Happy Easter, Another month down! What a busy month it has been with ,Clean-up Australia Day, Glasshouse Mountains, Mount Mee Night Run, Amamoor Creek, and those who went to Brisbane 4x4 show. With Wild Horse Mountain trip cancelled again due to the weather a few of the members got together and did a reckie up to Bellthorpe. We apologize for a late magazine, we are still coordinating the electronic version and the loss of some paperwork which had all the emails on it that we still have not located . Lorraine has soldiered on and produced a brilliant magazine as she always does. If anyone has found a list of emails for our members please return the next meeting . It also has been brought to the committees attention that the website has not been updated lately this has been a over site which we are now rectifying, our apologies . Please remember as a member of this club you have the right to contact the committee if you are not happy with the way we are running things but also please take into accounts committee positions are voluntary and I say thank you to everyone of you who work tirelessly to keep this club running. Keep the shiny side up and have a safe Easter! Tiny Grimstone President, Moreton Districts Off Road Club
Andrew and Jo was leading their very first officially MDORC trip, Congrats on a brilliant job too. At the start of our 4WD trek, Andrew and Jo had a little competition for all of us. What a great idea it was, we where gave a number of words which we had to take photos of something relating to the words and there was a prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Congrats to Kerry for winning the competition. As for the drive on Saturday we weren't short on scenic views from the Amamoor state forest, the track was a great drive making it a awesome track for beginners and visitors to the club, We stop by the old fire tower for lunch and enjoy the views as well. Amamoor State Forest weekend Like all the MDORC trips everyone have a great time with plenty of around the camp fire Saturday night. Sadly Sunday morning arrived and we said good bye to some of our fellow members and our visitors. Then we started our Sunday drive which I'm sure Andrew and Jo will never forget again after a little sideways action on a steep hill climb. As for the rest of the track we enjoy a number of different terrains from large mud puddles to rocky sections. Thanks again to Andrew and Jo for a wonderful trip.
Regards Trent Loxton
Well it was a rainy afternoon when we meet at Dayboro for the Mt Mee night run. The rain however didn't dampen our spirits. It was a good turn out with 14 vehicles. 10 member vehicles and 4 visitor vehicles. Some people said there was a shenanigator there as well, unfortunately I didn't see any evidence of that. There were many different makes of cars on the trip even a mighty 6 wheeler. It was a really good run up A Break and no one had any trouble. The tracks were a bit slippery and muddy from previous rain and we did encounter a little bit of rain on our drive as well. It really is a spectacular and interesting sight to see the forest lit up at night, also great to see all the cars lit up as well with their various types of light bars etc. WOW the lookout sure is spectacular at night as well - ha ha ha when you can see it. We all should have eaten more carrots as we are lead to believe they improve your eyesight. Well some members just can't help themselves when it comes to mud, puddles and competitiveness. I won't mention any names, oh all right then they want the fame anyway. It seems Leighanne & Ben were in competition with each other to see who could go through the puddles the fastest and who could get the most mud on their car. I have to say as I was riding rough shot (understatement !!!!!) as a passenger in Leighanne's car she would have to be the winner in going through the mud puddles the fastest and Ben definitely won the award for the most mud on his vehicle. No problems were encountered on the night run everybody and their cars handled the tracks very well. Everyone stated they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The visitors had a great night and look forward to going on many more adventures and trips with the club. The trip finished around the 10 or 10.30 mark. Thanks Gary for another pleasurable night trip and maybe next time we will see the werewolves, they probably don't like to come out in the rain, although some of the participants on the trip did some mighty good impersonations of the werewolves with their howling as they drove through the mud and puddles. Cheers KEEP SMILING KEEP DRIVING KEEP HAVING FUN!
