Raid Arnhem 2016

Raid Arnhem 2016 will start in Alice Springs on the 1st of August 2016 and will finish back in Alice Springs about a month later. The Raid route itself is subject to change as the actual survey has not been completed yet. The survey team will leave early August 2015. Depending on internet connections etc, we should be able to post some reports here from the survey team in the next few weeks.  

Raid 2016 newsletter

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Raid Arnhem 2016 announcement

Raid Arnhem 2016 will start in Alice Springs on the 1st of August 2016 and will finish back in Alice Springs about a month later. The Raid route itself is subject to change as the actual survey has not been completed yet. Be prepared for mostly bush camps, national parks and very few camp grounds. From Alice Springs we will travel via the Tanami road, heading west then north through Judbarra national park then to Flora river nature park & on to Katherine. From Katherine we head north to Pine creek. Then through Kakadu national  park, to Jabiru. Exploration of Arnhem land follows, the final route is still to be decided but, taking in places such as Cobourg peninsula, Maningrida &  Nhulunbuy. We will exit Arnhem via Roper Bar heading south to Limmen national park & Barkly table lands, meeting up with the Sandover Highway back to Alice springs. At this stage approximately 4500 Km. In Arnhem Land we plan to do one days driving followed by a rest day. Daily distances will be manageable & enjoyable throughout the Raid. We hope to have registrations open after the survey is completed toward the end of the 2015 year.. Cheers Raid…

Snippets of Raid 1996

    by Michael and Paula, driving a ’62 ID Edited by John Paas 29 July 1996 Raid is now well and truly on its way. At Burke just arrived as we were leaving, Steve Wedell finally arrived, It turned out that he helped another Raider with his 2CV after nearly “giving the game away.” The journey around Sturt’s Stony desert down the Strezleki Track was wonderful and then tip to Oodnadatta on the Oodnadatta track. The desert is beautiful and ever-changing. We stopped for- the night at a camping place and lo and behold, a spring bubbling up which has had sleepers built around it to make an idyllic pool. After that we drove to Ayres Rock. Bitumen roads, tourist buses, supermarkets. A bit much to take after the remoteness of the desert. Rain. After seven months they’ve had the first rain just when we’re here, Quite spectacular really. The cloud formations and the water- running down the Rock. Away from people we do a 7 km walk through the Olgas. Absolutely wonderful!! On arriving back at the campsite we are surrounded by 2CV’s. Heaps of them. Yesterday, after leaving the rock, we drove through the gate on to…

Raid OZ 1996 Diary

    Raider Bruce Elsegood shares with us his detailed diary of the 1996 Raid. Raid OZ 1996 (Part 1, Sydney to Broome) Pre Raid During Raid ‘92 I was greatly impressed by the performance of the GS wagon owned by Rolf Breyer. My selection of a raid vehicle was greatly influenced by its performance. In mid -1993 I bought an incomplete GS wagon body that was straight and rust free, plus a very rusty but complete GS sedan. An easy job, I thought, to swap all the bits and soon have a GS wagon for Raid. Update newsletters from Ralph Hibble in Perth and phone conversations with David Gries in Melbourne kept me and the other ‘92 raiders informed of the proposed Raid route and other activities. By October 1994 it was apparent that my GS wagon would not be ready for mid-1995 to allow adequate time to sort out any problems. Originally, the Raid committee wanted only 2CVs to go on this Raid. They were then told that another “CitroënTour” would leave at the same time, and go to the same places. The committee saw the light and the big cars were permitted to go and act as…

Elise’s diary of Raid 1996

      Young talented French girl Elise Buisson gives us “extracts from her diary” Raid 1996 in English. Elise co-raided with Aussie Paul Young in his Dyane. Including pre and post Raid they covered 18,000 kms. Friday 26th July Uluru: We get up at 6.15 to go and see the sunrise. At 11 o’clock I go and climb it with Paul (Smith) and Nan. About 3 hours later we are down again. The view from the top is unbelievable even if the horizon is cloudy. Then Paul, the Dyane and I drive to the Olgas for two short walks through the Valley of Winds and through canyon. We are back in the campground at 5 p.m. for lunch ! At 9.30 is the first meeting of the raid, where stickers, car numbers and pamphlets are distributed. Saturday 27th July ‘Til 9.30, we pack our stuffs and clean the car before the start of the Raid. At 9.30 is a meeting where we set up all the groups. Our group is the Emus one : Bob and Nan Canberra Howard and Hannu Sydney and Finland Alf and Ailsa Sydney Dagmar and Jürgen Germany Derek and Jenny New Zealand We are…

Post Raid 1992

I rose early, and packed the clothes I needed for a week at Tathra, it was cold in Sydney after 3 weeks in the tropics, then after filling the CX I left for Tathra, it was just like Raid except this time, I was in a car with some go, out through the Sydney traffic and onto the Princes Hwy, I had lunch at Moruya, and arrived at Tathra about 2PM. It was good to see Anne and the kids again, and the rest of the day was filled with catching up with all the events of the month I had been away. The next week can best be described as Raid withdrawal, I felt that I should be driving somewhere, I was getting up at sunrise and had nowhere to go. I started writing the story of Raid to give myself something to do and also to help with the withdrawal. After returning to Sydney on the 2nd of Oct I still had a weeks holidays left before returning to my job at T.A.F.E, this week was filled with little jobs around the home, then on the Wednesday evening Paul showed up in the Dyane. It appears that after…

Raid Day 29, Saturday 26th September

I woke early to see the sun rise over the point at Cape Kimberly, then returned to camp to make breakfast of tea and toast for the last time, this was a leisurely affair as we didn’t have to leave for Cairns until 9AM, We packed the car with Steve and Barry’s bed-rolls to make room in their car for me and my bags for the trip to Cairns. I said goodbye and goodluck to Paul who left about 8.30 with most of the other Raiders to go on the Barrier Reef cruise, leaving from Port Douglas. Steve, Barry and I left just after 9AM for Cairns about 200km away, it was with some sadness we left Cape Kimberly and out through the rainforest, then over the Daintree ferry for the last time. We drove on through the canefields to Mossman then on down the coast road to Cairns. The views along this part of the coast are superb, and we stopped at several places to look at the views of headlands and beaches. We arrived in Cairns about noon after dropping my luggage off at the airport, Steve and Barry were to finalise details of their trip to Cape…

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