LANDROVING IN KZN

June 2007

STRAIGHT FROM THE …………………….. 

Well the day has finally arrived and its time to move on, this will be my last newsletter as Editor. I took over the newsletter in April 2001 in a moment of weakness when Dave Burrows announced that he was off to the oil fields in Russia. The idea was to fill the post until someone else took over. Well after 6 years and 75 newsletter’s I have a volunteer. Greg Labuscagne has offered to take over the newsletter from July. I have to admit that it has not felt like 6 years but only a few months. At times the newsletter deadline arrived  too quick and I spent many a late night (or early morning) putting it together. I have enjoyed the task and wish Greg well with the newsletter. I will certainly still contribute an article or three as and when time permits and I hope you all will do the same.

Ford prompts Land Rover sell off speculation  12/06/2007 13:12:00
Land Rover could be sold off as parent company Ford bids to offset falling sales and profits. Ford which lost £6.4bn last year is expected to make an official announcement in the next few days after appointing bankers Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and HSBC to investigate selling Land Rover.  Car industry pundits are already predicting a range of options for the 4X4 marque. One is to bundle it up with Jaguar and sell the two together while Ford maintained a minority share. Another option is for Ford to keep hold of Jaguar and sell Land Rover to the highest bidder. Of the firms touted as potential buyers both Fiat and Renault-Nissan have already distanced themselves from the car firms. Former Ford of Europe boss Martin Leach has been quoted as saying that he expected private equity companies as the most likely buyers. And that could mean Alchemy Partners, the venture capitalists who nearly bought MG Rover back in 2000, could be identified as a contender. Jaguar has about 10,000 staff at sites in Coventry, Birmingham, and Liverpool, while Land Rover employs about 9,000 in the West Midlands and Warwickshire.

Cars in the Park PMB was well attended with 28 Land Rovers on display. Public interest in the display was as always very strong. BUT only 3 Series 1’s made the day, which seems to be the norm. If fact its always the same few Series 1’s that turn up. (Alan Cullen, Adrian Moore and Audry Horemans) Come on guys lets get those Series 1’s out of the garage and to the LROC events. Next year is Land Rovers 60th year and its going to be a big let down if we celebrate it with a convoy drive of Defenders.

The LROC was asked to marshal on the Dusi Mfula mountain bike race which followed the route of the canoe race from PMB to Durban, as close to the river as possible. In fact the race seemed to be more in the river as the cyclists crossed the river in many places. 2 days in the valley is always a good option. The marshalling was very different to the canoe race as we were on the bike route, in the bush with plenty of time to watch the race. With only 640 cyclists this year it was easy, next year the talk is to grow the event to 1200. 

I have heard a groan from some members why we have so many Gates events, which they are not interested in. The answer is simply, its because I want to have 4 in the year. No actually there are many members in the LROC who want to have more than the 4 that we currently run. In fact we get more members attending a Gates event than we get at other day events. The numbers speak for themselves, the members want to use their Land Rovers for more than the trip to Spar. Join us at the next one, you might find another use for your Land Rover and mix with a few members around a braai. 

Always keep an eye on the LROC calendar of events as events can and will change at short notice. The committee goes to a lot of effort to recce and run the events. Lack of interest from the members will cause the event at short notice to be dropped.


WELCOME TO THE FOLLOWING NEW MEMBERS 

Remember it’s your club and you will get out of it what you want to. You have purchased THE BEST 4 x 4 x FAR and now its time to use it. See you at the next club event.

Frans and Elsebe Pistorius                     Pietermaritzburg            1983 Series 111S ADE, 1994 Disco V8

Steve and Alison Russell                        Warner Beach               2000 Disco 11 TD5


Future Events for your Diary. The trips listed below are provisional and can change at short notice. 

When

What, where

More Info.

Grade

July

Shu Shu

Shu Shu dropped due to lack of interest.

