Issuu on Google+

February 2011

SUBARU 4WD NEWS Meetings of THE SUBARU 4WD CLUB of WESTERN AUSTRALIA INC. are normally held at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the

Rotary Hall, 55 Sandgate St., South Perth Subaru 4WD Web Site: http://www.subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au SUBARU 4WD CLUB of WESTERN AUSTRALIA INC P.O. BOX 434, SOUTH PERTH, W.A. 6951


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS

PRESIDENT:

2011 COMMITTEE Tony Richards

9386-7705

president@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

SECRETARY:

John Cahill( Acting)

0439 922 338

secretary@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

TREASURER:

Keith Wilcox

9344-6830

treasurer@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

SOCIAL ORGANISER:

Tom Minto

9382-4678

TRIPS CO-ORDINATOR:

David Peck

0402177886

Joy Unno

0429473709

EDITOR:

editor@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Rob Griffiths Jim Wilcox Keith Low Ian Johnson

0411249933 6467-7063 9459-3358 9448-5419

MERCHANDISE:

Tony Richards

9386-7705

WEB MASTER:

Karl Boeing/ Rob Griffiths

9341-5087 0411249933

webmaster@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

4WD ASSOC DELEGATE: David Peck/ Tony Richards

0402177886 9386-7705

M’SHIP CO-ORDINATOR: Keith Low

9459-3358

membership@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

PROPERTY OFFICER: Peter Andruszkiw/Simon Newton Club member of the year 2010: Rob Griffiths LIFE MEMBERS Fred Offer, Keith Anderson, Jonel Householder, Ray Stewart, Ian Johnson, Peter Andruszkiw and Ron Caunce. Page 2


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC

PRESIDENT’S REPORT February 2011 Fellow Members, It was great to see a good turn up at the January meeting. However, curiosity may have had just a little bit to do with the number of members present at the meeting. Like others I am sure, I was interested to see how the new venue stacked up. And I am pleased to report that I think it stacked up very well indeed. Thank you John for finding it for us. The 3 Bights trip was excellent, except for a slight mishap on day 1 (see the reports on the website and in the mag for information about on what happened). Thank you to all concerned for making it happen. Like others who attended, my thoughts have now turned to the next trip, wherever that might be! Talking about the 3 Bights trip, also on day 1, I discovered that I had done a rear driver’s side rear strut. From what I am told, these rear struts have been known to fail, and it is usually on the driver’s side. Thankfully however, apart from needing to be careful over some of the heavier bumps, the coil held up for the rest of the trip and I got home safely. When I got home, I then needed to decide whether to replace the strut with another strut or replace both struts with standard shockies and heavy duty springs. At the end of the day, after speaking to Dave at Precise Suspensions, I replaced the strut with another one. His advice was that heavy duty springs give a harsher ride unloaded and, unless you were going to have the car fully loaded frequently, the struts do a good job in terms of maintaining ride height and I should replace the failed one. Thankfully, with the benefit of the 10% discount on parts offered to Club members by Subaru Osborne Park, the new strut only cost me $369.40, which I thought was pretty good against my earlier understanding that the struts cost around $1k each. I followed the Queensland and Victorian floods on the TV. Whenever I look at these sorts of events, I never cease to be amazed by the sheer power of the awesome forces Mother Nature can unleash. It is heart breaking for those affected by the floods, balanced to a degree by the Page 3


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS heart warming efforts of the huge number of volunteers who simply turned up, after the floods had receded, to help those affected. At the January meeting, mention was made that the Federal Government was presently considering adopting certain European motor vehicle design regulations and it is the belief of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Industry that it will not be possible to develop bull bars that will meet this European standard. The AAAI wants to collect vehicle data to assist it to make a submission to the Government. A link to the survey is on the home page of our website. For every completed survey, they will donate $1 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, to a maximum total of $20,000. I encourage you to complete the survey. Finally, mention was also made at the meeting of the loss of life that occurred as a consequence of a snatch accident. Here is the link to the coroner’s report: http://www.magistratescourt.tas.gov.au/decisions/coronial_findings/s/ stein,_joshua_phillip_-_2010_tascd_418 Regards, Tony Richards

