March 2006

17th Annual General Meeting 

The format for the AGM was the same as last year and proved to be a success again. A full weekend of Land Roving. A gates event on Saturday followed by the AGM, a braai in the evening and a trail drive on Sunday.

 I had hoped to set up the Gates Poles on Friday afternoon, but work commitments prevented me getting to Eston until about 20h30 on Friday evening. An early start on Saturday had the course laid out by 08h00. The gates started at 10h00 with 16 vehicles competing. My vehicle was still out of action, which meant I spent the day running around keeping score. With the 111s of mine and Jan Viljoens out of the gates event the Range Rovers were now able to steal the show. Top score for the day went to Bob Lemon (Range Rover) and Craig de Winnaar (Range Rover Hybrid) with 380 points. On 370 points was Gary van Schoor driving the NAC Defender 90. Tied for 3rd place on 360 were Gary Clinton (Defender 90) and Mike Cullen (Range Rover). Thanks to all the drivers, the members who pulled out the poles, those who helped to set up the course and to all who managed to get there to support the drivers. 

The AGM Attendance Register was signed by 48 members and the LROC paid for 80 people at the Braai after the AGM. Thanks to all who were able to attend.  The following awards were presented:

20 Year Membership.    Allen and Liz Cullen.  Dean Sawich

10 Year Membership.  Paul Chantler, Barry Baum, Stephen Gordon, Les
Williams              and Andre Snyders who drove down from Ladysmith for the day.

Chairman’s Award ( Floating Trophy) went to Mike Lauterbach for the work he has done on the Web Page.

Newsletter Award ( Floating Trophy ) went to Eric McMillan.

Gates Top Score (Floating Trophy)  Ryan Goswell

Gates Top Average Score ( Floating Trophy ) Jan Viljoen.

Biggest Headache on the Gates Events went to Selwyn Ambler.

Louie Powell proposed that Peter Bassett receive Life Membership of the LROC for the service that he had given the LROC over the years. Peter was a founding member of the LROC and the Clubs 1st Chairman. He has served over the years in various committee portfolio’s . The motion was put to the vote without any opposition. Well done Peter Bassett you are the 2nd Life Member of the LROC KZN.

Cheral Adkin has stood down from the committee (Thanks Cheral) and the new members are, Cheryldene van Schoor and Mike Cullen.

The events portfolio has 3 positions. Gary will manage the month end trails, Rob will handle the promotional events, Cars in the Park, etc and Mike Cullen is tasked in bringing back the Saturday morning technical talks. Watch the events calendar for some exciting events. Thanks to the Eston Farmers Club for the use of their facilities, Graham Stainbank for the use of his trail on Sunday and Michael Dukes for the use of the Quarry for the Gates Event.


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.

John and Jenny Mason                           Pietermaritzburg                        1998 Defender 110 Tdi

Matthew and Elspeth Wiggill                   Underberg                                 1971 Series 11A SW, 1998 Defender Tdi

Ryan van Wijngaard                               Pietermaritzburg                        Series 11A 109

Kingsley Kemp                                      Hilton                                        Range Rover R6 Hybrid

Craig Richardson-Smith                          Bluff                                          1998 Disco Series 1

Wesley Goldstone                                 Doonside                                   Series 111 SWB

Zane & Chantel Jansen van Rensburg      Umbilo                                      1962 Series 11A SWB, 2000 Disco V8

Gary & Sarienne Evangelista                   Hillcrest                                    1995 Defender 110 Tdi, 2001 Disco V8

LROC Club Dates For Your Diary 


What, where

More Info.


Sunday 26 March

Day Trip

4x4 Track at High Stakes, Cato Ridge.  We will take the day as an informal driver training day, fun drive. Attempt the various obstacles with the help of other experienced members or just have fun.  More info below or contact George.

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8/9 April
22/23 April
GPS Workshop An introduction to effective GPS navigation.  The necessary basics will be covered in the morning session, followed by practical exercises in the afternoon.  It will be held in the Wartburg area and those who want to stay over, can camp on our lawn.  Booking essential.  Contact Gary van Schoor for further details, or visit  
27 April – 1 May

Long Weekend Camping trip

Jozini Dam. Tiger fishing for the interested, drives around the area for the rest. If you have a boat bring it along.  Booking for the weekend  is essential and must be done with Gary van Schoor before 27 March.  Give Gary a call for more info.

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Sunday 14 May

2nd Gates Event

Venue to follow.

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Sunday 21 May

Cars in the Park PMB

It’s Cars in the  Park – PMB again. We need the old Land Rovers, the odd ones, the modified, the standard, and the new, in fact we need then all. Give Rob de Robillard  a call for more info.


