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Yamaha donates record breaking Quad Squad ATV to Powerhouse Museum

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article image The YFM700FAP Grizzly, one of the three record breaking quadbikes from the Quad Squad.
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Yamaha Motor Australia donates one of the three record breaking Quad Squad ATVs to Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum.

The YFM700FAP Grizzly quadbike, ridden by Jamie Kenyon, joins Powerhouse Museum’s collection of vehicles used by Australian adventurers including renowned entrepreneur and balloonist, Dick Smith and cyclist, Donald Mackay.

“It is interesting that more Australians per capita have broken more long distance records by bike, car, plane and boat in some of the world’s most harsh and remote environments,” said Powerhouse Museum Director, Dr Dawn Casey.

“I am not sure if it our climate, outdoor lifestyle, or the fact that we live in such a vast and rugged country that has inspired Australians to go places where no-one else has been and to achieve something amazing.”

In 2010 the Quad Squad, which featured Valerio De Simoni, Jamie Kenyon and Ted Davant, were determined to achieve a new world record for the longest ATV journey by riding through 38 countries. The Quad Squad’s journey, from Istanbul to Sydney via Africa, travelled 58,000km in 14 months and smashed the previous record by over 30,000km.

Unfortunately the youngest member of the Quad Squad, Valerio De Simoni, was tragically involved in a fatal accident in Malwai, halfway through the expedition in March 2011. However, fellow riders Jamie Kenyon and Ted Davant continued the journey in honour of Simoni and eventually broke the Guinness World Record for ‘Longest Journey on a Quadbike (ATV)’ when they officially rode into Sydney on 22 October, 2011.

“The Grizzly 4WD Auto model is designed for farm and recreational use and not intended to travel long distances,” said Yamaha Motor Australia Director and General Manager, Steven Cotterell.

“But they are designed to be tough and cope extremely well with harsh environments. We also know that farmers have racked up long hours on them. But the 58,000km is an achievement that is hard to beat.”

Unlike many vehicles that are adapted to undertake extreme journeys, the Yamaha ATV was not modified in any way for the record breaking expedition.

“We have great respect for the incredible achievements of the Quad Squad and thank the Powerhouse for adding one of the record breaking ATVs to its permanent collection,” said Cotterall.

The Quad Squad Grizzly will be displayed at the Powerhouse Discovery Centre, the Museum’s publicy accessible collection stores in Castle Hill, NSW. The ATV will join the Powerhouse Museum’s historic collection of material from other notable Australian expeditions over the past century.

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