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June 2009

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 Wembley Community Centre (Joan Watters Building) 40 Alexander Street, WEMBLEY W.A. 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 2009 COMMITTEE PRESIDENT:

John Cahill

(Home Phone) 0439 922 338

president@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

SECRETARY:

Robert Griffiths

9250-6270

secretary@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

TREASURER:

Tony Richards

9386-7705

treasurer@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

SOCIAL ORGANISER:

Keith Wilcox

9344-6830

TRIPS CO-ORDINATOR:

Josan Moss

9341-1446

Jim Wilcox

9306-8222

EDITOR:

editor@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

David Peck Keith Low Wendy Griffiths Tom Minto Ian Johnson

9275-5617 9459-3358 9250-6270 9382-4678 9448-5419

MERCHANDISE:

Tony Richards

9386-7705

Karl Boeing

9341-5087

WEB MASTER:

webmaster@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

4WD ASSOC DELEGATE: Tony Richards

9386-7705

M’SHIP CO-ORDINATOR: Keith Low

9459-3358

membership@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

PROPERTY OFFICER:

Geoff Hayden

9447-5698

Club member of the year 2008: David Peck LIFE MEMBERS Fred Offer, Keith Anderson, Jonel Householder, Ray Stewart, Ian Johnson, Peter Andruszkiw and Ron Caunce. Page 2


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Presidents Report, June 2009 As we move into winter we start to look for more social activities in which to continue to enjoy the friendships developed out on trips. Keith Wilcox has put together a number of activities over the coming three months that I am sure many of you will enjoy. To be able to effectively plan these events and activities and to make appropriate bookings requires people to register their names for the event well in advance. So, if you have thought you would like to be part of an event, please put your name down on the trip sheet at the meeting or email the organiser, copying Keith Wilcox (social organiser) and Josan Moss (trip coordinator) as well. The committee has now decided the venue for the Annual Dinner in October will be out at the Beverley Freemasons Hotel. We looked at venues in York but found them too expensive. Beverley is only 30km away from York so provides easy access to its attractions either on the way to or back from there. As an added treat, David Peck is going to arrange for discounted “gliding experience” flights from the local gliding club of which he is a member and will be duty pilot for the weekend! We have yet to put out social event sheets for the dinner, but keep 17th October free till then. Keith has included a promo to give you details of what we are planning. Our Club membership tally has just reached 50 cars again! with recent memberships for the Leserve family and the Hurst family Richard Leserve wrote a trip report whilst still only a prospective member! and of course there is Phil and Souk Wong and Daniel and Tanya Snape who joined early in the year and were on the Yeagarup Dunes trip over Easter. Please welcome and say hello to them when you meet them “out there”. It is good to see some younger members joining the club again. On the flip side of youth, many of our members are now retired or not working and are not confined to weekend only activities. I would be interested to hear from members whether they think we should consider arranging mid week trips as well. There has been poor progress on the entry form for the A4WDA

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SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS enviro/community service competition based on the work done at Lochada – we are looking for the information sent to DEC to support the application. Nonetheless we are still proceeding with the trip at the end of September to finish off our works up there. If you can please keep the weekend of 26-28th free and, if possible, some of the week before or after as well that would be excellent and would help ensure that we have plenty of hands to make light work!. A promo will be in next months magazine. Cya “out there” John

TRIP CO-ORDINATOR’S REPORT June Josan is currently swanning around England so we have an abridged report this month. Ed Saturday evening social 20th June – Indian Restaurant. Test your taste buds! – See promo for details Sunday 12th July – Fremantle Gaol social day – Trip Leader, Keith Wilcox – see promo for details Sunday 19th July – Mundaring Powerlines – Trip Leader, Peter Andruszkiw Sunday 2nd August – Dwellingup/Nanga 4WD Heritage Trail – Trip Leader, Tom Minto Friday 21st- - Sunday 23rd August – Western Flora Wildflowers – Trip Leader, Keith Wilcox LWE, Saturday 26th September – Monday 28th September – Lochada October 17th Annual dinner at Beverley If you do intend to go on a trip please make sure you let the Trip Leader know, so trip leaders can organise, and also if you have your name down and can’t make it, please also let the leader know to avoid unnecessary waiting on the day.

