February 2008

Hello again

Cast your eyes below and make a note of your new committee if you will. These are the guys that will be representing you, the member during this very important year for both Land Rover and the LROC, who turn 60 and 20 years old respectively. We welcome Selwyn to the position of Chairman and know he will do a sterling job at the helm in 2008. We also welcome Andrew Mason who takes over the position of Regalia from Jimmy. Andrew does his utmost to get to most events so be sure to find him for your Club accessories. There is also still space for another member on the committee and if you feel you may want to assist the elected members then please feel free to contact any one of us. Sure it’s easier just to sit back and expect but what’s the fun in that. Come and be a part of the running of the club and put something back.  

Position Name Tel Numbers Email Vehicle/s
Selwyn Ambler 031-7013115(h)
083-9926969 Series III 5 door SW
Secretary Dave King 031-2661579 Disco tdi
Membership Gavin McKenzie 031-2661175
Defender 90 dti
Events : Promotional George Goswell 031-7002300(h)
Series IIIS HT
Range Rover 3 door V8
Events : Trails Gary Clinton 083-3369059 Defender 90 TD5
Regalia /
Andrew Mason 082-3370909

Range Rover 3 door V8
Newsletter Greg Labuscagne 083-7798484
Defender 110 TD5 DC
Web Page Mike Lauterbach 082-3720997 Defender 110 tdi

Enjoy this issue, it’s late as usual but on time in my books. 


Transkei 2007  By Dave King

Four vehicles, Gary Clinton, Bob and Diane Lemon, Don Erwin, Warren Tilley and myself, and the Transkei South of Port St John’s. A good combination for adventure, with some excitement, trepidation, anxiety and laughter contributing to a very enjoyable club outing.

It all started with a braai at Gary and Lyn’s house in Umhlanga to meet and discuss the trip, some of which had been plotted by Gary onto his GPS and lap top. Most of the points had been taken from the previous years trip, with the difference this year being a more direct route down the coast. This of course depended heavily on the state of the rivers and local rainfall.

At 0600 on the 15th December 2007, I, in my ’96 Disco, met up with and Warren and Gary in his ’05 TD5 90 with off road trailer, and Apollo, his German Shepherd. From here we traveled in convoy to Port St. John’s via Lusikisiki, arriving there at about noon to meet up with Don in his 110 TDI, and Bob, Diane and Whiskey, a Maltese T., in their Rangie. It was raining, and continued to do so for the next four days with the occasional break for either a SW’ly or NE’ly wind, or should I say half gale.

The first stop made in a very suitable spot at Ntonga, south of Mpande, with the inevitable gathering of young bucks vying for attention and eventual employment for the duration of the stay. When the wind didn’t blow, and there was a break in the rain, the coast was picture perfect. Fishing was a failure by all parties participating, except for one craw fish and one small fish caught by Bob. The wind was the cause for Gary to break his rod. Actually it was the ceramic eyes. Nasty. A walk over hill afforded splendid views of whales making their way South, and Gary’s dog got brave and attacked a cow, only to be bowled over and land on his nose! During our stay, we were joined by a gentleman and his partner driving a Fortuna towing an off-road caravan. Well, the new bikes, although chained, went missing during the night, being another distribution of wealth, and there was loss of face on departure as his caravan had to be towed up the incline through the ‘black cotton’ soil by Gary’s Landy.



What, where

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21 – 24 March 2008

Sandstone Estate

National Land Rover 60th Jamboree

National Land Rover Jamboree to commemorate 60 years of land Rover. Sandstone Estate is near Ficksburg in the Southern Free State. It’s a working farm and a well known site dedicated to the preservation of old tractors, trains, cars, military vehicles and other heritage items. The event is being organised by the LROC SA and the various Land Rover Clubs from around the country have all been invited to participate in the event. Various events are planned for the weekend, which include some 4x4 trails, inter club competitions, steam train rides and much more. More info to follow.

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27 April 2008

Land Rover Convoy Drive

Land Rover was shown to the public for the 1st time on 30 April 1948 at the Amsterdam Motor Show. A LARGE LAND ROVER CONVOY DRIVE is planned to commemorate this date. All Land Rovers welcome. More info to follow.


18 May 2008

Cars in the Park PMB

Cars in the Park, Pietermaritzburg. Wanted Series 1 land Rovers for a special “Land Rover 60th Exhibit”. As its Land Rover 60th year we intend to make Cars in the Park a big event for the LROC. The LROC will have 2 stands this year, A Special Exhibit in the Mayor’s Garden and our normal stand. Hopefully we can display a line up of the various models. More info to follow.


4 - 9 April

Tembe Elephant Park

1st of 2 trips to Tembe. Limited to 20 vehicles. More info to follow.

