LAND ROVERS 70th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS AT COOMA NSW.

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Well, Cooma in the Monaro region of NSW once again hosted a birthday bash for Land Rover. This time, it was its 70th. Being one of the hubs where Land Rover was used in the construction of the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme between 1949 and 1974, Cooma has always had a soft spot for the marque. It was probably, also a proving ground for the vehicle which started production only a year or so before the project began.

This year, over the Easter break, between 900 and 1000 Land Rovers of all ages and configurations converged onto the small town, gateway to the Monaro Region and close to Kosciusko National Park. It was an incredible experience driving through town, with “Welcome Land Rover” signs everywhere. Above pubs, the Land Rover flag flew in all its glory...

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Rainforest Edge

By Bob Lewis

Sherril and I spent four nights, five days joined by Gary, Emily and Brendan for two nights on private property, Rainforest Edge Noosa, Pinbarren, near Pomona. The property is situated along side Woondum National Park. Four wheel drive or at least All wheel drive is required to gain access to one of the three camping areas suitable for tents / camper trailers / caravans.We chose the area called ‘Bush Lemon’ which is suitable for up to say four camper trailers and is sited above the creek. ‘Bush Raspberry’ is along side the creek and would be suitable for two camper trailers (in the dry).

Blue-Berry Ash is a short distance away from the creek but has distant views. I would just mention that if you book one of these sites it’s for you or your group only.
The weather was fro...

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Trip to Cape York – 2017

By Bob Lewis

Trip to Cape York – 2017

to Assist Tangaroa Blue – clean up the Five Beaches Loop

http://www.tangaroablue.org/

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australian-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris, one of the major environmental issues worldwide. But if all we do is clean-up, that is all we will ever do.

To successfully solve the problem, the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) was created, an on-ground network of volunteers, communities and organisations that contribute data from rubbish collected during beach and river clean-up events to the AMDI Database, and then work on solutions to stop the flow of litter at the source...

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WHY DO WE LOVE DEFENDERS?

DEFENDER IS FASHIONABLE BECAUSE IT IS UNFASHIONABLE; IT IS THE STATEMENT OF INDIVIDUALITY FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO REBEL AGAINST THE BLAND UNIFORMITY OF TODAY’S HOMOGENISED AUTOMOBILES!!

The above statement is the very reason so many fans of Defender couldn’t believe, or didn’t want to believe Defender, as we knew it was dead in the water.  

These are not my words, but certainly are my sentiments. They were written by the editor of Land Rover Monthly, Dave Phillips, some  time back. I don’t apologise for using his words, as I believe you club members opinions will reiterate his thoughts.

Written by  Derek Little

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Tackling the Desert by Bill Collyer

Tackling the Desert by Bill Collyer

Tackling our Deserts

Australia is over 90% desert so not surprisingly almost all 4WD drivers will at some time be on a desert adventure. Most will already have had 4WD driving experience so the following is more about the things you need or will encounter that are not written in all those “expert” articles. You may well disagree with some of what is written below and that is good since it means personal experience has given you a different approach and hopefully it is experience that is disagreeing rather than ” Someone told me that …………”.

First let’s talk about fuel...

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Americans must love Defender lots

Americans must love Defender lots.
A few days ago I found an  advertisement for a 1983 Defender 110. It says 1983 so it must have been one of the very first after the demise of the Series 3. It was located in Florida, the State of Sunshine, Bikini Wax, Big Yachts and Drugs. Well, we all know, unless we have been living under a rock, that Defender is, “No Longer”. We also know that people are asking ridiculous prices for the Icon. None higher than this particular gem. Asking price?? US$159,900. Thats a cool A$200,000 or more. Yes, it had had a bit of a face lift and was quite gaudy inside, and yes it was a V8, bla bla bla, but at A$200,000……..I don’t think so. Still, there is hope for the seller as Defender is “Cool” and are absolute flavour of the month……year.

One individual bought a 2015, 90 Adventure in Victoria and pu...

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The Footsteps of Madigan

THE FOOTSTEPS OF MADIGAN

(After the recent Club crossing I thought this might be of interest! This Expedition was undertaken nearly 30 years ago about the time that the first GPS units were available to the public. It was probably the first crossing on the “Madigan Line” since CT Madigan’s camel expedition. The Madigan Line is now a well blazed albeit very tough track for adventurous four wheel drivers – Author’s note)

The logistics are daunting.  About 800 kms from Mt. Dare to Birdsville of which over half would be through the vast dunal system of the Simpson Desert.  Why would we attempt such an expedition?

“From the summit of a sandy undulation close upon our right we saw the ridges extend...

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Easter 2016 @Brown’s Hut

 Written by  Derek Little

A number of members headed out to Brown’s Hut on Easter Thursday with the majority arriving on the Friday. It was a great turn out with about 16 groups turning up. Because of other commitments; work and family, some just came for the day. All up though, it was a huge success.

Getting away from the rat race that is the Sunshine Coast over Easter is always a bonus of course. We do have Darren (Williams) to thank for making the “Hut” available to us so we could chill out in relative peace and quiet though, so, 3 cheers to Daz!!

It was very much a chill out and social weekend and apparently there were numerous Bunnies n Bilbies itching to jump out of the Engels and Waecos on Sunday morning. Phil and Fran were seen eating chocolate eggs and pan cakes...

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