Targa Tasmania competitors run with roof-mounted bikes to highlight make's history
4 May 2010

Skoda has found a wacky way of getting publicity on the Targa Tasmania rally in Australia - by competing with two bicycles attached to a roofrack.

Team Skoda Carsales ran with the bikes attached to its Octavia RS throughout the event, highlighting Skoda's beginnings as a bike manufacturer in 1894.

See the Skoda Octavia RS picture - complete with bikes

Driver Mike Sinclair said: "The bikes only weigh 8kg so you can't really feel that they're there. You can hear them though - they whistle so much It sounds like you've got an extra turbo."

Australian motor racing legend and eight-time Targa Tasmania winner, Jim Richards, who is competing in a Porsche GT3 RS, said he has never seen anything like this in his four decades of motorsport.

"I can honestly tell you I have never seen a car in competition with a pair of bicycles attached to the roof," Richards said. "I think it looks great, but they better watch out for low hanging branches."

Joshua Dowling

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4 May 2010

Good on them. Shows that they've got a sense of humour.

4 May 2010

Its not 1st April...

A good publicity stunt.

I wonder who got the bikes afterwards?

4 May 2010

skoda make trains, tanks, buses, ships.....



4 May 2010

But they started with Bicycles

4 May 2010

Great stunt and original.

4 May 2010

Isn't it funny that dealerships stick bikes on top of their cars to make them look adventurous?

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