0

22 July

Umgeni / Dusi Valley

Scenic day trip up the Umgeni Valley following the Umgeni River from below Inanda Dam wall. The route we will drive will follow the Dusi Mfula mountain bike race. We will stop for a byo braai at lunch time. Meet at Waterfall Shopping Center ready to leave at 9am.

2 - 3

July / August

Lesotho Snow

When the snow falls, we go. Put your name down with George and you will be called at short notice for a trip up Sani to play in the snow. A camp over in Lesotho is planned but those only wanting to do a day trip are welcome. Call George for more info. Trail grade is a definite 5.

5

9 – 12 August

2nd Tembe Trip

2nd Tembe trip is fully booked.

2 - 3

Sept

3rd Gates Event

This Gates Event will be different. A Saturday late afternoon braai followed by the Gates Event in the DARK. More info to follow.

2 - 4

21 – 24 Sept

Possible trip to Jozi Dam

Camp over trip to Jozi Dam. Bring your boat and try some tiger fishing. A trip to either Ndumu or Mkuzi game reserve is on the menu. PLEASE NOTE This trip will only be run if we have the support. Give Gary Clinton a call for more info.

2 - 3

Oct / Nov

4th Gates Event

More info to follow.

3 - 4

Nov

Landy vs Toyota

The next round of the Land Rover vs Toyota challenge takes place at the High Stakes track in Cato Ridge. More info to follow

3 - 5

14 – 17 Dec

Transkei

The final route to be confirmed. First day Durban to Mpande and will follow the coast up towards Port Edward. The number of vehicles will be limited, so give Gary a call  if interested.

3 - 4

27 – 31 Dec

Lesotho

The route to be confirmed later but will be as scenic as the past trips. We will enter Lesotho via the Ongeluksnek Border post. Give George a call if interested.

3 - 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


TRAIL GRADING All our events from now on will have a Trail Grading according to the 5 grades below.

  1. Complete novice soft dirt road trail, no low range required. Suitable for all Land Rovers including the Freelander.
  2. Limited low range required but suitable for the novice driver. Suitable for all Land Rovers with certain trails not suitable for the Freelander.
  3. Low range and limited off road knowledge required. Suitable for all Land Rovers except the Freelander.
  4. A low range technical trail suitable for the experienced. The inexperienced will be able to do the trail, as assistance will be available from the more experienced members. Suitable for all Land Rovers except the Freelander.
  5. Extremely technical, suitable for the experienced only with the possibility of vehicle damage. Only suitable for "Series" Land Rovers and maybe a few others.

Thanks to the following for helping out on the Dusi Mfula.

George, Ryan, Michael, Calvin and Mathew
Cheral and Dave McDougall
Jimmy and Bronwyn Oates
Rob and Dianne Lemon
Henry Cochrane
Selwyn Ambler
Andrew Mason
Don Erwin
Gary Clinton
Glen Jones
Gavin McKenzie
Greg Labuscagne
Rob de Robillard
Chard Black
Mike Lauterbach
Geoff Sperring


Shongweni  “will be a rough grade 4-5 trip”  By Kenneth Jones (Defender 110 TD5 double cab)

This was the trip I had been looking forward to since the beginning of the year, particularly after browsing through the web-site photos and even more particularly after George’s comments in the last newsletter “…will be a rough grade 4-5 trip.  Big hills, rocks, the possibility of vehicle damage and being stuck a real possibility…”

What more does one need to whet one’s appetite?  We met at the petrol station outside the Polo fields at 9:00, Sunday.

Following various roads (paths?) we had an option of taking the easy route around the hill pictured below or simply driving straight up the hill.  Needless to say, we opted to drive straight up the hill.

Water run-off had formed huge gouges in the hill and this affected traction.

Here Don is giving George a bit of a helping hand with a tow-strap.

After a couple of attempts and some assistance we all arrived at the top of the hill to meet the rest of the convoy that had taken the easier route.   We arrived at the first waterfall and let the kids play around a bit.

A short walk along a small path allows one the above fantastic view.

One of the Landies got stuck on the way out but Don was able to, in short order, get it going again. From there we drove, following a path to the rear of the quarry, to the second waterfall.

