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November 2013

Blue Rag Range Track

(ISSUE 398) Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. Reg. No. A – 0006149J FWDV Member www.subaru4wdvic.com.au 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 2013/14 year were agreed at the general meeting in April 2013 and are as follows: ● Interstate: $105 (Seniors card - $100) ● Single: $115 (Seniors card - $105) ● Joint/family: $135 - (Seniors card - $120). Joining Fee $10 ($20 for Joint/Family) (All annual fees include FWDV affiliation and trip insurance: $45) A trip fee of $15 per adult non-member applies (for insurance purposes) Please contact the membership officer for further information regarding membership, including pro-rata and monthly rates.

GENERAL MEETINGS

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@subaru4wdvic.com.au (President) Jessica Walsh vice-president@subaru4wdvic.com.au (Vice President) Peter Bellis secretary@subaru4wdvic.com.au (Secretary) Bob Marshall treasurer@subaru4wdvic.com.au (Treasurer) Martin Foot events@subaru4wdvic.com.au (OM: Trip & Social) Michael Hartshorne editor@subaru4wdvic.com. au (OM: Editor) Andrew Jantke mship@subaru4wdvic.com.au (OM: Membership) Dale Rebgetz resources@subaru4wdvic.com.au (OM: Resources) Stephen Whittaker venue@subaru4wdvic.com.au (OM: Venue) Doug Greenall (Ordinary Member) Phil Milkins (Ordinary Member)

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT Welcome to the November club magazine and my last presidents report for 2013. I must admit that I am looking forward to the Christmas break even though I wont really be getting much of a break, thanks to the new job. In the meantime, there is plenty going on to lead up to the break, both from a club and association level. After last week’s association AGM I have now been confirmed as association president for the next twelve months. This role takes me to Canberra this weekend for the quarterly national council meeting. This will be the first time for me at this meeting which I will be attending alone, as the CEO will not be accompanying me, as he would normally do. When I took on the association vice president’s role, little did I know that I would be representing the association at this level only twelve months later. I will provide an update on this meeting in the next Trackwatch and at the January meeting. Now, back to club events, of which there are plenty coming up. At this week’s club meeting I will be running a session on CPR, from Ambulance Victoria’s Four Steps For Life Plus program. It seems like ages since I did my first aid course, and the first time I heard of this program, however I am hoping that this DVD based course will be reasonably easy to run, especially with the other things I have spinning around in my head at the moment. If you plan on being at the meeting and getting the most from this course please do not forget to bring along a pillow to use for the exercise. No, the pillow will not be so you can sleep through the session but rather it will be for you to practice those four important steps that might help save a life in the future. Following the club meeting we have the club’s Christmas party, in Warrandyte, on December 1st. We have the choice of two locations, depending on the weather, so please make sure that you register your interest with the trip leader, Martin Foot, to ensure that you are aware of any changes to the venue. I am sure that there will be plenty of information about the event, including things to do in the local area, elsewhere in this month’s magazine and at the club meeting. As usual the club will supply meat and soft drinks while a dessert or salad to share will be much appreciated. Come along and enjoy our final social event for the year. On the weekend following the Christmas party, December 7th and 8th, the annual Oxfam Christmas tree deliveries will be taking place. Peter Bellis is organizing our involvement in this event so please see him if you can contribute a few hours. Having done this event a few times myself I can tell you that it is a most rewarding experience, seeing the faces of the children Page: 4


PRESIDENT’S REPORT when you deliver a Christmas tree to their door. It is generally possible to complete a trailer of deliveries in a few hours so an early start means that it will not take up much of the day. Unfortunately Angela and I have a wedding on the same weekend, in the country, so we will not be able to make it this year. Peter will really appreciate your help, on Saturday in the south-east or on Sunday in the north-west so please see him about it at the November meeting. As usual the club will be running its Christmas – New Year trip in the high country, led by David Wilson. While I am not aware of the full itinerary for this years trip I am sure that, as usual, the trip will be action packed. David will have his new car out on the track so that should be entertaining in its own right. If you can spare a few days, between December 26th and January 1st, this should be a good trip to make it to. In preparation for either of the above events, where towing and/or 4WDing will be involved, don’t forget to prepare your vehicle for summer conditions by changing lubricants and coolant, checking belts and even getting your airconditioning serviced. It will make your travel in the summer months all that much more comfortable. Between Oxfam and the Christmas trip there are a few free weekends so if there is any interest in running another trip, a social event or even a bike ride around Warburton (that’s for you Doug) you could consider getting a trip intention sheet going at the November meeting. You might be surprised at how many fellow club members have some spare time before Christmas to join you. Around twelve months ago I was looking forward to the 2013 Forester and the boxer diesel mated with a constant velocity transmission. Well, unfortunately, twelve months has passed and we are no closer to seeing this combination than we were in 2012. As a result, I am giving up on waiting so, by the time we next meet, I should be very close to picking up a new Forester 2.0XT Premium with CVT, X-mode and Subaru Eyesight driver assistance. While it will not give me the economy of the diesel it should still be better than the current 2.5XT. If anyone is interested in a slightly used 2007 2.5XT, with plenty of country kilometres on the clock, you know where to find it. Anyway that’s enough from me for this year. Take care of yourself out there, on the road or in the bush, and if I don’t see you at the coming events please have a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year. Damian Page: 5


