Club History Since 1972

4wd club history

The Queensland Brand of the Toyota LandCruiser Club was born at 7.30pm in a workshop at Swift Motors on the 23rd February 1972. Weighing in were many interested new Toyota LandCruiser owners, and the father, Fred Dyke, was also present at the birth and he was duly elected president of the club. Little did those new club members realise the changes that were going to happen over the next 20 years.

While the objectives of the club were drawn up in 1972 and still remain the same today, technology, changes in lifestyle and vehicle shave shown a marked difference in many aspects of the club.

To promote friendship and courtesy on the road through social gatherings, touring and in competition between members of the club.

The club has produce quite a few long and lasting friendships, and many still remain today even though the persons may not still belong. In its time the club has had its share of sadness, with some members passing to the 4WD world above, but each and every club member has left their mark and contributed to the club in many ways. Whilst some club members stand out for their contributions, it has always been with the motto in mind. “Friendship, Four wheeling and fun”.

To promote and encourage social activities and to organise club tours.

Social and club trips activities were always on the go, just about every weekend and they were many and varied, but sadly over the years the socials become more specialised, high tech, with a lot of organising and they have slipped away, and the club split into various interest groups. Native Plants, Photography and fishing interests, all pulling it into different directions. To some this move has been the way to go, where they feel more comfortable going on various outings the groups has to offer. To others this diversity has meant a decline in unity. Today there is a swing back to the more simple activities with the focus on trips and socials once more, with the interest group playing the theme for the outing.

To conduct meetings and classes whereby members may obtain knowledge enabling them to become proficient in handling navigation, care and maintenance of their vehicle.

Driver Training has always been a major focus of the club’s activities. The curriculum for the program has changed little since it was introduced back in 1975. The five nights of lectures and two weekends away ensure a thorough knowledge of the operations of the vehicle are imparted. The courses also bring the club members together and many a friendship has begun and remained through these courses.

The Driver Awareness Program as it is known today is going under changes to bring it into line with similar programs now being implemented across the country.

The orientation days that first introduction into the club for new members still remains the same as it did back when it was introduced in 1976. Every month the club has conducted this day to welcome new and prospective members into the land of 4 Wheelin’. Some of those members have contributed much to the club, others although departed have never forgotten their time in the club, and with the simple assistance shown on these orientation days, remains in their minds forever.

Maintenance days are still held every year with our foundation member, Dave Williams, who still plays his little tricks on the unsuspecting new member. Dave where would we be without your support for the past 20 years. We thank you.

To facilitate the location and purchase of replacement vehicles, new and used parts at sensible prices.

The club has always had the support of many vehicle dealerships and accessory manufacturers around the state, and it is through their support the club has been able to service its members with good products at reasonable prices. The Purchasing Officer is always at the meetings with a good bundle of goodies to sell to the members.

To create an awareness among members of their responsibility towards conserving our natural environment.

The club has always through its driver training programs and club introduction; trips and socials practised and imparted an awareness for the protection of the environment. It maintains this awareness by showing its future generation through club trips the wonderful regions of the state. The club’s concern for the environment and its future started early. In 1977 the Queensland LandCruiser Club was represented at the National Federal Council and established that each would form an association of four wheel drive clubs, a code of ethics, co-operate with Government Departments and actively campaign against misrepresentation of 4WD vehicles.

While the Federal Council of Toyota Landcruiser Clubs did not eventuate the State Association around Australia did with the formation of the National Four Wheel Drive Council in 1984.

On the 12th November 1977 the Queensland Association Four Wheel Drive Clubs held its inaugural meeting with 12 clubs making the foundation members and the Cruiser Club was amongst them. The club played a major role in its early years, and in 1979 held interclub sports days ensuring the start of a strong association with other clubs and the QAFWDC.

By 1979 the clouds were gathering fast, and the Clubs were starting to see many of their regular trips being curtailed through track closures and changes in Land Tenure and the introduction of User Pays Permit Systems. Whilst the new club member readily accepted these changes the existing club member vowed to fight the changes that were taking place. So the QAFWDC was in the fight mode for some considerable time, but always building up credibility. In the 1980s the QAFWDC went more public with displays at camping and motor shows, held more Socials in the form of Bush dances, greater co-operating with other user and conservation groups and closer liaison with Government Departments. A newsletter was introduced and by the end of the 1980s just over 32 clubs belonged.

By 1990 a dramatic increase in the ownership of 4WDs occurred, and the AWFWDC changed tack to one of consultation and education. It assisted with the introduction of a nationwide standard Driver Awareness Program and its aim is to spread 4WD education as the Key to preservation of the environment not restriction.

With its parent body the ANFWDC bringing from the United States a National Land Use Ethics program namely Tread Lightly! On Public and Private Land, and this program now assigned to a public company, the movement across Australia is poised to become a very innovative force in ensuring four wheel drive touring has a long life.

It is unfortunate that the club in recent years has seen a decline its involvement in its Association, the very body looking after its access interests. The club I believe should be still at the forefront in showing the way to environmental protection.

Another area where the club showed its face to the public in its early life was its fervour to clean-ups. Forestry areas around Brisbane and beach areas such as Cooloola and Fraser Island were attacked periodically when club members swarmed over this region picking up rubbish and using its winching expertise to haul many a rusting hulk from its grave in the bush. The clubs members rallied around, not only giving their time but all sorts of gear and equipment as well. The club has seen a decline in this public relations exercise and whilst the Association has taken over a co-ordination role for such activities, very few Toyota Club members participate.

While some of this may sound pessimistic, it is no meant to be. This magazine has been produced, with a purpose. Not only is that purpose to celebrate our 20 years, but it is to issue you the member with a challenge to excite you, to ensure that the club now entering into its 21st year, matures into adult to meet the next 20 years. Others have been before you, made their mark, made it a great club, made it a club that can handle everything that is thrown at it, made it a club of unity, one that is committed to its members. It is up to you to show your commitment to ensure its longevity.