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Date Registered: 09-2005
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Bribie Island beach run 11th November 2012


I had my doubts but the B.O.M got it right, started out cloudy, blustery and a bit of rain but cleared up and turned out to be a great day.

Today saw quite a few newbies tested and they came up shining. Each and every one of you guys on the run today were awesome. Everyone pitched in when needed and did what had to be done and at the end of the day we got to the end in one piece. You guys rock. emoticon

We met up with Cath and Jeremy at Nudgee after the traditional Maccas pancakes and coffee and headed off to Bribie to meet up with the others. At the caravan park we lined up and took the whole parking space and there was no room for the last two drivers so we hightailed it over to the car park and lined up for the first photos for the day. After going through the trip rules we headed off for the beach entrance where we let the tyres down to a comfortable 20 – 25 psi and headed in to the beach.

When we hit the beach we were all surprised at how soft the sand was seeing as how we had just had 2 days rain. Ty pulled up as his 4wd light started flashing so he let the gearbox cool down and then caught up with us where we had stopped and were waiting for him and Cath. A few of the guys took a drive up to the camp areas to check things out and a few of us walked in for a look as well.

Back to driving along the beach and a few splashes in the water saw us come up on the road to the inland track so we decided to head in and go to the loo and I was intending to stop for a break at the picnic area. On the way in, guess who got stuck, yep, yours truly. Picked the wrong line and not enough momentum and no amount of reversing and going forward would make it budge.

Jeremy came to the rescue with the Maxx Trax and a chance to do our first recovery film. At the start of the trip, I thought I was going to have to fabricate some recovery situations, boy was I wrong. A bit of digging and shoving with the Maxx Trax and up and over I went and buzzed up to the loo and started to make my way back when I heard on the walkie Talkie that Ty was caught up as well. Unfortunately, he could not get any grip on the Maxx Trax and we were considering a snatch when I remembered the Exhaust Jack – Perfect. I think everyone was impressed with the exhaust jack as it lifted the car enough to get the Maxx Trax under the wheels. After letting the air out, the car sat down nicely on the Maxx Trax and Ty was able to just drive on over them and woohoo, all clear. During the recovery of Ty’s car we took the opportunity to stand for a minutes silence for Remembrance Day as it was 11 o’clock. Thanks everyone for this, it’s very important to remember our fallen heroes. emoticon

Time for a quick cuppa and snack and a chat before we headed off back to the beach and headed further north till we reached the limit of the trafficable area and we stopped at the old fort and took the time to get a few pics. From there we all elected to give the inland track a go and headed off back to the entry and headed up off the beach. I was a little way in the track and managed to find a solid spot to pull over as I got a call from the back as Cath had got caught up coming off the beach. We all made our way back to the beach to assist Cath but it was wedged solid and the Maxx Trax could not even get her mobile. Everyone looked at me and said looks like a job for the exhaust jack again but the car was nearly half a kilometre away and it was hard going walking on the soft sand so I suggested a snatch and another chance for a recovery video. Good old Jeremy to the rescue and a quick snatch later we were mobile again. emoticon

So, we’re driving along and the road is not bad, looked like it was going to be a dream run back to the black stuff when we hit the soft stuff. As I was up front, I was taking it a bit easy as I didn’t want to push the other cars too much, I come a gutsa again. The ruts were too deep, not enough momentum or speed and not enough clearance. So out comes the shovel, dig and level, sand everywhere and Maxx Trax again only to get 10 feet before stopping again. Meanwhile a couple of the others tried to come on through and Nick bottomed out. After getting my car out finally and Nicks the rest came through and Cath bottomed out so more digging and same as me, 10 feet and stuck again. We finally got Cath to hard ground and Pat ploughed through but never quite made it to the end before bottoming out so more digging and eventually he made it as well. It was fantastic to see everyone jump in a dig and push, no whinging, no slouching just get in and get it done – super job everyone.

So after all this excitement, we headed off again and although the road was better in some places, it was still soft in some places and with much ploughing and bouncing around we made it to Poverty Point and headed into the picnic area for a cuppa and snack and a chat before heading off for the last few kilometres of track before we finally hit the bitumen.

Jeremy decided to pump up his tyres and head off from there while the rest of us headed into the local BP to fill up. It was a bit crowded so a few just carried onto the next garage and headed home from there. After a quick pump of the tyres and armed with a Wild Bean coffee we headed home and off to the car wash. When we got home, gave the car a good vacuum to get all the sand up and wiped down the inside of the car and that was that.

I’d just like to thank everyone again for a great day, some awesome recoveries, some awesome people, some awesome cars and good weather. Also a very big thanks to Vicky who took photos all day and only once said ‘oh jeez’ when we bunny hopped and nosed dived in a rut. emoticon


Some pictures

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Some videos

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Great report Jamie and looks like you all had a ball.

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Looks like you all had a great day , good pics and vids ...

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Sorry you guys could not make it, it was a great day.

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A nice day on the sand. Good thing the weather turned out nice.

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What a great trip you had to practice recovery methods.....you mentioned the digging and shovelling, exhaust jacks, snatch outs and max trax to name a few.
I'm sure all those who attended will benefit from the experience.
Reinforces the need to ensure that adequate and suitable revovery gear is carried on such off-road adventures.

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Hey Jamie, great trip and report as usual.
What a great learning experience for all involved.
There didn't seem too many T30's in the group...I only saw 1 in the pics.
What was the mix of T30/T31 and standard/modified ?

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Awesome trip report Jamie and I fell in love with the Exhaust Jack LOL emoticon

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Hi Kev.

1 x T30, 6 x T31 only 1 lifted 30mm. 3 or so had bash plates.

After we got through the worst section (same as I got caught up on when you did the trip), I think I flattened out the humps for everyone with my bash plate emoticon

I must admit though, I am aching all over today with all the shovelling. emoticon

I would definitely recommend if going near sand that is soft, take a long handled spade or shovel. Whilst the fold up one will do the trick, it is much faster with a good sized shovel and easier to get right in under the motor and axles as that is where we got caught the most.

This of course led to no traction even to get onto the Maxx Trax so once this was cleared, it dropped down onto the trax and we could drive off.

I'm hoping the other guys who took the videos of the exhaust jack will post them up so you can see the whole operation. Just brilliant.

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thanks Jamie for organising and leading this trip and everyone else who particpated i has an absolute blast...
it reinforced some old skills and provided me with some new ones and it was great to be able to talk to others who have made modifications to their exy's...
awesome day and i didn't even get a swim..!

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