The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-09-28T08:09:26Z 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. Mysterious fun rally raised over $760k for Cancer Council 2016-10-11T21:00:00Z 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 2016-09-20T21:30:00Z 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 2016-09-16T05:56:47Z 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 2016-09-08T02:00:47Z 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 Tickets on sale now for QLD's elite 4WD and outdoors expo 2016-07-19T03:55:05Z tickets-on-sale-now-for-qld-s-elite-4wd-and-outdoors-expo Tickets to the much-anticipated Explore Australia Expo on Fathers-Day weekend, 2 – 4 September 2016, are on sale now. The event, which is considered one of the best outdoor leisure exhibitions in the country promises exhibitors and visitors alike an unparalleled combination of entertainment, education, products and services at its new home, Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane. Paul Morgan, Director and Event Manager, Explore Australia Exhibitions says “we have created the ultimate ‘spy, try and buy’ experience for seasoned travellers, novice adrenalin junkies, well-travelled 4 x 4 and outdoor adventure lovers and mad-keen fisherman alike and we have put this all together to create the perfect Fathers-Day weekend.” “Visitors will be able to see, handle, compare and buy the best products and accessories around. They will also get to hear from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable outdoor adventurers, witness products and services in action and have access to special offers and amazing deals right along the way.” Explore Australia Exhibitions will be offering regular giveaways and promotions via its Facebook page and every visitor through the gate will have the chance to enter major prize draws including a TJM Explorers Pack, valued at $5,000 thanks to TJM 4x4 Megastore and an Ironman Deluxe Bullbar valued at $1,295 thanks to Adventure Offroad. With over 17,000 people attending the inaugural event in 2015, Explore Australia Exhibitions encourages people to get their tickets early. “Last year we were overwhelmed with visitor numbers, so this year we are encouraging people to purchase their tickets online, and take advantage of our online ticket discount,” says Paul. In addition, online ticket purchasers will be offered extra chances to win, with every online ticket purchase entering the draw to take home a fishing and outdoor package valued at $1000. “Online ticket holders will still be able to enter the major prize draws, but we’ve added the extra incentive to purchase online so visitors can avoid the queues and spend more time spying, trying and buying,” says Paul. The overwhelming attendance in 2015, was part of the decision for Explore Australia Exhibitions to move the event to the iconic and exciting Doomben Racecourse for 2016. “The site not only offers more usable exhibition space but is only 7kms from Brisbane city and has the added advantages of direct road access, free parking and nearby public transport,” Paul said. With increased exhibition and interactive display space, a revitalised program of events and the opportunity to take home some incredible prizes Paul says the show is the perfect place to find inspiration for outdoor adventure and the perfect place for dads this Fathers-Day. “There will be five highly integrated and functional precincts at the event including; a dedicated 4x4 showcase area with key 4x4 accessory exhibitors; a dedicated fishing and boating showcase area with key fishing and marine manufacturers and accessory exhibitors; medial areas with vehicle manufacturers, adventure pursuits and sites offering combined auto/camping/outdoor displays and products; a main-stage featuring free seminars, guest appearances, presentations and competition draws; and an entertaining, informative, and interactive 4WD and ATV test and display track, offering off-road stunts and racing, new vehicle test drives and key 4WD and off-road demonstrations.” Explore Australia Expo’s refreshing layout offers unique experiences and unprecedented access to some of the best brands all in one location and is shaping up to be the best outdoor leisure expo in Queensland this year. Further information on the Explore Australia Expo, Brisbane can be found at Explore Australia Expo Brisbane or by following us on Explore Australia Expo Facebook or Explore Australia Expo YouTube For exhibitor enquiries call the Explore Australia Expo Sales Team on 03 5255 1517 or e-mail info@exploreaustraliaexpo.com.au For ticket purchases head to Tickets for Explore Australia Expo Brisbane 2-4 September 2016 <ENDS> Media Enquiries: Sara Crowe, C7EVEN Communications, 0438 197 559