Page 4


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC

TRIP CO-ORDINATOR’S REPORT February 2011 The beach run was well attended and run as always – thanks Peter. This is a great introduction many of us have learnt valuable skills and experience on. Fourteen of us enjoyed Nornalup and thanks to our new website you can now read the trip reports before they are published in the magazine and view many more photos in full colour. I encourage you to have a look and use it to share your stories and photos, if you are unsure how to do this please ask Robert or Karl. There are some good trips coming up to some new places and ideas are always welcome. Cheers David Sunday 13 Feb 20 February March LWE 2011

Saturday 19 March Sun 27th Mar Easter 2011 Saturday 9 April Sun 15th May May 21st Wet Winter Trip August 27-28 Queens Birthday LWE – 1 to 3 October

Picnic lunch – Promo in Dec Magazine Day trip - Fawcett Track to Quindanning - Dave Peck TL Wedge and beyond – all the way up the coast through Dongara to Ellendale pool on the Greenough River. John Cahill TL Curry Night – 5- Jellicoe Road, Glen Forrest – Promo in mag – register participation and dish being supplied on the web site Day trip – Darling scarp – South – TL Keith low DEC Station Trip –Warriedar/Lochada. Limit to 10 cars on station at any one time – TL Jim Wilcox Social – 10 Pin Bowling Pinjar/Gnangara/Wilbinga pines – TL Dave Peck Social - The Maze – TL Tony R Port Kennedy Scientific Park – TL Joy Unno Camp oven cookout and Gymkhana Toodyay - TL John Cahill Fitzgerald NP – Quaalup – up on Website. Promo in next mag

Page 5


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

CHANGE IN CLUB MAGAZINE DELIVERY METHOD From March 2011 postal delivery of the Club magazine to all members (unless otherwise indicated) will cease and the magazine will be available on the Club website: http://www.subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

Members who do not have Internet access or email will continue to receive a monthly magazine by Australia Post mail. If your magazine does not arrive, contact any Committee Member for assistance. Sponsors and other organisations that currently get a hard copy will continue to do so.

There will be three ways for members to get their magazines: 1. View it on the Club website at any time (either logged in or not). 2. Get a notification email that a new magazine has been uploaded to the Club website (as all members will receive emails initially, you must Opt Out if you don’t want an email- see instructions next page). 3. Have a paper copy posted to you (you must Opt Insee instructions on next page). Page 6


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Opt In If you have Internet access but want a printed magazine delivered, you have to OPT IN as follows: 1. Log on to the Club website. Members should have received an email with their username (your email address) & password already. 2. Click on View or Edit Profile (3rd button down in the top right-hand side box where you logged in).

3. A Member Information page appears. Click on Modify Details on lower left-hand side of page. 4. Go to Mag Needed on the right hand side. By default it is set to No. Click on arrow to get drop-down box. Select Yes. 5. Click on Save Changes on lower left-hand side of page. Done. Opt Out For those members who do NOT want to receive an email notification when a new magazine is posted on the website, follow steps 1 -4 above but go to Mag Email Needed and select No. Then Save Changes. Done. Members can change the status of their magazine delivery at any time. Editor' Tip: Reading the magazine on the website in Full Screen Mode is pretty neat. Click on Magazine in the left hand side menu. When the magazines appear, select the month that you want to look at. Click on the middle of the page to go to Full Screen Mode. Click on the right or left arrows and the pages turn over! Press Escape to go back to the Issu magazine page, then use the Back Arrow on your Browser to return to the Club website page. Page 7


