Preston Beach WA - Training day

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 19, 2005 at 18:55
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Did anyone go down last weekend?

Its a great day the local authority, council, & Opposite Lock put on training for drivers in their own vehicles in driving on the beach. This is so that we can reduce the damage to the environment and also keep beaches open to 4WDs.

I was amazed at the crowd that turned up and loved the demo with the snatch strap pulling the booged vehicle out - popped out like a cork!

Dian

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Reply By: PerthGQ - Wednesday, Jan 19, 2005 at 19:28

Wednesday, Jan 19, 2005 at 19:28
Hi Dian,

We would have gone down but didn't hear about it. How was the word spread?

Ta,
Keith
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Follow Up By: Member - Clive G (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 19, 2005 at 21:49

Wednesday, Jan 19, 2005 at 21:49
Same here,, didnt know anything about it

Clive
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Reply By: Bill n Di - Wednesday, Jan 19, 2005 at 19:34

Wednesday, Jan 19, 2005 at 19:34
They ran an article in the Sunday Times or Sat "West Aust" - apparently it is the 3rd year its run - but whether advertised elswhere not sure.

Contact Opposite Lock - they seem to be very involved in the running - Peter from the Bunbury store particularly. Really worth participating.

Dian
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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 19, 2005 at 21:50

Wednesday, Jan 19, 2005 at 21:50
Bill n Di,
It was advertised in the Saturday West Australian with piccys, most of the stuff that goes on around Perth gets a bit of a run in Rob Robson's column. He's obviously affliated to Robson Brothers and he likes Nissan's so he's got to be good...... Lol
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Reply By: Bill n Di - Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 11:21

Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 11:21
Who are the Robson bros?
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Follow Up By: Member - Alan- Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 11:51

Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 11:51
Robsons are self appointed experts in 4 x 4s and like all the experts good and bad stories are plenty.
I went to Preston Beach and wasn't impressed. The "beach casting" comp. wasn't a comp., just a couple of people fishing for tiddlers.

The beach driving training consisted of a copper or Opp. Lock employee checking you out and giving hints to those that needed them and lasted for around 5 mins. per vehicle.

But I was pleased at the copper that came with me when he said the 110 Td5 handled the sand in 4th low range much better than other vehicles he had been in,including his own Landcruiser! I must admit though Preston's sand is very easy to drive on.
Superintendant Watson went with one bloke and his Suzuki and got bogged on the track before they hit the beach even ....... driver forgot or didn't know about locking the hubs in!

Certainly the training wasn't worth travelling from the northern suburbs for but it gave the 110 and the cook a good run anyway.
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Reply By: Bill n Di - Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 13:09

Thursday, Jan 20, 2005 at 13:09
You're probably more experienced than a lot of the people that went - many have a 4WD and never even got off the bitumen and so it was a great place to take that first step.

Just like the guy in the Suzi - I'll bet he'll never make the same mistake again.

I still think it's a really worthwhile exercise for the new 4WD.

Dian
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