We are experiencing an unusually dry start to summer highlighting the need to be constantly vigilant for Bushfires during our Summer trips. For strategies and sources of information refer to the materials distributed by Penny Kazla from the CFS during her recent Social meeting presentation.
Special thanks for the support of the Committee and particularly acting President Steve Pearson during our Club winter trip and Secretary Simon Forrest as I attended my Dad as he recovered from surgery.
23rd Oct Social meeting
The presentation by SAPOL on electronic fraud has been postponed until early 2019.
A reminder of our Special General Meeting – details will be found as you read further.
For those wanting to replenish their wine stores, a tasting and order session will be conducted with wines available at the November Social meeting.
A reminder to book in to the upcoming Annual Mitsubishi 4WD Club of SA Christmas Party to be held at the Mannum Caravan Park, Friday November 30th to Saturday 1st December 2018.
The Management Committee is interested in members with a 1st Aid qualification. Please send an email to our Secretary, Simon Forrest.
Possible new off-road hybrid vehicle to be built in Australia.
“Key specifications Red (Automotive Technologies) has targeted include a 200km-plus electric-only range, a 1200km-plus range with a range extender petrol or diesel engine, 0-100km/h acceleration in less than four seconds, a top speed of 250km/h, ride height adjustable suspension with 375mm of ground clearance and 450mm of wheel travel, and a 3500kg braked towing capacity. The company claims it can deliver off-road performance that can leave “the gnarliest Jeep or LandCruiser way behind.” https://www.carsales.com.au/editorial/details/electric-aussie-suv-planned-100354/
Ps. The way to Love anything is to realize that it might be lost. – G.K Chesterton
Lyn and I are happy to return to our usual routines having completed the Club Karijini – Millstream Chichester – Litchfield and Darwin trip totalling 13,000kms over 10 weeks.
We are privileged to be able to experience these journeys, which many can only dream of.
Our September Social meeting will be addressed by Damian Bishop, who will discuss Cave Diving. This activity requires meticulous planning and adherence to safety protocols.
Notice is hereby provided for a Special General Meeting in our October Social meeting – details will be found as you read further.
The Management Committee is interested in members with a 1st Aid qualification. Please send an email to our Secretary, Simon Forrest.
Ps. Personality opens doors – character keeps them open.
I write this report as Adelaide shivers through one of the coldest weekends for a long while, with heavy rain and hail falling today. I can’t help but be a bit jealous of those who are still up in the warm climate of the north enjoying their long trips.
I was lucky enough to get away for a few days just recently to do the Border Track between Pinnaroo and Bordertown. It has been around 20 years since I last did the track, and really enjoyed travelling along the sandy tracks and dragging the swag out each night. It was also the first trip in my new Pajero Sport which did a great job. I can’t wait to get it down to the sand dunes at Peake next month.
By the way, there is still plenty of room for camping and driving, so if you would like to come down, please see the flyer elsewhere in the magazine.
For those of you coming along to the social meeting – 28th August, the guest speaker is CFS Community Engagement Officer – Penny Kazla Mob. 0457 101 696. Penny returns to discuss the upcoming change of season and the challenge the warmer weather brings along with the CFS Apps. and bushfire strategies should we be confronted by one.
I must submit my apologies for the August social meeting. I find myself missing the second of the three social meetings I was supposed to chair while Des is away due to overseas travel.
The one good thing about this is that it will be summer in Japan, with temperatures in the mid 30’s, so, although I missed getting up to northern Australia this year, I have got up ‘north’ a couple of times to thaw out.
Ps. A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
Steve Pearson – Acting President
I thank Steve Pearson who will acting as the Club president and also the various volunteers attending Committee meetings over the winter period.
I’m also very pleased to welcome our new members, Helen and Andy Read (983).
The guest speaker for the Tuesday June 26th Social meeting will be Timothy Quinn Mob 0466 425 613, Border Watch Coordinator (SA) | Border Watch Engagement. Border Watch is our single collection point for community and industry information about suspicious or illegal immigration, customs or border-related activities.
The Management committee has recently voted to allow all members to choose a CB radio call sign including the word ‘cat’. Previously this was limited to Pajero owners.
The Club will be purchasing a Defibrillator for use on trips – more on this and the associated training, shortly.
Mitsi member, Derek Mikolaj has recently been voted into the position of President of 4WDSA https://www.4wdsa.asn.au/ – congratulations Derek.
