Advice for Competitors


The DLRA has its own rulebook, this book contains operating procedures, competition requirements, engine class breaks, technical requirements and classes. It is based on the rule book of the Southern California Timing Association. When you become a member you will receive a compilmentary copy of the current rulebook. Additional copies can be supplied by contacting our Secretary. There is also information on vehicle styles and classes and engine displacements breaks on this web site.

NOTE: If you are currently building a vehicle you would be wise to contact the Chief Inspector for advice on how to proceed.



To compete, each driver must be a member of the Dry Lakers Racers Australia, be an active (financial) member (paid their annual subscriptions) and have completed a Speed Week entry form, paid the appropriate fees and had their vehicle inspected and passed scrutineering prior to competing. Enquiries about becoming a member, or paying your annual subscription are available online or should be directed to the Secretary.

Please read Guidelines for Vehicle Numbering.
There is a complete Online Booking system for entry forms, annual subscriptions and Accommodation.


Drivers, Riders or members of their team MUST nominate for at least one job during Speed Week. Details must be provided on the entry form for it to be accepted by the Event Committee. No details and your entry will be returned to you. For more information about the jobs required or to nominate for a job go to the Jobs Register .
We also welcome anyone else who wishes to volunteer and help with the event, you do not even have to be a member.



All entrants (drivers and crew) must wear appropriate participant armbands in order to be permitted on any part of the racecourse, staging area or return roads. The arm bands are obtained from the registration caravan. All drivers must have a special driver's armband and must be a active (financial) DLRA member, registered as an entrant and have submited a current medical information form to receive the band.



There are technical representatives in each State who are capable of conducting mechanical or safety inspections or to advise on vehicle construction. Please contact the Chief Inspector who will make the necessary arrangements or check the contacts page for a full list.
We have been receiving a number of enquiry's from interested parties who want to use an existing race car and are requesting information as to what class their vehicle would be suitable for. Please refer these enquiry's providing details and if possible photos direct to the Chief Inspector In the end it is the owners responsibility to nominate which class and engine break they wish to compete in.

Any additional instructions and map of the course will be supplied prior to the Drivers Meeting at the Lake.

The DLRA is now recomending for all cars that are capable of 175mph and higher to supply a weight chart when presenting for vehicle inspection, this is the weight over each wheel. This will be used to help entrants to present a well balanced and safer at speed vehicle. Optionally entrants can choose to determine their vehicles Centre of Gravity and Centre of Pressure. Please take the time to read this document which explains it all.- Race Car Engineering



All competitors both car and motorcycle require a push / support / recovery vehicle and a team of at least one person to act as support for that competitor. Support vehicles and teams can be shared between competitors.

It must be presented for inspection and compliance at the same time as the competition vehicle at technical inspection.



If in the past you have applied for an exemption or deviation like the one below, you MUST Re apply for the 2017 Speed week, last years letter will NOT be accepted.
Send application to
Chief Car Tech, at ,a copy of an approval will be sent to you. You must print it and present it with your log book at inspection.
Bob Ellis
DLRA Chief Car Inspector.




There are two tracks prepared for Speed Week.

  • Track 1 - This track is 9 miles in total length. Usually 2 mile of run-up [1-2]. Then 3 timed miles [3-5] and 4 miles of slow-down [5-9]. There are timing beams at the 2 mile, 2¼ mile, 3 mile, 4 mile and 5 mile.
    There are 2 options on Track 1.
    • Option 1 - Short Course - Vehicles capable of speeds up to 175MPH are restricted to what is called the short course and can run at full power to the 2¼ mile. They must then turn out off the course after 3 mile or 4 mile if required. An entrant can nominate to continue on full power to 3, 4 or 5 mile if their vehicle requires the additional space, but must inform the starter of their intentions, who will relay this information to the timer before they leave the startline.
    • Option 2 - Long Course - Vehicles capable of speeds over 175MPH can run what is called the long course and have the option to run under full power all the way from the 2 mile to the 5th mile. Entrants must inform the starter of their intentions, who will relay this information to the timer before they leave the startline. After the 5th mile vehicles have turn outs at the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th miles
  • Track 2 - This track is 3 miles in total length. 1¾ mile of run up, ¼ mile timed and 1 mile of slow down. There are timing beams at the 1¾ mile and 2 mile. Cars are restricted to 150MPH and motorcycles are restricted to a maximum speed of 175MPH on track 2.
All turn-outs are clearly marked and the course is not considered clear until the vehicle passes the all clear flag on the turn-out road.
It is an entrants obligation to attempt to clear the track as soon as practical, so as to allow the next vehicle to run. It should be noted that either course can change at anytime depending upon course and/or equipment conditions. Entrants will be notified at a briefing prior to comencement of the next session.
Check out the Track Layout map and become familiar with it.



