The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-13T09:27:58Z Chance to Win 10,000 Australian Dollars through the Golden Ticket 2017-06-13T09:27:58Z chance-to-win-10-000-australian-dollars-through-the-golden-ticket-1 Penrith, June 07, 2017: The automotive industry is amongst the world's key economic sectors by revenue. In the twentieth century, a sizeable car industry was created in Australia through the introduction of Australian plants by international manufacturers. In the 1970s, Australian manufactured cars touched a maximum of nearly 500,000 and exceeded 400,000 in 2004. Nepean Motor Group is a multi-franchise dealership giving the best customer service with maximum value for money on this part of Sydney! Nepean Motor Group has 8 new car franchises under the same roof and a complete range of pre-owned vehicles. Nepean Motor Group’s specialist sales team succeeds in finding the right vehicle that perfectly suits client’s lifestyle, needs, expectations and budget. Purchasing an in-stock new or used car from Nepean Motor Group between 1st June 2017, 8:30 AM and 30th June 2017, 5:30 PM can earn a single golden ticket entry into the lucky draw. After a new vehicle purchase during this time period, if an entrant also purchases aftermarket products worth $500 or more, they’ll get an extra golden ticket entry. Nepean Motor Group will retain a ticket with the same identifier and place into the barrel for the lucky draw. On 9th July 2017, 3:00 PM at 2128-2140 Castlereagh Rd, Penrith NSW 2750, Australia, the random prize draw will take place. The draw will also be live streamed on Facebook, via the Nepean Motor Group’s Facebook Page. The winner must be present at the above venue during the specified time to claim the prize. They must hand over their ticket to Nepean Motor Group within 3 minutes of the winning ticket being drawn. If the winner doesn’t show up and claim the prize within 3 minutes of the winning ticket being drawn, this ticket shall be put aside and considered invalid and the prize will be drawn again. This process will be repeated until the prize is claimed. The winner will be the person who has the golden ticket with the matching number to the one that is drawn by Nepean Motor Group. To claim the prize, the winner must hand over their original golden ticket to Nepean Motor Group, which they received at the time of purchase. There will be just one winner who will get 10,000 Australian dollars via bank transfer or cheque. To find out more about the Golden Ticket including registering to take part, please visit https://www.nepeanmotorgroup.com.au/golden-ticket-eofy-sale SHITBOX BREAKS FUNDRAISING RECORD 2017-06-05T05:22:32Z shitbox-breaks-fundraising-record The rally began in Adelaide on Saturday 29 May and covered a 3,800km route to reach Cairns on Friday 2 June. The annual event raised $1.64 million for cancer research, its best result ever. As more donations come in, that tally will climb even further.  Founder James Freeman said the amount included $36,500 raised by an auction and buy-back of the colourful vehicles in Cairns.  He also announced the 2018 Shitbox route will be Brisbane to Darwin.  “The rally teams’ fundraising effort this year is an extraordinary achievement and something we can be immensely proud of,” James said. 214 shitboxes embarked on the journey but 20 cars did not make it. In most cases, broken-down shitboxes are repaired by teams en route, but if that proves too difficult, volunteer support crew are on hand to revive the vehicles and help them re-join the rally. It was one of those support crew members, Alex Hallowell, who today proposed to girlfriend Alicia Jeffree in front of hundreds of celebrating rally members.  Shitbox Rally is one of Australia’s most successful charity car rallies and this eighth rally adds to the remarkable $7.52 million it has raised since 2010. James thanked rally sponsors Bingle, Rally School, Manheim, Move Yourself and Atomix, as well as the Outback communities who warmly hosted the rally along the route.  “This year’s rally included our most-ever number of unsealed roads and also took us to some incredibly beautiful, more isolated locations in Australia. We camped in Roxby Downs, Oodnadatta Alice Springs, Tobermorey Station, Burke and Wills Roadhouse, and Einasleigh. In every stop, the locals made us feel very welcome and in fact some even donated back to the cause.” Shitbox Rally is not a race, but a challenge to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across some of Australia’s toughest roads to raise money for cancer research. James Freeman founded Shitbox Rally in 2009 after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other. It has become the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally. To find out more about the rally including registering to take part, please see www.shitboxrally.com.au Advantages of Fuel Cards by FLEETCOR 2017-05-26T13:51:07Z advantages-of-fuel-cards-by-fleetcor As a cost control and convenience solution, fuel cards by FLEETCOR are second to none. Provided by FLEETCOR's being an official partner of Shell, Shell fuel cards by FLEETCOR are accepted at Total, Esso and Avia fuel stations as well. 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FLEETCOR's fuel card system also comes with access to its special customer support center, which is available to answer any questions that customers may have about billing, fuel purchasing, areas of availability, and even opportunities for fuel station owners that want to connect with the FLEETCOR network. 200 SHITBOXES DEPART ADELAIDE EN ROUTE TO CAIRNS 2017-05-23T00:54:09Z 200-shitboxes-depart-adelaide-en-route-to-cairns Shitbox Rally, now in its eighth year, is on track to raise $1.5 million – adding to the remarkable $7.52 million it has raised since 2010. The brainchild of SA man James Freeman, the rally has become the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally. James founded Shitbox Rally in 2009 after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other. When:             Saturday 27 May                         8.15am interview available with founder James Freeman 9.00am cars begin departing in team groupings Where:            Torrens Parade Ground                         Victoria Drive, Adelaide What:              Colourful cars of all shapes and sizes Dressed-up team members Available:       James Freeman, founder Shitbox Rally                         Team members     Background Shitbox Rally is not a race, but a challenge to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across Australia via some of its toughest roads to raise money for cancer research.  