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Club Open Day 28th June 2015

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Club Open Day 28th June 2015
Details of the Open Day 28th of June 2015

Where and when Starts at the Nambour garden cemetery at 8.15 for 8.45 departure. Local forest tracks, scenic views, recovery demonstration. 

Who can attend Anyone with a Land Rover.

Cost This is a free event.
Booking The trip is limited to 25 cars so booking is essential. Please book on the Sunshine Coast Land Rover Owners Club  Facebook page by hitting the attending button on the event section. Leave details Car type and number of passengers.
Alternatively you can contact via email the club president Brian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trip rating Easy to moderate tracks with little vegetation to scratch paintwork. There will be a recovery demonstration during the trip.

What to bring Enough Fuel for a couple of hours driving.  Any recovery gear you have. Covered foot ware for drivers and passengers.  A UHF CB if possible (the club channel is 15)  Morning tea and lunch. Note that there will not be any shops in the area or BBQs at the lunch stop so please bring your lunch with you. Camp chairs for lunch break.

Further Info? Ask a question on the Face book post or contact via email.

HUE 166

HUE 166
Maurice Wilks was an engineer for the Rover car company. His brother Spencer was the Chairman of that same company. Maurice owned a farm at Newborough in Anglesey, North Wales. He drove an ex military American Willys Jeep on that property and it was that vehicle that inspired him to consider building an all aluminium bodied 4WD vehicle at the Rover factory using surplus aluminium that was no longer required to build military aircraft. In Britain at that time, there was a gross shortage of steel, so the Car industry in particular was suffering a huge downturn in production. On a visit to Maurice's farm by Spencer, the two of them discussed Maurice’s idea and it was decided to strip the steel body from the Jeep and have the design engineers at Rover create a whole new body using Aluminium. Within, 12 months that discussion turned into reality. The  Land Rover was shown off at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1948 and soon after started rolling off the production line at Solihull in Warwickshire.
It was not widely known, but,  Maurice worked along side of Frank Whittle, the person who created the first jet engine. They both developed the first gas turbine aircraft engine. In 1949 Maurice developed the first gas turbine powered car. 3 of those futuristic looking cars are on display at the Beaulieu Motor Museum owned by Lord Montagu.
Also not widely known were the Wilk’s link to other major motor industry giants. Spencer was the son in law to William Hillman and brother in law to John Black of Standard Triumph.
Sadly, some 14 years later in 1963, Maurice died at his farm in Newborough and was buried at a tiny 500 year old church in Dwyran, which is in a neighbouring village.
His importance to the motor industry wasn’t really known in the greater community and remained that way until some kids at a primary school at Dwyran decided to find out if any famous people had ever lived in the area. That was in 2009. They found out all about the exploits of Maurice and made contact with his son Stephen and the Land Rover company to find out more. The kids created a Mosaic Mural to hang on their School wall and a huge thing was made of the occasion by land Rover and the media. HUE 166 and many new vehicles were dispatched to the school along with LR executives and Stephen and Nick Wilks.
When Phil and I visited Dwyran School to find out more, the Head master proudly showed us about half a dozen huge scrap books full of information on the Wilks Brothers and the Marque itself created by the children of Dwyran. It truely was an amazing experience. We had been to Red Wharf Bay where Land Rover was conceived only to find so little was known by the local people there about this modern day historical fact. Perseverance by Phil and I proved well worth the effort though and we now have a much clearer picture of this amazing family and what they created.
Gaydon Motor Museum was a surreal experience. Seeing HUE 166 in the flesh, as it were, was mind blowing. One of the Land Rover Experience staff chatted to us both for way over an hour on the vehicle and where he perceived LR was going to in the future. It was a special day indeed. Sadly we had to leave as we had the Defender Factory Tour to attend. It was decided that we’d come back the following day to continue the museum visit. The staff made sure we didn’t have to pay, which was a nice gesture. We were even allowed to sit in the iconic old lady, or, is it man, HUE, for a picture shoot. I did ask Phil to take a picture of me lying on my back under HUE and whilst I was underneath she shed some oil onto my cap. The cap will never be washed again!!  LOL
The Factory tour was an eye opener. neither of us realised that so much of the Defender is put together by hand. Lots of the seams are hand welded. Only 4 1/2 days x one shift are set aside for Defender now, which is in total contrast to the other models which are 7 days per week 24 hours per day. After 69 years of production, the iconic beast will cease on 20th December 2015. Will there be another Defender?? Look out for the L663 and L462, is all I can say. The L462 is the new Discovery.  DC 100 is dead in the water............. possibly, but will definitely not be the Defenders replacement.  There is rumour that the DC 100 will manifest itself as a mini SUV. On that one, time will tell of course. Rumours abound, re Land Rover from all directions and all levels. Oh.......... At the end of the tour we saw numerous Defenders lined up ready to be shipped to countries around the world and the biggest buyer at present is Germany. How incredible is that? A country where G Wagons are relatively cheap and arguably of a better build standard than Defender, and the Germans love the beast we often love to hate. LOL
On our second trip to Gaydon, we did see an SUV covered in the black and white camouflage and I figured it must be the new Disco heading out for a test run. When I presented the pic to a Land Rover person, they suggested it was the new 4WD Jaguar. We were in Death Valley 9 months ago and we saw a few test vehicles under wraps doing the heat test, we guessed and one was from the Jag/LR family. It certainly is a cloak and dagger game motor manufacturers play when it comes to new model design and testing.
A week after Gaydon Phil and i took the Euro Star from St Pancras, London to Paris. We were surprised to see the Gendarme and Military both used Defender extensively. They were modified of course, but looked much like your average 110 Puma and even TD5. I did get a bollocking for photographing their vehicles close up but they soon realised I was just an enthusiast. They seemed more on edge than the British Police. We visited the main Paris dealership and saw numerous Puma’s ready to be picked up after modification by a French company. Strangely, the Police vehicles were the same colour as our own.
Well, thats about it, so thanks for reading our story and lots of happy Rovering to you all,
Derek and Phil    