Print-outs from the timing system for track1 and track 2 will be available approx. 1 hour after the close of a morning or afternoon session from the registration caravan.



A DLRA record is set when an entrant;

  • sets a speed for the week, for a particular class of vehicle on an open record
  • sets the fastest speed over the week against an existing record speed for a particular class of vehicle
Vehicles may be required to Technical Inspection after setting or exceeding a record run for examination and testing.
All runs are collated and records are determined in the weeks after the close of Speed Week.



For first time entrants at Speed Week there is a lot to take in and remember. The Rookie Orientation Booklet contains excellent information on subjects like; Safety Equipment, Rookie Orientation Meetings, Long and Short Course Descriptions, Crew preparation, Things That Can Go Wrong and Record Runs. 
Its definately recommended reading for all new entrants and a great refresher for all competitors and officials.



The Operational Plan describes the requirements to conduct the annual Speedweek held at Lake Gairdner in South Australia by the Dry Lake Racers Australia.
All motoring events have an element of public risk and potential for environmental impact. The Operational Plan has been compiled with due consideration to reduce these risks and to prescribe the tasks required to conduct a safe and enjoyable event for participants and spectators.



There are a number of Club Rules and guidelines which competitors and their crews must follow whilst on the salt. Most of these relate to environmental issues. Breaking or ignoring these rules will may see you paying for any restoration work required, depending upon the willfulness and severity you may be removed from the event. As an organisation, we are only allowed access to this unique location whilst we demonstrate care and respect for it.



The committee has resolved to take this action in awareness that should a serious accident or other incident occur during the event, involving persons affected by drugs or alcohol, it would certainly jeopardise the future of the event & most likely this form of motor sport in Australia.

Our committee wish to safeguard all individuals involved in this unique sport whilst ensuring that they are not placing themselves or others at risk of litigation should the unforseen occur. With this in mind we believe that testing of all involved is a responsible precautionary action.

For an individual registering a positive reading they willbe required to return to the pits area and not be permitted to compete/participate until a negative reading is returned or adiquate time has past.



The DLRA has doctors and an ambulance on duty for the full duration of Speed Week. We also have a sizeable number of fire and rescue crew and vehicles. If you require their services contact your nearest DLRA offical and they will call them for you or direct you where to go. There is a medical services located in the pits. In the event of a emergency medical evacuation it is highly recommended that you have medical insurance, even though Flying Doctor Services are free.



Your last chance to stock up on provisions is at Port Augusta. Prices are reasonable so there is really no need to drag it all the way from home when you can load up on the way.

Coming from the West your last chance to stock up will be Wudinna or Kimba depending upon which road you take in.

There is a canteen on the edge of the lake operating for most of the time we are there, you can buy cold drinks, beer, and all your meals there if you wish. They sell cooked breakfast, lunch and dinners, sandwiches etc.. Prices are very reasonable and the dinners very generous. To see the menu go to the catering page.

If you are not buying from the canteen you will need to provide all your own food and drink. Bring more than what you will think you need in case you get stuck out there for whatever reason.

For those that are staying at the DLRA camp there is a free to use large coolroom for you to store perishables. Salt Bush camp, you're on your own.



  • You cannot light a wood fire in parks during the Fire Danger Season (November to March). Some parks have year-round bans on wood fires.
  • All open fires, liquid fuel and gas stoves are banned in all parks on Total Fire Ban days as declared by the Country Fire Service (CFS) and broadcast on the radio. Parks may be closed to visitors on Total Fire Ban days. Contact the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361



  • DEWNR imposes fire restrictions to ensure the safety of visitors using the reserves, and to protect the reserves and neighbouring properties. This includes the Mt. Ive Station camp and the DLRA camp.
  • For information on fire restrictions in National Parks, Wildlife Reserves and Wilderness Protection Areas contact DEWNR.



The water in the tanks at the Salt Bush camp and the DLRA camp is not suitable for drinking.
You are strongly advised to bring your own drinking water

We have a contractor who sells ice by the bag or the block, and considering where you are it is quite reasonably priced. He has a route around the pits and the camps morning and night. He will be there from the Saturday before Speed Week until the Friday we pack up.



The rule is very simple, EVERYTHING YOU BRING IN, YOU TAKE OUT. There are bins for recyclable containers ONLY (cans, PET bottles) at the canteen or you can bag them up at your camp site and someone come around and collect them.

