CITROňN 2CV RAID
about the fourth Australian Raid
Created 16-12-98 last updated 19-07-2000
Welcome to the official web
site of CitroŽn Raid Australia 2000 !
CHEERS to RAIDERS
from Raid 88, Raid 92 and Raid 96 and welcome to potential new
What is a "Raid"
An Australian CitroŽn Raid is an adventure trip, in a CitroŽn
2CV, which covers an area of out-
back Australia. It is not a rally or a race. It is a unique combination of CitroŽn
people, outback travel, camping
and scenery; together with a challenge. International friendships are formed. All three
previous Raids have proven to be "unforgettable trips of a lifetime".
What cars are allowed The Raid is predominantly for CitroŽn
derivatives, however other CitroŽn Cars will be allowed, but these must agree to act in a
supportive role for the 2CV cars.
The challenge Most overseas Raid participants
ship their cars to Australia and then travel to the central Raid starting point of Alice
Springs in Central Australia. We then travel outback roads ranging from good bitumen to
extremely rough roads considered by some as 4 wheel drive only. This Raid intends
(optional) to travel to Cape York in the extreme north of Australia. This route is still
considered a "pioneer" road. A sign near Cape York proudly exclaims "17.000 corrugations" to
History of Raid in Australia The first
Australian Raid was held in 1988
and covered the Gunbarrel Highway track across central Australia from Perth to Sydney. The second
followed in 1992 and covered the top end of Australia. The third
in 1996 covered the Northern Territory and Western
Start The official "Raid" will start from Alice Springs
on Saturday 12th August 2000 and end in the Daintree area near Cairns on the Saturday
On the evening of the 11th make your own arrangements for
dinner (Cafe de Raid) or have some dinner at Chateau Hornsby Winery, Petrick
Road, Alice Springs, phone: 8955 5133. Later Raiders must attend the meeting at
Chateau Hornsby for the official welcome at 19.30 to receive the Raid T-Shirts, car logo stickers and car
numbers for the front and rear windscreen. Car owners will be required to
show proof of Third Party Property Insurance cover at this time
(see under Additional costs - Shannons Insurance) and all Raiders
will need to sign the necessary indemnity form.
Raid distance Including the trip to Cape York is about 5000
Suggested Timing As the Raid officially starts from Alice Springs and ends near
Cairns it is suggested you allow at least one week either side to "fine tune"
the car and travel to and from the Raid.
Raiders arriving and departing from the same capital city must add at least the following
distance to be travelled:
No guarantee Committeeman David Gries suggests
that we structure the second part of the Raid as "open ended".
This means that although we will attempt to get all Raiders to the Cape
and back within the proposed time, it may not be possible to guarantee
this as there are many variables - sand, tides, road conditions, rain,
flooded rivers, etc. to contend with. He says that should be put in this
way to all intending "Cape Yorkers".
In this respect it will be suggested to Raiders that they should carry
emergency food for perhaps 10 days in case of unforseen circumstances.
Whom to contact In the first instance
email this web site: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Es muŖ nicht immer Englisch sein - schick' Dein
e-mail doch einfach in deutscher Sprache).
Approx. costs Entry price, based on the 1996
Raid, the cost will be $ 500 per car. This covers organisational costs,
survey costs, campground fees, magazines, postage, first aid supplies, flying doctor radio, 4WD
expenses, T-shirts and stickers.
Transport costs of your vehicle
||Each Raid car must have
third party property insurance
You cannot join the Raid without third party property insurance.
You will be asked for proof of this in Alice Springs prior to departure.
Overseas Raiders may obtain third party property insurance from The Kings
Cross Car Market Pty Ltd phone: 0061 - 2 - 9358 5000 or Shannons Insurance
phone: 0061 - 7 - 3892 2776.
ferry and return - currently $ 80 cash
Some other costs
Customs Info For those wishing to bring a 2CV
to Australia. A telephone contact number for Australian Customs information is ++617 3835
3258. Basically you need to go to your automobile association in your own country and
obtain a CARNET de PASSAGE. This entitles you to bring your car to
Australia. For example in
Germany go to the
A D A C and obtain the Carnet application form.
Selling cars in Australia after the Raid requires duties and taxes to be paid. You will
need to contact The Australian Federal Office of Road Safety in Canberra Australia
++612 6274 7506.