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“Experience Gold Class, a cinema that's in a class of its own and a world apart from the rest - an intimate setting that seats 26-34 people. Whilst you relax in this first class cinema setting, try our new taste menu offering a wide variety of dishes such as canapés and cocktails, dips and desserts, platters and pizza, wraps and wedges and a bar menu to satisfy all tastes. There's waiter service too. You can arrange to have your order delivered to your seat at a time specified by you or relax in the lounge setting of the Gold Class Bar.” The above is their advertising promotion for Gold Class. I have booked the 26 seat cinema with their $49 package which includes the Gold Class movie experience and a supper which they have not yet finalised but is likely to be a something like a gourmet mini burger and pizza with a bottle of water. The movie is yet to be determined and this will be advised sometime prior. The time will be probably around 7 – 7.30pm and if we get there early we can lounge in the bar having pre-movie drinks to get us in the mood for the evening. You must be over 18 for Gold Class. We will need to fill the entire cinema, so if it is not filled by members by mid August it will be open to friends and relatives to make up the numbers. We need full payment by the August 11th general meeting. Date: Saturday 5 September Cost: $49 for movie and supper Where: Greater Union cinema complex, Innaloo Contact: Keith Wilcox 9344 6830 0413 266 245 Page 5


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TRIP PROMOTIONS/INFORMATION

Nanga 4 WD Heritage Track Alternatively, this day trip could be titled “Almost spring time in the Jarrah”. The core of this trip comes from: “Western Australia 4 WD Top 50” by M. and J. Pelusey. The route goes through very attractive forest. Some elements from past logging activities are also present. Early wildflowers should hopefully be emerging by this stage The Peluseys state “this is no Canning Stock Route, but is prone to eroded gullies from heavy winter rains.” Having done a recce run the day after heavy rain, I’d say this is fair comment. The level of difficulty is sufficient to be interesting without being overly challenging so is well suited for beginners. Approximate return distance ex Perth is around 280 km. Meet at: Coventry’s car park-2888 Albany Hwy, Kelmscott (corner of Davis St & Albany Hwy) On: Sunday 2nd August Time: 9 am for 9.15 start Bring: Morning tea, lunch, CB radio Put your name down on the trip sheet if you are taking part. Phone Tom Minto on 9382 4678 if you have any questions.

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Fremantle Prison Tunnels Tour - Sunday 12 July “Do you need a prison adventure? Get into your hardhat, slip into your overalls, pull on your boots and charge your headlamps before locking into the ladder system and descending 20 metres into the depths below. Trek through sections of the labyrinth of tunnels by foot, then board the replica convict punts to explore the submerged passageways accessible only by boat. Discover original blast holes, bores, oil lamp recesses and artefacts from the days when working in the tunnels was hard labour for prisoners. Dodge tree roots and find the plaque as you journey through this underground maze of tunnels on your extreme heritage adventure.� The above is their promo for the Tunnel Tour, you can see why they say you must be physically able, OK with heights, confined spaces and they give you an alcohol breath test. I have booked for the 9.45 am tour which lasts for 2-1/2 hours. The cost is not cheap but it certainly sounds like an adventure. All equipment is supplied except BYO socks. They suggest shorts or jeans and long hair tied back. Get your name down quick as there are only 12 people per tour.

Date: Sunday 12 July Time: 9.30 am for the 9.45 am tour Where to meet: Fremantle Prison Entrance Cost: $59 Adult, $49 Concession, $39 Children (over 12 only) Contact: Keith Wilcox 9344 6830, 0413 266 245 Page 7