VENUE REPORT NOVEMBER GENERAL MEETING Date: Tuesday 26 November at 8pm Venue: South Camberwell Tennis Club Presentation: Our presentation this month will be a CPR awareness session. Learn how to perform CPR with Ambulance Victoria’s Four Steps for Life program. It will be a fun, informative and engaging way to learn an important skill considering the activities we undertake in our club. Door Prize: This month, our door prize for members will be a Repco Eclipse Car Cleaning Kit – come along to be in the draw! Stephen Whittaker Venue Coordinator

EDITOR’S REPORT 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.

As we do not publish a magazine in December the magazine deadline for next edition is Thursday 16th January 2014. Send all copy to editor@subaru4wdvic.com.au Thanks Michael Page: 6


TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT CHRISTMAS PARTY – WARRANDYTE STATE PARK Sunday 1 December from 12 noon Trip Rating: Social Venue: Pound Bend Reserve, Pound Road (off Warrandyte Road), Melways 23 A11. In case of very hot or wet weather, the fallback will be Jumping Creek Reserve, Jumping Creek Road, Melways 24 A10. Trip leader: Martin Foot, email: events@subaru4wdvic.com.au The Warrandyte State Park is easily accessible from the Eastern Freeway via Springvale and Warrandyte Roads. The venues are both on the Yarra River. Pound Bend has more space and car parking, and has the famous river diversion tunnel from the early gold prospecting days. However is the weather is extreme, Jumping Creek has a shelter from sun and rain and a beach for bathing (subject to river conditions). Both have toilets. Bushwalks are provided at both venues. Catering: As in past years, members are asked to bring a plate of salad or dessert to share. PLEASE LET MARTIN KNOW WHICH YOU ARE BRINGING. The club will provide BBQ meat and soft drinks. PLEASE CONFIRM ATTENDANCE INCLUDING VISITORS AND CHILDREN TO ALLOW FOR CATERING. A message has been sent to the North Pole, asking for Santa to visit. The parents of children attending are asked to supply gifts for their children for Santa to present. For those looking for a more strenuous activity in the morning or after lunch, there is a goldfields walk at Fourth Hill that starts from the Memorial location where gold was first discovered in Victoria in 1851. You will need to drive to it along Gold Memorial Road, Melways 35 E2. Martin has more information including interpretative notes. The trip attendance sheet will be available at the November General Meeting on 26 November. Page: 7


TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT OXFAM CHRISTMAS TREE DELIVERIES Saturday 7 (eastern and southern suburbs) and Sunday 8 December (northern and western suburbs) - TBC Trip Rating: Social Trip Leader: Peter Bellis, email: secretary@subaru4wdvic.com.au The trip attendance sheet will be available at the November Meeting. You must register with Peter well ahead of time to ensure trees and a delivery route are allocated for you on the day. CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR - HIGH COUNTRY TRIP Friday 27 to Tuesday 31 December Licola to Buchan (TBC) – moving camp over four nights Trip Rating: Difficult/Very Difficult Trip Leader: David Wilson, email dw@subaru4wdvic.com.au If you can’t make the moving trip, you could still meet at Buchan for New Year’s Eve (our last hurrah there), but you must confirm with David ahead of time to confirm location and access. MARYSVILLE TO CRAIG’S HUT VIA MT TERRIBLE - AUSTRALIA DAY LONG WEEKEND TRIP Saturday 25 to Monday 27 January 2014 Trip leader: Jessica Walsh, email: jw@subaru4wdvic.com.au Trip rating: Moderate to difficult This will be a tour of the High Country from Marysville to Mansfield via Mt Terrible and Jamieson and then on to Craig’s Hut. The return will be around the west of Lake Eildon, through Alexandria to finish in Marysville. There will be a variety of terrain to traverse so a well-stocked and capable vehicle is a must. I have not been to this area before and am looking forward to exploring it. There might even be a poem or two! NB: A trip attendance sheet will be available at the November meeting. There won’t be another meeting before the trip, so please contact Jess directly after this for further information. WOODSIDE TRIP A weekend in February 2014 TBA Page: 8


TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT Trip Leader: Damian Stock, or email: president@subaru4wdvic.com.au Trip rating: TBA Standing camp at the Stock farm at Woodside, local trips and the beach close by! BUCHAN WORKING BEE - LABOUR DAY WEEKEND TRIP 8 – 10 March 2014 Trip Rating: TBA Trip Leader: TBA Dismantling and removal of the Buchan shelter, as requested by the owners. Camping on-site and (hopefully) time for a day-trip or too. Many hands and vehicles with trailers will be needed. OTWAYS TRIP Sat 22 and Sun 23 March 2014 Trip Rating: Medium, or Otway Fly only - Social Trip Leader: Michael Hartshorne, email: editor@subaru4wdvic.com.au 4WD-ing and Otway Fly (Sunday) LERDERDERG GORGE TRIP Sat 5 and Sun 6 April Trip rating: Difficult/Very Difficult Trip leader: Jessica Walsh, email: jw@subaru4wdvic.com.au More information to follow. LAKE COONGIE/ MENINDEE LAKES ROUND TRIP Friday 18 – Sunday 27 April 2014 The late Easter break, combined with the Anzac Day long weekend, offers 10 days to explore some country close to but not included on the Simpson Trip, in particular the area between the Flinders Ranges and Lake Frome (including Arkaroola Sanctuary), Lake Coongie near Innamincka and the Menindee Lakes near Broken Hill. Page: 9


TRIP & SOCIAL REPORT Route: From the Flinders Ranges, via west side of Lake Frome, picking up the Strezlecki Track at Mt Hopeless and continuing on to Innaminka, Lake Coongie, Corner Store, Tibooburra, Broken Hill, Menindee Lakes and home. Approx. 3,700 Km. Trip Standard: Medium/Difficult but with long stretches of remote country requiring adequate provisions, water and fuel along the Strezlecki Track. Well -prepared vehicles only. Trip Leader: TBA Contact: Martin Foot, email: events@subaru4wdvic.com.au to express interest, or with any queries. A trip attendance sheet will be available at General Meetings from November. If there is sufficient interest, a more detailed itinerary will be prepared. OTHER TRIPS Narbethong Woods Point Goldfields Melbourne Laneways Cathedral Ranges A Picnic at Hanging Rock We need leaders to run these trips, please contact me. Martin Foot Trip and Social Coordinator Email: events@subaru4wdvic.com.au

TRIP REPORTS MELBOURNE CUP WEEKEND HIGH COUNTRY TRIP Friday 1st November – Tuesday 5th November By Stephen Whittaker (trip leader) Friday: The Melbourne Cup long weekend arrived and another Subaru 4WD Club adventure was planned! This time, we were headed to Bright for a standing camp and touring and 4WDing through the Victorian High Country – to the north, south, east and west of Bright and Porepunkah. We were lucky enough to have the Turner’s property just outside Bright as our base for the weekend. Page: 10


TRIP REPORTS Having stayed in Bright the evening before, Steve was at the Turner’s property just after lunch, enjoying a good chat with Alby & Rae, setting up camp and relaxing for the afternoon waiting for everyone to arrive. Paul was next to arrive, followed by Doug & Michelle and then Rick, Jackie & Josh. Bev arrived with A-Van in tow followed by Peter & Jean then Peter & Katie. The sun set and we all relaxed around the campfire into the evening. Michael arrived at 10pm and set up camp in the dark. After we all went to bed, Andrew & Lisa arrived. Jamie & Les stayed at King Spur for the night. Dave, Antoinette, Anthony & Justin let us know they weren’t going to make it until the following afternoon. Saturday: A perfect morning sunrise, breakfast and then we hit the road early. It was Blue Rag Range day. Initially, the plan was to head to Blue Rag Range Track via the back tracks (not the black top). However, given how busy it was expected to be and because Jamie & Les were already at King Spur, plans were quickly altered to head straight to Blue Rag and then travel home via the back tracks. We headed east on the Great Alpine Road towards Mt Hotham. There were bicycles aplenty to weave around as we headed up the windy road. The devastation caused by recent bushfires was very evident with little to no regrowth in some spots. The heat must have been tremendous. We turned right before Mt Hotham onto the Dargo-High Plains Road heading south towards Dargo. Just 11kms further on was Page: 11


TRIP REPORTS the mighty Blue Rag Range Track. We again turned right and drove just the first 300 metres of the iconic track where we met Jamie and Les. We had morning tea with the boys, they joined the convoy and we set off along the ridge top for the summit. The track work undertaken by DEPI was evident. It was a very smooth, gentle and not at all challenging drive (despite what one vehicle we passed would have us believe – the old “you won’t get to the top in that!” - how little folks know of the capability of our fine Subie’s!). Before we knew it, we were at the trig point. With all 11 vehicles lined up and the track essentially to ourselves, we were all thrilled to be taking in a majestic 360 degree view of the magnificent high country. Simply breathtaking. There were even a few patches of snow on Hotham and Feathertop to enjoy. As Blue Rag Range Track is now a dead end track at the trig point, we turned around and had lunch at a nice grassy spot about half way back to the Dargo -High Plains Road junction. Once back at the Great Alpine Road, a vote was cast and the decision unanimous to head back via Twins Jeep Track, Mt Murray and through the Buckland Valley instead of the black top. A sharp hairpin left onto Twins Jeep Track – a fine track in good condition. It weaved its way along the side of the hills west towards Mt Murray and Mt Selwyn, through more bushfire remnants. We passed a few vehicles heading our direction. And then we came across one lone vehicle heading towards us – a brand new, bright red Ford Ranger. While it was a narrow track, there was still ample room in some spots for two vehicles to pass each other. However, this red Ranger decided reversing was a better idea. His reversing and our following continued… and continued… and continued until he misjudged a section and almost backed off the side of the mountain. With his passenger side wheels off the track and his vehicle sitting on its belly (on the edge of the track), this was quite the predicament. Steve ran up to ensure they were ok, but the driver was ready to take off again to try and get himself out of it. Not a good idea – this was suggested to him in the nicest possible way. By now, the rest of our club walked up and started to gather around. We worked out a recovery strategy Page: 12


