Four Wheel Drive Off Road Driver Training is an accredited training provider - Level 4 Assessment and Workplace Training
4WD Off Road Driver Training
PO Box 4427, Mulgrave 3170
Ph/Fax (03) 9562 1001
Mobile 0428 312 579
Four Wheel Drive Off Road Driver Training is the classic “hobby
turning into a job scenario”
A “baptism of fire awaited” me as a new Sales Manager for Leyland in 1977;
100 Series 3 Land Rovers and 150 Range Rovers to sell. Some in various
state of disrepair and many had been sitting in the paddock at Clayton
in Victoria for more than a year. Some even with blackberries growing
through the trim.
The challenge was to move those vehicles sitting forlornly in the paddock to the Motor Dealers sales yards. The Dealers already had plenty of vehicles in stock and the market was, to say the least, slow.
The solution; show potential buyers how to 4WD and get excited about the Land Rover/Range Rover product. A property was located north east of Melbourne near the Marysville State Forest and Rover Gully was born. A huge hole in the ground; the size of an Olympic swimming pool was constructed and plenty of ascending/descending and key starts were to become the norm for Rover Gully.
Family 4WD days were organised; Fleet Days, Government days and in no time many retail buyers were driving the Land Rover’s that once sat in the Clayton paddock. By showing customers what their 4x4 could do, we had cleared the decks.
Time to move on and after sales positions with Jeep Australia and Nissan, Four Wheel Drive Off Road Driver Training was started on June 3rd 1991 by launching the then new Pajero to the market place. I remember thinking of the new Super Select System – how could we understand another new driveline. Land Rover and Range Rover had been the benchmark for so many years.
We continued to do the training at Narbethong till the then name Anglesea Complex became available; a 2,500 acre private property near Anglesea in Victoria. Today there are about 40 drivelines in current model 4x4’s so things have become just a bit more complicated although some similarities do exist between the majority of the drivelines.
We operate from the now renamed Australian Automotive Research Centre most weekends with groups of 5 or 6 vehicles taking in the training. No matter what brand or model you drive, the betting is we have had it at Anglesea. All levels of experience are catered for. We are accredited Workplace Level 4 Trainers and Assessors and all our operations are covered by $10,000,000 Public Liability Insurance.
Commercial operators are also catered for, accredited training courses have been carried out for Parks Victoria, Leighton Constructions, Australian Drilling Association, John Holland Constructions, Transfield and many university departments. Our 4WD Training has also been utilised by most of the vehicle manufactures and many of their dealerships training both staff and customers.