Outback Legend Killed

Submitted: Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 18:43
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Hi All

I do not know if this has been reported Nationally, but Outback Roadhouse owner and legend, Adam Plate of the Pink Roadhouse in Oodnadatta was killed today in the car he was driving in the Adelaide Targa event.

Deepest Sympathy to his family.



R.I.P Adam




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Reply By: Member - Outback Gazz - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 19:04

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 19:04
Stephen

That's sad !

I was up that way in March this year ( stinking hot and quite humid ) with a group of Japanese people and the roadhouse was closed on the weekend for the summer season. Linnie and Adam saw us refuelling from our jerry cans and opened up the pumps for us. They saw how the Japanese were struggling a bit with the heat and let everyone use their swimming pool and let us have our lunch beside the pool under their pergola - outback hospitallity at it's best !!

The Japanese were extremely grateful.



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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 19:09

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 19:09
Hi Gazz

Adam was always very helpful and he will be greatly missed and what he did for your group, was typical of what he would do when he would see someone in trouble or under stress.



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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 20:02

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 20:02
Stephen, that's really sad.

I did see a news item but it did not name the driver.

My sincere sympathy to his family and associates.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 20:07

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 20:07
Hi Allan

It was reported on the local Channel 7 News, yet the local ABC News only mentioned that a driver was killed, and did not mention any names.

He will be sadly missed.



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Reply By: gordon_adel - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 20:59

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 20:59
Wow, so sad. I just came back from the targa event in norwood and there certainly was some sad people there.

I know the pink roadhouse was for sale. I've heard the wife wanted to sell but Adam did not.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 21:44

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 21:44
Hi Gordon

It would have been a very sad affair indeed, and to think that the navigator walked away from the crash.


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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 22:10

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 22:10
Thats so Tragic. Adam was a legend - opened up the Simpson Desert to 4wders. Put in the signs, made it safe, offered great advice, set up ther own 1800 number, fixed tyres, collected all the vehicles that rolled over on those tracks, etc etc etc

Like Gazz above, our family was able to use their swimming pool when we stopped there for lunch and fuel on a hot day in 1990. We've been through many times since and always stopped there. Had some oodnaburgers 2 weeks ago.

Hard to imagine Oodnadatta without Adam.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 22:23

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 22:23
Hi Phil

He sure was a legend in his own right and will be greatly missed.



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Reply By: Ross M - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 22:53

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 22:53
I was able help a very badly injured mcycle rider 45km south of Oodna, Finke week, and Adam came out with his ute to pick up the smashed bike while the rider went to hospital.
Linnie I talked to via UHF to get the ambulance.
Both lovely people.
Adam really knew his work and helped many.
He helped put everything right that he could.

A sad loss.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 23:12

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 23:12
Hi Ross

I think that we are all lost for words about a true Outback legend and like you say, it is a very sad loss.


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Reply By: Peter K18 - Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 23:22

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 23:22
Adam and Linnie - you have guided so many through the spirit of the outback.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 09:51

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 09:51
Hi Peter

Well said and it will never be the same without Adam.


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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 01:32

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 01:32
Thanks for informing us of this Stephen, I did hear it on the news but it was just a quick snippet and no names given.
So sad to hear of his passing, I well remember both he and his wife when we went through Oodnadatta a couple of years ago.

Deepest sympathy to his family...
RIP

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 09:55

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 09:55
Hi Deanna

The local Channel 7 New gave an insight into Adam, and even mentioned that his son was also killed a few years ago in a car accident also.


Thanks for your reply.




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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 12:36

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 12:36
That is so sad, that poor family, it would be hard enough losing one to a vehicle accident but to lose two in separate accidents would be just awful.....
Thanks again for the info Stephen.

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Reply By: Member - Richard W (NSW) - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 04:33

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 04:33
Stephen,

Very sad. I have fond memories having stayed at the roadhouse a few times.
My condolences to the family.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 09:58

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 09:58
Hi Richard


It is indeed a great loss and Oodnadatta will never be the same again without Adam.



Thanks for your thoughts.



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Reply By: Members Pa & Ma. - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 08:48

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 08:48
Thankyou Stephen. Our condolences to the family. Very sad, they've been there for travelers for a very long time.
Special thoughts to Lynn at this extremely stressful time.
Take care. Ma & Pa.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 10:02

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 10:02
Hi Ma

It will now be a very stressful time for Lynnie and she will have great support from the residents of Oodnadatta.


Thanks for your reply.


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Reply By: Robin Miller - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 11:05

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 11:05
Serious loss and so sad Stephen - was only the week before last we enjoyed the hosiptality there.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 12:06

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 12:06
Hi Robin

It is a very sad loss and to think it end far from his loved home.


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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 14:48

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 14:48
A shock indeed Stephen - I have heard it said that "the Plate's ARE Oodnadatta", such was their contribution to life in that town and the region...... the crash site is only a few km from my house - I've motored and cycled along that winding and tree lined road many a time. The rally comes reverse direction along there Sunday.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 18:47

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 18:47
Hi Darian

There was another story on the news tonight, and they had Adam and Lynnies daughter on the news, talking about her dad and how he died enjoying something that he loved doing.

There were also talks on having the Targa banned, as there has now been 4 people killed in the event over past years.



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Reply By: lancie49 - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 22:46

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 22:46
Horrible news Stephen.
I'm not sure what we can say under the circumstances.
I can't imagine how Lynnie is feeling now.
I've not personally met either Adam or Lyn, but I've heard/read so much about them and what they have achieved in their special part of this world, that I truly feel as though they are friends. Wonderfully dedicated people to what they loved, and still love.

Lyn is obviously going to be devastated, and I don't know what, if anything, we can do to ease that feeling other than be standing with her, for her man.

Adam was an amazing personality in many ways and the impact of this tragedy will be on our minds for a long time.

Adam and Lynnies Roadhouse is next on my list for a drop in.
Hopefully sooner rather than later.

Standing with you Lynnie.

So sad.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Aug 26, 2012 at 21:14

Sunday, Aug 26, 2012 at 21:14
Hi Lancie

Yes it was such a tragedy. The Targa Adelaide was not run today in respect of the death of Adam.


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