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  • Snake Racing 6:33 am on 28/04/2011 Permalink
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    Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge 2011 Video Gallery 

    Mad Fab Suzuki and Krystal from Snake Racing at Tough Dog Tuff Truck 2011

    The Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge (TTC) is a three day, hard as they come, 4WD competition event. The TTC is grueling and enduring, and provides a real test for competing teams as they push themselves and their vehicles to the absolute limit. Boulders, Rock, Mud, Giant Tyres, Deep Deep Holes and Ruts make up the terrain that competitors must conquer… in hope of taking out the annual perpetual Tuff Truck trophy.

    The Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge has been proudly sponsored by Snake Racing since 2008 ;) This year Krystal and the Snake Racing Media Team bring you up close and personal with behind the scenes footage that you won’t see anywhere else! Check out some of the action from the 2011 event below.

    Find Even More event videos on our YouTube Channel- Snake Racing Australia

    Tough Dog Tuff Truck 2011- Event Highlights (rock crawling)

    Suzuki rock crawler (team: Mad Fab) at Tough Dog Tuff Truck 2011

    Tough Dog Tuff Truck 2011 People and Spectators

    Toyota HiLux rock crawler (team Bright Sparks) at Tough Dog Tuff Truck 2011

    If this isn’t enough Tuff Truck action for you, then order your Tuff Truck DVD’s by clicking here!

     
  • Snake Racing 5:22 am on 06/04/2011 Permalink
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    Tough Dog Tuff Truck Planning Guide 

    Mad Fab roll over on Tuff Truck Jaw Breaker Stage

    Before you join us at the Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge take a moment to think about your trip

    So you’ve herd about the excitement, drama and spectical that is the Tough Dog Tuff Truck challenge and finally decided to experience the action first hand. Congratulations!! The Tough Dog Tuff Truck is Australia’s premier extreme rock crawling competition and you won’t be disappointed.

    The team at Snake Racing have been proud sponsors of Tuff Truck since 2008 and we’ve learned a thing or two about the event. From pre-trip planning to getting home, here is our top tips for getting the most out of your event experience.

    1) Where the Bloody Hell is it!!??

    Plan your journey ahead of time. The Tuff Truck Challenge is held on private property in Milbrodale, NSW. You want to set your GPS to take you to WELSH RD, Milbrodale NSW 2330. Generally you will be travelling from the South (Sydney or Sydney Airport) or from the North (Newcastle or Singleton area).  Here is directions for both South and Northern NSW travellers.

    Sydney to Tuff Truck Challenge

    Option 1) Pacific Highway

    1. Cross the Harbour Bridge and proceed along Pacific Highway north to the National 1 (F3) freeway at Wahroonga
    2. Travel north along National 1 (F3) freeway towards Newcastle (approximately 1 hour)
    3. Turn off the National 1 (F3) freeway at Cessnock/Kurri Kurri exit and proceed to Cessnock
    4. As you enter Cessnock along Aberdare Road, turn right at the first set of traffic lights onto Vincent Street (following the directional signs to Branxton)
    5. Proceed to the end of Vincent Street. Turn left at traffic lights onto Wollombi Road (following the directional signs to Branxton) and then first right at the traffic lights onto Allandale Road, passing swimming pool on the left and McDonalds Restaurant on the right. Proceed along Allandale Road. 5 km out of Cessnock and you will pass the Cessnock Airport on the left-hand side.
    6. Turn left 500 metres past Airport into Broke Road
    7. Follow Broke Road for approximately 3 km to the t-intersection
    8. Turn left at the t-intersection onto McDonalds Road
    9. Turn right on to Broke Road and continue along until you reach another “T”
    10. Turn right on to Wollombi St, on your right hand side is the Broke General Store and your left the Broke Fire Service
    11. Turn left onto Milbrodale Rd and you’re nearly there. Follow the road until you get to the Tuff Truck Challenge. You will turn left into Welsh’s Rd just before Putty Rd.

    Option 2) Putty Road

    This is the best route for locals but it requires extreme caution whilst driving through the ranges. Slow down and be safe!!

    1. Sydney is a BIG place so from where ever suburb you are travelling from, head to Wilberforce.
    2. Head north-west on Singleton Rd (approx 10.4km)
    3. Continue onto Putty Rd (approx 26.4km)
    4. Continue north on Putty Rd through Colo Heights. This is your only opportunity for petrol for the next 100km (approx 104km)
    5. Turn Right at Milbrodale Rd (approx 130m)

    141km, estimated 1hr 58 mins

    Newcastle to Tuff Truck Challenge

    From the north head to Singleton on the New England Hwy. If you are traveling down the New England Highway, then it is the next major town after Muswellbrook. If you are traveling down the Pacific Hwy, then veer off to the right as you cross over the Hunter River and head through Maitland.

    1. As you come into Singleton, look out for the sign to Windsor
    2. This will take you onto the Putty Road. Drive 6.6 km along the Putty Road and watch out for Paynes Crossing Rd on the left to Broke
    3. As you come into Broke Milbrodale Rd is on the right (over a single lane wooden bridge)
    4. Travel west for 12.7 km. You will see signs into the entrance on Walsh’s Road

    Don’t worry, come the start of the event you won’t get lost as there is plenty of signage guiding you to the correct property gate.

