A MIRFIELD marketing agency is designing a weird and wonderful flying machine.
Staff at The Mix have been asked by Harrogate-based financial software company CODA GB Ltd to design a plane for them to enter the famous Red Bull Flugtag where teams build man-powered planes and fly them off a ramp into a lake.
The winner of the madcap event – which attracts huge crowds of spectators – is the team whose plane is the most inventive and flies the furthest.
Alexis Bradbury, managing director of The Mix, said: “Our design is one of just 40 to be selected to perform at the UK event which will be held on Saturday, June 7, at the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London.”
The CODA team, called Extreme Accountants, will be at the controls of The Flying Risk Calculator. Work to build the contraption is being filmed for Red Bull by a TV crew.
The team will line up against other competitors, including the strangely-named Mary Poppins Fan Club, The Bearded Brides and the Cheesey Loafs and The Blonde Bimbos to compete in front of an expected audience of 80,000.
Alexis said The Mix had been donated workshop space by Holbeck-based Crusader Doors, whose owner lives at Birstall. Parts are being supplied by Vencel Resil Ltd, of Howden, whose marketing manager lives at Mirfield, and Roberttown company PM Display.
F&G Commercials, of Leeds Road, Huddersfield has agreed to lend an LDV Maxus van to transport the plane down to Hyde Park.
The German word Flugtag translates as “flying day”. The first-ever Red Bull Flugtag took place in 1992 in Austria. Since then, it has taken off in more than 20 cities including Rome, Vancouver, Dubai, Sao Paulo and Athens, as well as many cities across the USA.
The first ever UK Red Bull Flugtag was held in 2003 at Hyde Park.