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Mundaring Day trip July 19th Our regular Power line trip is on again. A chance to learn or hone up our skills in some hilly /rocky country. This area close to Perth gives us a chance to practice in terrain that you may come across when venturing up north or down south and you have to make a decision as to whether you can successfully and safely get in and out or just get through. As they say, do it often enough and it becomes easy. Meeting spot : Corner Great Eastern Hwy and Flynn Rd. turn into Flynn Rd and there is an area on the right that makes a nice meeting spot. If you miss the turn off the next signage will be Lakes turnoff to YORK. Meeting Time : 9.15 for a 9.30 am start. As a guide around 45-60 mins from Perth centre. What to bring: Picnic lunch, morning/afternoon nibbles, good footware camera hats etc. We may let our tyres down, so tyre pump and gauge. If you are new to the Club just bring yourself, we will have gauge and pump for you. Finishing time: Opportunity for those that need to leave after lunch to do so. For the rest I would expect that we would be heading back to Perth around 3.30-4.00pm . There is a further option for those who have no time constraint at the end of day. Difficulty : We have had first timers on this run and they have enjoyed the day. Likewise the experienced driver can also be challenged. We have also done this run at night. CONTACT: For more info contact me on 9440 4075. PETER ANDRUSZKIW

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Western Flora Caravan & Tourist Park

Western Flora is situated 22 km north of Eneabba, 300km north of Perth on the Brand Highway. It is a 160 acre park and is famous for its diversity of flowering plants which should be at their best at this time of year. They have a daily guided wildflower discovery walk at 4.30 – 7.00pm which I suggest we take on Saturday. The option is to have a meal prepared by them after the walk. They also have two room self contained mud brick chalets, onsite caravans & standard twin rooms if you wish to upgrade but these would have to be booked well in advance. To make the most of the weekend I will be leaving Friday afternoon others are welcome to join me. If you wish to stay longer please make your own bookings, mention the Subaru Club booking and advise me of your intentions. Visit the Western Flora website for more info: http://members.westnet.com.au/westernflora.tinker/ Date: Time: Where to meet: Cost:

Contact:

Friday night 21 to Sunday 23 August TBA TBA $21 Unpowered, $24 Powered per night, Guided walk free with nights stay, Dinner $32.50 per person (optional but must be booked in advance) Keith Wilcox 9344 6830, 0413 266 245

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RESTAURANT MEAL SATURDAY 20/6/09 I have made a booking at Mela Indian restaurant for 7 pm. Price range for mains is typically around $15 to $20 per person. The cuisine is (unsurprisingly) Indian. Mela is located at 428 William St Northbridge opposite the Perth mosque. Fully licensed and B.Y.O. wine only though corkage is $6.50 per bottle I will need to confirm final numbers with the restaurant by the date of the June Club meeting (9/6/09). If you wish to attend please put your details on the booking sheet. Tom Minto (9382 4678)

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Annual Dinner – Saturday 17 October

Mark this date in your diary. This year for a change of location we have booked the Freemasons Tavern in Beverley. They have offered us a set meal of Soup, Roast main meal and Dessert, the menu of which will be determined closer to the date. Anyone wanting vegetarian please advise me when booking. The Freemasons has 20 rooms so there should be plenty of space if you book early. Please make your own booking for accommodation on 9646 1094 and say you are with the Subaru club. A breakfast can be organised for Sunday morning. David Peck is a member of the Beverley Gliding Club and he has arranged for us to glide or spectate on the Sunday, cost would be around $85 for a half hour flight (normally $150), bookings with David are essential. Date: Cost: Where: Contact:

Saturday 17 October $28 for dinner. Family room $85, Double $60, Twin $63, Single $36. Freemasons Tavern, corner of Vincent and Forrest Streets, Beverley Keith Wilcox 9344 6830 0413 266 245 Page 11


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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS

JULIMAR CONSERVATION PARK Sunday 10 May 2009 (Mother’s Day) Tony Richards took us to a beautiful conservation park not far from Perth, one that many of us were completely unaware of. Half past nine and Ginger’s (Caltex) Roadhouse, Great Northern Highway Upper Swan saw nine Subarus ready to leave at the appointed time - two Outbacks and seven Foresters. We headed north, turning right into Muchea East Road which became Chittering Road. At Julimar Road we turned right again and, a short distance along, left into Western Boundary Road which lives up to its name. So a mere 45 minutes after leaving Ginger’s we were in the Julimar Conservation Park which covers 28,000 hectares between Bindoon and Toodyay. Most were expecting a bit of a doddle of a day. According to Western Patrol Club website nearly half the area now covered by the Julimar Conservation Park was farmed early last century, but many of the farms were abandoned in the 1930s Depression. It later became State Forest and was logged for timber until about 1970. The Park is now an important reserve for native fauna conservation. Despite the Park's history, there are still extensive well-established, picturesque wandoo woodlands in the valleys and on the slopes around Julimar Brook, and mixed jarrah-wandoo forest (and dryandra) on the surrounding laterite plateaus. The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) had warned Tony that a bulldozer had recently been through the park to clear storm debris from the tracks. Consequently much of the track was loose, with rocks and stones and smaller branches. A swirl of fine brown dust blew up around each vehicle and adhered so well that it looked as though CSI had sent their fingerprinting team over. So we spread out along the track making radio communication difficult at times. The rays of the morning sun were highlighted by the dust rising between the trees beside the tack. The track featured a number of steep rocky ascents and descents, most no bother at all in 1st Low. The bush beside the track was beautiful wandoo bushland, with powderbark wandoo (Eucalyptus accedens), marri, dryandra, hakea, xanthorrhoea (balga) and zamia palm. Although dry at Page 12


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC the moment everyone recognised the spring time potential of this bushland. The smooth pale cream and pink bark of the wandoo and powderbark were very attractive and made a change from jarrah regrowth of the eastern hills closer to Perth. On a tip from Simon we hopped out of cars to rub our hands on the powderbark, more powdery than regular wandoo, and pinker too. Since 1992 the DEC has been releasing various native marsupials into the park under the Western Shield program including the chuditch (western quoll), quenda (southern brown bandicoot), woylies (bettongs), and the tammar wallaby. Apparently this strategy has successfully created an island refuge among the farmland. We of course saw none of these, being the shy creatures that they are (mostly). There were, however, plenty of grazing kangaroos - spotted by the lead vehicles at least - and a few emu. A recently constructed culvert showed a creative, if expensive, construction method: unopened bags of quick-set cement had been stacked up like bricks to stabilise the bank. Now there’s a building tip you can try out at home folks. We continued into dryandra woodland with jarrah and more wandoo. There was evidence of the 2007 fire with much regrowth, particularly in the jarrah areas. There was also plenty of mature post-logging regrowth. Turning into Flat Rocks Road we continued to wind around the park boundaries with the park on our right and arid farmland on our left. At times rocky steps at the top of a hill or some deeply eroded ruts rePage 13


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SCHOOL AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS School Holidays: July3-20 Sept 25-Oct 12th Dec 17-Feb 1st Public holidays: June 1st Sept 28th 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.

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SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS quired a careful approach. By this time the orange ball bearing gravel had appeared too. Though delightful in spring it would be more of a challenge if wet and slippery. The track skirted another farm which is located within the park boundary eventually turning into Whittaker Road, Cooks Road, and Gakaling Road where we stopped for lunch when I discovered another vegetarian member, Rae Le Serve. At one o’clock we resumed our Julimar ramble turning off Gakaling Road to Mortimer Road and later on to Cooks Road again. Although most of the track was brown laterite, towards the later part of the trip we verged into a few areas of banksia woodland on sand. After further kangaroo sightings several members suggested that they be made honorary club members, since they are Super-Roos. We crossed a number of bone dry creek beds with little difficulty but a big gutter down the middle of one upward slope ahead caused drivers to check out the track on foot. This was tackled successfully by all with a go-around which included a sharp left hand turn. Another spot required a group lift of a medium tree which had fallen across the track. This occurred only once, with evidence of the bulldozer’s work in various piles along the track. Towards the end of the afternoon we were thrilled when a short-beaked echnida (or spiny ant-eater, Tachyglossus aculeatus) made an appearance. This solitary and generous monotreme stayed put beside the road rolled up as they often do, with its snout buried under a rock, perhaps hoping that the large collection of people with digital cameras would go away. Page 16


