1972

On March 20th 1972, a meeting was held between the Victorian Minister for Lands, Mr. Bill Borthwick and representatives of the Cross Country Jeep Club (CCJC) and the Land Rover Owners Club of Victoria (LROC) to discuss the growing problem of track closures. Four Wheel Drive (4wd) delegates to the meeting were Mike McCormick (CCJC), Bevan Fenner (LROC/CCJC), Alex Flack (LROC/CCJC).

From this meeting came a resolution to bring together Clubs with similar interests and develop a code of ethics which was ultimately promoted for use by other groups. Although there was considerable good will towards this objective there was no formal plan. By the middle of 1973, many "NO VEHICLES" signs began to appear on bush tracks.

1974

An Interclub Rally was held at Valley Farm, Narbethong on the 2nd and 3rd of February 1974 and five clubs attended. These were the Cross Country Jeep Club, Land Rover Owners Club, Gippsland Four Wheel Drive Club, Toyota Landcruiser Club and Geelong Four Wheel Drive Club. The resolution of that rally was to form a State Association.

A public meeting to launch the State Association "FORV" (Federation of Off Road Vehicles) was held at the Malvern Town Hall on 27th February 1974. The meeting endorsed a Mission as: "The promotion, defence and support of all owners of Off Road type recreational vehicles, in the common interest and enjoyment gained from their operation in all areas".

Rod Martin was elected as the first President.

The first year saw operational difficulties and it was agreed that each group would establish their own Association.

1975

On the 8th and 9th February 1975, a meeting of delegates from four wheel drive clubs was held and the Victoria Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs (VAFWDC) was formed. Victor Cattapan was elected as President and the Constitution was adopted.

Founding members of the Association were:

  • Cross Country Jeep Club
  • Dandenong Ranges Four Wheel Drive Club
  • Geelong Four Wheel Drive Club
  • Gippsland Four Wheel Drive Club
  • Haflinger Club
  • Toyota Landcruiser Club
  • Victorian Four Wheel Drive Club
  • Victorian Military Vehicle Corps