This colourful event attracts a loyal following of ‘Shitboxers’  – some of whom have completed the rally every year since its inception. They are brought together after experiencing cancer themselves or seeing cancer impact family and friends. It’s a chance to meet like-minded people and see Australia’s vast and beautiful country via its red dirt roads, hills and creek beds, ending each day at sports ovals and race courses and more, camping under the stars and enjoying rally friendships. To participate, each team must raise a minimum of $4,000. James Freeman has also developed Mystery Box Rally and held two Shitbox Rallies in New Zealand. The rally has become the largest independent fundraiser for Cancer Council nationally, raising more than $10 million for cancer research. The 2017 route and itinerary   2017 marks the eighth Shitbox Rally. It travels a 3,800km, seven-day route from Adelaide to Cairns via the Oodnadatta Track and Plenty Highway, from 27 May to 2 June. Stopovers include Roxby Downs and Alice Springs.   Images   Shitbox Rallies has a small dedicated production team on each rally, capturing stills and vision each day. See image galleries here https://www.flickr.com/photos/shitboxrally/sets   Social media footage can be seen on the official Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/pg/shitboxrally/videos/   Shitboxes driving to a fundraising record 2017-05-18T23:12:17Z shitboxes-driving-to-a-fundraising-record The annual Shitbox Rally is already the largest independent fundraiser for Cancer Council nationally, and has raised $1.3 million so far this year. “There are some serious dollars being raised and I am excited to see if by the end of the rally we break our fundraising records and get over the $1.54 million mark,” founder James Freeman said. “The rally teams are putting in an incredible effort to raise money for cancer research, with the top fundraiser – Tasmania’s Team 42 Degrees South Baby – sitting at an amazing $24,000. It’s inspiring and we couldn’t be more grateful.” The rally departs Adelaide on Saturday 27 May, driving via the Oodnadatta Track and Plenty Highway to reach Cairns by 2 June. It’s not a race, but a challenge to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across Australia via some of its toughest roads to raise money for cancer research. James Freeman founded Shitbox Rally in 2009 after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other. Details of the Adelaide departure:   When:             Saturday 27 May                         8.15am interview available with James Freeman 9.00am cars begin departing in team groupings Where:            Torrens Parade Ground                         Victoria Drive, Adelaide What:              Colourful cars of all shapes, sizes and themes Dressed-up team members     Fundraising achievement: ·         Shitbox Rally has raised $7.52 million since 2010 and is on track to raise $1.5 million this year. ·         The “baby brother” event, Mystery Box, has raised $1.94 million since 2013 and is on track to raise $825k this year. ·         Shitbox Rally NZ has raised $829k over two years.     Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shitboxrally/sets   Gold Coast Website Designer Develops New Website for Gold Coast Car Sales 2017-04-13T06:19:49Z gold-coast-website-designer-develops-new-website-for-gold-coast-car-sales Gold Coast Car Sales assigned its website designing project to Gold Coast Website Designer in Jan 2017. The newly developed website is ready for launch. The link is: http://goldcoastcarsales.com.au The architecture of the website is user-friendly. It neatly features a marketplace for cars displaying clear and bright images of several pre-owned cars. The menus in the header section give precise indications about the content they lead to. This helps users find all the pages instantly. The important segments are ‘USED CARS FOR SALE’ and ‘SELL YOUR CAR’. The placement of all the buttons is done appropriately to minimize hovering errors or wrong clicks. The social sharing and call to action buttons are prominently visible on the home page, so a visitor does not need to hunt for them. Most importantly, the website brings forth all the advantages of WordPress, it is equipped with secured user login. Therefore, Gold Coast Car Sales has a highly functional and attractive website. Gold Coast Web Designer has been able to satisfy its client with a responsive and SEO-friendly website to earn optimum user engagement that results in ROI. About Gold Coast Website Designer Gold Coast Website Designer is one of the most popular web designing firms. It specialises in eCommerce sites and WordPress sites. Understanding the need of the digital marketing world, it focuses on creating fast-loading websites compatible with different screen sizes of mobiles, tablets and computers. The company has designed SEO-friendly responsive websites for several clients from diverse industries. Contact Gold Coast Website Designer, Address: 50 Codrington Circuit, Pacific Pines QLD 4211, Australia Phone: 61 488 914 289 Website: https://www.goldcoastwebsitedesigner.com.au LASER celebrates 30 years as home-grown consumer electronics success story 2017-03-28T23:35:00Z laser-celebrates-30-years-as-home-grown-consumer-electronics-success-story Sydney, Australia, March 2017 – LASER, the Australian-owned electronics company with a focus on affordable, innovative technology for all, has this month celebrated its 30th Anniversary celebrations with the unveiling of a range of new products set to take the company into its next decade.   