The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-17T05:09:11Z MindKits wins Mercedes-Benz Vans’ Hack My Van 2017, will take STEM workshops to schools across New Zealand 2017-08-17T05:09:11Z mindkits-wins-mercedes-benz-vans-hack-my-van-2017-will-take-stem-workshops-to-schools-across-new-zealand 17 August 2017 -- Melbourne. For the second year running, Mercedes-Benz Vans invited Australian and New Zealand based small businesses, start-ups, product developers, industrial designers, creative technologists, hustlers and hackers to put together a team of like-minded entrepreneurial thinkers and pitch an innovative business idea using the Vito van as the canvas. Six finalists were selected to participate in Hack My Van 2017. From a silent disco for children to a mobile VR showroom, a commercial wellness van, and an all abilities childcare service, the judges saw a range of diverse and creative business ideas. Judges Dr. Kate Cornick (CEO, LaunchVic), Nick Crocker (Partner, Blackbird Ventures), Shane Delia (award winning chef and restaurateur), Megan Morton (Australia’s leading stylist), and Diane Tarr (Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia & New Zealand) assessed the ideas and selected MindKits Education Van as the winner who were presented with a brand new Mercedes-Benz Vito. The first runner up, HME Limited’s ThunderPods, received a $5,000 cash grant, and the second runner up, Ruby & Ollie’s Big Days Out, received a $2,500 cash grant provided by RedZed Lending Solutions. Diane Tarr Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia & New Zealand said, “We created this event because we know that when used creatively the Vito can be transformative for a small business. Once again this year the entries were extremely diverse, and we were so pleased to extend into New Zealand, with three of the six finalists - including our winner - traveling across the ditch to be part of the event.” “Congratulations to Tim and Fay from MindKits who are already providing such a valuable service to school children in New Zealand by delivering hands-on STEM learning experiences. We cannot wait to see them achieve their dreams of taking their workshops on the road to more kids and more schools.” MindKits was established in December 2008 after seeing a lack of support for New Zealanders in learning robotics and physical computing. Co-founders Tim Carr and Fay Cobbett said,"Winning the Vito enables us to take our proven engaging STEM workshops and bring them to schools with fewer resources, independent of their wealth and status. For the business this opens a new chapter and an expanding market, with thanks to Mercedes-Benz Vans." www.hackmyvan.com.au | #hackmyvan ---- ends For more information: Blake Vincent, PR and Corporate Communications Manager, Mercedes-Benz Vans, blake.vincent@daimler.com, +61 408 266 493 Kate Dinon, Character +61 487 328 738 | kate@ofcharacter.com Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7y21qf3v3d4hzxb/AACO1FiRrOGDcUQL5Iw8qI_ba?dl=0 About the Mercedes-Benz Vito Whether it‘s work or play, the Vito is purpose-designed to take care of your every need. It‘s a van built not just to fulfil the tasks it‘s set but make that all-important difference when it comes to flexibility, safety, economic efficiency and quality. This peace of mind is something you only get from a genuine commercial vehicle specialist. https://www.mercedes-benz.com.au/content/australia/mpc/mpc_australia__website/en/home_mpc/van.html About MindKits MindKits was established in December 2008 by Tim Carr after seeing a lack of sites supporting New Zealanders in learning robotics and physical computing. After working away Sundays tinkering Tim decided it was time there was a site that not only sold robotics kit, sensors and Arduinos but was a place for a community around robotics to grow and have somewhere to share ideas and learning. www.mindkits.co.nz AfriCar Group websites now available in 10 African languages 2017-08-14T23:26:17Z africar-group-websites-now-available-in-10-african-languages August 15, 2017 (PRESS RELEASE) - Africar Group has recently developed its networks in Africa and now operates in 22 countries through its car classifieds websites : Ethiopia (www.cargebeya.com), Rwanda (www.carisoko.com), Benin (www.carisowo.com), Burkina Faso (www.carsugu.com), Uganda (www.carkibanda.com), Malawi (www.caryanga.com), Chad (www.carsuq.com), Mali (www.mobili.com), Zambia (www.caryandi.com), Swaziland (www.cartsenga.com), Namibia (www.caryange.com), Somalia (www.gaadhi.com), Ivory Coast (www.voitures.ci), Togo (www.carasigbe.com), Guinea (www.carguinee.com), Burundi (www.carkugura.com), Zimbabwe (www.carmusika.com), Lesotho (www.carsotho.com), Madagascar (www.fiarakodia.com), Senegal (www.gaaraas.com), Botswana (www.motorokara.com) and Gabon (www.voitures.ga). Dedicated to local people, all these platforms were available in both English and French languages. Many of them have now also been translated in local languages including Amharic, Somali, Hausa, Yoruba, Kinyarwanda, Swahili, Malagasy and soon Wolof, Zulu, Sotho and Swazi so that the users can easily access to them. Africar Group teams are very attached to the conveniency of its websites for the local populations and are currently pursuing the translation of the car classifieds platforms. “Translating our different platforms means a lot for us as we focus on local people. We want them to easily access to our car classifieds websites so that they can benefit from this free service. In that sense, we think that it is key to adapt our platforms locally and that it makes sense for our users. We now reach 400 millions of potential users and we are the only one among our competitors to make such an effort and to offer them this service.” says Axel Peyriere, co-founder and CEO of Africar Group. About Africar Group - www.africargroup.com Africar Group is the first car classifieds platform in Africa, covering 400 million people in 22 different emerging markets excluding Maghreb and South Africa. Backed by international investors with two rounds of funding and pushed by a team of 100+ people with operators and agents in each country as well as a full time team in its headquarters in Sydney, Australia. DUBBO THE CENTRE OF A MYSTERY RALLY 2017-08-07T01:06:12Z dubbo-the-centre-of-a-mystery-rally Each car must be older than 25 years and while the finishing line is also Dubbo, the five-day driving route and each night’s stopover will be a complete mystery to the teams taking part. The rally is the ‘mad baby brother’ of famed Shitbox Rally, the leading individual fundraiser for Cancer Council nationally, devised in 2009 by James Freeman after both his parents died of cancer within 12 months of each other. “Each Mystery Box stopover location is a secret, adding to the fun of the drive. One thing teams do know is – we’ll be driving remote dirt roads,” James Freeman said. “As with every one of our rallies, we’ll travel in smaller teams and not every car will make it! But money raised is directed to vital cancer research and we’re proud of the $11.9 million we’ve raised overall from our rallies since 2010. “This has helped fund research into many different types of cancers, led by outstanding Australian research teams. “We can’t wait to arrive in Dubbo and see the community come out to support us.” With names like Lady Car Car, The Volvo-lution, Rusty Bumpers and Some Mothers Do Ave Em, teams from around Australia have been busy fundraising over the past months and going on the actual rally is a reward for all their hard work. The departure point on Saturday 25 November is Dubbo Showground. Mercedes-Benz Vans teams up with Airbnb for the Australian launch of the Marco Polo ACTIVITY 2017-07-31T23:40:41Z mercedes-benz-vans-teams-up-with-airbnb-for-the-australian-launch-of-the-marco-polo-activity Tuesday 1st August, 2017. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia is partnering with Airbnb to give lucky adventurers an opportunity to spend a night on Cockatoo Island in the brand new Marco Polo ACTIVITY and wake up to priceless views of Sydney. Mercedes-Benz Vans will set up three brand new Marco Polo ACTIVITY vans on Cockatoo Island for three nights only from 10-12 August 2017. Nine adventurous couples will have the unique opportunity to book through Airbnb and experience a one night stay in the Marco Polo ACTIVITY with a perfect view of Sydney Harbour, for the small cost of the booking fee (AUD$15). The Marco Polo ACTIVITY is a luxurious five to seven seater van with a roof that can pop-up and back seats that fold down to ensure a wonderful night’s sleep. It gives you freedom to do whatever you want whenever, and more importantly, go wherever you want. Styled by Megan Morton, Australia’s leading stylist and celebrated author, guests will enjoy a modern glamping interior with a signature Morton touch. All guests will have a dedicated host on hand to assist with everything they might need to enjoy their stay, and will receive delicious hampers and breakfast provided by SONOMA. Diane Tarr, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia and New Zealand says the brand likes to do things a little differently. “The Marco Polo ACTIVITY combines the best of functionality, flexibility and recreational capabilities in one vehicle. Instead of a regular vehicle launch, we wanted to bring the spirit of the Marco Polo to life - the feeling of adventure, and the notion that with the Marco Polo ACTIVITY you can experience truly unique destinations. What better way to do this than to wake up with the most iconic view in the world - Sydney harbour. We’re truly excited to be collaborating with our agency partners, The Royals and Character, to create this once-in-a-lifetime experience on Airbnb.” Country Manager for Airbnb Australia and New Zealand Sam McDonagh added, “Airbnb connects people with unique travel experiences all around the world so they can belong anywhere. We are delighted to be teaming up with Mercedes-Benz Vans to bring this once-in-a-lifetime experience to a few lucky guests, offering them an opportunity to spend the night on the world heritage-listed Cockatoo Island and wake up to one of the most breathtaking views in the world.” The vans will be available to book on Airbnb from 12.00pm on Tuesday 1st August 2017 on a first-come first-serve basis. For your opportunity to spend the night in the Marco Polo ACTIVITY on Cockatoo Island, visit www.airbnb.com.au/marcopolo - ends - #GlampfireGetaways #MarcoPoloACTIVITY Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qnm9dgqnhnepzat/AABSxT_Bg5br9d5AO4r0FQmHa?dl=0 For more information: Blake Vincent, PR and Corporate Communications Manager, Mercedes-Benz Vans, blake.vincent@daimler.com, +61 (0) 408 266 493 Kate Dinon, Character, kate@ofcharacter.com, +61 (0) 487 328 738 Follow Mercedes-Benz Vans on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MercedesBenzVansAustralia/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mercedesbenzvans_au/ About the Marco Polo ACTIVITY The Marco Polo ACTIVITY’s seamless mix of functionality, flexibility and recreational capabilities means your daily driver can now also be your home away from home. A five to seven seater that comfortably sleeps up to four adults. It gives you freedom to do whatever you want whenever, and more importantly, wherever you want. 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 Do you know what is the Best Thing to do With an Old Car 2017-07-18T04:36:46Z do-you-know-what-is-the-best-thing-to-do-with-an-old-car For most of the people out there, their cars are part of their lives and of their families. Many people do not change their cars for decades and not necessarily because they cannot afford a new one, but simply because they are very much attached to their old one. And even so, there is a time when an old car will become simply too old to be functional and a mechanical part breaks without the option of fixing at a reasonable price. What happens with the old car, then? Keeping it in the garage just for the sake of the good times gone is not an option (and even much less of an option if you want to buy a new car and accommodate it in your garage). Giving it away is not an option simply because nobody wants cars that cannot be used. As for selling it, there is almost no chance at all that someone will want to buy a very old car that needs serious replacements and repairs. Nevertheless, there is yet another option: Selling the old car to a company dealing with scrap cars. There are numerous advantages associated with using a scrap car company: ·         You will get to remove the car from your garage ·         You will get rid of the car within a very short amount of time ·         You will hardly have to invest work at all ·         You will receive a nice sum of money for your old car ·         You will be interacting with professionals ·         You will be helping the recycling process in your area The number of advantages is overwhelming and clearly, outweighs the downsides of the transaction. However, do make sure that you are truly ready to let go of the car that has served you well for so many years. Having to call off the pick up shortly before, is annoying and may cause you to miss out on a great deal. SHITBOX RALLY ANNOUNCES 2018 ROUTE DATES 2017-07-18T02:10:38Z shitbox-rally-announces-2018-route-dates Shitbox Rally 2018 will be ‘chasing the sun’ as teams drive from sunny Brisbane on 19 May to reach Darwin in the top end on 25 May. Every year, dedicated ‘Shitboxes’ look forward to the announcement of the route dates to enable them to officially register and begin planning their important fundraising.  