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Hong Kong track has world's longest TV

Ronald Arculli, HKJC Chairman, holds aloft the Guinness World Records certificate presented to him by Mr David Hawksett (left), representative of Guinness, Mr Lawrence Wong, HKJC Chief Executive (2nd right) and Dr Tamotsu Nomakuchi, President & CEO, Member of the Board of Mitsubishi Electric, constructors of the screen applaud the special moment.

Dateline: 09/10/03

A season of celebration began perfectly as The Hong Kong Jockey Club was granted a slot in the Guinness World Records for the fantastic new Diamond Vision screen at Sha Tin Racecourse, the world's longest television display.

Chairman of the Club Ronald Arculli and Chief Executive Lawrence Wong received an official certificate from Guinness World Records representative David Hawksett. Tamotsu Nomakuchi, President & CEO of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, constructors of the huge screen, was also present.

The Diamond Vision display measures 70.4 meters (231 feet) long by 8 meters (26 feet) high and its installation was complete on August 15. The screen equates to 4,500 21" TVs piled up, and it is as wide as Boeing 747 jet is long. It weighs 266 tons, including the housing. It has very high resolution, produces clearer images, with a pixel pitch of 20 mm (about 3/4 inch), capable of up to 1 billion distinct colors, and the screen can be divided into six sections. Each pixel consists of four LED lamps, two red, and one each of green and blue.

Over 40 different format combinations are used, and up to six simultaneous real-time displays incorporating TV coverage, graphics and text. Constantly on display will be the win, place, and quinella odds, while paddock, live racing, video patrol will be shown during the running of the races. Other information to be displayed include list of starters, weight, track condition, race distance, margins of finish, race time, results, and payoffs.

Lawrence Wong said, "On behalf of my colleagues at The Hong Kong Jockey Club, it is a fine honor to receive such an award, but this new screen is for our customers. It is there to enrich the racing experience for our patrons. It is our mission to provide them with world class betting and racing entertainment and this is another step down that road."

The new Diamond Vision screen at Sha Tin, the longest TV display in the world and longer than a Boeing 747 jet.

Photos courtesy of Hong Kong Jockey Club

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