TRIP REPORTS anchoring the rear with Andrew’s Rodeo and winching the front with Jamie’s Landcruiser. Quite easily this could have turned out differently. Fortunately, it was a lesson learned for the driver without anything more disastrous occurring. Turned out that where he nearly went off the side of the mountain was 20 metres from a larger turn around point that he had been looking for to allow us to pass him. He admitted that it was a lot further than he remembered and had he known would not have backed up that far. After the drama, our convoy continued heading for the summit of Mt Murray. It was a fun climb to the top with incredible views south. Time was against us, so we couldn’t take our time to walk the five hundred metres to the helicopter pad. We descended Mt Murray and into the southern end of the Buckland Valley. Once we hit the 2WD Buckland Valley Road, we were able to travel a little faster. Well, except for the dust!! And there was a lot of dust! We continued north to the Great Alpine Road, turned right at Porepunkah and headed back to camp. Dave, Antoinette, Anthony and Justin had already setup camp and greeted us on arrival. A long day – a great day – we were all weary and deserved a good, well-cooked meal and a relaxing evening around the campfire. Sunday: After such a big day on the Saturday, it was decided that a relaxing Sunday morning was in order. Two advantages came about through this. Firstly, we were able to use all the man- and woman-power in the club to assist Alby and Rae move their huge new water tank into place next to their home. Job done by 10am! Secondly, Jessica would be able to join us before the start of our day instead of the planned meet ‘somewhere on the tracks’. More relaxation ensued before the departure of Paul and the arrival of Jessica just after 11am. The two of them seemed to time it perfectly. Ten minutes after Paul vacated his campsite, Jessica rolled in and setup! Not long after, we set off for a shorter day. Page: 13


TRIP REPORTS It was Buckland Valley day. We headed into Bright, through the industrial end of town and headed for Wandiligong – not via the black top. We turned left into Wet Gully Track and climbed to the ridge – we could see camp from there! We descended back down into Wandiligong and then to a nice grassy shady area for lunch just before the start of Nolan Creek Track. While lunch was enjoyed, some had a play on a particularly steep section of track nearby. Pretty sure there’s still a clutch-burning odour in the area after one person’s climb! Onward up Nolan Creek Track which had been graded within the previous week. Steve had pre-tripped this section the week prior before the grading. A couple of steep pinches welcomed us. One which proved to be very steep and shaly. Steve had had no problem the week prior but, being the first vehicle, and not realising how shaly it was post-grading, ran out of puff halfway up. An attempt to back down in the slippery shale saw the front swing around and the vehicle was almost sideways on the hill. Eventually straightened up and backed down all the way, he had another attempt. Not a problem the second time. Everyone else enjoyed the climb – particularly one DW; idling up in the new Landcruiser – a very different climb to how it would have been in the Outback! Our trek continued along the ridge via Albion Track, then right into Paddy Hill Track. It was an enjoyable drive with views north east and south west and we climbed and descended. A fairly steep descent at the end of Paddy Hill Track ensured fun for all. Then, to end the 4WDing for the day, we had a river crossing – the Buckland River. It was not as deep as it had previously been on a pre-trip. Once all across with ease, we headed for camp bearing north on that dusty Buckland Valley Road… again! As Alby & Rae have a pizza oven, pizzas were the talk of the campsite that night. Page: 14


