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  • Snake Racing 2:51 am on 02/07/2013 Permalink
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    2013 Tuff Truck Challenge DVD Now Available. 

    The all new 2013 Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge 2013 DVD is now available from Snake Racing.

    You can call or visit the showroom to purchase your 5 hr double DVD for $40.

  • Snake Racing 5:43 am on 04/04/2013 Permalink
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    Tough Dog Tuff Truck – 8 days to go 

    DATE: 12TH – 13TH AND 14TH APRIL 2013

    With only 8 days to go and online ticket sales ending this weekend on Sunday 7th April, don’t miss out on receiving 25% off your ticket price. You can purchase at the gate but expect to pay more.

    This year looks to be bigger and better than ever with a huge entrant list and talk is heating up over who’s going to take home the goods.

    Make sure you look out for the boys from Snake Racing and come and say “Hi” and have a chat. We will have one of the Arctic Cat Wildcat vehicles on display that we now sell from our Carlton Showroom in Sydney. Look for us at the top of the hill in the Tough Dog / Snake Racing marquee.

    See you there.


  • Snake Racing 8:08 am on 16/07/2011 Permalink
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    Tough Dog Tuff Truck DVD Launch South Sydney 

    Snake Racing Polaris RZR S on display at the Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge DVD launch at Opposite Lock

    Come and get them!! The Tuff Truck 2011 DVD is now available!

    If huge boulders being conquered by your favourite, extreme 4WD’s and buggies gets your engine revving, then you will be as excited as we are to finally have ample stock of the 2011 Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge DVD. Nationally released on July 16th, the Snake Racing Team headed to the Opposite Lock South Sydney store to join in on the celebrations.

    South Sydney 4WD fans took advantage of the free sausage sizzle, lucky door prizes and off road displays whilst previewing the latest Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge DVD in the Opposite Lock workshop. The Snake Racing Polaris RZR S created many smiles on little faces as our junior 4×4 fans were photographed in the drivers seat. Being described as a “little buggy” the Polaris RZR is sure to make an appearance on a number of christmas wish lists this year!

    To order your copy of the 2011 Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge DVD click here!

    Check out the photo gallery below for a tour of the Opposite Lock workshop and close up of the off road displays!


    For more event photos and videos or to stay updated with upcoming 4WD social and racing events check out our Snake Racing Facebook page by clicking here!

    Content by Krystal Harden.

  • Snake Racing 5:35 am on 26/05/2011 Permalink
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    Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge 2011 

    Tuff Truck 2011 Entry

    Once a club competition the Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge has grown into one of the most anticipated events in the 4WD competition calendar.

    Event History

    Spectators at rock crawling event Tough Dog Tuff Truck 2011 Drawing in the largest crowds, record number of vehicle entries and widespread media attention, it all started 10 years ago as a small 4WD club competition where members showed off their engineering expertise and solved inter-club rivalry.

    Complicated finical stress saw the Tuff Truck event was privatized and thus saved with its sale at the end of 2009. Backed by committed and passionate team the 2010 event went off!

    Word of increased police presence, family friendly activities and strict alcohol rules allowed the event to shake off its bogan image and attract more family spectators. But it may have been the persuasive language of large CASH prize money and more challenging stages that drew in competitors.

    2011 Event

    Now in 2011 a new trend is emerging. As more skilled drivers are putting pressure on the “old boys” it seams the days of make it or break it are gone and competitors are getting serious. Paying close attention to scoring penalties, reducing the throttle pressure for better steering control and gearing up with more advanced components.

    The event format has remained the same. 12 stages, or 12 opportunities for competitors to earn valuable points held over 3 days. 8 stages are rock crawling events, 1 mud stage and event stables including verification, show and shine and the travel ramp.

    Event Highlights

    Show and Shine Spectators and Tuff Trucks at Tough Dog Tuff Truck

    59 Competitors were crammed into the Show and Shine line up. Add to this a record number of Friday afternoon spectators and you can be excused for feeling like a tinned sardine.  The Show and Shine is a great start to the event as it allows fans, spectators and competitors to mingle and compare trucks.

    Officials had a hard time selecting the overall stage winners for the show and shine as all competitors had brought out all the crowd pleasers, or should I say touch up paint and tyer shine to impress the judges. Eventually the decision of a tie between the immaculately presented bright orange, V8 powered Toyota Hilux owned by Peter White of team West End Boys and the technically advanced and Toyota FJ40 OPW driven by Tazz Baguley was made.

    Travel Ramp

    When getting the most out of your wheel travel is a core foundation of the sport, you need a way to measure and compare between the many different suspension types. Introducing the Travel Ramp. The travel ramp is a 4WD competition staple. You will find one at just about every 4WD event, show and club.

