President’s Report – July 2018

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July  2018


Hi everyone, I hope you are keeping well whether in cold Adelaide or travelling north to escape the winter. Many of our members are travelling far and wide at this time of the year. Those I have heard from are safe and well, enjoying their trips.

Despite many absences, the committee managed to assemble a quorum and held our meeting at our new committee/long trips venue, the Royal Coach Hotel, 24 Dequetteville Terrace Kent Town. Thank you to those stand in committee members who gave up their time to allow us to hold our meeting. To those who plan to attend future long trips meeting, please remember the new venue.


This month’s social meeting 24th July is designated a Chatfest (No guest speaker)  Suggested talk topics – Do you have an item which is indispensable when travelling/camping?  –  please bring it along and tell us why?

Elsewhere in Catchat, you can read about Lance Boagey’s unfortunate experience with his 2 year old Toyo Open Country tyres fitted to his NW Pajero. Lance was lucky to find the failing tyres just prior to a long trip interstate trip. An interesting discussion transpired between Lance who has 45 years of 4wding experience, and the Toyo Tyres representative, who claimed that it was Lance’s choice of vehicles and tyre pressures when off road which contributed to the failure. Please have a read of Lance’s story. Given the wide variety of terrains we all travel on, and the various tyre pressures we use, it would be wise to read the Toyo reply, consider their tyre pressure recommendations and check the condition of your tyres, (inside side wall) particularly if you drive a Pajero with independent rear suspension and drop your tyre pressures regularly, regardless of tyre brand.


Finally, the club has recently made two purchases which will be made available for loan shortly. The first is a Reich Caravan and Vehicle scale, useful to check the weight of your vehicle or caravan. The second is a defibrillator, a must to pack on any club trip. We will arrange a demonstration of each at an upcoming social meeting, then allow members to borrow them. Keep a look out in a future magazine where we will publish the club property list and how you can request to borrow club equipment.


Ps. There’s a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.


Steve Pearson – Acting President














President’s Report – February 2018

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February  2018

Thanks to John O’Daly (coordinator) and all volunteers who assisted with the Caravan and Camping Lifestyle show – this event is an important opportunity to promote the Club to a Camping/4WD audience and provides a boost to our membership.

Our guest speaker for the February Social meeting will be Lisa Brock from Gallagher Insurance (4WDSA). Given the nature of our 4WD activities, members are often interested in the extent of their policies coverage and this will be an ideal opportunity to compare what Gallagher’s have to offer. Use this site to organise a quote

Please welcome new members Adrian Worsley (969) and Tobias Nitschke (970).

The Social meeting on the 27th March will include our Annual General Meeting.

Requests for volunteers to assist with the 2018-19 Committee have been well received and the positive response is appreciated. We still need assistance behind the scenes and any further offers would be helpful – we need to bolster the ranks of our Mitsi Mates who welcome and mentor new members at Social meetings, please contact me if you can assist.

A reminder that membership renewals of $80 are due by the end of February.  Account name: Mitsubishi 4WD Club of South Australia   BSB 035047 Account 255297 – please include your Mitsi number.

Check further in Catchat for details on the Copper coast drive organised for Sunday 25th February and Deep Creek on the 18th March. The ever popular Polish Hill event will be over Easter – 28th March till 4th April.

Have you ever wondered who can enter past a ‘Road Closed’ sign near a bushfire.

Where can I find advanced notice of Road works, Incidents & Planned Events in South Australia?

I’m looking forward to meeting and chatting to members at our numerous upcoming events.


Des Leach

Ps.  Whether I think I can or think I can’t – I’m probably right.


Des Leach
















President’s Report – April 2017

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April 2017

I welcome the elected Committee for 2017/18 – Lee Nicolle, Brian Cosh, Col Price, Naomi and Kevin Jolly, Fiona Davis, John O’Daly, Alain Lioret and Steve Pearson.

Congratulations to Bob Bolto (and Heather) for becoming the 4th Life Member of our Club at our recent AGM.

I look forward to chatting to those in appointed roles – we thank them all for volunteering their time.

Due to winter trips our various Committee’s ranks will be thinned – I encourage members to come forward and offer assistance.

I’m very pleased to welcome our newest members:- Darren Zanker (960) with Liana and Robert Parvin with Monica (961).  Please make them feel welcome as they try the different activities offered by the Club.

Many thanks to John O’Daly for his series of videos presented at our recent Long Trips meetings. Please contact Peter Sandercock ( if you have some photos or video from a trip – 4wd or otherwise.


A number of members have been awaiting the release of the Pajero Polymer ARB Frontier Diesel Fuel Tanks. They are now available and replace the original fuel tank with an extra 60 litres for older and 40 litres for newer models.

Long Range Tanks


The latest from the Dept of Planning Transport and Infrastructure:-


Are you confident you know the Road Rules, here’s a quick quiz:-


At the time of reading this, we will have gathered have some stories of fun and camaraderie from the Polish Hill event – watch this space.


Des Leach


  1. It’s now been proven that a stone in a hiking boot migrates to the point of maximum pressure









President’s Report – February 2017

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Have just returned from the Caravan and Camping Show and we were the only 4WD Club present.  I was thrilled at the opportunity to chat with other 4wdrivers and to encourage some possible candidates as members. We offer thanks to Lance who organised the event and the many members who attended our stall.

New members – Don Eime with Chris 956, Heinz-Dieter Froehlingsdorf with Christine 957 and the rejoining of Tony Tamlin with Julia 278 – please make them all feel welcome.

Our 28th February Social meeting has taken a major change as the large downstairs room at the Sporting Car Club has been withdrawn and replaced by the smaller upstairs ‘red room’.  We’ve deferred our guest speaker and will concentrate on planning the upcoming AGM in March. If you have ideas regarding the operation of the Club or wish to join the Committee this would be an excellent meeting to attend.

At the AGM during the 28th March 2017 Social meeting all Committee positions will be called and a nomination for Life membership will be voted on. We do need some extra assistance to help Brian our Treasurer due to his work requirements and the committee is also looking for help in the Environment role.

Membership renewals have been due since January and need to be completed by the end of February with the annual fee of $80, BSB 035047 Account 255297 – please include your Mitsi number.

For those with some spare time and feeling energetic the Ngarkat “Border Track” Annual Working Bee will be conducted on March 25 & 26 – 2017.

Welcome back to those attending the Limestone coast trip I understand you had plenty of practice retrieving bogged vehicles.

The latest news from SAPOL  –

I look forward to meeting many members and wandering around the Clare Valley at the Polish Hill event -Wednesday 12th April to Wednesday 19th April 2017 (Easter Included).

Des Leach