Le Minz 24 hour Scooterthon
The TGB Tapo sets a new world record at this years Le Minz 24 hour event on the Gold Coast. Further race updates now available.
TGB Scooters Australia
Over the weekend the highly exhilarating 24 hour Le Minz Scooterthon took place on the Gold Coast and with the help of Mark 'Brownie' Brown, the TGB Tapo 50 claimed a Guinness World Record.
Brownie, with his TGB Tapo 50 in tow rewrote the history books riding the most kilometres ever on a 50cc scooter in 24 hours.
During the 24 hour endurance race the TGB Tapo scooter rode 1189.685 kilometres‐ an outstanding effort, smashing the previous record of 1178.76 kilometres.
Presented by TGB Scooters and the Australian Motorcycle and Scooter Expo Gold Coast, the sixth running of the Scooterthon had a fantastic turnout and was a great success, testing the fuel efficiency and mechanical reliability of the 50cc class scooters.
On behalf of TGB we would like to congratulate Brownie on a fantastic ride of our TGB scooter, said National Sales Manager, Alan Collins.
At the beginning of the race, we had faith in the reliability and agility of our TGB Tapo and with a great rider on board it has proven that this scooter is top of its class.
The TGB Tapo boasts 12 inch wheels, front disc - rear drum brakes and a zippy 2‐stroke 50cc engine. The TGB Tapo also features modern European styling, large helmet storage and rock solid reliability. With the combination of unmatched performance and agility, the Tapo is the model suited for those that settle for nothing but the best!
In the unmodified 50cc class the TGB Tapo also took second and third place at the completion of the 2011 Le Minz Scooterthon!
It was a great 24 hours all round for the TGB Tapo ‐ showcasing to the crowds its versatility, power and superb reliability, said Alan Collins.
With attendance up, the 24 hour Le Minz Scooterthon also raised significant funds for local charity 'Give me 5 for kids.'
The history making TGB Tapo is available Australia-wide through an extensive TGB Dealer network. All TGB scooters are supported by a 2 Year Factory Warranty and come with world renowned reliability and power!!
For further information on history making TGB Tapo or any of the TGB range please visit ‐ www.tgbscooters.com.au
The TGB Tapo - World Record Holder
World Record Broken At Le Minz 24 Hour Scooterthon
14 teams and 43 participants completed over 20,000 laps of the 665m closed course Parklands track at the weekend's Insure My Ride Le Minz 24 Hour Scooterthon presented by TGB Scooter and the Australian Motorcycle & Scooter Expo.
The reliability of 50cc scooters was tested to extreme measures, running non-stop from midday Saturday to midday Sunday.
The best-performing team effort came from The Scooter Shop entry, but it was the super-human efforts of Wollongong local Mark 'Brownie' Brown that stole the show.
Brown broke the mark for the longest distance travelled on a 50cc scooter over 24 hours, re-writing an official Guinness World Record with his 1189.685km effort.
"It's the fifth time I've done Le Minz solo and I'm stoked to get the record back," said Brown. "This will be my last solo attempt but I'm looking forward to doing it again with a team.
"It was a great event and everyone looked like they had a lot of fun. Thanks to InsureMyRide for sponsoring the event and TGB for supplying the perfect scooter for such a huge endurance test."
Entrants included industry members, racers and everyday scooter riders, with the same sentiment echoed by all.
"That was the most fun I have ever had on a motorcycle - it makes me want to go and try road racing," said Showtime FMX rider Matty McFerran.
"Best day ever! Let's do it again - sore quaddies but at least I didn't fall off," posted AFL legend Spida Everitt on Facebook.
Luke Smith from InsureMyRide said the company was proud to be part of such a unique event.
"Le Minz is one of the most fun and entertaining events going around on the Australian motorcycling scene," said Smith.
"InsureMyRide is proud to be the major sponsor of such a great event that supports both local charity and the motorcycling community - bring on next year's event!"
The event raised close to $2000 for its nominated charity, 'Give Me 5 for Kids', supporting the children's wing at the Gold Coast Hospital.
Many of the scooters will be on display at the Australian Motorcycle & Scooter Expo from the 17th -19th of February 2012, at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Congratulations Team Scootershop Aprilia SR50R / TGB Tapo
Congratulations goes to Ron Funk, David Barnes and Nick Murrell. These three fella's were the overall winners of this years Le Minz 24 Hour on the Gold Coast. The "Team Scootershop" Aprilia SR50R crossing the finish line 9 laps in front of second place. Team Scootershop also fielded a TGB Tapo which came in 3rd overall.
We caught up for a quick chat with Scootershop owner and Team Manager, Adam Lowe. Here is Adam's short account of events,
The Aprilia SR50R rode and handled superbly to lead the race from the first lap. At 6 hours into the race tuning issues forced the championship scooter off the track allowing the opposing teams to gain a 60 lap advantage. Pulling back this advantage seemed unobtainable at the time.
With so many laps down when we resumed the race, we were forced into a position of choosing to get back out and just circulate or go out and try and achieve what seemed mission impossible and ride for glory.
After calculating an ever slight chance of getting back into contention for the race lead, we chose to ride our "asses" off. At the 21 hour mark the crowd let out a cheer as "The Scootershop" team riders pulled back into first place and continued to progress a further 9 laps ahead at the finish.