''There will be some people that raise their eyebrows, that is to be expected,'' Turf Club exec Grant Sheather said. ''When people say 'Gold Coast' you think of beach, you think of girls and you think of bikinis, it's a marketing ploy to build racing."
Also, the women, as far as I know, aren't being held against their will and forced to race, so is it really that cruel? No, it's probably not. Tacky, though? Most definitely.
But, hey, at least it's not stripping! (Thanks to NBC's Out of Bounds blog for digging into the YouTube vault for this bikini race from the States. Congrats, Australia, you have this to look forward to!)