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Monday, March 25, 2013

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Newsletter No: 100
April 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 (M) 0778.843.843 (P) 0778.731.288 
4x4 Club Website                 Face Book Site:             The 4x4 Zimbabwe Club - 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
We are there, our 100th Newsletter.  It has taken a long time, we wrote out first in July 2001 so it has taken us nearly 12 years to do 100.  The format has not changed much, is it getting boring, do you want a change??

It seems to me that we are playing with 4wd and gearboxes that our children will laugh at sooner than we think.  Ferrari have a 4x4 that has no front diff, a 2 speed front gearbox and power comes out the front of the engine to the front wheels.  Have I lost you?   And the Auto box, as we know it, is being replaced with CVT.  It is a set up of two gear boxes in one with two clutches.  God help you when it goes wrong and the gear change takes longer than the millisecond they say it should take.  I am an old timer and I like to have a fighting chance of fixing something. Even the old Auto box can be a worry, my friends have a car that is now on its 3rd auto box and they have not used it in 4 years.  All a bit of a worry when you are more than 500 ks away from a big city and that big red light comes on to tell you something you do not understand.  Keep fixing that old Patrol or Cruiser; you might be the envy of your 4x4 friends.

It is with great pleasure that I write the Chairman’s Chatter for the 100th Edition of the 4x4 Club of Zimbabwe newsletter, and my last as Chairman. Wow, 100 and still going strong, keeping you informed of the club’s activities, in this our 20th year. A huge thank-you to the Gill’s for keeping us all up to date on all 4x4ing news and info, plus all the workshop tips, etc.

Following the AGM to be held on the 24th March, I will be stepping down as Chairman, and I will assist the new incoming Chairman as best I can to the benefit of the club and all its members. I hope that I have assisted, guided and benefited the club and all its members over the last four years. We have grown from strength to strength and have brought new activities and events to the calendar for our membership to enjoy and participate in. Our financial position has improved greatly and allowed us to continually improve the site at Donnybrook and to enjoy our facilities in comfort, and to fund our events without too much financial constraint.

To our club pioneer 4x4 members, I trust the club has continued to perform its function as a gathering of 4x4 enthusiasts, and I hope all you Madala oiks are using the latest technology to keep up with us on our Facebook Group and I hope that you will continue to join us at our events to impart your knowledge and experience to our newbies.

As for the fuel price increase, there is nothing I can do about that, but I do hope that you will be able to join us on our expedition to Umfurudzi Nat Park in April and all our other calendared events in the year.
Happy 4x4ing and good luck to the new incoming chairman.
See you at the AGM.              Tim Thorburn (out-going Chairman)

AGM (Annual General Meeting)
Sunday 24th March 2013 at our Club Site Donnybrook
AGM at 11.00 a.m. and then it is play time. 
We need nominations for a new committee.  Be prepared to be nominated and stand.
You will have to pay your subs before you can vote and I know who you are so will be reedy with my receipt book and membership cards. 
Bring your play cars, chairs, food, drinks, etc. for a good day's fun. 
Be there, we need your attendance. 
A point to remember you can access Donnybrook on any day (unless there is another event on) to play for $2 if you produce your card or it will cost you $20. 

Troy and Adele Boshoff:  Troy came out to see the (non) Mud Fest and liked what he saw so has joined us as a member.  We look forward to seeing him out in his CJ5 Jeep.  Welcome to the club. 

Ray Walker has been at it again.  The Jeep has a new clutch and hydraulics but the Daihatsu Rugger has been a problem.  Met them out at Donnybrook where they were playing in the Mud that the Mud Fest failed to provide.  Seems the Rugger broke its front diff, replaced; then still with no front drive and the gearbox out they found a broken wire. This switches in the 4x4. Duh!
Flossie Greenway:  Spare a thought for Flossie who has been back in hospital for another hip replacement.  This is on the right hip.  All the rest of her problems were on the left.  Neil tells us she is doing well and it should not be too long before she is home again. 

SUBS:  Have you paid your subs yet???

Are you keeping a look out on our Facebook page?             The4x4 Club-Zimbabwe.
Members are always writing little bits and pieces.

There should be a short write up on our club in the April Issue of Ndeipi Magazine.  Suggest you buy a copy. 

