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Owners on Oka jaunt

Thirteen unique all-terrain vehicles turned out to the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre for friendship and fun.
Thirteen unique all-terrain vehicles turned out to the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre for friendship and fun.

LOCALS and visitors to the Lockyer Valley had something new to look at when 13 all-terrain vehicles rolled into the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre.

Organiser Yvonne Fraser, a former local who has been travelling around Australia with her husband Lynn for some time, said they camped overnight at the centre and visitors were treated well.

“We had an excellent response and people who were looking at travelling were interested in seeing the setup,” Mrs Fraser said. “Those who didn't own an Oka are now considering one for outback travel. A lot of places that normal 4x4 vehicles can't go become accessible in an Oka, as they're compact and can tackle rocky terrain.”

The Oka project began in the mid 1980s, when Mike Walker decided to build a vehicle for the mining and defence forces from scratch, in his hometown of Perth.

She said the vehicle was solid and custom-built for each owner.

“They were popular at the mines and they are renowned for doing well in the extreme conditions of the Outback,” Mrs Fraser said.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to get all owners together, to discuss ideas and make new friends.

“There was a lot of networking and people looking at buying, changing designs and adding to their special vehicles.”

Okas from Victoria, NSW, Canberra and all over Queensland converged at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre.

“You don't get much of a chance to do it these days and we were extremely impressed with the setup at the centre,” she said.

Yvonne and Lynne also signed copies of their book about Cape York travel.

Next stop for Yvonne and her husband Lynn is Victoria and then to Western Australia for some gold prospecting.

“We will be meeting up with some fellow Oka owners that were at the convention.”

For more information about the Oka, visit www.oka.com.au.


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