The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-19T22:58:19Z Manheim’s new tool to help with pre purchase car research 2017-06-19T22:58:19Z manheim-s-new-tool-to-help-with-pre-purchase-car-research One of Australia’s leading automotive auctioneers, Manheim, has launched a free tool to allow customers to find an estimated price on any vehicle they are looking at purchasing. Car Price Guide is a new feature designed to help customers research before buying at auction by providing an estimated sold price for each vehicle searched using the search functionality. This new tool gives customers the ability to narrow their search to a specific make and model of a car, the time frame and even the specific Manheim auction site to give them as much information on the right car before they make a purchase. The average price is calculated from actual prices of vehicles sold in Manheim public auctions since January 2016. The new Car Price Guide feature on the Manheim website allows our customers to feel more prepared before attending an auction so they can get the best deal on their new car. The best thing about this new feature is it is free for customers to use! Ends/.. For further information please contact: Mathew McAuley – Manheim Public Relations Mobile: +61 400 875 686     Email: mathew.mcauley@manheim.com.au About Manheim (www.manheim.com.au) As an Australian market leader in the provision of automotive and industrial remarketing services, Manheim offers a comprehensive range of asset management and disposal services. With almost 60 years of experience across a broad range of industry sectors, Manheim delivers high quality services on a national basis to help customers meet their fleet and asset management business objectives. Manheim sells assets such as passenger and commercial vehicles, trucks, trailers, machinery, motorcycles, plant and equipment and written off vehicles in regular weekly and monthly auctions open to both trade and public buyers. Manheim works with dealers, manufacturers, federal and state government agencies, local government, insurers, financiers, rental companies and fleet and leasing companies across Australia and New Zealand. Based in Melbourne, Manheim employs approximately 650 team members across all states in Australia and in New Zealand. For more information on the company, please visit – www.manheim.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. Thus, you get access to all advantages of the system at more than 5,000 Shell stations in Germany and 22,000 of Shell and Shell partner filling stations across Europe. EuroShell card can offer an effective mean of cost control for businesses that are looking for smarter ways to fuel up their vehicles. ·         Manage your account online Fleet card allows you to manage and track spending across one or many different fuel cards online, giving consumers and business owners the power to keep a tally of monthly finances and adjust their expenses accordingly. Online account management can be done with a desktop computer or mobile device. ·         Convenient billing Recording your fuel purchases is just one advantage; convenient billing allows customers to easily pay and refill their fuel card account when necessary. ·         Purchasing control Fuel card for companies can give account and business owners the ability to control how individual drivers make their purchases in real time. Track and adjust fuel budgets accordingly, and optimize how your fleet's fuel is being purchased. ·         Reduced costs VAT refunds on fuel discounts, and special deals on fuel are available for fuel card users. ·         Convenient payments Feel the advantages of a most flexible cashless payment system which allows you to adjust in your online account even the range of products available for purchasing for each single fuel card. Besides, EuroShell fuel card insures all transactions are secured with a PIN code. 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. Key parking industry and transport planning discussion papers released by Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative 2017-05-23T02:13:53Z key-parking-industry-and-transport-planning-discussion-papers-released-by-australia-and-new-zealand-driverless-vehicle-initiative To coincide with its red-carpet presence at this year’s CeBIT Australia conference, the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) has released two key thought-leadership papers on parking and transport planning opportunities from driverless vehicle technology. Ms Rita Excell, Executive Director from the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) said the transformational change predicted to come with the introduction of driverless vehicles would impact the lives every Australian, and transform city designs in the years ahead. Ms Excell said the introduction of driverless vehicles is approaching rapidly and would ultimately underpin the creation of entirely new city structure and architecture, making it critical to recognise this disruptive technology as a central element in future transport planning “Because most vehicles typically sit idle for 96% of the time it creates a lot of wasted parking spaces in the city, streets and homes. We can expect multi-storey carparks being transformed into community spaces, on-street parking becoming a walk or cycle lane, and home garages being used as green space or extra living area instead,” Ms Excell said. “Instead of annual insurance, registration and running costs, people will be able to book a vehicle to pick them up and take them to a specific location – which means they will still have the convenience of an on-call car, without ongoing costs and parking challenges,” she said. “We are already seeing an increasing number of people preferring mobility-as-a-service, which has seen the likes of Go Get and Car Next Door responding to commuter need for an alternative