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC The patience of Dave Peck and Fiona Willcox was rewarded by seeing the echidna walking! Perhaps one of them will put a link to the video clip made on the club’s website. A brief afternoon tea/pee stop at 3.30pm and we packed up stumps for home. As we headed back along the Chittering Road blacktop, Simon, who was near the rear of the convoy, announced in his drollest voice the imminent arrival of a group of organ donors (motor bike riders) passing into the convoy. Photo by David Peck In all, the driving was more challenging and the landscape more interesting than most of us had expected. It’s always a delight to discover a beautiful place, so close to Perth too. We returned to Perth, turning off in Muchea to Muchea South Road and Railway Road and right onto Neaves Road. This led us past new housing estates and directly to Wanneroo Road and the Mitchell Freeway. Another nice shortcut to know. And another thoroughly enjoyable day trip with the Subaru Club. Thanks to Tony for his planning and able leadership. More information Florabase http://florabase.calm.wa.gov.au/ Western Australian Flora DEC site Eucalypts of Australia Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research www.cpbr.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/euclid3/euclidsample/html/index.htm CSIRO site NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change www.environment.nsw.gov.au/animals/echidnas.htm Unique Australian Animals http://australian-animals.net/echidna.htm Western Patrol Club www.westernpatrolclub.com Jenni Ibrahim Page 17


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Tony’s hedgehog slice INGREDIENTS 1 ½ x 200g packets Marie biscuits, coarsely chopped 1 cup chopped walnuts ½ cup desiccated coconut 250g butter, chopped 1 ¼ cups caster sugar 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1 egg, lightly beaten 150g dark chocolate ½ teaspoon vegetable oil METHOD 1. Grease a 20cm x 30cm lamington pan; line base and two long sides with baking paper, extending paper 2cm above edges of pan. 2. Combine biscuits, nuts and coconut in large bowl. 3. Place butter, sugar and sifted cocoa in a medium pan; stir over heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; whisk in egg. 4. Pour chocolate mixture over biscuit mixture; mix well. Press into prepared pan. Cover; refrigerate overnight. 5. Turn slice onto a chopping board; cut into pieces. Spoon combined warm, melted chocolate and oil in a small snap-lock plastic bag. Squeeze chocolate to one corner; twist bag, then snip tip of bag. Drizzle chocolate over top of slice; refrigerate for 15 minutes, or until chocolate is set. Page 18


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Swan Valley Sojourn Sunday morning found us gathering at Lake Monger for Simon's Swan Valley tour. It was a beautiful morning and by 10 am we were climbing aboard the bus to begin our tour, with Simon as driver. After an impromptu tour of Osborne Park industrial area we headed down Reid highway to West Swan road and our first stop-the Margaret River Choc. factory. We picked up Wendy and Robert here and went inside to sample and buy chocs. As we had half and hour here most took the opportunity to get a caffeine fix before going over the road to Lancaster's winery. Quite a few groups had the same idea as we gathered under the vine covered patio to sample some of their whites and reds which went down very nicely. Soon it was back on the bus with Simon making sure we didn't dilly-dally as we had a tight schedule to follow!! It was a pleasant drive to Oakover Estate winery where we had more tastings and our lunch stop. This time we were inside and those not tasting we able to admire the many paintings, cards, jewelry other products for sale. Lunch was entree and mains with several choices for both and this turned out to be a resounding success. I think we could have used a "nana nap" afterwards! We overstayed at this stop so it was back on the bus and off to the Mondo Nougat factory, about 10 minutes away. Lots of people enjoying the day. Some of us purchased goodies and then back on the bus and off to Great Western Distillery where some of us had cocktails to top up our alcohol intake for the day! Oggie's ice creamery was the next stop and due to the popularity of the place we had to queue up so took longer than expected but it was worth the wait. Very yummy!! Our last stop was Edgecombe Bros winery. We had coffee outside under cover and just enjoyed the ambience of the place and the great company. We tried a nice Muscat and Tokay which was "free and on the house" as Basil Fawlty would say. All too soon we were back on the bus and off to the Chocolate factory to drop off Robert and Wendy. It was quite mellow driving back to our cars. What a great day thanks to Wendy and Keith for organizing our venues and to Simon for driving us so expertly. Thanks also to all our fellow travelers for making it such a good day. See you on the next trip. Roz Carey.

