Sunday, March 09, 2008

My 2nd Moomba

The Birdman Rally is part of the annual Moomba festivities. It involves contestants (this year 13) dressing up in fabulous costumes and jumping into the Yarra River. The costumes are geared to provide maximum flight or entertainment. The person who makes it the farthest wins a prize, this year a trip to Thailand. There are also prizes for the most entertaining. I should have been one of those recipients me thinks...

Anyway, 4 judges determine the winner, rating each contestant out of 10. They are helped score by the crowd holding up "Bingle" (bad) or "Bewdy" (good) signs. The judges this year included Melbourne's Lord Major John So, a rep from Parks Victoria, a rep from the major sponsor Bingle.com.au, and the Birdman Rally founder.

The event was compared by Colin Lane aboard a floating tram with the judges...



Contestant #1 - UFO...


Contestant #2 - Sopwith Carmel...


Contestant #3 - English Participant...


Contestant #4 - Pirate...


Contestant #5 - Glider 1...


Contestant #6 - Women on wing...


Contestant #7 - Wang Alien...


Contestant #8 - Glider 2...


Contestant #9 - Bumble bee...


Contestant #10 - "Gay Icon" Simon Spinks as Pink Unicorn...


Contestant #11 - Red Baron..


Contestant #12 - Glider 3...


Last Minute Entrant - Superman...


Contestant #13 - Winner from last two years...


And the winner? Well, contestant #13 jumped the greatest distance of 17m, just missing out on beating the greatest jump ever (in the 30+ years this event has run) of 18m. But I think the real winners are the collective people of Melbourne for some great entertainment....Bewdy!

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