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					                                                                                                              August 2008

                                            Bi-monthly AAWDC Newsletter
ORGANISED FOUR            AAWDC INTER CLUB                   Contestants, family members,      The results were as follows:
CONCERNED ABOUT           4x4 FUN DAY                        marshals, administrators and      1 Gelandewagen:
FAUNA AND FLORA,          16 AUGUST 2008                     several supporters set them-                         646.60 pts
NATURAL RESOURCES         On Saturday 16 August 2008,        selves up at the obstacles as-    2 Jeep:
                          McCarthy 4x4 hosted the            signed to them on the pro-                           603.27 pts
SOUTHERN                                                     gramme. The “vuvuzela” sig-
                          AAWDC Fun Day at Rhino                                               3 Landrover Owner’s Club:
                          Park. A great deal of prepara-     naled the start to the first item                    584.63 pts
                          tion went into the planning of     on the programme, to be fol-      4 Toyota Owner’s Club:
Pg 1: AAWDC Inter                                            lowed by several others
                          this event in so far as the con-                                                        581.10 pts
Club Fun Day
                          struction of the ten obstacles     throughout the day at regular     5 Landcruiser team 1:
Pg 2: News from our       and arrangement of sponsored       intervals. Mr. Les Cox facilitated                   555.83 pts
clubs                                                        each item strictly according to   6 Wheel Drive Club team 1:
                          prizes were concerned.
Pg 2: How to order                                           schedule as time was of the es-                      553.80 pts
Driving Training Manu-  Thirteen 4x4 clubs took part,        sence.                            7 Isuzu Off-road:
als                     which included: Landrover                                                                 553.37 pts
                                                             What a day of fun, laughter,
                        Owner’s Club, Jeep, Isuzu,
Pg 3: LCCSA contrib-                                         stress, concentration, competi- 8 ATV Club:
utes to DLP             Toyota Owner’s Club, Ge-                                                                  537.70 pts
                                                             tion, team spirit and DRIVER
                        landewagen, L A Sport, two                                             9 LA Sport
Pg 3: Associates Corner teams from the Landcruiser           SKILLS!
                                                             To sort out discrepancies and to                     519.67 pts
Pg 4: Extract from      Club, Nissan 4x4 Club, two
                                                             give credit where it was due, we  10 Land cruiser team 2:
Leisure Wheels          teams from the Four Wheel
                                                             were privileged to have                               495.27pts
Pg 4: AAWDC secretary Drive Club, the ATV Club and                                             11 Four Wheel Drive Club:
takes cement into Leso- individual participants who          Mr. Dirk van Dyk, as the Clerk
                                                             of the course for the day.                            478.47pts
tho                     formed the SCORPION Club
                                                                                               12 Nissan 4x4 Club:
Pg 5: ORRU              for the day.                         Scores were fleetingly handed in                     134.63 pts
                        Committee members, contest-          to be processed and tallied. Pro- 13 Scorpion Team: 109.7pts
Pg 5: ORRA
                        ants and their respective fami-      testing was permitted and nego-
Pg 5: AAWDC Mission                                          tiated. Once everything was
Statement               lies arrived on Friday 15 Au-                                          McCarthy 4x4 wishes to thank
                        gust to set up camp for the          finalized the prize giving then   each and everyone for their
                        exciting weekend that lay            took place on time.               time, their contribution how-
                        ahead. Each obstacle was as-      Sponsorship played a major role         ever big or small, the contest-
                        signed to a specific 4x4 club.    in the prize giving. Once again,        ants, their families and all
                        They were allowed to adjust       to those who were responsible           sponsors involved, as well as
PO Box 12566            the obstacle to make it more      for this, we owe our sincerest          every effort into making this
Hatfield, 0028          interesting and challenging.      thanks. These include….                 event- the fun-filled and suc-
Pretoria                                                  TOYOTA SA: MAIN SPON-                   cessful event that it was.
                        Friday also saw the arrival of
SOUTH AFRICA                                              SOR.
                        those who exhibited their
                                                          BRIDGESTONE SA                          Regards.
                        products on Saturday, as well
                                                          NISSAN SA
PHONE / FAX:            as the variety of refreshment
                                                          LA SPORT                                Jacques De Lange
08611-AAWDC             stalls, to keep everyone’s thirst
                                                          POLLY CRAFT                             McCarthy 4x4 club
                        quenched and hunger pangs at
                                                          VAN RENSBURG ENG.                       Chairman.
E-MAIL:                 bay.                                      AUTO BOX
                        The big day finally arrived!      WURTH        Guests and contestants arrived BELGO DESIGNS
                        in their numbers. Registration HI Q PRETORIA NORTH
                        and indemnities eventually got
Please take note of the off to a good start. A bumper
following changes in e-
                        pack of useful sponsored
mail addresses:
Annemie Louw(PRO):      goods was handed to each participating driver and a
Leon Zaayman(Vice       driver’s briefing followed im-
Chairperson):           mediately thereafter.
How to order Driver Training Manuals:
Driver Training Manuals cost R50 each (excl. postage /
courier fees.) Please send your request with the quantity
required, delivery requirements, as well as delivery address
                                                                              Many thanks to all those who participated,
to:                                                                           helped out or came to support their Club.                                                          A big thank you to the McCarthy 4x4 Club
                                                                              for hosting a great fun day!
Or fax it to: 08611AAWDC.                                                     CONGRATULATIONS to
                                                                              Gelandewagen Club on being the
An invoice will be generated and on                                           AAWDC Fun Day champions for 2008!
proof of payment the manuals will be
posted or couriered, as per your

