better one has a new windscreen (including rubber) and new hatch struts. I wanted to get one out of the two, but the job is beyond me. Tyres are good; one has mag wheels. VIN’s: JF2AM5ERO1G025977 ; JF2AM5DR01G023570 Cost: Free to a good home. Contact: Glenn Taylor,, 0419 366 143 Want to sell something Subaru/Off-Rod related? Contact: The Club makes this space available free of charge to members wishing to buy or sell items. PLEASE NOTE: that the Motor Car Trader Regulations 1988-22(4) require that vehicles for sale advertisements must contain: (a) (b)

the cash price of the vehicle and; the registration number if registered or the engine/chassis numbers if unregistered. 13

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

Committee Meeting Minutes (abridged) Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on 1 st May 2018 at the home of Lee and Duncan at 7:45pm 1. Present Kevin Bird, Michael Dale, Meredith Dale, Lee Wegner, Duncan McCrae. 2. Apologies 3. Visitors Edith Fullalove, Alan Christiansen 4. Quorum A quorum was achieved under section 63b(a) 5. Minutes of the Previous Meeting 5.1. Minutes of the April 2018 committee meeting were accepted without amendment. Motion to accept by Duncan, seconded by Meredith. 5.2. Business Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Actions 5.2.1. By-Law – Convoy Travel – needs to be reformatted into By-Law format. 5.2.2. New Member Pack –needs to be reworked into a new document. 5.2.3. Club magazine archiving – no scanning of old magazines has yet been done. 5.2.4. Trip management facility on club website – committee to review and decide.


5.2.5. Portable speakers – Stephen W yet to come back with a quote. 5.2.6. Club stickers – Michael to forward high resolution electronic copies of logo to Kevin. 5.2.7. Bob Marshall’s chronicles – Jean/Peter to approach Ruth to see about them being published in the Club’s magazine over a number of issues.

6. Correspondence in and out 6.1 In 4WD Vic - notice of education day, change of date, 06/10/2018 Echuca Steam Rally festival 6.2 Out None 6.3 Business arising from correspondence None 7. Reports 7.1. Resources Nothing to report 7.2. Trip and Social Date



Queens Birthday long weekend On Hold until further notice

Mallee Crawl

Trip standard is social Trip leader is Jamie and Les Scott

July TBC

19th Century Bluestone

Trip standard is social Trip leader is Lee

It is unsure what is happening with various long-term trips 7.3. Venue Nothing to report 7.4. Secretary Nothing to report 7.5. Editor Edith to remain as editor 7.6. President Nothing to report 7.7. Vice President


Nothing to report 7.8. Treasurer No access to any information as of the time of the meeting 8. Subcommittees/Other 8.1. Communication Nothing to report 8.2. Community Nothing to report 8.3. Constitution review Nothing to report 8.4. Education/Training 19th (theory) and 23rd (practical) of June Booklets to be posted out Need one more participant to get the 10% discount ($220 - 10% discount if applicable) Club is chipping in $30 per person 9. Grievance Still outstanding as the committee is still waiting on clarification from the other party.

10. General Business As per Peter Devine's motion: disciplinary sub-committee is on hold pending discussion for options at the next GM. Proposal: as per the motion proposed by Peter Devine and seconded by Martin Foot the committee resolved to contact all parties involved to report back on their views about using mediation as an alternative to the disciplinary process. 11. Next Meeting Meredith's house on Tuesday the 5th of June 12. Close of Meeting 9:30 p.m.


