|Jan. 21, 2003
"The Year of the Hovercraft" begins:
HoverWorld Expo 2004 PaceCraft ships to Australia
When Chris Fitzgerald was the youngest competitor in the 14
March 1964 World's First Hovercraft Race on Lake Burley Griffin,
little did he know that 40 years later he would be launching
the "Year of the Hovercraft."
As Chairman of the World Hovercraft Organization and President
of Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc., Fitzgerald officially set in motion
today one of the most important events in hovercraft history:
HoverWorld Expo 2004, coming to Canberra 31 Dec. 2004 – 3
Jan. 2005. HoverWorld Expo is a weeklong commemoration of the
World's First Hovercraft Race, and Fitzgerald is serving as Chairman
of the event.
"The Year of the Hovercraft" was officially proclaimed
at 1:00 pm. today, Wednesday, 21 January 2004, when the media,
Neoteric employees and representatives of Schenker, Inc., the
official HoverWorld Expo freight broker, gathered at the Neoteric
factory in Terre Haute, Indiana USA to watch the HoverWorld Expo
2004 PaceCraft embark upon its 2-month journey via shipping container
The PaceCraft, a deluxe Neoteric hovercraft, will be exhibited
at museums and other venues throughout Australia until it starts
the World Championship Hovercraft Endurance Race in Canberra
HoverWorld Expo 2004:
HoverWorld Expo 2004 will take place Dec. 28, 2004 – Jan.
3, 2005 in Canberra, Australia. HoverWorld Expo is a function
of the World Hovercraft Organization, founded by Chris Fitzgerald
in 2003. For more information, see www.WorldHovercraft.org.
Fitzgerald, born and educated in Australia, is Chairman of HoverWorld
Expo. The event is designed to commemorate the World's First
Hovercraft Race, held on Lake Burley Griffin in 1964. Fitzgerald
was the youngest competitor in the 1964 event.
Fitzgerald is also the founder of DiscoverHover, the World Hovercraft
Organization's international school hovercraft program. With
the world's foremost hovercraft experts serving as an advisory
board, DiscoverHover provides free hovercraft plans, instructions
and educational materials to schools and youth groups throughout
the world so that students can build a hovercraft and compete
in local, regional, national and international hovercraft races.
DiscoverHover will pay the shipping costs for qualifying student
hovercraft, giving them the opportunity to compete in the World
Championship Endurance Race at HoverWorld Expo 2004 in Canberra.
Complete information about DiscoverHover may be found at www.DiscoverHover.org.
Hovercraft Training Centers International:
To further add to "The Year of the Hovercraft," Fitzgerald
is also establishing Hovercraft Training Centers International.
The first Hovercraft Training Center -- and global headquarters
-- will be located on the banks of the Wabash River in Terre
Haute, Indiana USA and is expected to be operational before year's
end. Hovercraft Training Centers throughout the world will offer
hovercraft rides and rentals to the public, provide training
and pilot certification to both the recreational and rescue hovercraft
market, and perform hovercraft sales and service. The web site
for Hovercraft Training Centers Intl. will soon be completed
Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc.:
Fitzgerald moved from Australia to the USA in 1975, where he
established Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. in Terre Haute, Indiana.
His company essentially created the light hovercraft industry
and is now the most experienced light hovercraft manufacturer
in the world. Neoteric hovercraft are the only hovercraft in
the world with effective brakes and are recognized as the industry
standard for recreational, rescue and commercial hovercraft.
Neoteric customers include the U.S. Border Patrol, Department
of Homeland Security; National Parks Service; Army Corps of Engineers;
Disney World: Huaihe River Commission, China; National Institute
of Environmental Research, Korea; Esso Petroleum, Colombia, South
America; and fire, sheriff and search and rescue departments
Fitzgerald recently returned from Kuwait, where he trained pilots
to operate the Neoteric hovercraft that are being utilized in
a United Nations-commissioned survey of the shoreline to determine
the pollution resulting from the 1990-1991 Gulf War oil fires.
For information about Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. visit www.neoterichovercraft.com
Contact: Sharolyn Herring
Director, Marketing & Public Relations
World Hovercraft Organization