The ultimate vehicle

To: "'Janice England'" <>, "'birding-aus'" <>
Subject: The ultimate vehicle
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2006 10:30:22 +1030


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Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] The ultimate vehicle

I guess most people have had enough of this topic but I thought everyone would like to hear a story from Newhaven.  While I was working there in 2001, the Census Dept rang  us and asked if we could help one of their staff who was bogged about 40 kms west of Newhaven.  He was in a 4WD (can't remember what type) with a satellite phone.  A very experienced couple set off in their Landcruiser to assist.  When they didn't return that evening we realised that they too must have  been bogged.  So next morning two more vehicles headed out to help them.  When we arrived they had managed to free one of the vehicles and the other was also out after much digging and winching. 
However, their interesting story was about a group of Aborigines who had come along in their Falcon and on seeing the bogged vehicles decided to drive around them.  They too of course got bogged.  But not to be daunted, they just asked everyone to push and while the driver spun the wheels, the momentum was enough to get them out of the bog and they continued on their way to their settlement leaving the other two vehicles and their occupants to spend the night with the moquitoes.
Was it the vehicle or the driver?
I still smile every time I think about it.
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