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Old 20-08-15, 20:32
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Old 20-08-15, 21:37
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Looking forward to it. After a long season, of all of us all over the place, finally everyone together.
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Old 21-08-15, 17:50
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time for a great MV weekend with convoys , trail rides and camping,
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Old 30-08-15, 13:56
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I'm getting set to be there, will anyone else be there on Thursday for supper?

Any of the Oshawa crew?

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Old 31-08-15, 14:21
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Robin, Bill Widger driving up from Stirling with his 43' MB on Thurs. We are going convoy from here Friday a.m. Long range forecast says extremely warm for the week-end. Severe meltdown actually. Plan accordingly.
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Old 01-09-15, 04:51
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Getting ready to receive armour on Thursday.

Am packing all modern conveniences on wednesday.

Looking forward to the event, going to play with my big mast thingy and maybe even get it up, if you know what I mean.

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We sent our first two floats up to Coe Hill yesterday and will be continuing to do so throughout the week. Were looking forward to a great event as always, and cant wait to see you all there .
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Old 07-09-15, 13:52
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Had a grand time.

A few familiar faces and vehicles.

I took my luxury RV to the event, I have no tent currently serviceable and Coe Hill has caught me out before with weather, the trailer was an improvised solution.

Thanks to the Bennett brothers and Mr Fanning for the luxury tent berth for one night.

Thanks to Al for allowing me to help with his CVR(T)s and a memorable trail ride with a different kind of ending.

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Old 07-09-15, 13:59
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I really wanted to attend this year with my 1 Tonne Land Rover but the time bandit has conspired against me this year.

I went up on Thursday to unload the two Scorpions that Rich Bennett had loaded in Oshawa earlier in the day.

I made good time and had an hours social time before they rolled in.

I'm just a bit tight in the gun tank versions of the CVR(T) these days, I need to slim down!

Both of these are fitted with a very slick oxy propane system and make quite a bang when fired in the deactivated barrel. Repeated firings at will, just press the button.
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Old 07-09-15, 14:09
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On the Saturday afternoon trail ride we mounted up on the M8 and set off with all the jeeps and other small things, we became a slow lumbering participant and after about 7 kms we decided that we were holding everyone up and elected to turn around and head back.

After a spirited short drive my nightmare came true, we were running solo in a poor cell phone reception area, 3 backfires in quick succession and we came to a slow halt in silence.

Despite a number of attempts to restart it refused.

Now the real work started.

The locals were colourful and all came out with libations in hand and many smiles and comments, all looking like members of the cast of Duck Dynasty. We all commented that we could swear that we could hear duelling banjoes playing, it was surreal.

An offer of a ride back to the main site saw me hitch a ride in a car.

I rounded up help in the form of Phil Whitehead (jr) and some tools and Jamie the tent guy with his daughter Lily.

Despite some valiant attempts to diagnose the problem we also worked on plan C which was to be a recovery.
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Old 07-09-15, 14:25
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Before leaving Coe Hill with Phil Whitehead we tracked down Jeff Armitage and asked him if he would consider towing us back with one of his two M series 5 ton tractor units.

He said he would and so we knew that if we did not succeed that the cavalry would arrive and how they did indeed.

Frank V.R. in his EME MRT contact truck and Art in his blazer and Wilf in his jeep as chief heckler accompanied Jeff in the 5 ton with John Lloyd as co driver.

Our first challenge was to get the pins out of the shackles on the front of the M8 to connect the A bars. In the end old school techniques won the day and we filled down the burr and got the bars on.

A clear discussion on roles and signals and procedures was undertaken and I was promoted from passenger to driver of the M8 for the slow haul back. I have quite a bit of experience with A bars and straight bar recovery. There were a number of steep hills to go up and down and some tight turns on gravel and blacktop. This picture by M8 owner Al Duffy doesn't do the gradient justice.

Jeff did a grand job of driving and John was communication between him and myself the whole way.

A long slow haul with zero drama.

My thanks to all of those who came to our help, you guys were great.

Just goes to show that everyone needs a recovery plan at all times.

Thanks to everyone who had tools and kit that we used to make a plan and get back.

When I left Coe Hill last night the M8 was still not running, we think that the problems are layered.

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Old 13-09-15, 20:13
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Looks like a great event

Great to see Barry's C15TA out and about in Canada, still sporting it's ex-Dutch licence plate.

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