Have you ever wondered about the specific restrictions on what you can carry when
travelling over state borders – this publication will answer your questions :
Australian Quarantine booklet for interstate travellers.
An interesting article on the potential future of Diesel vehicles in the UK.
See you soon,
Ps. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
In a week or so, it’ll be Winter – our low early morning temperatures being a very good reminder. This means that many members will soon be packing their shorts, T shirts and thongs and heading north.
We wish them all a safe and relaxing journey and look forward to stories about places many of us haven’t yet visited.
This leaves some gaps in our various Committees, if you are asked to ‘lend a hand’, please do your best to help.
I’m very pleased to welcome our new members Gabor Szekernyes 981, Neil Paley and Julie 982. Please make them feel welcome as they try the different activities offered by the Club.
A significant amount of work is being undertaken to renew the Club’s website – special thanks to all involved in this process.
Our guest speakers for the Tuesday May 22nd Social meeting will be Annie and Ashlee from the historic, One and All sail training vessel.
Do you know someone who would enjoy travelling to Pt Lincoln or Kangaroo Island, ‘under sail’? Perhaps a younger person would enjoy the challenge of Leadership training – could be very affordable if sponsored by Rotary.
Wondering about the future of the Pajero, you may enjoy this article. https://www.motoring.com.au/mitsubishi-wants-to-build-new-pajero-111500/
How up to date are you when dealing with hazards and road rules – try this simulation. http://mylicence.sa.gov.au/hazard-perception-test
Do you have an opinion or some ideas regarding the running of the Club – please pass them on to a Committee Member (yellow name badge). We’re particularly interested in feedback from newer members.
Ps. “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” -Vernon Sanders Law
The unseasonably long dry appears to have broken with rains upon us giving our gardens a decent drink and renewed life – I look forward to the vista of wild flowers covering the plains in Western Australia.
We welcome the elected Committee for 2017/18 – Simon Forrest, Steve Smith, Col Price, Naomi and Kevin Jolly, Fiona Davis, John O’Daly, Alain Lioret, Marc Nicolle and Steve Pearson.
I’m also very pleased to welcome our newest members:- Stephen Broker (978), Russell Fisher (979) and Peter McCarthy with Patricia (980).
Please make them feel welcome as they try the different activities offered by the Club.
Our guest speaker for the Tuesday April 24th Social meeting will be from Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure – David Gunner 83489623. Coordinator of Vehicle Standards . . . What are the issues we need to be aware of when modifying vehicles?
Due to winter trips, our various Committee’s ranks will be thinned – I encourage members to come forward and offer assistance during June, July and August.
We are also keen to hear from members who are willing to place their vehicle ‘on stage’ at social meetings.
Are you aware that entering an intersection after the signals turn yellow can be an offence? Yellow light – this indicates that the lights are about to change to red. You must not enter the intersection, unless you are so close to the stop line that you are unable to stop safely without entering the intersection or risking a rear-end crash with vehicles following you. The penalty for breaking this rule is a $454 fine and $60 Victims of Crime levy and three demerit points. The penalties are the same for running a yellow light as they are for a red light. Drivers who run a yellow light increase the risk of a collision at an intersection – particularly when opposing vehicles are turning right.
I compliment all involved in the organising of the trips and training as advertised in Catchat – I encourage members to support their efforts by attending these events.
Ps. “The traveller sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.”
G.K. Chesterton 1874-1936
The Club AGM will be conducted at the March 27th Social meeting, followed by a ‘Chat fest’- I’m very pleased that we have nominations for all elected positions. I thank all those working for the Club during the year- Elected, Appointed and general helpers- your efforts are invaluable when creating the opportunities for all members to share in great camaraderie and fun.
Special thanks to Committee retirees – Lee Nicolle (Secretary 2yrs) and Brian Cosh (Treasurer 7 yrs) and also Kingsley Neumann (appointed – Audio Visual 10 years), I’ll have great pleasure in providing more detail on these volunteers at the AGM.
Editor Alain Lioret, is looking for volunteer(s) to learn how to prepare and publish our newsletter ‘Catchat’ – if you have or want to learn skills in Word and Publisher please contact Alain – Mob. 0429 357 470
Please welcome new members Greg Kemp and Stephanie (971), Eric Zuks (972), Peter McVicars and Elaine (973), Bill Mitchell and Annette (974), Allan Smith and Dallas (975), Tony Iannella (976) and Martin Kimpton with Joanne (977).
A reminder for the upcoming Polish Hill (10km south of Clare) event (28th March till 4th April) which focuses on meeting members, socialising and some 4wd activity.
