AUSTRALIA'S second oldest four-wheel-drive club, the Newcastle Land Rover Club, will mark its 50th birthday this year.
The club has been celebrating the milestone with a number of events over the past few months.
Members kicked off the year with a reunion barbecue at Croudace Bay, followed by a long weekend away with their sister Victorian club, a soup and damper day with a slideshow presentation at Speers Point Park, and a gala dinner in late September.
The club has two more events planned - a re-enactment of the club's first trip to the Watagan mountains on October 20 and the unveiling of its 50th anniversary plaque in Maitland's Allan Howarth Reserve in February.
The club was founded in 1963 with 16 foundation members, and now boasts more than 150 people.
Club spokesman John Brown said official trips have taken the group all over Australia, including Cape York and Kangaroo Island and across the Simpson Desert.
Mr Brown said the club was proud that three of its founding members would be part of the upcoming celebrations.
■ Go to newcastlelandroverclub.org.au for more information about the club.