                                                    News from our clubs
FWDCSA—Garden Route                    FWDC:                              Die McCarthy 4x4 Club en McCarthy Toyota Silverton het
30 Aug: Day Trip                       *3—5 Oct: Club Carnival*           Sondag, 20 Julie ‘08, 'n baie suksesvolle klubdag gehad, met baie
Sept:     Southern Region Rally        14 Sept: Outing to Hennops         mense en voertuie wat die pret dag baie geniet het. A,g.v. al die
24—26 Oct & 28—30 Nov Events           24—28 Sept: Outing to the Mak-     deelnemende voertuie, het die dag baie lank aangehou.
Contact: Andre Barnard                 gadikgadi Pans, Botswana.          Met die fondsinsameling vir die komberse vir die Jakaranda 94.2
Tel: 044-6951223 /                     17—19 Oct: Outing to Three         veldtog is die mooi bedrag van R3’150 gein. Die fondse is by
Cell: 0824101706                       Provinces Trail                    Jakaranda se kantore in Midrand afgelewer.
                                       Fri 24 to Sun 26 Oct: Outing to    McCarthy 4x4 Klub en McCarthy Toyota Sinoville wil graag al
                                       Three Provinces Trail              die ander 4x4 klubs asook al die ander motor handelaars uit-
                                       Contact: Kim Carmichael            daag om die bedrag te verbeter. Dit gaan immers vir 'n baie
30 Aug: Bring en braai te Wiesen-
                                       Tel: 0861393272                    goeie doel.
hof om 11h00.
6 Sept: "AAWDC Interklub Pret          Email:           Anthonie
Dag" te Atlantis Duine. Sien                                              Tel: (012) 653 9428              ISUZU OFFROAD CLUB:                Sel: 082 928 7702
interclub.html                         13 Sept: GP—Groenkloof, Day Trip
Kontak: Peet Hendriks                  Contact: Johan Terblanche
(                  E-mail:                        THE AMATOLA OFF ROAD
Tel: 021-9139596                                                                                             CLUB
Sel: 0723532495                                                                                        EAST LONDON
                                       NISSAN:                                                   Reach for a Dream-Outing
                                       31 Aug: Play meeting, Bring food                      One of the most important events on
McCarthy 4x4Club:                      7 Sept: Month meeting, Mudsling-
                                                                                             our club’s calendar took place on the
13 Sept: Basic 4x4 Training            ers, Bring food
                                       21 Sept: Play meeting, Mahem,       5th July ‘08. The 10 kids that were brought out to the
14 Sept: Club Day(McCarthy Toy-
ota Centurion will be the hosts)       Braai                               farm by bus, were all cancer patients from the Frere
26 Sept—5 Oct:      Mozambique -       12 Oct: Month meeting, Braai        Hospital. The kids were taken to the garden, where
Parsio Duno Belen 4x4 Trip             26 Oct: Play meeting, Doorn         they could look at and touch tortoises, bunnies, ducks,
Contact: Anthonie Coetzee Email:       Rivier, Bring food                  turkeys and chickens                    Contact: Kobus Pienaar              The kids were then helped into four 4x4 vehicles to go
Tel. (012) 653 9428                    Cell: 0829235682                    for a drive along a “scenic” route. The route turned
Cell 082 928 7702                      Mailto:     out to be very exciting for the passengers. There were
JEEP CLUB:                                                                 some steep descents, hill climbs and river crossings to
6 Sept: Children’s Day (Charity)                                           negotiate and the kids had a ball!
(Book this date - your participation                                       Afterwards the kids had lunch consisting of soup, sand-
is essential!)                                                             wiches, cookies and fruit juice. They were also given
12 Oct: One-Day Fun Trip (JC)                                              gift hampers from Johnson & Johnson and some story-
Contact: Giel van Niekerk                                                  books. Because of their medical condition the kids tire
Cell: 0832518586                                                           very quickly and had to be taken back to the Frere
E-mail:                                             after lunch.
 Fax: 086 505 0484
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The Land Cruiser Club Southern                the past 24 years.                                ly enhance its suitability for DLP field-
Africa contributes towards a spon-            Having logged over 500,000 km of hard             work.
sorship for a new field vehicle for           fieldwork, “Hagar” was fast approaching
the Desert Lion Project in                    the end of its useful service life.               By early April 2008 the LCCSA mem-
Namibia.                                      The proposal to raise funds for a new             bers and other contributors had man-
                                              DLP field vehicle was met with over-              aged to raise the target amount.
The Land Cruiser Club Southern Africa         whelming support from LCCSA mem-
(LCCSA), in collaboration with the            bers.                                             This is however not the end of this
WWF LIFE Program in Namibia, raised                                                             project. The LCCSA and DLP forged a
funds for the procurement of a new            Adolf Hüster of the LCCSA approached              long term relationship through this
field vehicle for the Desert Lion Con-        Dr Stander in January 2008 with a pro-            vehicle sponsorship. The Club will re-
servation Project (DLP) in Namibia.           posal to raise funds for the procure-             main involved with Dr Stander’s pro-
The vehicle was delivered to Dr Philip        ment of a new field vehicle. In early Feb-        ject. The DLP has many other needs as
Stander of the DLP in Walvis Bay, Na-         ruary 2008 the WWF LIFE Program in                Well, which the Club will assess with a
mibia, on 28 June 2008.                       Namibia had also secured a grant of               view to support in the long run. More
                                              USD 35 000 towards a new field vehicle            information on the Desert Lion Con-
The previous field vehicle for the DLP        for the DLP. When the LCCSA learnt                servation Project can be obtained at
was a 1983 Toyota Hilux acquired by           about this development, discussions     
Dr Philip Stander, who runs the DLP, in       with the WWF ensued to combine the
May 1983 when he served as a ranger           two initiatives. By combining the two
in the Etosha National Park. “Hagar”, as      initiatives sufficient funds could be ac-
the Hilux was known, had a colourful          crued to not only procure a late model
history of working in a wide range of         vehicle, but also to equip it with acces-         The photograph herewith is of Hagar the
conservation projects in Namibia over         sories and equipment that would great-            HiLux, the now retired field vehicle.