Shitbox Rally is the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally and during the recent 2017 rally, smashed its own fundraising record by raising $1.67 million. This brings Box Rallies’ fundraising to $11.9 million since the first Shitbox Rally in 2010. Founder James Freeman said registrations were now open on www.shitboxrally.com.au and he looked forward to sharing another rally experience, driving Australia’s outback roads. “The fundraising result for Shitbox Rally 2017 was outstanding and we’re extremely grateful to the teams who took part – and continue to take part over many years,” James said.  “The energy and commitment of the teams is just amazing. All around Australia, they fundraise through quiz nights, raffles, sausage sizzles, bake sales, finding local sponsors, getting onto the airwaves and so much more. Each team is required to raise at least $4000 to be on the rally, but so many teams go further than that. “The rally itself is a reward for that fundraising effort. Together, we travel in smaller buddy groups in our Shitboxes, which come in all kinds of condition but must be worth less than $1,000. Many vehicles break down en route but that’s all part of the fun. Some cars don’t make it, but we never leave anybody behind.  “Each night, we camp in regional or remote areas, meeting the locals and putting money into that community. It’s very much a travelling festival, in these crazy cars, and a chance to see Australia’s beautiful countryside.” Shitbox Rally is a challenge to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across Australia via some of its toughest roads to raise money for cancer research. James Freeman founded Shitbox Rally in 2009 after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other. Images for download: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shitboxrally/sets Media contact: Michelle Prak 0409 964 331 michelle@prakky.com.au Chance to Win 10,000 Australian Dollars through the Golden Ticket 2017-06-13T09:27:58Z chance-to-win-10-000-australian-dollars-through-the-golden-ticket-1 Penrith, June 07, 2017: The automotive industry is amongst the world's key economic sectors by revenue. In the twentieth century, a sizeable car industry was created in Australia through the introduction of Australian plants by international manufacturers. In the 1970s, Australian manufactured cars touched a maximum of nearly 500,000 and exceeded 400,000 in 2004. Nepean Motor Group is a multi-franchise dealership giving the best customer service with maximum value for money on this part of Sydney! Nepean Motor Group has 8 new car franchises under the same roof and a complete range of pre-owned vehicles. Nepean Motor Group’s specialist sales team succeeds in finding the right vehicle that perfectly suits client’s lifestyle, needs, expectations and budget. Purchasing an in-stock new or used car from Nepean Motor Group between 1st June 2017, 8:30 AM and 30th June 2017, 5:30 PM can earn a single golden ticket entry into the lucky draw. After a new vehicle purchase during this time period, if an entrant also purchases aftermarket products worth $500 or more, they’ll get an extra golden ticket entry. Nepean Motor Group will retain a ticket with the same identifier and place into the barrel for the lucky draw. On 9th July 2017, 3:00 PM at 2128-2140 Castlereagh Rd, Penrith NSW 2750, Australia, the random prize draw will take place. The draw will also be live streamed on Facebook, via the Nepean Motor Group’s Facebook Page. The winner must be present at the above venue during the specified time to claim the prize. They must hand over their ticket to Nepean Motor Group within 3 minutes of the winning ticket being drawn. If the winner doesn’t show up and claim the prize within 3 minutes of the winning ticket being drawn, this ticket shall be put aside and considered invalid and the prize will be drawn again. This process will be repeated until the prize is claimed. The winner will be the person who has the golden ticket with the matching number to the one that is drawn by Nepean Motor Group. To claim the prize, the winner must hand over their original golden ticket to Nepean Motor Group, which they received at the time of purchase. There will be just one winner who will get 10,000 Australian dollars via bank transfer or cheque. To find out more about the Golden Ticket including registering to take part, please visit https://www.nepeanmotorgroup.com.au/golden-ticket-eofy-sale SHITBOX BREAKS FUNDRAISING RECORD 2017-06-05T05:22:32Z shitbox-breaks-fundraising-record The rally began in Adelaide on Saturday 29 May and covered a 3,800km route to reach Cairns on Friday 2 June. The annual event raised $1.64 million for cancer research, its best result ever. As more donations come in, that tally will climb even further.  