"The Top End of Australia, particularly around Darwin, is renowned for
eccentric activities and people.
There’s the Rocksitters Club, a Saturday evening tradition of nearly 5 decades’
standing to which people go for a beer to watch the weather turn spectacular.
The Darwin ice hockey club, which claims to be world champions because no other
team has ever taken up a challenge to play them. And there was the bull from
Humpty Doo, which still holds the undisputed record for downing a two-litre
Darwin stubby, the largest bottle of beer in the world.
But the people of Darwin, a city with one of the highest per-capita
aggregations of four-wheel-drive vehicles, really enjoy anything to do with
cars. The annual V8 races at Hidden Valley attracts thousands. In 1994, the
Cannonball Run between Darwin and Alice Springs brought racers from all over
the world with fast, expensive cars and, every three years since 1987,
Territorians have lined the Stuart Highway to watch the World Solar Challenge,
the world’s longest solar car race, from Darwin to Adelaide.
In 1983, Darwin people got really excited when a group of mates decided to
drive their Toyota Landcruiser across the harbour, under water. Fitted with a
60-metre-long snorkel, the ‘cruiser made it halfway before its starter motor
flooded and couldn’t get going after stalling."
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*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics