Nissan Patrol Simpson 50th Anniversary Event

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 09:00
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Just wondering if anyone here, is attending the Nissan Patrol Simpson 50th Anniversary Event at Birdsville.
Being a Cruiser driver, I will be incognito, with some friends in their Patrol.
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Reply By: steamfire01 - Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 13:24

Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 13:24
Not at the price they were asking !!!

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Follow Up By: Bravo Man - Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 17:16

Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 17:16
What price are they asking ????????

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Follow Up By: Member - res.q.guy (Vic.) - Friday, Jul 06, 2012 at 07:33

Friday, Jul 06, 2012 at 07:33
I have been invited , so not exactly sure, but I believe it is just under $1000 per vehicle., with up to 5 occupants.
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Follow Up By: Bravo Man - Friday, Jul 06, 2012 at 10:04

Friday, Jul 06, 2012 at 10:04
Thats a lot

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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 14:43

Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 14:43
You'll have a lot to stirr about Neil, given that according to a book called Dune is a 4 letter word', written by Reg Sprigg's wife Griselda who was there at the time, they drove a Nissan but there were 2 toyotas and an international as support vehicles. One of the Toyotas arrived at Birdsville 5 hours before the Nissan which had overheating problems.

Buy the book and take it with you. You could win a lot of bets on that trip and have a good 'ol laugh.
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Follow Up By: Bush Wanderer - Friday, Jul 06, 2012 at 00:29

Friday, Jul 06, 2012 at 00:29
If that's correct why would Nissan be sprouting :

"The Nissan Patrol became not only the first, but also the only vehicle to complete the Spriggs’ gruelling 12-day crossing of the 176,500 square kilometre desert and its 1,000 parallel sand dunes"

They state the only vehicle.....

But then state:

"Geologist and explorer Dr Reginald Sprigg, his wife Griselda and their two children, Doug (then seven) and Margaret (10), made the pioneering trip from Andado Station to Birdsville in 1962 in a short wheelbase Nissan Patrol G60 ahead of a small retinue of other four wheel drive vehicles"

And the Spriggs are going on this trip. You would think if that's correct that they would want the facts to be correct.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Friday, Jul 06, 2012 at 06:07

Friday, Jul 06, 2012 at 06:07
Dunno, who do you believe? A book she wrote 1 year after the trip or the Nissan Marketing Department, the same people who on the Patrol website desctibe the 3.0l Patrol as "Tough Rugged and Powerful. They're the hallmarks of the Nissan Patrol, delivered through a powerful common-rail turbo diesel engine". Or in 2008 said "the all new Nissan Patrol will be available in Australia in mid 2009'.

Get the book.

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Follow Up By: Great Divide Tours - Friday, Jul 06, 2012 at 16:04

Friday, Jul 06, 2012 at 16:04
Have to agree with Boobook, after researching the First motorised crossing by Reg and family and reading Griselda's book, it was indeed a Toyota that arrived in Birdsville at 10 pm with the Nissan arriving at 3 am next morning. All vehicles had some issues, the Scout the worst breaking axles and eventually diffs, it was actually lashed to the Green Toyota midway across the Desert and the Toyota towed it across the dunes (imagine that!) The Yellow Toyota lost 1st and reverse gear on the western side of the desert but still completed the crossing unassisted (another incredible feat). As far as the Sprigg family were concerned, they considered the crossing of the Simpson to be from Andado station to Alton Downs station and on this count, yes, the Nissan was first to arrive at a wind mill on Alton Downs station closely followed by the Green Toyota towing the Scout (like 10 mins behind them). The Nissan with Reg driving went looking for the Yellow Toyota which had gone ahead but missed a turn to the wind mill, Griselda and the children (Doug and Marg) jumped in the Green Toyota with its driver and went to Birdsville arriving there with the Scout which now drove on one diff only, arriving at 10pm to a warm welcome. I've written a yarn about my trip across the Desert, being the first to cross it in its anniversary year and this will appear in Overlander Magazine hopefully around October, there will also be a DVD on our trip released towards the end of the year by Lifestyle Video Productions, John Morton has done a fantastic job on the DVD.
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Reply By: PJR (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 15:29

Thursday, Jul 05, 2012 at 15:29
Luckily we heard about it.

We were due in Birdsville on Saturday the 21st. Hate crowds so we are now going to the Simpson next month and even than after the school holidays. Whew That was lucky.

Enjoy yourselves and for those into that sort of thing it should be a buz. Prices!!! Ah well. Just remember that you won't get a second chance. At least a lot of us won't.
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Follow Up By: patsproule - Friday, Jul 06, 2012 at 12:15

Friday, Jul 06, 2012 at 12:15
I wouldn't let that put you off - odds are stacked that several will grenade before they get there.

What? Somebody had to say it..... :)
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Follow Up By: PJR (NSW) - Friday, Jul 06, 2012 at 14:04

Friday, Jul 06, 2012 at 14:04
Mate I wont.

Ever since I was diagnosed with cancer life has really meant something. And I have a damned big bucket with enough to fill my cup. Bloody hell PJR is getting all poetic. Now that has to change!!

Canning solo drive next season.

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