Founder James Freeman said the amount included $36,500 raised by an auction and buy-back of the colourful vehicles in Cairns.  He also announced the 2018 Shitbox route will be Brisbane to Darwin.  “The rally teams’ fundraising effort this year is an extraordinary achievement and something we can be immensely proud of,” James said. 214 shitboxes embarked on the journey but 20 cars did not make it. In most cases, broken-down shitboxes are repaired by teams en route, but if that proves too difficult, volunteer support crew are on hand to revive the vehicles and help them re-join the rally. It was one of those support crew members, Alex Hallowell, who today proposed to girlfriend Alicia Jeffree in front of hundreds of celebrating rally members.  Shitbox Rally is one of Australia’s most successful charity car rallies and this eighth rally adds to the remarkable $7.52 million it has raised since 2010. James thanked rally sponsors Bingle, Rally School, Manheim, Move Yourself and Atomix, as well as the Outback communities who warmly hosted the rally along the route.  “This year’s rally included our most-ever number of unsealed roads and also took us to some incredibly beautiful, more isolated locations in Australia. We camped in Roxby Downs, Oodnadatta Alice Springs, Tobermorey Station, Burke and Wills Roadhouse, and Einasleigh. In every stop, the locals made us feel very welcome and in fact some even donated back to the cause.” Shitbox Rally is not a race, but a challenge to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across some of Australia’s toughest roads to raise money for cancer research. James Freeman founded Shitbox Rally in 2009 after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other. It has become the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally. To find out more about the rally including registering to take part, please see www.shitboxrally.com.au Advantages of Fuel Cards by FLEETCOR 2017-05-26T13:51:07Z advantages-of-fuel-cards-by-fleetcor As a cost control and convenience solution, fuel cards by FLEETCOR are second to none. Provided by FLEETCOR's being an official partner of Shell, Shell fuel cards by FLEETCOR are accepted at Total, Esso and Avia fuel stations as well. 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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. 200 SHITBOXES DEPART ADELAIDE EN ROUTE TO CAIRNS 2017-05-23T00:54:09Z 200-shitboxes-depart-adelaide-en-route-to-cairns Shitbox Rally, now in its eighth year, is on track to raise $1.5 million – adding to the remarkable $7.52 million it has raised since 2010. The brainchild of SA man James Freeman, the rally has become the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally. James founded Shitbox Rally in 2009 after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other. When:             Saturday 27 May                         8.15am interview available with founder James Freeman 9.00am cars begin departing in team groupings Where:            Torrens Parade Ground                         Victoria Drive, Adelaide What:              Colourful cars of all shapes and sizes Dressed-up team members Available:       James Freeman, founder Shitbox Rally                         Team members     Background Shitbox Rally is not a race, but a challenge to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across Australia via some of its toughest roads to raise money for cancer research.  This colourful event attracts a loyal following of ‘Shitboxers’  – some of whom have completed the rally every year since its inception. They are brought together after experiencing cancer themselves or seeing cancer impact family and friends. It’s a chance to meet like-minded people and see Australia’s vast and beautiful country via its red dirt roads, hills and creek beds, ending each day at sports ovals and race courses and more, camping under the stars and enjoying rally friendships. To participate, each team must raise a minimum of $4,000. James Freeman has also developed Mystery Box Rally and held two Shitbox Rallies in New Zealand. The rally has become the largest independent fundraiser for Cancer Council nationally, raising more than $10 million for cancer research. The 2017 route and itinerary   2017 marks the eighth Shitbox Rally. It travels a 3,800km, seven-day route from Adelaide to Cairns via the Oodnadatta Track and Plenty Highway, from 27 May to 2 June. Stopovers include Roxby Downs and Alice Springs.   