Here is a letter from Rose Rushforth of ZMSF
 4x4 and Drags have special rates for “Day Licence” – in fact you do not have DAY Licenses, but you do need Personal Accident Insurance.  ZMSF has allowed the 4X4 and Drags as a “special” at $10 for a single event. The cover is $2,000.00 which is for hospital only.
Competitors may also take out an Annual Personal Accident insurance at $20 – the cover is $3000 which is for hospital entry only- ZMSF supply a card for this Annual Personal Accident Insurance.

The AAZ has had many enquiries about International Driving Permits   . They could not locate any legal instrument but confirmed that the SA Police are insisting on Zimbabwean motorists having an IDP. Many travelers have been harassed by the SAP, some of whom have paid a fine for not having an IDP. However it is not clear whether the ‘fines’ were legitimate or just ‘extortion’. It appears that whether or not there is a legal requirement to hold an IDP, on the ground the SAP are insistent that Zimbabwean motorists should be in possession of the IDP.   Apparently many Zimbabwe licenses are fakes.
       1.     The South Africa Police are insisting that visiting motorists should be in possession of an IDP.
An IDP is not a “stand alone” document and must be presented with the holder’s national driver's licence. The IDP confirms the validity of the national licence. 
IDPs are not valid in the country of issue; they are for the purposes of foreign travel. 
IDPs may only be issued to persons over 18 years old. 
The IDP is valid for 5 years.
In Zimbabwe, IDPs are issued at AAZ’ Branch offices – in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru and Mutare.
The requirements for issue are;- 
7.1   Production of a valid, original Zimbabwe driver's licence. (Certificates of Competency (blue papers) are not acceptable.)
7.2   Production of passport or ID to verify identification.
7.3   Two passport size photographs (colour or black/white).
7.4   Completion of the requisite application form.
Two services are available:-    Seven day service - $30   Express/same day - $50
Special arrangements can be made to issue IDPs to Zimbabweans resident outside the country without the need for them to return to Zimbabwe.
 Note: Some motorists have travelled to Cape Town and back without being asked to produce an IDP, while others only going as far as Musina have been fined for not having the permit. 



In case you were planning on using our Club House, toilets and earthworks we do hire these out to companies and outside organisations for $450 per day.  After the monthly fees we pay, wages and grass cutting, repairs and maintenance, development costs, the Club does not make much out of it, so we are glad to have the bit left over for general expenses.  We recently showed Liam Wilson of the South African "Land Rover Experience Kyalami" what we could offer them and he seemed quite happy.  They, in association with the Harare Land Rover distributors, would like to use the place once a month.  This would be to demonstrate the Land Rover range and they feel it would be most suitable.  Our site has been used before for this so we are pleased to see they have come back for more.  One thing we may have to do is create a "Track" for any 4x4 to drive round with reasonable safety, no bent Freelander bumpers.  If you do wish to utilize the track for training NGOs etc. please contact Kelvin or Tim. They will be able to advise on available dates, if another Club has booked Donnybrook (i.e. Bogwheelers or Main Track) then there could be an entry charge at the gate.

We told you about this last month and flyers have been going out.  If you want to enter please contact Pat Gill.  Contact details at the end under Committee Details. 

4x4 Club Diary -      2013
These dates change as the year progresses, but flyers will be sent out before each event.  Note the changes in yellow.
Event types
(A). Competition cars.  (B). Social event, any car.  (C). 4x4 Touring/SUV

MARCH      16/17             Arcadia Dam (C)                Postponed due to Elections
MARCH     24           AGM        (B)          Donnybrook
MARCH  29/APRIL.1        EASTER                                    Info only
APRIL                    17-21            Expedition   (C)                Umfurudzi Safari
April 27                           Night Extreme (A)           Donnybrook

MAY            17-18            Motor Show (B)                          Info only               
MAY            25-26           Bush Pig (A)                               T.B.A.          
JUNE           13-16            Bush Clearing(C)              Chizarira
AUGUST   3-4            English Rules (A)
                                  Jamboree Launch(B)   Donnybrook
AUGUST      12-13            Away Weekend (C)           T.B.A.
August         24 -25          Course Building(B)           Donnybrook
SEPTEMBER 7 -8    Jamboree (A)         Donnybrook
OCTOBER    11 -13           Matabele Jamboree (A)   Bulawayo
OCTOBER    19–20           3 Hills (C)                         Chinamora
NOVEMBER           t.b.a.            CLUB 20TH ANNIVERSARY
NOVEMBER 22–24           Dungbeetle (A)                 Mutare
DECEMBER  8                 Christmas Run (B)            Local
A = 6;               B = 5;        C = 5.  Events left this year

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  The 4x4 Zimbabwe Club – 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.

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

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