Generally cars under 15 years old are subject to Australian design rules (ADR) and this
adds to costs. Also cars may need to be registered prior to sale and each Australian State
has different requirements which may be onerous. Contact also the various State Transport
Raiders may wish to refer to the following websites:
1. Australian Federal Office of Road Safety: http://www.dotrs.gov.au/land/vehicle/imports/impbroch.htm#8
2. Australian Customs Service: http://www.customs.gov.au/bizlink/imports/motor/
A booklet from the Australian Automobile Association explaining
"things you should know about bringing your car to Australia"
will be sent to overseas Raiders with their official deposit receipt.
Allan Ward well known South Australian Car Club member has kindly offered to help Raiders
who are shipping their cars to Adelaide, with customs formalities. Allan can be
found at 3 Montrose Place, Belmont, Adelaide,
South Australia 5066, phone/fax: ++ 61 - (0) 8 - 8379 2255.
DISCLAIMER This web site does not claim to be an expert on Carnet or selling 2CV cars .
You should talk to ex raiders such as Michael Mohr in Germany, Steve Hill in England,
Christian Komaniecki in France or Ralph Hibble in Perth and others who have
experience in these matters.
Shipping of cars
Contact your shipping agent
See also people under
Technical Advice - they may be able to help with shipping questions
Please note it takes 6 - 8
weeks to ship a car to Australia
"trick" for a problem free Raid is to travel light and with a
Outback travel in Australia is
totally different to travel in Europe. Most of the roads we will travel on are made from
gravel or just red or brown sand. As such the roads can be extremely rough, dusty and
after rain very muddy and slippery. Some stretches of "road" are just rocks. The
roads are often badly corrugated and full of ruts or holes.
Therefore all cars intending to participate in Raid 2000 must be prepared to a very high
standard. In the past 3 Aus-
tralian Raids, ill prepared 2CV cars, amongst other problems, suffered broken chassis's,
broken suspension arms,
and broken or destroyed spring
It is strongly suggested that only new tyres be used on your car.
Experience has shown that old tyres are far more likely to blow-up on
Windscreen: Many early 2CVs still have what
is called 'safety glass windscreens' installed. These break into thousands
of small pieces of glass which is impossible to see out of when hit by a
stone or rock. We strongly recommend that modern type laminated (Verbundglas,
lamine pare-brise) glass be fitted. The laminated glass will probably only
chip or crack if hit by a stone.
Fan and pulley: Many past Raiders have had
problems with broken fans and/or pulley. Bring spares.
See David Gries Raid 1992 advice
Gries 2000 advice. and Car
Preparation Raid 2000.
Solid tow hooks to be fitted front and rear - these should be painted yellow
Snow chains (from
a Ski shop) should be carried as these could help in long sections of loose sand
40 channel CB radio MUST be
fitted (see Newsletter No. 3 - "See your whips")
||Bring a small grease gun
Other factors Many of the breakdown problems
resulted from overloaded cars. Keep the total weight of car/co-driver
as low as possible. Overloaded
huge stress on all major components and this added to the rough roads will cause major
problems. For example the maximum all up weight of a 2CV with passengers and luggage
fuel and water is 975 kg. The correct choice of tyres may be of major importance. (
Michelin mud & snow ? ) size 135 minimum.
The Raid committee strongly recommends a maximum of two in a 2CV.
Link Have a look at "http://www.stoessel.de/2cv/
web site (German and English).
Uwe Stoessel has provided full details on the ICI Commence L'Adventure - 2CV car
preparation details for Raids.
On the preparation of cars,
and other advice contact the following people who might help you:
Proposed route of Raid 2000
Our Raid Leader has
proposed an ambitious and challenging route.
Rendezvous at Heavy Tree Gap Camping Grounds ALICE SPRINGS. About 70kms north to the
which runs off to the left from the Plenty Highway. Drive north east along the Sandover
Highway. About 530 kms reach Lake Nash which is near the Qld border. After the border we
head south-east down to Urandangi. At Urandangi head northeast to meet the Diamantina
Development road then north to MT ISA. We now head up the Barkly Highway to Camooweal.
Then up the Burketown-Camooweal road to Gregory Downs. From Gregory Downs head west to
LAWN HILL National Park. From Lawn Hill head back and cross the Burketown-Camooweal road
and head to Nardoo and on
to the Burke and Wills Roadhouse. From Burke and Wills Roadhouse head north up the Burke
Development road to
Normanton (maybe also visit Karumba).
(OR as an alternative (dirt road) from Lawn Hill National Park head back to Gregory downs
and north up the Camooweal-
Burketown road to Burketown. From Burketown head down to head towards Normanton via
Leichardt Falls and Inverleigh to Normanton).
From Normanton continue along the Burke Development road via Dunbar Highbury Gamboola
Chillagoe Mt Garnet and to the Undara Crater National Park to see the Lava Tubes. Then
head north to Cape Kimberley Resort which is just past Mossman over the Daintree River.