to owning your own vehicle. While the demand for mass public transit will continue, driverless vehicles offer significant cost advantages over public transport, especially for first and last mile services.” “Vehicles that valet park by themselves is the likely next step, where the driver leaves the vehicle to park itself using a map of a parking structure and external vehicle sensors to find a parking space, and then is summoned by a driver to be picked-up. Already today the technology that allows a driver to get out of the car and let the car drive into a space means that we don’t need as wide a space and with vehicles parking themselves more efficiently, and safely, parking-related crashes will become a thing of the past.” Future city planners won’t have to accommodate for large traffic volumes, as we see driverless vehicles migrate to the outskirts of city precincts and suburban parking stations when not in use,” Ms Excell said. “The major challenge facing urban and regional transport planners is that they normally rely on age-old quantitative data sets to inform future infrastructure investment, but that fails to recognise disruptive technologies like driverless vehicles,” she said. “What is needed is an integrated process that embraces a much larger view of mobility, and considers the changing transport options of users. A growing number of Australians are opting to not have a licence, and as we see a decline in car ownership, transport planners can learn from many other countries that have already embraced the Mobility as a Service concept as a step towards incorporating driverless vehicles into the transport mix.” The ADVI stand at the CeBIT event will allow delegates to view a state-of-the art driverless mobility pod from the UK-based RDM Group, as well as a Volvo fitted with autonomous vehicle technology which is being used in driverless vehicle trials across the country. To obtain a copy of either ADVI thought-leadership discussion paper, please go to http://advi.org.au/australia/strategic-documents/ For media interviews, contact Adam Thomson on 0430 420 120 or adam@leveragepr.com.au About the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) ADVI is the peak body that spans the wide ecosystem of driverless vehicles in Australia and New Zealand. With a membership of 100 leading organisations across a wide range of sectors, ADVI offers a unique opportunity for Government to collaborate with Industry and researchers, to position Australia and New Zealand amongst the world leaders in the development and deployment of driverless technology. ADVI’s education, advocacy and demonstration efforts help to inform and raise awareness, encourage community acceptance, and ensure understanding of the economic, environmental and lifestyle benefits of driverless vehicles. Iconic Brabham, Dick Johnson and Tony Stewart race cars headline Lloyds auction 2017-05-16T06:54:51Z iconic-brabham-dick-johnson-and-tony-stewart-race-cars-headline-lloyds-auction From Brands Hatch to Bathurst to Terre Haute, the cars on offer in Lloyds Auctions first race car auction span decades and disciplines delivering a variety of iconic track cars for the enthusiast or collector to run, display, restore and enjoy. In the world of open wheel formula racing the name Brabham is revered world-wide with our own Jack Brabham taking three Formula One World Championships in the 1950s-60s and founding one of the most prolific race car manufacturers of all time. From the era of Brabham’s greatest success comes this 1966 Brabham BT18 Formula 3 race car fresh from a complete nut-and-bolt restoration having been dormant for 27 years before it landed in an Italian Count’s castle and offered seven years later at the Monaco Formula One auction in 2006. BT18 F2-25-66 to give this car its correct title, had a very busy life racing in period in the European and British F3 series, later moving across the Atlantic to race Formula C in the USA and was run by no less than Frank Williams himself. F2-25-66 comes with CAMS Certificate of Description and is ready to take on any racetrack in the world and is eligible for many different series worldwide. In the world of NASCAR the names Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon are royalty and comparable to the legends of Australian motorsport like Peter Brock and Dick Johnson, but whereas our Aussie legends would never have raced the same car the Beast Coil Combo car Lloyds Auctions is offering has significant racing history for both Stewart and Gordon. Featuring a Johnson V4 engine which has been milled down to ‘add lightness’, this midget car took a young Tony Stewart to numerous midget wins including his 1993 win at the Hut Hundred, while Jeff Gordon achieved four Crown track records in this car. Resplendent in its Stewart Crystal Pepsi livery, this Beast has undergone a nut-and-bolt restoration and is period correct down to its stickers. A blunt instrument of speed piloted by names like Stewart, Gordon and Andretti shows what an incredible car this is and one that is unequalled anywhere in the world. While Dick Johnson is synonymous with racing Fords at Bathurst this Holden Torana LJ is a different chapter of Johnson’s life in racing before he became a household name. Believed to be one of two XU-1 Toranas Johnson raced, this car was set up as a sports sedan before Johnson passed it onto a friend in 1999. This Torana, stamped ALJ 10879B comes with a letter of verification from Dick Johnson Racing signed by Dick himself attesting to the provenance of this car and is sure to appeal to any true enthusiast or investor who can see the massive potential of a Dick Johnson Holden race car. To view the collection or bid online, visit https://www.lloydsonline.com.au/AuctionDetails.aspx?aid=6141 ENDS HelloCars launches $49 Valet Test Drive 2017-05-09T22:29:16Z hellocars-launches-49-valet-test-drive Sydney May 10 2017: After a hugely successful launch in Sydney, Australian start up HelloCars has launched an Australian-first – a $49 Valet Test Drive, making test driving a car easier than ever. One of HelloCars’ experienced customer service specialists will come to your door in the Sydney Metro area, at a time that suits you to accompany you for a half-hour test drive – giving customers a chance to see how the car will suit their lifestyle. “The standard 10-minute test drive you get at a dealership, or through a private sale, is too short and artificial to get much useful information about the car you’re considering buying,” HelloCars Director Paul Higgins said. “We wanted our customers to be able to find out how the car will fit into their lifestyle – is there enough room for the baby seat? Does it fit in the garage? How does it work for the whole family?” he said. HelloCars Director Michael Higgins said test driving a car can be a time-consuming and artificial experience – waiting at the dealership then driving around with a sales person on unfamiliar roads. “Most people don’t realise when they buy a car they’ve had a typical test drive in, they’re subsidising all the other people who go on test drives in the price they pay for the car. We wanted people to have a transparent, obligation-free transaction with us and know that there are no hidden costs and that they’re getting real value for money with half an hour’s drive in their neighbourhood,” he said. HelloCars takes all the hassle out of buying a used-car, is guaranteed to be cheaper than a dealer and your car will be delivered right to your door wherever you are in Australia. The reaction to HelloCars Sydney launch last year showed there was a big gap in the market for a more transparent and better value way of buying used cars that was also a great experience for customers. Roy Morgan recently released a major state of the nation report with a focus on the automotive industry and found that Australians are increasingly wanting to buy cars completely online – citing 2025 as a “tipping point” where most people will be transacting online. HelloCars also recently announced its expansion and now offers delivery Australia-wide.   ENDS  ABOUT HELLOCARS HelloCars is a Sydney-based start-up which gives Australians a safer, more convenient and better-value way to buy and sell used cars, without the hassle.   Being a technology-driven business means HelloCars can sell cars for a highly competitive upfront price, guaranteed to be better than any dealer. You can buy a used car with HelloCars securely knowing you have a seven-day, 500km money back guarantee, a minimum three-month warranty and it will be delivered right to your door www.hellocars.com.au HelloCars has been selected as a Westpac Business of Tomorrow 2017.           GTHO Falcon brings half-million dollar hammer price for Lloyds Auctions at Shepparton 2017-05-03T01:34:14Z gtho-falcon-brings-half-million-dollar-hammer-price-for-lloyds-auctions-at-shepparton Proving that prices for Aussie muscle cars are continuing to climb are the sterling final results from Lloyds Auctions ‘Classic, Muscle and Barn Find’ auction held at the Shepparton Motor Museum over the weekend, headlined by a 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III which soared to reach a final sale price of $500,000. The Monza Green XY Falcon GTHO offered was subject to rapid bids early on levelling out at under half a million dollars before one of several phone bidders stepped up to become the new owner of this unrestored example of Australia’s most desirable muscle car ever produced. Built in 1971 with Light Saddle interior trim this matching numbers Phase III featured the legendary 351ci Cleveland V8 and four-speed gearbox with the classic five-slot wheels setting off what is the most collectable and iconic Australian muscle car ever. Further proof that Aussie muscle cars are the new collectable were results of $201,000 for a fully restored 1969 Ford Falcon XW GTHO Phase I in Grecian Gold with a black interior and a staggering $225,000 for a genuine E38 ‘big tank’ Valiant Charger, a car which with the help of triple Weber carburettors cranked out 280hp in the early 1970s and took the fight to the mighty Ford GTHO. Other results include a 1968 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 with 428ci Cobra Jet V8 engine which had undergone a nut-and-bolt restoration was passed in at $170k with negotiations continuing and a gorgeous 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL which pulled an impressive $185,000. An RPO83 Ford XA GT Falcon sedan in Wild Violet, the spiritual successor to the Phase III and thus commonly referred to as the ‘Phase IV’, sold for $150,000 while at the other end of the spectrum a ‘barn find’ Ford Falcon XB sedan was hammered down for $7100, and from the red corner a Holden Torana SLR 5000 sedan sold for $96,000. Details of upcoming auctions are available on the Lloyds website. To view the collection or bid online, visit www.lloydsauctions.com.au/classic-cars Press Release: Torrent helps V.E.K Tools increase productivity 2017-04-10T04:30:36Z press-release-torrent-helps-v-e-k-tools-increase-productivity ­­­ ­­­­­­­­­ Sydney, Australia – NCH Australia has an excellent reputation with its customers for providing quality products and services across various industries. One such success story is that of the Torrent 500 water-based parts cleaner working its magic at V.E.K Tools.   V.E.K Tools owner Kiro Athanasiadis has grown the family-run business, which now boasts multiple stores across the country. Kiro decided to install the Torrent 500 into one of his stores repair service centres to assist the technicians in cleaning the power tools parts more efficiently.   