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  • Snake Racing 6:35 am on 28/03/2011 Permalink
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    NAMS Series Khanacross at Awaba – Round 1 Photo Gallery 

    Polaris RZRs with Rigid Industries LED light bars and Snake Racing doors

    When a whopping 63 entries arrive for racing you know that it will be a good competition.

    The first round of the NAMS Khanacross series for 2011 was a Twilight event hosted by the Westlakes Automobile Club. Here are some photos from the afternoon.


  • Snake Racing 9:51 am on 16/03/2011 Permalink |
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    WorldRiderZ Successful Sydney to Paris Ride 

    WorldRiderz in France showing Rigid Industries LED Light bars

    One in every seven Australians is affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD).

    Kidney disease is not biased by age or gender and with one in 3 Australians at risk of developing kidney disease, it is quickly becoming the silent killer in modern society.

    WorldRiderz KTM Adventure 900 Tiger motorcycle with Rigid Industries LED light bars

    Snake Racing is proud to support the WorldRiderZ Foundation with their mission to increase awareness of chronic kidney disease and establish a global renal & urological network. The WorldRiderZ Foundation’s goal is to connect health professionals in major hospitals with remote, developing and impoverished regions so that medical advancements can be shared across the globe.

    Stephane and Paul of the WorldRiderZ Foundation rode from Sydney to Paris in support for chronic kidney disease. Pushing the tiger inspired KTM Adventure 900’s through 9 countries, with the Discovery Channel capturing all the highs and lows as they succeeded in generating support and funding for the global renal network.

    WorldRiderz riding in France showing Rigid Industries LED Light Bars

    Krystal Harden from the Snake Racing team caught up with Stephane Etienne after he returned from Paris for an update on his epic journey and how the Rigid Industries LED Light Bars performed.

    Krystal: Congratulations Stephane on your successful ride to France. Going by your blog it looks like it was quite the trip of a lifetime.
    Stephane: The journey exceeded all hopes and expectations. As you say, it was a trip of a life time that wen’t fantastic. We had some challenges, dramas, fun, met many influential personalities including the Dalai Lama, Prince Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and many more.

    Krystal: Snake Racing donated the lighting on both KTM Adventure 900’s. I have a couple of questions on the Rigid Industies LED Bars and how you found them.

    Krystal: Why did you choose the Rigid Industries LED Bar over other lighting types.
    Stephane: The Rigid Industries LED Bar are fully rugged and waterproof. Being on such a long journey across various challenging terrains, I needed to have a 100% reliability on my lights, particularly in sandy areas at night. Those Rigid Industries LED haven’t let me done once!

    WorldRiderz in Saudi Arabian Desert with Rigid Industries LED light bars.

    Krystal: You have mounted a 6 inch Amber LED Bar and two 4″ Dually LED lights to the front of both the KTM 900 motorcycles. How did you find their performance through out your journey?
    Stephane: The 6” Amber Bar and Dually light combination that Snake Racing has given us has worked out beautifully. The Amber LED was mostly used in dirty/dusty terrains, giving us a much clearer vision – and the Dually LED were mostly used at night in the country sides where roads have no public light. They are very powerful, bright and work under all temperature variations.

    Krystal: Travelling from Australia to Malyasia, through India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya and Italy whilst on your way to France is quite an Extraordinary trip! Did the Rigid Industries LED light bars offer you any riding advantages?
    Stephane: The Rigid Industries lighting gave us a total piece of mind. When you are travelling on 2-wheels you want to make sure other vehicles from various countries see you well. I felt a lot more safe keeping my lights switched on at all times to prevent oncoming traffic in rural areas and to give me a better vision in remote places.

    WorldRiderz KTM Adventure 900's parked in Malaysia showing Rigid Industiries LED light bars

    Krystal: Have you had much feed back from your friends, co-workers, travellers about the Rigid Industries LED light bars mounted on your bikes?
    Stephane: It’s been very interesting to see the reaction from the crowd looking at our KTM’s in each country. Lots of riders were asking where could they get a set of those great looking lights that works?

    Krystal: Would you recommend the Rigid Industries LED light bars to others?
    Stephane: 100% satisfied! They light up your path, are reliable and no maintenance, what more would you want?

    Krystal: How much funding have you raised so far? WorldRiderz pose with KTM Adventure 900's at a hospital in Malaysia Stephane: I will have final figure end of June ’11 – then the figure will be public, that way we don’t announce different numbers.

    Krystal: How many hospitals are now on board as part of the Global Renal Network?
    Stephane: All hospitals from the 9 countries visited in this journey. Australia – Malaysia – India – Saudi Arabia – Egypt – Libya – Tunisia – Italy – France

    Krystal: What was your trip highlight?
    Stephane: When we travelled to Dharamsala to meet with his holiness the Dalai Lama.

    WorldRiders Stephane and Paul meet talking to the Dalai Lama

    Krystal: Did you come across any unexpected challenges and how did you overcome them?
    Stephane: My bike got stolen in Tripoli in Libya! That day was definitely the most challenging on the road. An amazing support and help from Tom Yates (Australian Consul in Libya) helped us recover the bike.

    Krystal: When can we watch your story on the Discovery channel?
    Stephane: In July ’11 we have to hand over all 6 episodes to Discovery Networks which will then decide of date of broadcasting. That should happen around August/September ’11.

