Bunch of Nissans on the Simpson - Any info?

Submitted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 20:22
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I recently heard about a "large bunch of Nissans" driving through the Simpson in July. Don't get me wrong. Nothing wrong with Nissans and nothing wrong with a big bunch in the Simpson. It's a free world.

We tend to adjust our route or schedule to be somewhere else or at the same place at a different time, when it's less crowded.

Anyone got any dates or details?

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Reply By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 20:31

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 20:31
Google is your friend

Bunch of Nissans on the Simpson
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Follow Up By: PJR (NSW) - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 21:22

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 21:22
I just didn't use the correct phrases.

The bloke who approved a warranty claim on a set of tyres told me about this trip. He is on it in a Navara. But I thoiught that he said it was earlier in the year to coincide with a certain "first date" etc. What a bugger we were due in Birdsville on the 22nd. Luckily we were not planning on stopping there and heading straight down the Birdsville track. Damnit? If I dont go in July then it will be next year. Hospital troubles mate.

Not my day. This trip has been delayed so many times it is unbelievable. Looks like the man upstairs doesn't want me to go.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 21:24

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 21:24
Are they using a bunch of Toyota's as back up support???? LOL

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Follow Up By: PJR (NSW) - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 21:44

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 21:44
Most probably because you should always have 100% reliable backup.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 22:40

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 22:40
Good luck PJR
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Follow Up By: Member - Craig F (WA) - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 18:24

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 18:24
Its actualy a solo run. The other cars are spare parts...
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Follow Up By: Member - G.T. - Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:50

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:50
Good One! Regards G.T.
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Reply By: Crackles - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 21:51

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 21:51
I can see why you'd dodge that crowd PJR. They still have room for 430 participants so must be aiming for a 1000 people or more! Imagine the traffic jam just getting out of town, the camping at Dalhousie let alone the queue over Big Red.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 22:14

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 22:14
gee I hope they have an overtaking policy, it was bad enough trying to over take 2 or 3 vehicles.

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 09:31

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 09:31
At $985 each I don't think it will be all that crowded Guys
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 17:24

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 17:24
Some may say alot of money for a vehicle inspection, dinner at Birdsville, a jacket & show bag. All going to a good cause in the end. I assume being a Nissan tragic you'll be there Robin? ;-))
Jokes aside I was speaking to one of the organizers & sounds like it should be a great event. Will be sight to see the ol G60 pulling into town.
Cheers Craig..................
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Reply By: PJR (NSW) - Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 22:40

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 22:40
1000 participants would be in Birdsville only I think. I am mainly thinking of the desert stuff we do not have time to stay in Birdsville on this one. And that is where the main crowd will be.

The Simpson is where the "minimal number" of desert crossers will be. But you will get lots of the 1000 party goers "playing" on Big Red and doing the crossing as well, on the way to and from the Birdsville celebrations.

So! We have three choices. Go next year. Go next month in August. Or heaven forbid put up with the crowds. The start and end dates are fixed and determined by my hospital treatments.

I do not have anything against the gathering. Good on them. But it has made things difficult for us.

Ain't life full of surprises.
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Follow Up By: RedCherokee - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 13:37

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 13:37
What about a 4th option? Change your route. If you do the trip in reverse you will hit Birdsville at a different time.

Not sure how long you are planning on taking for your trip, but you may be able to change what attractions you see this time around, so you can change the time you hit busy spots. Then pick up any spots you missed on the next trip. Better get out there and see something (even if it wasn't exactly your original plan) than sitting at home wishing you were out there.
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Follow Up By: PJR (NSW) - Monday, May 28, 2012 at 10:23

Monday, May 28, 2012 at 10:23
Can't do the reverse. Committment dates in Adelaide and at home.

We are going in August. Bloody well hope so this time.

You reckon having cancer is a pain. Try working around all the hospital appointments!!!!!! Aaaarrrggghh Don't worry thats me just blowing off steam.
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Reply By: Michael A (VIC) - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 00:15

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 00:15
The Simpson will be more busy than usual this year, which we should all be proud of.

We opened the dessert this year and here are some photos from our First Across The Desert Trip this year with Dave from Mt Daer and Vic from Great Divide Tours who lead our trip. Enjoy the photos

http://s1057.photobucket.com/albums/t386/Michaelca10/2012%201st%20Across%20The%20Desert/

Yep, the desert will be busier, this is food for everyone. Enjoy the experience and meeting everyone...bloody awesome.

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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 06:58

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 06:58
This might be easier.
Desert Trip

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Follow Up By: PJR (NSW) - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 07:59

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 07:59
Not really our cup of tea. Too much mud. Did a bunch of mud years back.

Where was that bus in photo 277. Also the bunch from 700 to 714. Where are they? Somewhere after Mt Dare I would guess. Photo names would be helpfull. I know its a big job and I hate doing it as well.

What dates were you there?
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 09:15

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 09:15
PJR,

To answer your questions,

The bus photo was taken at 29 37 27 S 137 32 39 E. There is no official name for the place but it is sometime called Plane Hedge. It is on the Oodnadatta Track after Marree and before Lake Eyre South.

The mud photos were taken around Freeth Junction.

The dates for the trip were 12th - 23rd March.

If you go into the photo properties of the photo that you are looking at , it will give you a lot of information. Time, date, GPS.


Wayne
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Reply By: Gossy - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 08:18

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 08:18
they're out there keeping the area clean and picking up Toyota parts :)
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Reply By: olcoolone - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 09:25

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 09:25
Isn't a bunch of Nissans called a "worry".

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Reply By: Member - Old Girl - Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 20:32

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 20:32
imagine the line up to have a go at big red
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Reply By: Great Divide Tours - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 21:13

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 21:13
Just go a week before all those Nissans and you will miss them, the Simpson is looking magnificent at present and all that water has now dried up so don't be put off by Michael's excellent photos. Wayne meant Plane Henge in his post too, you pass it between Marree and Coward Springs on the Oodnadatta Track. If you are having health issues, do it now, next year might be too late.
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