Launching a new $50 selfie drone and extensive range of power banks, USB-C accessories and Navig8r dashcams, it is a long way from the small shopfront in Sydney’s Surry Hills that opened in 1987 to sell floppy disks, computer keyboards and mice.   With more than 300 product lines and 50 local employees, LASER puts its commitment to continuously evolving its product range at the centre of its longevity.   “From a very early stage we instituted an internal challenge to turnover our range by at least one-third every year, sourcing new products based on market needs and feedback from our retail partners. This is a huge number by any measure, and constantly forces us out of our comfort zone both in terms of new technologies and evolutions of existing ones.” said Chris Lau, Managing Director of LASER.    “Without having control of our manufacturing and being able to swiftly react to opportunities, this wouldn’t be achievable, yet we continue to see our range constantly and quickly evolving.”   Over the course of three decades, LASER has built its reputation among retailers and consumers alike as the value brand of choice, with long-standing relationships with Harvey Norman and Big W to name a few who look to LASER as enabling consumers to access technology at an affordable price point.   “We know exactly who we are and what our benefit is to consumers, and play an important role in helping many Aussies enter the market for new technologies, while providing affordable, reliable and quality options across the board for both new and ongoing technologies. We proudly wear the moniker ‘value brand you can trust’,” continued Lau.   LASER took its name from the optical media it sold as it commenced trading and has continued to evolve over the years. Today, LASER has market-leading positions, including dashcams via its Navig8r brand, powerbanks, and affordable AV.   “Our Navig8r sub-brand, itself 10 years old this year, is the best-selling dashcam brand in the country. Consumers can enter the market for just $60, while we also deliver on innovation with the 818 Pro X, which offers Australian State-specific school zone data, something unique to the market as it was built specifically to order for Australian consumers.”   “Looking ahead, we also see Affordable AV and USB-C as key drivers, and are also launching Wi-Fi wireless speakers, premium certified UHD HDMI cables and Ultra HD streaming box media centres.”   “We are proud to have proven longevity in the market, especially as many brands and technologies have come and gone in this industry over the 30 years we have been in business, and thank our partners, employees and broader industry stakeholders for their support. While we celebrate today, our focus remains firmly on the future, and the next 30 years.” concluded Lau.   LASER are celebrating 30 years by reveling in the success of products from key categories including:  Navig8r Selfie Drone Lightweight and portable, this four-propeller Wi-Fi enabled Selfie Drone is accessed and controlled by an easy-to-use smartphone app (iOS/Android). Boasting a one-button take off, land and 360-degree flip, users can adjust the drone’s speed and altitude all from their smartphone. With the ability to take photos and videos as it follows you around, the Navig8r Selfie Drone offers 8-minutes of flight time within a 30m control range.RRP $50 from Big W  Navig8r 818 Pro X Crashcam A cutting-edge dash camera that takes in-vehicle incident recording to the next level, the Navig8r 818 Pro X Crashcam features Super Full HD image quality that delivers meticulously detailed footage. Built exclusively for the Australian market, the 818 displays the vehicle’s actual speed (as measured by GPS) as well as speed cameras, red light cameras and school zones which are preloaded with correct Australian state school zone times to warn drivers of an impending change in speed (and possible infringement). The Navig8r Crash Cam Pro X also features journey review with Google maps, automatic event recording and park mode which activates camera recording even when your car is unattended. Using the included software, drivers are able to review video footage, speed, time, date and location information on Google Maps, making it easy to prove at fault incidents.RRP $299 from Harvey Norman and www.laserco.com.au  LASER PB-CJ6000 Portable Power Bank and Car Jump Starter | RRP $79.95 | Harvey Norman As the latest addition to LASER’s extensive portable power range, the PB-CJ6000 is compact and portable enough to fit almost anywhere, from the glovebox to your satchel or your back pocket. A handy gadget that can charge all USB-enabled devices, this multi-purpose accessory also connects with the supplied car jump cables to kick-start a fully flat battery. With 6,000mAh of power, a 4-in-1 USB charging cable (Mini and Micro USB, 30pin and 9pin Apple to USB) for smartphones, tablets and cameras, the PB-CJ6000 also offers security benefits thanks to a high intensity LED light with strobe function for attracting attention. Built-in safety features that protect the consumer, their car and the power bank, a high efficiency cell from the quality Lithium battery boasts 75% retention after 12 months, making this a durable companion in the glove box or in your bag.RRP $79.95 from Harvey Norman and www.laserco.com.au  ImageryLASER 30th Anniversary Image Library  About LASER In 1987 LASER started out in a Surry Hills garage, importing and selling 5.25” floppy disks and storage cases. Today, we’re one of Australia’s fastest growing and most trusted consumer IT and consumer electronics solutions providers. Specialising in bespoke solutions, our product range now spans more than 13 categories and 500+ products. Brace of Brabham Race Cars Discovered in Australian Barn 2017-03-08T04:31:49Z brace-of-brabham-race-cars-discovered-in-australian-barn A pair of Brabham race cars found in a Northern N.S.W barn is being sold by Lloyds Auctions on the Gold Coast as part of The King’s Garage collection. Alstonville-based Brian King is the owner of the rare ‘barn-find’ Brabhams and is offering the cars, along with other significant historic race cars, classic petrol bowsers and assorted memorabilia at auction with all lots starting at one dollar.   