TRIP REPORTS All you could smell was pizza with nearly everyone cooking up a treat of their own! An evening with a few drinks and laughter around the campfire was then enjoyed by all. Monday: There were options for all for the day on Monday. Either come on the drive to Tawonga Gap and Mt Porepunkah or take a break from the cars and head into Bright to the market and tour the town. It was a semi-relaxing start to our Monday with a 9:30am departure for the drive. Those heading into town (Doug & Michelle) could relax a whole lot more – choosing to head into town when they wished. The rest of us headed straight for Tawonga Gap via the black top – again weaving around energetic cyclists. We stopped at the Gap to look out towards Mt Beauty and over the Kiewa Valley. We hit Tawonga Gap Track and had morning tea halfway along. A couple of vehicles left us here to head back to town for the market. On we continued leaving Tawonga Gap Track at the base of Mt Porepunkah. We circled the mountain making our way to the top. We had Mt Porepunkah all to ourselves as we overlooked Mt Buffalo and other iconic mountains with an essentially 360 degree view while standing next to the fire tower. We left the top to head back to camp for lunch. Once back in town, some were brave enough to head into a very busy Bright township. They were back pretty quickly after seeing just how busy it was! For those who wished for a challenge, Plantation Hill Track beckoned. This is a very long, steep track shaly in places and starts not far from camp at the Turner’s property. Steve went up first knowing he was likely to have the same difficulty he’d had the week before while pre-tripping – running out of puff! Indeed, he did. He stopped at exactly the same spot. He backed into a grader push out and Jamie came up. With snatch strap attached, Jamie towed Steve up to a section where it levels outs. This is the halfway point! As an aside; the words ‘new lowrange gear set’ were stated by Steve many times over the weekend! Page: 15


CLUB CA Date

Event

2013 NOV

Tues 26

General Meeting

Sun 1

Christmas Party

Tues 3

Committee Meeting

Sat 7— Sun 8

Oxfam Xmas Tree Deliveries

Fri 27 to Tue 31

Christmas High Country Trip

DEC

Sat 25 Jan - Mon Marysville to Craig’s Hut via Mt Terrible 27 Jan Tues 28 Jan General Meeting February

Woodside Trip

8 – 10 March

Buchan Working Bee

Sat 22, Sun 23 March

Otways Trip: 4WD-ing and Otway Fly (Sun)

2014

Trip Standard

Sat 5, Sun 6 April

Lerderderg Gorge Trip

Fri 18 — Sun 27 April

Lake Coongie/ Menindee Lakes round trip

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Stephen Whittaker

Warrandyte State Park Social

Martin Foot

Damien Stock’s

Peter Bellis

TBA

Social

Peter Bellis

Licola

David Wilson

Eildon district

Jessica Walsh

CSTC

Stephen Whittaker

Woodside

TBA

Damian Stock

Buchan

TBA

TBA

Otway Ranges

/Social Michael Harsthorne

Bacchus Marsh district

Jessica Walsh

S.A and N.S.W. remote areas

Martin Foot

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TRIP REPORTS Everyone else continued up with no difficulties but commented on the challenge with great interest. We came back down the other side of Plantation Hill Track also quite steep and shaly in places. Back at camp, everyone was getting ready for our night out at the pub! Former club members, Geoff & Meredith Kearton, visited camp just before we headed into town. They recently retired to Bright and Geoff had helped enormously with pre-tripping this trip. They toured the campsite and met everyone. We then headed into town. It was nice to enjoy a good meal at the Alpine Hotel. Anthony, Justin and Josh really enjoyed those ice-cream sundaes!! We left the pub and drove back to camp. The fire was quickly roaring and soon too were the sparklers! The sparklers atop Dave and Josh’s birthday cakes, that is. We surprised them with a chorus of Happy Birthday and sparkler fun, then everyone enjoyed a piece of cake. It was to be Dave’s birthday the following day and Josh’s on the Wednesday. It was also a good time to thank our hosts – Alby and Rae – we’re so grateful to have had a brilliant weekend! There was also an incident around the campfire that evening that will simply forever be known as The Cake Incident. Find out more during ‘Fines & Fun’ at the next club meeting! It was quite the late night for many who enjoyed the fire and some great conversation. I’m not sure any of us wanted it to end. Tuesday: On Cup Day, we all leisurely packed up slowly and headed off home in our own time reflecting on a fantastic weekend enjoyed by all. It was remarkable how few people/groups/other 4WDers there were on the tracks all weekend. We barely saw anyone! It was nice to feel as though we had the place (almost) to ourselves. Thank you to everyone who really made it a perfect weekend! Attendees: Stephen Whittaker: Forester 2.5X Doug & Michelle Greenall: Forester XT Bev Davison: Forester 2.5 (the new one!) Peter & Katie Mynard: L-Series Andrew & Lisa Jantke: Rodeo Rick, Jackie & Josh Koster: L-series David, Antoinette, Anthony & Justin Wilson: Page: 18

Paul Saleeba :Forester 2.5X Peter & Jean Bellis: Forester 2.0 Jessica Walsh: Pajero Michael Hartshorne: Forester XT Jamie Scott Toyota: Landcruiser Les Scott Brumby: Suboo Landcruiser (its first trip!)


