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  • Snake Racing 12:34 am on 28/03/2013 Permalink
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    Live AORC Round 1 


    The LIVE Broadcast of the Australian Off Road Championship resumes this weekend with the first round of the 2013 championship, the Komatsu-Brooks Hire Hyden 450 at Hyden in the Wave Rock tourist region of Western Australia.

    Returning to the LIVE line up, which is only available through offroadracing.com.au, will be the ‘Behind the Wheel’ internet radio show, which first debuted at the 2010 Tatts Fink Desert Race. The internet radio show will go to air at 5:00pm on Easter Friday afternoon Western Australian time, 7:30pm Central Daylight Savings Time and 8:00pm Eastern Daylight Savings time. The one hour live internet broadcast will feature interviews with drivers, crews and key event personnel.

    Also included in the LIVE line-up on Saturday and Sunday will be the ever popular as it happens at the Hyden typed commentary, bough to you by our professional commentary team of Kendall Clarke and Leanne Walker. The exhilarating voice over of Rusty and Jodie Bell will beam through the Track PA and streamed to lounge rooms and workshops at home, giving the avid listener the feeling of being trackside.

    Last but certainly by no means least will be the instant provisional times, published to offroadracing.com.au immediately after a car has crossed the finish line.

    The LIVE coverage gets underway on Friday afternoon at 5:00pm WA time with Behind the Wheel, resuming Saturday morning at 10:15am with the typed commentary and the track audio streaming live from 11:00am in readiness for the 11:15am prologue start.

    Following prologue and top ten shootout there will be a quiet time in the coverage and at the start finish arena as competitors ready themselves for their first competitive run of the 2013 season through Smithy’s Place at 2:45pm when they’ll traverse the course, completing one lap and scoring valuable outright and class points for section one.

    Sunday will see the action hot up with the LIVE broadcast resuming at 7:45am for an 8:00am section two start. Section two will consist of two laps. At the conclusion of section two, competitors racing for Western Australian Off Road Championship only will have completed their required distance and can sit back and watch the battle for the Australian Off Road Championship unfold as the big guns get ready to take to the track for two final laps.

  • Snake Racing 12:29 am on 28/03/2013 Permalink
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    AORC Revs Up 


    The 2013 Australian Off Road Championship revs into action this weekend with the return of the first round to Hyden in the Wave Rock tourist region of Western Australia.

    The Komatsu-Brooks Hire Hyden 450 will see a mixture of 2012 AORC campaigners returning to defend their titles along with those aiming for a higher reward in 2013, new competitors on the AORC block and the return of some regulars to the circuit.

    Reining Aus #1 Champions Matt Hanson and Leigh Wells have a new racing partner on board in Snap Printing for the new season and are ready to hit the ground running in the Snap SMU Racing Jimco, chasing back to back Australian Off Road Championship crowns.

    Aus #3 Gerald Reid has a new navigator for the start of the 2013 racing year in Werner Zettle and has just announced a partnership with Gulf Western Oil for the Springwood Car Care team. Reid is relishing the challenge of running against Hanson after their competitive 2012 season along with the mix of talent on the Hyden competitor list.

    Pro class is always one to watch with the upcoming season offering some talented competitors in the always hard fought class. SR Racing’s Shannon and Ian Rentsch are returning to the championship looking for their sixth crown while Outer Bounds Racing young guns Travis Robinson and Paul Currie will be pulling out all the stops to finish their 2013 campaign with the ultimate prize, the Aus #1 mantle.

    Runamuk Racing have taking on a big challenge this year, planning on presenting three race cars at each round of the Australian Off Road Championship, with team owners Buddy and Kerry Crowe another on the long list chasing their first AORC title. Rhodes Racing have proven they are a team on a mission with Jack Rhodes putting in some impressive times in the ProLite class. With a new navigator in David Pullino on the seat, the team have stepped up from ProLite class to Pro class and have a new Jimco Aussie Special in the stable, and will be one to watch come the Easter weekend.

    Hayden Tatnell has made the trek from Tasmania to compete in his BAT 1 Spec #10 machine and is a consistently fast finisher and could be another one to watch come the checkered flag.

