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ISSUE 36 - August 2010

Cover
Newsletter Sponsors
Contents
From the Chair
General Meeting
South Oz Report
Bonneville Speed Week 2010
BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials
Volunteer Register 2011
News Letter Sponsors

On the cover: Vincent’s at Bonneville courtesy of Ray the Rat
http://www.chevyasylum.com/lsr/Welcome.html

President Cled Davies
Vice President Norm Bradshaw
Secretary Rod Hadfield / Carol Hadfield
Treasurer Rod Hadfield/ Carol Hadfield
Chief Steward Brian Nicholson & Bob Ellis
Motorcycle Steward Gary Baker & Dave Hinds
Race Director Steve Charlton
Starter Chris Hanlon
Timer Stan Suchodolskiy

DLRA
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Phone: 03 5472 4629 and Fax: 03 5472 4370
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From the Chair - Cled Davies
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Thank you to those who have contributed suggestions for the betterment of Speed Week- all ideas very welcome!

THE BIG NEWS
We have purchased TAG HUER timing equipment to replace our aging current system [well past use by date circa 1975]. The new system will give us world class timing with the option of adding

LED screens for displays in the pits & canteen in the future. The cost of the new system will be amortised over 10 years by a small increase in entry fees & spectator charges.

GENERAL MEETING
The next general meeting will be held on Sunday 10th October commencing at 11 am at our new venue - HIGHWAY 31 [a motor sports hangout] at 743 Sydney Rd Brunswick. Thanks to Norm

Hardinge for sussing this venue out for us- we’re told it seats 100+ with meals available at bar prices. Look forward to catching up with members on that day.

2011 RACE DATES
Our next race dates are 21-25 March 2011- we have moved to what is supposed to be a better time based on the waning of the moon – that we’re told will influence the weather in our favour- hopefully these new dates will work for us.

CHRISTMAS WORKING BEE
Mindful of the dates of the working bee between 26 – 31 December I’m inviting volunteers to make this a family week providing an opportunity for your partners & children & interested friends to experience the outback & to check out what this SALT is all about. The generator will be running to provide power for water & air con etc – the cool room will also be available - BYO everything –all welcome.
We expect to have the TAG HUER representative in attendance to give the new equipment a test run during the Christmas working bee & an opportunity to iron out kinks if necessary & to familiarise ourselves with the new system.

CHRISTMAS PARTY
Another suggestion to involve families is to hold a Christmas party at a country hotel that would incorporate presentation of speed certificates & 200 MPH caps – more on this at the meeting.

SPONSORSHIP
It has also been suggested that we could seek sponsorship for Speed Week events- this & other items will be canvassed on the questionnaire handed out at the general meeting.

ANNUAL MEETING
A major problem has been poor attendance at the AGM at the Lake- by the end of long days lakeside campers are reluctant to travel to the main camp, & it’s probable that a significant number of attendees are fairly inked by the time the meeting starts – one idea is to take about an hour from the beginning of a race day [early] & hold the meeting on our home turf- the salt. This will also be canvassed at the general meeting.

TEST TRACK
We believe the test rack has outlived its usefulness with the advent of the GPS track so expect that the test track will be phased out in future.

WHITEBOARD
Thanks to Paul Penny who has secured use of a large whiteboard that will be used to mark out volunteers duties for the Lake meet.

AGENDA ITEMS
Please forward agenda items for the 10th October meeting to me ASAP.
Till the 10th, Regards, Cled

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Rod's Ramblings - Rod Hadfield
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Work never stops here at DLRA headquarters, Carol has signed up member number 978. I was at the first DLRA meeting when our name was decided on and Mike Davidson stood up and said he

would be President, I remember him clearly saying wouldn’t it be great if one day we had a club with 100 members. At that meeting there were only 8 of us, now at our Victorian meetings we average 60 to 70 members, now with membership approaching 1000 no-one can say we don’t need a full time person to deal with the frequent merchandise orders, banking, telephone and email enquiries, membership applications, meeting minutes, account payments, letter writing and applications that arise. The first couple of years after we took over the bookwork all business was done out of an ice-cream container, Carol and I would put the money up so that Speed Week could be run, that was 21 years ago when a meeting could be put on for $4,000.00, not the $54,295.08 that it cost to put on this year.