The Brabham name is synonymous with Formula One success with legendary driver Jack Brabham and engineer Ron Tauranac, combining in the early 1960s to produce race cars for over a decade culminating in the 1966-67 championship years, sweeping both the F1 World Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships. Brabham remains the only person to ever win a Formula One race in a car and team of his own making. From this era come the two Brabham BT21B race cars on offer at Lloyds Auctions from The King’s Garage collection.   A ‘one of one’ Brabham BT21B Cosworth formula race car with an exceedingly rare Cosworth SCB four-cylinder engine is the star of the collection with the Cosworth engine believed to be one of only two or three in existence. Allied to the rarity of the engine and chassis package is a provenance that begins in Brabham’s Formula One workshop with its chief engine builder Bob Ilich who was instrumental in the World Constructor and Driver Championships for Brabham in 1966 and ’67 who created this particular BT21B for himself.   Another Brabham BT21B race car is being offered fresh from a high end ‘nut and bolt’ restoration in Formula 3 configuration with an MAE Cosworth engine and Hewland gearbox and is ready to compete world-wide in historic formulae including Formula Junior.   The heyday of motor racing in the USA is represented by the gargantuan 1950 Sampson CC-50 Indianapolis 500 racer. Resplendent in its 1950 Indy 500 livery, #27 also comes virtually unused since a thorough restoration in the US prior to its arrival in Australia.   Dirt track oval racing has historically been the feeder category for INDYCAR and NASCAR series and Lloyds is offering the #22 Chuck Porter 1947 Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser midget which has significant race provenance along with another iconic midget the #35 1974 Edmunds VW ‘El Toro Garage’ car. Still on the dirt track theme is the #5 1985 Chevy-powered Watson which has a dark history as five family members died while racing this car.   Fuel bowsers are the new collectable for automotive enthusiasts and the range offered by The King’s Garage collection is staggering in its depth and quality with some fuel pumps going back to the early 1900s including Epex and French Satam four-gallon pumps.   Other lots include a Porsche 356 ‘Super 90’ engine, a 27-litre Rolls Royce Merlin V12 engine, Cosworth FVA engine parts, and an A-series Mini Minor diesel engine.   The auction for The King’s Garage collection is open for bidding online now with the live auction on 18 March 2017. Phone bidding is available.   To view the collection or bid online, visit www.lloydsauctions.com.au/classic-cars Use these tips to get a great new car deal this summer. 2017-01-04T05:01:23Z use-these-tips-to-get-a-great-new-car-deal-this-summer Summer is a great time to buy a new car. Manufacturers are running great deals to clear last years stock and you might have some more time on your hands thanks to the holidays. Navigating so many deals and offers can be confusing so we’ve put together some tips to help you get the best deal.   Research, Research, Research. Then Negotiate, Negotiate, Negotiate. Getting the best deal is going to require some research. Compare prices, deals, makes, models and trim levels. This can all be done from the comfort of home using online tools and websites. The car market is a competitive market and where there is competition, there is bargaining power. Always get more than one quote and play dealers off one another. Dealers just want to sell cars and get their numbers up, so push hard for the best deal.   There Is More to The Deal Than the Price There is an old idiom that if it’s too good to be true then it probably is. A prime example of this is manufacturers 0% finance deals. Manufactures offer 0% finance to get buyers interested, however there is often a price to pay elsewhere. Often this is on the price of the vehicle, and undervalued trade-in, through lock-in servicing contracts or contract fees. Read our article on the harsh reality of 0% finance here. When considering a car finance deal, don’t just look at the repayment, make sure you’re comparing apples with apples or oranges with oranges. You can read more about what makes a car loan cheap here.   Get A Pre-Approval Before Shopping Getting pre-approved for finance before setting foot in the dealership buys you bargaining power and reduces your risk of getting caught out on a bad finance deal. Buying a car is an exciting and emotional experience and some dealers play on this to lock you in to an application for finance after choosing a car. A pre-approval allows you to shop like a cash buyer and focus on getting the best price and options for your car.   Know What Your Trade-In Is Worth Dealers will always offer you less than market value on your trade in. It is one of the main ways they make money on a deal. If they can get a low price on the trade, it increases their margin when they sell it at retail. It is unrealistic to expect a retail price on a trade-in, however it pays to know the true trade-in value before you go to the dealership. Redbook.com.au is a great tool for checking your cars current trade-in value.   Read the Small Print Car ads, car deals and car contracts are full of disclaimers and car salesmen are not known to be the most honest members of our community. Don’t get caught out and miss out on the deal you are after. Some ads or deals will exclude certain options, require you pay full price for the vehicle or include hidden fees such as on road costs. Do your due diligence and read the small print.   