2019 SpeedWeek Lake Gairdner Monday 4/03/19 to Friday 8/03/19

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  1. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    GodSilla I did that.

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    .....:shog
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    GodSilla I did that.

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    Here's inmate Boxa's race bike.

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    GodSilla I did that.

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    Yum.

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    Here's one that was prepared earlier.......

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    Speedweek indeed.

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  6. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    That's quite a nice vid there, and I particularly like the footage at around 2:30 when a bellytanker motor lets go in all it's smoky glory, that's really good footage.
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    Ive got a Scott Britnell ride booked, but if (for various reasons) it doesnt happen, I'll be at Speedweek for the week. Will bring a bike and go do Googs track whilst I'm there.
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    can this be a "Pick God's Brain" thread as well? Like, obviously the road in and the surrounds are outback, I'm planning a Perth trip next year and this'd be a cool little (!) diversion, is the saltbush campsite easy to find and accessible to a 24ft Winnebago Alpine? I know, I know, wanker, and obviously plenty of race teams have bigger trucks just I don't know what to expect or even how to bloody well get there. Giggle Maps says turn off at Kimba, about 160 kays, fuel and shit available?

    I'm gunna ask a lot more questions mate, piss poor planning and all that.
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    GodSilla I did that.

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    If you are going from Victoristan you'd turn off at Iron Knob. Read a map, seriously. It will give you a notion of where it is.

    Winnebagos go each year. The road in, while unsealed, has been in (relatively) pretty good nick until the first Mt. Ive grid, then they seem to turn back with the graders for some reason. Anyway, it's a bit dustier and some corrugations on the Mt Ive sections, but the key is to take it real easy. As you note, race teams take hand-built race cars and transporters in there and back, so it's not like you'll be the first to try.

    Because of the location being remote and zero services the DLRA.ORG.AU website has a good intro on travelling out to the meeting, they cover stuff like bringing good sunnies (polarised preferably) tropical-strength insect repellent (tough flies out this way sometimes) and industrial-strength sunscreen, plus how to dress, water, etc. Have a read of the website then come back with any questions eh. There is beer (costly-ish), ice, snacks (pies/pasties/hamburgers/chips/etc) and most reasonably-priced dinners available for the duration too at the lakeside canteen.

    Fuel at Mt. Ive if you need a topup. I take jerries myself.
    Saltbush camp is easy access, that's where the Winnebagos go eh.

    If it rains, you are stuck until the roads dry out, so take some long life supplies too.
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    Thanks mate. Busted out the paper maps last night, bloody google maps are shite. I’m guessing there’ll be signage.

    I carry 100 litres of diesel, plus 40 in jerries. Bloody truck chews 20 odd per 100 tho. Might strap some extras down. We’ll have a bike on the back but I’d rather take the truck out on the salt each day for fridge, shade and ablutions duty. I remember talking to Joomba about road conditions a few years ago, he’s always running late and said it pissed down and he couldn’t get in, it was cancelled.

    Is there a better day for spectating? I’ve been to plenty of Motorsport events where although the finals are run on day 3, the best day is day one when everyone is up and running.
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    GodSilla I did that.

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    Mondays everyone just wants to get a run or two under their belts, just get everything sorted. Tuesday and Wednesday see a lot of runs, and depending on the size of the entry list for any given year and the number of blown motors/gearboxes/etc it can get a bit thin by Thursday arvo, but usually not so. Friday around 11:30 is the last run, usually.
    There's 2 courses. A short (2 mile/3.2 kilometer) GPS course and the long (9 mile/15 kilometer) course used for records and proper high-speed stuff. Binoculars are a good thing to have.

    The one thing that the club has no control over is the weather. I've been there Saturday arvo and it was perfect, all laid out and ready to rock'n'roll, drivers rubbing their hands with glee. Stop off for some refreshments with Animal on Saturday evening and while there it just blew in and pissed down, we drove off the racing surface in the dark through between 2 to 6" of water. We got going again on Tuesday arvo after lunch, and raced for the rest of the week. It was still a bit soft but, and nowhere near as fast a surface.

    The year your mate went we got to the Iron Knob turnoff and found the road closed sign and the meeting cancelled sign. So it was Plan B to the Flinders Ranges to eat and drink all the stuff we'd got for Lake G. If you drive over road closed stuff it used to be $1200 per wheel. Now you just get the whole repair bill eh, which could run into tens of thousands of bucks very quickly, and more, so don't even think about it. That year the folks at the lake just got pissed for a few days until the cops came and said they would escort them out to Kimba.

    I've photographed the horizon and it has been basically for the whole 360 degrees very dark and most of it just black, 4 inches fell in around 30 mins at Mt Ive (the station that hosts the Lake access) and 6 inches back towards Kimba, but not a drop on us under a blob of blue sky.

    I've also never been so hot in my life as a Sunday out there where one thermometer burst and the other just sat somewhere over 50. There's nowhere to hide either if you're camping so no relief apart from a little shade. The heat didn't subside until Thursday morning around 06:30 when it finally dropped below 36 degrees. Being out on the salt pan during the day was a relief (you can lie on the salt and it's cool, eh) but it was still bouncing over 45 in mini heatwaves in the arvo. Lots of water. Wet cloth around the neck. Shade. Overnights in the 30's. I take a fan these days.

    There's a sign at the turnoff, it's just off the road.

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    We went this year, absolutely awesome event for a petrol head, getting so close to some amazing machinery.

    Wont get there next year as we are going to Mexico and Cuba in Feb, so probably should work in March .......
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    Thanks for all this @GodSilla , appreciate it. Heaps of info like you say on the DLRA website but nuffin better than a bloke who’s been there and done it.

    I was wondering about the “dust off” before entering the salt until I saw the photos of using a blower, but the “de-salt” has me wondering, same process but crawl under? Take an extendable broom? Plus it looks like I’m gunna have to buy some bloody big tarps to park on, should start a tarp thread....

    I saw the reg change about hazardous fuel signage and MSDS, I carry gen and scoot fuel and metho for heating and cooking, plus lpg and diesel, doesn’t extend to spectators? No biggie, used to writing out MSDS’s, can’t escape the nanny state mate aye.
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    Brooms are provided to get the worst of the salt build-up off the vehicles before leaving the salt surface. Takes around 90 seconds, tops.

    Tarps are mandatory eh. We take roofing screws with mudguard washers and drill them into the salt, forget about banging nails in as they just bend. I also take a 12v drill with a few bits (spares) to pre-drill the screws. Seriously.

    Dunno about the MSDS for spectators, I think it applies to competitors mainly but don't quote me. Some use NO2 or nitromethane (liquid explosive) fuels and also methanol must be properly identified. If you don't park directly in the pits around competition machinery I don't suppose it is an issue, and there's sometimes well over a kilometer of spectator vehicles that just drive out and park in a long line facing the course before the pit entrance.

    I s'pose I'd better throw a photo in or someone will whine....

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    Roofing screws, good tip.
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    75mm tech screws with a 18 volt cordless drill. Yep the salts hard.



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    Bike.

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    Yep newbies this year, we tried tent pegs into the salt for our shade shelter, finally the Terraplane guys took pity and brought the hammer drill and screws over.

    We won't look like newbies next time!!
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    I like this one.

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    ^^^ given nothing is going to rub, why the heat shielding tape on the headers? Salt?
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