There has been a number of Committee meetings devoted to the investigation of new timing equipment, all meetings were held at our place in Castlemaine, our Vice President Norm Bradshaw was able to incorporate the delivery of our second batch of Trak Mats into his last trip up. Aaron Clarke from Tag Heuer (the Swiss Company that specializes in wireless timing) has attended 3 meetings, they custom build timing equipment to the customer’s requirements and are recognised the world over as the leading Timing Equipment suppliers having accreditations with both FIA and FIM. They have supplied equipment used in Formula One, Drag Racing, Hill Climbing, Motor and Push Bike events and even Snow Skiing. The Committee are satisfied that this State of the Art equipment is the best way for the club to go to eliminate time consuming breakdowns and missed times as we have experienced in the past, thus streamlining yet further Speed Week. This Timing package will also eliminate hours of setting up, tear down and maintenance costs which average $2,214.00 a year over the past four events.
This equipment will compute to 1,000th of a second with 5 sets of beams and run on 3 x AA batteries in each of the 5 photo cells with up to 50 hours operation in each one. We have negotiated a 3 year warranty. At the Christmas working bee Aaron and the computer software developer will be there to set up and check the system for our next March meeting, Aaron will also be attending Speed Week to oversee its operation. This system will be groundbreaking and if successful will attract serious land speed racers wishing to be recognised for the record books. We have signed the contract and paid a 50% deposit, if for any reason this equipment proves unsuitable we have a step out clause with full money back. Tag Heuer has also donated a limited edition Stopwatch valued at $1,490.00 being one of only 25 shipped to Australia for the club to raffle at Speed Week.

The DLRA is going to put a stand in the Queensland and Street Machine Spectacular on the 19th -21st November at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. This will give the DLRA truck a run taking merchandise, promotional gear, tables etc. I will also take Norms trade stand with me and we are endeavoring to get a suitable land speed vehicle as an attraction, we have asked that our stand be located in conjunction with Norm Hardinge’s Aussie Desert Cooler stand so as we can work together to manage it. Queensland has many members and we receive a lot of enquiries from up there so it should be well worth the effort. Because it is our 21st Birthday next year we have ordered the T Shirts early (with a Birthday theme) so as to have them ready for the Queensland show with posters and stickers to match. The truck has its cover over its cabin and gets plenty of looks in my yard.

At the time of writing this I have not long returned from Bonneville where I was helping Norm achieve his 200mph goal (Good on you mate) and where we witnessed world record breaking by our bike members whose efforts are covered elsewhere in this newsletter, congratulations guys. Al Fountain and his team were busy getting everyone through their licensing passes and onto the long course with their newly purchased Studebaker, the car was running faultlessly until a spin took out the back window, thus putting an end to their party, I believe the car is now heading back here to Australia. Bob Ellis was unable to attend the Bonneville meeting as he had hoped to study the scrutineering procedures, however Paul Lynch, Gary Satara and Graeme Hadley stepped in and in the short discussion I had with them they were enthusiastic about their learnings and have bought SCTA rule back with them for the club to move towards its eventual introduction here, thanks guys.

President Cled is investigating at 3 mile long dry lake here in Victoria called “Lake Omeo” and has received a positive response from the local council, we look forward to hearing more on this soon.

Paul Penney has the ice organised again for Speed Week, good job Paul. If you are able to attend our Christmas Working Bee from the 26th until the 31st of December contact Cled.

I have picked up the new DLRA roadside sign to replace the one stolen at our last Speed Week and we will attach this one so it will not be easily removed. The new sign was kindly donated by the guys at “Lid Design” 5 Sussex Street, Glenorchy, Tas 7010, Phone: 03 62738700 / 0408545834, email: liddesign@netspace.net.au , this award winning company had a stand at the Hobart Custom Car and Bike Expo where Norm Hardinge, Carol and myself met these guys, they are speed freaks, check out their website: http://www.liddesign.com.au , if you want a good job give them a try.