Be Very Wary of Aftermarket Add-Ons Let’s get one thing straight; you do no need paint protection. Manufacturers don’t make cars that are incomplete are require paint protection. Window tinting is great; however, it is always cheaper to get this done from a third party. Extended warranties can be valuable; however, we recommend an insurance warranty and not a contract warranty. Contract warranties are issued by the dealership and require you to get the vehicle serviced at their dealership. An insurance warranty on the other hand provides the same (if not greater) protection and allows you to get the vehicle serviced at your choice of qualified and acceptable mechanics.   Hopefully these tips allow you to make the most of the new year car deals and offers. Do your research, dot your I’s and cross your T’s and happy car hunting. For more advice or to arrange your car finance, call Revolution on 1300 882 851. Charity Auction & Afterparty details released for BULLRUSH 2016-11-07T02:47:43Z charity-auction-amp-afterparty-details-released-for-bullrush Proudly supporting the Variety Children’s Charity, Bullrush Rally will be hostng a charity auction night on the 9th of November at Bond Bar in Melbourne as well as raising money online via Everyday Hero. To be a part of this VIP event, email melinda@curiousbird.com.au to gain exclusive access. One of the hero pieces being auctioned off is #001 of the 050 piece limited edition set from SEVENFRIDAY, that was produced specifically for Bullrush Rally.   Bullrush Rally showcases an incredible array of vehicles - including Lamborghini Aventador, Huracan and Gallardo, Ferrari 458 Spyder, McLaren 650S, Porsche 911 Turbo, Cayman GT4, Audi R8, the SEVENFRIDAY Jaguar F-Type, Nissan GTR and many more. These beauties will be displayed at Crown Metropol between 3.45pm and 5.30pm on 9th November and will be available to photograph. Bullrush Rally - Supercar Arrival Display TODAY: Intercontinental Adelaide 2016-11-07T00:12:47Z bullrush-rally-supercar-arrival-display-today-intercontinental-adelaide 2016 BULLRUSH RALLY Monday November 7th to Friday November 11th ADELAIDE | WARRNAMBOOL | MELBOURNE | CANBERRA | SYDNEY Australia’s rarest and most expensive supercars gather for the 2016 Bullrush Rally! Australia’s annual Bullrush Rally takes place from the 7th to 11th of November, with over 30 supercars participating in a 5 day interstate driving tour across Australia. Traveling from South Australia to New South Wales, the route includes overnight stops in Adelaide, Warrnambool, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. Covering 2000km of spectacular roads including Victoria’s world famous Great Ocean Road, the adventure is filled with exclusive dinners and parties, as well as a day of drag racing at Sydney Dragway. Proudly supporting the Variety Children’s Charity, Bullrush Rally will be hosting a charity auction night on the 9th of November at Bond Bar In Melbourne as well as raising money online via Everyday Hero. Bullrush Rally showcases an incredible array of vehicles - including Lamborghini Aventador, Huracan and Gallardo, Ferrari 458 Spyder, McLaren 650S, Porsche 911 Turbo, Cayman GT4, Audi R8, Jaguar F-Type, Nissan GTR and many more. Official event Partners include; Unique Car Rentals, SevenFriday, Street FX Motorsports, My Accounts, Fi Exhaust, Bez Media, CEVA Logistics and Quick Fox Media.  Vehicle Display Times & Locations Monday 7th November  2pm to 6pm - Vehicle Display - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace, Adelaide.  Tuesday 8th November 8am to 9am - Start Line and Departure - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace, Adelaide.  5:30pm to 6:30pm - Vehicle Arrival and Display - Lady Bay Resort, 2 Pertobe Rd, Warrnambool VIC. Wednesday 9th November 3:45pm to 5:30pm - Vehicle Arrival & Display - Crown Metropol, 8 Whiteman St Southbank, VIC.  Thursday 10th September 5:30pm to 6:30pm - Vehicle Arrival & Display - Burbury Hotel - Burbury Close, Barton ACT.  Friday 11th September Midday to 3:30pm - Drag Racing & Content Creation PRESS ONLY - press@bullrushrally.com for entry. Sydney Dragway, Ferrers Rd, Eastern Creek NSW. 5pm - 6pm - Vehicle Arrival - Intercontinental Double Bay, 33 Cross St, Sydney.  Company Information Founded in 2015 with the vision of uniting like-minded individuals in a shared pursuit of adventure and unforgettable experiences, Bullrush Rally is an annual lifestyle, business networking and charity fundraising event combining supercars, dining, parties and motorsport. PRESS FOLDER CONTAINING 2015 AND 2016 IMAGERY/CONTENT (UPDATED DAILY) CAN BE FOUND AT - www.bit.ly/bullrushpress Main Press Calls Adelaide 7th November 2pm to 6pm - Arrival Display - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace 8th November 8am to 9am - Start Line and Departure - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace. Melbourne Wednesday 9th November 4pm to 5pm- Vehicle Arrival & Display - Crown Metropol, 8 Whiteman St Southbank. Sydney Friday 11th September Midday to 3:30pm - Sydney Dragway for content and interviews - email press@bullrushrally.com for access - Sydney Dragway, Ferrers Rd, Eastern Creek. Links www.bullrushrally.com Facebook.com/bullrushrally Instagram @bullrushrally Contact Press Contact: Marko Seider Email: press@bullrushrally.com Phone: +61 434 620 706 SEVENFRIDAY is proud to be a sponsor of BULLRUSH Rally 2016-11-06T06:01:32Z sevenfriday-is-proud-to-be-a-sponsor-of-bullrush-rally SEVENFRIDAY is proud to be involved for a 2nd year with Bullrush Rally. In 2016, this mammoth rally takes 40 supercars from Adelaide to Sydney over 2,000km to help raise funds for the Variety Children's Charity. Bullrush Rally was founded on the principle of uniting like minded individuals in a shared pursuit of adventure and unforgettable experiences, the Bullrush Rally is a super car road trip and business networking event held annually throughout Australia. This year drivers will take on an amazing 5 day experience staying in Warrnambool, Melbourne and Canberra, concluding in Sydney with exclusive parties and dinners at every stop.Melbourne will also host a SEVENFRIDAY Flash party which will include a charity auction, if you're interested in knowing more about the party, contact Melinda for more information. A special commemorative watch, limited to 50 pieces is being produced by SEVENFRIDAY for this special event. The watch