16 - 18 June

St Bernards Peak

Swartberg area of the berg. Camp over at the St Bernards Peak Hotel. We will drive the trails in the area. More info to follow or give Gary a call.

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July / Aug

Lesotho Snow

A weekend trip in Lesotho as soon as the snow falls. Give Gary or George a call for more info.

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21 – 23 July

Shu Shu Hot Springs

Shu Shu is on the Tugela river below Kranskop. Its rustic camping, which means bring all. Give Gary a call for more info.

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Sunday 23 Sep

3rd Gates event

Venue to follow.

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It’s a fun event for the whole family. This year it’s going to be big. More info to follow

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23 – 25 Sep

Camp over trip

More info to follow

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Sunday 12 Nov

4th gates Event

Venue to follow.

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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.  Ha Ha

4x4 Track at High Stakes Cato Ridge. 

Directions : Take the Cato Ridge turn off from Durban and keep left at the stop. Proceed for about 1km and take the Killarney/ 4x4 High Stakes turn off to the right. Follow the dirt road for about 1km and turn right at the High Stakes sign.

Cost. R50.00 entry fee at the gate. R20.00 of the entry fee is redeemable in the bar or on take away food.

Braai fires will be provided. Either purchase a braai pack at High Stakes or bring your own. Full bar and catering provided at High Stakes.

Time 10h00 at High Stakes or arrive when ever. If you arrive after 10h00 proceed down the hill and look for the Land Rovers at the bottom.

A sign outside a local store. If interested I can supply the address !!!!!

Howsit George,

Ja, as for the weather… its 4x4 season full on here.

Friday saw the heaviest snowfall here in Atyrau in about 12 yrs. It basically fell for about 15 hours, and now the whole place has about 6-8” ; the drifts are 3ft in places.

Since its still not so modern here, the pavements and roads aren’t swept, so cars make their own tracks through the snow- the roads in town now look similar to Botswana - 2 sets of middle mannetjies. And pedestrians pick their way through over around whatever. Temps are alright at the moment hovering around -5 to +1.

Two weeks ago it was about -15 daytime and -20 at night. The strong wind really is the worst bit.(major wind chill factor).

Most of the local operations of international companies’ use Land cruisers, our office got a Pajero-

I have seen only one LR here, an old Disco Tdi that clatters and smokes like !!$%.

One also sees 4x4 versions of many vehicles we wouldn’t. E.g. Mitsubishi Delica (mini-bus I think we call a Space Wagon); VW Jumbo Golf 4x4 (yes), Kia and Toyota 4x4 minivans, quite a lot of newer Gelandewagens, of course there are tons of  Nivas all over, in all sorts of guises, pick-up, double cab, shorty, etc. and kitted out with mags, lights spoilers, and so on, and some old type of Russian panelvan which I would equate to the old 70’s style of Kombi, but its 4wd and tough as nails.

Its quite common to see Nivas driving up and down the middle of the Ural river which passes through the city and which freezes to about 18 inches thick.           

Due to the oil money, it’s also becoming more likely to spot individuals owning Porsche Cayennes, Nissan Muranos, and the bigger Audi Quattro’s. The Cruiser is king however, there are hundreds of them around. Of course Toyota is the only dealership in town and always displays a huge stock on their forecourt.

Percentage wise there are only about 0,1% bakkies around.

Interestingly, they have only had vehicle finance here for about a year now. Not too bad however considering they didn’t know what an ATM was in 2000.

Sorry I was only going to tell you its bloody cold and I miss the green hills around Pinetown, …

Enjoy the weekend.

Perhaps I should take some pics of these strange vehicles and share them in an article for you.

For what its worth, you might want to recite this email text at the AGM, just to send a shiver up the spine of the lucky Landy owners in paradise.

Cheers for now,

Dave Burrows 
Lead Instrument Engineer
KBR Production Services
Zheleznodrozhanaya 8a, 060002, Atyrau
Republic of Kazakhstan

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Faradje,D.R.C.                     Don Erwin              

 1965.Reinforcements amongst whom was yours truly, had just arrived after a gruelling flight from Stanleyville. Still clear in my memory amongst other incidents, is when the pilot stated that he was diverting to Paulus (paved runway) as Faradje airfield (unpaved) was too muddy and since you don't get 4x4 D.C.3's we didn't have a problem with that. He then further announced that on 2nd thoughts he didn't have fuel so we would have to chance Faradje!!  As he began his L/A, we noticed a wrecked D.C.3 lying next to the runway!!

Much to my delight we landed safe and sound, and to this day I don’t know if that crazy American pilot was just kidding or was DEADLY serious.

