The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-16T02:06:41Z Now Representing Terry Shields Toyota Parramatta 2019-01-16T02:06:41Z now-representing-terry-shields-toyota-parramatta 360 PR are thrilled to announce that effective immediately they will be representing Terry Shields Toyota Parramatta. A family-owned new and used car dealership located in the heart of Auto Alley Church Street Parramatta. The team at Terry Shields Toyota Parramatta have a car for every driver in the family, from the kids first car, to eco-friendly hybrids, versatile SUVs and work vehicles. For further information, interviews, product and images or to request a test drive please contact the 360 PR team - rachel@360pr.com.au or lisa@360pr.com.au American Rocket Company teams with Australians to shatter World Land Speed Record 2018-09-17T03:18:34Z american-rocket-company-teams-with-australians-to-shatter-world-land-speed-record For Immediate Release: INTERORBITAL SYSTEMS Mojave, California, USA  September 16, 2018 (MOJAVE, CA) A team from Australia has set its sights on creating the first car in auto-racing history to raise the World Land Speed Record to 1000 MPH, and it is looking at American ingenuity to help get them to the finish line.   The vehicle, known as Aussie Invader 5R, will be fitted with a rocket engine uniquely designed by California-based Interorbital Systems. This bi-propellant rocket engine will produce the thrust required to accelerate the car from zero to 1,000mph in just 20 seconds.   Australian driver, Rosco McGlashan OAM (Order of Australia), is currently in the U.S. to scout out a possible site to challenge the World Land Speed Record in the High Desert of Utah, Nevada, and California.   Mr. McGlashan said, “I have worked all my life to achieve a World Land Speed Record and know we now have the car and Team to do this.” Mr. McGlashan holds the Australian Land Speed Record and has exceeded 638 MPH in a previous jet-powered car.                     #                            #                                      #                                                # ALERT to reporters: Aussie Invader driver Rosco McGlashan will be available for interviews and photos at the labs of Interorbital Systems on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, between Noon and 5:00pm. Please RSVP at ios@interorbital.com and request directions to the Mojave, CA location. Alternately, please call 661 965 0771 for more information. Photos and video links available on request. The Aussie Invader Team eye Nevada for the World Land Speed Record 2018-09-06T19:17:47Z the-aussie-invader-team-eye-nevada-for-the-world-land-speed-record-1 (PERTH, 07 September 2018) Rosco McGlashan OAM and his team are in fast pursuit of a major sponsor for the Aussie Invader 5R, a rocket powered car designed to challenge the World Land Speed Record in 2020.   The team has been considering moving this Australian-borne project to the US for its historic supersonic speed record to capitalise on market opportunities and position itself for a major US sponsor.   “We’ve been looking at home for some local assistance to help bring us to the finish line and have come up flat”, says McGlashan, who currently holds the record as the “Fastest Aussie on Earth”.   The Aussie Invader 5R project has been self-funded by both corporate and personal contributions from families and friends.    Over the past 15-years, they have designed and produced a Bi-Propellant rocket powered car worth $1.5M but require 10-times that amount to bring the World Land Speed Record title to Australia.    The team may be forced, therefore, to run the event in the US.   The public is encouraged to visit https://www.supersonicselfie.com and upload their selfies for $20 to buy a place in history where their photos will be mounted on the car during the historic record setting event.    There is also a fundraising GoFundMe account at: https://www.gofundme.com/building-rocket-engine-for-car This Luxury Travel Company is Shaking up the Industry with Supercars & Michelin Stars 2018-08-23T06:29:43Z this-luxury-travel-company-is-shaking-up-the-industry-with-supercars-michelin-stars From jetting to exotic islands, finding tranquility on luxury cruises, to adrenalin filled adventure tours across Europe to the Americas, my wife and I had started to believe that we had seen the best of everything. That was until we heard about an exclusive event held by Ultimate Driving Tours – called Beautiful Cars & Michelin Stars. Boasting a fleet of supercars, an adventure on the backroads of France, esteemed culinary experiences at Michelin Star restaurants and accommodation at lavish, luxury hotels, I thought to myself “what a glamourous way to explore France’s best wine regions – time to fly and experience the amazing!”