I had the oppotunity to finally get to this event with good mate and fellow club member Jeff Wilson following a few cancelled attempts due to bad weather. One year saw us travel nearly 1100klm only to find out the event had been cancelled last minute, ahh well. A quick overnight at Peterborough and a few beers with some of the competitors and the long drive home the next day.
The weather gods were finally playing ball this year so the trip was definately on, albeit in 45 degrees plus temperatures! If you have ever dreamed of going to a salt lake style event here in Oz or the mecca, Bonneville, don’t put it off ’cause it’s a ripper of an adventure.
Sure the drive from Melbourne to Lake Gairdner is a long one, but in my opinion this ads to the adventure of the event, making you appreciate the isolation and just how unique this place is.
The scene when you get there is so alien to most things we are familiar with, from the vast white spanse of salt to the weird and wonderful machines hoping to set new speed records across the salt on either of the two courses. The range of vehicles, although all heavily scruitinised ranged from the big dollar outfits to the most humble privateer, all with the same goal in mind.
If this event is on your wish list, don’t keep putting it off, sure it’s a long way but you won’t regret it.