Moving the next Speed Week by two weeks was another decision by the Committee so lets hope it proves to be the right one, all major magazines covered our last meeting and we received lots of positive comments from people who attended, lets make our 21st the best yet.

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Denise Schute - Norm Hardinge
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And what about Melbourne based spectator Denise Shute? Someone needs to explain to her what spectator means. Denise accepted the opportunity to race a Honda sidecar motorcycle down the Bonneville course. She had to quickly enter BNI, go through rooky training and borrow leathers and a helmet from fellow Australian Mal Hewett. She had only been in the States for a week but reckoned that she could go home after her trip down the course because as she said “it just couldn’t get any better.” Denise has some very jealous friends.
Denise is back in Australia and the bug has bit! She’s going to start training as assistant starter at Aussie SpeedWeek 2011. Welcome on board mate!

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2010 Salt Round Up
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Don't miss our first annual Christmas Break up and Awards night!!
When?
4th December 2010, 7pm
Where?
Wandong Australiana
56 km north of Melbourne GPO on the Hume Hwy
How Much?
$35 a head - All Welcome
What's included?
A Christas feast is provided, drinks available at bar prices, entertainment is provided
How do I buy tickets?
Phone Carol on 03 5472 4629 (DLRA now takes credit card payments
Is hot Rod parking available?
Yeah, Of Course

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The Vincent Racing Team - Mal Hewett
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Howdy all . Just an update on the Vincent Racing Team now that were back in OZ.
We also run at the BUB meet entered in AMA . Our first run on the existing 122mph , 1350cc modified /vintage gas record was a 151mph run . Running in the opposite direction on our back up run I completly fried the clutch. I took over some second hand but usable plates so we got them in for the next day. Again we run a 151 and this time backed it up with another 150 run to give us the class record . The motor was sealed by the AMA officials and we then put the fairing on to run in the Modified Partially streamlined / vintage gas class . Our first Run was just over 162 mph on an open record . We then turned it around to head back toward the I 80 interstate for the back up Run . Into a 10 mile an hour head / crosswind we run another 162mph pass setting the record at this speed .
In total we did 11 runs between the Speed Week and BUB events . One run was a 138 mph rookie run at speed week . 9 were over 150mph and 4 were over 161 mph , 1 turn out with the fried clutch .
We have returned home with 2 SCTA records and 2 AMA records and with the bike still in one piece (a bit rattley though)!
Id like to thank the crew and everyone who has supported, us in making this happen . It was a fantastic experience that will not be forgotten .
Good luck to Greg and every one competing at the world finals .
Regards Mal and the Vincent crew.

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Next General Meeting - Victoria
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DLRA General Meeting
Sunday 10th October 2010 Commencing @ 11 am
New Venue: HIGHWAY 31, 743 Sydney Rd Brunswick

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Minutes of the General Meeting - May 2010
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President Cled opened the meeting at 11.15am, he welcomed everyone and thanked Rob Carroll for his past term as President along with Rod and Carol Hadfield for the work they do for the club, he also stated how the newsletter had been delayed as Greg Wapling had been hospitalised for an operation but was now doing o.k.

APOLOGIES:
Simon Muntz, Max Ellery, Ray Charlton, Deb Dawson, Kevin Saville, Lionel West, Wayne & Adam Pickles, Tom Carroll, Peter Warren, Trevor Beck and the Moe Boys.
The apologies were moved by Greg Butler and seconded by Norm Bradshaw.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:
As the minutes were published in the newsletter they were not read out, they were moved by Peter Noy and Seconded by Garry Brennan.

CORRESPONDENCE IN:
• An anonymous letter of apology to the Committee from the person that ran amok at the Canteen campsite during Speed Week
• Email from Mt. Ive Station with rainfall figures for March & April since 1981, we have requested figures for December, January & February but have not received them as yet, they also suggest

that we work with the moon phase as the waxing to a full moon pulls the underground moisture up.
• Emails from Dennis Campbell regarding 200mph caps that he has looked into being made. The present cost of the caps has increased to $13.00 each.
• An email from Trevor Beck to be read out and discussed at the meeting regarding the timing.
• An email from Marc Ryder of Orion Safety stating that he will be able to provide sponsorship of $500.00 for 2011, he is not able to contribute $2,000 as he did this year.
• An email from Andrew Beckworth, Solicitor for Native Title Group with an budget estimate of $5,100.00 for the monitoring at Speed Week, as yet we haven’t received an invoice so nothing has been paid.
• A survey from Lester Franks Surveying.

