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Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:42 pm
by hawkwind racing
so ,when is it going to happen ???, what sort of $$ are we talking about for the insurance ?? need some advance notice :) not pushing ,really
cheers gary

that's cheap!

Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 12:40 am
by David Leikvold
Gary, at our last get together at Don's we were told that the council needed a $1,000 deposit to ensure we didn't damage the relatively fragile surface of the airstrip (it's not drag strip quality, apparently it's a softish tar sprayed over fine blue metal or similar) so no burnouts or we lose the grand. Presumably we'd also lose the grand if a car rolled and chewed into the surface.
After poor old Bob Ellis drove himself mad for weeks hunting for insurance, the best quote for only the ONE day was $6,000. I kid you not. The council will NOT let us run without insurance and we can only have one day, twice a year. That means if we only got 20 entrants to pay up each one would have to part with $350 to race carefully over only one kilometre for one day. I can't really remember what our start and finish times were but for the purpose of argument let's say 8 hours. With only 20 starters and no delays (aircraft movements and such) we'd each be getting maybe a run an hour with each run costing about $40. If we had double the entries we'd get half the runs so the cost per run wouldn't change. Half a dozen runs isn't much of a deal for our interstate friends. While we certainly haven't given up on the idea we really need to find a much better deal on the insurance before we can start sending out invitations.

Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 9:11 am
by Greg Watters
Costs are similar to the Streetfighters forum gathering at Casino airfield
There were around 50 bikes running and had lots of runs, i was being fairly casual about it and still had 6 in the day, lots of time spent tuning and adjusting between runs.

$350 isn't that bad, a days dragracing can cost that much..

How soft can the surface be ?? most roads are just tar on bluemetal ??


Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 10:41 am
by David Leikvold
Greg, now that you ask, I don't know. Apparently the council people made a point of saying no burnouts because they were concerned about the surface being ripped up. Don't quote me, but I think someone who'd been to look at the airstrip (probably Don Noble or Bob Ellis) said it was a fairly thin covering but I can't be sure. Maybe the council knows something we don't or maybe the surface is as strong as an ordinary road and their concerns are unwarranted.
As for the cost, I haven't raced for many years and so I've lost touch with current prices. If that's about the going rate then so be it. Still seems like a lot of money for just one day. I guess I'll just have to stop thinking it's too much! One of the reasons I decided to go salt racing was that it I thought it couldn't be terribly expensive to only race once a year. The other was I wanted to go much much faster than I'd ever done before!

Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:14 pm
by Lynchy

The surface at Warwick isn't bad but wouldn't hold up to a sustained static burnout. Either would a public road for that matter! The council didn't want burnouts as it would mark the piano keys (white painted sections at either end of the runway) + the potential to hurt the surface. They were also not keen on high speed turns as this too would rip up/ have the potential to rip up the surface.


Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 9:17 pm
by momec
I also think we are in a holding pattern because its too close to the Lake G event to plan an airport thing. Once Lake G is resolved or done we will re look at Warwick.
Warwick requires a minimum of 2 months notice to council.
Burt never gave up.
We'll race some bloody where :lol: