Tiny Grimstone President, Moreton Districts Off Road Club
H i all! First of all a very big thank you to Debbie for the secretaries report last month as I was away dealing with family matters in northern Victoria . What a breath of fresh air it was to read somebody else’s report in view on how the club is running . It does sadden me to inform the members at Eddie Carleton no longer holds the position of treasurer and will continue to do the job until I find a replacement he has resigned his position for his work commitments and general health and we wish him all the best and thank you for all of his work up-to-date and his constant support for the committee and club as a whole I personally thank you Eddie for work you have done and the friendship that we have built. The new data system is on its way. The committee has authorised the application to go ahead and will soon be rolled out to all the committee members for emails and access and the building of a database Up-and-coming events the Christmas party plans are in place the raffle is being finalised there are lots of great prizes as the tickets are only sold to club members internally please support this event as it is a great event and a great fundraiser for the club I would like to say thank our sponsors for all of their donations to be able to get this raffle in place tickets will be on sale at the next club meeting. All members please attend trip planning night so that we can get some good trips going for next year if you haven’t run a trip here and you wish to the clubs here to support you to go to that fabulous place to show it to other people that’s what this is about set your dates gather your information and come onto the next planning night and get it on the calendar In my final words, please support those who support the club Stay safe keep the shiny side up
Tiny Grimstone President, Moreton Districts Off Road Club
Hi all! Well I have some big boots to fill writing this report in our President’s absence. Life throws many challenges at all of us and our president is not adverse to his own.
As many MDORC members are aware our President and his family have had some very big personal family circumstances to attend recently so hence I am standing in to fill this void for him. I will do my best ‘cause he’s got big boots compared to mine, and those boots have given support to many club members when in need so I would just like to say that as a club we are family and to Tiny and Leighanne and family thank you for all the support you give your MDORC family. A strong club is testament to the integrity, dedication and commitment of its committee and this club is certainly up there. We have our little tussles from time to time due to the commitment of our committee members with their hearts in the right place to make sure that everything is done in line with their position of responsibility for the betterment of our club. As such I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all committee members for your continued commitment to this club for the coming year. All previous office bearer’s positions remained the same with the inclusion of Belinda Halpin as Fundraising Officer, welcome Belinda. There have been many wonderful friendships and bonds formed within the MDORC family and the unforgettable times shared not just offroading but at social events and sitting around campfires, the sharing and caring are great rewards for our committee and give us the incentive to continue to build and maintain a solid structure for all our club members to enjoy. This all happens under the great leadership of our President, thank you Tiny. Another great President’s Night was enjoyed by all in attendance. A big shout out to Simon and Emily again for hosting another great night which resulted in the following awards being handed out.
MDORC Clubbie of the Year went to John and Lorraine Lynch, your dedication and hard work is very much appreciated in all that you do, THANK YOU
Trip Leader award went to Simon and Emily for some spectacular trips showcasing this wonderful country and the people and characters who make it so great. Rookie of the Year award went to Trent and Teena Loxton, as new club members for this past year.
And a special Junior Rookie of the year award went to Josh Loxton.
Not much to report ……..
Debbie Sullivan, Secretary, Moreton Districts Off Road Club
We had 3 cars representinog MDORC at this years Corroboree, organised by the Mitsubishi 4WD Club. John and Lorraine were first to arrive Friday afternoon followed by Andrew and I and then Trent, Tina and Josh arrived Saturday morning. There were approx. 300 cars there and around 600 people. The event was well organised with a few things happening in the afternoons to amuse everyone. There was a food van, a pizza truck, a coffee van and some exhibitors with exhaust systems, roof racks and the usual 4wd accessories.
The trips began on Saturday morning with all us of doing different trips. The Mitsubishi Club did a great job organising the trips and the pre trip marshalling area was well organised and set up. Andrew and I had to drop out of our Saturday trip but did manage to tag along with our booked trip on Sunday. We did the trip named THE CHEESE WHEEL. All trips were named after cheeses in reference to the event being held at Kenilworth with the popular cheese factory being there.