features a specially designed perforated soft touch black leather strap with the case back engraved with the Bullrush Rally logo, that is also featured on the dial. A customized hour track, highlights the start and finish cities of the 2016 Bullrush Rally, as the course takes drivers along the Great Ocean Road from Adelaide to Sydney. Info on the watch: http://bit.ly/2eqqki8  Splend expands the ride with Rent-to-Own 2016-10-28T04:34:11Z splend-expands-the-ride-with-rent-to-own Evolution of the taxi driver Innovative vehicle provider shakes up ride share launching Rent-to-Own Australia’s consumer transport market is experiencing significant transitions as a power shift from the taxi plate owners, formerly holding the monopoly, to the driver regaining power by becoming their own boss. Recognising this transition phase, innovative on-demand vehicle-subscription provider, Splend, continues to disrupt who is in the drivers seat, launching Rent-to-Own – a first-to-market service enabling ride share drivers to own their vehicle, while freeing taxi drivers from working for the plate owners gain. “Of the 68,000 taxi drivers in Australia most work for a ‘network’, ‘owner’ or ‘operator.’ According to Roads and Maritime Services of NSW in 2012, on average these drivers were paying a lease of up to roughly $1250 per week to rent a licensed taxi because they could not afford a previously inflated $400,000 taxi plate. The plate owner claims 60-65 per cent of the shift takings while drivers endure poor working conditions and unfriendly shift hours,” says Chris King, CEO of Splend. High fares and the skyrocketing value of taxi plates ensures big returns for the big players who own multiple taxi plates, but taxi passenger numbers are in decline and drivers' wages have collapsed with the introduction of ride sharing. With the shift toward a cashless society, the earnings from taxi driving isn’t as attractive anymore and a transition is occurring to ride share where drivers now have a chance to succeed independently as their own boss. A leader in compliant vehicle supply for on-demand services, Splend launched Rent-to-Own in response to the increasing number of ride share drivers who are eager to work towards ownership of their greatest asset – their vehicle, but who do not want to go into debt by financing a car through a bank or broker. The big appeal for drivers to shift into Splend Rent-to-Own is no lock in contracts meaning members can walk away at any time as opposed to feeling trapped into long term financing. The vehicle-as-a-subscription fee for Splend Rent-to-Own starts at an average of $279 per week over four years covering registration, compulsory third party and full comprehensive insurance, scheduled servicing as well ride share training courses. The weekly subscription cost decreases by $50 each year, helping members achieve car ownership sooner. Over four years, this is an added saving of $6,349 with zero interest compared to car financing through a bank or broker. According to the August 2016 Transport Affordability Index by the Australian Automobile Association, in 2013-2014 motorist road related taxes and charges totaled almost $28billion including purchasing costs and expenses of running a car over its lifetime such as registrations, insurance and stamp duty. “The vehicle finance landscape in Australia is expensive and outdated for aspiring ride share drivers. The latest vehicle ownership index figures have huge impacts to the average household income and Australian’s are looking for alternate ways to efficiently earn a living and own a car, making value for money Splend’s main consideration in its Rent-to-Own offering,” said Mr King. As platforms like Uber become more accepted, Splend Rent-to-Own will be an attractive option for drivers looking to build a long-term career in the on-demand economy while saving thousands of dollars in interest charges. In Australia there are currently 31,000 Uber drivers enjoying flexible working hours - 868 of those Splend members who enjoy greater earnings compared to their taxi driver counterparts who are losing out. “I predict a large exodus of taxi drivers who will become disgruntled with low wages, long shift hours, high leasing fees and no equity to show for it. Why should the plate owners who earn money in their sleep undercut drivers? Splend have created an encouraging community of motivated, small business individuals who are all working toward owning their own vehicle while driving for ride share,” says King. Visit www.splend.com.au to become your own boss, work your own hours and own your car outright for total independence. See below comparison chart on driver earnings from our case study, a former Sydney taxi driver who has converted to Splend and been driving for ride share for 6 months. Data collected on 30 September 2016 and represents a Splend member driving for Uber at 40 hours a week compared to the same taxi driver previously driving 60 hours per week. ENDS For more information contact Maggie Elliot maggie@frontleft.com.au or +61 418 744 479. FACT SHEET Start-up company Splend has become Australia’s leader in vehicle supply for on-demand services, providing new employment opportunities for over 868 Australians (as at September 2016) and a fresh take on vehicle management. For small business individuals who can’t afford to finance their own vehicle Splend is a fully serviced vehicle solution that comes with a mentoring team to help Members become their own boss. Benefits of owning a vehicle from Splend: Full service vehicle provider with no lock in contracts: From $279 per week on average over four years, Splend members have access to a new 5-star ANCAP rated vehicle that is in line with ride sharing regulation including registration, stamp duty, insurance and servicing of a vehicle they will own after four years. Easy entry - To be eligible, drivers are required to be a rideshare driver for just a minimum of eight weeks. Ready to ride pack: On top of the brand new vehicle, this includes; 12 replacement tyres, 3 front and rear wheel alignments, 12 replacement brake pads, 12 replacement brake discs, 9 replacement windscreen wiper blades, 2 replacement sets of replacement headlight globes, 1 replacement battery. Member Benefits and Rewards: Members are incentivised with rewards for referrals and if they are measured the safest driver by utilising the latest telematics technology installed throughout the Splend fleet. The Member Support Centre offers a mentoring program to help achieve the highest ratings plus 24×7 Car Breakdown Assistance. Flexible lifestyle: Becoming their own boss means building their own business on their own flexible working hours and working toward car ownership. Gartner Says Full Autonomy May Not be Possible Nor Desirable in Smart Machines 2016-10-27T00:50:34Z gartner-says-full-autonomy-may-not-be-possible-nor-desirable-in-smart-machines-1 GOLD COAST, Australia, 27 October, 2016 — By 2020, smart machines will be a top five investment priority for more than 30 percent of CIOs, according to Gartner, Inc. With smart machines moving towards fully autonomous operation for the first time, balancing the need to exercise control versus the drive to realise benefits is crucial. Presenting *Maverick research findings at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Australia today, Brian Prentice, research vice president at Gartner, said Google’s self-driving car project is a perfect example of why pursuing full autonomy may be neither possible nor desirable in smart machines. “Human beings are still required as the final point of redundancy in an autonomous vehicle, so a fully autonomous car requires a steering wheel should a driver be required to take control,” said Mr. Prentice. “But putting a steering wheel in an autonomous car means a fully licensed, sober driver must always be in the car and prepared to take control if necessary. Not only does this destroy many of the stated benefits of autonomous vehicles, but it changes the role of the driver from actively controlling the car to passively monitoring it for potential failure.” According to Gartner, the ‘Google Steering Wheel Dilemma’ is representative of a challenge all smart machine initiatives must face. “Smart machines respond to their environment. But what is the environment that the smart machine is responding to? Environments that are largely uncontrollable are not amenable to smart machine projects because it is difficult, if not impossible, to model accurately,” said Mr. Prentice. “The trick then is to figure out what is actually controllable and limit smart machines to that which can be accurately modeled and managed.” Mr. Prentice said that major unresolved problems in machine learning solutions, such as how to ensure learning data is fully representative and how to avoid "reward hacking," need to be addressed before any autonomous machine that continues to learn from its environment can be deployed as a mass-market solution to a real-world problem. “The vision of the fully autonomous vehicle will not become reality, for any car manufacturer, in a time frame that doesn't fall into the realm of science fiction,” said Mr. Prentice. “The failure of this vision will be set against the backdrop of advances in smaller, more pragmatic applications of machine learning in automobiles that will improve safety and driver experience.” According to Gartner, CIOs seeking to maximise the benefits of smart machine solutions must: - Plan to deliver smart machine-enabled services that assist and are overseen by humans to achieve maximum benefit in the next three to five years, rather than those that are fully autonomous. - At the beginning of any project aiming to make use of smart machine technologies, identify and analyse the constraints within the environment — in law and in public attitudes — that the eventual solution will face. - Design any smart machine solution outward from constraints identified in the key areas of user experience, information asymmetry and the business model to hit the sweet spot for smart machine-enabled solutions, and maximise the benefit the technology will provide. *Gartner's Maverick research is designed to spark new, unconventional insights. It is unconstrained by Gartner's typical broad consensus-formation process to deliver breakthrough, innovative and disruptive ideas from the company's research incubator to help organisations get ahead of the mainstream and take advantage of trends and insights that could impact IT strategy and the wider organisation. Gartner clients can read more in the report: “Maverick* Research: Resolving the Google Steering Wheel Dilemma in Smart Machine Design.” This research is part of the Gartner Special Report “Maverick* Research”, a collection of research designed to spark new, unconventional insights. About Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the world's most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT leaders, uniting a global community of CIOs with the tools and strategies to help them lead the next generation of IT and achieve business outcomes. More than 23,000 CIOs, senior business and IT leaders worldwide will gather for the insights they need to ensure that their IT initiatives are key contributors to, and drivers of, their enterprise's success. Video replays of keynotes and sessions are available on Gartner Events on Demand. Follow news, photos and video coming from Gartner Symposium/ITxpo on Smarter With Gartner, on Twitter using #GartnerSYM, Facebook and LinkedIn.  Upcoming dates and locations for Gartner Symposium/ITxpo include: November 6-10, Barcelona, Spain November 15-18, Goa, India February 28-March 2, Dubai, UAE About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. The company delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is the valuable partner to clients in approximately 10,000 distinct enterprises worldwide. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyse and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and has 8,300 associates, including more than 1,800 research analysts and consultants, and clients in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com. Mysterious fun rally raised over $760k for Cancer Council 2016-10-11T22:00:00Z mysterious-fun-rally-raised-over-760k-for-cancer-council Mystery Box Rally 2016 has marked an end for another year in Adelaide, raising an incredible $760,315.02 to date for Cancer Council. 