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  • Snake Racing 4:24 am on 23/02/2011 Permalink |
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    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.


    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.


    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.


    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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    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


    Story Krystal Harden

  • Snake Racing 8:08 am on 28/11/2010 Permalink
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    King of the Rim Photo Gallery – Round 2 2010 

    Toyota HiLux at King of the Rim

    Congratulations to the Snake Racing Teams for placing 1st in the buggy class and 3rd in the extreme modified 4WD class at Round 2 of King of the Rim.


  • Snake Racing 8:08 am on 17/07/2010 Permalink
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    King of the Rim Photo Gallery – Round 1, 2010 

    Snake Racing buggy

    King of the Rim, Scenic Rim Adventure Park Beaudesert


  • Snake Racing 8:08 am on 17/07/2010 Permalink
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    King of the Rim, Round 1 – Scenic Rim Adventure Park 

    Snake Racing at Kind of the Rim 4WD Competition

    What is more enticing to an off road racer than the promise of an epic rock crawling competition? A competition that not just encourages high speed but makes it mandatory!

    The new ‘King of the Rim’ endurance race had the Snake Racing team’s full attention with only three little words “fastest lap wins”.

    This was Wednesday the 14th of July 2010. With only 2 days until the event and the Snake Racing Team eager to put the new concept buggy through its paces, they set to work. Late Thursday night Adam was race ready with a new CJ jeep inspired bonnet, fresh stickers and shiny new wheels and tyres.

    So who is Adam you ask? Adam is the new prototype race bread rock crawling buggy built by Snake Racing.  The first in what will be a long line of fully customizable, hand built, off road racing weapons.  Designed to fly at over 100km/s an hour on the open tracks and climb like Spiderman up steep escarpments and near- vertical ledges.

    Snake Racing buggy and Krystal at King of the RimEarly Friday morning Adam and the Snake Racing Team started the 12 hour drive from Sydney to sunny Queensland for ‘The King of the Rim!’

    Hosted in the idyllic setting of Scenic Rim Adventure Park in Beaudesert, round one of King of The Rim had competitors energized to compete in a new concept competition.  13 teams spread over two classes arrived to qualify for the series finals held in November.  The competition attracted some of Queensland’s best and most well known teams including Rhett Bryant in his black 89 Sierra, Rock Rash Racing, The Mog and Advanti Racing.

    Saturday morning and Scenic Rim Adventure Park was buzzing with activity. Traders Alley had mini jeep rides, balloon animals and fairy floss for the kids, SES steak burgers, Maxxis tyres and show specials from the Offroad Cartel crew.

    Snake Racing buggy in Traders Alley at King of the Rim 4WD Competition

    In the pits teams were busily making last minute preparations to their vehicles. With just enough time for a few photos and to hand out some Snake Racing stickers, the big question I had for drivers was “how have you prepared for the high speed portion of the courses?” The park is overloaded with steep hills, deep creeks and rock terrain, you can’t be expected to navigate challenging obstacles AND go fast?! Many teams decided to ‘just see how it goes’. They wanted to ‘play now…fix later.’

    Teams competed against each other on four challenging courses. Each lap was a test of endurance and expected to take an hour and a half. The experienced rock crawling competitors were pushed to their physical limits when course times exceeded 2 hours. Dehydration and driver fatigue became an unfore

    seen challenge as the day’s events continued.

    King of the Rim 4WD Race on large boulders at Scenic Rim Adventure Park The tracks are punishing.  Kilometer long steep hill climbs, 4 klm long sections of crazy boulder laden creek beds, hair pin turns and near vertical ledges into deep holes that easily swallow vehicles like submarines into deep oceans. Competitors passed one another as they raced along the track at the same time.

    Acknowledging the tracks difficulty all competitors agreed ‘the tracks are awesome!’ ‘Unbelievably challenging angles and ledges of hard natural rock allowing for awesome traction,’ ‘fantastic to drive!’

    Rhett Bryant's Suzuki Sierra Tuff Truck descends a cliff at King of the Rim, Scenic Rim Adventure ParkThe most grueling course nicknamed The Long Course had drivers competing for up to three hours. As the name suggests, this course was long! Rhett Bryant used more than twenty liters of fuel in his 1.3l, 4cyl Suzuki Sierra! The fastest time was a blazing 48 minutes by team Snake Racing. An amazing time when compared to the next fastest competitor was trailing by an hour!

