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 email@example.com 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.
Unfortunately Des had to rush off interstate for a personal matter, and is not able to lodge a report this month . . .
On his behalf we welcome New Members Gordon and Leanne Burns (#967).
This Month’s Social Meeting Guest Speaker is Jason Hoskings – Technical Sales Minelab Electronics. Jason will provide an overview of the types of Detector, Costs and how they work followed by a demonstration. This presentation was originally scheduled for the July Social Meeting, but had to be deferred due to Jason’s work commitments.
A last minute reminder that the Club’s Christmas Function will be held at the Willunga Caravan Park on the weekend of the 24th to 26th of November. See Catchat for details.
As we approach the Festive Season, we are all going to be very busy with various social & family commitments. Club meetings will taper off during December & January.
This November social Meeting is the last for 2017 – no meeting in December and the first meeting for 2018 will on January 23rd.
Please see Catchat or the Club Calendar for the timing of other meetings – Long Trips Meeting and Mech. Interest Group.
Still, a number of Club Trips trips are still scheduled during that time. These trips are listed in the Trip Calendar or in the Trip notices within this issue of Catchat.
A number of new trips for 2018 have been approved and added to the Trip Calendar this month, but as always we would welcome your input if you have an idea for a new trip, or would like to lead a trip to a particular destination.
Alain Lioret on behalf of Des Leach.
It’s great to be back after 13 weeks away journeying up and back from Cape York – many thanks to the trip participants for helping us have a wonderful time.
Whilst we’ve been away the Committee has been busy and I thank Steve Pearson and all permanent and temporary Committee members for their efforts. We welcome new members Bill Gommers (965) and Arif Wirawan (966) and look forward to their participation in Club events.
A reminder to book into the Willunga Caravan park 24- 26 November for our annual Xmas event.
SAPOL – Police have commenced an education program for drivers updating their knowledge when merging into traffic.
THE FUTURE OF FOSSIL FUELLED VEHICLES : During a recent 972 AM radio program sourced from the BBC it was claimed that up to 50,000 premature deaths in Great Britain annually can be linked to air pollution largely generated from fossil fuel powered vehicles (with diesel vehicles being the highest polluters).
If this is correct I wonder about the negative health effects from the over 1 billion fossil fuelled vehicles worldwide. China has significant issues with air pollution and is planning to heavily curtail the production of fossil fuelled vehicles. “Ford will market its first hybrid vehicle early next year and envisions 70% of all its cars available in China will have electric options by 2025”.
70% of World energy is fossil based and we apparently have about 10yrs to avoid another 1 degree in Global Warming where very significant negative effects on World food production will occur.
The radio program used this as an introduction to the necessity for Electric Vehicles ‘EV’s’. It claimed Norway is leading the way by not charging VAT (GST) on EV’s. In addition, EV’s also qualified for free city parking and free access to Toll roads and can legally use bus lanes. Additional taxes are charged on new fossil fuelled vehicles in proportion to their level of emissions.
The average fossil fuel vehicle has a life of 15 years and with EV batteries only lasting 5 to 10 years there is a shortfall with the new technology. The travel range of EV’s of between 200 to 300 km is also a major issue. Perhaps the ‘sleeper’ in all of this is where the extra electrical power used by EV’s is sourced from. When we would look to the ‘base load’ of our electricity system we find coal and gas at its source – with strong political pressure currently being applied to various Australian states to open up new Coal Seam Gas supplies.
In summary, challenges still lie in the need for further technological advances in battery design and the provision of base load electricity supplies, however in the meantime the human toll resulting from toxic air continues to climb. The ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ may well be very close to home. The world’s largest Lithium Ion battery system output of 100 MegaWatts is being built 200kms north of Adelaide at Jamestown. This will enable our locally produced wind power (Hornsdale wind farm) to be stored and will also help avoid power outages due to ‘load shedding’, particularly over summer. As I understand it, the new Battery will also provide ‘frequency stability’ to the Hornsdale wind farm and together they can stabilize other wind farms and keep them online when ‘base load’ supplies from interstate interconnectors are cut.
Ps. It’s the second mouse that gets the Cheese.