Once on the ground we were allocated transport to take us to Abba (  My transport was a M.U.T.T. a Ford 4x4 C.J.type vehicle, no chassis, very dangerous!!  Which I shared with ammo boxes, rations e.t.c so I had to sit on the tailgate facing backwards leaning on the boxes. Lucky for me!! Because unbelievably the Mutt crashed, I was fine because of the way I was sitting but the two guys in front were badly hurt ,in fact I heard the passenger later died, sad, all because somebody ''forgot'' that it was left-hand drive. I was very thankful that I had survived both the hectic flight and the even more hectic land trip!!

In Abba they had two armoured Land Rovers, one was U.S as it had been shot up and the chassis was cracked so it was going to be used as spares for the remaining one. Apparently them and others were flown in with the Ghurka's (U.N.forces) to Katanga in 1961 who then donated them to the A.N.C. (Arme'e Nationale du Congolaise)

Even L/R's couldn't withstand those roads with all that armour, as they were originally designed to carry driver, twin M.G.operator in passenger seat and single M.G.operator behind facing backwards. I didn't know much about L/R's then (still don't) but it must have been an early series one and with all that armour and 900x16 tyres it wasn't very fast!!

Our mechanics did away with the back M.G. operator and all the back armour, which didn't make me very happy as I was subsequently ''volunteered'' to be the crew.

That was the 1st L/Rover that I had a fairly lengthy ''relationship'' with and I had various drivers who all had one thing in common, they were all ordered to put the back into cover and then bale and none listened!

The old Landy used to give lot of trouble and was eventually abandoned in Uganda, but that's another

  war story and I'm supposed to stick to L/R stories.

I was once told that the prototypes were submitted to the British S.A.S. but were not approved.

Sometimes  I think of my 1st L/R mouldering away in the jungle but I can’t say I miss those days, too stressful!!


Howling Moon Shower/change Room cubicle used 3 times. R200  Phone Eric 508 2918(W) 702 6526(H)


I have a Garmin Geko 301 with a vehicle mount, pc interface cable,12 volt adapter cable for sale. these items are new, and surplus to my requirements as I have upgraded. R1500-00 is my price.  Gary Clinton 031 561 7586   083 336 9059




10 Stationwagon 1984 Std V8. In good order and condition. Well kept and maintained. Fitted with additional petrol tank and 8 ton winch. New tyres and tubes and new stainless exhaust with Discovery Headers. R50,000. Ken Gordon Ph: 039 9778646




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The LROC KZN year runs from January to December, which means that your subscription for the year 2006 is now due. Subs are R120.00 per member per annum. If you have not yet  received a notice of Subscription Renewal please contact the  Membership Secretary, Henry Cochrane. If you have not paid your subs please do so by mailing your payment to the following address:

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Mounting the High Lift Jack.     By Eric Mc Millan

The jack is a heavy sob and is difficult to stow. It must be easily available and mounting it on the roof rack defeats the objective of keeping the load low. With this in mind I thought it best to mount it so that the vehicle chassis would take the weight. I first got the idea from Jimmy a couple of years ago and adapted it for my 90.

Picture 1 shows the bottom mounting which is made from a piece of 65x65 angle iron which is bolted to the chassis using existing holes in the rear cross member. The spigots are from 16mm round bar and pick up the holes in the base of the jack. 8mm bolts secure the spigots to the angle base plate. 

Picture 2 shows the top mounting. This is made from a piece 40x5 flat bar secured to the 90 by the same bolt that holds the spare wheel swing out bracket and a 8mm bolt that picks up the outer rivet hole. The jack is secured by 12mm bolt which is attached to the flat bar. The bodywork is strengthened on the inside by a piece of 50x50x3 aluminium angle. Also shown in the picture is the antenna mount for the HF SSB Amateur Radio transceiver. Very useful for keeping in touch with the home front while you are having fun in Bots or some other remote destination. 

Picture 3 shows the jack located on the lower mounting a piece of neoprene between the base of the jack and mounting bracket avoids metal-to-metal contact. The holes in the base have been enlarged to 16mm.

Picture 4 shows the jack secured by the top bracket. Rubber loaded polyethylene bushes hold the shaft of the jack in position. To align the top mount with a hole in the shaft of the jack a thin slice can be shaved off the bottom off the shaft where it enters the base of the jack. Using an off cut machine beats the hell out of doing it with a hacksaw. A threaded handle holds the jack in position.

Picture 5 shows the jack in position with a spade lashed to it. The handle and spade can be locked with a short length of chain and a padlock if you are parked at a shopping mall or some other scaly place.

Last Modified : 31/03/2006 19:03