MINUTES Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. FWDV Member Reg. No. A – 0006149J GPO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley Vic 3149 General Meeting Minutes The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 24th April 20118 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:05pm. 1. Present Meredith Dale, Michael Dale, Phil Milkins, Elaine Milkins, Kay Fraser, Peter Fullalove, Edith Fullalove, Dale Rebgetz, Janelle Rebgetz, Graham Gill, Peter Devine, Chris Hayward, Richard Saleeba, Des Lehmann, Jamie Scott, Les Scott, Duncan McCrae, Lee Wegner, Martin Foot, Tim Folliard, Kevin Bird, Sandra Christiansen, Paul Saleeba, Alan Christiansen, Lisa Jantke, Andrew Jantke, Damian Stock, Angela Stock, Stephen Whittaker, Queenie Sosa, David Wilson, Peter Bellis, Jean Bellis. 2. Apologies Kurt Imberger, Rosemary Webb, Rob Millar, Kerry Gill, Jenny Peacock, Peter Mynard, Katie Mynard. 3. Visitors Gary Beadell, Les Ralph. 4. Welcome A welcome was extended to all members and visitors. 5. Guest Speaker / Presentation Gary Beadell gave a very informative presentation on his father’s, Len Beadell, legacy in the exploration, surveying, and road construction in the Australian outback – particularly South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The presentation was greatly appreciated by members. 6.

The lucky door prize was won by Des Lehman.


The meeting was adjourned for ten minutes so that members could talk with the guest speaker, and have some supper.

8. Minutes of the Previous General Meeting The minutes of the March 2018 General Meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Edith Fullalove and seconded by Meredith Dale. There was no business arising from the minutes. 9. Correspondence 9.1 In Magazines from Subaru 4WD Club NSW Nissan 4x4 Club Victoria South Camberwell Tennis Club – change of access from key to swipe card. 9.2 Out None 10. Reports 10.1 Resources Club now has a satellite phone. As soon as it is activated, it will be available for use on club trips. Club beanies – have red and black ones on order. Speak to Kevin if you want one. 17

10.2 Editor Editorial deadline is 18th May. 10.3 Trip and Social Robe Survivor II - ANZAC day and subsequent four days Mallee Crawl – Queen’s Birthday weekend 19th Century Bluestone – late June 10.4 Venue Waiting on a few responses for future guest speakers. 10.5 Membership. Two new memberships were approved at the last committee meeting. Nametags will be following. 10.6 Treasurer Current cheque account balance is $8,393.32. Term deposit is still $5,000. 10.7 Secretary Nothing to report. 10.8 Vice-President Driver training course in June 2018. Maximum numbers is 12 – currently have 9. Cost is $170 per participant. 10.9 President Nothing to report. 11. Membership Fees The committee recommends that there be no change to the membership fees. Motion moved by Duncan McCrae and seconded by Paul Saleeba that the committee’s recommendation be adopted. Unanimously approved by the members. 12. Fines and Fun 12.1 Nametags Tim Folliard, Jamie Scott, Les Scott. 12.2 Last to Meeting David Wilson. 12.3 Trips 12.3.1 Otways Everyone behaved themselves. 12.3.2 Deau National Park Meredith – for leaving stuff at home even though she had a list. Alan – for taking the toaster without telling anyone. Dale and Janelle – stuck CB radio. Rob – busted CV boot. Kurt – failing to wait at intersection. Dale – flat tyre. Dale – not waiting for following vehicle. Meredith – smoking hot car. Michael – for almost driving off a cliff Rob – not having his CB radio turned on. Michael and Meredith – replacement of ignition leads. Janelle – leaving watch in the penthouse after it was packed up. 12.3.3 Phillip Island The ladies behaved themselves. Total fines collected - $5.05. 13. General Business 13.1 Reporting of club’s finances – can it be improved to show revenues and expenditure during the financial year? Issue was raised by Peter Devine. Peter gave an outline of what he would like to see. The committee will take it on board. 13.2 A neighbour of Martin is wanting to sell his 2014 green Subaru Forester. 13.3 Richard Saleeba has some magazines from his friendly neighbourhood newsagency available for members. 18

14. Other Business Edith Fullalove announced her resignation from the club’s committee effective immediately . Janelle Rebgetz announced her resignation from the club’s committee and position of treasurer effective as at the end of this general meeting . Dale Rebgetz announced his resignation from the club’s committee and position of president effective as at the end of this general meeting . Peter Bellis announced his resignation from the club’s committee and position of secretary effective as at the end of this general meeting. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th May 2018 commencing at 8pm. Meeting closed at 10:50pm.


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

Friday 16th June 2018 Email editor:

THANKS TO Lee for the images

I’m a Star!!