Weak city cars on bush tracks

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I met this jackeroo/cook on the Nullabor, who along with his dangerously wild dingo-Rottweiler cross dog, kills wild pigs with a kitchen knife. The dog named Saint grabs the boar by the ear while the man moves in the knife. It's team work.

He drives a two-wheel drive low clearance elderly ute.

In my mind, he and others who drive weak city cars on bush tracks are the real heroes of outback travel. Along with Aboriginals in their clapped-out bombs. And of course, Mick Olsen and his group. These people learn the lay of the land and take appropriate precautions.

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Reply By: Honky - Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 13:04

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 13:04
Yes, it would be great to sit around a campfire at night and listen to his stories.

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Reply By: allein m - Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 13:45

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 13:45
Mick have you seen a ABC tv show Bush mechanics it is on utube

they really know how to fix a car
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Reply By: olcoolone - Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 14:00

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 14:00
Soooooo....... Reg Sprigg and Len Beadell not hero's?
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 17:36

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 17:36
I don't consider myself a hero but I used to drive on the tracks out from Woomera in the fifties in a low clearance city ute.......... an FJ Holden. It did a great job.
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Follow Up By: doug v - Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 18:11

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 18:11
what weak city cars- that's all we had once, they got the job done too
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 18:25

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 18:25
Nothing wrong with weak city cars on bush tracks :-)
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 19:20

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 19:20
Thought the Corolla would be along shortly, Phil :-)

Good one, might even know that "floodway" from years ago.

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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 20:40

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 20:40
I'm becoming too predictable ;-)
But I've dug out the RACQ map from 1978 - "Central West and Gulf District Map" and reckon this was somewhere around Hamilton Creek. This stretch of dirt from Winton to Boulia was sold to me as the wet weather road - a lot better to do this 70k than the 200+k of dirt from Winton to Mount Isa. Two bikes came along and helped me dig it out.

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Reply By: BarryR1 - Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 21:29

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 21:29
Why are the drivers of weak city cars the real hero's of outback travel Mick? (Mick O, I know you and your mates drive non weak city cars so you're off the hook)


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Reply By: Member - VickiW - Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 22:31

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 22:31
hmmm.. not always so wonderful ... having once towed one of these "weak city cars" many kms to their campsite (after they had already abandoned one vehicle & were probably going to do the same to the 3rd very sick sounding vehicle).
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 23:04

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 23:04
Hi Mick

Yes there are indeed some real great characters out there for sure. Not sure where you are from, but i could give you another great contact from a couple that I know and live not far from where I live in Clare South Australia.

The couple that I am referring to where the ones that made the Nippon Highway in Western Australia back in the 1970's. One EO Member has already been in contact with me and had made contact with them.

If you would like to find out any more, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me.


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Follow Up By: noggins - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 11:05

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 11:05
Don't you just hate the fact that a lot of early driving in Aus was with T and A Models , Chevs and the such like.
Man they even had wooden spoked wheels

They all should have waited till someone developed a rugged off roader and done the job properly



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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 13:14

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 13:14
Some may not know that the first car to the top of Cape York in 1928 was a 7hp Baby Austin.
They did not have much trouble with corrugations........... most of the trip was along horse pads.

Incidentally, my first car was a 1927 baby Austin 7, but I never drove it to Cape York.
No, I didn't buy it from new! Bought it in 1949.
The "shock absorbers" were simple fibre friction pads but worked, sort of!

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Reply By: Ozrover - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 13:56

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 13:56
In the late sixties & early to late seventies then into the eighties, my father & I, then mates & I (when legal ;) ) used to do a lot of Rabbit, Fox, Roo & Pig shooting in central & western NSW.

We never had 4wds, only 2wd Holden's & Fords, yes we'd get bogged occasionally & on one memorable occasion I managed to drive the HQ into a ravine bending the gearbox cross member, that was fixed with a hot fire & by a lot of belting with the back of an axe.

Never had had fridges, just eskys, no fancy swags, just canvas tarps & maybe a flash pup tent if it rained.

Always had a ball, now it seems that we "need" every modern appliance to get by, we seem to have to load ourselves down to the point where we need to get a bigger 4wd every year.

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Reply By: pmk03 - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 14:45

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 14:45
We've gone from Weak Cars & Tough People
To Tougher Cars & Weaker People
& we still get into trouble sometimes .............

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Follow Up By: Steve - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 20:00

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 20:00
as my kids might say;

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or maybe:

"am loving this thread"



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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 08:34

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 08:34
No, we've gone from tough 2wd cars, to light rubbish AWD cars, the only way to get something that may handle rough off road conditions is to get a "proper" 4wd, then modify it so it has half a chance of surviving!

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