The Torrent 500 has helped V.E.K tools reduce the amount of time in performing parts-cleaning by a third. The productivity in the workshop has increased, ensuring their strict deadlines are met. “V.E.K Tools is known for its customer satisfaction and excellent service,” says Reno Mythillos, Regional Manager for Torrent at NCH Asia. “With the Torrent in their workshop, they can clean parts quickly and safely”.   The Torrent is a water-based cleaning solution that rids greases and oils with heat and high pressure much more quickly and safely than the traditional parts cleaner, keeping technicians much more safe during the process.   Aside from the smell of the solvents from traditional parts cleaners, the chemicals were harmful to the skin and filled the air breathed in by the technicians. Safety was the primary concern for developing the revolutionary Torrent parts cleaner. It’s economical operation, and superior performance combined with the safety benefits to users makes this solution best in its class.       For more information about NCH Torrent solutions, contact NCH by clicking here.     NCH CONTACT INFORMATION   EMAIL Marketing.australia@nch.com   FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/NCHAustralasia/   WEBSITE http://www.nchasia.com/en-au/ MEET CONSUMER HERO SEAN BUCKLEY 2017-03-24T00:03:39Z meet-consumer-hero-sean-buckley SEAN BUCKLEY...CONSUMER HERO   Successful international businessman, entrepreneur, consumer hero, thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder, investor, philanthropist and the man behind Australia’s most controversial television commercials, Ultra Tune Executive Chairman Sean Buckley is a man of many parts.   He took over the Ultra Tune car service franchise in 1994 when it had 50 outlets and was losing money. He famously accepted only $100 a week in wages so he could invest back into the business. Now there are 290 Ultra Tune car service centres across Australia and in 2016 Ultra Tune was named Australia’s highest rating, most trusted and value for money car service chain by independent consumer research and ratings company Canstar Blue.   Buckley is an outspoken consumer advocate when it comes to new car retailers ripping off the general public. He gave evidence at a special ACCC hearing on the despicable practices of Australia’s new car dealers and manufacturers. The hearing was chaired by Commissioner Sarah Court and ACCC Chairman Rod Sims was also present. " Australia's new car retailers are ripping off consumers and costing the public billions of dollars " says Buckley.   His horses are champions including 2013 Cox Plate winner Shamus Award and Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year in 2007, Miss Andretti, who is the only thoroughbred in history to simultaneously  hold a total of 5 track records in Australia and England.   His controversial TV advertisements over the last 3 years featuring the Ultra Tune Rubber Girls and in 2017 aided by Hollywood star Jean-Claude Van Damme have made headlines worldwide, yet despite the record number of complaints, have all been given a clean bill of health and tick of approval by the nation’s Advertising Standards Bureau ( ASB). “I’m the first to admit that the TV ads are not everyone’s cup of tea but they do garner attention and more importantly our customers are voting with their feet and  their cars with both brand awareness as well as revenue increasing by a whopping 17% and 19% respectively for our 290 Ultra Tune outlets nationally. The decision by the ASB is a good one. It justifies what I have been saying all along that these ads aren’t vilifying and sexist but entertainment and fun. The complainants are a well organised group  who are personally attacking Ultra Tune and myself. They have their own agenda and do not reflect the general consumer sentiment. To put it simply,  the commercials catch enough attention to be talked about long after the ad has finished. It is a conversation starter - bring it up to your friends in conversation, ‘Have you seen that Ultra Tune ad?’ and watch the engagement” says Ultra Tune CEO Sean Buckley.   TO INTERVIEW SEAN BUCKLEY email max@marksonsparks.comor call Max Markson 0412 501 601   ABOUT THE ACCC INVESTIGATION   The ACCC study is investigating the following issues: • The car industry’s compliance with consumer guarantees obligations and the ability of consumers to enforce their rights • False, misleading and deceptive practices in performance, fuel efficiency, fuel consumption and emissions • The effect on competition and consumers of post-sale care arrangements (such as servicing) • Whether consumers and businesses could be affected by any restrictions on vehicle access to data   Mr Buckley provided evidence of the difficulties and additional costs his business incurs in obtaining the repair and service information their technicians need to work on late model cars as well as the role that Ultra Tune franchisees play in supporting their customers with technical advice when legitimate warranty claims are denied by car manufacturers. " If independent repairers don't have access to information they will increasingly not be able to repair modern vehicles. Simple supply and demand economics will see the price of car repair escalate for every one of the 17 million motor vehicles on our roads, and household expenditure on vehicle running costs will increase. When the cost of vehicle maintenance and repair increases, so too does the cost of every single consumable good and professional service " says Sean Buckley. " In the US and many other countries around the world the same car manufacturers are freely sharing their new car data and service information with aftercare markets service providers. However, in Australia, despite having given assurances to the ACCC they would comply and share this data they are deliberately avoiding doing so, to the enormous detriment financially to car owners everywhere. Stop this rip off! It's a disgrace and un-Australian! " concludes Buckley   Super Saturday Public Auction Program 2017-03-23T01:31:39Z super-saturday-public-auction-program-1 Manheim Sydney is launching a new weekly ‘Super Saturday’ Public Auction Commencing at 10am on Saturday March 25 Most cars on offer priced from $5,000 to $10,000 Supported with a ‘Buy Back Guarantee’ which allows buyers to return cars they purchase within five days of the sale Super Saturday auctions will be held each and every week Ideal for first time car buyers and those on a budget On Saturday March 25, Manheim Sydney will be holding their first ever ‘Super Saturday’ Public Auction. With public auctions already held on a Tuesday each week, this new auction program will make buying a car from Manheim even easier. Launched in Melbourne at the beginning of 2016, the Super Saturday auctions have been a fantastic success with almost 600 people attending every week. With the success of the Super Saturday Auction in Melbourne it was only a matter of time before Manheim offered Sydney vehicle buyers with the same opportunity. Manheim’s Director of Marketing, Justin Hodgson, explains, “We know that more and more savvy car buyers are coming to auctions as a smart way to buy their next car. We also know that not everyone can attend a mid-week auction so by holding a Saturday auction we are making it as easy as possible for smart shoppers to attend an auction. The format has been a great success in Melbourne so we felt it was time to launch ‘Super Saturday’ in the Sydney market.” Commencing at 10am, Manheim’s Super Saturday Public Auctions are ideal for first time car buyers and those on a budget. The auction will feature a wide range of makes and models, to suit a budget range between $5,000 and $10,000. Justin continued, “We also know that some buyers are cautious about buying at auction as it can be a unique experience. To address these concerns we have introduced a ‘Buy Back Guarantee’ offer, especially for our Saturday auctions. You can buy a vehicle with the security of our Buy Back Guarantee, which is available for only $150. You can now confidently bid in the lane or online knowing that if you simply change your mind, you can return the vehicles within 5 days. We’ll buy it back from you - no problem.” All vehicles in the auction program will be listed on Manheim’s website (manheim.com.au), with detailed information, condition reports, photographs and online-catalogues available for viewing.  Vehicles can also be viewed onsite at Manheim on Friday and on Saturday before the auction commences. Finance and Insurance is also available onsite. “Manheim are offering car buyers an extra opportunity to find their next car at our Super Saturday auction program. With many cars to choose from, combined with the comfort of our unique Buy Back Guarantee, we are confident they will grow form strength to strength.” More information about the Super Saturday auction program can be found here.  Ends/.. For further information please contact: Mathew McAuley – Manheim Public Relations Mobile: +61 400 875 686 Email: mathew.mcauley@manheim.com.au About Manheim (www.manheim.com.au) As an Australian market leader in the provision of automotive and industrial remarketing services, Manheim offers a comprehensive range of asset management and disposal services. With almost 60 years of experience across a broad range of industry sectors, Manheim delivers high quality services on a national basis to help customers meet their fleet and asset management business objectives. Manheim sells assets such as passenger and commercial vehicles, trucks, trailers, machinery, motorcycles, plant and equipment and written off vehicles in regular weekly and monthly auctions open to both trade and public buyers. Manheim works with dealers, manufacturers, federal and state government agencies, local government, insurers, financiers, rental companies and fleet and leasing companies across Australia and New Zealand. Based in Melbourne, Manheim employs approximately 560 team members across all states in Australia and in New Zealand. For more information on the company, please visit – www.manheim.com.au About Cox Automotive Australia (http://www.coxautoinc.com.au) Cox Automotive provides services that span the entire life-cycle of buying, owning and selling vehicles and automotive assets. The company is organised in ‘solution groups’ to best service the needs of its clients. Under the Inventory Solutions group are Manheim and Sell My Car, providing services to dealers, fleet managers, fleet owners, businesses and consumers for any needs related to buying and selling vehicles, including logistics, sales and residual value setting. The Media Solutions group comprises CarsGuide and Autotrader which will be relaunched by Cox Automotive later in 2017, assisting dealers and private buyers to research, buy and sell vehicles online, in addition to providing digital advertising and marketing services to the automotive industry. Dealer Solutions represents the Retail Solutions group, with Xtime to join the group in the near future, offering dealers and manufacturers a comprehensive range of modular software and online based services, to facilitate retail vehicle sales and after-sales customer retention and vehicle servicing. Apart from the existing brands on offer, other powerful Cox Automotive brands could be added to the market moving forward. They include Autotrader, one of the world’s largest online classifieds websites which will integrate with CarsGuide along with Kelley Blue Book and vAuto who are also under review for this market.  Cox Automotive Australia has the resources to transform the way people buy, sell and own vehicles, through the powerful combination of its family of brands. Until now, there has not been a player in this market that can offer integrated services that span the entire life-cycle of a vehicle - from buying, owning and selling - for consumers, dealers, manufacturers, fleet and leasing companies and other automotive sector clients. Oryx Adventures Launches Thrilling Motorcycle Tours in Oman 2017-03-18T03:52:28Z oryx-adventures-launches-thrilling-motorcycle-tours-in-oman An unforgettable off-road motorcycling experience across breath-taking desert and striking mountain terrain is on offer for the first time in Oman on the ancient Arabian peninsula. Oryx Adventures, a specialist enduro bike tour company based in the Omani capital, Muscat, gives riders a unique selection of competitively-priced trips that each capture the exhilaration of Oman’s rugged natural beauty. From entry level introductions on flat gravel, desert scrubland and dry wadi beds to more demanding tours traversing challenging scree, shale and steep, rock-strewn cliffs to 7,000 ft pinnacles, the half, full and two-day tours are designed to give motorcycle enthusiasts and tourists with motorcycling experience the journey of a lifetime. For adventurers with enough stamina, tours from five to 10 days are also offered.  All riders require a full, current motorcycle licence from their country of origin to take part. Awe-inspiring Hajar mountains scenery, remarkable regional wildlife - including magisterial sea eagles, curious shaggy-haired mountain goats and fleeting houbara bustards - plus adrenaline-fuelled excitement are guaranteed. Boasting eight hardy, British-built CCM 450 adventure bikes with handy push-button ignition delivering a powerful 52bhp, Oryx Adventures kits out all riders with terrain and climate-specific clothing: comfortable, light-weight and breathable Alpinestars protective suits; professional off-road Bell visored crash helmets; sturdy Gaerne off-road boots; and effective leather gloves for real throttle, brake and clutch ‘feel’. Given the isolated nature of the tours, the motorcycles are each GPS tagged, while bike-mike radio contact is maintained between all riders and the tour guide. And with the characteristic balmy, bright and dry weather conditions prevailing in Oman, cool water back packs are issued as standard. Rare rain falls and flash floods in the country don’t stop play – the routes simply change to avoid dangerously deep wadis and sandy quagmires. For all overnight tours, a dedicated support truck is on hand at all times for riders, while their non-riding families can also enjoy the dramatic landscape in a fleet of 4x4 follow-up vehicles. Bespoke shelter from leading camping equipment firms Vango and Eezi-Awn is available for memorable overnight desert pitches, and partnerships have been struck with decent hotels en route. Run by English bike enthusiast and former oil industry mechanic and executive Peter Middleton and his Omani wife Haima al Khusaibi, Oryx Adventures has ambitious plans for expansion throughout the region and into Iran and Southern Africa. Buy Quality Car Parts Online for Smooth Ride on the Road 2017-03-17T07:42:09Z buy-quality-car-parts-online-for-smooth-ride-on-the-road Carbitz is now one of the most reputed company for supplying quality parts in Australia and when it comes to buying of car parts online, Carbitz is the first choice of many professionals. The company sells top brands such as Hitachi power tools in Australia. They also sell quality ignition coils and other car accessories to give perfect solution for cars. When it comes to purchasing car parts online, we have few options to go for and one of those few companies that you can genuinely rely on is Carbitz. The company has more than thirty years of experience in the industry and has gained reputation for providing only quality car parts and accessories to their customers in trade and retail. When it comes to ignition coils, you need to ensure that you have made the right choice the company offers the top brand like NGK that gas been favorite of professionals for more than 78 years now. This product has engineered precisely for right setting for the Australian cars. This coil provides you high voltage start and it is also moisture resistance. So, there is no doubt in the previous customers in purchasing the quality products from the again and again from the Carbitz. This is not just it. You have good range of options for all car accessories and also for the power tools in car. Hitachi power tools in Australia are very popular among the professionals and you can purchase this best product form the company store. The company has genuine interest in delivering perfect car solution and the professionals provide you the valuable suggestions for taking proper care of your car. You need to understand that taking proper of your car can keep you safe on the road and your journey can be trouble free every time you hit the road. Carbitz believes in customer satisfaction. If the product that you have order is not available with the company then the company promises to get it for you and get it delivered to your doorstep as soon as possible. The interesting thing is that unlike other online store the company has actual store where you can visit. The company sells only top brands like BENDIX, PENRITE, MEAN MOTHER, SP TOOLS, DAYCO, NGK, TRIDON, MOTHERS, HITACHI, KINCORME, K&N, HAIGH, KYB, OSRAM, NULON, RDA, WESFILL and many more other brands. So, if you are looking for buying car parts then you can defiantly go for it. The company doesn’t compromise with quality so that you don’t have to compromise with your car. About Company: Carbitz has been in the industry for more than thirty years and over these years the company has successfully build the reputation for providing quality car parts and accessories across the country. The professionals hired by company are also experienced and they take genuine interest in all their customers’ concerns. Enhance your performance on the road with Nulon Engine oil 2017-03-16T10:01:40Z enhance-your-performance-on-the-road-with-nulon-engine-oil When it comes to car parts we all know that we need to approach quality first for smooth and easy ride on the road. There are many companies selling all kinds of car parts but when you really want to take good care of your car you need to go for the best part that make you and your car both comfortable on the road. CarBitz has been providing such quality parts for more than thirty years and the company has long list of satisfied clients. For better performance you need ignition coils that can give your car a kick start. You can look on the company’s website for varieties of ignition coils. The company offers best quality NGK ignition coils to their customers. If you are looking for Hitachi power tools in Australia to have a best support in emergency, then you will find it all here at affordable price. These tools are lighter in weight and cordless so you can work comfortably with them. With good quality battery it becomes standard tools for any vehicles. We are all aware that we need to have good quality of engine oil for our cars. The engine oil keeps the engine in proper working condition and the life of engine is depended on the quality of your engine oil. The company is providing Nulon Engine oil which is the first choice of many professional car drivers. If you have to travel a lot then you have to be confident during the journey and you can ensure the safety of your engine with premium quality engine oil for your car. CarBitz also offers good range of other parts for your car. You can replace your belts, braking system, cooling system, gaskets, wipers and other things easily. You will find all the general accessories for your car here and you don’t have to worry about the quality of anything that you purchase from the company. To keep the car shining, you can buy washing accessories too. Along with all these you can also have good options for lighting and electrical parts like globes. About Company: CarBitz is in the industry for more than thirty years. Automotive parts is not just the business but the company has been passionate about it and they work by providing only premium quality car parts to their customers in retail and trades. The company has good range of quality parts for cars such as Holden, Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, Kia and many others. 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 Never Leave Home Without Coffee or Champagne 2017-03-03T05:34:09Z never-leave-home-without-coffee-or-champagne Australian women are among some of the most independent in the world, and this is especially true when it comes to traveling. A global Women’s Travel Survey in 2015 revealed that a massive 81% of Aussie females were planning to travel solo that year alone. This number is almost 20% higher than women from the U.S. * 82% per cent of these solo travellers said their main reason for taking off alone was to "get away from it all". Nearly half of the women (45 per cent) said a reason was being able to choose their own schedule without worrying about others.**   Nola, 65, from Geelong has been living on her own for 16 years now. She has always had an adventurous spirit and 14 months ago, she decided to purchase a ‘Banksia’ Horizon motorhome (which she has fondly nicknamed Fiona) and start traveling around the country with her cat, Polly. Since then she has clocked over 21,000kms, having just returned from Phillip Island and is already preparing for her next trip – 9 weeks in South Australia.   She admits that she is not a planner, and prefers to make quick decisions about where she will go. She loves the freedom of being able to choose and having a motorhome makes the process of getting on the road incredibly easy.   Nola told us that ‘Getting a motorhome and traveling solo has been one of the best decisions of my entire life…this beautiful country is a great big adventure and I can go almost anywhere I’d like.’ When asked if she had any advice for women, Nola said, “Never feel like you can’t go somewhere or do something just because you haven’t got someone with you…and never leave home without your coffee machine or a bottle of champagne.” Joyce, 77, from Western Australia agrees that this is good advice. A good bottle of wine is absolutely essential after a long day of travel. She has been traveling in her Horizon Motorhomes ‘Banksia’ for nearly 4 years now, crossing the Nullarbor each time to get to the East Coast and even down to Tasmania. We caught up with Joyce while she was pulled over on the side of the road on a road trip through Nowra, NSW. Joyce’s solo adventures started more than 30 years ago with a Landcruiser and 20 foot caravan, which surprised many people. She explained “Nowadays, it’s really common to see a woman traveling alone…it’s great to see such gutsy, strong, confident Australian women on the road – they are a breed of their own.” Joyce has been to several amazing Australian destinations but, “being up North, parking in the outback with the kangaroos and country…it makes me realise how lucky I am. I simply just can’t wait for the day to begin.” Joyce travels with her pet – a poodle named Amber Rose, and says that the key to successful road tripping is to do what you can to stay healthy. “Eat your veggies, get plenty of sleep, go for walks and be careful not to push yourself too much on the road. Really make sure you take the time to stop and smell the roses along the way, to simply enjoy.”   Joyce has clocked close to 84,000kms in her ‘Banksia’ and told us that she looks forward to putting another couple hundred thousand kms on the clock before she considers getting another Horizon Motorhome. “Come to think of it, I hope my age doesn’t run out before my vehicle does...gee, I sure don’t feel 77 years old”. These women’s stories are like so many hundreds of thousands of others across the country. Their spirit is a testament to the women of their generation – determination, tenacity and independence.   