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Friday, September 5, 2014



Newsletter No: 113

September  2014


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

The Time has come, the walrus said………..  And the time has come for us to do the same.  We are hanging up our editors boots. And this will be the last newsletter you get from us. We are looking for someone to take over this lovely task. Yes it takes time but it makes you very aware of the Club activities, meeting interesting people and it widens you knowledge of the 4x4 world.  The other thing is the whole concept of this Newsletter must change and look forward.  We have been doing it for a long time and times change.  We feel sure that a more youthful approach would be in the Club's interest. And someone who can add photos!! 

Thank you everyone for your support over the last fourteen years we have enjoyed writing all 113 editions. 



CHAIRMAN'S CHATTER:        -    Peter Benzon

I would personally like to thank Mike and Patty Gill, our esteemed Editors, for their tireless work in putting together a newsletter without fail every month, finding interesting content, letting everyone know what is happening and chasing me for my chairman's chatter every month. It really has been good. Now we just need to find someone to take over this important role in the club.

We have a very hectic month or two coming up with firstly the motor show at Old Georgians, we are going to have a stand again promoting our club so drop by and have a chat.  (We just need volunteers to help maintain the stand)

Thereafter junior and ladies jamboree, guys don’t be shy to bring dads pride and joy down and have some fun. Then we have our Beatrice Bushpig come and enjoy the Beatrice hospitality and watch the teams slog through the hardest courses of all our events.

Three different events that will cater for everyone’s tastes in 4x4ing, please make an effort to come and join us. It will be great to see some new faces.

Have a great month of 4x4ing.                      Cheers,     Pete




We are up to 99 members; there must be one new member or even an old one who would like to pay their subs to me to make the grand 100 total before I hand this task over to Wilma.  Who will be your new Membership Secretary.  You will hear from her before too long about next year's subs.   



Kelly-Edwards:  Congratulations to Matt and Justine on the birth of their son. Will this be another budding "off Roader"?   Ex Members Quentin and Cheri Kelly-Edwards have been out on a visit from England to meet their latest Grandchild. 


From North America.

I'm just going back through my emails, and I never responded.  There is a good reason, in that we're currently on the road in Alaska, on a trip down through the Americas., if you're interested. We're in a 2000 Jeep Cherokee with a 4.7 litre v8 petrol that manages to make the most noise and consume the most fuel whilst simultaneously delivering the least amount of power of any V8 I've ever experienced! And of course next to the gargantuan Ford F350s so beloved by the Alaskan males, we appear to driving in a toy car, but there we go. Thirstiest toy I've ever had!   We will switch, in October, to a Brazilian-assembled diesel Defender which will hopefully cut our fuel bills somewhat (while compensating through dramatically-increased oil consumption!).

Hope to back in Zim by Christmas, at which point paying our subs will of course be a priority!

All the best,                   Gus LeBreton

You may remember the Gus and family drove up to Cairo and back a couple of years ago – some people do get around!


FOR SALE                

Nissan Patrol TD42 motor. $1000  Call Mike Gill, 0778 843843



Classic and Vintage free licence: Tony Golding of the VCCZ Called in at ZINARA Head Office and spoke to George Chamwaura (Controller Licensing & Transport). The Post Offices are not in a position to exempt Classics from licensing fees without referring them to ZINARA's Head Office for approval. George suggested that members with Classic Cars should licence their vehicles through ZINARA's Head Office in Glenroy Shopping Centre, Glenara Avenue, to avoid problems. The agreed date for exemption from licensing is: "vehicles which were 40 years old or more as at the 1st June 2011(made on or before 1971) shall be regarded as Vintage and Classic vehicles"

Thank you Tony Golding for this article. 


Changing an engine.  Because the Authorities make this so difficult I suspect that very few Registration records are correct when a vehicle has had an engine change.  It is not such an onerous task, we know, we have recently done it. 

