1985 Dune Buggy on the Canning by Gordon Hayes

Diary complete - History notes, maps and more photos to follow

The  Team - Eleven Members participated in this expedition :

Convoy start

Peter L Vernon
- Expedition Leader, 4x4 Driver & Mick Le Plastrier – Co-Driver
Vehicle – Holden powered hybrid machine

Richard E Mason – Motorcyclist
Vehicle – Motorcycle, 600cc Tenere

Charles T Chapman – 4x4 Driver
Vehicle – Toyota Landcruiser, FJ 45 LWB

Albert J C Bowden – 4x4 Driver & Gayle M Crocker – Passenger
Vehicle – Toyota Landcruiser, FJ 40 SWB

Malcolm Hayes – 4x4 Driver & Kerri L Bremner – Co-Driver
Vehicle – Toyota Landcruiser, FJ 45LWB

Martin Hayes – 4x4 Drive & Patricia McCarthy – Co-Driver
Vehicle – Toyota Landcruiser, FJ 45 LWB

Gordon H Hayes – 4x2 Driver (Article perspective)
Vehicle – 3K Toyota powered Dune Buggy on a VW chassis


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A Timeline of Canning Stock Route Adventurers

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The Canning Walker's Challenge for 2013

End of the CSR for Gaynor Schoeman Canning Walker

Starting from Billiluna in the north near Halls Creek on 31 May 2013, Gaynor Schoeman walked 1657km solo for 66 days, carrying a backpack of 30kg, finishing on the 05 August 2013 in the tiny outback goldfields town of Wiluna.

Gaynor was raising money for quadriplegic wheelchair rugby players under the banner Walk 4 Wheels and Walk 4 Wings in memory of hangglider pilot and friend, Bruce McClunan, who broke his neck on 1st April 2011.

Many class this walk as unsupported, done in a similar way as the first successful walkers lead by Murray Rankin in 1976.

Whilst I did not walk with vehicle support, or with another person, without the help of Andy Sutcliffe in establishing my supply route before the walk, and my food sponsors, this walk would not have been possible.  For this reason I class my 2013 desert walk only as SOLO .... by my own standards. Media interviews - TV, Radio, Newspapers and Magazines.


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