There are NO bins for you to dump rubbish in at the salt. Bring some nice thick garbage bags and take it back to Port Augusta.



Your last stop for fuel is Port Augusta, so take the opportunity to fill up then. There is no service stations on the Eyre Highway between Port Augusta and Iron Knob where you turn off on to the dirt. So you will need enough fuel on board to make the 432km return trip out to the salt and back plus what ever travelling you do while your out there. You can buy petrol and diesel (no LPG) at the Mt. Ive Homestead which you will pass on your way in and out.

Coming from the West your last fuel will be Wudinna (340km return) or Kimba (256km return) depending upon the route you have taken.



Life at the lake is a cash society. Bring plenty. But you will only need it if you want to buy something.

There are no EFTPOS facilities at Lake Gairdner, nor at the canteen or registration. But there is EFTPOS at Mt. Ive homestead but no cash back.

There area number of banks in Port Augusta, Wudinna and Kimba.



Due to the remote location there is no fixed land line, mobile coverage or internet.

If this is something you require your only option is a satellite phone, modem or hot spot.

The DLRA will not be making these forms of communication available to you, this is something you will need to organise and pay for yourself. We do have a satellite phone which is used for emergency communication only. We can recommend devices and networks that you could buy or hire equipment from.

There is one fixed line phone at the DLRA camp, the next closest phone is at Mt. Ive Station.

Mobile phone receiption finishes very shortly after you turn on to the dirt at Iron Knob.



It will be hot, very hot and you will be walking around during the hottest part of the day. Bring appropriate clothing and a wide brimmed hat, sun glasses and plenty sunscreen. The salt is a very reflective surface, think about it and apply sunscreen to all those place that normally don't get burnt. You can bring your own shade structure to the salt, however all structures must be disassembled at the end of each day as there is usually very strong winds throughout the night.



You have 3 options;

  1. Mt. Ive homestead has a number of limited rooms, and most of this is booked from one year to the next. There are some shearers rooms available with dormitory style sleeping, but be quick and book ASAP. There is also a camping area at the homestead, tents and caravans are welcome, but you are in the outback so be prepared. Power, water (drinking), food and fuel, you have to be self sufficient, there is some power and showers. The homestead is some 18 km's from the lake. For bookings, contact Mt. Ive homestead direct. No dogs or pets are allowed.
  2. The DLRA camp is where competitors and their teams and regular visitors have purchased beds in semi-permenant structures. For Spectators there are plenty of un-powered sites, with toilets and showers available . The camp is about 6 km's from the lake. Camping fees can be paid online, at the registration van in the pits or at the lake entry vehicle check point at lake during Speed Week, once paid you will collect your wrist band which must be worn at all times. No dogs or pets are allowed.
  3. The Mt. Ive camp; located behind the canteen and very close to the lake. All persons intending to use the bush camp at Lake Gairdner are required to take Porta Potties for personal use - human waste is not to be left in the bush. No camp fires are permitted to be lit near the bush or trees surrounding the bush camp. To stay here you really need to be self sufficent. Run by Mt. Ive Homestead, no bookings required, pay at the canteen. No dogs or pets are allowed.

NOTE: There is strictly no camping upon the Lake itself. No dogs or pets are allowed.

There is a canteen on the edge of the lake operating for the week of the event only, you can buy cold drinks, beer, ice and all your meals there if you wish. They sell cooked breakfast, lunch and dinners, sandwiches etc.. Prices are very reasonable and the dinners very generous.


Accommodation in PORT AUGUSTA

There are a number of caravan parks and motels in Port Augusta. The DLRA recommends the Big 4 Caravan Park, Cnr Highway One & Stokes Terrace, Port Augusta. In recognition of DLRA members support over the years the Big 4 offers all racers and spectators a special 15% discount for all bookings for this year and no cancellation fee will apply should the need arise. Please do not book on-line as the discount is only available dealing directly with our staff in reception. All you need to say is that you are part of the Lake Gardiner Salt Lakers and they will add the discount to your booking.

Port  Augusta Big4 Holiday Park Ph 08 8642 2974


Select to view full sizeAccomodation in Kimba

For those people coming from the West of Australia the DLRA recommends the Kimba Gateway Hotel, 40 High Street Kimba, Postal: PO Box 42, Kimba SA 5641, Phone: (08) 8627 2888 Fax: (08) 8627 2310, Web:
They are also very happy to offer discounts for groups or singles for accommodation – you just need to mention that they are with the Dry Lakes group.
Kimba is just 120 kilometres, but about 4 hours drive to the lake.


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