Corrugations Wanted!

Submitted: Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 17:03
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This might sound like a very strange request but I am looking for a badly corrugated road in Victoria to test a car - a 1970 rally Mustang!! Needs to be a reasonable length - 20kms plus. I can think of plenty interstate but I am struggling close to Melbourne

I am used to bad corrugations in a 4wd having crossed Australia multiple times in a Hilux/Landcruiser, including the Canning, both cars running Old man Emu suspensions and appropriate tyre pressures . No issues and understand the options.

However, we have entered a Mustang in the Peking to Paris rally and that is a whole new world - think no roads in Mongolia! The car is been built in Melbourne and what I am looking for is a stretch of road in Victoria where we can test and vary shocks/tyre pressure to come up with an optimum set up that will not break the car. No speed involved - all about survival and sub 80kph.

Any suggestions of your "worst roads" in Victoria appreciated...

Rob
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 17:38

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 17:38
Try the Hume Highway! Michael
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Follow Up By: Ken Rd - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 18:10

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 18:10
Would that be the Victorian or NSW side????
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 21:59

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 21:59
Our NSW side is pretty poor, there's plenty of parts that resemble a goat track only wider! Michael
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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 09:32

Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 09:32
I just drove Albury to Yass yesterday. With the Holbrook section complete, and just a bit of resurfacing going on 33 km north of Holbrook, the road is in good nick. The only hazards are: falling asleep from boredom, the average speed cameras, patrol cars lurking in foliage, and Cootes tankers.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 16:26

Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 16:26
Bob! I haven't driven to Melbourne for 4 years, so I guess it's better than it used to be . Holbrook was the last piece of the highway to complete but I guess all the towns are not real happy being bypassed ! Michael
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Reply By: Hilux fan - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 19:10

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 19:10
You could try some of the access roads in a national or state park. The ones around us can get very ordinary (Brisbane Ranges) cause Parks can't afford to grade them too often. Lerderderg is another option.
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Follow Up By: Member - john y - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 19:36

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 19:36
The Howqua hills road just out of Merrijig should give you what you seek.Corrugations,tight turns,length and plenty of ups and downs. Easy to access from Mansfield. Regards john y
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Reply By: Idler Chris - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 20:36

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 20:36
How do you think you will go against an 82 year old in a Leyland P76? (I assume Gerry is still with us)
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Reply By: Shaker - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 21:18

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 21:18
Tamboritha Road out of Licola will be very badly corrugated after this long weekend!

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Reply By: Ken Rd - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 21:19

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 21:19
I had forgotten that road out Mansfield John, great suggestion and good Pub - thanks!

As to "beating 82 year old Gerry in the P76", no interest whatsoever, all we want to do is cross another Continent in one piece!!

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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 21:41

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 21:41
It sounds a simple ambition but of course it is not. It should be a great challenge and a lot of fun. With two years of testing in front of you, you are giving yourselves the best chance of achieving your goal. I for one will be following your progress with much interest. Good Luck.
I do not know if you will have a SPOT tracking device. But if you do and you show it on EOTrackMe we can follow you in real time and not have to wait on the daily feed from the organisers website.
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Follow Up By: Ken Rd - Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 09:54

Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 09:54
Chris - yes will probably run Spot and will have a blog running somewhere.

Test will be this time next year "Road to Mandalay" - starts Singapore, up thru Malaysia, into Thailand and back thru Burma - same car but will be a much easier event [I think!] than Peking/Paris...

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 23:31

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 23:31
Some pics of a few Mongolian roads here......
http://epicycles.com/ ...about half way down for Mongolia.

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Follow Up By: Ken Rd - Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 09:50

Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 09:50
Peter - good photos!

Question, if you were to rate "Mongolian Roads" versus Australian outback roads, what would you compare them to in regard to severity ie "much worse than Birdsville"......

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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 00:14

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 00:14
That is not my blog Ken, but I am sure that Julian, the writer, would be glad to comment on that question if you contacted him.

I do know that they replaced all the springs on the Canter with new parabolics and new shockers from All Terrain Warrior after getting to Europe.

He is currently in Thailand, having just crossed Myanmar on the way home to Oz.

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