 

This was great fun as there was a lot of mud and water.  Having a landy in front and behind and knowing that you can always be pulled out gives you the chance to try the difficult rather than easy route.

There were a number of times when a landy needed to be pulled out of trouble but that is all part of the fun.           

Here is Gary needing a bit of a helping hand.

This photo shows the same view from the front where you can see from the angle of Paul’s Landy just how steep the ruts were. 

It was great fun getting through this obstacle. 

We stopped at the second waterfall to have a braai before making our way back the way we had come.

Don then suggested that we try “suicide hill” – an unbelievably steep hill that he was quite confident the Landies could handle.  I must admit to having my doubts but the hill was absolutely no problem.  The following photo doesn’t quite do justice to just how steep the hill was but it may give you some idea. SHAPE  \* MERGEFORMAT  

In conclusion, thanks to George and the committee for a fantastic trip.


ESTON GATES JUNE 2007.

The 1st Gates Event in Feb was too easy with many clear rounds. The course set up for the 2nd event last weekend was not vehicle breaking but technical. Only one line would get you high points. Out of 10 + 2 bonus gates the highest number of clear rounds was 4. Full score card on page 5.

The Gates events should be used as a learning exercise. Look at the others and work out why they failed and try and correct it when you attempt the obstacle. Asking for help and direction from others whilst on the obstacle is allowed, it’s a fun day and not a one-man challenge.  

06h00 in the quarry at Eston in June is a little fresh. Thanks to Henry Cochrane, Selwyn Ambler, Gavin McKenzie and Ryan Goswell for helping me set up the course and thanks to Ryan and Selwyn for collecting the gates poles after the event.


I am a pharmacist from East London, I love my Landies so much I wrote a poem. You welcome to use it in your newsletter...Please send me a copy if you do.

Thanks
Michael Knott

My lovable Landie (Land-Rover)

Rattling Rover, riding and rustic,
The road is long, slow and muddy.

Elephant engine, erupting and erratic,
The chemistry combustion is your miracle.

Doors disconnected, disjointed and driving,
You move with style and grace.

Pulling power, pure and perverse,
Your strength is old and noble.

Open, socialist, attention seeker, and delivery tank,
You are Man’s best four wheeled friend.


AAWDC FUN DAY

Saturday, 18 August 2007

Fun… a way of life!!

 

The annual AAWDC Fun Day is to be hosted on Saturday, 18 August 2007 at Leeukop Prison, Sandton from 07:00 until late.  The aim of the day is to introduce the fun element of 4x4 driving

 

The event is hosted by the IOC (Isuzu Offroad Club) on behalf of the AAWDC and all affiliated clubs of the AAWDC are invited to share in the fun.

Obstacles

A maximum of 7 obstacles will be available and the first 7 teams entering will have the first option to build one of the obstacles.  The obstacles are to be built by the participating clubs and the club will be responsible for constructing the obstacle, provide marshals and rules.  The equipment and all costs for the obstacle are for the account of the club.  The obstacle must not exceed a grade 3 rating and the emphasis should be on fun and not technicality.  Dates will be identified for obstacles to be built in due course. 

Participation

We will be able to accommodate a maximum of 12 teams and the entries will be handled on a ‘first come first served’ basis.  Clubs can enter a maximum of 10 vehicles per team.  Clubs are allowed to enter more than one team, however the first teams to enter per club will enjoy preference over a second team of a particular club.  A vehicle must have a driver and a co-driver and the entry fee is R120 per vehicle.  Spectator costs are R20 per person and kids under 12 are free.

Camping Facilities

Camping facilities at Leeukop are available to participants at R27 per person and can be paid upon arrival as the whole camping site has been set aside for the Fun Day.

Entries

The team leader of each team must contact Johan Terblanche via e-mail johan@isuzuoffroad.co.za and an administrator will then be assigned to each team. The administrator will live with the team up to and including the day of the event.  The administrator per team will be responsible for all the administration, including registration and payment, coordination of obstacle construction and thus will be the direct link between the organizers and the team.