    The ProLite class crown is wide open with 2012 champion Matt Owen selling his Alumi Craft machine at the end of season. RevTech Motorsports Wes Cowie and Travis Milburn #108 are looking to get some runs on the board for their 2013 AORC aspirations and they head into round two at Finke. Fellow Tatts Finke Desert Race local Andrew Mowles has made substantial modifications to his Razorback over the summer break, converting the single seat to a twin seat configuration.

    Driving five days from their Brisbane base to compete at Hyden shows the dedication that the Hartnett Motor Racing team have to their 2013 campaign, aiming to step up from their 2012 #203 plate to the class pinnacle #201 come years end. 2012 Super 1650 class Western Australian Off Road Champions Jeremy Lia and Xavier White will be biting at the heels of the Queenslanders as they take on the seven strong field of Super 1650s.

    Extreme 2WD class will be the class to watch as the Geiser Brothers Trophy Trucks take on the Pro buggies for outright places. Geddit Racing’s Billy Geddes and Jamie Ward are quick peddlers in any language; leading the field at the third round of the 2012 Championship at Goondiwindi before a spectacular rollover ended their weekend. We also haven’t seen the best out of Beau Robinson in his relatively new drive; the Outer Bounds Racing #413 rolling at its maiden run at the 2012 Tatts Finke Desert Race while running at the pointy end of the field. Come the drop of the checkered flag on Sunday, the podium mix is anyone guess.

    Four teams have nominated for Performance 2WD class with South Australian’s Scott Gould and Matt Haywood looking to go one better than their #502 2012 result. A strong field of nine Production 4WD’s has nominated for the opportunity to race at Smith’s Place for the final time with AORC stalwart Geoff Pickering and his young charge Dylan Watson returning to Hyden after their up and down 2012 campaign. With a strong local backing this class will be hotly contested all the way to the finish line.

    The tin top classes are widely supported in Western Australia with 11 nominated for the Extreme 4WD class. Hunter Racing’s Colin Hunter and Simon Campbell will be hoping for a good start to their 2013 campaign, and with the New Zealand team and current class champions not defending this year, the title is wide open. Hunter will be looking for a good points haul this weekend to give the team a head start on the class competition with class nemesis, Clayton Chapman plans a return to the Championship in his new Mitsubishi Triton at round two.

    Being the last time that competition will take place at Smithy Place, a large contingent of Western Australian locals has nominated to pay homage to the Smith family, the infamous course and the Western Desert Races for all their years of service to Western Australia Off Road Racing.

    Who will be the last competitor to write their names in the off road history book, taking the final outright win at Smithy’s?

  • Snake Racing 5:48 am on 26/03/2013 Permalink
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    Communique from John Paterson, Clerk of Course for Rally Australia – Off Road 


    • My trip to Coffs in late February was both successful and disastrous.
    • Much time was spent planning and discussing logistical matters that included communications, traffic management, scrutiny venue, and a ‘stadium style’ off road demonstration in the centre of Coffs, at the Rally Hub – where the World Rally Cars will also be inaction! Plans to meet with people at Kempsey and Grafton however, had to be aborted due to blocked roads and flooding rains. It was also impossible to do any further survey work on the course as well, so I am heading back to Coffs on the weekend after Hyden.
    • I did meet up with Adam and Bronwyn from HP Sports Management however, and it was evident they are very committed to both improving and promoting the AORC.
    • The task of finalising agreements with the landowners adjacent to the forest we are using is progressing – and I hope to finalise our course on the next visit. When this is done, I’ll post a map of the course soon after.
    • In April I’m off to Brisbane and the grand plan in all of this is to build some relationships between Brisbane, Coffs, Grafton and Kempsey in order to grow the next generation of officials and to nurture co-operation between these clubs and organisations. And if I can get some experienced officials out of Brisbane as well; – that will be a bonus! The Brisbane meeting is at the BSCC HQ, 2.00pm Saturday, April 27.
    • You might also have noticed a different logo for our event and yes; – there is a slight name change as well. As the logo suggests, we are to be called Rally Australia Off Road, Round 4 etc; – and hopefully a name sponsor will head this up some time soon.
    • I’m also delighted to announce I have found a Deputy, who is local, knows the terrain intimately, and has a broad knowledge of the challenges involved in running an event. Brendan Ireland runs his own mechanical business at Coffs and whilst most of his significant experience is in rallying, including the 2011 WRC, the move across to the “good side” should be seamless and I hope to have him fully accredited with a CAMS Event Command licence in the next couple of months.
    • Looking to Hyden, I’m planning to catch up with those who will be entering Coffs and to discuss the off road promotion/demonstration planned for there in September.