Dorado Downs (near Geranium) may shortly be the site for some ‘sand’ training/driving – keep an eye on Catchat for more details.
Go to this site for a very extensive South Australian booklet on spider and snake bite.
Membership renewals have been due since January and should have been completed by the end of February with the annual fee of $80, BSB 035047 Account 255297 – please include your Mitsi number.
I’m looking forward to meeting and chatting to members at Polish Hill.
Ps. Drive, guy. That green light isn’t going to get a deeper green. It’ll only ripen and turn yellow.”
Welcome to the New Year and a ‘boot’ full of trips and activities for 2018.
I’ve just returned from our annual Victorian Alps trip and have had plenty of practice driving steep and broken tracks to vantage points with extraordinary views eg. the goat track to the Pinnacles and CFA tower then to the top of Mt Bulla (1805 metres) and 24 crossings of the Crooked river.
I thank all participants for their shared cooperation during the trip. A highlight was the New Years eve dinner near Moscow Villa on the Bentley Plain, an extraordinary event feeding over twenty people with everything supplied from within the group.
Please welcome new members Philip Gibbs and Vicky – I trust you’ll enjoy your Xmas present, Philip.
We will conduct a Social meeting on the 23rd January 2018 with guest speaker Senior Constable Robert GRINTER (M 0413563667) from the South Australia Police Road Safety Centre. I’ve included Robert’s mobile number if you have any questions ‘on notice’.
A reminder regarding the AGM on the 27th March – with the assistance of many we will make light work of the tasks ahead in 2018.
Volunteers are required for the annual Caravan & Camping Show for half day shifts either AM or PM over the period Thurs 15th Feb to Sunday 18th Feb. Please email John O’Daly at firstname.lastname@example.org to offer assistance.
Many of us routinely tow trailers and caravans – do you know the SAPOL requirements when towing? http://mylicence.sa.gov.au/road-rules/the-drivers-handbook/towing
What is the procedure to order a Tow truck if at an accident site ? https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/driving-and-transport/roads-and-traffic/hazards/calling-a-tow-truck
Ford Ranger/Mazda BT50 has a recall – as some may cause grass fires. https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/ford-motor-company-of-australia-limited-ford-ranger-0
I’m looking forward to meeting as many members as is possible in an event filled 2018.
PS : It takes 8,460 bolts to assemble an automobile, and one nut to scatter it all over the road.
This is the final Catchat for 2017 and on behalf of the Committee I wish all Members a Safe and Happy Xmas and New Year.
Our next Social meeting will be on the 23rd January 2018 with guest speaker Senior Constable Robert GRINTER (M 0413563667) from the South Australia Police Road Safety Centre. I’ve included Robert’s mobile number if you have any questions ‘on notice’.
We’ve had a great year for both short and long trips. Short trips have included destinations such as the Murray Mouth, Deep Creek, Ngarkat, Peake, Chowilla, Mystery drives, Angorichina Station. Polish Hill, Narcunda South. Copper Coast, Willunga, Mannum and Yankalilla. Long Trips have included the Victorian High Country, Limestone Coast, Buckleboo/Googs track, Simpson Desert and Cape York. The Training team have held successful events in the Peake Sand Dunes and the Morgan Quarry. These trips have enabled members to strengthen their 4wd skills whilst visiting some exotic locations in a spirit of friendship and camaraderie.
Planning for 2018 is well underway and whilst the AGM in March 2018 may seem quite distant, important decisions are already being made. Our Secretary Lee Nicolle and Treasurer Brian Cosh are stepping down and replacements are required.
For the health of the Club it’s very important that we have members who are ready to take their turn and volunteer some time for the benefit of all and to enable ongoing succession planning. We still have a vacancy in the ‘Environment’ role.
In recent years the Committee has improved/expanded the activities offered eg. Mechanical Interest Group, Vehicle Familiarisation training and more ‘day’ trips for those members unable to attend trips with overnight stays. We need additional‘behind the scenes’ support for these important events within the Club.
Winter has seen many Committee members head off (making hay whilst the sun shines), placing undue strain on the remaining Committee. We are interested in talking to members who usually stay at home during this period – can you provide some short term assistance? The final option would be to close down many of our activities over winter – however this would cause significant and ongoing problems.
This is the time to step forward and offer whatever assistance you can to enable a smooth transition into another activity packed year.
I thank all Committee members (particularly Lee and Brian) for their contributions and look forward to many trips and adventures in 2018.