My Subaru Issue 02

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MY

SUBARU

ISSUE 02/2016

LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE FOR SUBARU ENTHUSIASTS

OUT & ABOUT

CRAFT BEER

CHANGING GEAR

YORKE PENINSULA

TECH TORQUE

VEHICLE RECOVERY

WIN a Maxiplas kayak valued at $399 for Xmas


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INSIDE

ISSUE

TWO

REVIEW

02 Inside

03 Editor

04 Crew

05 News

06

06 OUT & ABOUT

10 CHANGE GEAR

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16 Gear

18 Competition

18 NEXT ISSUE

19 TRENDING

20 Snapshot

22 Tech Torque

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EDITOR

Mike Pavey

TECHNICAL

CONTRIBUTOR

Paul Ewins

ART DIRECTOR

Anita Pavey

CONTACT

mike@thedirt4wd.com.au

0432 320 650

Cover photo Subaru 4WD Club of SA

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REVIEW

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DITOR

Welcome to the 2nd edition of

My Subaru, a lifestyle-outdoor

publication geared for Subaru

enthusiasts.

A big welcome to Paul Ewins from the

Subaru 4WD Club of SA. In this issue,

Paul shines a light on Vehicle Recovery in

Tech Torque.

In Out & About we take one for the

team and sample the fine fare at some

of Adelaide Hills’ top micro-breweries,

rating them for best beer and food.

With full bellies, we amble down to the

magnificent Yorke Peninsula in the XV for

a spot of kayak fishing. You can read all

about it in Change Gears.

And talking of Gear, we take a closer

look at the Kid-O-Bunk by Disc-O-Bed;

the light weight and compact Helinox

Camp Furniture; and the Cart-A-Lot

foldable buggy.

If you’re keen to discover the many

waterways around Adelaide over Xmas,

don’t miss your chance to win our

Maxiplas Kayak valued at $399.

We’d love to see some photos of you

out and about enjoying your Subaru. You

can drop them on our Facebook page.

From all the crew here at My Subaru,

we wish you a safe and happy Christmas!

Mike Pavey

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CREW

Paul Ewins accepts

the award for Trip

Leader of the Year

at Subaru 4WD Club

of SA.

Trackside repairs in

the Simpson Desert.

Sand recoveries on

another club trip.

Photos Subaru 4WD

Club of SA

REW

PAUL EWINS, TECHNICAL

CONTRIBUTOR

My love affair for these cars started at a very

young age. Mum and dad bought a 1981 Subaru

station wagon and joined the Subaru 4WD Club

of SA when I was just 18 months old. I spent my

early years exploring this great country of ours

in the back of our Subaru, with dad constantly

piloting our vehicle to places people in the big

four wheel drives said we couldn’t.

My most memorable trip was our journey

across the Simpson Desert in 1988 when I was

just 6. Twenty years later, I did it all again under

my own steam in a 1987 Subaru Wagon, modified

with a suspension lift and bigger tyres.

The Subaru 4WD Club of SA is still going

strong today. We visit places like the Riverland,

Flinders Ranges and Peake (sand property

50km out of Tailem Bend) regularly. A team of

people including myself assist new members in

learning the skills of off road driving and most

people come away with a new appreciation of the

vehicle’s capabilities.

If you own a Subaru, get out and explore it’s off

road capabilities. You’ll need to be well prepared

and take some precautions.

Keep an eye out in future issues for everything

you need to do to get the most out of your

ownership experience.


NEWS

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In this issue we check out ...

Subaru VIZIV-7 Concept

Debuts in Los Angeles

EWS

Since our first look at the Subaru VIZIV Concept

vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show last year, the

latest images yield an even greater insight

into the identity of the vehicle. With reported

dimensions of 5200 x 2030 x 1860mm and a

2990mm wheelbase, this makes it around 10%

larger than the Outback, Subaru’s largest SUV.

Adding to the EyeSight® system currently

available on Outback and Forester, driver assist

technology uses radar technology including

adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning

and pre-collision braking to help avoid vehicles,

obstacles and pedestrians - even around

corners. It also offers automatic reversing.