    On the way home take it easy. Tuff Truck is exhausting, so plan your drive back to Sydney or Newcastle in stages. Especially if your not used to driving long distances. If you have the time plan to stop overnight in one of the many quaint and comfortable country NSW towns.

    2) Your going to need more than your Toothbrush…..

    Our top 5 items we bring are:

    5. Camping gear! You can access well maintained showers, toilets and buy quality food on site. But you can’t pre-purchase a swag or tent.
    Also, If your going to cook your own food, your going to need more than just matches. Check with event organisers if there is a fire ban in place.

    4. Wet Weather gear! Milbrodale has been known for some hot days and rainy nights, avoid the wet underwear and take a rain coat.

    3. Water! Dehydration leads to headaches, nausea and makes you an irritable, pain in the bum for your friends. Avoid never being invited to attend again and ensure you drink plenty of water.  You can purchase bottled water on site if you forget but the more economical option is to take your own.

    2. Camping Chair! It sucks sitting on the ground. Take a chair, esky or milk crate.

    1. Drinks, but leave the glass bottles at home! There is nothing better than a few drinks with your friends to celebrate an entertaining drive, just remember to act responsible and pace your self.

    3) Sleep tight or Party all night?

    Where you choose to sleep will make a big difference to your weekend. There is a reason they have 2 separate camping areas and if you’ve ever camped with the Ferals, you will know why! “So what am I” you ask? Pick which statements best describe what your expecting from your Tuff Truck weekend.

    FERALS:

    • I want to PARTY with my mates past 10pm

    – I want to play my music loud and proud.

    • I don’t mind loud noise coming from campsites around me

    FAMILY:

    • I am taking my family (wife, children)
    • I won’t be making any noise after 10pm that will wake up other campers.
    • I want to go to bed early and wake up early so I don’t miss any of the action.
    • I don’t like loud music

    4) Don’t worry if you forget your camera!

    Thanks to the Snake Racing Media Team we will be all over the event taking photos, video and handing out goodies.

    If you have forgotten you camer you can tag yourself online in our Snake Racing Facebook Page, re-live your favourite moments by watching videos on our Snake Racing YouTube Channel and check out event coverage, articles, advice and galleries in our Snake Racing Website!

    5) Happy Wife Happy Life!

    Our final message is to remember who you are going with. If your taking your family, they won’t be too impressed if you ditch them on Friday night and then expect a ride back home on Sunday afternoon.

    Here are a few optional extras that will keep everyone happy;

    • visiting some of the award-winning Hunter Valley vineyards along the way (or after ;)),
    • a wholesome meal at the Cockfighter Creek Tavern,
    • a Tuff Truck helicopter ride,
    • face painting for the kids, and a
    • remote control rock crawling course.

    Snake Racing has some fun, surprise goodies for the kids and great show-only specials that you will find by heading to our merchandise tent in traders alley.

    Think about what you all need for a good weekend and enjoy the atmosphere!

    Story by Krystal Harden

     
  • Snake Racing 4:24 am on 23/02/2011 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
    Tags: , , 6 shooters, , , , Gympie Off Road, , NOS, , , , Snake, , , Suzuki Sierra, , , , Tuff Truck Competitor, Zook   

    Rhett Bryant and the Fully Loaded Suzuki Sierra! 


    Suziki Sierra on NOS

    “Every Time I Sit in my Rig is a Great Moment” - Rhett Bryant

    He’s Fast, He’s Furious and he’s firing off all cylinders with a fully charged bottle of NOS! For this tiny but mighty Suziki Sierra hand built by Queensland’s Wild, Rock Crawling Red Nut, Rhett Bryant “it’s allways a wheel base thing.” Krystal Harden from Snake Racing caught up with Rhett up to take a closer look at his Tuff Truck podium placing mini beast.

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    The early days of Rhett Bryant's Stock Suzuki Sierra

    Starting out from humble stock as a rock beginnings, Rhett’s sierra joined the Bryant family in December of 2002. Picked up from the Ipswich dealership this 89 model Sierra was initially desten to become a mud racer.

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    Theres no doubt about it, this tough Sierra is special. Rhett joked about using the Sierra as the bridal car. Jennie (Rhetts wife) jokingly told Rhett, “you can use the Sierra if it is spotless.” This was enough of a commitment to encourage Rhett to start a full re-build of the truck and in 2005 the Sierria shone like a diamond as a ‘spotless’ matrimonial chariot.

    The Sierra evolved as Rhett’s passion for rock crawling increased. Developing build ideas and fine tuning his fabrication skills until finally in 2007 the extreme-rock-crawler build up phase began. The 4″ grinder and welder became Rhetts most valued tools as he transformed the Sierra into a mini Monster Truck.

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    9 months later and the Gympie Off Road Suzuki was ready for the Australian rock crawling scene. It was driven for the first time at the Mud, Bulls and Music festival held at Queenslands’s Landcruiser Park  in November 2008. Rhett presented the sierra as an unpainted and non-rear steer truck. Choosing not to drive in the Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge in 2009 Rhett showcased his driving skills in 2010 where he placed 3rd overall.