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS

Page 8


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC

TRIP PROMOTIONS / INFORMATION Ten Pin Bowling Plus This Social Event gives you the opportunity to possibly revisit past triumphs by propelling large moderately heavy round objects in the approximate direction of a bunch of tenpins. If applicable, you can astound your fellow club members by your ability to repeatedly get the ball to head for the gutter. Whether or not you have ever gone tenpin bowling before, here is the opportunity for some fun. Costs are $14.90 for 1 game or $21.90 for two games including shoe hire. Those in the know suggest planning on 2 games. I have booked 4 lanes for us. The + part is the opportunity to grab a bite to eat afterwards in company with any others in the group who wish to do so. The venue has a range of food options within 100 metres. These include 1 pizzeria, 1 Italian café including pizza, 1 fish and chips, 1 Chinese restaurant and a “Sizzlers”. WHERE ?: Morley Bowling Centre, 176 Walter Rd, Morley ( cnr. Walter Rd. and Coode St.) WHEN ?: Saturday 9TH APRIL. Start time 5 pm. CLOSING DATE TO JOIN IS 1/4 QUESTIONS ?: Contact Tom Minto on 9382 4678

Page 9


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS

TRIP PROMOTIONS / INFORMATION Captain Fawcett Commemorative 4 x 4 Track Day Trip Sunday 20th Feb 2011 The easy to medium grade 4WD section starts within Lane Poole Conservation Reserve, Dwellingup. Much of the track runs along old rail embankments where the timber trains once hauled the forest trees into various mills. Remnants of an old rail bridge stand adjacent to the track. Other sections may be on tracks made by timber cutters to access the forest. There are places along the track where you can pull off and enjoy a picnic on your way. Trip Leader: David PECK phone (home) 9275 5617 Meeting Details When: 8:45 for a 9.00am start on Sunday 20th February 2011 Where: Roundabout at Cnr of Baldivis and Safety Bay Roads, Rockingham (at theCaltex Petrol Station) Bring: Full tank of fuel, food, drink. CB radio

Page 10


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC

TRIP PROMOTIONS / INFORMATION Wedge and Beyond 5-7 March, 2010 Come join us as we travel all the way along the coast using the new Indian Ocean Drive as we take in Wedge Island, Leeman and Dongara on the way to our camp up at Ellendale Pool about 40km inland on the Greenough River . The Pool is about a good kilometre long and about 10-20m wide. It is suitable for kayaking, swimming and even has a Tarzan swing. Also being a large body of water in the region it promises to be a haven for bird and animal life as well. We have not done many trips into this area other than passing through on the way to somewhere else so should provide a whole new set of sites to see. There are ample campsites along the river, toilets and BBQs. We will stay there Saturday and Sunday nights and explore the region around. You will need to bring tents or trailer for camping, fresh water and gas stoves for cooking and drinking. If you have a kayak why not throw it on the roof and paddle down the river or in the sea as we go up. Bring your binoculars and camera as well. We will meet at the Currambine Shopping centre car park, corner Shenton and Marmion Avenues at 8:00AM for an 8:15AM departure on Saturday morning. If you would like to join the trip give John Cahill a call on 0439 922 338 or if a club member, join the trip through the web site.

Page 11


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS

Page 12


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC

SOME LIKE IT HOT Curry Club Night Many camp menus feature curries of various types. So, explore the possibilities at the Club Curry Night! Don’t worry, it won’t be too hot – since you will be bringing the dishes.

Sat 19 March from 7pm Home of Thea O’Brien: 50 Jellicoe Rd, Glen Forrest. Plenty of parking. You’ll find a mudmap on the Club website. Please bring a dish – with food on it (see below) and your drinks. As usual, also bring your own plates, glasses & cutlery and camp chairs. See the website for full details of dishes to bring. Please make a simple label for your dish, with its name, main ingredient (if not obvious) and a chilli rating (0-5). We’re aiming for a range of dishes from mild to moderately hot. Nothing too hot. There’ll be sambals and pickles to spice it up - if that is your desire.

RSVP Register on the website by 16 March indicating what you’ll be bringing and ensuring there’ll be a good variety. Contact us for ideas or recipes.

