Scorching pace set for 2009 Le Minz 24 Hour Scooterthon
The fifth Le Minz 24 Hour Scooterthon is shaping up to be the biggest yet, and with organisers confirming a switch from September to February, the pace is set to glow red-hot around the clock on the Gold Coast.
The Parklands precinct will again host the event, which will be fought out over 24 hours - midday on Saturday February 14 to midday on Sunday February 15.
Hailed as the world's longest and most gruelling scooter reliability test, a full field of riders will grid up to determine which manufacturer and 50cc model has the reliability and fuel efficiency to go the distance.
In 2007, 18-year-old Jake Dolan eclipsed the existing Guinness World Record by covering 1178.76km in 24 hours on a TGB 101S.
When the event returns, both individuals and teams of up to three riders will attack the existing benchmark, vying to write themselves into the record book.
To do so they will need to turn over 1500 laps of the 660m track on showroom-spec scooters.
Mark Petersen of Exhibitions and Trade Fairs said the organising team had been inundated with enquiries about the return of the popular event.
"Over the years Le Minz has generated a strong following from within the industry and receives plenty of mainstream exposure as well - it's a unique concept and one of the most demanding events of its kind in the world," said Petersen.
"Scooter reliability is becoming more and more relevant as it is becoming a popular method of transport for those wishing to beat the rising costs at the petrol bowser - the average 50cc model uses just 2-4 litres per 100km."
"We're pleased to be returning to the Gold Coast Parklands in 2009 and the event will kick off all the excitement of the Australian Motorcycle Expo and Australian Scooter Festival to be held a week later at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from February 20-22."
"We're moving from September to February, so the hotter temperatures will make the going tough for riders, and make scooter reliability even more important."
"Each previous Le Minz has seen the Guinness World Record fall - it remains to be seen if anyone can top the time set by Jake Dolan in September last year."
"We're expecting another huge line-up of popular identities and are hoping to get a number of local personalities on board as well."
The Le Minz 24 Hour Scooterthon is open to any manufacturer exhibiting at the Australian Motorcycle Expo Melbourne or Gold Coast (also incorporating the Australian Scooter Festival).
The field will be separated into 3 classes - A Class (LA Moped) , B Class and C Class.
The LA Moped class includes scooters that do not exceed 50km/h and is open to both teams of up to three riders or individuals on two or four-stroke models. B and C class allow the entry of scooters that travel faster than 50km/h.
For more details on entering the Le Minz 24 Hour Scooterthon, please contact Mark Petersen at Exhibitions and Trade Fairs on (07) 5535 5266.