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Emphasis is placed on the fact that most events require booking well in advance. If you are interested in attending an event, please notify the relevant committee as soon as possible, as a lack of interest may lead to events being cancelled.


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.

Something to bear in mind……more regulations 

Cape Town - New regulations governing the use of 4x4 vehicles and quad bikes throughout southern Africa could soon become law.

This comes after complaints that South African 4x4 owners have been causing large-scale damage to ecologically-sensitive areas in some neighbouring states. Namibia and Mozambique were reportedly most upset by what they termed "the damage done by quad bikes and four-wheel-drive vehicles from South Africa to the ecology of beaches and other environmentally sensitive areas", according to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

Ministers and senior officials from the two countries, as well as Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe met earlier this week to discuss the matter with Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk at a conference in Gauteng.

The main topics of the conference were the development of cross-border conservation zones (CBCZs), as well as premier tourism destinations for the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament, and beyond.  But, the four-wheel-drive question was also added to the agenda.

The ministers expressed their concern at the damage being done to ecologically sensitive areas by 4x4 vehicles and quad bikes from South Africa and asked Minister van Schalkwyk to put a stop to harmful practices. They said the regulations governing 4x4s in South Africa had resulted in greater pressure on sensitive areas in neighbouring states.

Van Schalkwyk said a protocol was being considered for the entire region, to curb or manage these activities.


KwaZulu-Natal's Greater St Lucia Wetland Park has changed its name to iSamangaliso Wetland Park. This 22 000 hectare park includes Lake St Lucia, Charters Creek, False Bay, Fanie's Island, Sodwana Bay, Maphelane, Kosi Bay, Lake Sibaya, Cape Vidal and uMkhuze Game Reserves.


Can you drive from Cape Town to New York? Well, yes, if you really want to - and provided you have enough money and equipment. An English farmer is about to show us how...

Yorkshireman Steve Burgess, 50, and partners Nicky Spinks and Simon Dedman will be involved in what they hope will be the first crossing of the Bering Strait between Russia and Canada by a land vehicle – others have tried, but failed, and not only because this happens to be 80km of salt water.

The ocean crossing will be but a tiny, tiny section of what will be a 50 000km journey from England to South America across four continents and more than 20 countries. Makes a 4x4 jaunt to the Kalahari seem a bit of a doddle, what! Some of the world's biggest automakers have tried it, as have famous millionaire explorers. This attempt will be backed by Cooper Tyre & Rubber Europe.

They'll be on the road today (January 29), going by ferry across to continental Europe then steadily head north and east through the winter chill of bare fields, mountains and the vast steppes of Russia to the Chukotka peninsula at the easternmost point of Russia. There the Landy will be fitted with floats and an engine-driven propeller assembly and driven into the sea for the 80km crossing to
Alaska. It's already been tested on an English lake and on a crossing of the Irish Sea.

The Cape to Cape expedition will take in every imaginable landscape from the frozen wastes of Siberia to the tropical rain forests of South America. Snow tracks will be fitted in place of wheels to cross the frozen Siberian tundra. Ford and explorer Richard Creasey tried to cross the Bering Strait in 1993 but their vehicles sank. An effort by Fiat also foundered in 1996. The challenge also defeated Sir Ranulph Fiennes and British explorers Steve Brooks and Graham Stratford whose attempt was aborted in 2001 when their Snowbird 5 vehicle was damaged during an attempt to cross when the strait was frozen.

Once safely on Alaskan soil, Burgess and Spinks will replace the floats with standard wheels and Cooper Discoverer STT tyres and drive through Canada, North and South America, arriving at Cape Horn towards the end of 2008. They've spent seven years planning the trip.

"The main problems were finding sponsors and dealing with Russian bureaucracy," Burgess said. "We're doing something that's never been done so you can't just get a form and fill it out. "I needed permission from the army and the police to travel in the Far East. Most significantly, I needed permission to leave Russia in an amphibious vehicle – we're just going to drive off a beach!

"We chose the Cooper Discoverer STT tyres because we knew we needed a tyre with hard-core traction, durability and reliability in almost any condition. “Most of them will be over challenging terrain but we're confident." Oh yeah, how get to
New York from Cape Town? Just drive up Africa, cross the Suez Canal by bridge and then also head north and east. Don't forget your floats and propeller...

Continued from earlier..... 

The purported wreck to be viewed from the hill top was not to be seen, but on decending the hill with Don into the bay, the remains of rusted steel became evident. Reclaimed scrap with some still remaining winches, derricks and a portion of the forecastle were available for inspection. The vessel was the reefer ship ‘Astra’ which had grounded in ’98 when on passage from East London to Durban.