. Driving the most spectacular and renowned roads of the Beaujolais, Burgundy and Champagne regions, we experienceding the best offerings from Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes and many other famous marques. Each night we would stop at ornate chateaus, or luxury hotels and swap the car keys for champagne, before an unforgettable Michelin Starred meal. One day we were in a striking 12-century castle, the next we were in one of the finest luxury residences in Paris. We felt like royalty! We began in Lyon, where food meets culture at Paul Bocuse’s iconic 3 Michelin Star L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges. From there we indulged in some of France's most celebrated restaurants, concluding with the Alain Ducasse’s signature 3 Michelin Star restaurant Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee,. in Paris. Taking this tour experience to the next level, we were spoilt with exclusive and private day tours around the drive experience. From one of the world’sOne day we were exploring the one of the most renowned gastronomy capitals - Lyon, to tours ofand the next we were immersed in the history and productions of prestigious Champagne houses around Reims and Epernay, including Ruinart and Pommery. At the conclusion of the event we also enjoyed a and a dazzling night to remember of cabaret, magic and champagne at the famed Crazy Horse Burlesque Show in Paris. Ultimate Driving Tours left me speechless and then turned me into a storyteller. When I tell friends about the tour is experience they don’t believe what we experienced over the week, nor how much I paid I paid. It was not cheap, but reflecting on the remarkable unforgettable experiences that we had, and the fantastic people we met, undoubtably, we could not have asked for better value for money! This travel company turned a dream into reality. We built memories that will last a lifetime and made life-long friends from all over the world. We can't wait to enjoy another event together. Hosted by Ultimate Driving Tours this seven eight day, six seven night experience is one you can tick off of your bucket-list today. Does a gourmet driving tour through France sound like your dream experience? Limited places still remain on the September tour - check out the full details here. Join the Ultimate Driving Tours family and experience the best of all things motor-related, coupled with the finer things in life. For the past 10 years, the team have been helping people from around the world tick off their motoring bucket-list with incredible driving, motorsport and luxury travel experiences. Ultimate Driving Tours was born from a passion for all things motor-related. That, and an appreciation for the finer things in life. From Europe to the Americas and Australasia, for the last ten years, we’ve created bucket-list motoring tours and events, as part of an all-encompassing luxury travel experience. Don’t miss out – live your trip of a lifetime today! News Release - Before you hop in your car this Easter, make sure you do this 2018-03-27T01:30:32Z 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 2017-09-28T08:09:26Z 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 2017-09-27T05:43:01Z 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. Acronis Celebrates Three Years of Returning the International HQ to Singapore and the Global Success of Newly Released Products 2017-09-14T07:49:50Z acronis-celebrates-three-years-of-returning-the-international-hq-to-singapore-and-the-global-success-of-newly-released-products SYDNEY, Australia, 14 September 2017 – Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection for businesses of any size and individual users, is pleased to celebrate three years since the opening of its International Headquarters at the company’s birthplace in Singapore. Acronis was founded in 2003 in Singapore with a primary focus on offering innovative data protection solutions to consumers, businesses and service providers. To meet the rapid growth demands, the company expanded overseas, opening its Corporate Headquarters in Schaffhausen, Switzerland and establishing presence in key markets, including U.S., Germany, Japan, Russia, and Australia. In 2014 Acronis moved its International HQ to Singapore, back to where the company was first founded. Today, Acronis is the largest Singaporean software and internet services company operating in the global market. Acronis R&D center in Singapore produces innovative technology designed to provide complete data protection, needed by businesses of any size and individual users. 