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1996 4WD Field Day.

The weather was kind to the Four Wheel Drive Field Day held at Wandin Park on 17 November 1996; it usually is. Although it rained before and after the day, the Sunday itself was mild, dry and overcast.

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The commercial area as the public start to arrive.

New four wheel drives at the show included the civilian RHD Hummer, Jeep Wrangler and Mitsubishi Triton crew-cab. There was a good showing of other 1996 models - Musso, Range Rover, 110's

More unusual vistors were a Dakar, that's a real Dakar and not a Bushranger, and a remarkable device with real four wheel steering by Mal Story of Key Four Wheel Drives.

Mcnamara locker 70 something commercial stands offered tyres, wheels, jacks, winches, suspensions sytems, new and used spare parts, engines, engineering services, and complete vehicles. Two interesting diff' locks were the well-known Maxi-Drive and Jack McNamara's new vacuum operated diff' lock (left). The latter has the actuating mechanism built into the differential carrier and is simple to install. This is the experimental unit used by Roger Smith and Jim Patterson in the 1996 Monsoon Challenge.

use of tire levers Four wheel drive clubs and public service organizations also had stands to attract members or display their functions.

The Four Wheel Drive Field Day is organized by the Land Rover Owners Club of Victoria [LROC] and club members held demonstrations of bush cooking, mechanical repairs, tyre changing (right) and vehicle recover. Club vehicles also took visitors on trips around the test track - nicely slick and boggy after the recent rain.


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