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Monday, January 20, 2014

4 x 4 Club Newsletter


Newsletter No: 107

December 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:      Peter Benzon                0775.009.218            

EDITORS        Mike & Pat GILL  (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 wish you a happy and active motoring New Year may 2014 be a good year.

We hope our efforts at keeping you informed have been enjoyed, somehow we have managed about one a month and it has been fun, hard work but fun.

Fortunately we have a very active Club and we are financially strong.  We try to put on a wide selection of events and our addition of the letters, A B C, to show what type of event is planned on the calendar, is a guide.  It's a good help to the newer members.


CHAIRMAN'S CHATTER:        -    Peter Benzon

Hello everyone, Christmas has come and gone and hopefully it was a festive one with good food and lots of gifts. Now we welcome 2014 and hope it treats us well. We have got a lot going on this year but the most exciting is our 20th 4x4 Jamboree and we are going back to our old time slot of late May and preparations are underway to make the 20th the best and biggest we have ever had.

We are also in the process of revamping our website and big thanks have to go out to Bruce Grobler for his assistance in making this work. The site will be online sometime this month so go and have a look at

There are a lot of new features that are being incorporated in the new site. Now it’s time to teach an old dog new tricks and get our committee to learn how to operate the new site and keep it constantly updated. This should become a good tool in letting people know what our club has been up to and hopefully drum up some new membership.

Have a Great year filled with mud dust and 4x4 fun, Cheers   Peter



It is nearly the end of the year and I will be chasing you for your subs.   

 Subs remains at $40 for the year.  We will be there with the Receipt Book and new Membership cards at the Ngomokurira Family Day run. Have your money ready!!  See the Membership Renewal Form at the end of this newsletter. 





MacDONALD: Richard.  It is with great sadness we advise you of the sudden death of Richard.  Richard was an early member of the club; he joined in 1995 and had been involved in all manner of club activities.  He will be remembered for his knowledgeable talks on spiders; for taking expeditions on Pencil Line treks in the Zambezi Valley and for innovative camping adaptions to his Land Rover. Some will remember the creation he made called "Was-a-Landie".   Our condolence and sympathy to Judy and sons, he will be sadly missed. 



Yes, this does include the Comp Car you drag to away places.  We have not yet found the legislation to cover an A-frame towed Landy but Neil found the following for the trailer guys.   Besides your vehicle and the trailer carrying your comp car requiring the yellow diamond reflector tape, yes it exceeds 8 mtrs, the trailer should be classified as heavy.  Note the tow car must also have the yellow tape, not just the trailer.

 “Heavy” is a trailer with load capacity exceeding 550kgs and must have all wheels fitted with brakes.  A ‘heavy’ trailer requires a GVM/NVM sticker.

As the A-framed rig exceeds 8 mtrs I suggest you put yellow tape on the Comp Car and tow car to save being hassled.



A few tips for the long distance travelers, the trip through Botswana and Namibia that you have planned.

Water: We have found that small containers, 5 ltrs, are more easily moved, emptied, and refilled than 20 or 30 ltr containers.  When one leaks the resulting flood is less of a disaster.

Take a small roll of binding wire, a roll of Duct tape and Super Glue (preferably a new tube).  Even a burst radiator hose can be taped up and wired over, then more tape. I have done it and it works. But keep the pressure cap off!




 Many thanks for the Newsletter and very belatedly, because the people digging trenches for 'Liquid' have managed to destroy a cable,  it's proving a headache for Tel One to replace it - so not sure when you'll get this,

Just a huge thank you from us both for a most enjoyable and memorable celebration of 20 years of the 4X4 Club. Like you, we were blown away by the beautiful table decorations.  The whole evening was very enjoyable. Well done to everyone involved in the preparations.

 Kind regards,                       Sue and Richard Arkell





Please make sure you can join the Club run up Ngomokurira on Jan 26th.



Watch out for flyers they should go out soon. 

Sunday                      26th  January            Gomo Kurira

Saturday       15th February                      Long wheel base fun day / AGM D/Brook

Saturday       22nd March                      Corporate day / Night Extreme    Donnybrook

Saturday       3rd May                             Course building day                          Donnybrook

Sat / Sun       10th / 11th  May                Course building weekend to fine tune courses

Sat /Sun        24th to 25th May              Hp Lubes 4x4 Jamboree                Donnybrook

26th to 29th     June                                  Bush clearing 

2nd and 3rd    August                                  Bulawayo Jamboree                     Bulawayo

13th  14th       September                          Training day/ Junior Jambo        Donnybrook

27th and 28thSeptember                          Bushpig                                                       

1st and 2nd     November                            3 hills                                                          

8th and 9th     November                           Mutare Jamboree                         Mutare

Sunday          7th December                      Christmas run


Please Note some dates may be liable to change as circumstances dictate.

 Expedition dates are still under scrutiny





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. 



We have a Face Book site  "The 4x4 Zimbabwe Club – Zimbabwe"  which is used daily by members to keep in touch with photos of events, etc. 


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.




Till next time.                  

Michael and Pat GILL

Phone:   04.494028    (M) 0778.843.843   (P) 0778.731.288


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2 Annan Road, Eastlea,  Harare.
Affiliated to the Zimbabwe Motor Sports Federati

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