Our trip spun us around in a big circle going through the local state forest which included some hoop pine plantations and rainforest sections. There were many hilly sections with steep climbs and steep descents. Some of the sections were very powdery and rocky making them quite slippery. We had 10 cars in our group and it was a great challenging drive that lasted about 2 hours. Very professionally done by the Mitsubishi 4wd club. All up I think we all had a great weekend and we all experienced different trips which kept the camp fire conversation on Saturday night interesting.
John & I did three trips at Corroboree, we did Cheese Wheel, Blue Castello and Tasty Cheese. Blue Castello A drive through native bushland, Hoop Pine Plantations a little rocky, hill climbs and a steep decent with a glimpse of cool sub tropical rainforests. This trip was very enjoyable took about 2 hours, Mitsubishi Club did a great job of trip leading and giving us a run down on the history of the area. Tasty Cheese This track started by climbing up into native rainforests, then through a dark Hoop Pine Plantation as well as some amazing rainforest areas. There was a hill climb some narrow sections and bumps and lumps. It was a pretty drive with some occasional heart stopping moment. Jo did a description for Cheese Wheel. All up we had a great weekend, it was great to get to know Trent, Tina and Josh Loxton. Always great to camp with Jo, Andrew, Abi and Lulu. Bluff Creek Campgrounds was lovely, plenty of amenities. Thankyou,
Click heFRASER (WOW) ISLAND! With a staggered arrival on Fraser Island, Ben, Laura, Kerry and myself and family meet at the Wildhorse Mountain servos for a 0730 departure, we headed off for our Fraser adventure. We had a short break at Rainbow for a fuel and food top up before heading off to the barge and with no Inskip casualty or stars (from our group at least) we made the next barge to the Island. We have arrived on the island and started our trek up 75 mile beach, only to find an unfortunate trawler casually parked on the beach, which enticed us to take photos. Kerry even made the news taking photos inside the exclusion zone. Shortly after we headed off again, only to pass the famous SS Maheno wreck and more photos. Off we headed again on our last stretch to camp at Waddy Point passing through Indian head with success and no issues, we arrived at camp around 2pm, set up camp by 4 with some additions brought up in the newly converted zombie trailer. Did someone say DRINK! The next morning we headed off to what was called a hidden gem and being a Fraser virgin we didn’t know what to expect driving through a burnt out landscape a dirty puddle and BOOM, Platypus Bay you have to see it to believe it. We spent the day here with lots and games (Thanks Kerry) and some drone whale watching thanks to Pete. Unfortunately the time had come to leave this little slice of paradise and on the journey back we found some wombat holes Ben 1st go, Kerry not so lucky, Mick lost count, me 1st go and so on. After that we headed back to camp. Did someone say DRINK! Today was the day for Sandy cape and something they called Nkgala Rocks, now that was fun with only 1 recovery we were not there long and moving again to the Sandy cape. Once we arrived a few of went for a walk up to the lighthouse which was to be a challenge for some, when we returned to the bottom we split from the group and trekked through to find some graves from the original light house caretaker and some old war trenches. After that we went back to the beach to find that someone turned the Hilux into a Lowlux. Bugger another victim buried, Back off to camp again. Did someone say DRI Today was rest day as such, a small group went for a drive the rest of the group went and checked out Champagne pools another Fraser gem, and a very little hidden beach were Anna continued chasing Anemones. Back to camp again for Party night to celebrate some birthdays and kids games night which they all had a blast, thanks Ben and Laura for you hard work putting it together. I might have a DRINK tonight. Today saw a trek through the inland, so we headed down the beach and checked out Eli Creek for a quick stroll through the water, then off to happy valley for a snack before heading inland towards Lake Garawongera, then moved on to Lake McKenzie for late lunch and a swim. Although getting there was a mission as Cornwell’s break road was very soft and extremely chewed up by holiday traffic, we had another recovery and a unfortunate slight bumper scratch on Kerry’s new front bar (whoops). On the way back to camp we had a quick stop at central station before our night drive back to Waddy point with our Christmas tree convoy. Really need a DRINK! Today was anything day, some went fishing and swimming other tried there hand sliding down sand dunes and others well felt the need to get buried in the sand we all joined up again for some group photos and some more droning, but not before Mick, Ben and took off with the Jeep which leighanne didn’t like, so she and Laura chased us in Ben’s Cruiser lot of laughs had by all. Later that evening we headed off to the little