Now seen in a 5-door wagon format, it is taking

shape nicely. It will be interesting to see what

engine options will be proposed as the concept

develops.

Reports suggest the VIZIV-7 Concept may be

introduced into the North American market in

early 2018.

For more information including the promotional

video, see www.subaru-global.com/ms2016/la/

Photos

Subaru Australia


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OUT &

ABOUT

Adelaide Hills hides a

recently crowned world

class ale! ...

If you like the idea of quality over quantity,

chances are you’ll love craft beer. By

definition, craft beer involves a small batch

process, premium ingredients and plenty of

skill from the brewing team to extract long, full

flavours.

The best way to score an instant appreciation

of craft beer is to a try a paddle or a beer

board; a tasting sample of around 6 beers.

Most breweries offer the paddle with or without

a brewery tour. Accompanied by tasting notes,

it’s a fun way for a quick educational on the

flavouring ingredients. But best of all, it helps

identify a favourite or two to pursue later in larger

volumes. It’s also a good way of tackling the

process without burning a hole in your pocket,

as craft beers come at a cost; around $8 a

schooner. Expect to pay around $15 for a paddle

of 6 beers.

In the Adelaide Hills, there’s three breweries

that regularly gain our patronage, but for different

reasons. Interestingly, they all use the all grain

brewing process, where the malt grains are

soaked in water to extract a fuller flavour. But

each has their niche.

Grumpy’s Brewhaus

OUT & ABOUT

Grumpy’s is located a short hop off the freeway

in Verdun, just out of Hahndorf. It’s an unusual

establishment, relatively small, dark and

moody inside, with an outdoor eating area.

Outside, it’s not big on ambience due to its

proximity to the freeway, but dive inside and it’s

quickly forgotten.

Grumpy’s specialise in tasty wood fired pizza

with a number of specialty toppings. We like the

Moby Dick, Swine and Brine, and Grumpy Goat,

but there’s quite a broad selection.

Their beers are not as e xpansive as some

others, but there’s always something that hits the

spot, be it an Oatmeal Stout, German Dark Lager

(Dunkel) or an American style Pale Ale.

Expect to pay around $30 for a pizza to feed

two and normal craft beer prices. The mix

between tasty tucker and beer is enough to see

our return on an occasional basis. That and the

fact it’s never that busy, so you can always rely

on friendly and fast service.


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RIGHT PAGE

Inside Grumpy’s

Brewhaus.

Owner and brewer

Alistair Turnbull

and Rose Holmes of

Lobethal Bierhaus

Editor’s Note: Grumpy’s was significantly

damaged by fire in mid-December and it’s

unknown at this stage when it will re-open.

Lobethal Bierhaus

If you are looking for a great food and beer

venue, you’ll find it here, a fact not lost on solid

patronage. There’s a big open fire place which

adds to the ambience in winter, cosseted with

comfy lounge chairs.

The Bierhaus offers a wide variety of beers with

ten regulars and six specialty brews. Favourites

include the Choc Oatmeal stout, Red Truck

Porter and the India Pale Ale.

The food is consistently good, with local

produce featured across the menu. Inside it’s

a big, open plan number with the stainless

kettles in full view. There’s a welcoming relaxed

feel without being pretentious like some trendy

watering holes.

The Lobethal Bierhaus scores our gong for the

best eating establishment of the three.

Beer Garden at

Lobethal Bierhaus

Photos

Anita Pavey

Feedmeadelaide.com

adelaidenow.com.au

southaustralia.com


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OUT & ABOUT

Prancing Pony Brewery

The Pony started from humble beginnings,

tucked away in the Mt Barker industrial estate.

But since moving to its new location opposite

Duttons in Totness, the brewery has really hit its

straps.

The new building is big and open, decorated

with character laden timber furniture with the

stainless kettles proudly on display.

The Pony recently picked up the title of

Supreme Champion Beer for its India Red Ale at

the International Beer Challenge (IBC), an event

that attracts the best brewers from more than 30

countries around the world. Not a bad accolade!

