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Discussion in 'Racing' started by Truckedup, Feb 16, 2015.
What’ll she do mate?
133 MPH. All she’s got at 4300 ft elevation and on salt. Lots of wheel spin.
I ask this with all due respect (1) because land speed racing fascinates me (2) I love Australians (3) your whudyacallit photo is one of my favorite racers and (4) I don't know anything about Gairdner. The question is simple...if it's the finest salt racing venue on earth, why are all the big speed records set elsewhere? Thanks!
PS: This is a great thread. Hope it lingers and grows.
Here's a website worth checking out if you're an LSR person.
Louise reports on a lot of other things besides LSR but with a bit of sifting you're sure to learn something about land speed racing that you didn't already know.
One more and I'll quit...Landspeed Louise's interview with one of the three or four coolest guys ever to pull on a helmet.
Location, location, location................
Go to Bonneville and you just turn off the road at Wendover and you are there. Literally. A mere 20 minutes away are the big hotels and casinos. It is convenient, easy, and co-exists with the biggest concentration of cashed-up landspeed racers, e.g. the USA. So naturally it is the default venue.
Some dirt-based lakes also get used, I sometimes wonder why, but they seem to have their justifications and reasons to use those specific venues for specific vehicles.
Lake Gairdner, you leave Port Augusta, literally the gateway to the Outback, with as much fuel and water as you can carry and drive for around 75 k's to the turnoff at a ghost town, then a further 125 k's along variable dirt tracks that service the cattle/sheep stations (ranches) out there, then you turn into one of the sheep stations and drive through thick dust and corrugations for a further 20k's or so to get to the venue, where there is nothing available. 220 k's from the nearest shop of any kind. No fuel, no free water, no aircon or shade, and it can hit 50 celcius, daily 45 celcius is the norm. The heat is stonking.
These days there is a canteen by the lake entry point which operates for the duration of the event to so you can actually buy food, water, and beer, but otherwise there is absolutely nothing out there - zilch, zero, nada. In other words, it isn't easy to get there in the first place and it isn't easy to be there either.
Now that the local venue in the USA is a bit rooted for the proper high-speed work, they are coming out here to use the local Aussie facility. The racers themselves are happy to testify what a superior racing surface we have. It is just a mater of geography and luck really, but we are very lucky to have it. Cost keeps a fair few away, the cost of travel and the cost of time, but those who can afford it are coming.
Interesting stuff GodSilla...thanks for that. Sounds like the perfect venue for adventure riders. Happy to hear there's now a beer store at the entrance to the venue. Cheers!
Lake Gairdner reference reminded me about Adrian's (@adrenal ) effort with his naked airhead. Current DLRA record holder, I believe, at 145.225mph (234km/h)
Nice photo there.
Here's local legend Brett De Stoop from 2013. This bike crashed when it last ran, changing into top gear at 250MPH the rider got sucked off the machine.
It runs around the 1000 cc mark.
Chipping in from the UK here - no salt lakes to play on but we do have sand at Pendine - not as long as some of the salt lake courses and the actual length is decided on the day as the tide goes out ! Fastest bike there is 201.5mph
There's also a 2 mile runway at Elvington in Yorkshire where distances of up to a flying mile is run - I've been racing there and have a best speed of 205.1 in the mile and 192.5 in 1/2 mile
Looking forward to following the discussions here
Something wicked cool is being built in So. Cal
TOA at the very least.
Harley's on the salt. Top pic is Tom Elrod 200 mph on gas.
One of our members runs a Factory Supercharged Vincent. He runs it in a non standard frame but has the complete bike.
Here is another Vincent. This one has visited Bonneville and came home with multiple world records.
As on the tank, an Indian 1926 Altoona Special. Board track racer. Was very nice condition and sounded great.