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    Tuff Truck Challenge 2010


    An extreme 4×4 enthusiast and experienced competitor Rhett’s Suzuki Sierra not only keeps the bigger 4WD’s honest, he drives it with style. Rhett has a reputation for never giving up and when the going get’s tough use the NOS!  If you see Rhett pull up to the starting line, then rest assured your in for a treat. This is the Gympie Off Road Suzukie Sierra under the microscope.
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    Name: Team Rhett Bryant – Gympie Off Road
    Home town: Gympie, QLD
    Vehicle Type: Truggy, rockcrawler
    Builder: 99.5% home built
    Navigator: Varies, I wear a lot out. King of rim will be Roger Edols, Tuff Truck 2011 will be Gary Dean

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    Vehicle Details

    Make: Suzuki
    Model: Sierra
    Chassis Design: A mostly stock chassie with all bracketry removed and dove tail rear.
    Engine: GB13b with a few upgraded internals
    Radiator: Alloy mazda RX7 aftermarket (only thing that would fit)
    Air Intake: Forced via TD4 Turbo
    Exhaust: Turbo
    Gearbox: Stock Sierra 5 spd
    Transfer Case(s): Sierra case with Trail Gear 6.5 Crawler Gears
    Fuel: Premium with Nitrous

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    Body Work

    Body: Mostly tube frame body.
    Stock bonnet, alloy panels
    Painter Name: Rhett Bryant
    Dash: Speco gauges
    Seats: Sierra seats recovered in straight black, 4 point harness
    Lights: LED grommet mount rear lights, grommet mount eald beam front lights (only thing that would fit again!)
    Winches: Shortened 9000lb front. No rear winch

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    Drivetrain

    Steering: A 8” single ended ram up front and a 6” single ended in the rear. The orbital valve is Trail Gear and the rear is controlled with a manual hydro valve.
    Front Suspension: A frame front steel A frame, 6000 series lower links.
    Front Differential: Hilux diff with ARB air locker.
    Front Sway Bar: none
    Front Shocks: 18″ Fox air shocks
    Front Bump Stops: none
    Front Axel Housing: Hilux
    Front Differential Cover: Home made 6mm mild steel
    Rear Suspension: Single triangulated 4 link with steel uppers, 6000 series lowers.
    Rear Sway Bar: none
    Rear Shocks : 18″ Fox air shocks
    Rear Bump Stops: none
    Rear Axel Housing: Hilux
    Rear Differential Cover: 6mm protection strip over the crown wheel
    Rear Axel Shafts: Trail-Gear dirty 30’s
    Rear Brakes: Hilux disks

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    Wheels and Tyres

    Tyres: 37x 13.5 Maxis Trepador stickys
    Rims: Home made rim. Or if they turn up in time Alloy bead locks from Allied Wheels

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    5 Minuets with Rhett Bryant

    Q: What is the favourite thing about your truck?
    A: That’s a hard choice between either the nitrous or the rear steer.

    Q: How did you get into 4 wheel driving?
    A: Don’t really know. It’s just what I have always been into. I’ve never really played in any other motor sports.

    Q: Can you share some of your best build up experiences?

    A: I’ve had too many good times building both my and my mates trucks to single out just one experience.

    Q: What about some of your worst build up experiences?
    A: 10 stitches and a cut artery while mounting up a recovery point.

    Q: What is your best four wheel driving moment?
    A: Every time I sit in my rig is a great moment. Recently I have been the first to climb some stupidly big rocks, they would have to be up there with my best moments.

    Q: What is the one tool you wouldn’t leave home without?
    A: My 4” grinder. I built most of my tuck with it.

    Q: Do you have any future plans for your truck?
    A: I’m going to fit Trail Gear 6 shooter knuckles, pump and a double ended ram to the front steering. I’m upgrading the lower link joints to 7/8 ends and if I don’t have them yet, fit my alloy Allied beadlocks.

    Tuff Truck Challenge 2010

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    Story Krystal Harden

     
  • Snake Racing 8:08 am on 20/03/2009 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge 2009 Video Gallery 

    Tuff Truck Challenge logo

    The Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge (TTC) is a three day, hard as they come, 4WD competition event. The TTC is grueling and enduring, and provides a real test for competing teams as they push themselves and their vehicles to the absolute limit. Boulders, Rock, Mud, Giant Tyres, Deep Deep Holes and Ruts make up the terrain that competitors must conquer… in hope of taking out the annual perpetual Tuff Truck trophy.

    The Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge has been proudly sponsored by Snake Racing since 2008 ;) Check out some of the action from the 2009 event here!

    Find even more event videos on our YouTube Channel- Snake Racing Australia

    Team MAD FAB  on Devils Marbles

    Team Advanti Racing on The Snake Racing Frame Twister

    Team OPW on the Travel Ramp

    Team Bundy on Devils Marbles

    If this isn’t enough Tuff Truck action for you, then order your Tuff Truck DVD’s by clicking here!

     
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