The Dark Ale picked up a Silver Award. IBC

judges include writers, publicans, retailers,

importers and brewers.

Like the Lobethal Bierhaus, the beer range

is expansive. Our favourites include the

Sledgehammer, Black Ale and Sunshine Ale, but

each has their own moreish character.

The Pony offers an all-day menu with a range of

snacks and some themed food over winter like curries

and pizza. The burgers are delicious; chicken or beef

with rich chutney served with the lot. Presented with

chunky fries, they hit the spot every time.

Overall, the Pony gets our vote for the best beer

– some would even go as far to say world class!


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LEFT PAGE

Regional food

platters

Happy Hour at the

Pony, time to catch

up with mates

RIGHT PAGE

World class ales

on tap

O V E R A L L , T H E

PONY GETS OUR

VOTE FOR THE BEST

BEER – SOME WOULD

EVEN GO AS FAR TO SAY

WORLD CLASS!

The new venue at

Totness

Brewer Frank

Samson, with wife

Corinna Steeb

A relaxing lounge to

kick back and enjoy

a few

Photos Anita Pavey

craftypint.com

tripadvisor.co.uk


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SEASHELLS

ON THE

SEASHORE

I T ’ S M A T T E R

OF OPINION

BUT I RECKON THE

TOURISTS GENERALLY

FLOCK TO THE EAST

COAST TO HOLIDAY


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CHANGE GEARS

There’s nothing better than

a weekend beach escape to

rejuvenate the senses, soak

up some rays, feed the fish

and take a leisurely paddle.

And while there’s plenty of

waterways around Adelaide,

there’s something special

about getting away

Mike Pavey

The Yorke Peninsula is an ideal weekender,

only a couple of hours drive west of

Adelaide and even better if you can tag

on a couple of extra days. It’s a fact not lost on

South Aussies; about 400,000 make the trip

each year which hints to its popularity. Diversity

is the key. You can hire a beach shack, stay at

a caravan park, camp in designated bush or

beach campsite, some even within the Innes

National Park down south. There’s something to

suit everyone!

It’s matter of opinion but I reckon the tourists

generally flock to the east coast to holiday

destinations like Stansbury. And it’s not surprising

as the beaches are sublime.

Camping enthusiasts are well catered for.

The council runs 19 bush camps across the

peninsula, some with facilities and others without,

so you can enjoy the natural surroundings

without hemming yourself into a tightly packed

caravan park. Bush campsites must be booked

through the council unless within the national

park and the latter can be booked online before

you travel, at the visitor centres or at the selfregistration

stations at the park entrance.

In addition to camping, the national park is

popular for its rugged coastline, bush walks and

pioneer ruins. And sharing it with the natural

wildlife is always part of the attraction. Large

campgrounds suitable for caravans can be found

at Stenhouse Bay and Pondalowie Bay.

The fertile waters along the coastline are

popular for the fishing fraternity with whiting,

garfish, squid, snook, snapper, tommy ruffs,

salmon and crabs all popular. If you don’t have

a boat or kayak, you’ll find jetties at Wallaroo,

Moonta Bay, Port Hughes and Stenhouse Bay.

The area is also popular for Blue swimmer crabs

which combined with freshly caught squid and

whiting make a delightful dining experience.

Exploring the coast by kayak or canoe is

another enjoyable activity. You can launch off

the beach at any of the designated entry points


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LEFT PAGE

Gliding over the

water, gives you

another perspective

of the world

RIGHT PAGE

Sea sponges and

shells

Unpacking the

kayaks off the Pod

Trailer

Kayak fishing just

off the boat ramp at

Port Victoria

Photos Anita Pavey

and beach driving is allowed in some areas.

Be wary of the soft sand and deep seaweed

which frequents the area, as it can mask hidden

dangers. You can paddle close to shore around

the coves or combine it with a fishing trip. If

fishing doesn’t appeal, fresh fish is generally

available in the surrounding townships.

The pubs enjoy good patronage thanks

predictably to cold beer and good tucker. We’ve

dined at the Port Victoria pub on more than a

few occasions and left on each time with full and

contented bellies.