Roma should be congratulated for putting on such a punch packed and entertaining weekend. Whatever your taste in country experiences, it was catered for. Carrying your partner around an obstacle course and winning Her/His equivalent weight in XXXX Beer was incentive enough for many, whilst, a leisurely walk around Roma's Bush Gardens or a farm visit to Eldorado Station, was sufficient for others. There were street fairs, Drag Racing, Mud Derby, the Turf Club, (where none of us SCLROC members picked a winner!!), Triathlon, listening to a few Bush Poets or the amazing voice of Caitlyn Shadbolt, winner of the X Factor. The list just went on and on. Of course, the list was topped by the Rodeo, and that was pure gold ( excuse the XXXX pun!! ). We guesstimated that there were about 5000 people at the showgrounds for the Sunday events. Akubras and Sunday best denim, or mole skins were the order of the day........... and the blokes wore similar!!

I hate to say it, but for those of you who didn't attend, you missed a great experience. But... we are told that next year will be bigger and even better, so, mark it on your 2016 calendar for sure. The camping facilities at the Show Ground were good, but, that was possibly due to many vans there with ensuites. On a few occasions there were small queues, but, what the heck. I don't think I have ever seen such large showers. For those who are more demanding, there are a couple of other parks in town. The showground is located about a kilometre from the town centre. The town itself, for those who have never been, has a population of about 7000 and is well catered for. Sadly, there is a KFC, McDonalds, Subway and Woolies, but that is progress, some would say. You can buy pretty well anything there except a Land Rover, although we did see a few. Dare I say, Prado is the order of the day with many hundreds seen over the 5 days.