                                                     Associates Corner
 LA Sport Action Track Adventures is offering driver training on Saturday, 13 September 2008.
 •    Venue: LA Sport Action Track, 385 Voortrekkers Road, Gezina, Pretoria
 •    Date: Saturday, 13 September 2008
 •    Time: 08h00
 •   Cost: R969 per driver with a navigator and includes lunch for two people
 Bookings: Marius Murray, Cell: 079 498 9810 or email:

                                                                                                                        You gotta love
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AAWDC SECRETARY TAKES                        2. When in convoy, stay in convoy.               brought the point home that in front
CEMENT INTO LESOTHO                          After unloading , we turned around.              runs the leader, with a vehicle that can
                                             When we stopped to ensure that all the           recover i.e. winches, ropes and experi-
The AAWDC Secretary Nico Pienaar,
                                             vehicles get up a very bad patch in the          ence.
took 23 vehicles into Lesotho on 8 - 10
August. The objective of this trip was       road, 3 vehicles decided to start running        3. Always re-fuel. Generally we, coming
to deliver cement, blankets, clothes,        ahead. Not a major problem as this was           from big cities, think that fuel is available
Bibles, food, stationary to a little place   the only road, if you can call it that. But      at all places. When the convoy leader
called Letsobeng. The mission was            then, around a corner down a very                says fill up, then fill up. We had some
completed and 10 tons of cement and          steep downhill, a vehicle coming from            vehicles that were running low on fuel
other goods were delivered on 9 Au-          the front, pulling a trailer with 3 cows         although it had been made clear that
gust 2008.                                   on, had got stuck and was busy working           fuel is scarce in Lesotho.
                                             his way over a cliff. The convoy leader
From a 4 wheel drive vision, some les-       could not get to this vehicle to help, as        We had a great weekend, saw places
sons were learnt:                            these three vehicles were blocking the           that very few people have seen, did not
1. Never put fancy mag rims on a 4x4         road. They then battled to get out of            see snow really, only patches, did not
and go into the bush. We lost a rim on       the way to let the other vehicles                get cold and did not break our vehicles.
one of the vehicles as a stone punctured     through, who could recover the poor
the tyre and the fancy rim disintegrated.    bloke with the trailer and the cows on           Nico
                                             it. At least it was action, but also

The following is an extract which ap-        highly impressive, watching the IOC              Thanks to the enthusiastic members of
peared in the August 2008 edition of         members at work, always lending a hand           the ISUZU Off-Road Club, the Theetsoa
Leisure Wheels (Text: Danie Botha,           to whoever needed it. Others offered             children now have proper sporting gear.
Photographs: Ciaran Nunan):                  their help by providing cold drinks for the      What an experience. What a group of
Delivering sporting gear, including com-     sweating men busy putting a tyre back            people… and hell, what a trip.
plete soccer goalposts and netball posts     onto its rim.
to a primary school seems rather straight-   We were steadily climbing higher towards
forward. But this was the Theetsoa Pri-      the Roof of Africa. And, with this climb,
mary School on Lesotho’s “Roof of Af-        came the drop-offs—drop-offs so high
rica”. And this is how the Isuzu off-Road    and steep, one felt, if the 250 went over
Club spent 12 hours in covering 14km to      the edge it wouldn’t stop rolling until it
