Raid Oz 1996

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…

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