Thea O’Brien E theadob@iinet.net.au T 9252 0132 Jenni Ibrahim E jenniib@iinet.net.au T 9382 4678

Page 13


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS

TRIP PROMOTIONS / INFORMATION Quaalup Quest – Fitzgerald River National Park September 23, 24 and 25, 2011 – optional extra day Sept 22 Here is your chance to visit the Fitzgerald River National Park, with over 1,800 known plant species - 250 of these being rare and 62 only occurring within the park. There are a greater number of flora species in Fitzgerald River NP alone than exist in the whole of the The weekend will have a wildflower theme, as the season should be in full swing with the rare Quaalup Bell and stunning Royal Hakea in flower. There will be several guided walks, including a wildflower walk, a bush sundowner, and an easy climb up West Mt Barren. There is also excellent kayaking in the Gairdiner River - access just 2k from camp - as well as whale watching from Pt Ann. Please note that this trip will NOT be on the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend as originally planned, as that holiday has been moved to the end of October – no good for wildflowers! So you may need to arrange a day off to make the three day trip – why not take two days off and really relax? It is outside of school holidays so there shouldn’t be any crowds! Unpowered Camping Accommodation: Please register with trip leader Nina McLaren echidnawrx@westnet.com.au or club website; first night’s camping fee as deposit by Aug 2011. Other Accommodation: Apply direct to Quaalup Homestead at richelmann@web.de or 98374124 (please do not ring before 10am). Accommodation (other than camping) is limited, so if you don’t want to rough it, please book as soon as possible. Page 14


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC

TRIP PROMOTIONS / INFORMATION EASTER LWE: WARRIEDAR WANDER APRIL 22ND - APRIL 26TH Wander around Warriedar Station and surrounds under the expert guidance of Jim W. The landscape of this area of the Yalgoo Bioregion is varied and interesting with salt lakes, hills, sand plains and Eucalpt or Mulga shrublands. Details: As Easter and Anzac day overlap this year it gives us a 5 day trip. Warriedar is the next station east of Kurara. BYO everything for camping as there are no facilities. Trip leader: Jim Wilcox 0419040969 Notes: We will be departing from Gingers Roadhouse , 1383 Great Northern Highway, Upper Swan WA 6069 at 8.30am. Please be on time with a full tank. You will also need to bring 40L of extra fuel and all the water you require for the trip. Numbers may be limited. You are free to join and leave the trip on any day.

Page 15


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS

CLUB CALENDAR February 2011 S

M

T

W

T

F

S

Tues 1st Committee Meeting Tue 8th General Meeting 1 22 3 4 5 Sun 13th: Picnic by the river 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Sun 20th: Fawcett Track, page 10 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Thurs 24th magazine articles deadline 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

March 2011 S

M

T

W

T

F

S

Tues 1st Committee Meeting Tue 8th General Meeting 1 22 3 4 5 Sat 5th-Mon 7th Wedge Is., page 11 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Trip Leader: John Cahill 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Sat 19th Curry Night, page 13 Sun 27th Darling Scarp South Day trip. 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Trip leader: K. Low, details tba. Thurs 31st magazine articles deadline 27 28 29 30 31

April 2011 S

M

T

W

T

F

S Tue 5th: Committee Meeting 1 2 Sat 9th: 10 Pin Bowling, Morley, page 9 Tue 12th: General Meeting 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Fri 22nd-Mon 26th: Easter at Warriedar, 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 page 15 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Thurs 28th magazine articles deadline 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Page 16


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC

May 2011 S Tue 3rd Committee Meeting 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Tue 10 General Meeting Sun 15th Pinjar Pines/Wilbinga day trip 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Sat 21st The Maze 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Thurs 26th magazine articles deadline S

M

T

W

T

F

22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

June 2011 S

5

M

6

T

7

S Tue 7th: Committee Meeting Tue 14th: General Meeting 4

W

T

F

1

2

3

8

9

10 11

12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 SCHOOL AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS School Holidays: April 20 - May 4, Jul 9 -Jul 25, Public holidays: March 7, April 22-April 25, April 26, 6 June Potential members are most welcome to come along on any Club activities before joining. Please phone the Trip Leader for further information. Register with the trip leader if you are wanting to join a trip or social. Also contact the trip leader if you have to cancel, as we don’t want to wait for someone who does not turn up! Some trips are ideas only and may be subject to change. Some of the later trips need trip leaders – volunteers please.

Page 17


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS

TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS ANNUAL BEACH RUN Sunday the 9 January 2011 saw the first trip beginning in the new year (Three Amigos trip began in 2010!). A decent group of Subaru enthusiasts gathered at the Baldivis meeting point and began a convoy to Miami Bakery, apparently the best bakery on route, where morning tea was bough ready for a beach side morning tea. The convoy continued, gathering additional members and visitors along the way, to Tim’s Thicket where we were joined by John in a new Forester, Michael in an Outback and Bram in a Forester. Bram had missed us at the meeting point. John and Michael were planning a drive along the beach and wanted to join the group for the day. As a day of experimenting on the sand, we begun by driving straight onto the beach with full road-going tyre pressure – meaning we got a beach side view while adjusting our tyre pressures down to 15-18 psi whilst not clogging the access track with Subaru’s. I was surprised at how easily the Subaru’s, especially the automatics with 17in wheels, managed with full tyre pressure! Peter’s knowledge was shared freely over the radio as member and visitors alike learnt the basics of beach driving. Morning tea, from the Miami Bakery, was enjoyed whilst debating the possibility of passing the rocky point between waves or back-tracking inland around the point – the positive (apart from the adrenalin rush) was the much shorter distance and continuing the beach run whilst the downside was potential salt water damage. Either way, the sand was solid and the group decided to go ahead. Turbo Tony would have been impressed with the motivated Page 18


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC

TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS speeds taken around the point ensuring no casualties! The Subaru convoy continued towards the lunch destination with some experimenting with low and high range, as well as passing heaps of other vehicles enjoying the awesome weather. As some of the tracks begun to get deep or the sand became softer, I kept a close eye on the Outback following me driven by Gary, a visitor, and I was really surprised how well it went – neither clearance nor traction seemed to be a problem. However, we did pass another club who had a Toyota Prado that was slightly stuck – I’m sure a convoy of Subaru’s passing didn’t help an otherwise embarrassing situation. Lunch was again on the beach allowing those who opted for open windows over air con to cool down with a swim. Almost perfect conditions and unlike Lancelin there were no sand flies! The day ended with a final sprint down the beach to Myalup, tyres were pumped back up, icecreams bought and we made our way back to the big smoke. I will definitely be heading to Myalup beach caravan park for an easy weekend away. A big thank you to Peter for organising the trip and sharing lots of beach driving knowledge. Tim Ravet Page 19


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS

TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS 3 Bights Day 1 Perth to Norseman

Sunday, 26 December 2010 (Boxing Day). Up early at 5.00 and away at 6.45. We arrived at the meeting point at Karragullen at 7.35. Simon & Anne, Josan, Karl & Jakab, Quentin & Erin and Brad & Jane & L’Tecia & Shane were already there. Keith & Jo Low and Keith, Fiona and Teleah Wilcox arrived shortly after us. We departed at 7.45 in high spirits, all of us looking forward to the trip and the adventure that lay ahead. Cruising through Brookton, we arrived at Corrigin at 9.45. Filled up with petrol at the Gull service station at $1.58 per litre for premium. Morning tea was had across the road at the lay-by. We left at about 10.20, heading for Hyden and arrived there at about 11.30 (at the Liberty service station). The two Nissans kept going, heading for Breakaway. Simon/Anne and Jeanette/I had lunch at the Liberty Service station. The others went to Wave Rock for a look-see. After lunch, at about 12.15, Simon/Anne and Jeanette/I went on and stopped at the Breakaway turn off at about Page 20


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC

TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS 12.15, waiting for the Nissans. They arrived 10 minutes later. The four vehicles then headed off for Norseman. We heard the others on the radio. They were not far behind.