Ambulance Victoria’s Four Steps for Life

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CLUB MEETING MINUTES The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 29th October 2013 at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:02pm. 1. Present Andrew Jantke, Lisa Jantke, Phil Milkins, Eaine Milkins, Bev Davison, Matt McConaghy, Jessica Walsh, Doug Greenall, Peter Bellis, Jean Bellis, Damian Stock, Ruth Marshall, Bob Marshall, Paul Saleeba, Peter Mynard, Katie Mynard, Stephen Whittaker, Dale Rebgetz, Martin Foot, Rick Koster, David Wilson. 2. Apologies Michael Hartshorne, Jamie Scott, Les Scott, Brian Howell, Glenys Howell. 3. Visitors Graham Gill (Outback Diesel), Gary Impson, Emma Hammell, Chris Doyle. 4. Welcome A welcome was extended to all members and visitors. 5. Minutes of the Previous General Meeting The minutes of the September 2013 General Meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Jessica Walsh and seconded by Paul Saleeba. There was no business arising from the minutes. 6. Correspondence 6.1 In ● Magazines from 4WD clubs ● 4WD Victoria Notice of annual general meeting for 11th November 2013. Bio-scan research activity with Parks Victoria – Davis Plain – 17 November to early December. ● Flexi-pack – water and fuel bladders. ● Cambur Subaru regarding advertising. ● Advertising – Webbys Bodyworks. ● 6.2 Out None

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CLUB MEETING MINUTES 7. Reports 7.1 Resources As per the magazine. 7.2 Editor ● Magazine was delayed due to a few slow regular contributors. ● The editor role on committee has been reformatted to cover club public communications. ● The club’s website has been attacked by a Trojan virus by some unknown source. This resulted in the club’s website being shutdown until it can be resolved. Even with the Jumla software updated, the site was still subject to virus attack and so, the decision was made to shut it down. After a few other modifications, the website was re-opened and closely monitored. Since then, it has not been penetrated by any viruses. Many thanks to Michael Stock, Martin, and Michael Hartshorne for their efforts in overcoming the challenges. 7.3 Trip and Social ● Details of future trips and events elsewhere in the magazine. ● In early 2014, currently missing a few social trips to fill out the calendar and provide a greater variety. Suggestions and offers of running trips are being sought. 7.4 Venue ● Details of future meetings elsewhere in the magazine. ● Door prizes tonight. 7.5 Membership. ● A new member has paid his fee to join the club – Peter Siperki from Milawa. His membership application was approved at the last committee meeting. ● Members with outstanding fees have been emailed informing them that they will be removed from the membership list within a month if they do not renew their membership. Have had a response from one so far. 7.6 Treasurer ● Current bank account balance is $4,738.47. 7.7 Secretary ● Outlined what is happening with the structure / format of the committee as discussed at the recent committee planning meeting. 7.8 Vice-President ● Will be attending the 4WD Victoria annual general meeting in November. ● Most seasonal road closures end this coming weekend. Page: 21


CLUB MEETING MINUTES 7.9 President ● Damian will continue to be president of 4WD Victoria for the next twelve months. ● For any volunteer activities the club wants to be involved with, it is ● necessary for club members to have appropriate qualifications (eg. chainsaw, first aid, etc). ● Camping fees in national parks – was introduced without any prior notice to 4WD Victoria. As to whether 4WD Victoria affiliated 4WD club members will be able get a discount will be dependent upon discussions with Parks Victoria. 8. General Business 8.1 A new mid-week four wheel drive club has recently started up. 8.2 Members are reminded to check their vehicles of a morning before heading off on a trip. 8.3 Doug – Michelle and he have bought a bike repair/cafe business (Gog Bike cafe) in Warburton. 8.4 Received donation of handled sockets for a club raffle. 9. Fines and Fun 9.1 Nametags Bev Davison, Peter Maynard. 9.2 Last to Meeting David Wilson. 9.3 Trips 9.3.1 Mystery Navigation ● Damian and Angela – turning up late. ● Peter and Jean – turning up late. ● Martin and Dorothy – wrong turn and heading the wrong way. ● Peter and Jean – for missing the morning tea stop. 9.4 Total fines collected - $2.05. 10. Presentation An informative session on trip leadership and trip planning was presented by Jessica. 11. The lucky door prize (a CB speaker and pen) was won by Matt McConaghy. 12. Meeting closed at 10:10pm and was followed by supper. 13. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 26th November 2013 commencing at 8pm. Page: 22


COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on 12th November 2013 at the home of Damian Stock starting at 7:41PM. 1. Present Damian Stock, Martin Foot, Andrew Jantke, Jessica Walsh, Phil Milkins, Stephen Whittaker, Peter Bellis. 2. Apologies Dale Rebgetz, Michael Hartshorne, Bob Marshall. 3. Quorum A quorum was achieved with 8 committee members present. 4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting Minutes of the October 2012 committee meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Martin and seconded by Jessica. Business Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Actions 4.2.1. Pre-2003 Club Website – Martin will continue to follow up with Mark Tyssen. 4.2.2. Club website – operational again but Martin is wary about using third party plug-ins. Will go with it as is for now. 4.2.3. Club brochure – has been updated, for review during general business. 4.2.4. Distribution lists – waiting for Michael Hartshorne. 4.2.5. Buchan shelter – to be addressed in early 2014. 4.2.6. Trip attendance sheet – Peter to provide current version to Martin for discussion with Peter. 4.2.7. Membership expiry – Martin has removed delinquent members from the distribution list. 5. Correspondence 5.1 In ● Paul Hicks from Mornington Subaru regarding advertising in the magazine. ● FWDV Delegate’s Brief Sheet. ● Enquiry about obtaining club plates for a 1985 L Series. Page: 23


COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES ● Invitation from TLCCV regarding a Safari Talk in January 2014. ● Notice of FWDV AGM and board election. 5.2 Out ● Response to enquiry regarding club plates. ● Response to Paul Hicks regarding advertising. 6. Reports 6.1 Resources Nothing to report as nothing received. 6.2 Trip and Social ● Otways in March – to be run by Michael ● Christmas party, December 1st. – Trip leader Martin Foot. Pound Bend, Warrandyte with a backup venue of Jumping Creek. Action for Damian to enquire about the association BBQ. Gold area walk in the morning, around two kilometres from the venue, for those interested in the area. ● Oxfam, 7/8 December. Saturday in the south/east, Sunday north/ west. ● Christmas trip, December 26th – January 1st. Last hoorah at Buchan, subject to David gaining approval from the owners. ● Australia Day, January 25-27 – Craig’s Hut. Trip leader Jessica. ● February – Woodside standing camp. Trip leader Damian. ● Easter, extended trip. Link up with another Subaru club possibly if an interstate trip. 6.3 Venue ● CPR Course at November meeting. ● January BBQ starting at 6.30PM. ● February photo competition – Reminder to be sent. ● March onwards– Possible first aid, Mornington Subaru, some outdoor recreational venue. ● Running short on prizes. 6.4 Membership ● Membership cards – Damian to organise cards once the FWDV office is back in order. 6.5 Editor ● Martin to work with Bob on an average cost per month for printing to simplify process. Page: 24


COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES 6.6 Treasurer ● No report. 6.7 Secretary ● Club trophies – to be taken for engraving. 6.8 Vice-president ● Attended AGM and volunteered for two sub-committees. ● Need to submit the delegate nomination form – Peter to complete and submit. ● Obtained a number of River Red Gum Drive brochures. ● Docklands training? ● Should we have another chocolate drive in February? – agreed. 6.9 President ● Attended association AGM, this time as president and MC. ● Need to identify a treasurer otherwise the association will have to consider paying for one. ● Need to improve our communications to the clubs. 7. General Business ● Sock mystery solved – ask Jessica, Stephen, Lisa or the actual owner of said sock. ● Club brochure – Stephen has completed and is seeking feedback. Will print through VistaPrint. ● Club promotional videos – has developed two teaser videos for use on Facebook, web site, etc. ● Damian to provide panorama vehicle shot from 30th birthday trip. 8. Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday 3rd December 2013 at 7:30pm at the home of Damian Stock. 9. Meeting closed at 9.50pm.

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TECHNICAL REPORT Mixing Coolants Leads to Corrosion within the Cooling System Mixing Coolants: So what leads to contaminated systems besides depleted coolant protectants? Mixing coolants of different chemistries can lead to corrosion within the system. There are 4 main combinations used today and none of them are compatible. These coolant types work differently to protect the engine. Corrosion: Corrosion inhibitors and additives from one coolant can negate the effects of inhibitors in another coolant. Corrosion can take over well before 8000kms and then the car is back in the workshop with a leaking water pump and clogged radiator and heater core. Topping off the system is a common practice at many shops. This can begin the corrosion process unless the proper coolant is used. Most shops use universal antifreeze because it states on the container that it is OK to mix with any colour coolant. But, take a look at the back of the bottle. They all either recommend or require a drain, flush and fill to experience the expected corrosion protection. Comments from coolant manufacturers and recyclers: ● Zerex: “There are several distinct coolant types commonly used today, and using a type incompatible with the coolant recommended in the owner’s manual (or on the underhood label) is inviting disaster (no exaggeration here).” ● EcoFreeze: “What happens if you mix conventional Antifreeze with Extended Life antifreeze? Extended Life (OAT) antifreeze is NOT compatible with conventional (IAT) antifreeze. Aside from discoloration of antifreeze when the two are mixed together, a chemical reaction is caused when the carboxylate salts are mixed with the inorganic salts and caustics found in conventional antifreeze. If they are mixed, the antifreeze can become cloudy, precipitation can generate and the coolant will lose its extended life properties.” ● EET Corp.: “Colour does not necessarily indicate what kind of corrosion inhibitor is contained in antifreeze. You have to read the label. Mixing different types of antifreezes can reduce their corrosion protection and can actually lead to corrosion problems. Engine manufacturers recommend a 10% limit on mixing coolant types. If you need to add more than 10%, it is recommended that you flush your radiator system and replace the antifreeze.” Page: 26


