Perth Four Wheel Drive and Outdoor Show
Billed as the "Biggest 4 Wheel Drive Show in the World" the Perth show was held between 20th and 22nd November. The organiser, Chris Osborne, was justifiably proud of the show, which combined the best of the Western Australian 4WD community, 4WD businesses and many other facets of outdoor activities filling the 24-acre show ground. For the first time at the Perth Show was Jet Ski racing on the Swan River adjoining the show arena. Within the Show ground, the air vibrated to the music as a troupe of dancers entertained a segment of the crowd at the Harley Davidson Stand.
Elsewhere, the Australian Army was preparing its display, and this included one of its modified Land Rovers. They also put on a display of field artillery deployment.
Two new accessories were on display for the first time (below). The smaller was a High Lift Jack mount by Opposite Lock - (look under Accessories / Australia in [Links]). This is designed to complement their successful Caddy Carrier Rear Wheel Carrier. The Twin Carrier - recently reviewed in the 4WD press features small dampers to prevent the wheel swinging shut. Here the carrier and jack mount are shown mounted on a new Toyota 100-Series Landcruiser.
Another local manufacturer,
Adept Engineering tel:(8)-9470-3099 / fax:(8)-9470-3041,
have produced a contoured aerodynamic roof rack (below). This is
claimed to produce less noise than more conventional shapes. A model
for the gutterless 100-series Landcruiser is due for release
All major vehicle manufacturers were well represented, Nissan had a large display featuring the new model Patrol, Mitsubishi had their Pajeros and Jeep displayed their range including a modified Wrangler dropped onto small wheels thus grossly reducing the ground clearance so essential in a serious Off road vehicle.
It was great to see the Scudamores of Tread Lightly
sharing a display with the
Western Australian Department of Conservation and Land Management
The CALM web site has a useful series on
the various National Parks of Western Australia
(check under Travel(free) / Australia in
Various engineering firms were represented including Sprintex (Superchargers). Wheel and tyre manufacturers were represented and the "Siggibuilt" Toyota Landcruiser 80-series (above left) was displayed alongside Coopers Tyres. The "Siggibuilt" is based on the Icelandic Snow Search and Rescue vehicles. Those familiar with the 80-series owners on-line pages, [web], will know much of the history of this unusual truck.
Those who appreciate the work of the Western Australian branch of the Variety Club and their money raising Bashes (check 4wd events) will be familiar with the White Nissan Patrol of Rob Robson. His 4WD service centre (Robson Bros 4WD tel:(8)-9358-1441) supports the Bash and has a justifiably high reputation in Perth for providing a magnificent standard of servicing of all varieties of 4WD vehicles. he staff (above, left to right Scott (80-series), Rob (Nissan Patrol) and Chris (Land Rover)) drive these vehicles and are well aware of the stresses many trucks are put through.
ARB, TJM and ORE had their usual excellent displays and staffed by helpful and enthusiastic teams. Local camping equipment firms (Carghill's - a family firm, Ranger and Barbeques Galore were all represented.)
No 4WD show would be complete without the owners and drivers. The W.A. 4WD clubs were there in force. These clubs encourage "Tread Lightly" and the correct use of 4WD vehicles.
The display track (right) was in continual activity as experienced drivers took passengers around a special track, which included deep sand, steep descents and corrugated tracks.
Regional Tourist Bureaux were present and the Pilbara group had a great
display extolling the benefits and pleasures of a holiday in their region. I
would certainly agree the
has magnificent scenery, friendly people
and challenging driving.
A new stand was the Australian Prospectors Association (left, strange tent!); this interesting group of folk use their trucks to access remote areas and prospect. Where would Western Australia be without the success of our prospectors - past and present!
Finally, the printed 4WD press were represented by the local "Western 4Wheel Driver" and by the nationally acclaimed magazine "4x4 Australia". In conclusion, a great show. I look forward to next year. Well Done All!
- Nigel Buxton, Perth Western Australia.
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