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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

4X4 Newsletter

Newsletter No: 97
January 2013
P O Box HG 594 Highlands   Harare   Zimbabwe                                     The Motor Sports Club House,  2 Annan Road, Eastlea, Harare.
The Chairman and Editorial Team:
CHAIRMAN:      Tim Thorburn                498723   /  0772.645.518           
EDITORS       Mike & Pat GILL        494028 / 0778.843.843 / 0778.731.288 
4x4 Club Website                 Face Book Site:                                 4x4 Zimbabwe
The 4x4 Club is affiliated to the Zimbabwe Motor Sports Federation - ZMSF
Our Club is a member of the Mashonaland Motor Sport Association Club House, situated at: 2 Annan Rd. Eastlea.   It is available for hire for weddings, conferences, kid's parties, 21st birthdays, etc.
News, comments and opinions expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of the Club or the Committee

THE EDITOR’S DESK        -   Michael and Pat Gill
Christmas is upon us and we wish all our members a Happy Festive Season and may all your dreams come true in 2013.  Drive safely.
Another busy year has flown by, or am I getting old?  We have managed 11 Newsletters and we hope they have kept you up to date with the Club activities.
As you see this is number 97 and we trust we will hit the 100 about April 2013 if the world did not come to an end on the 21st Dec. (My birthday – MG).
Your Committee has been active and we hope some new names will be involved when we have the AGM in March.  This is always a good social day out at Donnybrook so calendar it now.  See the 2013 diary.  It is good to see we are having six events at our club site at Donnybrook next year, hopefully we will have our own borehole in place by then and we SHOULD get that lovely stuff – water!

It is that time of the year again when I will be hounding you for your subs.  They will remain at $40 per annum but we have reduced the joining fee to $10.  The club year runs from January to December, so be ready with your cash when you see me. 
A renewal notice is attached at the end of this newsletter.  Please fill it in and note any changes of status, address or phone numbers. 

My pet annual push to get your Personal Accident Insurance cover before we start on competitions next year. We no longer need Competition Licenses for 4x4 events.  However you do need the PA Insurance.  Get it for the year and save all that hassle of filling in forms at every event and save yourself some money.   See the correspondence below from Rose Rushforth, Competitions Manager,  ZMSF.  I have the forms and can e-mail them to you.     Pat
""The Personal Accident form may be used for either an annual PA insurance @ $20 or a Temporary (Day) Insurance @ $10 per event.     All are on the same form to make it easier.
 We issue a card for Annual PA Insurance.   No card for the Day insurance
Regards           Rose Rushforth    ZMSF           Phone: Evey  746712   "" 
ZMSF Office, Motor Sport Club House in Eastlea, is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 1pm

Sebastian AHRENS: Seb has been the navigator to Grant Weare on a number occasions and now the "Bug has Bit".  Seb was out at Donnybrook on Sunday playing with his Jeep.  Welcome to the club, I know we will see a lot more of you now you have your own toy. 

This is more like EX members' news.  Two past members have paid us a visit and it was good to catch up with Frank and Raine URQUHART as well as Boris and Danielle KOSTRENCIC.  Both families left here more than ten years ago.  The Urquhart's to South Africa and now England and the KOSTRENCIC's to New Zealand.  Welcome back and enjoy your holiday. 

We all have a few old chargers for electrical appliances like torches, etc.,  and while scratching through these, the other day, I see that some were written 220v in – 12 (or13.5 V) out.  They are what you would use as a trickle charger.  I cut the special plug off, put two small clamps on, tested to find which was positive and clipped it to my Land Rover battery.  High Presto a new battery charger.  Mark the + with red.

Dungbeetle Challenge – Mutare Nov. 17/18th
We arrived early on Friday and selected a thatched gazebo near the Smallbridge Dam for our camp with the Benzons.  Sadly the dam was about 3 m low but the scenery was stunning. BJ and his party were close behind and then the crowd arrived. 19 entries and Mike Maas started to worry about how they would cope.  They did and the trials started in good time on Saturday morning.  With the low lake water is was inevitable that we would use the dry lake shore, fine till a car sank to the chassis.  No problem, drag it out and change the track!
The tests made good use of the steep hills and small rocks and tree stumps which held some people up for a while.  Nobody fell over and only a couple of breakages meant some dirty hands for a while.
A quick rain storm wet us for about 30 minutes, then the sun came out and the next 24 hrs the sky was clear.  Lucky because for entertainment there was an "Along the Lake Shore Mud Run".  The first few cars took the driest looking part and sank.  Even the 4WD Tractor had a problem pulling them out.  Somehow Lisbeth Kirk got pass the best only to have Pani Dobropoulos fly past and head into the trees at the end.
Prize Giving was the usual noisy affair and after the Mutare Boys winning our Bush Pig they got well beaten by the Kirk family and Adrian Watt.  This meant 5 Cournils at the top.  Note that some of the drivers were Kirk family members out from Denmark on holiday.
Mark drove my "Alley Cat" V8 Lightweight; we had a lot of fun, except with the tight corners which caused us to rack up a score the Zimbabwe Cricket team would have enjoyed. 