Hi all what a busy month we have had Flannigans reserve Queen Mary falls 14 river crossings land cruiser Mountain Park Mount MEE Ricky A Bellthorpe Ricky Cleanup glasshouse Mountains And yes it’s right it rained Wild horse mountain had to be cancelled Poor Eddie The rain just follows his trip calendar if you need to know when to fertilize your lawn please check the calendar for Eddies trips Don’t forget the Fraser Island cleanup if your name was down for the trip it has now been booked you can get your merchandising from their Facebook page just follow the links support those who support us Magazine news the current printing company will no longer print out magazine The committee will make the magazine available electronically Thank you to all the trip leaders and volunteers for all the hard work you have put in keep the shiny side up! Tiny Grimstone President, Moreton Districts Off Road Club
Well that was a pleasant surprise. Two hours from Brisbane, 16 km north of Jimna, LCMP is a place worthy of a visit. Sure there is 4wd'ing but there is a lot more on offer there. It is bigger than I expected with a good variety of tracks from easy to difficult and enough basic facilities to keep most people happy at $60 pn per carload. There had been 50mm rain over the previous two days but none so far Friday so off we went. Really good burgers in Kilcoy and soon we were bouncing along the dirt road past the old fire tower near Jimna. Lower pressures meant a more comfortable trip in. You have to sign in and out of the park so safety is a priority and they make it clear with their few rules... no idiots welcome. The few cattle are a reminder of the parks history but now the rolling hills let them earn a new type of living. The green tracks form a comprehensive network over a mixed topography. They are interconnected with rougher, steeper and extreme tracks and all of it was a bit tricky given the greasy conditions. A large gathering of comp trucks were involved in a mix of off road competitions a few of us were lucky enough to see. We didn't need a competition to provide a challenge as the first green track we took was slippery enough for that. Cowah Creek was up and our initial crossing was up to the doors. Crossing two was up to Ben's bonnet with water coming in near the gear stick so we discreetly altered course. Chris was all class as he drove with Keelin across another shallow creek and straight up the steep muddy bank. Christine followed suit and after red lining her first attempt made it with a bit more momentum the next try. She put her partner to shame and he has copped it ever since. Craig produced a burping sound during his ascent and that soon became a bang as he debeaded and totally lost his front passenger tyre. Cooper thought it was all fun and a safety line from Daniel 's and Tiffany's mighty V8 secured him while the ARB double compressor soon had him mobile. Hang on... was that the same V8 that needed winching under Tiny's direction soon after, while Trent and Teena made it up by driving with one wheel up the embankment? Not to be outdone we watched in amazement as some of the great minds of the western world snatched backwards up a difficult hill while breaking every DA rule John Lynch has given us! A couple of times we found ourselves sliding sideways at the mercy of gravity and no effective steering or brakes. Next time we will go in the dry and that will open up so much more of the park to us. Tiny's rendition of Slip Sliding Away was timely and funny. Camp Road is a short steep gully and on the day it was fascinating to watch the more specialized rigs having a go. Winching and balloon tyres were common there. It seems you could be entertained for quite a while just watching the attempts on the more difficult traverses. Well... happy hour(s) and the fire are always the perfect finish for a day on the tracks. Check out Laura's spectacular shots of the fire with Josh's fire crystals mixed in. Josh has a special massaging glove too so he can come along on any trip. The night gave us a comfortable sleep... especially Leighanne in her luxurious new van. Before leaving we drove to Cowah Falls and walked,waded and clambered to the rock pool fed by the twin falls. Wonder woman herself climbed up to a ledge and leapt then plummeted into the chilly depths below. I have a new hero especially as I felt so inadequate being overtaken by the boys whose co Thanks Tiny for organizing, Ben for leading and the rest of us for being such a great group.
We had 8 cars that left the Kallangur Maccas at 8:30 after many of us replenished our coffee and burger addictions. This trip introduces new people to the club. 2 cars infact. A Jeep containing David and Sharon and a Colorado belonging to Garry and Kerry Anne. We are looking forward to seeing these guys on future events. We then headed south west for the Flanagan’s Reserve camp grounds. En route we got a look at quite a few out of the way places. Finally we got back on track and headed to the Yamato Maccas. Again to replenish our various addictions. We took an afternoon drive up Waterfall Creek road, a rather steep climb, which was completed with out drama, with fantastic Panos as our rewards at the summit. Camped that night with far to much fire wood. On Sunday morning we left the camp grounds and a pile of firewood behind. Commencing a 130 km drive to the Mary falls, stopping for a quick visit to the Maroon dam. MDORC TALK PAGE 6 Stopping briefly at the Mary Falls, some took a quick walk while others sat and enjoyed the hospitality of the local cafe. An hour later we set of for Killarney and the beginning of the 14 rivers crossing road. The main object of the trip. Second water crossing in and we had our first casualty, a Jeep. SURPRISE!! Anyway after another 12 river crossings we parted ways and all safely returned home. Have to say we all had a great weekend, and the planning and preparation that went into this trip was second to none. Thanks Leighanne and Tiny for another great weekend. Now back to work, sigh. Oh, by the way. The broken down Jeep belonged to our guests, David and Sharon, not Leighanne.
So here we are the end of January already. I hope everybody’s had a great Christmas and New Year were looking good for this year as we have a great calendar many great places to go and visit thank you to all the trip leaders that got out over Christmas and did the Rekkies for the up-and-coming trips and those who went with the trip leaders as support. On a sad note we have a few members going through some hard times it is great to see the support of other members towards people in need and if there is anything the club can do for these people please reach out to us for help Please support those who support us Keep the shiny side up,
Tiny Grimstone, President, Moreton Districts Off Road Club.
Well a big month, trip planning night was a success with calendar filling up quickly! Sorry I was not able to attend as it was Anna,s 18 Birthday Party. The Christmas party what can I say the night went off with out a hitch, thank you to Eddie and Laurraine for organizing the event. The food was excellent. All the other members stepped up to help make the night one to remember . Thanks to all the sponsors for the donations for the Christmas raffle. Keep your eyes open over Christmas on our Facebook page in case someone is going up the beach or out in the bush if you’re looking at tagging along. So Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to you all, see you next year out on the tracks! Keep The shiny side up!
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
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