❏ What’s the biggest problem with
owning the Polaris RZR 1000? Time.
No one has enough to do it justice.
The second biggest? Space—again,
not enough in the whole world.
Leaving a new RZR in the garage is
cruel, like keeping a pet greyhound
in your Manhattan apartment.
Allen and Roxanne Knowles understand that. They accept the responsibility that comes with RZR adoption
and have set aside the time for proper care and feeding. Their previous
800 and 900 versions allowed them
to change their lifestyle accordingly, gradually stepping up the length
and frequency of their expeditions.
Now, the typical ride is around a
hundred miles, sometimes stretching
from Lucerne Valley in the California
high desert down to Yucca Valley,
north of Palm Springs.
The key to such outings is the fact
that they both enjoy it. It’s marriage
therapy on four wheels. Once they
started looking at RZR time as an
essential part of their relationship,
it became all the more important
to eliminate the pitfalls and comfort
issues that can spoil the adventure.
“Project Getaway Car” is a big piece
of the puzzle. It’s a RZR built to minimize the stress and hardship of long
rides, leaving only the fun part.
THE ATV CONNECTION
The players that participated in
this build are long-time ATV guys
that Allen got to know through his
own ATV business, CT Racing.
Andrew Buck was the builder of
the cage, doors, aluminum and so
forth. He was a perennial fast guy
on the SoCal ATV scene—a Mickey
Thompson contender and winner of
the Japanese Supercross champi-
onship way back in 1990. Andrew
worked for Allen at CT for years as a
machinist and FMF before that. Then
he started Buckshot Performance in
the mid-‘90s, building some of the
best sand cars on the market.
Ed Teixeira from Teixeira Tech was
another fast guy in the desert through
the early 2000s when he won a BiTD
championship. Tim Orchard goes
back in the ATV business so far that
they had only three wheels when
he started. Now he’s owner of OMF,
which produced the wheels on this
rig. Tim spent a lot of seat time racing
Rhinos when they hit the market.
Wayne Mooridian, owner of PEP, has
been doing championship-winning
ATV shocks since ATVs had shocks.
Wayne and his PEP suspension have
probably won more championships
worldwide than any other shock
The “getaway car” is the latest in their
series of RZRs in the Knowles family.
Instead of using round tubing, Teixeira
welds together box-section radius rods
for additional strength.
Buckshot Performance purpose-built this cage for long-distance
off-road adventure. It’s as strong as a
full-race cage but roomier, with less
of an industrial look. The top matches
the radius of the 40-inch light bar.
Most cages won’t hold a large bar,
as they are normally only about 36
inches wide at top. Andrew kicked
the bars out, giving the driver’s compartment a couple of extra inches of
shoulder room and leaving a little
extra space for larger aftermarket
seats. The cage wraps all the way
down the rear of the car, tying in
with the radius rod plates in the
back. That adds a lot of strength as