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 for 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. “Singapore is an important international technology hub with unparalleled levels of neutrality, which is critical to a global company like Acronis working in the area of data protection. High standards, inclusive culture, and convenient geographical location makes Singapore the most productive place for top talent to work and live in. Here we recruit world’s best software engineers, specifically in the area of security and Artificial Intelligence,” said Acronis President, John Zanni. Being present in Singapore also enabled Acronis to develop strategic partnerships with local universities, research organizations, and become a founding member of the Cybersecurity Consortium. With the support of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), Acronis also undertakes data protection R&D and participates in joint projects with the Data Storage Institute and NTU. Acronis has relocated five members of its executive team to Singapore, doubled its office space and committed to invest additional US$10m (AU$12.5m) in AI research projects. In the next three years, Acronis plans to add more than 100 new staff, apply for more than 100 new patents and continue to form strategic partnerships. Acronis is all about technology, performance, and innovation, which links the company to Formula 1 sport, making Acronis a perfect partner for Scuderia Toro Rosso. “We're very happy to be celebrating together with Acronis their third anniversary of their HQ in Singapore. We were here together when it all first started three years ago and it's very pleasing to see that our relationship continues fruitfully. A big congratulations to Acronis!" said Franz Tost, Team Principal at Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 team. To find out more about the most complete and easy to use backup for business, Acronis Backup 12.5, easy data protection for consumers, Acronis True Image 2018, and the most powerful integrated Backup-as-a-Service for service providers, Acronis Backup Cloud, visit http://www.acronis.com/ To become Acronis partner, visit https://www.acronis.com/en-au/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. MindKits wins Mercedes-Benz Vans’ Hack My Van 2017, will take STEM workshops to schools across New Zealand 2017-08-17T04:09:11Z 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 Mercedes-Benz Vans teams up with Airbnb for the Australian launch of the Marco Polo ACTIVITY 2017-07-31T22:40:41Z 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 2017-07-25T22:23:16Z 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 Brace of Brabham Race Cars Discovered in Australian Barn 2017-03-08T03:31:49Z 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 Bullrush Rally - Supercar Arrival Display TODAY: Intercontinental Adelaide 2016-11-06T23:12:47Z bullrush-rally-supercar-arrival-display-today-intercontinental-adelaide 2016 BULLRUSH RALLY Monday November 7th to Friday November 11th ADELAIDE | WARRNAMBOOL | MELBOURNE | CANBERRA | SYDNEY Australia’s rarest and most expensive supercars gather for the 2016 Bullrush Rally! Australia’s annual Bullrush Rally takes place from the 7th to 11th of November, with over 30 supercars participating in a 5 day interstate driving tour across Australia. Traveling from South Australia to New South Wales, the route includes overnight stops in Adelaide, Warrnambool, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. Covering 2000km of spectacular roads including Victoria’s world famous Great Ocean Road, the adventure is filled with exclusive dinners and parties, as well as a day of drag racing at Sydney Dragway. Proudly supporting the Variety Children’s Charity, Bullrush Rally will be hosting a charity auction night on the 9th of November at Bond Bar In Melbourne as well as raising money online via Everyday Hero. Bullrush Rally showcases an incredible array of vehicles - including Lamborghini Aventador, Huracan and Gallardo, Ferrari 458 Spyder, McLaren 650S, Porsche 911 Turbo, Cayman GT4, Audi R8, Jaguar F-Type, Nissan GTR and many more. Official event Partners include; Unique Car Rentals, SevenFriday, Street FX Motorsports, My Accounts, Fi Exhaust, Bez Media, CEVA Logistics and Quick Fox Media.  Vehicle Display Times & Locations Monday 7th November  2pm to 6pm - Vehicle Display - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace, Adelaide.  Tuesday 8th November 8am to 9am - Start Line and Departure - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace, Adelaide.  5:30pm to 6:30pm - Vehicle Arrival and Display - Lady Bay Resort, 2 Pertobe Rd, Warrnambool VIC. Wednesday 9th November 3:45pm to 5:30pm - Vehicle Arrival & Display - Crown Metropol, 8 Whiteman St Southbank, VIC.  Thursday 10th September 5:30pm to 6:30pm - Vehicle Arrival & Display - Burbury Hotel - Burbury Close, Barton ACT.  