deliver hope and dreams to Theetsoa’s        got to Maseru, 100km away.
children:                                    Finally, at 7pm, 12 hours after we’d
After breakfast, the day started in ear-     started off, we drove into the village, and
nest with the loading of sand used in        called on the local chief. We were all
erecting the goalposts and netball posts     tired, dirty and thirsty, but very relieved to
at Theetsoa Primary School.                  have reached our destination.
By 7am the convoy was on the move.           We were up at 6am the next morning.
Heavy rains in the weeks before our visit    After coffee we started on what we had
had washed away most of the gravel.          come here to do. Every single person,
The section which some of the IOC mem-       man and woman, started swinging pick
bers referred to as “the highway” follow-    axes, digging holes, putting netball posts
ing a visit the previous year, was a boul-   together, inflating soccer balls, marking
der-strewn mess, with deep ruts making       out the soccer field, mixing the chalk…
things even more difficult.                  the school was a hive of activity.
Sometimes first gear in low range was        By 11am we were finished. Children
just not slow enough, so the clutch          were everywhere, chattering excitedly.
worked overtime. Some inclines were          Then the soccer balls came out… and for
so steep that the “spotter”, standing di-    a brief moment, it seemed as if every
rectly in front of the ISUZU’s nose with     single child had held his or her breath.
his hands as high in the air as possible,    Silence.
was not visible from the 250’s cabin. It     It was followed by more excited jabber-
was tedious, and at times, nerve-racking     ing, pointing. The same sequence fol-
stuff. The rear diff lock, which I would     lowed when the netball balls were re-
normally only use in extreme 4x4 situa-      vealed. And the cricket gear. And the
tions, was never off.                        bags of oranges.
By lunchtime we had covered approxi-         We were all tired, very dirty, thirsty… but
mately 5km, following two incidents of       the experience with the children that
deflated tyres coming off rims. It was       morning had made it all worthwhile.
OFF-ROAD RADIO LICENCES                             spects with the regulations as set down in          faults, and it is recommended that in con-
 It is on offence for anyone to operate a two-      the Radio Act. Members of 4x4 Clubs will            voys, the front vehicle always keeps the fol-
way radio without the necessary license, and        find that it is easier to obtain a license          lowing vehicle in sight.
in fact, also for anyone to sell such an appara-    through ORRA than through the offices of
tus without establishing whether the pur-           ICASA, although a small administration fee           Any queries that you may have with regard to
chaser is licensed. ORRA is aware that the          needs to be paid. ORRA expects that all             radios should be addressed to the ORRA Admin-
authorities are clamping down on unlicensed         license holders will use proper procedures,         istrator, Kim Carmichael, on 0861 393 272 or
radios, and we strongly suggest that you            and to remember that rudeness and bad               email:
ensure that you have the correct license.           language is an offense under the Radio Act.
The fines are prohibitive.                          The 29 MHz band is a shared band, and users
                                                    should always afford anyone using the chan-
ORRA holds some licenses from the Inde-             nel the same courtesy as they would expect.
pendent Communications Authority of South
Africa (ICASA), and provides these licenses          On extended trips, in convoy, the correct
to members on behalf of ICASA. Through              use of radios ensure that all in the convoy
ORRA the application for licenses is made           can keep in contact with one another. In
much easier while ORRA abides in all re-            spite of this, radios do sometimes develop

