History In October 2004 the WA 4WD Association (WA4WDA), with the support of Instructors and advisors from the Association’s Driver Training Programme (DTP), held an open day at Gnangara for people with “Compact 4WD’s”, or “Soft-roaders” as they were referred to back then. Sixty vehicles attended the day and while one of the Association’s aims was to show people the capabilities of their vehicle, the main purpose was to get enough interest to start a club that catered for and would run trips within the capabilities of the Compact 4WD. The Association received a considerable amount of interest from people who wanted to be in this new club and a couple of people wanted to take this to the next stage and undertook the task of forming the club. Unfortunately this proved to be too large a task for someone new to 4wdriving to accomplish and the project failed to make any further progress. A decision was made in April 2005 to restart the Compact 4WD club project and, with the assistance of the WA 4WD Association, people that had expressed interest in being part of this new club were again contacted and the club’s first trip was organised and run through Gnangara on the 19th of June. Since then the response has been fantastic, with people formalising the committee positions on July 10 - a day where the Subaru 4WD club assisted the “compacts” along the power-line track – much to the surprise of drivers of larger 4WDs, a recce trip through some interesting tracks in the Dwellingup area – July 17, organising a meeting date and location and having the affiliation application accepted by the WA 4WD Association on the 18th of July 2005..
Meetings The club holds it’s monthly meetings, the 2nd Monday of every month, at Kaarakin, 322 Mills Rd East, MARTIN, the meetings start at 7.00pm.
Purpose The purpose for this club is so people can learn the capabilities of their vehicles and to show they are very capable of doing most things that a normal 4wd does, in standard configuration, without the need to spend huge amounts of money on their vehicles. The club was started with the above goals in mind, we (Sally & Wayne) are both senior 4wd instructors with a combined 20 years of experience behind us and pass on our knowledge to club members, teaching the correct way to do something and why and also the safest way for both member and vehicle. We teach how not to get stuck and promote passive recovery in the event a vehicle does get stuck. We do not promote or use snatch strap recoveries within the club or the use of recovery tracks such as Maxtrax or similar.
What is a Compact 4WD
A compact 4wd vehicle has 3 of the following 4 criteria....
1. A vehicle without low range gearing 2. A vehicle with limited wheel travel 3. A vehicle with limited ground clearance 4. A vehicle that is small to medium in size
The club is for Compact 4WD vehicles and all trips are planned and run for those vehicles but we do allow small 4wd vehicles such as Subaru and Suzuki to join. A Compact 4WD is a vehicle that has been designed and built around a passenger vehicle base and has limited 4wd or AWD capacity included. These vehicles are also refered to as Compact Crossover 4WD Vehicles meaning they are built to the manufacturers specific compact platform.
A short list of some compact vehicles the club has already or would accept: Honda CRV Nissan X-Trail Toyota Rav4 Kia Sorento Kia Sportage Mitsubishi Outlander Mazda Tribute Subaru Forester Hyundai Tucson Toyota Kluger Suzuki Grand Vitara Suzuki Vitara Volvo XC90 BMW X5 Daihatsu Terios Lada Niva Suzuki Sierra
If your vehicle is not on this list and you feel it qualifies for membership, please contact us and ask the question. This list is by no means complete and will be added to as different vehicles join or are brought to our attention.