1.  Go to Southerton Police vehicle inspection with the Reg. book, Documentary evidence, a completed CVR4 form and the car and tell them the story. They will check the relevant numbers.

2.  Go to CVR Registry, Forbes Ave. CBD and see Room 10. As there is zero hope of finding parking there someone will have to sit in the car.  Time taken 10 – 15 mins.

3. Go back to Zinara House where they will enter details on their computer.  This prevents a problem when relicensing.

You will need some explanation as to where the motor came from.  We bought our motor from Jupiter Motors and their invoice was accepted.  I would think the Number Plate of the donor vehicle would have to suffice.



Note received from our travel Agent which may be of use if you are travelling. 

Dear Traveler,

Please be advised that effected Monday the 25th of AUGUST 2014, individuals will only be allowed to take outside Zimbabwe a maximum cash amount of USD$5000.00 per exit down from USD$10 000.00. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has introduced this measure to try and ease liquidity problems bedeviling the economy. 




Once again the Gills acted as sweep for the Blue Cross event just before the August holiday.    There were only 8 Off Road cyclists this year and they rode in two groups of 4.  There were 12 Horses and four walkers on the same "Brown Cross" route but they were well ahead of the MTBs.  A batch of Road Cyclists took the tar route.  We were doing roughly 100ks per day and had the pleasure of spending one night at the restored La Rochelle country hotel.  In fact the MTB riders were the very first guests and the place was far from ready but we had luxury bedrooms and were fed by an outside caterer.  In case you do not know, this "Blue Cross" event is a fund raiser for the ZNSPCA and about $13,000 was raised.   Competitors start at the lowest point in Zimbabwe, Runde / Save river bed and travel 500 kms uphill to the highest point, Mt. Nyangani  in Nyanga. The finish and prize giving was at Rhodes Hotel, Nyanga where all participants gathered.  It is Great fun and a great event.   Our Nissan Patrol, with its changed motor, behaved perfectly and our new system of making the bed inside was very good. No rooftop this time.


Watch out for flyers which go out before every event. 

Keep an eye on our Facebook site for Club activities.  


4x4 Club Diary   -      2014

Note the date changes in yellow.

These dates change as the year progresses, but flyers will be sent out before each event.

(A) Social Family Day.    (B) Touring/Camping      (C) Comp Car 4x4 driving.


Sat /Sun        21       Sept                Training/ Junior Jambo     (AC)    Donnybrook

Fri/ Sun         26/28 Sept               Bushpig                                 (C)       Beatrice

Fri / Sun        10 /12 Oct                Bush Bash                             (C)       Umvurwi

Sat/Sun         1 /2    Nov                 3 hills                                               (B)        Chinamora

Fri / Sun        7/ 9    Nov                Mutare Jamboree TBC      (C)       Mutare

Sunday          7          Dec                 Rumble                                  (A)      TBA



Note some dates may be changed as circumstances dictate see flodded yellow.

No doubt there will be extra Trail Drives fitted in for your enjoyment





CHAIRMAN                                            PETER BENZON                            0775.009.218

TREASURER                                            KELVIN WEARE                             0772.326.687

SECRETARY                                            CAROL WEARE                                     0733.400.496

CHF MARSHAL/D.BROOK                    ROGER ELLIS                                           0772.219.154

EVENTS / MEMBERSHIP                       WILMA HOEFNAGELS                0774.342.648

ENVIRONMENT                                      MUZZA BLACK                                             0772.241.000

EVENTS                                                   JASON YOUNG                               0772.918.878

EVENTS                                                   JESPER KIRK                                             0772.414.281

EVENTS                                                   MATT KELLY-EDWARDS  0772.384.404      

NEWSLETTER/MEMBERSHIP               MICHAEL AND PAT GILL                                       0778.731.288 

JAMBOREE CHAIRMAN                        TIM THORBURN                       0772.645.518      



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.



That’s it!!!!!!!                     

Michael and Pat GILL

Phone:   04.494028    (M) 0778.843.843   (P) 0778.731.288


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