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What happened to the Birdman rally?

By Roadrage77 20 June 2008 43

Can someone tell me what happened to Canberra’s greatest annual event – the BIRDMAN RALLY? Remember all those fools jumping off a 10metre platform at Regatta point? Did someone die in the name of public entertainment or is it merely another casualty of public liability insurance? I can’t help but feel all of the fun is being taken out of life and people are taking themselves way too seriously these days.

I’m not sure when the last one was held but it would have to have been at least 10-15 years ago. I was a kid when I can last remember it happening, but I vaguely remember the even being replayed on late night TVin the 80’s. From memory you got 5K or so if you could travel 50 metres. Maybe I’m imagining it but I think only one guy managed to do this.

 Birdman- are you out there?

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Skidd Marx 11:51 am 03 Oct 13

JazzyJess said :

I seem to recall in the mid nineties a spectator was knocked into the water and almost drowned. Does anyone else remember that?

There’s coverage of that in the NFSA links. She gets a big hug from the winner, George. I think that may have been a big reason for the public liability insurance ultimately wiping out the event in the early 90’s (the crash, not the hug).

JazzyJess 9:33 am 03 Oct 13

I seem to recall in the mid nineties a spectator was knocked into the water and almost drowned. Does anyone else remember that?

Thumper 9:09 am 03 Oct 13

Used to rock along to the rally, get completely wasted and have a great time…..

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