Willem

Submitted: Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at 16:37
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While Googling for something else, up pops an old thread on EO by 'Willem'.
Ahhh, it's just not the same without him, is it?

And then there was 'Mainey'.
What was a solar Thread without Mainey!

Controversial both. But their hearts were in the right place.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at 18:23

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at 18:23
Hi Allan

He is still alive and kicking and drops into work and sees me when he is in Clare.

I know it was a management issue and he had one too many arguments and was banned.




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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at 18:30

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Yes Stephen, I know that Willem was not "playing-by-the-rules" but he was good value.
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Follow Up By: Member-George (WA) - Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at 19:39

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at 19:39
I agree, he was good value. Used to enjoy reading his comments It must have been fairy heated to upset management. Maybe he has served his jail sentence by now and allowed back on the forum ? Cheers
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at 20:12

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at 20:12
Allan,

Not as lucky to see Willem in the flesh as Stephen is, but am friends with him on Facebook, so read his comments regularly. Still writes a good yarn, but regrettably Father Time is not being very kind to him.

He & Judith have recently returned from a trip to the Cape, and he's has another "Datto" project on the go.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Oct 13, 2016 at 12:12

Thursday, Oct 13, 2016 at 12:12
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Hi Bob, I'm afraid that Father Time has a lot to answer for!

But it's good to hear that Willem & Judith are still 'out and about'.

I don't know about the "Datto project" ? By that I mean 'the latest Datto project'
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 at 15:58

Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 at 15:58
If you log onto Willem's website Allan, and there will be revealed the fate of the maroon and beige Datto, called "Desert Rescue 2015". It's a lengthy, but interesting but also disappointing yarn.

The "new" Datto had a respray and some minor upgrades while the Kempins were up north, ready for further journeys by Willem, like the one quoted by Maurice below.

Looks like Willem has some of his 2016 travels on the site now too.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 at 17:13

Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 at 17:13
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Thanks Bob, I do drop in on Willem's website from time-to-time and knew about the dramatic end to 'Datto' but was not aware that there was a new 'Datto ll' in the making.

Had also read-up on this year's Kempen travels and it makes me envious that we could not be out this year. But we are going over to Fraser Island in a week for a few days and beginning to plan for 2017.
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Reply By: skulldug - Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at 20:39

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at 20:39
Allan,

I remember Willem's posts from the early years of this forum and always thought he was informative and balanced.

Internet forums are interesting creatures. I'm an expert having followed three of them. This one is still my favourite but I did stop logging on for a while because of electrical antagonism.

More recently, I stopped following a popular caravaners forum that has been over-run by truckies who bait the grumpy oldies.

Not sure what I'll do now. Perhaps I'll buy a car.

I wonder what happened to Member No 1?

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Oct 14, 2016 at 06:07

Friday, Oct 14, 2016 at 06:07
Shouldn't that be "electronic antagonism", Skull? :-)

No.1 still pops up here occasionally, he had a thread on here a month or two ago.

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Follow Up By: skulldug - Friday, Oct 14, 2016 at 21:27

Friday, Oct 14, 2016 at 21:27
You are correct Bob. Even mentioning the "e" word gets an argument.
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Follow Up By: Member - Big A - Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 at 09:34

Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 at 09:34
It cuts both ways there. There is a "grumpy oldie" that baits the ex truckies as well.

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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at 21:03

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at 21:03
Mike Harding was good value as well!

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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at 21:52

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 at 21:52
Willem also does good work on the Canning Stock Route FaceBook site
https://www.facebook.com/groups/canningstockroute/



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Reply By: Sigmund - Thursday, Oct 13, 2016 at 08:09

Thursday, Oct 13, 2016 at 08:09
An opinionated boer.

Always worth reading.

http://www.kempen.id.au/
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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Thursday, Oct 13, 2016 at 08:55

Thursday, Oct 13, 2016 at 08:55
Good morning old son.
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Reply By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Thursday, Oct 13, 2016 at 16:16

Thursday, Oct 13, 2016 at 16:16
Speaking of Willem, Has anybody know the whereabouts of 'Truckster'.
He, 'Roachie' (who has started posting again occasionally) and 'Willem' used to get into it a bit. When was that?? about 2001 or 2
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Follow Up By: Gramps - Friday, Oct 14, 2016 at 21:13

Friday, Oct 14, 2016 at 21:13
Truckster is still around on a few other forums. He was lost for a while :)
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Friday, Oct 14, 2016 at 22:46

Friday, Oct 14, 2016 at 22:46
There also was another guy that provided a bit of entertainment "way back when".

From memory he had a business in South Oz??? and made rear draw systems and maybe other stuff.

Disagree with him and he wanted to "come around and sort you out".......LOL.

Dunno what happened to him. Maybe someone took umbrage and sorted him out.

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Reply By: maurice b - Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 at 17:57

Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 at 17:57
Yes Willem hasn't stopped exploring. Quote from a recent post from Willem on a group I'm in. ''Planning a trip up to my plaque north of the official Geo Centre for last week of April to first week in May. Will go north from Erabena Airstrip. Will most likely just be a there and back trip for old times sake. Have not worked out a proper route yet. Will be driving my 'new' 1995 GQ TD42 Auto. With all the rain this year the Simpson might be overgrown by then :-)
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Reply By: Member - Min (NSW) - Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 at 22:16

Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 at 22:16
I also miss Willem. Yes, he was opinionated and over the top and whatever he did to be banned was probably justified - but I still miss him.
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 at 21:12

Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 at 21:12
Enjoyed Willem immensely and this forum has not been the same since he was booted off. I have been a financial member for coming up for 14 years and I believe it has gone down hill. Why, first up the thread sit up is crap, you can not find any thing. Why do I still pay......because I can and I am a member of other forums where I enjoy many gathering. And do not get treated like "you know what I mean"
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