OFF-ROAD RESCUE UNIT                                Rescue Services, The South African                  - You are part of the action and really
ORRU has a permanent team of volunteers,            Airforce, as well as the South African              helping.
who are all members of the 4x4                      Police.                                             What do I need?
club and who utilize their own time and             The unit also likes to work closely                 · An off-road vehicle.
equipment to assist in the event of disaster        with the Conservation unit and to assist            · An ability to drive it skillfully.
or search and rescue.                               them when necessary.                                · A radio and a cellphone.
They have built up an outstanding track             The ORRU is actively recruiting new                 · A basic first-aid kit.
record over the years and have played a             members.                                            · Suitable clothing for cold and wet
vital role in saving lives. The objective           Why should I volunteer?                             weather.
of the club, is to assist when and where            - 4x4 Owners have a poor public                     How do I sign up?
possible. The prime objective is to provide         image. This is a chance to prove otherwise.         Contact Ivor Rimmer:
efficient, logistical support, either               - Your support can and will make a        
by means of off road transport or                   difference. Safely and quickly, people
communications.                                     and equipment can be moved from
As all the vehicles are equipped with               command or staging areas, closer to
VHF radios, they are able to assist with            where it is required. Food and drinks
the relaying of radio communications in             can be taken to where the action is.
difficult areas and between different               Tired and hungry people can be
organizations on land, sea and air. The             brought back for food and rest.
ORRU works closely with organizations               - You get to drive your vehicle to
like The Mountain Club of South                     places you might not normally be
Africa, National Sea Rescue, Metro                  allowed to go.

                                                         AAWDC benefit statement
The Association of AllWheel Drive Clubs of Southern Africa (AAWDC) had its inaugural meeting in1993. It was formed by the three major Four
Wheel Drive Clubs in South Africa: the Four Wheel Drive Club of Southern Africa, the S.A. Jeep Club and the Land Rover Owners Club of Southern Africa.
Today the Member Clubs and Associates are spread over all the provinces of South Africa, Swaziland and Botswana.
To promote and support the activities and interests of “all wheel drive clubs in Southern Africa”. ( Herein after referred to as 'Clubs') Also, who are
members of the Association, relating to the protection, preservation and conservation of our fauna & flora, natural resources and places of off-road
recreation, in Southern Africa.
The ancillary objectives of the Association are:
· To have a voice and to liaise with any person, body, authority or Government structure for the purpose of achieving the main objective of the
Association, including but not limited to:
1. The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.
2. Road Traffic authorities.
3. Civil Defence authorities.
4. Nature Conservation authorities and bodies.
· To institute a code of conduct for the members of the member Clubs.
· To promote safe practices and procedures with member Clubs.
· To gather and supply information to members of the Association.
· To establish or to assist in establishing new Clubs.
· To co-ordinate and encourage Clubs to get involved in Civil Defence/Search and Rescue.
· To communicate and benchmark on a global & local level with associations, member clubs, associate members and other decision makers on
matters relating to the all wheel drive vehicles and outdoor lifestyles.
· To professionally develop a Driver Competency Qualification Program, Driver Training Program and Instruction Manual.
· To develop, maintain and promote an Associate program where related businesses can join the AAWDC as Associated members to the benefit of
those Associates and the AAWDC member clubs.

Clubs or individuals who are interested to join or want more information on the AAWDC, can forward their request to
Isla Blasa at 08611 AAWDC or

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