4WD Clubs in Melbourne

Submitted: Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 18:11
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Just to continue with some recent questions about 4WD clubs, I wanna check a few out in Melb. (SE subs). Not interested in BS- just a club where I can learn more and get out and about.... any suggestions?

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Reply By: Suzuki Viagra - Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 19:08

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 19:08
Between the friends I had (mainly into bikes and 4wd's) and the Suzuki club in Melbourne I could go out every weekend. Don't be worried if you havent got a suzuki - last trip we had a hummer as one of the cars. The club meets in Glen Iris which is inner SE.

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Reply By: Chris - Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 20:20

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 20:20
Just choose your club wisely...there's nothing worse than rocking up for a day or weekend tour and finding up to 30 vehicles plus. It just gets ridiculous especially if it's a run where everybody's getting bogged.
Also, "some", not all, co-ordinators for these events seem to get carried away with their regimented style of operation turning it more into boot camp. Do this, don't do this, don't speak on the radio unless spoken to, get permission from headman to transmit to someone else in the convoy. Fair enough when it comes to safety issues but it goes a bit far sometimes.
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 09:57

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 09:57
Couldnt agree more with this post!!!!!

Our club has rules on how many go on a trip, depending on the Grade of the trip... And where it is.. Also the trip coordinator can state that he only wants 4 with no trailers etc.. Its up to the bloke running the trip to run less or to the limit.

Levels of trips are Easy, Med, Hard, Mayday...

I'd like to see a club that carrys on like the dont do this scenario above!!!!! they would close in about 1 month!!!!!!! But I bet they are out there!

Again go along to the clubs, do a few trips and then decide... If your like most, join a few clubs...
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Reply By: LkPatrol - Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 21:26

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 21:26
Shannon,

I have to agree about the 'over organisation" of some of the clubs. The trips i've always enjoyed ther most have been with a few mates. Two or three vehicles is often my ideal for a quiet day tour, although the clubs do certainly have their place, so I'd reccommend joining one for at least a couple of trips as they can be a wealth of knowledge.
In the meantime, if your'e ever interested in coming along for a day trip close to Melbourne, send me an email on on lsking@optusnet.com.au.

Cheers, les - GQ Patrol
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Reply By: Truckster - Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 22:01

Monday, Feb 10, 2003 at 22:01
Yarra Valley is good...
Nissan Club is good
All Terrain 4wd Club is supposed to be good

There are numerous.. The ONLY way to find which one suits you, is to drop in and see, go on a trip or 2 with them.

All clubs have crap and BS.. ALL of them...Its the level you worry about.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrewpatrol - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 19:18

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 19:18
Yep the BS is everywhere! It's up to you how it affects you . you don't have to go to the meetings and you will soon work out which other members you get along with and which leaders trips are your cup of tea. You will also get more out of a club if you get in and lend a hand, or even run a triip ( with advice from others) it's a way to get your face on the map. I am a member of the Pajero club (even though I have a Patrol) and the above is how I've taken the entry into this large organisation. I've found that because of the size it's it's easier to find a niche.
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