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Coasting : Issue 10 April 2010
4 central coast • new south wales ADVENTURE: Central Coast Four- Wheel-Drive Club members enjoy accessing destinations that they could never otherwise reach in the family sedan. Picture by Aaron Brown. Unlike Willie Nelson, these people can't wait to get off the road again... THERE are two misconceptions about Central Coast Four Wheel Drive Club which Gary and Wendy Williams want to dispel before we even reverse out of their driveway. No, the club isn't full of rev-head blokes who are obsessed with their vehicles. And, no, they don't drive like hoons, ripping and tearing their way through the bush. "In fact, it's not about the vehicles so much," Gary insists. "It's really more about the destination." Gary and wife Wendy, of Springfield, have been members of Central Coast Four Wheel Drive Club for almost nine years. They've found the club to be a good fit. "It's a club for people who enjoy the great outdoors, and who enjoy the camping side of things," Wendy said. So, no hooning? Ever? "We're a bit more grown up than that," Gary smiles. "We're using four-wheel-drives simply to access places where we can go camping and touring --- places that we otherwise wouldn't be able to get to." The club encourages safe and environmentally friendly four-wheel-driving, and supports the principles of the Leave No Trace organisation (go to www.lnt.org.au). "We tread lightly," Wendy said. Start your engines Central Coast Four Wheel Drive Club was formed in 1975. It now boasts about 150 vehicles encompassing about 350 people. Members range in age from 17 to 76, although children regularly attend club outings with their parents and grandparents. There is a $100 joining fee, then an $80 annual fee. Members simply need to own, or have access to, a 4WD (or an all-wheel-drive). And it's not all about big "serious" four-wheel-drives, either. Club trips are graded according to the terrain and level of difficulty, so owners of four-wheel- drives that don't normally leave the bitumen are able to join the club on trips to "easier" locations. Go to www.cc4wdc.org.au or phone 4324 0857 for more. WELCOMING: Wendy and Gary Williams said the club was a great fit for anyone who loved the great outdoors. Picture by Aaron Brown. By DAVID STEWART Leave the COASTING COVER STORY
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