Images   Shitbox Rallies has a small dedicated production team on each rally, capturing stills and vision each day. See image galleries here https://www.flickr.com/photos/shitboxrally/sets   Social media footage can be seen on the official Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/pg/shitboxrally/videos/   Shitboxes driving to a fundraising record 2017-05-18T23:12:17Z shitboxes-driving-to-a-fundraising-record The annual Shitbox Rally is already the largest independent fundraiser for Cancer Council nationally, and has raised $1.3 million so far this year. “There are some serious dollars being raised and I am excited to see if by the end of the rally we break our fundraising records and get over the $1.54 million mark,” founder James Freeman said. “The rally teams are putting in an incredible effort to raise money for cancer research, with the top fundraiser – Tasmania’s Team 42 Degrees South Baby – sitting at an amazing $24,000. It’s inspiring and we couldn’t be more grateful.” The rally departs Adelaide on Saturday 27 May, driving via the Oodnadatta Track and Plenty Highway to reach Cairns by 2 June. It’s not a race, but a challenge to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across Australia via some of its toughest roads to raise money for cancer research. James Freeman founded Shitbox Rally in 2009 after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other. Details of the Adelaide departure:   When:             Saturday 27 May                         8.15am interview available with James Freeman 9.00am cars begin departing in team groupings Where:            Torrens Parade Ground                         Victoria Drive, Adelaide What:              Colourful cars of all shapes, sizes and themes Dressed-up team members     Fundraising achievement: ·         Shitbox Rally has raised $7.52 million since 2010 and is on track to raise $1.5 million this year. ·         The “baby brother” event, Mystery Box, has raised $1.94 million since 2013 and is on track to raise $825k this year. ·         Shitbox Rally NZ has raised $829k over two years.     Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shitboxrally/sets   Gold Coast Website Designer Develops New Website for Gold Coast Car Sales 2017-04-13T06:19:49Z gold-coast-website-designer-develops-new-website-for-gold-coast-car-sales Gold Coast Car Sales assigned its website designing project to Gold Coast Website Designer in Jan 2017. The newly developed website is ready for launch. The link is: http://goldcoastcarsales.com.au The architecture of the website is user-friendly. It neatly features a marketplace for cars displaying clear and bright images of several pre-owned cars. The menus in the header section give precise indications about the content they lead to. This helps users find all the pages instantly. The important segments are ‘USED CARS FOR SALE’ and ‘SELL YOUR CAR’. The placement of all the buttons is done appropriately to minimize hovering errors or wrong clicks. The social sharing and call to action buttons are prominently visible on the home page, so a visitor does not need to hunt for them. Most importantly, the website brings forth all the advantages of WordPress, it is equipped with secured user login. Therefore, Gold Coast Car Sales has a highly functional and attractive website. Gold Coast Web Designer has been able to satisfy its client with a responsive and SEO-friendly website to earn optimum user engagement that results in ROI. About Gold Coast Website Designer Gold Coast Website Designer is one of the most popular web designing firms. It specialises in eCommerce sites and WordPress sites. Understanding the need of the digital marketing world, it focuses on creating fast-loading websites compatible with different screen sizes of mobiles, tablets and computers. The company has designed SEO-friendly responsive websites for several clients from diverse industries. Contact Gold Coast Website Designer, Address: 50 Codrington Circuit, Pacific Pines QLD 4211, Australia Phone: 61 488 914 289 Website: https://www.goldcoastwebsitedesigner.com.au LASER celebrates 30 years as home-grown consumer electronics success story 2017-03-28T23:35:00Z laser-celebrates-30-years-as-home-grown-consumer-electronics-success-story Sydney, Australia, March 2017 – LASER, the Australian-owned electronics company with a focus on affordable, innovative technology for all, has this month celebrated its 30th Anniversary celebrations with the unveiling of a range of new products set to take the company into its next decade.   