After a cryptic instruction and question sheet took you round parts of Harare that you never see we had to try our hand at Golf.  This was even worse than the last time I played when on honeymoon.  I got the prize for the shortest drive.
Fishing was out of a boat on a trailer with a magnet on the line, Shooting was with an air rifle that missed more beer tins than it hit and Huntin was naming pictures of birds and animals hidden in the garden.  The Attwell's provided a fantastic roast pig and we explored Malcolm's junk yard with "Future Projects" under the trees.  A great day, won by the Thorburn family.  Lots of goodies for the SOAP and $475 cash too.  Well done and S.O.A.P. (Save our Old Age Pensioners) were extremely happy with the results of our fun day.  
We have, however, had a further appeal from Kathy McIntosh of SOAP for assistance.  They are looking after hundreds of pensioners who are in dire straits and have asked for old clothes especially men's clothing and shoes, in particular.  Some of the men at Braeside OAP Home are walking barefoot.  These can be dropped off with us or give a ring and we will arrange collection.  It would be nice if these poor people can at least have a pair of shoes for Christmas. 
Michael and Pat Gill  Phone:  04.494028    (M)  0778.843.843   (P) 0778.731.288

4x4 Club Diary -      2013
These dates change as the year progresses, but flyers will be sent out before each event.
JANUARY   27                Trail Drive                       Ngomo Kurira
FEBRUARY  17                 MUD FEST                      Donnybrook
MARCH     24           AGM                     Donnybrook
APRIL                    17-21           Expedition                       Away
MAY            11-12           Bushpig                            Shamva Road
MAY            17-18           Motor Show                    
MAY            25                Night Extreme and Jamboree Launch  Donnybrook
JUNE           13-16           Bush Clearing                   To be Advised      
JULY           13-14            Course Building                Donnybrook
AUGUST  3-4       JAMBOREE           Donnybrook
AUGUST      12-13            Away Weekend                T.B.A.
SEPTEMBER 15              English and African Rules          Donnybrook
OCTOBER    19–20           3 Hills                              Chinamora
NOVEMBER 22–24           Dungbeetle TBA              Mutare
DECEMBER  8                 Christmas Run                  Local


To enter Donnybrook Park on a non-event day it will cost you $2 per car, providing you have you membership card.  Non-members will be charged $20 per car.  You must sign the book at the gate and put your name, your Club and membership number.   Do not pay without signing the book.
Please note:  If you wish to go to Donnybrook to play and there is another event on, then the organizing club can charge what they like for you to enter.  They will have hired the entire complex for that day. Please don’t try and argue with the gate attendant, they will just be doing their job.  Either pay-up or go away and come back on a free day. 

Have you had a look at our Web Site?  Grant Weare has done a really good job of updating it.    Go to:
We have a Face Book site  4x4 Zimbabwe         

Motor Sports Association Club House

MSA Membership: The Club House bar works on a Swipe Card basis and any member of an affiliated club can join.  Pay your $20 Club House subscription and get your card.  Bar prices are double for non-cardholders. 
Hall for Hire - Hire our affordable Club facilities for parties, Wedding Receptions, meetings, seminars, courses and other functions.  Assist us in this way to obtain funds for the Clubhouse.

A forum for the club has been created.   Click on the following
It will be linked back to the 4x4 website in due course but register in the mean time.  Please pass this link on to anyone you think may be interested in posting on the forum.

CHAIRMAN                         TIM THORBURN                 0772.645.518     
TREASURER                         KELVIN WEARE                        0772.326.687
SECRETARY                          CAROL WEARE                                 0733.400.496
VICE CHAIRMAN                 MASS KIRK                                  0772.261.682
CHF MARSHAL/EVENTS     ROGER ELLIS                                      0772.219.154
MEMBERSHIP                     PAT GILL                                                                       0778.731.288
EVENTS / EQUIPMENT       GARETH GEACH                             0772.283.524
EVENTS                                PETER BENZON                       0775.009.218
EVENTS                                JASON YOUNG                                         0772.918.878
ENVIRONMENT                   MUZZA BLACK                                       0772.241.000
NEWSLETTER                       MICHAEL AND PAT GILL                                    0778.843.843

Till next time. 
Michael and Pat GILL
Phone:   04.494028    (M) 0778.843.843        (P) 0778.731.288

Greg Stead and his driver Mohammed Essa at the FIA Annual Prizegiving  in Turkey with Sebastian Vettel  .F1 and Sebastian Loeb  Rally

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2 Annan Road, Eastlea,  Harare.
Affiliated to the Zimbabwe Motor Sports Federation
MEMBERSHIP  RENEWAL              -         2013

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                    Annual subscription for 2013 is           US$40
Our Bank Account Details, if you wish to do a direct deposit:
The 4x4 Club;   NMB Borrowdale Branch;
Branch Code: 11106               Account No:  260066827
Please advise me as soon as you have paid, or we will not be able to reconcile the account and you will not get your new Membership Card. 
Pat Gill:           Membership Secretary
Phone:  494028          Cell:  0778.731.288               Email:

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