We pushed through to Norseman, arriving at about 3.45. The others were still behind us. We were staying at the Gateway Caravan Park – unpowered sites. We checked in and put up our tent. We then went to the BP service station for petrol. After that, we went for a short tour of the town – it had been a while since we had last actually stopped to look at the town, rather than simply head off down the Eyre Highway. When we got back to the caravan park, I noticed that something was wrong with my suspension – the driver’s side rear was down, with significantly reduced clearance over the wheel. I had done a self-levelling strut and would need to replace it when we got back home. There was nothing I could do about it now.

Page 21


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS

TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS The Wilcoxs and Karl & Jakab had still not arrived and the group had begun to worry about whether something had happened to them. We eventually raised Keith on the radio. They were on their way. BUT there had been an accident. Karl had rolled his car on its side (driver’s side)! Thankfully however, Karl and Jakab were both OK and the car was still driveable, although both the driver’s window and rear panel glass had been smashed, there was panel damage and the driver’s side rear wheel/suspension was now slightly askew. They were heading slowly back.

When they arrived, we all looked at the car and were immediately conscious of just how lucky Karl and Jakab had been. And we all also thought the damage to the car meant that they could/would proceed no further. We were wrong! But that is Day 2’s story. Dinner was a BBQ prepared by Simon & Anne in the camp kitchen. There was plenty to go around, amid lots of chatter and the consumption by some of the odd beer or two. My thanks to all attendees for making it a great trip and to Simon and Keith (as joint leaders) for making it all happen. Tony Richards. Page 22


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC

TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS Third Bight Trip – Day Two, 27th December Norseman to Baxter Cliffs

Baxter Cliffs: K. Low

Day two started in Norseman Caravan Park with a look at Karl’s poor Forrester to see if any further repairs were necessary. Simon took it for a run and pronounced it safe to continue the trip. The O’Neil family provided free entertainment packing all their bits and pieces into the car. Would it all fit? Yes eventually we had the back of the car packed to the roof including the giant fridge! We all headed to the service station to fuel up for the trip out to Caiguna. We stopped at Balladonia Service Station for morning tea and had a look at the Skylab Museum. There were many interesting newspaper articles, photos and even pieces of the actual Skylab to look at. Some enjoyed an ice cream before we moved off for the long straight drive to CaiPage 23


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS

TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS guna. We drove the longest straight stretch of road in Australia, 146.6km of straight road with not a single bend in sight. As we headed out of Balladonia I took the wheel for a while to give Brad a rest and had an Eagle land splat in the middle of my windscreen. It gave me a bit of a fright and I worried how the poor Eagle had faired. We caught sight of a gyrocopter along the way and had some interesting conversation that started with gyrocopters and moved onto camel poo! Some were wondering if Josan was feeling a little lonely in her car all by herself. We pulled into Caiguna for lunch and had a rest before moving onto the track to head towards Baxter Cliffs. The track was a mixture of clay and limestone capping. All the cars made it in without any problems. We found a great spot to camp for the night and set up tents and campers. Keith and Fiona made a lovely dinner, honey mustard chicken with rice and vegetables. Eventually the long drive and the cold wind had most people scrambling for their tents and sleeping bags. Jane O’Neil Photo: Josan Moss