hidden beach for some wheel up photos and a small celebration. This being the last night for some we headed back to camp for a well-deserved DRINK! So with half the group packed up, off they headed home. With only Ben, Laura and my family left we spent the day back at Champagne pools for a swim and some lunch, later that afternoon we found out that Mick had some issues with his trailer on the way home, after a quick fix with his mechanical prowess was on the move again. Later that night Laura and I went and took some night photos with a short photography lesson we got some great photos. Since this being our last night, let’s celebrate with a DRINK! We all packed up and started our journey home, but not without the official stop at Eurong bakery on the way home. Since it was high tide and not being able to tackle Hook point we headed down the inland track to meet up with the barge for our final stretch. What an awesome week, this being my first time to Fraser Island I can say that I will most certainly be back and I highly recommend that everyone should go a least once, but with so much to see and do, it won’t be enough.
It was a good turn out for go carts. A total of 9 drivers and about 6 spectators. There were two 15 minute races where the drivers took to the course to see who had the need for speed. Eddie was one of the favourites to take out the championship however we had a few speed demons on the track. Both Trent, Peter and Daniel shredded the track and gave Eddie a run for his money. When the first 15 minutes was up everyone was treated to a BBQ lunch provided by the club. While our drivers were on the track our President was busy cooking up a feed for the hungry participants. Once fed they hit the track for the last time with everyone going faster than before. Too fast for Daniel’s cart though! His brakes malfunctioned and he had to stop and switch his carts. The girls were way out-numbered in this event but we did have two who gave it a good go. We would have had three however after a fall at netball I was too sore to drive. Nathan was a little disappointed as we had a side bet going as to who was going to lose and have to wear the winners State of Origin Jersey. Next time Mossy! We had many spin outs, dragging, close calls and “off-roading”. All in all it was a fun day out and everyone had a ball! Can’t wait to do it again soon.
Met at Wheel house Café at Lawnton at 8am, for a 8.30 Departure. We had a quick Breakfast followed by the brief. The information we were told was we will be turning left out of the carpark, we will be going across a Ferry and also traversing through a National park, which gave some people a taste of what was to happen, but no one really knew. At the beginning, we were told about a guessing game with a prize for the person guessing our destination, we all received one free guess at the start and from then on, we had to pay a dollar for every guess with the proceeds donated to charity.
We headed south with Simon making several detours to throw us of the scent and to keep everybody on their toes. After about 40,000 detours we ended up at the Moggill Ferry, where we all crossed in the one go. Once off the ferry we stopped at Beaudesert for change for Lions road and the national park. We made our way down to Lions Road, which is the road that was built by the Lions community on the border between NSW and Qld, which was no man’s territory. The road was built and constructed by the Lions volunteers in 1971. We stopped for lunch in NSW (Gods country) boarder loop lookout, which overlooked the mountain range of where the trains use to run around a mountain to reduce the incline and gain speed to get over the ranges. Simon gathered us around for a debrief and had us guessing our destination again saying the map that was in the park had our destination on it.
After lunch, we moved through the Warrazambil Wilderness to have a look at Mt Warning and the Pinnacle lookout and come back down the other side to set up camp for the night. We drove through some very pretty country to the entrance of the national park where we had to pay money to enter the park. When we arrived, there were signs saying that part of the road was closed which meant that we wouldn’t be able to complete our original plan. Due to the time, we decided that we wouldn’t be able to drive up and back and make our campsite before dark, so the decision was made to drive to the campsite a different way and set up camp for the night. No one had picked the camp spot at this stage, but as we made our way to our destination Anna had one last attempt and come up with the correct location. We made our way to Tyalgum, which was a sleepy nice little town which was our camp site for the night. We camped in the towns showground which had brand new toilets and shower facility’s, a camp kitchen and eatery area with bench seats and tables which came in handy as the rain came in that night. After setting up some people cooked at the camp site and some headed down to the local pub for a meal which had great meals at reasonable prices. After dinner, we headed back to the camp, for a few drinks, cards and a chat.
