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  • Snake Racing 8:08 am on 20/10/2010 Permalink
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    Polaris Racing in ARB Xtreme Winch Challenge 2010 

    Polaris RZR racing winch challenge Manilla Tamworth

    High Speed Sprints, Winching and Rock Crawling. 4×4 Action on “The Mountain!”

    The ARB Xtreme Winch Challenge (XWC) is a 3 day, endurance, speed and strategy event that testing driver and navigator teams in a series of timed sprints, rock crawling and winching challenges. The XWC is an interstate challenge with events held in Queensland and NSW. The 2010 finals were hosted on “The Mountain” at Manilla (via Tamworth) and showcased extreme 4WD winch trucks and Polaris RZR categories.

    “A very family friendly and fun weekend. We really enjoyed watching the Polaris stages. They were fast and conquered massive obstacles more than twice the size of the little cars!”

    Check out the Polaris RZR racing action from the 2010 finals below!

    For more information on 4WD off road events or Polaris RZR Racing Click Here!

    Article and Videos by Krystal Harden

     
  • Snake Racing 8:08 am on 08/10/2010 Permalink
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    The Logan Challenge Photo Gallery – 2010 

    4x4 at the Logan challenge covered in mud

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  • Snake Racing 8:08 am on 08/10/2010 Permalink
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    The Logan Challenge – October 2010 


    Krystal and Tuff Truck Tuff Turtle

    A wet and muddy mess, the Logan Challenge is a fun, family friendly event. Well worth the inter-state trip!

    There isn’t many reasons that would make me get up and out of bed at 3.30 am. I’m the sort of girl that would probably even consider hitting the snooze button while the house was on fire.  Lucky for me the house wasn’t on fire. In fact Brisbane and the rest of South East Queensland were experiencing torrential down pour and were such mostly flooded. Never the less the rugged 4WD enthusiast deep inside me prevailed and by 4am my co-driver, Ben Henry and I were on the road and headed towards Janowen Hills 4WD park.

    Earlier this year the Suspension Stuff Logan Challenge was cancelled due to rain. With the new date scheduled in, Ben had asked me to navigate for him in his MQ Patrol fondly named Tuff Turtle. Naturally I jumped at the opportunity and organized a special trip to QLD, to do just this.

    Nissan GU beast at Logan Challenge 4WD event

    We arrived at Janowen Hills 4WD Park just in time for the drivers briefing. After a quick introduction to the rest of the members of Team Pansys 2.0, we headed to our first course. Stage 6. Little did we know that as we rolled out of the campsite it was the beginning of the end for our team.

    The team was made up of 3 vehicles. Micky D and Grant Walker in a neat, tricked out GU Patrol ute. Experienced winch challenge competitors Micky and Grant brought an in depth mechanical knowledge, equipment and professionalism to the team.

    Jason Bond GQ Shorty Patrol at Logan Challenge 4WD Event Jason Bond being navigated by his brother Matthew Bond brought a GQ Shorty Patrol that looked like it has seen some better days. This truck is the 4WD equivalent to a rat rod without the horsepower. Jason and Matt are the calm and collected type of competitors that seem to compete best by having fun.

    Finally Ben and myself competed in Ben’s MQ Patrol. Ben’s Tuff Truck competition experience should have been an advantage over the other teams. However mud and a heavy car… changes everything.

    If you haven’t picked up on it by now, the weather was less than desirable. The main access tracks used to get to and from courses was a challenge in its self. The mud was so thick and slushy that everyone was joking about receiving bonus points for just making it to the starting gates.

    For Ben and Jason’s trucks the mud eventually overcome them. We began stage 6 (our first stage) full throttle. The first obstacle, a slippery and steep hill climb. Ben’s truck was the first to go. Loosing drive to the front drivers side wheel. Moments later Jason broke a CV. Unable to continue Mickey D completed the course and we headed back to camp for repairs.

    Jason’s CV replaced and Ben unable to remove the hub from the vehicle we decided to continue competing in 2WD. We completed two more courses. A sprint paced funkana course and non-4WD stage where the navigator leaned across and steered the car as the driver applied the throttle. Finally the front end seized up and we were out. GQ Steering Box

    Jason and Mickey D continued on to complete only one more course. A short rally track style race through a narrow valley. Mickey D triumphed the course with no hold ups. Metres before the finish line Jason’s truck lost steer. Mickey and Grant’s Winch challenge experience had the shorty GQ recovered up the edge of the valley in moments. Closer inspection on flat ground reveled the power steering box had split in two!

    An unusual breakage which had the team performing a 6 hour marathon removal and replacement that felt more like performing heart surgery than a mechanical install.  Two broken vehicles, icy breezes, constant rain, thick mud and feeling freezing cold had the team heading for the comforts of home by the evening. By the end of the first day the Pansys 2.0 and many other teams pulled out and headed back to the city.

    The event was hosted by the Logan District 4WD Club and it was evident they had taken the time to put on a fun and professional challenge for the entrants. The courses were interesting and challenging whilst catering for all levels of driving ability.  Club members were friendly, hospitable and clearly love their sport. It was a real pleasure to be invited to attend the event and I’m already looking forward to next years. Even with the rain, Good Show Logan District 4WD Club.

    Results

    Place Team Name Points Stages Completed
    1 Exedy Safari Tuff Clutch 2195 24/25
    2 Logan Districts 4WD Club 2100 21/25
    3 Blue Dog 1753 21/25
    4 Deaf Dust Devils 1554 22/25
    5 British Off Road 1527 21/25
    6 Bohica 1519 21/25
    7 CMS Racing 1299 15/25
    8 Diabolic Racing 1220 17/25
    9 Bitza Racing 1217 15/25
    10 Trek Quest 1170 14/25
    11 Mortern Districts 1052 14/25
    12 Pansies 2.0 306 5/25

    GU Patrol Winch Challenge Truck at Logan Challenge

    Toyota Landcruiser at Logan Challenge 4WD event

    Tuff Truck Tuff Turtle before starting the Logan Challenge 4WD event

    View the Logan Challenge 2010 Photo Gallery by clicking here!

    Story by Krystal Harden

     
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