CORRESPONDANCE OUT:
• Emails to the Newtons regarding rainfall figures.
• Letter of thanks to John Bennetts (Kenny 2) of Silverton with a cheque for $80.oo to cover the cost of permit and fuel for his Quad bike whilst doing toilet duty.
• Letter to Tonks Bros. of Castlemaine thanking them for donating timber and nails to the DLRA.
It was moved by Jeff Jones and seconded by Chris Hanlon that the correspondence be accepted.

FINANCIAL REPORT:
BANK BALANCE $ 80,154.95
PETTY CASH $ 142.85
The Treasurers report was moved by Carol Hadfield and
seconded by Stephen Charlton
At the Treasurers requests it was moved by Stephen
Charlton and seconded by Peter Noy that $750.00 Petty
Cash be drawn.

STATE MEETINGS:
• Paul Lynch spoke on the meeting held in Queensland on the 18th of April, his notes were tabled and are attached to these minutes.
• Peter Noy spoke on the upcoming meeting to be held in South Australia on the 13th of June at Steve Vorwerks. He spoke of the possibility of having a display at the “Extreme Horsepower” show in October and a proposed inspection day on the last weekend in January.
• Cled spoke on the Committee meeting held at Rod and Carol Hadfield’s on the 20th May, the minutes of this meeting were read and are attached.
It was moved by Norm Bradshaw and seconded by Alan Kulari that these reports be accepted.

GENERAL BUSINESS:
• Cled spoke on the reasons for the committee deciding on the 2011 Speed Week dates which are from the 21st until to 25th of March.
• Cled spoke on his investigation of new timing systems, there are three options he is investigating fully, which are: The Tag Heuer wireless system, the system put forward by Jaron Ware of the Catavolt electric motorcycle team called the “Zigbee” system and total G.P.S. He will report his findings to the next meeting.
• There was a discussion on race wear, there are concerns that people don’t have the correct race wear when they get to the start line, the club will be tightening up on this at the next event.
• Stephen Charlton spoke on another safety issue concerning ballast being added after scrutineering. These issues are to be highlighted in the next newsletter.
• There was discussion on the time it was taking push cars to go through the pits, this will not be a requirement next year, it was also suggested that safety inspections be carried out on push cars.
• Cled also spoke on the success of the GPS track.
• Chris Hanlon moved that the GPS track be used as the practice track as well as timing and the present warm up track be closed. Seconded by Peter Noy. There was a discussion regarding this saving work setting up, manning and tear down along with safety issues. The motion was carried.
• A discussion took place regarding entrants not attending the drivers meeting, it was suggested that we have one each morning for the first three days of the event, also that the event could

possibly be stopped for half a day to ensure members attend the General and Annual Meetings that are required to be held during Speed Week each year.
• A discussion took place on the need to have a Volunteers Coordinator at Speed Week along with a designated tent and whiteboards.
• Rob Carroll spoke on putting a tent at the edge of the lake for collection of camping and spectator fees.
• Greg Wapling spoke on putting a program together for Speed Week and has people willing to provide sponsorship in it.
• Cled suggested that the Start line caravan could possibly be used for administration and a substantial tent be used at the start line instead. There was discussion and it was decided that caravan is too small for this purpose; members were asked to look out for a more suitable van up to the value of $5,000.00. There was also a request for more substantial scrutineering tents.
• A discussion took place on Dennis Campbells proposal to have 200mph caps. It was moved by Steve Vorwerk that the club purchase “200mph Club” Caps in Red and “200mph Achiever” caps in

