The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. CBH Group appoints ORIX Australia as outsourced Fleet Management and Leasing provider in Western Australia 2019-04-30T00:54:41Z cbh-group-appoints-orix-australia-as-outsourced-fleet-management-and-leasing-provider-in-western-australia Sydney, Australia – April 30, 2019 – ORIX Australia Corporation Limited (ORIX) today announced that, following a competitive process, CBH Group has appointed ORIX as its outsourced Fleet Management and Leasing provider. The CBH Group is Australia’s largest co-operative organisation and a leader in the Australian grain industry, with operations extending along the value chain from grain storage, handling, transport, marketing and processing. Owned and controlled by more than 4,000 Western Australian grain growing businesses, the core purpose of the CBH Group is to sustainably create and return value to growers*. ORIX is a trans-Tasman Fleet Management and Leasing Organisation, currently employing over 300 people and managing assets valued in excess of A$1 billion. ORIX’s offer to CBH Group includes traditional fleet management and leasing services to support CBH’s fleet of vehicles. The offer was complemented by enhanced Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) capabilities tailored for CBH Group and designed to optimise the cost of managing mobility within the Group. Further, by accessing ORIX’s innovative technology package, CBH Group and ORIX were able to develop a support package that allows CBH Group to extend industry best practice fleet management and leasing capabilities to its substantial network of growers and suppliers. ORIX will engage CBH Group in the near future to further extend its offer to include Novated Leasing and a Vehicle Buying Service to its members and employees. *www.cbh.com.au/about-cbh <ENDS> About ORIX Australia Corporation Limited ORIX Australia Corporation Limited (ORIX) is one of the world’s leading fleet management companies. In Australia and New Zealand, we’ve provided fleet management, commercial vehicle rentals and leasing and novated leasing for more than 30 years. Through our innovative solutions, including the award-winning OneView platform, ORIX Share and ORIXi, we help our clients get more value from their vehicles and manage the evolving risks of a mobile workforce. VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY 2019-03-19T04:34:52Z vivid-sydney-2019-enters-a-new-decade-of-innovation-and-creativity MEDIA RELEASE: 11.30am, Tuesday 19 March, 2019 VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY ARGYLE CUT IN THE ROCKS RETURNS WITH PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS, CAMPBELLS COVE AND HICKSON ROAD RESERVE REJOIN LIGHT WALK, GAME CHANGERS SPIKE LEE AND ESTHER PEREL HEADLINE VIVID IDEAS PLUS THE CURE, RÜFÜS DU SOL, FKA TWIGS & UNDERWORLD ROCK VIVID MUSIC. 2019 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO CONTENT AND IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE AT:www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, will ignite the Harbour City this winter from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019 as it enters a new decade of innovation and creativity with an inspiring and star-studded program of events. Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer - Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “Australia’s most loved and awarded festival, now in its eleventh year, will bring together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to showcase Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific. “This year’s Vivid Sydney program is bold, exciting and diverse, offering something for everyone so I encourage those who want to experience this unmissable event to start planning their trip now.” Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees, delivering $172.9 million in visitor expenditure into the NSW economy. “I am proud to say our marketing activities saw a record 185,887 travel packages sold to domestic and international visitors for Vivid 2018 - an increase of 37 per cent over the previous year. Vivid Sydney is a must-attend event for travellers and motivates people to visit Sydney and beyond,” Ms Chipchase said. “It doesn’t matter your age or interests, whether it is your first time to Sydney or if you are a local - Vivid Sydney has universal appeal. The Vivid Sydney 2019 program offers inclusive and accessible installations, events and experiences that you can enjoy for one evening or over 23 nights.” Ms Chipchase also announced the inaugural Vivid School for High School students in years 9-12 to assist students to learn more about the creative processes involved in imagining, designing and delivering light-based artworks for this huge global event. “This initiative will enable students and their teachers to meet the professionals behind Vivid Sydney’s iconic building projections and light walk installations, and to hear from artists, designers and technicians about their career paths and how they harnessed opportunities to build their skills for future projects and employment,” Ms Chipchase said. VIVID LIGHT This year’s Light Walk sees over 50 radiant works curated into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching for more than three kilometres. In a partnership first, Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney’s heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a creative light projection that will delight visitors of all ages as they are transported through a visual feast of behind-the- scenes artwork and the evolution of iconic animation. The return of the Argyle Cut to the Vivid Light program will be a huge drawcard for festival goers featuring the captivating characters of Pixar films, including the beloved duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. For this year’s eagerly anticipated Lighting of the Sails, Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang presents Austral Flora Ballet. This hypnotic tribute to Australia’s exquisite native plants and flowers incorporates a dancer’s movements in response to the sensuous arcs of the Sydney Opera House’s silhouette. Visitors can once again weave their way through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for close encounters with illuminated artworks that reflect and refract both light and nature. Glowing, darting, hovering above the ground, Firefly Field is a mesmerising installation of 500 flying light points that simulate the aerial ballet of these tiny nocturnal lampyridae. Viewers are encouraged to look beyond the night sky and wonder what secrets lie beyond the stars throughKA3323, a retro-futuristic satellite dish overgrown with alien plant matter that has mysteriously landed in the Botanic Garden. While at I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?), an array of LED light poles generates a space between two people with their voices starting a conversation of light and sound, questioning inequality in the digital era. Across the Quay, the imposing art-deco façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will be transformed by award-winning Australian-Columbian artist Claudia Nicholson who, together with light veterans Spinifex Group, reimagine her vibrant artworks into Let Me Down, an animated cycle of creation, destruction and regeneration underscored by the cool and contemporary sounds of Lonelyspeck. Next door, in addition to an incredible experience at Foundation Hall, Samsung Electronics Australia will create a once in a lifetime experience at First Fleet Park using some of the most exciting features of the Galaxy S10 to reimagine how you see Vivid Sydney. Watch your chips! in The Rocks examines the collective behaviour of birds, mimicking the way gulls sometimes harass humans for food scraps while Nostalgia Above connects the romance of nature to data-driven climate technology, creating a virtual barometer that forecasts rain and thunderstorms, clear or gloomy skies. Campbells Cove is back with Ballerina, an eternal dance solo that shimmers along the harbour’s edge as if in a dream, while Let it Snow makes it seem that giant snowflakes have landed at Hickson Road Reserve offering great views from the water. Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the southern pylon of Sydney Harbour Bridge is set to come to life with Eora: Broken Spear curated by Rhoda Roberts AO with projection design by The Electric Canvas. This powerful work reminds us to reflect, to call country, to read country and listen to country. The façade of Customs House is once again transformed to become an aquatic wonderland in Under the Harbour by Spinifex Group, sure to delight children and adults alike. The watery world with neon sea creatures, botanical wonderlands, and unclassified oddities will provide a playful and exquisite escape into an extraordinary underwater fantasy certain to inspire audiences and deepen the appreciation of Sydney’s aquatic haven. VIVID SYDNEY PRECINCTS Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Luna Park also light up in 2019. On the north shore, festival favourite Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild adds to its illuminated trail of interactive lanterns featuring endangered species. Joining the star-spangled Asian Elephant, a family of glowing Silverback Gorillas, the iridescent Marine Turtle and the Weedy Sea Dragon, is the Sumatran Tiger Cubs marking the birth of three new tiger cubs and highlighting the Zoo’s commitment to conservation. In its second year, the ever-grinning Luna Park Sydney dazzles again after dark. This year adrenaline seekers can get airborne in the new family thriller Volaré studded with thousands of LED lights which perfectly complements the light-laced iconic Ferris Wheel. Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, a family favourite, is set to radiate with peace and harmony. The Concourse will shine with Co-existence, a large-scale projection work by Hungarian artist collective Limelight while music fans can catch shows by Vince Jones and Lisa Fischer as well as performances by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Vivid Ideas weighs in with a festival/conference for girl gamers and free sessions on clean beauty, fit- tech and wellness. Barangaroo offers a feast for the senses with Exchange Place set to become a wondrous Winter Camp each night with the glowing six-metre tall spirit Marri Dyin (Great Woman) visiting Thursdays to Sundays. Visitors are invited to join her to hunt and gather through illuminated bushlands and enjoy light-inspired fare at all price-points from over 40 restaurants, bars and cafes. At Darling Harbour, Robot SPACELand imagines a not-too-distant future where a new civilisation rises from our post-industrial debris. This is where you will get to meet mind- boggling electro-automotive super-bots that have been sent to sow the seeds of a brighter, greener tomorrow. Vivid Sydney’s inclusive playground Tumbalong Lights is back with the support of Access and Inclusion partner Cushman & Wakefield. Inspired by the next frontier, playSPACE will bring together super-scale installations that give intrepid explorers an opportunity to walk Under the Milky Sky, play with Spaceballs, and share different perspectives with See What I See. Low-sensory sessions will be catered for too. VIVID IDEAS Vivid Ideas brings to Sydney 23 days and nights of talks, hands-on workshops and industry- shaping forums delving into the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives. This year’s Game Changers challenge assumptions on race and relationships. Hollywood trailblazer Spike Lee opens up about his personal politics, story-craft and tips for making movies that matter, while iconic psychotherapist and creator of the wildly popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther Perel investigates modern love in the digital age and looks at the ways relationships are being affected by technology. The New Horizons series tunes into signals from the future. Highlights include Future of Sex researcher and podcast creator Bryony Cole charting the frontiers of sextech, Marc Fennell exploring loneliness and how and why many people in Japan feel overworked and undersexed, and Eileen Ormsby shines a chilling light into the dark underbelly of the web. Scientists and researchers from UTS, the ABC and CSIRO will also shed light on what’s coming next in AI and ethics, space exploration and more. In The Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth, Pulitzer prize winner author Sebastian Smee, psychologistJocelyn Brewer and artist and author Holly Throsby look at the value of an ‘inner life’ and ask what price we’ll pay for our constant digital distraction. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Galley of NSW for free Wednesday evenings that combine art activities, live music and talks by creative thinkers addressing issues of belonging - including comedian and ‘bad Buddhist’ Meshel Laurie, rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah in conversation about cultural identity, and the team behind the hit ABC TV show You Can’t Say That celebrating social diversity. Citizens of the World workshops and other how-to sessions will unlock essential skills for living a more creative, better informed and fulfilled life and Semi Permanent returns with a jam-packed program of design goodness featuring vice president of design for Uber, Michael Gough and other luminaries. The Vivid Ideas Exchange will once again reside on Level 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with 23 days of stimulating talks and skill sharpening workshops including future-facing industry forums, deep-dive conferences, panels and showcases where we brighten up your perspectives and challenge your ideas. VIVID MUSIC Vivid Sydney spotlights the city’s live music culture by both bringing in influential overseas acts and placing a firm focus on local talent, this year’s line-up is set to impress. Dynamic electronic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and genre-bending popstar FKA Twigs headline this year’sCarriageworks program while the warehouse party of the year, Curve Ball curated by Fuzzy Events returns featuring Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat. The City Recital Hall presents four musically diverse highlights including Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger performing thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds, pop-darling Kate Miller-Heidke, internationally acclaimed pianists ZOFO and Concertos on Fire. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House celebrates artists at the cutting edge of their genre and visionaries who create on their own terms. British alternative rock pioneers The Cure mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration with four sold-out Australian exclusive performances. Their compatriots, UK electronic titans Underworld are set to transform the Concert Hall into a euphoric dance floor with four exclusive shows, while rising American synth-pop star Maggie Rogers makes her Sydney Opera House debut bringing her singular fusion of melodic folk and percussive beats to showcase her incredible new record, Heard It in a Past Life. Acclaimed singer songwriter Sharon Van Etten also sails in for an electrifying one-night-only performance and legendary jazz ground-breaker Herbie Hancock’s only Sydney show will be unmissable. 2019 marks X|Celerate’s third big year and partnership between the City of Sydney and Destination NSW supporting the ongoing growth of Sydney’s thriving music scene. 23 inner city venues including a hair salon, church and brewery showcase emerging grassroots acts across every imaginable genre, with acts like The Catholics, Set Mo, Carlotta and I Know Leopard, while Heaps Gay returns for the Qweens Ball at the Sydney Town Hall. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Gallery of NSW with the fused Vivid Ideas and Music program on Wednesday evenings. Catch Andrew Bukenya’s Do the Spike Thing, OKENYO taking a sonic deep dive into the human condition andJZ Lunar Capsule presenting an Astronaut’s Playlist celebrating the music of space travellers as imagined by the Apollo 11 astronauts 50 years ago. VIVID SYDNEY SPONSORS Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of Vivid Sydney 2019. American Express returns as partner for the third consecutive year with the American Express Lounge at Cruise Bar as well as supporting the Vivid Sydney Volunteer Program. Samsung Electronics Australia and official energy partner TransGrid also return as partners with Pixar Animation Studios joining as partner for the first time. Supporters include City of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Technical Direction Company and 32 Hundred Lighting and ICC Sydney. For the third year, Vivid Sydney’s Access and Inclusion Partner is Cushman & Wakefield and the festival continues its sustainability partnership with the Banksia Foundation and Informed 365. Vivid Sydney’s collaborators include Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, BEMO, Carriageworks, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Event Engineering, Kennards Hire, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, PropMill, Spinifex Group, State Library NSW. The official charity party is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, South Eastern Section. The full 2019 Vivid Sydney media kit, program announcement and high-res imagery including 2019 Vivid Sydney light renders and broadcast quality video footage of 2018 festival highlights, are available to download at www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Media Enquiries Nathan McIlroy, The Mint Partners 0421 668 440 Jo Hocking, Destination NSW 0429 507 328 Camp Quality Convoy Victoria returns to the road again for children’s cancer 2019-03-19T03:44:28Z camp-quality-convoy-victoria-returns-to-the-road-again-for-childrens-cancer I hope you're having a good day. We're reaching out to you today to see if you can help us generate interest for a very valuable children's charity... Camp Quality. The charity is once again hosting its Camp Quality Convoy Victoria to raise much funds to help children and families touched by cancer. Can you help us spread the word and generate some registrations amongst truck drivers and motorcyclists? A full press release is below (and attached). Below the press release is a dropbox link for images, and associated captions. If you need any of these images compressed and emailed direct please don't hesitate to ask. Kind regards, Alison Treloar Senior Account Manager Seftons 0422 093 639 alison.treloar@seftons.com.au Issue date: 19 March 2019 Camp Quality Convoy Victoria returns to the road again for children’s cancer It’s back! The Camp Quality Convoy Victoria will hit the road again on Sunday 7 April after a year off, with dozens of trucks and motorbikes expected to join the fun at Avalon Airport. Australia’s leading provider of aftermarket truck and trailer parts, Truckline has announced it will continue its generous support of the event and is also entering a special guest in the Convoy. The new International Pro-star demonstration truck will take a break from its tour around Victoria to feature in the day’s activities and is expected to draw a lot of interest from truck enthusiasts. For Truckline’s Territory Business Manager (VIC/TAS) Casey Stewart, this event holds special meaning for her and her family, after sadly losing her niece to childhood cancer at just five years of age. “I’m proud that Truckline is continuing their support of and involvement in this event and to see it back again after a hugely successful 2017 Convoy. It was a terrible tragedy for my family when we lost my niece, so I’m keen to do anything I can to support other families living with cancer,” Casey said. “Camp Quality is an incredible organisation that does so much for children growing up with cancer and their families. The programs and services offered to these children and their parents and siblings have a lasting impact and are such a great help through such a difficult time.” Camp Quality State Manager for Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, Kendra Overall acknowledged that continued support from Truckline and other sponsors allowed the event to return and focus on raising as much money as possible. “With the ongoing support from Truckline and principal partner Viva Energy, we wouldn’t be able to hold an event like the Convoy and raise the money we do. Having corporate sponsors means all the funds raised by the truck drivers, the motorbike riders and the community at large supports Victorian kids to help children 0-13 deal with their own diagnosis, or the diagnosis of someone they love, like a brother, sister, mum or dad. We are there for them through the daily ups and downs of cancer. We create opportunities for the kids to be kids again: in-hospital, at home, at school and away from it all.,” Kendra said. “In the words of a family member: Camp Quality provides us with the opportunity to escape the daily treadmill of everyday life. To have smiles and laugher in the midst of a dark time is priceless.” Kendra told us. After a year off, this year’s Convoy will proceed slightly differently from earlier events, including the introduction of a Show and Shine following previous feedback. Registration fees for trucks and motorbikes in the Convoy are also substantially reduced this year, making the convoy accessible for participants, with all Convoy entrants encouraged to use the event to drive fundraising from their own networks. The Convoy will start from Avalon Airport at 8:00am on April 7, arriving back at the airport around midday where the Show and Shine and a range of family-friendly events will take place, including face painting for the kids, courtesy of sponsor Truckline. General entry is a gold coin donation, which includes the family activities on-site, and a raffle will be conducted to support the fundraising initiative. The day will conclude at 3pm. To register for the Convoy, go the website convoy.org.au ENDS About Truckline Truckline is Australia’s largest retailer of aftermarket truck and trailer parts, supporting all makes and models of North American, European and Japanese commercial vehicles. During the company’s 60 years servicing the Australian trucking industry, Truckline has built an extensive network of 22 company owned stores nationally, all with warehousing facilities. Owned by CNH Industrial, Truckline sources renowned products from leading suppliers around the world to cater for Australia’s unique conditions and climate. With a catalogue of more than 25,000 competitively priced parts and accessories, Truckline caters for all road transport needs. Whatever the age, make or model of the truck or trailer, Truckline’s highly skilled team is dedicated to providing parts to fulfil each customer’s requirement. Truckline is committed to keeping its customers moving. PHOTOS A dropbox link for photos is here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b03o5kzh1imzddx/AAAgtw51eknvp4dInvpXWE2na?dl=0 Captions are as follows (easily referenced with filenames): 1. Sponsor Truckline will be entering the new International ProStar demonstration truck in the convoy 2. Truckline’s Casey Stewart whose family has experienced their own childhood cancer tragedy 3. Truckline VIC TAS Territory Business Manager Casey Stewart with Truckline Hallam Manager Ian Miles 4. Truckline's Casey Stewart with the International ProStar demonstration truck which will join the Convoy 5. On the road at past Camp Quality Convoys 6. The line up from past Camp Quality Convoys 7. All parked up at previous Camp Quality Convoys 8. Truck drivers and motorbike riders alike gather for Convoy ORIX Australia launches MOOV Vehicle Acquisition Platform for SMEs 2019-01-30T02:33:17Z orix-australia-launches-moov-vehicle-acquisition-platform-for-smes Sydney, Australia – January 30, 2019 – ORIX Australia Corporation Limited (ORIX) has launched an Australian industry-first, end-to-end online vehicle acquisition platform designed specifically for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs), including sole traders. The new platform, MOOV, enables Australian SMEs to view and compare vehicle specifications and costs, see financing options at a glance, and order the vehicle. SMEs can now do this all online at their leisure, wherever they are, reducing common frustrations with acquiring a vehicle. “Australia is home to 2.1m[1] SMEs and sole traders, many of which need a simple and reliable way to acquire vehicles; MOOV was created specifically for those companies as they simply don’t have the time to visit dealers to compare vehicles or wait in call centre queues to discuss available financing options,” said Mary Moran, General Manager – Business Solutions, ORIX Australia. “By moving the entire process online, SMEs can reduce the hassle involved in the traditional vehicle buying process, while benefiting from ORIX’s fleet expertise and nationwide fleet-buying power.” MOOV provides a range of financing options including finance lease, operating lease, business vehicle loan or buying outright. Leasing provides SMEs with cash flow predictability and may free up capital that can be better invested elsewhere in the business. Regardless of the financing option selected, associated vehicle related expenses, such as fuel, tolls and scheduled maintenance, can be bundled together with the lease payments into a single monthly itemised invoice for convenience and transparency. “We want to provide a more efficient experience for all of our SME customers,” said Moran. “Recent news of tightening credit conditions may lead them to consider financing options beyond traditional sources. The flexibility of our MOOV platform, backed with our expertise in fleet solutions, provides SMEs with an easy and transparent way to explore flexible financing options to meet tomorrow’s challenges, which for many SMEs, includes a thorough revaluation of what mobility actually means to their business.” <ENDS> About ORIX Australia Corporation Limited ORIX is a global diversified financial services organisation listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: IX) and Nikkei 225 (TYO: 8591). In Asia Pacific, ORIX is one of the largest fleet management operations in the region. Through our innovative solutions, including the award-winning OneView customer portal, vehicle pooling and telematics platforms, we work with our clients to get more value from their vehicles and to manage the evolving risks of a mobile workforce. [1] ABS Counts of Australian Business 8165.0, Feb 2016 and ASBFEO calculations (excludes nano businesses with no GST role) News Release - Before you hop in your car this Easter, make sure you do this 2018-03-27T02:30:32Z news-release-before-you-hop-in-your-car-this-easter-make-sure-you-do-this In the lead up to the biggest driving weekend in Australia, automotive technology brand Navman is calling all drivers to prepare for the road ahead with the right dash-cam installed, and to play their part in reporting risky behaviour. “With more cars on the roads, drivers in a rush to get to destinations, people getting behind the wheel after having one too many or simply driving for too long, Easter is a notoriously dangerous time on the roads. Having a good dash-cam installed has never been more important. If the unthinkable happens and you are involved in a collision, it can capture the critical moments before an accident occurs to help protect you from fraudulent accident claims, road rage incidents and provide proof of who was at fault,” says Wendy Hammond, Managing Director, Navman Australia and New Zealand. She encourages Australian drivers to be good citizens and report risky driving behaviour recorded on their dash-cams. “More and more we are hearing police asking for footage from drivers. If you recorded any dangerous and irresponsible driving that could endanger lives, instead of just sharing on social media, provide the footage to the police for them to follow up.” Ms Hammond advises drivers to make sure they have the right dash cam. “Choose a dash-cam with a glass lens (rather than a plastic lens), one that records clear quality footage in bad weather and bright lighting, has GPS tracking and also check that you have a SIM card inserted - you won’t believe the number of people who missed out recording crucial evidence because they failed to do this. Alternatively get a dash-cam like MiVue 780 or MiVue 850, which will upload the footage via Wifi in the case of an incident. After all, why should you lose your no claim bonus or have to pay your excess because of someone else’s mistake? Protect yourself with the evidence you need to prove you weren’t at fault.” - ends - Navman’s MiVue 780 (RRP$249) and MiVue 850 (RRP$449) feature EZYSHARE via WIFI, that will automatically send an emergency event file to the MiVue app if connected to Wi-Fi, or simply upload footage to the app as soon as you have Wi-Fi. You can save a copy of the video on your phone immediately after an incident has happened and the Wi-Fi capabilities also make it simple to share your dash-cam’s saved videos online. About Navman: Navman, a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of global positioning system (GPS) products, has more than 20 years’ experience in GPS, and as such is now widely recognised as a pioneer in portable, in-car satellite devices and dashcams. Navman began life in New Zealand, specialising in marine electronics and even today software design and development is still undertaken there. Today the Navman brand is owned by MiTAC International, a leading worldwide maker of wireless communications products and one of Business Week’s top 100 Global IT companies. For more information, visit www.navman.com.au or facebook.com/NavmanANZ For further information about Navman please contact: Michelle Tan, The D’Arcy Partnership Telephone: +61 2 9281 2230 Email: michellet@darcypr.com Acronis Secure and Reliable Data Protection Solutions Drive Market Growth in Automotive and Motorsport Industries 2017-09-28T09:09:26Z acronis-secure-and-reliable-data-protection-solutions-drive-market-growth-in-automotive-and-motorsport-industries Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 27 September 2017 – Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection for businesses of any size and individual users, meets the needs of the modern IT infrastructure, offering complete protection for all data through backup, storage, and file sync and share solutions. Today, at the Acronis Racing Week event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Acronis and Scuderia Toro Rosso presented the latest Acronis Access Advanced 8.0, an enterprise file sync and share solution helping companies ensure security and flexibility when sharing data with remote devices. Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 Team uses Acronis Access Advanced to share confidential telemetry data and R&D documents between the factory, trackside engineers, and subcontractors. “With Acronis Access Advanced, we’re in full control of our data. We can track the information path and even remote-wipe a laptop, tablet or mobile device if it is lost or stolen to prevent a competitor from accessing the data. Our plan is to share sensitive data that way,” said Raffaele Boschetti, Scuderia Toro Rosso Head of IT. Acronis’ products are favored by motor racing and automotive industry players, who whom security and data protection reliability is of ultimate importance. 30 percent of new enterprise customers originate from the automotive field. With a global R&D center in Singapore, Acronis released innovative solutions to extend the functionality of its award-winning data protection products. This includes Acronis hybrid cloud architecture giving users complete data management flexibility, AI-based ransomware protection capable of blocking zero-day cyber-attacks, and blockchain-based data certification for immutable proof of data validity. These technologies have been instrumental in the company’s success. In the last year alone, Acronis True Image business increased by 20%, Acronis Backup by 25% and Acronis Access business by over 200% as of September 2017. Acronis Backup Cloud, innovative Backup-as-a-Service for service providers also continues to grow at a rate of more than 100% a year, accompanied by a 350% growth in the number of protected devices and 400% growth of data stored in the Acronis Cloud. To find out more about Acronis innovative technology, visit http://www.acronis.com/ To become Acronis partner, visit https://www.acronis.com/en-us/partners/ About Acronis Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud IT data protection through its backup, ransomware Active Protection, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, fast, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud, mobile and applications. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 150 countries and 20 languages. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products are consistently named best product of the year and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning, and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors, and cloud resellers. Learn more at acronis.com. Acronis and Renault e.dams Announce Team Partnership 2017-09-27T06:43:01Z acronis-and-renault-e-dams-announce-team-partnership Sydney, Australia, 27 September 2017 – Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud IT data protection and Renault Sport Racing today announced an innovative technology partnership in which Acronis will provide cloud storage, backup, and active ransomware protection based on artificial intelligence for the Renault Sport Racing IT infrastructure. The announcement was made in conjunction with the team manager and four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost, at a gala event in Paris, where the Renault e.dams team celebrated its third consecutive Formula E championship title. “We are happy to have Acronis as a partner, as they share our values and passion for innovation. Every team needs data to improve performance and technology. Acronis makes sure every bit of our data is protected and accessible to us when we need it”, - said Alain Prost, Four-time F1 world champion and co-owner of Renault e.dams Formula E Team. The new partnership expands the presence of Acronis in automotive and manufacturing environments that require high reliability and performance. Today, Acronis’ products are extensively used by racing teams, and automotive industry with 30% of new enterprise customers originate from the automotive field. Renault Sport Racing will begin deploying Acronis technology starting with Acronis Storage, an innovative software-defined storage (SDS) solution, to achieve scalability and streamline the management of rapidly growing amounts of data. High definition video feeds, race simulation models, designs, wind tunnel tests, and telemetry data must be stored, protected and shared among multiple teams to ensure performance improvements, as well as compliance with FIA regulations regarding the access to historical data. Data is extremely important for winning the races - data lost in the datacenter leads to defeat on the racetrack. Acronis Storage and Acronis Backup Cloud solutions will help Renault Sport Racing and Renault-e.dams Team avoid downtime and any disruptions caused by data loss. Renault Sport Racing chose Acronis because of reliability is proven by many manufacturing and automotive companies, innovative capabilities of the software-defined storage. Acronis Storage offers universal access over multiple protocols iSCSI, S3, Acronis Backup Gateway, NFS, and SMB/CIFS and VTL coming soon in 2018. Acronis CloudRAID technology provides seamless scalability for redundancy, Blockchain-based Acronis Notary allows data certification and validation. With new capabilities available to customers every quarter, Acronis ensures that the constantly evolving customer needs are covered. “We’re pleased to welcome Acronis as our innovative technology partner and as Team Partner of our Formula E Team Renault-e.dams. We operate in a highly competitive environment where losing data is not an option. As a global leader in data protection with a proven track record in the automotive industry, Acronis is perfectly positioned to protect our systems from downtime caused by data loss,” said Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Sport Racing Managing Director. “Automotive is an innovative industry. Connected devices, self-driving cars rely on data availability. All this data needs to be protected. Acronis brings artificial intelligence and machine learning to make our data protection and storage technology even more competitive. Winning is not just about winning, it’s also about cost-effectiveness and efficiency, and Acronis will deliver.” said CEO of Acronis Serguei Beloussov. About Acronis Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud IT data protection through its backup, ransomware Active Protection, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, fast, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud, mobile and applications. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 150 countries and 20 languages. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products are consistently named best product of the year and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning, and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors, and cloud resellers. Learn more at acronis.com. Iconic Ford Race Car Collection To Go Under The Hammer In Brisbane 2017-07-25T23:23:16Z iconic-ford-race-car-collection-to-go-under-the-hammer-in-brisbane The towering legend that is Bathurst’s Mount Panorama race track has been the cause of much celebration and disappointment for race drivers and teams alike since the first endurance race was held there in 1960. Lloyds Auctions has managed to capture the essence of the most evocative era of racing in Australia, Group C, with cars which have galloped up The Mountain now offered for the first time to the public completely unreserved. Dick Johnson is a name that rings through the years with a ‘legend’ status few drivers of the era can match. Lloyds is proud to offer this 1977 Ford Falcon XC in its iconic Bryan Byrt Ford livery and features an extensive history with both Jim Richards and Dick Johnson piloting the car in period to numerous successes and several Bathurst meetings. The ‘reverse Cobra’ scheme with number 32 now seen on the car is as the car raced at Bathurst in 1978 with John French and Warwick Brown. This 1978 Ford Falcon XC is believed to be the third Moffat race car from the era of Allan Moffat and Colin Bond’s famous one-two Bathurst finish. Further adding to its provenance is that this car was built using a Ford factory lightweight shell. Privateer Bill O’Brien ran this car in the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1979 and 1980 to decent results including fourth at Lakeside in ’79 and fourth place at Sandown in 1980. Now wearing its Bathurst 1979 Everlast livery, it represents the car Bill O’Brien and Ray Winter competed in that year. After taking the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1979 Bob Morris cut his ties with Holden for the 1980 running of The Great Race at Bathurst partnering with Bill O’Brien in this 1980 Ford Falcon XD. An iconic and an important car for a race dominated by news of Dick Johnson’s collision with ‘the rock’, this car became the first to run a three driver line-up when Allan Moffat grabbed a stint behind the wheel after his Falcon expired early in the race. O’Brien continued to campaign the car until the end of Group C in 1984 with mid-field Bathurst results and some points wins in the ATCC during 1982 and 1983. One of the most original Group C race cars in Australia, this 1982 Ford Falcon XE comes complete with stone chips from its last race at Bathurst in 1984 and a pedigree that would be hard to match. Built by Fred Gibson and said to be the most expensive Group C race car ever built, this original and untouched XE Falcon has ATCC and Bathurst meets under its belt with Joe Moore behind the wheel and symbolises the end of an era for both Australian Group C motorsport and for Ford’s iconic 351ci Cleveland V8 with Ford Australia abandoning V8 engines altogether from 1985 for nearly a decade. Auction to be held 29 July in Brisbane with online bidding now open and further information at www.lloydsauctions.com.au/ClassicCars 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. 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 MEDIA ALERT: Mystery Box Rally kicks off in Adelaide for the first time 2016-09-20T22:30:00Z media-alert-mystery-box-rally-kicks-off-in-adelaide-for-the-first-time-1 MEDIA CALL: FRIDAY 23RD SEP – MYSTERIOUS PRE-RALLY AUCTION With no prior knowledge on the route they will be taking or the vehicles they will be driving, 300 courageous Mystery Box Rally participants from all across Australia gather in Adelaide for a private auction the night before the rally starts, to bid on their dream Mystery Box car based on their fundraising amount (minimum $3,000).   The total funds raised for Cancer Council is currently more than $630,000 and increasing every day. Join us at Manheim Adelaide this Friday afternoon to watch the 300 participants gearing up for an epic and mysterious 5-day road adventure!  WHEN:                                   4.30pm onwardsWHERE:                                 Manheim Adelaide, 75-83 Wilkins Rd, Wingfield SA 5013PHOTO / INTERVIEW OPP:  Local and interstate teams, support crew, and Box Rallies Founder, James Freeman will be available for interviews and photos before and after the auction about the rally.      MEDIA CALL: SATURDAY 24TH SEP – RALLY DEPARTURE MANHEIM ADELAIDE Witness the colourful convoy of 150 Mystery Boxes kick-start in Adelaide for the very first time! Creative motifs, glitter, stickers and crazy car accessories, it will be a picture perfect send off as the 300 participants bid farewell to Adelaide and head out to quintessential towns and off-the-beaten tracks for an unknown 5-day round-trip adventure, all in the name of raising critical funds for Cancer Council.  WHEN:                                   7.30am arrival for 9.30am departureWHERE:                                 Manheim Adelaide, 75-83 Wilkins Rd, Wingfield SA 5013PHOTO / INTERVIEW OPP:  Local and interstate teams, support crew, and Box Rallies Founder, James   Freeman will be available for interviews and photos prior departure. Their penchant for fancy dress and creatively decorated cars will provide unique visual content.  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 Melbourne. 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, 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 $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 Manheim helps bring a mysterious element to fundraising rally 2016-09-16T06:56:47Z manheim-helps-bring-a-mysterious-element-to-fundraising-rally-1 Cars are undoubtedly one of the most crucial elements in a rally, especially for a fundraising rally where participants have no idea what cars they will be driving. This is when famous automobile auction company Manheim comes to save the day.   Armed with duct tape and cable ties, 300 participants of Mystery Box Rally will kick off an epic 5-day road adventure from Adelaide in September. Not knowing where they are heading and what vehicles they will be driving, the courageous teams are taking a big leap in faith all in the name of raising critical funds for Cancer Council’s research initiatives.   Could it be a vintage Beetle? Or perhaps a much loved convertible that is full of character? With no knowledge of the vehicle or what’s under the bonnet, teams will bid on their dream mystery box based on their fundraising amount (minimum $3,000) at a private auction the night before the rally starts. All of the cars for the rally are provided by Manheim Auctions Australia who ensure they are registered and ready for an adventure.   Box Rallies Founder James Freeman explains this unique arrangement takes the pressure of cars sourcing off participants, and allows everyone to focus on fundraising all whilst having fun.   “Manheim has been a long-term partner of the rally,” says Box Rallies Founder, James Freeman, “We are grateful for their continuous support, and are thrilled to have them back for this year’s Mystery Box Rally.”   Starting in Adelaide on Saturday 24th September, Mystery Box 2016 will embark on a 5-day round trip adventure to explore destinations unknown along some of Australia’s most deserted and scenic roads. Destinations are kept secret with the daily destinations unveiled just before the convoy hits the road each morning to ensure it is a truly unique challenge.   To support the rally or to find out more information, please visit http://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 Melbourne. 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, 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 $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 Fathers converge on Explore Australia Expo 2016-09-08T03:00:47Z fathers-converge-on-explore-australia-expo Thousands of 4WD enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers converged on the Doomben Racecourse Father’s Day weekend for the annual Explore Australia Expo. Director and Event Manager of Explore Australia Exhibitions, Paul Morgan, said they moved the Expo from Manly Boat Harbour to Doomben Racecourse this year to accommodate more exhibitors and outdoor interactive displays. “Spectators loved The Adventure Track, where they could see 4X4 Winch Trucks in action, along with Argo ATV’s, FWD QLD, Extreme Buggies, and Austruck demonstrations,” Paul said. Motorcycling Queensland, in conjunction with Mike Hatcher Junior Motorcycle Club (Gold Coast) and Kilcoy Motocross Club (Kilcoy), also held a special demonstration with some of the club’s rising young stars. “The kids provided an incredible demonstration of motocross and flat track skills on a range of off-road motorcycles and quad bikes,” Paul said. The hands-on event also offered tutorials on everything from safe winching, diff locks and suspension, to snatch strap and driving techniques. “Fisherman were also catered for, with the spectacular Berkley Super Fishing Tank, showing visitors a real ‘fish’s eye’ view of different fishing techniques,” Paul explained. “The world’s largest mobile fishing tackle store, Rod Train, was there and provided plenty of inspiration for fisherman, with a huge display of quality gear available.” TV presenter, Penny Wells from Top of Down Under, had her impressively-set-up Land Cruiser and XTERRAN camper on display at the Ultimate Campers stand. “Dr Glen Richards, from Channel Ten’s hit television show Shark Tank, also attended the Expo as a guest of TJM 4x4 Megastore and happily chatted to attendees at their stand,” Paul said. Kris Humphrys is the Director TJM 4X4 Megastore and Roof Rack City and said the Expo was a huge success for them, with sales, orders and quotes up on last year. “We feel that the stand size, layout, range and genuine offering of show specials is a proven recipe for success, combined with the support that we have received from the show organisers,” Kris said. “This is our second year at Explore Australia Expo and I pleased to say that we will be back for a third year.” Paul said 80 high quality exhibitors attended this year and offered some great specials. “Evakool offered some great prices on their fridges and iceboxes, New Age Caravans threw in free solar on all caravan purchases and Tuff Bullbars Australia and Opposite Lock offered plenty of alternatives to socks, with their great Father’s Day deals,” Paul said. There were some fantastic prizes up for grabs at this year’s expo, with M. Hickey from Townsville taking home the Explorers Pack valued at $6,000, thanks to TJM 4x4 Megastore, and A. Nelson from Nambour winning the Ironman Deluxe Bullbar, valued at $1,300, thanks to Adventure Offroad. The XXXX Gold Beer Garden was a popular watering hole, offering some shady places to relax. “Kids were well catered for as well, with the Scouts Australia climbing wall, Argo ATV rides, jumping castles and free entry for children under 15 years of age,” Paul said. Attendees will have a chance to road test their purchases, with the organisers holding their next event in Henty, New South Wales. The Henty 4WD & Outdoor Adventure Expo will be the biggest expo of its type held in regional NSW. “Henty is located between Wagga Wagga and Albury and is the home on the Henty Machinery Field Days, which is where the Expo will be held in March 2017,” Paul said. “It’s a massive and impressive site, so we are really looking forward to hosting the Expo there next year and offering exhibitors and attendees even more opportunities to see and road test an incredible range of camping, fishing and adventure equipment.” For enquiries regarding the Henty 4WD & Outdoor Adventure Expo and Explore Australia Expo Brisbane 2017, contact Paul Morgan on paul@exploreaustraliaexpo.com.au or phone 03 5255 1517. For more info, visit Explore Australia Expo Brisbane or follow us on Explore Australia Expo Facebook or Explore Australia Expo YouTube. <ENDS> Media Enquiries: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513 Get set for outdoor action and adventure at the Explore Australia Expo this Fathers Day Weekend 2016-08-31T23:00:30Z get-set-for-outdoor-action-and-adventure-at-the-explore-australia-expo-this-fathers-day-weekend Explore Australia Expo, the premier outdoor and adventure event is about to give visitors an experience like no other, with an action-packed 3 days at the Doomben Racecourse this weekend, from 2-4 September 2016. The expo brings together the best of Australia’s outdoor industries in an event featuring a host of activities, educational platforms and challenges, delivering a truly interactive experience – all of which are designed to satisfy your thirst for adventure! Last year, over 18,000 visitors at Manly Boat Harbour experienced 3 days of non-stop action – and this year, exhibitors will be on hand at Doomben Racecourse to showcase the latest products, services and destinations for 4WD, camping, fishing, adventure and more. The amazing Argo Amphibious ATV will be put through its paces on the Adventure Track, offering live demos and rides to the public. After recently travelling 8,000 kilometres in 10 weeks through Arnhem Land for her latest series, TV presenter Penny Wells from Top of Down Under will showcase her impressively-set-up Land Cruiser and XTERRAN camper at the Ultimate Campers stand. And a range of standard, modified and extreme 4wd vehicles will perform a range of demos, with tutorials on everything from safe winching, diff locks and suspension, to snatch strap and driving techniques. Additionally, Motorcycling Queensland, in conjunction with Mike Hatcher Junior Motorcycle Club (Gold Coast) and Kilcoy Motocross Club (Kilcoy) will hold a special demonstration with some of the club’s rising young stars, as they demonstrate motocross and flat track skills on a range of off-road motorcycles and quad bikes. Paul Morgan, Director and Event Manager, Explore Australia Exhibitions reckons this event is shaping up to be one of the best outdoor and adventure expo’s in QLD this year. “We have so much on offer this year. The adrenaline-charged Adventure Track will have demonstrations by Motorcycling Queensland, the Enduro Club as well as ‘off-road’ racers, and a range of 4x4 tutorials. Rod Train, an 18m Prime Mover set up to showcase a huge display of quality fishing gear, is the world's largest mobile fishing tackle store! And we also have the spectacular Berkley Super Fishing Tank, which will give visitors a real ‘fish’s eye’ view of different fishing techniques. The 2016 Expo will also see the return of the TJM 4x4 Megastore 4WD Club Corner, where visitors have the chance to meet local 4x4 club representatives, and the popular XXXX Gold Beer Garden. “There’ll be plenty of activities to keep the kids amused, and visitors will have access to heaps of great deals at exhibition stands as well,” says Paul. As part of the show, Evakool will be offering specials on their entire range of portable refrigeration and iceboxes, and New Age Caravans will be offering incredible specials on all caravans, stock or orders, with factory rebates available. They’re also offering free solar on all caravan purchases. Tuff Bullbars Australia, and Pocket Power Australia have some great Fathers Day deals on offer, and Southern Cross Fabworks have a tonne of giveaways as part of the show, with prizes for most of the popular 4x4 vehicles. Every visitor through the gate will have the chance to enter major prize draws, including a TJM Explorers Pack valued at $6,000, thanks to TJM 4x4 Megastore, and an Ironman Deluxe Bullbar, valued at $1,300, thanks to Adventure Offroad. Tickets to the Explore Australia Expo, Brisbane are on sale now, and can be purchased online here: Tickets for Explore Australia Expo Brisbane 2-4 September 2016. For more info, visit Explore Australia Expo Brisbane or follow us on Explore Australia Expo Facebook or Explore Australia Expo YouTube. <ENDS> Media Enquiries: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513