    170 odd days to go,


  • Snake Racing 1:45 am on 26/03/2013 Permalink
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    Dondingalong NSW Off Road Championship – A great result 

    The boys at Snake Racing are celebrating after a fantastic start to the season of the NSW Off Road Championship. The Jim Anderson Dozer Hire Dondingalong Off Road challenge was held in Dondingalong on the mid North Coast over the weekend and a field of 38 vehicles attended with 7 of the field making up the UTV class.

    The larger class created alot more excitement for the boys and placed much pressure on the team to prove they have what it takes to place well in the series.  They proved it well and truly with 1st in class and 2nd outright. This was definitely one of the best results the guys have had in 2 years which is very promising for the remainder of 2013, though it is only the first round.

    The boys spent weeks preparing their Snake XP900 and say the improvements sure did help their performance. This year the little 666 vehicle driven by Wayne Murphy and navigated by Chris Taylor has had a few adjustments. The boys are happy to report that their new Muzzys exhaust system and 2.5″ Fox shocks up front have certainly helped their efforts. Also added to the vehicle for extra safety and comfort is the Velo Apex seats. Wayne said the comfort and support the seat offers is fantastic and he really enjoyed driving in it.

    Snake Racing wishes to thank Brendan Flett for all his help over the weekend and the boys say they couldn’t have done it without him. They also wish to thank the hospitality from the town as everyone they met were very accommodating and friendly and seemed to enjoy having the event in town.

    Look out for the boys at round 2 on 20th and 21st April at Crookwell Gravel Pit Challenge.

    For more pictures of the whole event check out our Snake Racing Facebook page.


  • Snake Racing 11:28 pm on 25/03/2013 Permalink
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    Oakville Volunteer Fire Brigades car show and Fun day 

    Oakville Volunteer Fire Brigade’s CAR Show & FUN Day 7th April 2013
    At the Pitt Town and District Sports Club 139 Old Pitt Town Road Pitt Town.
    This year’s Car Show & Fun Day again, has all the fun of the fair with all sorts of rides for the youngsters & the young at heart plus all sorts of vehicles from all eras. What will be the People’s Choice this year? With the line-up of cars including Off Road Buggies & Trucks, Micro Cars, Motor Cycles (Indian, Moto Guzzi, Vintage Japanese etc.) Morris Minors , Datsun’s , Anglia’s, Prefect’s , Ford GT’s , Holden HSV Club cars,, Mustangs, Chevys , Dodges, Classic cars, VWs ,Ute’s, you name it, even Buses . Most of these vehicles and machines call the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley home plus some from surrounding areas and it is the best chance to get a look at some pretty amazing toys locally in the one place. This year it we are expecting more of the later model modified cars to be present to make their presence felt.
    A miniature 1 / 4 scale Afterburning Jet Dragster that holds the world record for turbine powered RC vehicles And the Australian outright RC speed record. Might get some static engine/afterburner runs. Kids large & small seem to enjoy these. Sprint cars if they don’t bend them too much on the Saturday night before (& even if they do it will still be interesting as long as they escaped injury) to see them. The double Decker Buses will be taking the younger children for maybe their first ride, & the older ones (30 & over) to days gone by.
    \ The Car Show part Starts from 10am & the Rides start at 12noon.There will be Wood sculpting displays, one of which will be done with chainsaws, Craft, Curiosity & Show bag stalls will be in attendance. Fire wise demonstrations and Games happening area next to the Club. This is the Brigades Fund raiser for the Year and in conjunction with this day ,they hold a Raffle .Tickets for the raffle have been and are being sold right up until the draw on the Sunday of the Fun Day /Car Show. The proceeds go towards the upkeep & running of the Brigade. An auction of donated goods will take place at 1pm; this is always a lot of fun with some amazing bargains to be had. Some of the goods on offer for the auction include Holidays, meat trays, car services, Plants, books, paintings, framed photos, and the range of goods is enormous and the atmosphere for the event is great.