TECHNICAL REPORT

Read the full Bulletin from Gates: Prevent Premature Water Pump Failure & Avoid Warranty Claim Rejection, by Keeping the Cooling System Free of Debris & Corrosion http://icm.inboxcampaign.com/t/r-i-nyhwkl-l-i/ Page: 27


FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VICTORIA TRAINING CALENDAR November 2013 Friday 29th Track Classification Course (TC131130) - Theory Saturday 30th Track Classification Course (TC131130) - Practice December 2013 Tuesday 3rd Chainsaw Course (CS131207) - Theory Friday 5th OziExplorer Course (CS131205) Friday 6th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC131207) - Theory Saturday 7th 4WD & AWD Proficiency (PC131207) - Practical Saturday 7th Chainsaw Course (CS131207) - Practical FWDV can be contacted on 9857 5209 or e-mail: training@fwdvictoria.org.au Contact S4WDCV Secretary Peter Bellis on 9801 4762 or email: secretary@subaru4wdvic.com.au regarding attendance at FWDV courses as a club discount may apply.

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.

Forester Aluminium Bash Plates: made from 6.0mm construction grade aluminium: $300 for club members, $330 for non-members. Fitting can be arranged. Set of 4 alloy rims from Outback 1997 mod $120.00 ono Roof console to hold CB + lights and switches for Outback $100.00 Call David Wilson, email: dw@subaru4wdvic.com.au. Jessica’s Sale: 17" alloy rim to suit the current model Outback. It is fitted with an almost new Kumho 225/60 R17 road tyre that has done about 500km (max). $200 3x 225/60 R17 Yokohama Geolander G012 A/T-S tyres to suit the current Outback/Liberty. Two of them have been driven about 30,000km ($50 ea.) and the other is near new with about 4,000km of use ($100). For more details on any of the above, please email Jessica at: jw@subaru4wdvic.com.au Page: 28


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

20.00

Hat Safari

20.00

size 59

Black caps with club logo

15.00

Short sleeve blue chambray shirt with logo Size 14

40.00

New Style Red Polo Shirts (M, L, XL, 2XL)

30.00

New Style Vest

60.00

Blue Polo Shirt

15.00

Large Sew on Badges

3.50

Small Sew on Badges

2.00

Shackles 3.2 tonne

5.00

Fuel Filter Plastic x 45deg.

7.00

Fuel Filter Plastic x 90deg.

7.00

Fuel Filter Plastic x Straight

5.00

eFlare HZ510 Red with Base

66.00

CV Boot Clamps Large & Small

4.00

CV Joint Grease

6.00

Wheel Nuts [Set of 4]

1.60

For substantial discounts on all general automotive spare parts, oils, filters, shocks, etc., please see me for details. Thanks, Dale Rebgetz Resources Officer, email: resources@subaru4wdvic.com.au Page: 29


STANDARD TRIP EQUIPMENT The aim of all Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. trips is to have an enjoyable experience in the bush, increasing 4WDing skills and experience, whilst maintaining the highest regard for the safety of individuals, the vehicle and the environment. As a driver you have ultimate responsibility for the safety of your passengers and vehicle. It is the responsibility of any participating driver to contact individual trip leaders for clarification of individual trip requirements and standards. Financial members are encouraged to participate in as many trips as possible to increase confidence and experience. Visitors are welcome subject to the payment of the appropriate levy to cover insurance, but after two visits, should consider membership. Non-financial members are not covered by insurance and may not participate until payment is received. Individual drivers with concerns or queries regarding their vehicle and the trip standard should contact relevant trip leaders. The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. recommends that each vehicle carry the following items of equipment on every trip: a) Personal details form as specified by FWDV, copy to Trip Leader b) Two Rated D- Shackles (minimum 3.2t); c) Rated “Snatch’em” Strap; d) Recovery Points, Front & Rear; plus optional bridle strap, according to vehicle design; e) AM (27Mhz) Channel 5 or UHF (477Mhz) Channel 16 CB Radio; f) Fire Extinguisher, accessible to the driver; g) Spare Tyre (full size); h) Jack and Wheel Brace, or equivalent; i) Emergency Supplies (matches, food, water and clothing); j) Sufficient Fuel, Oil and Water for the trip and delays; k) A Tyre Pressure Gauge; Compressor (according to the trip) l) An Axe, Bow or Chain saw; m) A Sturdy Shovel (collapsible shovels are no good); n) Spare Parts (appropriate to the nature of the Trip); o) A Tool Kit; p) Personal First Aid Kit; q) The Vehicle Manual. Any vehicle not carrying at least the first five (5) items of equipment should contact the individual Trip Leader before leaving. Any Club member unsure about any of the items of equipment listed above are advised to contact the the Trip and Social Coordinator or the Trip Leader concerned. All Trip Leaders carry a complete First Aid Kit in case of emergency. All nonemergency medical needs are expected to be meet by individuals own medical supplies.

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Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria - November 2013 magazine online version  
Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria - November 2013 magazine online version  

The monthly magazine of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria, online edition for November 2013

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