CONTACT

Yorke Peninsula

Visitor Information

Centre, 29 Main

Street Minlaton,

1800 202 445

www.visityorkepeninsula.com.au


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GEAR

EAR

KID-O-BUNK

BY DISC-O-BED

Camping just got more comfortable with Disc-O-

Bed’s modular disc bed system. It can be used

in a tent or camper to save space, or even used

at home to accommodate guests.

Kid-O-Bunk with Organisers $449

Ideal for kids aged 7-12, the Kid-O-Bunk puts

the fun back into camping. Differing from most

kid’s bunks, it’s very stable and strong. The

low centre of gravity makes it safe to use, even

when there’s only one child on the top bunk. The

beams are strong enough for kids to stand on

without fear of bending. But best of all, it’s easy

to assemble from the compact suitcase-style

format. Other attributes include the rounded

legs that won’t damage tent floors, sturdy steel

construction and flexible packaging – it easily

converts from a bunk, to single cots or to a day

use lounge.

Bunk dimensions = 164 x 83cm, capacity 91kg

per single bed

Cam-O-Bunk Large with Organisers $499

The Cam-O-Bunk builds on the versatility of

the Kid-O-Bunk with extra-strength components

and a larger stretcher to sleep adults. Bunk

dimensions = 208 x 83cm, capacity 227kg per

single bed.

Cam-O-Bunk XL with Organisers $529

Bunk dimensions = 208 x 100cm, capacity

227kg per single bed.

For more information, got to

www.thedirt4wd.com.au/our-products/disc-o-bed/


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Photos Disc-o-bed

Helinox and Carta-lot

HELINOX LIGHTWEIGHT

CAMPING CHAIRS

CART-A-LOT

FOLDABLE CART

If you appreciate fine engineering, compact

packages and minimal weight, you’ll love the

Helinox Camping Furniture. The range includes:

Chair One $133 Award-winning, it weighs less

than 1kg and packs up to a size barely longer

than an outstretched hand, yet still packing the

comfort of a lounge chair. Popular with walkers,

cyclists and outdoor adventurers.

Camp Chair $169 is a higher and larger version

of Chair One. Now the same benefits are available

for everyday situations – a family BBQ, sporting

event, trip to the beach, etc. The contoured seat

gives good support to the lower back.

Compact and light, it can be permanently stored

in the car or camper without getting in the way.

Sunset Chair $184 is the ultimate relaxation chair

in the range with the greatest amount of support.

The carry bag doubles as a neck pillow. Despite

the larger dimensions it’s still a cinch to stow.

Swivel Chair $184 Also an award-winner,

it can rotate 360 degrees making it great for

photographers, artists, bird watchers, sports

spectators and children.

Ultralight Table $142 is a super compact

portable table designed to complement Chair

One. It weighs about the same as two cups of

tea, yet is rated to carry 50kg.

Accessories includes seat warmers and ground

sheets (stability).

For further information, go to

www.thedirt4wd.com.au/our-products/helinox-camp-furniture/

Designed in Adelaide, Cart-A-Lot is a unique,

quick-fold buggy to help lug all your gear

regardless of the terrain. Simply push the middle

of the cart to straighten the frame and within

seconds it’s ready for load lugging, capable of

hauling around 70kg.

An on-road model is perfect for sealed

itineraries, be it shopping, transporting files or

any activity that requires hauling around a lot

of gear. Janette uses it for her Hills Party Juke

business, transporting sound equipment from

her car into the venue. Graeme uses his to ferry

his court documents around. Paired with a range

of accessories including a cover, waterproof

liner, umbrella, shopping bags and cool bags, it’s

the ideal companion for almost anything.

An off-road model fitted with wide wheels

makes progress easier once off sealed surfaces.

The wider wheels float over soft sand and are

better suited to this environment. Ever been to

the beach with the kids? The Cart-A-Lot hauls all

their gear with ease.

Prices start at $219/$239 respectively for the

on/off road model. For a limited time, we have

a Camping pack available, including the cart,

cover and a waterproof liner for $259/$279

respectively, saving $40.