a different colour, this motion was seconded by Greg Butler. These caps are to be presented by the club.
Robin Cseh offered to sponsor a solid silver badge for anyone reaching 300 mph.
• Cled stated that he will make up a list of official duties.
• Cled suggested that the club look into the purchase of another more suitable truck to replace the Dodge, Norm Bradshaw offered to look into a tray truck.
• Chris Hanlon spoke on issues at the long course pre-stage, he advised of changes to take place in 2011: One or two crew are to stay with the vehicle at all times, all push cars and competition vehicles are to use ground tarps. He has observed that competition vehicles are not returning to their pits for between run checks. Chris has suggested the use of laptops to help control the meeting as per his attached notes.
• It was noted that volunteers and officials be given priority at the startline if running a vehicle.
• Bob Ellis then gave his Tech Inspectors Report - he stated that he and Brian Nicholson have decided that by 2012 the DLRA adopt the 2010 SCTA rules and in four years time be up to date with the SCTA, with add additions to suit our Ute classes. They wish to form a four man rules committee consisting of Bob Ellis, Brian Nicholson, Lionel West and Rob Drabsch.
Bob has carried out two inspections on a 300mph bike based on our rule book but finds he cannot run at Bonneville. He suggested that inertia switches be implemented and would like to see 2 or 3 dog legs on the return road to slow returning vehicles down. Bob has been invited to attend Tech. Inspection at Bonneville, Neil Davis moved that the DLRA pay Bobs air fares to be part of the SCTA Tech. Inspection, it was seconded by Peter Noy. Bob reported that he had donated goods on behalf of the DLRA for an auction carried out by the HAMB Jalopy Journal to raise money for a young boy from New Zealand who has a life threatening illness to come to Australia for treatment.
• Cled stated that to adopt the SCTA rule book it would have to go to an Annual Meeting and be voted on. He also asked that anyone who requests any rule changes to get in touch with the

Rules Committee.
• Greg Watters suggested that we become affiliated with the SCTA.
• Rod is to organise early delivery of our 2011 (21st Anniversary) T Shirts and posters to be available for the proposed DLRA stand at the Queensland Hot Rod Show and possibly the Extreme Horsepower show in Adelaide.
• Gary Satara kindly offered free transportation for any DLRA merchandise through his work at GMK Transport.
• Norm Bradshaw moved that we purchase another 20 mats for the lakes edge, seconded by Bob Ellis. Carried.
• A discussion took place on the DLRA sign which was stolen, possibly on the Thursday night of Speed Week.
• Norm Bradshaw suggested that we provide a DLRA campsite indication sign to be place at the Water tanks.
• A raffle of donated goods took place during the meeting, raising $152.00, thanks to those who provided the prizes.
• Cled thanked Norm and Vicki for the use of their premises and supply of lunch, he asked that each member put at least $5.00 in the tin to help cover their expenses.
Meeting closed at 2pm.

At the meeting Cled handed out questionnaires to everyone to get some feedback on where the committee should concentrate their efforts, here is the results from the survey
Responses 11
• Timing equipment 5
• Volunteers – Training 1
• Organization 3
• Spectator Management 1
• Test Track Closure 1
• Plastic Drive On Mats 2
• Programmes 1
• Extra Officials 1
• Drivers Meeting 1
• Lakeside Camp 2
• Push Cars 1
• Scrutineering – Motorcycles 1
• P.A. System 1
• Race Date Shift 1

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South Oz Report - Peter Noy
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S.A. members got together for a BBQ on June 13th. Over forty people turned up for a very enjoyable day, catching up with mates & bench racing for hours. Rob Carroll came over from Victoria & he & I updated everyone on the outcomes of the May meeting in Melbourne. We even had two members fly in from W.A ! They received the long distance award, which I helped them drink that night. Thanks to those who donated items for the raffle, which raised $124.00. A special thank you to Sue & Steve Vorwerk for one again supplying the venue & fantastic feed.
A club display is being arranged for the upcoming Extreme Horsepower show in Adelaide on the 30th & 31st of October. Many thanks to those who have promised their vehicles for this.
A working bee at the DLRA Mt. Ive camp will be held between Xmas & New Year. There are a few jobs that need to be done as well as a general tidy up to keep the place looking neat.