Page 24


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC

TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS Day 3 Report not yet available, so on to Day 4: THREE AMIGOS, THREE BIGHTS DAY 4 WEDNESDAY DEC 29th With us the Wilcox’s leading, we left camp on an overcast and windy day at 7.35am. Toolinna Cove was reached after about 10 minutes just a short detour off the main track. Toolinna is a beautiful spot with the only beach for miles along this stretch of coast. It was for years the only point in the cliffs where supplies for the Telegraph Line could be safely landed. Unfortunately it is at the bottom of a sheer cliff. There used to be a ladder down to the beach but this has either rusted away or has been removed as being too dangerous to use. Keith L & Simon went part way down a gully to find a rope going down. It looked rather unsafe so they decided not to chance it. Tony nearly stepped on a snake and he called me over to verify his find which was later identified as a Death Adder! We drove along a rough track hugging the coastline for a while stopping at another vantage point before rejoining the main track, shortly after we reached Toolinna Rockhole. This was covered with corrugated iron and had some water in it, the home of many tadpoles. It was here we met an oncoming vehicle. The drivers wife said the way ahead was very rocky and don’t go, we found out subsequently it was no worse than what we had been over so far. Someone found an old tank containing many bones of small animals, possibly the hiding place of a fox or feral cat. Simon and Tony went further afield and found a ruin which was mentioned on the map. Proceeding along the track we looked for a rock cairn also shown on the map. This was found to be leveled so we rebuilt it. Page 25


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS Stopped to look for a gnamma hole it was eventually found just over a rise but had no water in it. Due to the wind and cooler weather Simon was wearing his striped beanie today so was re-named ‘Where’s Wally?’ Lunch was taken off the track at a nice spot behind some trees, we set off again about 1.15pm. A few kilometers before Point Culver, the edge of the scarp, the limestone rock gave way to sand and we relished a relief from the slow going. Point Culver was reached mid afternoon and we searched for the campsite. There was supposed to be one at the top of the scarp and another at the bottom. The one at the top was right before the track down but barely big enough for all of us. I headed off down the rubber conveyor belt to find the bottom one and report back. It was about 2km away and would have been better but for a large encampment of supposed fishermen complete with generators. It was decided to squeeze into the ‘quiet’ top one. There was a lot of rubbish around but it was a reasonable spot and soon a campfire was going. Karl & Jakab cooked German sausages, sauerkraut & potatoes. The kids played a card game Picturika. The wind died down, the clouds dispersed and it was quite a pleasant night with lots of satellites spotted in the star lit sky. Keith & Fiona

Page 26


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC

FOR SALE Subaru Forester MY05 Suspension Lift kit (King springs) Alloy checkerplate sump guard Hiclone Fuel Saver only 120 000 kms XS luxury model with alloy wheels and premium 6 disc CD Tinted Windows, Immaculate condition, New bigger tyres (215's) Roo bar (Irvin Powdercoated), Spot lights, Tow bar (Reece hitch) Meticulously looked after and in great condition. First to see will Buy!!

$16 200

Phone Alex 0405 298 739

FOR SALE FAMOUS CAR FEATURED IN LOCALLY MADE FILM 1990 Subaru DL Wagon Red 4 wheel drive Hi and Lo Range. 296,000+ kms.

Family car from new and well looked after. All services done by the book. Good condition mechanically, bodywork fair. $2000 ono Contact 0411 411 828 Page 27


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS

GENERAL MEETING MINUTES The Subaru 4WD Club of Western Australia Inc. Minutes of the General Meeting held on Tuesday 11 January 2011 Venue: Rotary Hall, 55 Sandgate Street, South Perth Meeting Opened: 7:34 pm. Present: 30 members and 0 visitors, as per attendance book. Apologies: Roz Carey, Keith Low Visitors: None Previous Minutes: Acceptance of the minutes of the December general meeting proposed by Rob Griffiths and seconded by Jim Wilcox. Agreed. Business Arising: None. Correspondence in and out: Rotary Club of South Perth Burswood – Hall Hire 2011 - $420.00 – 12 months hire Westpac bank Statement balance: $4,492.50 Membership Renewal – Keith Anderson - $50.00 Membership Renewal – Peter and Ursula Joensson - $50.00 Membership Renewal – Quentin Donald - $50.00 Membership Renewal – Dan and Jill Norton - $50.00 Trip Participation Form – Jane, Brad, L’Tecia & Shane O’Neil Various WA4WDA notices. DEC – Draft Management Plan for Leeuwin – Naturaliste Parks and reserves management plan

