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This is something which started some years back on the gold coast as a bit of fun
NOW its a serious event with famous bike rides who participate like Troy Bayliss, Anthony west, Chris Vermeulen ,But to name a few and a great night out watching them scream around the track

Le Mins 24 Hour scooter endurance race words - Feann Torr Forget the Dakar Rally, move over Le Mans 24 Hours - the ultimate test of man and machine is coming to Queensland...

What happens when you take the prestige and passion of the world famous Le Mans 24 Hour race, distil it into a concentrated, dare we say more potent form? You'd get Le Minz 24 Hour, an Australian race scheduled for December 17 and 18, running from midday Saturday to midday Sunday.
Held in Queensland at the Gold Coast Parklands' go-kart track, the event is open to 50cc scooters only, and will go for a full 24 hours. It is one of the satellite events of the Australian Scooter Festival, which takes place a couple of months later in February 2012.
The official title of the event is the Insure My Ride Le Minz 24 Hour Scooterthon, which will see 50cc scooters "...put to the ultimate test of reliability and fuel efficiency," say the organisers.
This novel endurance race has been running for five years (though it took a break last year) and organisers say the more than 100,000 kilometres have been covered by competitors in that time. Can another 20,000km be added in 2011?
The event manager of the Le Minz 24 Hour Scooterthon, Mark Petersen, says the endurance race is unlike any other on the planet: "The Le Minz 24 Hour Scooterthon has gained a reputation as the toughest event of its kind in the world. Nowhere else do scooter brands get together and participate in such a unique challenge.
"Scooters continue to gain traction as a cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly mode of transport, but just how hard can they be pushed?" quizzed Petersen.
Competitors take the Le Minz 24 Hour race very seriously, and at the time of writing some 15 teams had already signed on. Some of these teams will deploy impressive logistical solutions, including semi-trailer garages in the pits, personal chefs to keep the riding team energised, and masseuses to ensure riders are supple and relaxed in their pursuit of victory.
In the past the event has drawn plenty of interest from within the motorcycle industry, and even Australian Superbike riders and V8 Supercar drivers have participated. While the scooter and motorcycle industry makes up the majority of entries, past participants have included V8 Supercar drivers and Australian Superbike riders as well as TV and radio personalities, amongst others.
"We'll have teams and even individuals testing the limits and seeing which brands and scooters go the furthest on the least amount of fuel or even just make it to the end," added Petersen.
"One of the individual entries for this year already has a Guinness World Record next to his name."
Petersen said the event is all about fun, and was created to promote scooter reliability and efficiency.
"In the 5 years we've been running the event close to 100,000km has been covered by the entrants and less than 5% have failed to finish, mainly due to rider error and not reliability."
Both two-stroke and four-stroke vehicles are permitted and there are two classes, A and B, essentially modified and unmodified. Transponders are fitted to all scooters to measure how many laps each scooter completes, and if the conditions are ripe, new records may be set.
Check out Motorcycleshow.com.au or see the Le Minz Scooterthon Facebook page for more details.
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Published : Wednesday, 27 July 2011
 
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