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  1. The Off Topic Thread.

    Keith could set his post count to 69 if he wanted to.... dude
  2. TAS Labour Day Weekend Cruise 2018 8/03/18-13/03/18 (9th-12th in Tassie) This thread is a work in progress at the moment – better to get it up to give as much notice/time for those interested to plan towards. Suggestions and local knowledge would be greatly appreciated. Pictures, links, maps and more details to come. Time again for us to be running a cruise in Tasmania – those who have been round the apple isle are itching to get back; those who haven’t owe it to themselves to do it at least once. The March Long weekend (Vic, SA, ACT, Tas) is proposed as it gives as many the chance to need to take as little time off work/responsibilities as possible, while still giving us at least the minimum time required to see (at least) a respectable amount of what Tasmania has to offer – it does, honestly have the best roads in the world (weather permitting). Melbourne and Tasmania based attendees may need one day off. Other states may need to plan for an extra day at each end. This cruise also tries to fit in some “Touristy Stuff” as well – if consensus is that that time would be better spent using our rubber instead of our eyes/wallets then it is definitely subject to change. Updates will be posted in this first post and the itinerary may change over time as necessary - so please check back regularly on this first post DATES: Thursday Evening 8th March (Melbourne Depart)/Friday 9th Morning Devonport Monday 12th Evening (Devonport)/Tuesday Morning 13th March (Melbourne Arrive) It will be possible to join/leave the group at any time if your travel/work commitments demand different nights travel on the boat. Extending the time away to see more of the island is also possible/recommended. DESCRIPTION: It's Tassie - some of the best roads in the world No need to say more, but details will be added as they come clear. We'll be doing an anti-clockwise circuit - focusing on coasts with a fair few inland excursions along the way. DURATION: Thursday evening we get on the boat - Tuesday morning we get off (08/03/2018 - 13/03/2018) MEET: Carpark at the dock works well. 1st car on seems to be last car off, the queues to get on are long, but boarding near the end seems to make the morning disembarking a lot better (last on, first off) ACCOMODATION: (subject to change, depending on interest shown) Spirit of Tasmania Thurs and Mon nights - prices TBA - will chase up specials - current prices are not pretty Friday: Strachan - TBA Sat: Hobart - TBA Sunday: Bichino - TBA FUEL: A fair bit of fuel will be required for the drive during the 4 days. Please ensure you are topped at the meet points and have enough fuel to complete the legs (so best to fuel up when others do). We will try to drive to places with 98 RON but that is not always available off the main North-South route that joins Launceston to Hobart. E85 is pretty rare outside of Hobart or Launceston so suggest not use it. LPG will not be that common as well. Shall provide more details on the service stations at along the route. BRING: Mandatory to have a UHF 40 channel CB Radio to keep across road hazards and general chatter. We have a few CBs for free loan on the cruise if anyone is interested - just PM EvilDaifu or Rab to reserve one. Camera for the photo opps and the views. Sunnies. Warm clothes - though it's March, it's still several degrees cooler down south in Tassie. Bucket, sponge and some car wash liquid if you want to keep your car shiny for photo opps. 3M clear contact tape (from auto stores) for your bonnet lips and maybe fog lights to protect against stone chips and cracks. Cro did a write up about it on the forum. Or just buy the foggie protectors off eBay. Worth it - I've cracked both of mine on different past cruises. If you have an edit - bring your flash boxes in case you need it Spare car keys (how many times have guys locked their keys in their car on cruises RULES: 1. Obey all laws whilst on the cruise; this means no speeding, no overtaking over double lines (no matter how safe you think it may be), etc... 2. There is a designated cruise leader who will lead the way and set the correct pace for all cruise members. 3. Use the Buddy system - always make sure you can see the car behind you. This will give people behind you an indication on where to turn to make sure nobody gets lost. 4. CB Radios - if you don't have one, follow the maps and directions given out. It is highly recommended to have CB as it enhances the enjoyment of the cruise being able to hear about road hazards and join in on the social chatter. 5. Please turn up to the meeting points with a sufficient fuel in your tank and enough time before the departure time. 6. Onus is on the owner/driver to ensure their vehicle is safe to drive on public roads and meets State road traffic authority laws. 7. Please ensure you have a contingency plan if you have a breakdown or unnecessarily delayed. e.g. Roadside Assistance or a mate in another car who is willing to stay with you if necessary. 8. This cruise is not to be advertised on any other media or websites or social media sites without prior agreement from the cruise organisers. 9. By attending this cruise you agree not to hold FordXR6Turbo.com, it's Administrators, Moderators, Cruise Controllers, or Owner responsible / liable for any damage and / or grief sustained (simply; you are responsible for your own actions). EMERGENCY NUMBERS RACT ph 13 27 22 Police ph 000 Ambulance ph 000 Fire ph 000 Wildlife Roads Hazard Hospitals Tow Trucks CRUISE LIST: Attending: @Rab (Vic) @k31th (Vic) @EvilDaifu (Vic) @YLD127 (ACT) Maybe: Rabs step-son - HSV Ute - (Vic) So post up below if you're coming or would like to come - it's a good way to meet your fellow FordXR6Turbo.com enthusiasts and enjoy the rush of rumbling through in a line of XR's Also, please ensure you have a contingency plan if you have a breakdown - like a mate who is willing to stay with you and/or give you lift home if necessary and/or RAC etc Roadside Assistance. And it might be a good thing not to have anything important to do on Tuesday just in case you need that extra day to get home for some reason.
  3. We're actually looking at exploring the NW (and the NE) a bit more this time We skipped them last time and headed straight to Strachan from the boat and through the middle on the way back. Any local knowledge and places to see up the top left would be more than welcome
  4. That'd be awesome Which area are you based? Will definitely be happy to tie in.
  5. The Off Topic Thread.

    We thought it was for new years, not the whole year. Big call
  6. Cool Stuff You Just Bought

    65" 4k HDR TV just turned up (bought as a refurb from Sony - <$2k for a $5k runout model) Beer, couch and movies are on the cards for tonight
  7. Cool Stuff You Just Bought

    E85 just adds empty calories, all the refined sugar
  8. Cool Stuff You Just Bought

    Have no idea what you'd want it for.....
  9. Probably says more about me than them :S edit: us
  10. Rational mod to deal with 2 cars matching 65km/h in an 80 zone.
  11. The boat isn't big enough for the two of us.
  12. The Off Topic Thread.

    Mmmm, bacon
  13. Lol, nah, got a cabin. Trying to drag son or mate along so not sure if I'll have a spare bed or not
  14. Excellent Only a month away :D
  15. The Off Topic Thread.

    The world looked up at a meteor shower All who looked went blind Plants ate everyone
  16. The Off Topic Thread.

    Clear here. Events like this remind me of Day of the Triffids
  17. The Off Topic Thread.

    Already on it Would look great from the Spirit
  18. SCT xcal3 or 4? Advice needed

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  19. The Blackvue dashcam seems to be on Massdrop again and it looks like they're sending to Oz this time if anyone's interested. https://www.massdrop.com/buy/blackvue-dr750s-2ch-dash-camera
  20. How old is he turning? Really the boat/car is the main thing to get out of the way
  21. Vic Spotted & Chat Thread

    Definitely a warm one last night - humid is correct.
  22. For Sale: FG MKII G6E Turbo

    WHS.^^ Congrats on the quick sale

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