Unfortunately, Simon got called into work on the Sunday so we decided to have a chill out morning and to allow the camp gear to dry after a night of rain. Since the trip was officially over we decided to go to Nimbin for a look and to broaden our horizons, as we were so close. Driving through the area which was so pretty, some of the best country side I have driven in. We found Nimbin and pulled up and walked down the main street, looking at all the shops and the diversity of the people living there, certainly an experience. We left Nimbin and made our way home stopping for lunch at a service centre. This trip showed some beautiful country side that we have in Australia and was well worth the trip. This is something that I would like to explore more down the track. Thanks Simon and Emily.
H i all! Another busy month we have had.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the current committee for all the hard work they have done in the last 12 months you make the club run successfully .
If you wish for someone to be on the committee next year please fill out the nomination forms and get them back to us by the due date all members must be financial to be able to nominate and vote at the AGM . It seems White Horse Mountain is an elusive trip again, rain keeping us out !
I have made the decision to stand for president again this coming year if the members will have me Stay safe, keep it shiny side up!
Tiny Grimstone President, Moreton Districts Off Road Club
W hat used to be a cattle property is now the pride of a friendly family who actually bring their gear down from the house to enjoy their own creekside encampment. Running Creek Parklands is on a flood plain hence the portable toilets, but that entices a certain type of clientele that includes us. Lovely grassed sites in the open, under trees or by the creek offer spacious choices and when they throw in animal feeding, a fire pit and cheap delivered wood who can complain? It is dog friendly here and we had our share of friendly dogs with us. A cool and dewy morning saw us head up the steep and windy Bellthorpe Range Road past Running Creek state forest and in to Bellthorpe National Park. Green scenic farmland borders the road and is an interesting attraction before reaching the forest drive. Marcel took Matt for the mandatory hill start drill at Old Brandons Sawmill site while we others adjusted our air for a comfortable trip. Early days and Leighanne was smiling as the Jeep found the more direct lines through the mud. Others were happy that meant less dust especially for Kerry and Chris at the tail. Lush rain forest lulled the ladies and all agreed they should be the ones to clean the cars back at home. Sadly Sarah the photo bomber (notice how she always smiles for the camera) was to leave as Tiny had to come rescue the family due to a broken front uni (or something like that) on the Jeep. Morning tea filled in time and kudos to Trent for accurately analyzing the car problems and getting in touch with Mr Grimstone... that extra antenna on the bullbar helps with phone service... and then there was four.
Hi all! We have been so busy this month, especially with Clean Up Fraser Island so thank you to all the members and visitors that attended. The wind was strong, so with limited protection we set up low! We all enjoyed ourselves immensely and represented the club in a professional manner. It was great to see some of the kids of the club out and about having fun in our family friendly environment. The meetings about the ICT have been progressing well and the management committee are getting ready to set up a Memorandum of Understanding with the provider. Deb and I attended the Four Wheel Drive QLD Rep meeting on the special resolution on fees. We have spoken to the committee and relayed the clubs thoughts about them cutting costs and the resolution votes will now happen on the 7/6/17 at the 4WD QLD, hall.
The ARB open day was great and I'd like to thank all that attended this day to promote MDORC on a membership drive and building a relationship with ARB. The feedback has been very positive with lots of potential new members contacting to club. I'd also like to say thank you for your concern about my health after the jack fell over and dropped the cruiser on my arm. I was pined by my arm and this was very scary. I did have a wheel under the car but I could have done more to be safer. A lesson learned the hard way. Thank you Ben Clark for your help the next day to get the cruiser up and fixed for the Fraser Island Clean Up Trip
Please stay safe and tread lightly! Tiny Grimstone President, Moreton Districts Off Road Club
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