    A Great chance to check out the facilities at the Pitt Town & Districts Sporting Club.
    The Show starts at 10am and will culminate with the Fireworks Spectacular about 6pm. Something for everyone
    Kids can play all afternoon on the rides for $20 with Family passes also available. Come along and bring the family and be a part of a great day of fun, whilst checking out some amazing cars and machines. If you need any more info ring Ian’s mob 0407 774 348

  • Snake Racing 4:46 am on 25/03/2013 Permalink
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    Third Dondingalong for Guy 


    Hunter Valley racers Justin Guy and Danny Richardson were victorious in the Jim Anderson Dozer Hire Dondingalong Off Road Challenge held just outside Kempsey on March 23/24.

    The Pro Buggy pair have enjoyed plenty of success in the Dondingalong race, with 2013 marking their third victory in four years, having also won in 2010 and 2011.

    Although Guy and Richardson finished one minute clear of the opposition it was no easy victory, with the Dondingalong circuit being a great equaliser in regard to driver ability and car power. This was illustrated by Wayne Murphy and Chris Taylor finishing second outright in the Snake Racing UTV #666.

    Geoff Page and Braeden Barnes placed third in their Pro Buggy, with another Polaris, campaigned by Michael and Mike Roycroft , fourth.

    Craig Anderson, driving the Jim Anderson Dozer Hire Prolite Buggy, finished 5th outright, his best result thus far in his brief off road racing career.

    Rounding out the top 10 were David Nikiforoff and Sarah Hill (Super 1650 Buggy), Phil Swindale and Mat Costello (Utility Terrain Vehicle Polaris), Michael Smith and Scott Madson (Utility Terrain Vehicle Polaris), Gerard Bawden and Nathan Weissel (Pro Buggy), and Glenn Hoffmann (Pro Buggy).

    27 of the original 38 starters completed the entire distance.

  • Snake Racing 4:20 am on 25/03/2013 Permalink
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    2013 NSW Off Road Championship Round 1 Dondingalong – RESULTS 

    Title: 2013 NSW Off Road Championship Round 1 Dondingalong

    Date: 23rd, 24th March 2013

    Event: 2013 NSW Off Road Championship Round 1 Dondingalong
    Location: Dondingalong

    Round 1 NSW Off Road Championship

    Round 1 NSW East Coast Tri Challenge

    Contact: Maurie Fuller : 6562 1366

    Kempsey Macleay Off Road Club
    PO Box 3217
    NSW 2440

    DOWNLOAD SUPP REGGS:DondingalongSuppRegs2013

    DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM:DondingalongEntryForms

    RESULTS OUTRIGHT:ResultsOutright

    RESULTS CLASS: ResultsClass

  • Snake Racing 4:41 am on 24/03/2013 Permalink
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    Guy leads at Dondingalong 


    Former event winners Justin Guy and Danny Richardson in their #19 Pro Buggy head the field after the first two rounds of competition in Round 1 of the New South Wales Off Road Championship being held at Dondingalong this weekend.

    Guy and Richardson won outright at Dondingalong in 2010 and 2011, and mastered the tricky track conditions on day 1 to be leading this year’s race with three further rounds of competition to be held Sunday.

    The duo looked rock solid on a freshly watered track, and the dry, dusty conditions of the final Heat on day 1.

    Running second outright is the Geoff Page and Braeden Barnes #983 Pro Buggy, while a staggering third outright, in a field of 38, is Wayne Murphy and Chris Taylor in the #666 Polaris Utility Terrain Vehicle.

    Rounding out the top five are last year’s New South Wales champion Derek Rose and Michael Densley #279 Super 1650 Buggy and Craig Anderson in the Jim Anderson Dozer Hire sponsored #187 ProLite Buggy.

    The numerically strong Utility Terrain Vehicle class is really taking it to the bigger cars with four vehicles in the top 10 outright!