    No ramp is as famous as the OPW Travel Ramp at Tuff Truck. Since 2001 the Ramp has been dominated by two vehicles, Peter Antunac’s FJ40 Cruiser called OPW and Phil Noble’s GU Nissan Patrol called Evolution. This year OPW continued its rule of the ramp for the 3rd year in a row. Brining OPW’s travel ramp stage wins to 7 out of the 9 years it has been run.

    Rocky Horror Stage

    Nissan GQ Patrol Advanti Racing rock crawling at Tough Dog Tuff Truck

    The second year back after being closed, redesigned and resurrection of the legendary Tuff Truck waterfall, the Rocky Horror Stage is a true crowd pleaser that looks set to stay. Competitors face slippery S-bends, rock steps and boulders as the race up and down hill towards the finish line.
    The course is very spectator friendly with a full track view from almost all locations along the fence line. The best part about this track is competitors don’t hold back as they use any means necessary to make it up the waterfall!

    The first attempts are usually careful and strategic so drivers can get a feel for their wheel placement. Add a few numbers and trucks roar as they do the unimaginable and conquer the sandstone sofa sized blocks!

    Snake Racing Frame Twister

    Some loathe it and others love it but all competitors agree it’s a very challenging course! Designed to be very technically difficult and to test competitor’s communication the Frame Twister has it all. Rocks, logs, earthmoving tyres, jumps, tyre pit, 2 enormous bonus lines and only 10 minuets to complete the track.

    This track is great viewing for spectators from just about every position along the fence line. The tricky angles, tight turns and amount of obstacles mean you’re guaranteed to see some classic drives and epic damages.

    Top 10 Place Winners

    Toyota 45 Series Cruiser rock crawler David Camp and Hayden Smith win Tough Dog Tuff Truck 2011

    Place Team Name Points Prize
    1 Rock Rash Racing 1,097 $6000
    2 Tough Dog 1,060 $3500
    3 OPW 1,059 $2000
    4 MAD FAB Snake Racing 990 $1750
    5 Komatsu 928 $1100
    6 Anabolic 910
    7 Gympie Offroad 888
    8 Army Barbie 880
    9 Oh Deere 860
    10 ZUK 404 853

    Stage Winners

    Stage Name Winner Points Prize
    S2 – Engineering / Show & Shine West End Boys
    S3 – Travel Ramp (RTI) OPW 58 (1500) $1000
    S4 –  Mudrat’s Revenge OPW 125 $1000
    S5 – Glenn Dobbin Mystery Night OPW 123 $1000
    S6 – Frame Twister Pirate 98 $1000
    S7 – Mini Wirraba OPW 94 $1000
    S8 – Devil’s Marbles Komatsu 125 $1000
    S9 – Jaw Breaker Overkill Engineering 117 $1000
    S10 – Rock Garden Rock Rash 123 $1000
    S11 – Heartbreak Ridge Rock Rash 118 $1000
    S12 – Rocky Horror Tough Dog 98 $1000

    If your thinking of attending the Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge my advice is add it to your Bucket List now and Start Planning! It is a once in a lifetime experience where 4WD competition legends are made and V8 powered, 40” sticky tyre dreams become a reality. Check out our Tough Dog Tuff Truck Planning Guide for some insider tips and See You Track Side in 2012!! 😉

    Check out more Tough Dog Tuff Truck 2011 highlights by visiting our video gallery, photo galleryFacebook Page and YouTube Channel.

    Want to take the the action home with you? Now you can watch all the Tough Dog Tuff Truck carnage and crawling over and over again on the DVD! Click here to view the Tough Dog Tuff Truck DVD range.

    Tuff Truck 2011

    Story by Krystal Harden

  • Snake Racing 11:08 am on 19/05/2011 Permalink
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    Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge 2011 Photo Gallery 

    Tough Dog Tuff Truck Event Logo

    4 years running and Snake Racing is still Proud to be a Major Sponsor!

    The 2011 Tough Dog Tuff Truck attracted a record 59 competitors all prepared and eager to test their rock crawling skills on Australia’s most well known rock crawling domain. Once again drawing in another epic crowd of new characters and faithful followers these photos speak for themselves. For even more the  Tough Dog Tuff Truck galleries check out the Snake Racing Facebook Page and Video Gallery.

    If you want take all the Tuff Truck action home to relive again and again, take a look at our range of Tuff Truck DVD’s and Merchandise.


  • 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.


    • 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


    • 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 |
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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 08/10/2010 Permalink
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    The Logan Challenge Photo Gallery – 2010 

    4x4 at the Logan challenge covered in mud


  • 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.


    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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