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DON’T remove battery from Subaru I removed the battery from a Forester to get at the headlight to replace the globe and am still trying to get it to run properly again. The later models have learning computers and removing the battery gave it amnesia. After much frustration as to why it would not idle afterwards I found out that some get really get upset and the only cure is to keep driving it around going from very low revs to very high until it slowly relearns what to do. After a couple of hours it is just driveable with regard to stalling every time you stop and now only does it occasionally instead of every time. Some cars seem a lot worse than others and this one is bad. So motto is plug in a backup battery to the cigarette lighter with car on accessories before changing the battery. Also saves hassle if your radio is coded with a pin number and won’t work again until you re-enter it. (and you don’t know it, do you) Jim

Brass Monkey CANNON BALLS!!! DID YOU KNOW THIS? I DIDN'T It was necessary to keep a good supply of cannon balls near the cannon on old war ships. But how to prevent them from rolling about the deck was the problem. The best storage method devised was to stack them as a square based pyramid, with one ball on top, resting on four, resting on nine, which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one problem -- how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding/rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal plate with 16 round indentations, called, for reasons unknown, a Monkey. But if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make them of brass - hence, Brass Monkeys. Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannon balls would come right off the monkey. Thus, it was quite literally, cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. And all this time, you thought that was just a vulgar expression, didn't you? Ian Page 20


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Low Coolant Alarm I had been looking around for quite some time at low coolant warning devices that worked off a probe inserted into a radiator hose. But I ended up getting an Engine Watchdog TM2 ($149 ex Queensland) because of some benefits I believe it has over the other type. It actually measures engine temperature (not coolant) and has an audio alarm for high temperature (which you set) and it can also be connected to your low oil pressure light for an audio warning. Fitting was easy as the unit comes pre-wired and I mounted the thermocouple under a bolt holding a bracket onto the cylinder head (this was the hardest part) and connected up the alarm wire to the low oil pressure switch. The display has a very bright LED and I decided to put it out of my direct line of sight in the area just under the auxiliary switch panel. This meant cutting out the central support for the switch panel and cutting/bending the mounting bracket on the Engine Watchdog but it ended up a perfect fit after a bit of filing. It works- I had my car serviced today and they forgot to put the radiator cap on properly. I first noticed the coolant smell then glanced at the Scan gauge which showed 111 degrees (normally high 80's) and the engine watchdog was at 96 degrees (normally high 70's) as I had set the trigger temperatures at 100 degrees. I stopped and refilled the expansion tank with distilled water then picked Jason up from school and as I was explaining all this to him the engine watchdog alarm went off. So stop again and recheck the coolant level, which was OK and put the heater on full and air conditioning on to bring the temperature down to normal. There may have been a bit of an air lock in it. The dealer was most apologetic and sent one of their mechanics to collect my car from work, with a container of coolant. They drained / refilled the coolant system at their expense. David Peck Page 21


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SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC THE SUBARU 4WD CLUB OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA INC. Minutes Of the Meeting Held On Tuesday 12 May 2009 at the Joan Watters Centre, Wembley.

Meeting Opened: 19:37 In Attendance: As per attendance book Tony standing in for John in his absence

Apologies: John Cahill, Josan Moss, Ruth Pelder, Roz Carey, Dariel Snape Visitors: Damien, Carol Previous Minutes: Approved as per mag copy.() Business arising: Nil.