The Cart-A-Lot makes an ideal Xmas present

for the family. Easily adapted for almost any task,

it’s the kind of thing best kept in the boot of the

car, ready to put to work.


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KAYAK WITH

PADDED

SEAT AND

PADDLE

FOR XMAS

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at The Dirt Off Road

Campers, we have a

Red Maxiplas Kayak to

give away to one lucky

reader.

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TRENDING

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RENDING

Here’s a few Subaru owners

that caught our attention.

If you have a Subaru you’d

like to show off to the

world, put your photo on the

My Subaru’ Facebook page

and we’ll be in touch with a

few interview questions

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Murray Bridge Subaru

Everyone, meet our new WRX Premium Edition.

Sporting a black roof, spoiler and bonnet

scoop this really is one amazing machine and it

is EXCLUSIVE to Murray Bridge Subaru. Come

see Craig and his team to book your test drive

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Subaru Only Cruises - SA

Jordan Mc Pherson

Cheers for the hosting the cruise socsa it was

my first one and definitely won’t be my last!

Subaru XV Crosstrek

Bree La Marca

If there was ever any doubt about offroad

abilities, I can honestly say, don’t

underestimate this vehicle. We accidentally

detoured onto an “Extreme 4WD” track and

made it through to the other side 9 hours later!


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SNAPSHOT

NAPSHOT


SNAPSHOT

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Anita Pavey

Smoky Cape

Lighouse at South

West Rocks, NSW

Canon EOS 550D

10-22mm

ISO 800

f11

1/125th second


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ECH

TORQUE

Paul Ewins

TECH TORQUE

Knowing the fundamentals

of safe vehicle recovery is

an essential element of all

terrain pursuits. Paul Ewins

explains.

Vehicle recovery is an inherent part of off

road driving, as sooner or later you’ll land

yourself in a situation where a recovery is

required. Knowing how to safely recover yourself

may be the difference between a long walk to

find help, injury or even death. While that may

sound a little melodramatic, it’s a sad fact, but

people die or are permanently injured in vehicle

recoveries every year.

Here’s some really basic steps you can take to

help prevent becoming marooned:

Use the ‘Stop, Think, Observe, Proceed’

method each time you come to an obstacle.

Understand that too much acceleration is as

bad as not enough. Backing off slightly, may

often allow the wheels to re-gain traction.

Stop as soon as you lose traction, as you’ll only

dig a hole and make the recovery harder than it

needs to be.

Consider reducing tyre pressures.

Make a clear path for the tyres and dig out

from underneath the car if necessary.

Use traction planks like Maxtrax as a first resort.

Use only rated recovery points - tow tongue

replacements such as the Hayman Reese style

hooks are excellent.

NEVER use a tow-ball as a recovery point.

When you become stuck, always ensure your

hand brake is on and the car is in gear.

Maintain constant communication using a UHF

radio.

Double check straps and shackles.

Gear selection is crucial – ensure the car

being recovered is using a higher gear than the

car doing the recovery as you don’t want to be

pulling against the car’s gearing.

Ensure all spectators are well clear - 1.5 x

length of strap is a good guide.

Always start off with least amount of momentum.

If the car isn’t freed after 4 – 5 attempts, stop

and re-assess the situation. You may need to do

some more digging or try a different approach.

As soon as the car is free, stop and remove all

straps and remember to wash and clean your

straps when you get home.

Driver training is available for members of the

Subaru 4WD Club of SA. For further information

about the club see www.subaru4wd.asn.au/


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LEFT There is

some fun to all this

training too

RIGHT Members

of the Subaru

4WD Club of SA

participating in offroad

training.

A long handled

shovel justifies

its inclusion when

recovering in sand.

BELOW Traction

planks make easy

pickings of vehicle

recoveries.

KNOWING HOW TO

SAFELY RECOVER

YOURSELF MAY BE THE

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN

A LONG WALK TO FIND

HELP, INJURY OR EVEN

DEATH

Photos Subaru 4WD

Club of SA


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