Only Rob and Sue, Darren Williams and his son, John, and Phil and myself attended but that didn't really matter as we had a hoot of a time. It did rain buckets on Friday afternoon and we blame Rob n Sue for slightly flooding our camp site, but, that's another story. LOL. Not that they will read this, but their awning kept filling with water and they were forever using a broom to raise the tarpaulin and gallons of the stuff hit the rock hard ground and flooded us. Great neighbours!!!......NOT... LOL.  Seriously though........ we all had a ball and will certainly consider another visit next year. We need our country cousins, and they certainly needs us to support them and that was certainly the case at "Roma's Easter in the Country".

Hey Phil................ how come I didn't get an egg, other than the one with the bacon??

Jamies New Defender on Show

Jamies New Defender on Show
Phil and I joined Gary and his Dad, Bob on a trip to Brisbane to the Fishing and Boating Show on the 20th March. They had a large display of camping gear, including Camper Trailers, and Off Road Caravans and 4WD's and accessories. Simon and Jason from Channel 7's All 4 Adventure's fame were also there, as was Jamie  from JTS who had his brand new 130 Dual Cab Defender on show. As expected with such an extreme purpose built vehicle, it had all the bells and whistles,......... far too many to list. I have posted a few pics of it. Its an absolute stunner. Good on you Jamie and best wishes on future trips around the Country.

Oh......... for all those interested in future trips down to Brisbane for the various 4WD and Camping type shows, we travelled down on the train as part of a package deal, and for us pensioners, the full cost was $12, which included entry and return rail fare to Nambour. Great deal. Mind you..... we did break down on the return leg and had to be shunted into Beerburham where we boarded the next north bound train. All adds to the fun and adventure of the day.

Well, it will soon be Easter and some members are off to Kilkivan, whilst others of us are heading out to Roma for the Easter Show, which I believe includes a Rodeo......... EEEEEHAW!!! Don't forget your Akubra and Mole Skins!!

Well, whatever you are doing, here's wishing you all a Happy and Safe Easter.

Derek.... your Ed


A most pleasant day out with the Sunshine Coast Land Rovers Owners Club.

The meeting place was at the Bruce Highway turn-off to Steve Erwin Drive, then off to Dave’s for the trip briefing and pre-departure checks. After a short section of tarmac it was into the forest trails, being somewhat ‘green’ to the challenges, I took the first ‘chicken’ track. It wasn’t long before we were stopped in out tracks by an abandoned car (a small VW, certainly showed some ability to get where it was). Shortly after the imposed detour, there was an option to take a short side trip down a steep gulley; Dave did it then Ian had to help Matthew out with a winch back up. Ably lead by the trip leader Dave, we meandered our way along tracks, arriving at a scenic look-out with fire watch tower (8km). After a coffee break and admiring the view, it was time to hit the tracks again; following a power line trail lead to a short ‘fun’ spot with several short steep climbs of varying degrees of difficulty (15.6km), yes correct, I took the easiest option. Another group of 4x4ers were also enjoying this play ground. We were to come across another large group a few k’s further along (19km). It was at this point that four of us thought – no, let’s go around an easier way! Soon we were slithering around in muddy rutted tracks, helping to recover one stuck member of the public, followed shortly by recovering one of our own. Enough of this, Dave thought, and lead us to a somewhat technical descent, unfortunately Don suffered a puncture during the descent, which made for an interesting exercise in safely completing a wheel change on far from flat ground (27km). Some manual work had to be undertaken to pack up a deep rut in a gulley. This was followed by an equally technical ascent. Thus in a space of a few kilometres: straps, chains for hold back, chain saws and winches had been used. It was now time for an easy run out and completion, reinflate tyres, clean lights and prepare for the highway to return home after an interesting and pleasant day around the Glass House Mountains.

Seven vehicles in, 6 hours and 33km later, seven vehicles out, a wonderful end to the year.



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PO Box 247

Nambour, Queensland

Australia 4560

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