Correspondence in: 1. TCIS insurance renewal – Public and Product Liability still at $8.50/ head 2. Letter from DEC alerting the club to the availability of the Wellington National Park management plan. 3. Town of Cambridge Room Hire April - $48 4. Expo Statement – March invoice outstanding - $143.00 5. Expo Invoice – April Mag - $168.40 6. Central 4WD Payment $300 for advertising 7. Membership Application and Cheque – Richard le Serve 8. Westpac bank statement to 24/4 - $5691.74 9. Subaru 4WD Club of QLD Mag – May 2009 10. Bull Sheet – Subaru 4WD of SA – May 2009 11. Subaru 4WD Club of Vic Magazine April 2009 12. Twin Diffs – TLCC of WA Magazine – April 2009 13. DEC Environment and Conservation News Q1 2009 14. Advertising Material – MTQ Engine Systems – Turbos, Exhaust, ECU modules 15. Advertising Material – United Fuel Injection – Offer to attend open evening at their workshop

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16. Advertising Material - ARB Shocks Q2 2009, Catalogue 17. Subaru 4WD Club of WA – returned Un-addressed magazine

Correspondence out: 1. Email to explore Oz confirming our correct contact details for web site Carl mentioned some web sites offered membership discount - will be discussed at committee. Business arising: Nil. Treasurer’s Report – Reconciled Bank Balance (@30/4/09): $5,691.74 Add Petty Cash: $ 26.00 TOTAL FUNDS AVAILABLE $5,717.74 Accounts paid since month end: Nil Page 24


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC Accounts payable: Webcity – web hosting – $9.95/month x 12 months = $119.40. [Last renewal: Professional Hosting 1 $6.95/month x 12 months = $83.40 TOTAL COST = $83.40 (including $5.49 GST)] [NB domain name registration ($66.99) paid for 2 years from last year] Received/Receivable: Advertising – Subaru (Aust) – $1,000.00 Merchandise: Britax 30 LED cordless work light – will be door prize for the annual dinner. Polo shirts without pocket = $23.00; with pocket = $27.00 (medium and large only). Jackets = $35.00 and beanies = $11.00. Long sleeve shirts – not in our colour; not yet. Stickers – Expo Document Copy – got quote: 100 x Stickers – digital output on Self Adhesive Vinyl, UV inks 170W x 120H – $2.00 + GST Without Laminate = $200.00 + GST $2.60 + GST With Laminate = $260.00 + GST However will not be needed at this time as we currently have enough. 4WD Association – Tony attended a) Can still camp at Lane Poole – first in first served – no bookings. b) Ralph Gurr – CEO of Outdoors WA, will be attending the June delegates meeting to talk to us about the benefits of being a member of Outdoors WA. c) Durba dunny completed – relocated 350 metres out of valley. d) Insurance renewals due by 30 May – watch out for renewal advice. Last year was $8.25 per member for public liability. e) Further $600.00 authorised for electrical works (lighting) at Kaarakin. f) 4WD Show – 13/14/15 November – Craig has made contact with Amanda – he will be single point of contact – a suggestion made that interested Clubs organise between them a large marquee for all – are we interested in sharing – willing to pay? g) Totally new look web site due or launch in May. h) VSB14 – template letters sent out. Agreed write to relevant Shadow Ministers. Membership: 49 + 7 life members Magazine: All is well, please keep sending in the trip reports. Lodgement to be by 24th please. Page 25


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SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC Trips and Social: - Julimar - 9 vehicles, an interesting drive with some challenges - Swan Valley this Sunday - now have 4 places available. Please contact asap if want to go - Simpson trip leaving this month - June, restaurant meal (see mag) - Freo Jail 0 see mag promo, need to be physically fit - Power lines - see mag - August, Nanga 4wd heritage trail - trip sheet gone out today - see Tom - Wildflowers - expecting a good show. - Movie/Dinner - plan to hire out the cinema in Innaloo (gold class) - Annual Dinner - 17th October. Fremasons hotel Beverley $27 approx. Hotel has accomodation General Business: We have membership cards available if anyone wants them - they may be of use in proving membership for discounts (eg Subaru Os Park) Dave mentioned that Subaru Osbourn park current having a sale on Subaru merchandise. Reg - is going on a reci of a new possible DEC venue as a replacement for Lochada. Reg - Last month 26 people met with DEC to become honorary calm officers (still named calm for historic reasons). Meeting Closed: 20:12

THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS MAGAZINE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THOSE HELD BY THE SUBARU 4WD CLUB OF W.A. INC. Please send articles 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 27



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