Horizon Motorhomes was established in 1995. They are designed and manufactured in Ballina, Northern NSW. There are currently 8 models in the range, built into the Fiat Ducato and Mercedes Benz Sprinter base vehicles. Horizon Motorhomes are sold exclusively by BCMC (Ballina Campervan & Motorhome Centre). For more information visit horizonmotorhomes.com.au, bcmc.com.au or phone (02) 6681 1555.   Sources: *www.greynomads.com.au **www.news.com.au --ends-- For further information, to arrange interviews or photography please contact:  Claire Harding at Barefruit Marketing - 0449 949778 / claire@barefruit.com.au   Digital innovation transforming tyre industry by putting power back in the hands of the customer 2017-02-28T23:47:34Z digital-innovation-transforming-tyre-industry-by-putting-power-back-in-the-hands-of-the-customer BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA (MARCH 1, 2017): Australasia’s leading automotive retailer, Supercheap Auto, and rapidly growing online tyre specialist, Tyroola, today announced a new strategic partnership. The partnership combines Supercheap Auto’s brand heritage, extensive national store footprint and strong levels of engagement with its many passionate customers across Australia with Tyroola’s extremely convenient online platform with access to a massive tyre range and 500 local fitting partners for a haggle-free shopping experience nation-wide. The new retail concept puts power back in the hands of consumers to get the right tyres for their car at the right price. Automotive aftercare is estimated to be worth a massive $5 billion market in Australia, however, many customers don’t know how much time, money and energy they can save by buying tyres online. The new retail concept will be built on convenience, excellent customer service and a hassle-free experience for customers to not only purchase a wide range of budget, mid-range and premium tyres online, but also arrange local fitting throughout Australia. The site will provide customers with outstanding customer-centric service, recommendations and solutions based on their needs and transparent choice of products and pricing. In an age where people are increasingly time-poor, market research shows most people waste significant amounts of time calling or driving to tyre shops to find the right tyre for their needs, only to have to haggle over the price or that the tyre doesn’t even fit on their car. By putting customers in control of the transaction, this new retail concept aims to enable more informed decisions and increase post-purchase satisfaction by being able to feel confident they got a fair deal. By purchasing online, customers can save up to 40 per cent off the recommended retail price and have their tyres fitted at any one of 500 local fitting partners or have a mobile fitter come directly to their own homes. Tyre guides and independent third-party reviews on fitting and tyre performance help customers select the best choice for them. The partnership will be launched with a Supercheap Auto branded website that will be serviced by Tyroola, with plans for further expansions of this service in the future. Chris Wilesmith, Managing Director Auto Retailing, Super Retail Group commented: “Customers are asking for more convenience and we hope this will deliver an enhanced experience for them. After listening carefully to our customers needs, we are now entering a new era in the development of ‘Do It For Me’ solutions. This is why we are working with Tyroola, a market leader in online tyres, to launch this new retail concept. Customers expect the best solutions for thier needs and a seamless experience, and that’s what we’re committed to delivering.” Tyroola founder Zed Klingenberg added: “For too long, Australians have been purchasing tyres without transparency about product characteristics and pricing, often leading to wrong purchases at inflated prices for their tyres and tyre fitment. We are striving to break this restraint of information by creating the best platform for tyres and fitting in the market. By partnering with Supercheap Auto, we are able to reach the market, create a seamless customer experience and pass on even more savings. This is set to have a transformative effect on the Australian tyre industry.”  ENDS ABOUT TYROOLA Growing towards double digit million dollar sales, Tyroola is growing rapidly and disrupting the tyre market in Australia. Tyroola offers more than 50 tyres brands of budget, mid-range and premium tyres in stock. Customers can get their tyres fitted locally at one of their more than 500 fitting stations throughout Australia. With low prices and high level of attention to customer care, you can save up to 50% of Pirelli, Continental, Michelin tyres and more. ABOUT SUPERCHEAP AUTO Supercheap Auto is Australasia’s leading automotive parts and accessories retailer, stocking a wide range of tools, accessories for the DIY home handyman, as well as products for travel, touring, outdoors, the garage and the shed. Since it was established in Brisbane in the early 1970’s, Supercheap Auto has since grown into a major specialist retailer with over 300 stores across Australia and New Zealand and more than 3,800 team members, and a strong online and digital presence. Supercheap Auto attributes its success and expansion to the emphasis placed on team members, stores and extensive product range. Founded by Reg and Hazel Rowe in 1974 as a fledging automotive parts mail order business from the living room of their Brisbane home, Supercheap Auto is the founding business of ASX-listed Super Retail Group Ltd (ASX: SUL), which has grown to one of Australasia’s largest retailers. Proudly headquartered in Brisbane, our network extends to over 630 retail stores and almost 12,000 team members across Australia, New Zealand and China. We provide solutions and engaging experiences that inspire our customers to live their leisure passions. For more information, visit superretailgroup.com.