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Bonneville Speedweek 2010
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There was a large number of Aussies and Kiwi’s who made it to Bonneville this year, and pleased to say most experienced success. Big Knob racing took their roadster over the magic 200MPH mark for the first time. Alan Fountain who purchased a Studebaker Avanti ran some very good numbers. And the Harris family went out on a high.
This year was also a bit of a study tour with a number of DLRA officials attending and participating. Hopefully bringing back some new ideas to make future DLRA events even better and safer.

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BUB Motorcycle Speed Trails
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Greg Watters on his 750 went an unbelieveable 229mph, had FASTEST SPEED OF THE EVENT
I think Ev set a record in P/P 2000 at over 161 mph
Kim went over 200. Jim has been struggling to make 200 nakid ---197 I think. Terry set a record in SC/VF 1350 at around 120

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2011 Event T-shirts now available!
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2011 is the DLRA's 21st Anniversary, celebrate with a t-shirt (and help pay for next years event)
These cool commemorative event t-shirts are now available.
Priced at $25 plus P/H
Call Carol on 03 5472 4629 to order

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2011 Volunteer Register
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As you all know Speed Week cannot operate without volunteers, this register exists to ensure that we have the right number of volunteers where and when we need them.
• All tasks must have someone nominated to them before Speed Week can commence.
• Drivers, Riders and their crew are expected to volunteer • If you nominate for a task at a particular time and you cannot for what ever reason fulfill this obligation, its up to YOU to find a replacement before your allotted time, otherwise the track will be closed.
To give you a guide as to what we are expecting from teams, if we have say 200 entries, that's 2 tasks per team. Not a big ask when you consider each task is only for half a day and they can be spread over up to 8 to 9 days.
As an extra incentive, team members who nominate early will have a significant advantage when selecting their tasks and times, whereas later entries will have to take what ever tasks and times are left.
NOTE: The number of volunteers nominated to any task is considered to be the minimum requirement. There are a number of tasks where if we have more volunteers, the time allocated to the task may be reduced. This is particularly true of some set up and pack up tasks. (This is using the many hands makes light work principle)

HOW TO VOLUNTEER
Online
1. Select a day
2. Fill in your details at the top of the page (name, team,
member number, email address)
3. Tick the box for the tasks you want to do.
4. Select the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the page

Email
Or email your name and member number and the tasks
you want to do to drylakesracersau@hotmail.com

Snail Mail
Copy this list circle the jobs you wish to volunteer for and send to:
Dry Lakes Racers Australia,
PO Box 349,
Castlemaine VIC 3450
(Give us a couple of options in case your first choice is gone.)

Tasks
Set Up - Thursday 17th March 2011
• Position rubber mats at ramp
• Cone markers - pit area, test track, return road
• All signs to be positioned
• Tow timing van to lake and position on west side of track
• Timing wire roll out
• Camp shower blocks to be cleaned and prepared

Set Up - Friday 18th March 2011
• Place track markers
• All signs to be positioned
• Tech inspection tents to be erected
• Portable toilets to be transported and positioned

Set Up - Saturday 19th March 2011
• Entries
• Memberships
• Assistant Bike Scrutineer
• Merchandise tents to be erected at entrance to lake
• Pre-stage tent set up
• Cleaner (toilets on Lake)
• Cleaner

Set Up - Sunday 20th March 2011
• Entries
• Memberships
• Assistant Bike Scrutineer
• Merchandise Tent - retail
• Merchandise Tent - lake and camping fees
• Merchandise Tent - arm bands
• Cleaner (toilets on Lake)
• Cleaner

Racing - Monday 21st March 2011
• Pre-Stage Controller and /or assistant
• Track #1 Start Line Assistant
• Timing Van Assistant
• Track #2 Start Line Assistant
• Track #2 Start Line GPS Gear Steward
• Track #2 Start Line Timing / Speed Recorder
• Merchandise Tent - retail
• Merchandise Tent - lake and camping fees
• Merchandise Tent - arm bands
• Cleaner
• Cleaner (portable toilets on lake)

