almost didn't want to document this story but decided to anyway as it’s a good
clear warning about Toyota hand brakes and in particular the Toyota 70 series
Land cruiser handbrakes!
any 70 series Land Cruiser owner about his handbrake and that person will 9
times out of 10 respond with "what handbrake!?".
Relying on a hand brake is very dangerous and can end with disastrous
group of us (5 vehicles) at Lucky Bay just south of Kalbarri were exploring the
sand dunes in some gale forced windy conditions.
While we all had a bit of fun
on a medium sized dune I was taking some photos of the others driving up and
down the dunes I heard all this yelling and beeping...
I turned to my left and saw
my mate Torben yelling something while beeping frantically but the wind was
blowing so hard I couldn't hear a word. I then made out he was pointing at something
behind me, as I turn around I saw my landcruiser heading straight for the steep
40m sand dune descent!
At this stage the cruiser was moving at a running speed
pace about 15m away from me.
I ran like I have never run before (in sand that
is) to try and reach the driver side door which was on the other side, while
running I was in two minds wherever to throw the camera and just put myself
between what could be a rolling Land Cruiser or just stop and watch it go!
I made up my mind the front wheels started to turn to the left putting the
cruiser on a breathtaking angle but this also slowed the speed right down until
it came to a stop.
this stage I was in the cab starting her up, turning the wheels and releasing
the handbrake almost at the same time and drove it safely to the bottom the
last 15 m.
a bloody scare that was!
My mate Wayne approached me afterwards with a full
bottle of jacks saying as a joke " Holy $thi man! I think you might need a
drink to calm your nerves after that!" Let's just say the bottle was out
of his hands before he knew it.
the cruiser was on the top of the dune it had the engine switched off and the
handbrake up the entire way, the wind was so strong and the back of the canopy
is a big flat surface for the wind to push and it eventually pushed the cruiser
with such force it didn't just slowly roll it was moving at pace.
and I have never experienced or seen wind do this to a vehicle with the hand
brake on! Mind you the hand brakes on Toyotas are rubbish, everything else is
Torben had his cruiser parked the same way and recalls having to apply the foot
brake to stop his Ute from rocking and moving in the wind.
to say I now park the cruiser in gear and I never rely on the brake anymore,