Leaving Ntonga on the 17th, we headed south to Hluleka and viewed the Cape Conservation area which was being re-vamped. Turn left to Ntlaza and on to Presley Bay, but being a little commercial and all accommodation full, it was decided to continue. The weather was breaking, and fine spells invited us to view the ever spectacular coastline. Some bridges were intact, and the magnificent scenery afforded by the various valleys and passes made the drive a really memorable experience, reminding me of my youth when driving around the rural areas of East Africa. 

The camp for the following night was on a flood plain bordered by mangrove swamps at the Mtakatye river mouth. We had approached Mr. Mongese who we supposed was in charge of the area. He was most accommodating, and also recommended the lad who was to look after our needs during our stay. Camp was erected, and the wind howled from the SE. It was dry. A fantastic clear night sky and ¾ moon made it all that more pleasurable. The tents were struck at 0830 the following morning, and we made our way to Coffee Bay. Rain was the order of the day, and we were able to take advantage of the RDP taps to refill our depleated wash water supplies. The first tap produced a brown unfiltered water, but suitable for washing. Making our way to the Mdumbi backpackers found it not too inviting, so down to Tshani deep sea angling club launch site. Wet, rain, and a turn round on the hill. Not suitable, so head south again to Mqanduli and eventually into Coffee Bay to fill the vehicles tanks. (Diesel R7.80/l). Hole in the Wall. Wet, but well worth the diversion and I was glad to have seen it. 

 Forever southwards through the rain at this stage to Mbanyana and The Haven.

Entering the North gate of the Cwebe Nature Reserve, R10 per vehicle, we headed through the lush forested area towards Ntlonyana. It was wonderful with the road being in as good a condition as could be expected with mown verges. At The Haven, turn right and find the next camp site in a forest clearing. It used to be a backpackers place, but the three unused rondavells bore testament to grander times. It was most agreeable with prolific bird life. There was one other camping couple with their children, and so there was ample space for one and all. A visit to Kobolo river mouth was made before leaving through the main gate the following day. Continued on the recognized roads south, however, fuel was being used at the usual rate, and a diversion to Willowvale – 60km- was made. Once re-fuelled, Dwesa Nature reserve was the next port of call. Again the forested area was a pleasure to drive through, and out the other side and down to the Dwesa river mouth. The grasslands were a natural picture of indigenous flowers with swallows diving to pluck the odd insect unfortunate enough to be in the air at the time. On the beach, the tide was out, and a couple of Oyster catchers were put to flight when approached. Rhino dung was also apparent, and leguwaans scurried into the forest on the drive back. 

Kobb Inn at the Qhorha river mouth was the next destination, north of Mazzeppa Bay. That was the area, but instead we stayed in the grounds of the Dolphin View self catering establishment. We were given a good rate which included the use of the facilities, ie. Shower and toilets – bliss for Di and the rest of us – and a dinner of generous proportions – not good for Di - There was an incident with a glass stove top, but enough of that! During the evening walk, we had met a quad bike fanatic, and so the discussions turned to off-roading. This was to be the start of the following days adventures, and to put Gary’s pre-planned courses into action. The first track down to the river proved to be a bit too aggressive, and so was turned down. Back on the road, turned left at the church, and negotiated the pass to Mazzeppa bay where a cup of tea was made and the suspension bridge to Dassie island was walked. From here on, the interesting part started, with Tracks 4 Africa and GPS reference points being consulted for the drive South. This included vague tracks, steep inclines (some wet), scratched paintwork , rocky river crossings, deep water (well not very deep), friendly locals, low range and some sand driving. At one of the first river crossings, Bob lost his centre diff reducing him to 2 x 4, as well as the disintegration of the back right radial arm bush! Don balanced on the rock in the middle of the river and the winch was put to use. Good stuff! Sideway slips on one of the wet decents made a spectacular show! 

Sebe campsite in the Cape Environmental development area was well attended by camping folk, although a good spot was still available for our four vehicles. Time was taken by Bob to put some of his bush skills into use, and by fixing a couple of shackles in the space vacated by the radial arm bush, managed to limit the fore and aft movement of his axle. Contributions were made the next day to the establishment of the area, after which we continued with the driving experience, taking in the wreck of the Jacaranda and on to a salt water crossing. This was a little too deep for Bob’s Rangie, as he had to approach obstacles with a bit more vigor than the rest of us due to having only 2wd. WD40 worked well, and we made the Kei Mouth at about midday on the 21st. The last camp was made on the Transkei side for that night, and a very pleasant swim was had in the adjacent lagoon. The sea temperature being much too cold! The Ferry over the Kei river started at 0700 hrs, but the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft a-gley (Robbie Burns), and the loading of the ferry was dictated by the ‘Ferry Master.’ Civilisation and home. Thanks Gary and everybody else for a great trip.

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Fax - 086 502 8940
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