Page 28


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC VKS737 Summer 2011 Magazine + Reference Manual ARB 4 x 4 Action Magazine – Summer 2011 Email to Trackcare – Re planned works for Warriedar at Easter. Business Arising: Meeting decided to pay Hall hire quarterly. Treasurer’s Report: Actual bank balance:

$4546.17

Through Internet

(Unpresented cheques)/ Deposits:

$200

4 x Memberships

Unreconciled balance:

$4746.17

Acceptance of the Treasurer’s report proposed by Tom Minto and seconded by Trevor M. Agreed. Business Arising: Nil. Membership: Total memberships – 47 Ordinary memberships + 7 life members = 54 Keith Wilcox to send renewed membership forms to Keith Low Merchandise: The Web Shop has been tested but has been closed until copyright issues with Subaru logo and name can be resolved. Further discussion is required re the continuance of Zazzle shop development. 4WD Association:

1. The Assoc. has forwarded on an email highlighting potential ban on fitment of bullbars to vehicles if Australia adopts European vehicle de-

Page 29


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS

GENERAL MEETING MINUTES sign standards. They are encouraging members to complete an online survey as detailed in their email. Tony R asked Rob Griffiths to put the link up on our web site for members to complete if they desire. 2. DEC meeting on 29/11/10 – adoption of stations was pushed more so than tracks – Regional Managers did listen to what people had to say but due to lack of staff they do not have a lot of time to devote to Club. 3. Anne Beadell passed away on 24/11/10. 4. Track Care – are pushing ahead with station adoptions. 5. Looking to install air conditioners at Kaarakin – approved in principle at a cost of $4,600.00. 6. Satellite Phone Rental – had a reply from Octocom, $25 per day, $550 per month, $440 per month for 3 or more consecutive months. Davis Reed asked for the Clubs to forward any ideas re the Perth 4WD Show so that they can take to the organisers in the New Year. Editor: A notice was included in this month’s magazine about the magazine becoming an eMag. Full instructions on how to keep receiving the magazine will be published in the February issue of the mag. There will continue to be a full magazine order for February. Simon Newton asked whether it was still necessary to store a hard copy of the magazine in the archives. A similar question was raised as to whether the Battye Library would prefer to have a hardcopy or soft copy of the magazine. More discussion to follow. The trip reports submission date is the last Thursday of the month, 27th January, 2011. Trips/Socials: A report was provided by participants on the 3 Amigos trip – much enjoyment throughout the trip with some challenges and mishaps along the way. All cars returned safely though. The Annual beach run had 11 cars entering at Tim’s thicket and going down to Myalup. There were two visitors plus 2 tag alongs that joined the Page 30


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC

GENERAL MEETING MINUTES trip as the convoy passed through the entrance to the beach. See Trip Co-ordinator's Report, page 5 of this magazine for full list of upcoming trips. Web Site Update: The current version of the website is Version 11C. However simply entering the club’s URL www.subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au will automatically call up the current version in use. To help keep track of new stuff on the site a “Changes since last logged in” feature has been provided. Simply clicking on the link will list all changes that have occurred since the member last logged in. General Business: John Taylor advised that he had 5 steel jerry cans to give away to new homes (which was very soon achieved) plus two Club windcheaters that have been hardly used. Simon Newton asked about who was supposed to provide trip reports for the three amigos. Keith Wilcox agreed to write to participants advising who was writing the trip report for which day. Meeting Closed: at 8:49 pm

THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS MAGAZINE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THOSE HELD BY THE SUBARU 4WD CLUB OF W.A. INC. Please send articles and photos to the Editor by the Thursday before the end of the month (earlier is better). Email: editor@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au in Word format or plain text Subaru 4WD Club WA Website: http://www.subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au Page 31



2011-02