25th Birthday 2011
The club celebrated its 25th Birthday at the Woodford showgrounds, a great weekend of partying, entertainment and 4WDing.
A 26 minute video of the celebration weekend at Woodford is available for members through the Librarian
Edited from The PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
This all started in 1986 with the Foundation Members. It was their foresight and like-minded love for four-wheel driving, touring and generally getting dirty and damaged, that brought us all together over the past 25 years.
This has promoted long lasting friendships, through trips together and so much discussion - ‘What have you done/fitted to your vehicle?’ ‘You need to this because it worked for me’ - and in particular the latest tech tips and gadgets we all purchase. It can always be said that whenever Club members get together there is always a bonnet up and very serious looks from the heads peering under it with much debate on whether something will it fit or not.
I think what I enjoy most is reading trip reports and listening to verbals at Club meetings. There have been some crackers over the years and I look forward to many more. I hope the many reports and photographs contained in the following pages bring back a few memories and whet your appetite for future trips.
Our Club is only as strong as our members and from what I have seen over my years of membership, we have a very strong Club with a fascinating history and with a huge depth of membership to build on over the next 25 years.
Thanks go to the Club’s Patron, Mitsubishi Motors Australia, for their continued support. It has become a very valued relationship.
If you’ve ever wondered just how the club was first conceived, well sit back and wonder no more…
I remember it well. Way back in the New Year of ‘86, a group of us (me, Paul, Greg and Rob) on a trip to Fraser Island were lounging around, watching some poor so & so washing his vehicle, quite unawares it was ever so slowly sinking to the floorboards into Eli Creek.
There was no shortage of rescuers on hand to help Mr So & So, as back in those days, everyone was a hero on Fraser, each with a bigger, better, tougher vehicle than the others. In the mayhem that followed—two broken diffs, numerous snapped ropes, a torn-off rear bumper and a burnt-out clutch—people got talking. A breakaway band from the Subaru Club were moving amongst the crowd informing them about a new club about to be formed. And that’s where I first met them.
With the help of Mitsubishi Motors Australia, invitations to attend an inaugural meeting were sent to all recent buyers of Mitsubishi four-wheel drives. Those invitations reached far and wide to many varied groups and individuals. The meeting took place on 8 April 1986 at St Lucia Golf Links clubhouse, where it was voted that we become known as ‘The Mitsubishi Four Wheel Drive Owners’ Club of Queensland’. The ‘Inc’ part was to officially come later once our Constitution had been approved by the Justice Department, allowing us to then join the Queensland Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs. Regrettably this didn’t eventuate until December 1987. Printing and postage for the first fifteen months of Diamond Torque had ‘drained the coffers’ , leaving insufficient funds to meet the Association’s entrance fee. Speaking of fees, in the Club’s first year it would have cost you $5 to join and $15 to be a member.
So there you have it. The Mitsubishi 4WD Owners’ Club does not boast the thoroughbred heritage you might expect. In fact, we were born a bit of a mongrel, or a brumby, but over the years have matured through the input of a great many people. There are stories behind these stories I’m sure; vital facts that I might have missed. Hopefully, though, it has given you some idea of our club’s ‘roots’.
By theway, Mr So & So was eventually recovered by a chap with a nice 4WD and a marvellous new accessory: the “Snatch-em Strap”
Reprinted (abridged ) from Vol 10 No 7 July 1996 (adapted for the web)
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