From Cape Kimberley it is proposed that those Raiders who so desire will head on up to
Cape York via Lakeland, Laura, Musgrave Homestead, Coen, Archer River
Roadhouse, Bamaga, Batavia Downs, Captain Billys Landing, cross the Jardine
River, Seisa (or Punshard Bay) and then back, while the non- Cape Yorkers pursue
other activities. See SURVEY REPORT below.
Raid Those travelling from Perth may wish to join Ralph Hibble on his
"Raid Leeuwin to Cape York". This trip will of course include
the Raid. This takes you from mainland Australia's' most southern point to
its most northern point.
Contact Ralph Hibble for more
See also LAKE EYRE page below.
Caution Raiders attempting the 2nd part of the Raid namely from
Cape Kimberley Resort will be heading north into more crocodile country. Australia has two
types of crocodiles, the fresh water
croc (freshy) and the salt water croc (salties). The freshy is a timid animal and is very
shy of man, however it should be treated with caution. However the salty croc is a
man-eater and has been responsible for the death of a number of tourists as well as local
people who became too lax or familiar with their care. Two years ago (1997) a local
attendant from the Jardine Ferry was killed and eaten by a crocodile in the sight of his
children (I think there were 7 children) whilst swimming out to the broken ferry. As
the climate up north is hot and humid Raiders will be very tempted to cool off whenever
they find water. However this practice is fraught with danger, as the safety of the
water may not be known. The authorities have in some instances placed warning signs
warning that crocodiles may be in the water, and these must be followed. It must be
stressed that Raiders are responsible for their own safety, including safety first with
More information If you are not already on
the Raid Mailing list please advise your details so that we can send you a
copy of the Raid Newsletter. Also watch this website as we
will continue to add more information. Other questions can be directed to a member of the
committee, or send a email/fax/or letter.
Say hello to us.
Applications Applications have closed.
Musical instruments ....some Raiders chose to bring some
of their musical instruments with them, and past Raids were treated to some fine talent,
particularly around the camp fire. Guitars, violins, mouth organs etc are most welcome.
Please do not however bring your grand piano.
Diving lessons Raiders may wish to
take advantage of the clear water conditions in August/September and take
Certified Diving Courses available along the coast, from about A$ 150
Visa A visa is required for entry
into Australia. This is usually obtained via your travel agent.
Health It is suggested that Raiders have
a dental and perhaps a medical check-up prior to their departure as these facilities are
hard to find in outback Australia. A small first aid kit should be carried.
Buy some Aerogard Insect Repellent (tropical strength) when you get to
We have chosen August as it is normally within
the "dry" season. Roads during the "wet" season are often impassable.
Temperatures will range from hot (T-shirt and shorts) during the day - to cold (jeans,
jumper, enclosed shoes) overnight. You should bring a warm jacket.
Sydney Olympic Games 2000 The Raid
officially finishes just prior to the start of the Olympic Games which start on Friday September
15th with the grand opening ceremony at Homebush Bay and finish on Sunday 1st October.
The Raid Committee reserves the right
To determine Raid Participants and numbers. The Raid Leader also reserves the right to
reject any Raid vehicle considered by him not to be of adequate Raid standard. The route
shown is the probable route as determined by our Raid Leader, but is subject
to change should circumstances, conditions or weather warrant.
WATCHING ... This site as it will be edited,
developed and updated on a continuing basis.
for the Raid Committee
Steve Wedell & Anja Ahrens
This web site is produced by
Steve Wedell for the Raid Australia Committee and edited by Anja Ahrens. The Raid
committee is a group of volunteers from CitroŽn Car Clubs in the major cities of
Australia. The committee runs each Raid on a non-profit basis for the benefit
of Raiders. It is not a race or rally. It is an adventure which brings together people
from many countries whose common interest is a love for that loveable hardy, long lived
and ubiquitous auto-
mobile, the CitroŽn 2CV.
The Raid Committee accepts no responsibility for cars or people. The Committee act only as
a medium to bring the Raiders together for an adventure of a lifetime. You join the Raid
voluntarily and entirely at your own risk.
Created 16-12-98 last updated 19-07-2000
Thank you for visiting our site!
Copyright © 2000 Anja Ahrens and Steven Wedell
web design Anja Ahrens
|We would be very pleased to receive news about Raiders
and/or photos of their cars also details and photos of car preparation.
This can be sent by e-mail or snail mail to the address as shown in the
application form in this website.
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|Australian Raiders please note: Dogs
or other pets are strictly prohibited on Raid 2000.