300 courageous participants from all across Australia embarked on a 5-day mysterious, round-trip adventure from Adelaide on 24 September, with no idea where they were heading or what cars they would be driving, all to raise much-needed funds for cancer research initiatives. Engines humming, coughing and spluttering, the teams engaged in an epic battle to bid on their dream Mystery Box car based on their fundraising amount (minimum $3,000) at a private auction the night before the convoy ventured into the unknown. Decorated in creative motifs, glitter, stickers and piñatas, the 150 colourful cars bid farewell to Adelaide and explored outback South Australia. With daily destinations only revealed each morning before the convoy hit the road, teams travelled west to Wudinna, then north to Kingoonya, north-east to William Creek on the Oodnadatta Track, and onto Blinman in the Flinders Ranges before returning to Adelaide. Alongside the breakdowns, river crossings and stunning scenery, participants were treated to a night of live music by an indigenous band in Kingoonya followed by a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to kick up some dust and dance the night away on the Oodnadatta Track at William Creek. Fully supported by the local community, the rally enjoyed some classic Aussie rock from a live band whilst dancing under the stars in the middle of the highway blocked off by the local police. In a town of only 6 residents, it was the biggest party in the township's history. “This year’s rally was one of the most memorable for teams and towns alike. The breathtaking scenery along the route was incredible. The untamed beauty of the South Australian wilderness won over everyone’s hearts, especially when we drove through the Gammon and Flinders Ranges,” said James Freeman, Box Rallies Founder. “Of course we also faced some enormous challenges, but I am proud to say we pulled through the tough times together and created an unforgettable, fun-packed adventure.” Mystery Box Rally 2016 proved to be a miracle for both teams and their beloved vehicles. Not only did the convoy return to Adelaide just before the immense winds slammed the state mercilessly, but only two out of the 150 Mystery Box cars did not make it to the finish line in Wingfield, Adelaide. “The rally is a unique way for us to raise awareness and critical funds for the fight against this terrible disease, all done with humour and laughter whilst seeing amazing parts of this incredible country. A big thank you to our well-deserved teams and everyone who has supported this year’s rally,” said Mr Freeman. Mystery Box Rally is hoping to bring the funds raised up to $800,000 in a post-rally car auction on 18 October at Manheim Adelaide (75-83 Wilkins Rd, Wingfield SA 5013), where the public can secure their very own Mystery Box cars, full of character. For further information or to support the cause with a donation, visit www.mystery-box.com.au.   ABOUT MYSTERY BOX RALLY Mystery Box Rally is perfect for those who crave adventure and embrace mystery. This unique and exciting rally sees teams of two driving over five days to destinations unknown, all to raise funds for much needed cancer research and treatment.  A fly-in fly-out adventure, the rally takes care of sourcing the cars so teams can focus on what’s important - the fundraising.   Teams will find out what car they will be driving at a private auction the day before the rally. The amount of ‘money’ they have to bid with is based on their fundraising total, so the more they raise the better their chance of securing their ‘dream’ Mystery Box. The next big mystery is of course the route, with teams told each morning where they will be driving that day. The itinerary promises participants a trip of a lifetime, taking them through some of the most incredible landscapes this country has to offer, as well as outback dirt roads and majestic small towns.   Mystery Box is part of Box Rallies, founded by James Freeman, after he lost both his parents to cancer within 12 months of each other. Described as the mad baby brother of Shitbox Rally, also a Box Rallies initiative, Mystery Box is a reward for all the fundraising teams do prior to the event and is a chance to meet like-minded people. It also offers a unique way to see our vast and beautiful country. To qualify for the Mystery Box Rally, supporters must have raised a minimum of $3,000.   In 2013 the inaugural Mystery Box Rally saw teams travel through remote parts of New South Wales and country Victoria. Taking in the sites of Hay, Echuca, Deniliquin, Willandra, White Cliffs, Tibooburra (one of the most remote towns in NSW), Wentworth, Mildura before finishing in Melbourne. Teams taking part in 2014 set out to secret locations across Queensland and New South Wales. Taking them from Brisbane to Hebel, the most north-west town in NSW at Tibooburra, Hungerford, St George and the most western winery in QLD, and back to Brisbane. In 2015, Mystery Box Rally embarked on two adventures, where teams further discovered the remote small towns of Queensland and New South Wales. In August 2016, teams travelled from Townsville to Richmond, Normanton, Chillagoe and Mission Beach via Port Douglas before heading back to Townsville, whilst in November, participants explored the New South Wales outback from Sydney to Menindee, Lake Cargelligo, Louth and the vineyards of Orange before travelling back to Sydney.   Previous Mystery Box Rallies have raised a combined total of over $1.175 million for vital Cancer Council research programs. For more information please visit www.mystery-box.com.au.   -ENDS-MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry, Yvonne Kong or Laura Heslop P: +61 2 8354 0931 E: amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; yvonne@holysmokeagency.com; laura@holysmokeagency.com