Friday 11th September Midday to 3:30pm - Drag Racing & Content Creation PRESS ONLY - press@bullrushrally.com for entry. Sydney Dragway, Ferrers Rd, Eastern Creek NSW. 5pm - 6pm - Vehicle Arrival - Intercontinental Double Bay, 33 Cross St, Sydney.  Company Information Founded in 2015 with the vision of uniting like-minded individuals in a shared pursuit of adventure and unforgettable experiences, Bullrush Rally is an annual lifestyle, business networking and charity fundraising event combining supercars, dining, parties and motorsport. PRESS FOLDER CONTAINING 2015 AND 2016 IMAGERY/CONTENT (UPDATED DAILY) CAN BE FOUND AT - www.bit.ly/bullrushpress Main Press Calls Adelaide 7th November 2pm to 6pm - Arrival Display - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace 8th November 8am to 9am - Start Line and Departure - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace. Melbourne Wednesday 9th November 4pm to 5pm- Vehicle Arrival & Display - Crown Metropol, 8 Whiteman St Southbank. Sydney Friday 11th September Midday to 3:30pm - Sydney Dragway for content and interviews - email press@bullrushrally.com for access - Sydney Dragway, Ferrers Rd, Eastern Creek. Links www.bullrushrally.com Facebook.com/bullrushrally Instagram @bullrushrally Contact Press Contact: Marko Seider Email: press@bullrushrally.com Phone: +61 434 620 706 Australia’s rarest and most expensive supercars gather for the 2016 Bullrush Rally! 2016-11-06T05:02:44Z australia-s-rarest-and-most-expensive-supercars-gather-for-the-2016-bullrush-rally  2016 BULLRUSH RALLY Monday November 7th to Friday November 11th ADELAIDE | WARRNAMBOOL | MELBOURNE | CANBERRA | SYDNEY Australia’s rarest and most expensive supercars gather for the 2016 Bullrush Rally! Australia’s annual Bullrush Rally takes place from the 7th to 11th of November, with over 30 supercars participating in a 5 day interstate driving tour across Australia. Traveling from South Australia to New South Wales, the route includes overnight stops in Adelaide, Warrnambool, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. Covering 2000km of spectacular roads including Victoria’s world famous Great Ocean Road, the adventure is filled with exclusive dinners and parties, as well as a day of drag racing at Sydney Dragway. Proudly supporting the Variety Children’s Charity, Bullrush Rally will be hosting a charity auction night on the 9th of November at Bond Bar In Melbourne as well as raising money online via Everyday Hero. Bullrush Rally showcases an incredible array of vehicles - including Lamborghini Aventador, Huracan and Gallardo, Ferrari 458 Spyder, McLaren 650S, Porsche 911 Turbo, Cayman GT4, Audi R8, Jaguar F-Type, Nissan GTR and many more. Official event Partners include; Unique Car Rentals, SevenFriday, Street FX Motorsports, My Accounts, Fi Exhaust, Bez Media, CEVA Logistics and Quick Fox Media.  Vehicle Display Times & Locations Monday 7th November  2pm to 6pm - Vehicle Display - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace, Adelaide.  Tuesday 8th November 8am to 9am - Start Line and Departure - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace, Adelaide.  5:30pm to 6:30pm - Vehicle Arrival and Display - Lady Bay Resort, 2 Pertobe Rd, Warrnambool VIC. Wednesday 9th November 3:45pm to 5:30pm - Vehicle Arrival & Display - Crown Metropol, 8 Whiteman St Southbank, VIC.  Thursday 10th September 5:30pm to 6:30pm - Vehicle Arrival & Display - Burbury Hotel - Burbury Close, Barton ACT.  Friday 11th September Midday to 3:30pm - Drag Racing & Content Creation PRESS ONLY - press@bullrushrally.com for entry. Sydney Dragway, Ferrers Rd, Eastern Creek NSW. 5pm - 6pm - Vehicle Arrival - Intercontinental Double Bay, 33 Cross St, Sydney.  Company Information Founded in 2015 with the vision of uniting like-minded individuals in a shared pursuit of adventure and unforgettable experiences, Bullrush Rally is an annual lifestyle, business networking and charity fundraising event combining supercars, dining, parties and motorsport. PRESS FOLDER CONTAINING 2015 AND 2016 IMAGERY/CONTENT (UPDATED DAILY) CAN BE FOUND AT - www.bit.ly/bullrushpress Main Press Calls Adelaide 7th November 2pm to 6pm - Arrival Display - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace 8th November 8am to 9am - Start Line and Departure - Intercontinental Adelaide - North Terrace. Melbourne Wednesday 9th November 4pm to 5pm- Vehicle Arrival & Display - Crown Metropol, 8 Whiteman St Southbank. Sydney Friday 11th September Midday to 3:30pm - Sydney Dragway for content and interviews - email press@bullrushrally.com for access - Sydney Dragway, Ferrers Rd, Eastern Creek. Links www.bullrushrally.com Facebook.com/bullrushrally Instagram @bullrushrally Contact Press Contact: Marko Seider Email: press@bullrushrally.com Phone: +61 434 620 706 Splend expands the ride with Rent-to-Own 2016-10-28T03:34:11Z 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.