Racing - Tuesday 22nd March 2011
• Pre-Stage Controller and /or assistant
• Track #1 Start Line Assistant
• Timing Van Assistant
• Track #2 Start Line Assistant
• Track #2 Start Line GPS Gear Steward
• Track #2 Start Line Timing / Speed Recorder
• Merchandise Tent - retail
• Merchandise Tent - lake and camping fees
• Merchandise Tent - arm bands
• Cleaner
• Cleaner (portable toilets on lake)

Racing - Wednesday 23rd March 2011
• Pre-Stage Controller and /or assistant
• Track #1 Start Line Assistant
• Timing Van Assistant
• Track #2 Start Line Assistant
• Track #2 Start Line GPS Gear Steward
• Track #2 Start Line Timing / Speed Recorder
• Merchandise Tent - retail
• Merchandise Tent - lake and camping fees
• Merchandise Tent - arm bands
• Cleaner
• Cleaner (portable toilets on lake)

Racing - Thursday 24th March 2011
• Pre-Stage Controller and /or assistant
• Track #1 Start Line Assistant
• Timing Van Assistant
• Track #2 Start Line Assistant
• Track #2 Start Line GPS Gear Steward
• Track #2 Start Line Timing / Speed Recorder
• Merchandise Tent - retail
• Merchandise Tent - lake and camping fees
• Merchandise Tent - arm bands
• Cleaner
• Cleaner (portable toilets on lake)

Racing - Friday 25th March 2011
• Pre-Stage Controller and /or assistant
• Track #1 Start Line Assistant
• Timing Van Assistant
• Track #2 Start Line Assistant
• Track #2 Start Line GPS Gear Steward
• Track #2 Start Line Timing / Speed Recorder
• Merchandise Tent - retail
• Merchandise Tent - lake and camping fees
• Merchandise Tent - arm bands
• Cleaner
• Cleaner (portable toilets on lake)

Packup - Friday 25th March 2011
• Collect signs in pit area, test track and return road and deliver to container at camp
• Collect cones in pit area, test track and return road and deliver to container at camp
• Return to camp water container at edge of lake for emergency crews to wash their vehicles
• Rubber mats removed from lake
• Pack up merchandise tent, signs, cones and deliver to container at camp
• Pack up tech inspection tents, signs, cones and deliver to container at camp
• Collect portable toilets, clean and return to camp
• Timing van pack up and return to camp
• two water containers and water pump etc etc at the toilet dump hole need to be returned to the camp
• Water containers go in the woolshed and the pump and hoses etc go in the small engine/ fuel storage container.
• Cleaner

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Re: DLRA News Issue 37

Post by David Leikvold » Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:42 pm

Rod's mention of Lake Omeo certainly caught my interest. Has there been any more progress with investigating it as a potential venue?

I just had a quick look on Google maps and it looks very interesting. For a start it's a day's drive closer than Lake G for a lot of us and the tiny town of Benambra (pop. 180 including the surrounding district) is right on the lake. It has a pub and a petrol station/grocery store and not very much else. I'm sure they'd be happy to have our money and something new to watch for a change. The satellite photo shows the lake is 3 miles long in a south westerly direction so just like Lake Gairdner is bigger and better than Bonneville, Lake Omeo is bigger and better than El Mirage.

The photo also shows several short cut tracks running in dead straight lines across the lake from various points towards the town, the local tip and a couple of the properties around the lake so I guess the surface is consistently smooth and hard. There is a shimmer in the south west corner and what looks like tiny waves on the shoreline. I can't tell if that's water or dried salt or both (altitude is only 2,000 ft and the area is very flat so maybe in prehistoric times it was underwater like so much of what is now southern Australia). There is no vegetation at all on or near the lake so maybe it is salty soil. There is another very much smaller lake just north of the town which is very white around the edges so maybe there is salt in the area. There are marked tracks that drive straight through the shimmery area so I can't be sure what it is. Even if it was water it can't be very deep and the top half of the lake which runs a little more WSW is still two miles long so water wouldn't necessarily be as much of a problem as it is at Lake G.

There is apparently a local aero club that sometimes uses the lake as an airstrip but I couldn't see any permanent facilities there. There were no permanent streams feeding the lake, just a few very small dry gullies so maybe it only gets direct rainfall and a bit of snow melt from the Victorian Alps in spring. There are no rivers anywhere nearby. I imagine it would get very cold there anytime other than late spring and summer, I wonder when the best times to use it might be.

