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Polaris Way Out Ride at Te Awamutu

22 October 2004

Polaris Way Out Ride at Te Awamutu

Farmers, family groups, weekend trail riders, hard-out sport riders … all kinds of ATV owners are expected at Oparau near Te Awamutu next weekend for the latest Polaris Way Out Ride.

It’s an opportunity for four-wheeler riders to take to the back country in an event especially for them.

This is the second Way Out Ride, a new charity initiative by Polaris which is proving a real success.

More than 70 ATVs took part at Dargaville earlier this month and a hundred are expected this coming Sunday 31st.

Polaris dealer Wayne Shaw says the accent is on relaxed enjoyment.

“The Way Out Rides are tailored by Polaris, who understand recreational ATV riding very well,” commented Mr Shaw.

“The rides are for weekend recreational riders, farmers … anyone who enjoys getting out on their ATV.

“They need a helmet and boots, plus their four-wheeler … it need not be a Polaris, we accept all makes.”

“We’ve found in the past that ATVs and two-wheelers don’t go well together on rides,” he said. “The ATV people say it takes the fun out of it, as the machines are ridden differently and tend to tackle different terrain.

Organisers have marked a trail through the rolling hills for a three-hour guided ride, or riders can travel at their own pace. A separate circuit caters for children riders.

As an additional feature, the Polaris dealership will have the latest Sportsman 700 EFI electronically fuel-injected ATV on hand for serious riders to try.

The Way Out Ride costs $25 to enter and all proceeds go to the Waikato Air Ambulance.

It starts at 9.30am at John Scott’s property on Hauturu Road (off main Kawhia Road) at Oparau.

Riders can contact Wayne Shaw or Alan Hockly at the Te Awamutu Polaris dealership NZ Farm and Trail (07) 871 7321 or 0274 744 111.

Subsequent Way Out Rides will also benefit local charities.

The next is at Waiuku, contact Rodger Jones (09) 235 5190. More rides are planned at Kumeu-Silverdale, Tauranga, Rotorua-Whakatane, Thames, Hawkes Bay, and subsequently further south including the South Island.

Polaris dealers have further information.

US-based Polaris totally designs, engineers, manufactures and markets its own ATVs and other powersports products for distribution to 126 countries. Polaris Industries is a $US1.6 billion turnover company listed on the New York Stock Exchange and noted as a Fortune 500 Company.

New Zealanders can access information about the complete line of Polaris products from authorised Polaris dealers or on the net at


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