    For more information about Stephane and his mission to raise awareness and funds for Chronic Kidney Disease visit http://www.worldriderz.com/

    WorldRiderz Stephane meeting his family in France after the long journy


    Story by Krystal Harden

  • Snake Racing 8:08 am on 13/03/2011 Permalink
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    NSW State Khanacross Round 2 Hosted by MG Car Club 

    Snake Racing Polaris RZRs in stopping garage at Ringwood Hill Climb State Khanacross hosted by MG Car Club

    If you own a Polaris Ranger RZR, it’s time to come racing!

    The MG Car Club hosted the second round of the NSW State Khanacross series this month. Beautiful weather, extended tracks thanks to our neighbouring landowners and 26 eager competitors made good grounding for a great race meeting at Ringwood Park Hill Climb in Raymond Terrace.

    Polaris Ranger RZR at Ringwood Khanacross hosted by MG Car Club

    The 13th of March is a notable day in motorsport history as six of these drivers were new to the rally motorsport community and the first drivers to officially race in the new Polaris class under National CAMS authorisation.

    The pre-run showcased all 24 vehicles on track as drivers got a feel for the terrain and directions for each test. The ex-quarry land lived up to its rough reputation as some sections of the track consisted of small cricket ball sized boulders and navigationally trick ruts. By the end of the pre-run the track had smoothed over enough to get some serious speed whilst skidding through chicanes.

    Snake Racing Polaris Ranger RZR Drivers view of Ringwood Khanacross track pre-runAs an additional challenge and unique to this round was a short on tar sprint. The surface change challenged drivers and some even drifted fully sideways around a series of S bends leading into the finishing garage.

    Glynn Elliott returned to racing after a couple of years break from motorsport. Dusting a few cobwebs from his Subaru and his reactions, Glynn raced hard and consistent. Utilising the first round as a warm up he achieved the day’s fastest times on two tracks during the afternoon session. Despite a 10 second penalty, Glynn was one of the days top performers finishing 3rd outright.

    Dylan Grant in Honda Civic at Ringwood Khanacross State Round 2 hosted by MG Car ClubDylan Grant in his Honda Civic is showing improvement each round. Consistently placing in the top ten at every meeting, Dylan is a strong junior competitor and certainly someone to watch as the series progresses.

    The Polaris class performed well and kept pace with the full size vehicles. Nathan Chivers earned 4th place by keeping power on and navigating his race lines with precision. Total times show Nathan only 3.72 seconds behind Glynn Elliott, a top effort for a newcomer and proof the Polaris RZR’s are certainly a capable vehicle for Khanacross. With tongue in cheek Evan Van Leeuwen said, “Nathan had a Cracker of a round! I will have to be careful the they (Polaris RZR) don’t get too close to my car!” Evan in CamDak 2WD Buggy at starting line of Ringwood Khanacross

    The days overall winner was an epic battle between Westlakes Automobile Club members Evan Van Leeuwen in his CamDak 2WD custom and Keith Toward in his Buggy. The bridesmaid (second placer) Keith Toward held pace and pressure on Evan at every test, but when the final scores were tallied, Evan triumphed by a micro margin of only 6 tenths of a second.

    Ringwood Park Hill Climb is a neat and friendly venue and the canteen sure can cook a tasty sausage sizzle. Round 2 of the state series was a roaring success with all drivers achieving just enough of an adrenalin rush to tie them over until the next event. Congratulations to the winners, all competitors, MG Car Club as the host, CAMS officials and volunteers for making the event a success.


    No. DRIVER CAR NAMS Class State Class TOTAL NAMS Placing STATE Placing
    7 Terry Campbell Barina 1U A 688.21 1 1
    14 Bill Pearson Honda 3U B 631.71 1 1
    10 Jeffery Williamson Corolla 2U B 662.57 1 2
    11 Tim Pickard Stanza 2U B 680.39 2 3
    8 Peter Houghton Dat 1600 3U C 636.29 2 1
    12 Steven O’brien Escort 3U C 639.61 3 2
    5 Paul Dunn Galant 4U C 686.71 1 3
    18 Jack Wightman Skyline 2O D 642.01 1 1
    22 Nick Rowsell Skyline 1O D 655.64 1 2
    20 Ben Rowsell Skyline 1O D 658.87 2 3
    2 Jason Gregory Mazda RX5 3O D 679.64 1 4
    28 Jason Gardiner Skyline 2O D 693.87 2 5
    17 Paul Allan RX7 2O D 749.20 3 6
    6 Evan Van Leeuwen CamDak 5U E 606.09 1 1
    9 Keith Toward Buggy 5U E 606.15 2 2
    23 David Longworth Fuggy 5U E 721.12 3 3
    1 Glynn Elliott Subaru 4WD F 623.81 1 1
    15 Dylan Grant Civic 3UJ JUN 635.41 1 1
    19 Tegan Meek Hyundai 2UJ JUN 751.46 2 2
    16 Beau Grant Civic 3UJ JUN 757.96 3 3
    34 Nathan Chivers Polaris 4WDPol Pol 627.53 1 1
    21 Chris Sutton Polaris 4WDPol Pol 630.53 2
    13 Glen Buttigieg Polaris 4WDPol Pol 667.45 3
    4 Michael Smith Polaris 4WDPol Pol 667.73 2 4
    134 Les Chivers Polaris 4WDPol Pol 691.93 3 5
    3 Krystal Harden Polaris 4WDPol Pol 703.42 6


    Story by Krystal Harden

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