Launching a new $50 selfie drone and extensive range of power banks, USB-C accessories and Navig8r dashcams, it is a long way from the small shopfront in Sydney’s Surry Hills that opened in 1987 to sell floppy disks, computer keyboards and mice.   With more than 300 product lines and 50 local employees, LASER puts its commitment to continuously evolving its product range at the centre of its longevity.   “From a very early stage we instituted an internal challenge to turnover our range by at least one-third every year, sourcing new products based on market needs and feedback from our retail partners. This is a huge number by any measure, and constantly forces us out of our comfort zone both in terms of new technologies and evolutions of existing ones.” said Chris Lau, Managing Director of LASER.    “Without having control of our manufacturing and being able to swiftly react to opportunities, this wouldn’t be achievable, yet we continue to see our range constantly and quickly evolving.”   Over the course of three decades, LASER has built its reputation among retailers and consumers alike as the value brand of choice, with long-standing relationships with Harvey Norman and Big W to name a few who look to LASER as enabling consumers to access technology at an affordable price point.   “We know exactly who we are and what our benefit is to consumers, and play an important role in helping many Aussies enter the market for new technologies, while providing affordable, reliable and quality options across the board for both new and ongoing technologies. We proudly wear the moniker ‘value brand you can trust’,” continued Lau.   LASER took its name from the optical media it sold as it commenced trading and has continued to evolve over the years. Today, LASER has market-leading positions, including dashcams via its Navig8r brand, powerbanks, and affordable AV.   “Our Navig8r sub-brand, itself 10 years old this year, is the best-selling dashcam brand in the country. Consumers can enter the market for just $60, while we also deliver on innovation with the 818 Pro X, which offers Australian State-specific school zone data, something unique to the market as it was built specifically to order for Australian consumers.”   “Looking ahead, we also see Affordable AV and USB-C as key drivers, and are also launching Wi-Fi wireless speakers, premium certified UHD HDMI cables and Ultra HD streaming box media centres.”   “We are proud to have proven longevity in the market, especially as many brands and technologies have come and gone in this industry over the 30 years we have been in business, and thank our partners, employees and broader industry stakeholders for their support. While we celebrate today, our focus remains firmly on the future, and the next 30 years.” concluded Lau.   LASER are celebrating 30 years by reveling in the success of products from key categories including:  Navig8r Selfie Drone Lightweight and portable, this four-propeller Wi-Fi enabled Selfie Drone is accessed and controlled by an easy-to-use smartphone app (iOS/Android). Boasting a one-button take off, land and 360-degree flip, users can adjust the drone’s speed and altitude all from their smartphone. With the ability to take photos and videos as it follows you around, the Navig8r Selfie Drone offers 8-minutes of flight time within a 30m control range.RRP $50 from Big W  Navig8r 818 Pro X Crashcam A cutting-edge dash camera that takes in-vehicle incident recording to the next level, the Navig8r 818 Pro X Crashcam features Super Full HD image quality that delivers meticulously detailed footage. Built exclusively for the Australian market, the 818 displays the vehicle’s actual speed (as measured by GPS) as well as speed cameras, red light cameras and school zones which are preloaded with correct Australian state school zone times to warn drivers of an impending change in speed (and possible infringement). The Navig8r Crash Cam Pro X also features journey review with Google maps, automatic event recording and park mode which activates camera recording even when your car is unattended. Using the included software, drivers are able to review video footage, speed, time, date and location information on Google Maps, making it easy to prove at fault incidents.RRP $299 from Harvey Norman and www.laserco.com.au  LASER PB-CJ6000 Portable Power Bank and Car Jump Starter | RRP $79.95 | Harvey Norman As the latest addition to LASER’s extensive portable power range, the PB-CJ6000 is compact and portable enough to fit almost anywhere, from the glovebox to your satchel or your back pocket. A handy gadget that can charge all USB-enabled devices, this multi-purpose accessory also connects with the supplied car jump cables to kick-start a fully flat battery. With 6,000mAh of power, a 4-in-1 USB charging cable (Mini and Micro USB, 30pin and 9pin Apple to USB) for smartphones, tablets and cameras, the PB-CJ6000 also offers security benefits thanks to a high intensity LED light with strobe function for attracting attention. Built-in safety features that protect the consumer, their car and the power bank, a high efficiency cell from the quality Lithium battery boasts 75% retention after 12 months, making this a durable companion in the glove box or in your bag.RRP $79.95 from Harvey Norman and www.laserco.com.au  ImageryLASER 30th Anniversary Image Library  About LASER In 1987 LASER started out in a Surry Hills garage, importing and selling 5.25” floppy disks and storage cases. Today, we’re one of Australia’s fastest growing and most trusted consumer IT and consumer electronics solutions providers. Specialising in bespoke solutions, our product range now spans more than 13 categories and 500+ products. Brace of Brabham Race Cars Discovered in Australian Barn 2017-03-08T04:31:49Z brace-of-brabham-race-cars-discovered-in-australian-barn A pair of Brabham race cars found in a Northern N.S.W barn is being sold by Lloyds Auctions on the Gold Coast as part of The King’s Garage collection. Alstonville-based Brian King is the owner of the rare ‘barn-find’ Brabhams and is offering the cars, along with other significant historic race cars, classic petrol bowsers and assorted memorabilia at auction with all lots starting at one dollar.   The Brabham name is synonymous with Formula One success with legendary driver Jack Brabham and engineer Ron Tauranac, combining in the early 1960s to produce race cars for over a decade culminating in the 1966-67 championship years, sweeping both the F1 World Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships. Brabham remains the only person to ever win a Formula One race in a car and team of his own making. From this era come the two Brabham BT21B race cars on offer at Lloyds Auctions from The King’s Garage collection.   A ‘one of one’ Brabham BT21B Cosworth formula race car with an exceedingly rare Cosworth SCB four-cylinder engine is the star of the collection with the Cosworth engine believed to be one of only two or three in existence. Allied to the rarity of the engine and chassis package is a provenance that begins in Brabham’s Formula One workshop with its chief engine builder Bob Ilich who was instrumental in the World Constructor and Driver Championships for Brabham in 1966 and ’67 who created this particular BT21B for himself.   Another Brabham BT21B race car is being offered fresh from a high end ‘nut and bolt’ restoration in Formula 3 configuration with an MAE Cosworth engine and Hewland gearbox and is ready to compete world-wide in historic formulae including Formula Junior.   The heyday of motor racing in the USA is represented by the gargantuan 1950 Sampson CC-50 Indianapolis 500 racer. Resplendent in its 1950 Indy 500 livery, #27 also comes virtually unused since a thorough restoration in the US prior to its arrival in Australia.   Dirt track oval racing has historically been the feeder category for INDYCAR and NASCAR series and Lloyds is offering the #22 Chuck Porter 1947 Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser midget which has significant race provenance along with another iconic midget the #35 1974 Edmunds VW ‘El Toro Garage’ car. Still on the dirt track theme is the #5 1985 Chevy-powered Watson which has a dark history as five family members died while racing this car.   Fuel bowsers are the new collectable for automotive enthusiasts and the range offered by The King’s Garage collection is staggering in its depth and quality with some fuel pumps going back to the early 1900s including Epex and French Satam four-gallon pumps.   Other lots include a Porsche 356 ‘Super 90’ engine, a 27-litre Rolls Royce Merlin V12 engine, Cosworth FVA engine parts, and an A-series Mini Minor diesel engine.   The auction for The King’s Garage collection is open for bidding online now with the live auction on 18 March 2017. Phone bidding is available.   To view the collection or bid online, visit www.lloydsauctions.com.au/classic-cars