    Saturday afternoon approached quickly and teams were succumbing to the intensity of endurance driving. Only three buggies remained in the buggy/truggy class for the final event. A night race along the entire length of Cal’s Creek and up Crampy’s Climb. Team Roll Over, Rhett Bryant and Snake Racing.

    Team Roll Over on tyres at King of the Rim, Scenic Rim Adventure ParkTeam Roll Over unable to drive Crampy’s Climb left Rhett and Snake Racing in a one on one competition to attack the final near vertical rock climb. Prior to the competition only 2 other vehicles have driven up the daunting ledge. With comments like ‘is he even trying’ and ‘he makes it look so easy’ from the crowd, the Snake Racing buggy tore up the climb like it was flat bitumen.

    At the end of the evening, after the scores were tallied Team Snake Racing and Adam the Snake Racing Buggy had proven they were the fastest rock crawler in Oz and crowned the round one King of the Rim!

    As gracious second place winner Rhett Bryant said “the Snake buggy took it out with ease, they had an hour lead after the first track!‘ ‘I wouldn’t say I was fast at anything but I finished them. But the Snake Racing Team were both fast and clean. Congratulations!”

    Damage Report:

    The team breakages reflects how challenging this endurance race is!

    Team Advanti
    Driver Mitchell Thorpe and navigator Brett Thorpe broke 2 front CV’s and without replacement parts were knocked out of the competition before lunch time.Team Advanti on rocks at King of the Rim 4WD Competition at Scenic Rim Adventure Park

    The MOG at King of the Rim 4WD competition, Scenic Rim Adventure Park in BeaudesertBroken MOG after roll over on track at King of the Rim 4WD competition, Scenic Rim Adventure Park Team Mog

    Driver Geoff Thompson and navigator Owen Griffis suffered a major end over end roll in the hills on the track traversing behind the competitors campsite . Geoff’s only savior was the rear left wheel becoming warped around a tree. Shaken but strong, Geoff’s unimog was recovered and towed back to camp by Brett Longs tuff truck. Geoff was “very impressed with his roll cage and 3” race harness” and recommends other teams to invest in quality safety equipment.

    Rock Rash Racing roll over at King of the Rim Round one 2010, Scenic Rim Adventure Park 4WD CompetitionRock Rash Racing Broken flex on track at King of the Rim 4WD competition, Scenic Rim Adventure Park

    Rock Rash Racing
    Driver David Camp and navigator Rick ‘custard arms’ Nowlan chose a bad line and endoed in a new section of the creek. They ripped some of the tube out of the chassis, broke a few welds and suffered body damage. Leaving the rig too bent and broken for the night event.

    Team 2 Evil Suzuki show broken rear axel at King of the Rim, Scenic Rim Adventure ParkTeam Two Evil

    Driver Michael Sweeney and Sonya Steggink in their Sierra broke the front diff center resulting in no front drive. Sonya quietly thinking to herself at this time “Oh well, we can limp home on the rear” when  they broke rear axle!  After a couple of hours of attempting to winch through the creek and a full collapse of the rear axel Sonya and Michael walked the track to retrieve parts. With the new parts fitted in the field team Evil drove out.

    Course Descriptions

    Main Track for Buggy/Truggy Class
    An 20km long track of steep climbs and high speed sprints directing drivers towards a rugged creek bed and mining tyre maze before finishing. The 3km long creek bed is littered with drop offs bigger than all competitors wheel base and enormous rocks, larger than most small cars, for drivers to navigate through.  Built for only the most capable trucks in OZ, the chicken gate is not an option as once you start there is no going back.

    Main Track for Extreme/Winch Class
    The extreme/winch class trucks have a longer 13km track covering the extreme tracks of the Scenic Rim Adventure Park. Although the hill climbs and rock obstacles will challenge teams, this course is not designed to be winched. The drivers face their biggest challenge in the renowned, massive drop off that is Cal’s Creek crossing.

    Short Speed Track
    A fast 7-8 minuet hot lap of flat and rocky hill climbs where drivers start and finish in the same spot.

    Cal’s Creek Night Stage
    One of the Parks signature tracks this stage traverses upwards through a gully of large rock steps into the infamous Crampies Climb. A near vertical, sheer rock ledge with a large hole hidden at the top. This climb will unleash the dare devil within.

    For more pictures and video check out our King of the Rim Gallery and Snake Racing YouTube Channel!!

    Story by Krystal Harden

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