Pluto (GU Patrol turbo-diesel (white) (previously known as Steve))
Brendon (40 Series LandCruiser V8 gas)
Rick (GU Patrol turbo-diesel (pewter - being absolutely correct here))
Brettski (40 Series LandCruiser petrol)
We met at the Botanic Golf north of Wanneroo and headed off from there. Gadget was out for the first time in a long while after completing his V8 conversion. Our first stop was going to be the hill climb just out the back of the Muchea power station. Instead, we headed off into the bush to find "S-Bend Hill". This is a tricky climb that has two very soft spots and no place to pick up momentum due to the aforementioned bends. Everyone had a go at this with about half succeeding. Without diff-locks, the way to go was to jump off the track about a third of the way up to avoid the first soft spot so that your momentum was maintained. I took three goes to do this - tyre pressure also being a key factor. After this we headed off to the hill climbs behing the power station. There was already another 4WD club there but that didn't stop us having a good go at all four climbs. Gadget showed his contempt for one climb by going up backwards without his diff-locks engaged. I also got a few shots of the other club climbing the hills. Although the photos don't reflect it, a fair amount of wheel travel is necessary to get up unless you're really moving fast. Lunch followed and inexplicably (at this stage), Brendon's motor seized. So much so that when pull starting, dropping the clutch resulted in the real wheels just locking up. Very strange. Robbo towed him out to a convenient petrol station and met us on the highway to Lancelin.
From there we headed into Two Rocks and up into the dunes. Much fun was had with hill climbs and dune climbs. Robbo kept us amused with some unintentional airborne antics while the rest of the mere mortal 4WDers tried to climb hills. Afternoon tea followed and then a nice leisurely drive back to Perth via Yanchep.
All up, an excellent day. Thanks to MacGyver for doing the organising - I think everyone had a ball. " />