    Day 1 saw plenty of spectacular action with Warren Barron and Tammy Barron #258 Super 1650 Buggy losing a front wheel in front of the main spectator area while Scott Davis and Steven Murphy #87 Pro Buggy rolled, but continued, to be currently 11th outright.

    David and Robbie O’Grady also rolled their #888 Mitsubishi L200 in spectacular fashion at the end of the long main straight, while Matt and Kelly Smith #33 Pro Buggy exited with rear suspension issues. The local team of Brendan Julius and Damien Mitchell #304 Sportsman Buggy also found themselves in the wars in race 1 with a front steering issue sending them into one of the large truck tyres ringing the circuit. Not to be beaten, the team returned for round 2 to record a solid time.

    The incidents were not confined to just those further down the field, with last year’s outright winners Scott and Michelle McNeil #122 Prolite Buggy going off track in the final heat of the day, and damaging their machine while in a strong position.

    Racing in the Jim Anderson Dozer Hire Dondingalong Off Road Challenge, that doubles as Round 1 of the East Coast Tri Challenge and Round 1 of the Off Road Warehouse Short Course Off Road Masters, resumes at 9am Sunday

  • Snake Racing 11:35 pm on 20/03/2013 Permalink
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    Muzzys Digi – Tune PRO @ Snake Racing 


    Taking air/fuel tuning to the next level, the Muzzy Digi-Tune PRO uses the latest technology to provide one of the easiest and most accurate methods of tuning the XP-900.

    The Muzzy Digi-Tune PRO comes pre-programmed and optimized specifically for the XP-900. There is no mapping or re-mapping necessary. Adjustments for elevation and/or modifications can be done “on-the-fly” using three buttons on the faceplate.

    What sets the new PRO version apart from the standard Digitune is the ability to remove fuel from the stock curve. Also included is a 0-5 volt input lead for future upgrade to closed loop* operation.

    The Digi-Tune is a load based fuel adder which works with the factory ECU. The Digi-Tune’s simple push button interface and powerful load based technology renders complex table-based throttle position and RPM re-mapping systems a thing of the past.

    The Digi-Tune ushers in the latest in tuning science – gone is the old throttle position and RPM (Alpha-N) based tuning, replaced by a powerful and highly effective LOAD BASED tuning methodology. Load based tuning is superior to old school systems because different CVT ratios place different loads on the engine. RPM and throttle position based systems cannot tell the difference from one ratio to another. The Digi-Tune knows the difference and adds the proper amount of fuel for every gear ratio, in every situation.

    *Not compatible with all air/fuel meters. Air/fuel meter must have 0-5 volt output. Please specify Air/Fuel meter being used at time of purchase. The Digi-tune PRO may require air/fuel meter specific programming prior to shipping.

    For all enquiries visit the showrrom or call 02 95701588


  • Snake Racing 5:33 am on 20/03/2013 Permalink
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    Muzzys Exhaust Polaris RZR XP 900 @ Snake Racing 


    Now available at Snake Racing for Polaris RZR XP 900

    The Muzzy full exhaust for the RZR XP-900 is 2 into 1 into 2 system featuring large diameter stepped head pipes for the largest power increases throughout the power band. Longer dual oval aluminum muffler canisters provide an agressive sound without excessive decibel levels. What truly sets this system apart from the rest is the new Muzzler midsection that reduces sound levels significantly without horsepower robbing restriction of exhaust flow. The muffler canisters feature the Modular Endcap System with spark arrestor screen and quiet core and are available in polished, brushed or black coated finishes. Muzzys recommends the Digi-Tune Pro Fuel Tuner when purchasing the full exhaust.  [flickr]set:72157633037809993[/flickr]

    • Full 304 stainless TIG welded head pipes.
    • Dual aluminum muffler canisters available in three finishes.
    • Largest Diameter Equal Length Stepped Head Pipes
    • Exclusive Muzzler™ Midsection – Lowest decibel levels
    • Most powerful exhaust available for the XP-900
    • Legendary Muzzy Exhaust Tone.
    • Integrated oxygen sensor bung.
    • USFS approved spark arrestors and quiet cores.
    • Six pounds lighter than stock!

    For all enquiries visit our store at 50 Waterview Street Carlton or call 02 95701588


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