MINI CROSSES THE SIMPSON - WITH HELP!!

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 08:59
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Todays SMH Weekend Drive has the mighty Mini perched on top of Big Red. In fact it was towed there but the pic still looks good. Then there's the Yellow Bus but that 's 500 km from the Simpson. The park only opened on the 16th so this was a promptly filed story - one hopes. Links to video and 39 pix.....................W
http://media.drive.com.au/cars/car-news/mini-versus-simpson-desert-3148984.html?&exc_from=strap

http://news.drive.com.au/photogallery/drive/mini-in-the-desert-20120322-1vlw1.html
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 09:14

Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 09:14
Hi Warrie

Well done to the Mini, it would have been a great effort. I would love to be the first vehicles to follow behind the Mini, nicely fresh graded track....LOL



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Follow Up By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 09:29

Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 09:29
Yes some parts graded smooth but others severely gouged out with excessive wheelspin. Then there's driving on salt lakes too - but so did Reg Sprigg.LOL How times and rules have changed. Link to full article, video and pix follows....W

http://news.drive.com.au/drive/motor-news/mighty-mini-20120322-1vlmi.html
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Reply By: Ozrover - Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 09:42

Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 09:42
Yeah go the Mini, the trouble is that these gooses give the impression that this type of vehicle can be used to cross the Simson Desert & people who don't know better believe them!

With the help that they had (being towed most of the way) you could take the family sedan across!

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Follow Up By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 20:22

Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 20:22
Here here Matt,

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Follow Up By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 13:34

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 13:34
Yep Jeff
I went with the crew that took the falcon across the Simpson in the late 70's & it did well but we could of taken anything across even if it did not have wheels with the support gear on hand, & at the time, most of us felt it was sending the wrong msg, but we got paid & it was trip away so we went with it, some of us were involved with the denning bus crossing as well but hell every body shovelled & pushed that trip NO catering van with that one
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Reply By: GT Campers - Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 11:18

Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 11:18
That's cool!
Rally driver, journalist, TV commentator and marketing man Evan Green spent a lot of time in the Outback with Minis and Austin 1800s in the 1960s. Don't forget, VW Beetles won several 'around Australia' trials in the 1950s and 60s too. There is far too much reliance on hardware, and far too little emphasis placed on driving ability and technique these days!
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Follow Up By: GT Campers - Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 11:24

Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 11:24
NOW I FEEL STUPID. I didn;t check the Drive piece before I responded.
Thats NOT cool. That's just dumb.
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Reply By: Member - Porl - Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 13:43

Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 13:43
So, a snorkel and a lift kit and I might consider it.

Everyone read the latest artcile about the non-dual range gearbox on the new top range Amorok cause it's 8th gear is a low range gear. Now there's an enticing option. A clubman mini with a lift kit, snorkel, and maybe two low range gears in the one gearbox ... though I guess I may as well look at Suzuki sierra, cheaper too.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 18:59

Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 18:59
In Easter 1970, I drove a 1968 Mini 998cc from Coward Springs (Oodnadatta Track) to Billla Kalina Station and Kingoonya, with 3 people on board.





Exactly 25 years later, we tried to drive the same route again with the same people in a ''proper'' 4WD and failed!

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Follow Up By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 09:50

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 09:50
P and M, that's a great trip down memory lane. My Hema Aust Road Atlas book page 66 shows no track form Coward to Billa but you did it. How so and could it be done in 2012 or would there be too many forms to fill out? PS. Where's the front right guard in the lower pic or is the tyre just really wide?.............W
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 14:03

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 14:03
Hi Warrie.
In 1970 there was the remnants of an old track that ran along the southern side of the Margaret River, but much of it was simply missing and we relied on compass bearings for much of the way.
We ran twin 12'' wheels on the front in an effort to get some flotation in the sand. Not too successful.
When we got to Billla Kalina, Tom(??) Greenfield did not believe we had come through the way we did. He reckoned that there had not been a vehicle all the way through there in 20 years.

It was wet in 1995, but also there were some fences in the way which weren't there in 1970. The Greenfields were still there, and are now too.

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Reply By: Road Warrior - Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 22:51

Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 22:51
Umm yeah that "Mini" is the new Countryman which is an AWD SUV.
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Follow Up By: hamo - Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 18:11

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 18:11
I look forward to see all the abadoned mini's in the Simpson on my next trip.
I could fill up the back of the cruiser & sell the bits to help pay for fuel.

Hamo
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