The world's first paddle race on regular surfboards - ie boards not larger than what's available at your local store: 6'6 (195cm). Through light rain under thick cloud coverage, a dense field of surfers and triathletes paddled their way 700m along the Australian coastline into the open sea - and did so in two separately assessed races. One was held at Elouera Beach, Cronulla and the other at Manly Beach.
The four fastest from each location were winched up from the sea by Red Bull helicopters hovering above the finish lines at both Cronulla and Manly, and flown to a secret location for the weekend with big wave legend Ross Clarke-Jones waiting. The secret location was Boomerang Beach on the Mid North Coast of NSW.
The smallest car ever in production, the Peel P50 was designed to fit one adult and a bag of shopping. Top Gear Australia hosts Shane Jacobson, Steve Pizzati and Ewen Page attempted to break the world speed record for this tiny car.
But on-land attempts only clocked up a dismal 13.4km/h, and desperate for a more speedy and exciting end to the segment, Top Gear got in contact with the team from EPS to come up with an aerial solution.
EPS Helicopter Services designed and built an aviation approved launching ramp, and sourced the venue for the Peel P50 launch.
Two helicopters were provided: one to launch the car, the other to take the spectacular footage. Spoiler alert: despite all appearances, Shane actually wasn't in the car at the time!
EPS hopped on board, delivering the message right to Woolworth's door in a Bell Jetranger.
At 10,000ft2 it was a massive message, too. And it hit the mark – both Coles and Woolworths have signed up as a result of the campaign!
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Not the $1 helicopter rides found in shopping centres, but the real deal. A Holden dealer in Penrith has taken the unprecedented step of offering a free helicopter flight to new car buyers this weekend.
"To attract people to our yard we have had giant slides, jumping castles, ice-cream trucks, golf pros, and race cars. But nothing like this before," dealer principal of Heartland Holden Penrith Adam Mears told News Limited. "To my knowledge no-one has done this from the actual dealership before and on the day of the sale. The helicopter should draw lots of attention."
There are a few conditions: the new-car deal must be signed on the weekend and applies only to the Holden Penrith dealership. The flights are dependent on clear flying conditions. "If there is bad weather or bush fires the helicopter can't fly in the area," Mears said. The Australian new-car market is the toughest in the developed world, with 67 brands competing for 1.1 million sales. In the US, 28 brands compete for 14.5 million sales. Last year was an all-time record for new-car sales in Australia, but Holden posted its lowest result in 19 years as buyers embraced imports buoyed by favourable foreign exchange rates.
"Definitely selling cars is more competitive than ever with so many brands sold in Australia," Mears said. "We are always looking for new ideas to attract people onto our yard. That's why we are going to great heights to sell people a car."
As Australia's internationally-renowned water ski race, the Bridge to Bridge holds a special place in the hearts of many Australian water skiers, and also attracts competitors from around the world. The race begins at Dangar Island, located at Broken Bay in Brooklyn in Sydney's north-east, just a few kilometres before the Hawkesbury River meets the Tasman Sea.
Crossing under the Brooklyn Bridge, it continues west through the Hornsby Shire Council before crossing into the Hawkesbury Council area at Wisemans Ferry, snaking its way past townships such as Ebenezer, Sackville, and Cattai before finishing in the historic centre of Windsor - a distance of 112 kilometres in total, with boats and skiers exceeding 200 kilometres per hour. Thousands of fans customarily gather at Governor Philip Park near Windsor Bridge to welcome home the competitors, their screams adding thrills to the occasion as the boats come whizzing around the final bend.
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