News from David in the Variety Club Event

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 14:57
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HI all,
Have you been looking at the Satellite Map page tracking the Variety Club event that is currently going on in the Pilbara?

The map will not report a position if it hasn't moved more than 20km since the last transmission, so don't panic if you can't see all 4 transmissions each day, plus whilst the site had a few time outs over the last few days we missed some of the transmissions, however have had them resent to the server so all the orange dots for each transmission should be viewable now.

Have been talking to him over the HF radio telephone (we use Radtel) quite successfully day and night and just had a mobile phone call as they passsed through the Telfer mine area, having just had 2 great nights out in the Ruddall River National Park. The weather is apparently magnificent. In typical Variety Club style, they deviate off the main tracks and use scrub tracks so couldn't tell me much about the Talawanna from Newman into Ruddall River other than it was just a big wide dirt highway for the 10mins he was on it. He isn't enjoying the convoy of dust however. There are more vehicles than at first expected - 39 vehicles apparently. I'm sure all of you could appreciate how awful that must be and the route is via as many obstacles the survey leader could find. No vehicle problems from the ExplorOz event vehicle, however in the pack there have been supsensions problems, the usual tyre problems and more. They are headed to Marble Bar tonight and having a fancy dress night - Theme - Beach Party. (bit of a joke given Marble Bar as a reputation as the hottest/driest town in Australia and no where near the coast). Tomorrow he's off to Indee Station and a pretty serious river crossing apparently in the scrub on the way up to Port Hedland where they have another fancy dress night - Black Tie (yes suits are packed).

Will give you another update when I hear some news. He has instructions to write a trip diary and there are 2 photographers in the car so there'lll be plenty to show on their return.

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Reply By: mr diamond - Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 16:27

Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 16:27
has david thought of keeping track if possible of what suspension tyres vehicles are going well and what are failing.
eg so and so tyres had 20 failings so and so suspention failed
this would be the perfect opertunity to get some fair dinkum views on whats good and whats not.
then he can give a totally unbiased post when he gets the chance.
36 vehicles im sure theres a great choice of everything there.
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Reply By: Member Eric - Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 16:57

Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 16:57
Talk about been jealous lol . What a fun thing to do , I might have to get involved in the vic one next year lol
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 22:51

Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 22:51
Talkin to mate, he did the Kidney Bash 4x4 event the other yr, he said it was awesome... really got me interested.. I even got the paperwork and all..

But $$$ and work... :(
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 22:51

Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 22:51
And where he is now, is my $200 worth of fuel
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Reply By: GOB & denny vic member - Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 17:55

Sunday, Aug 01, 2004 at 17:55
goodday michelle
i have been watching the progress or lack of it for a while i thought the must have been sitting around having a big session on the turps but we must believe you when you tell us they are moving lol
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Reply By: Bitsumishin - Mike (WA) - Monday, Aug 02, 2004 at 19:27

Monday, Aug 02, 2004 at 19:27
Judging from the picture, it must be hard work driving that far backwards
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