More information about the event will be forwarded to the teams upon registration.

Should you enquire more information, please contact Johan Terblanche at johan@isuzuoffroad.co.za


 

With all the ownership changes at Land Rover, could this be the sign of the future.


Woman's miracle escape  (Shields Gazette 11 June 2007)

A WOMAN miraculously survived after her Land Rover plunged more than 80ft over cliffs at a beauty spot. The car crashed through metal barriers and plummeted down the cliff face at Marsden, South Shields, at about 5.20am on Saturday.
The 29-year-old driver was saved by the vehicle's airbag, and managed to free herself from the wreckage and make her way to a nearby pub, despite having a broken arm, fractured pelvis and rib injuries. An air ambulance was scrambled to the scene, but could not land due to thick fog. The woman, who has not been named, was taken to the top of the cliffs in the lift from Smuggler Jack's restaurant and treated at the scene by paramedics.  She was then transferred to South Tyneside District Hospital. Northumbria Police Marine Unit Sergeant Steve Howe said: "It's a miracle she survived. "Considering the height the car has dropped, she has been very lucky."
The blue Land Rover Discovery was crushed by the force of the impact after landing about 45m from the cliff face.
Recovery crews then spent six hours winching the wreck to the top of the cliffs on Saturday.  Their first attempt to pull the vehicle back on to the Leas saw the body of the car tear from the metal structure halfway up the cliff face, crashing back on to the beach below.
A spokesman for South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade said: "It was a very difficult recovery operation because of the overhang of the cliffs, but by working methodically, the recovery services managed to get the wreckage off the beach that same day."
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "The car is a sturdy one, but it seems as though the combination of her seatbelt and the airbag saved her life.  "It was quite a surprise to find she had got herself from the vehicle. In an incident like this, it's hard not to fear the worst."
Tourist Martin Jones, 34, of Durham, said: "It is a huge drop and it is straight down, it's not as though the car bumped and rolled gradually. "To survive a fall like that is incredible, I wouldn't have thought it possible until one of the police officers told me."
A police spokesman added that the incident was being treated as a road traffic accident, and a thorough investigation would take place into the cause of the fall.


Land Rover Owners Club KZN   Gates June 2007    (Total 10 + 2 Gates)

 

Driver

Vehicle

Class

Score + Bonus

Springs

Class
Overall
Clears

Lockers / Traction Control

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruce Fraser

Def 110 TD5

Lwb MT

330 +100

Coil

1

1

3

Kenneth Jones

Def 110 DC

Lwb ML

390 + 20

Coil

2

4

2

Henry Cochrane

Def 110 TD5

Lwb MT

370

Coil

3

5

3

Paul Chantler

Series 111

Lwb ML

260 +80

Leaf

4

7

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long Wheel Base

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rob Fraser

Def 110 TDi

Lwb S

310 +100

Coil

1

2

4

Alan Swatton

D Range Rover

Lwb M

410

Coil

2

3

4

Crag de Winnar

Disco TDi

Lwb S

280 +20

Coil

3

9

2

Ryan Goswell

Series 111S

Lwb S

270

Leaf

4

11

2

Rob Lemon

Range Rover

Lwb S

270

Coil

5

12

3

Don Erwin

Range Rover

Lwb S

250

Coil

6

13

3

Rob de Robillard

Range Rover

Lwb S

230

Coil

7

14

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short Wheel Base

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Clinton

Def 90

Swb S

310 +50

Coil

1

6

2

Wesley Goldstone

Series 111

Swb S

230 +70

Leaf

2

8

1

Mike Cullen

Defender 90 V8

Swb M

300

Coil

3

10

4

Alan Cullen

Series 1 88”

Swb S

210

Leaf

4

15

0

Note :

1.       Class S = Standard vehicle

2.       Class ML = Standard vehicle with lockers

3.       Class MT = Standard vehicle with traction control

4.       Class M = Vehicles with chassis and/or suspension modifications