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Re: DLRA News Issue 37

Post by Stayt`ie » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:48 am

yeah,, it certinally looks good from google earth :D ,, however, with the close proxcinity of those houses i would think that mufflers would have to be used :roll: ,,,
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Re: DLRA News Issue 37

Post by ROSS BROWN » Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:50 am

Got 486 to take me for a virtuall walk around lake Omeo yesterday. :D
Looks like the salt is going to need a good mowing :shock:

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Re: DLRA News Issue 37

Post by DLRA » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:29 am

Ross I saw some photos yesterday from someone who had been to the lake recently and it was white baby.
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Re: DLRA News Issue 37

Post by ROSS BROWN » Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:09 pm

Yea Greg
That Google walk could be anything up to 2 years old.
So heres a picture of Omeo from 1892 . At least from this picture we can work out the correct dress code
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Re: DLRA News Issue 37

Post by outbacktrev » Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:02 pm

You crack me up Ross :D
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Re: DLRA News Issue 37

Post by momec » Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:19 pm

Heh Greg
Bridgey suggested to me the only reason it is white up there is cause its covered in snow. :D
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Re: DLRA News Issue 37

Post by David Leikvold » Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:26 am

Three different views, three completely different conditions. So far we have maybe salt, maybe grass and maybe even snow. What we need is for a few Victorian members to go for a drive, chat with some of the Benambra locals about seasonal variations and everything else we should know about the lake and the town and then report back with their findings. Any volunteers?

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Re: DLRA News Issue 37

Post by project100 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:12 am

Some pics I found in Google Images.
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Re: DLRA News Issue 37

Post by Lynchy » Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:20 am

Dave

The DLRA is checking it out and have actually been there (Andrew - the ginger ninja, has been there and taken a bunch of photos). It's dirt, with some grass and maybe even snow under the right conditions. No water when he was there.

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Re: DLRA News Issue 37

Post by Dr Goggles » Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:57 pm

I'm dead keen , but , I doubt the lake has a surface tolerance that is lower than the ride height of the spirit of sunshine so I reckon it'll be a "kick arse" ride......by that I mean it will be non-stop kicking in the arse. Mangalore was pretty savage....at the joins in the surface our car would bottom out and at times got up to ( I kid you not) six inches in the air so although I think the bumps will be more gradual. they'll be there and I reckon anything more than a handful of runs will be a painful experience for us( arse).

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Re: DLRA News Issue 37

Post by David Leikvold » Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:20 pm

Thanks for the answers everyone. Is there any likelihood of the lake ever being any use to us?

Doc, that's why I was urging "sammj" to consider running suspension of some kind on his tanker (I'm lying of course, I had no idea Lake Omeo even existed when we were having that discussion :D !). Even though a smooth ride would be unlikely at least the ride height would be adjustable. Shame you can't easily dial in a couple more inches ride height in the SoS. Speaking of such things, I was out at the Mt Cotton Hillclimb once a few years ago when a guy turned up with a big dollar off-road buggy with a hot 1UZFE Toyota V8. It was one of those things with giant knobby tyres and multiple shocks more than a metre long on each corner. His race weekend had been cancelled so he thought he'd turn up at Mt Cotton just for some fun. He had lowered the car more than 6" he said but it still had more than 12" clearance and had the off-road tyres still fitted. It wasn't fast because it was completely unsuited to the track but he was having fun and so were the spectators. On one run he ran off the road at turn one and roared straight up the hill on the dirt anyway only getting back on the track to miss the trees at the apex of the next corner.

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Re: DLRA News Issue 37

Post by Stayt`ie » Tue Oct 12, 2010 6:38 pm

as was stated in the newsletter,,, president Cled is goingto "investigate" 8) ,, so i recon lets leave it upta elpres to come back with a report :) ,,
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Re: DLRA News Issue 37

Post by SPOOK » Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:25 pm

I have a holiday house at Lake Glenmaggie about one and a half hours drive from the clay lake. At Xmas time I will take a drive to Lake Omeo and take lots of fotos and Give a report after the holidays if there are still people interested.

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