|10/06/2022||Photos from Glenn Ashby taken on 09/06/2022 https://www.dlra.org.au/2022-01.htm
|13/05/2022||Photos of the Lake by Russell Reading taken on 20/04/2022 https://www.dlra.org.au/2022-01.htm
Aerial photos of the lake from Phil Cvirn 04/05/2022 https://www.dlra.org.au/2022-01.htm
New for 2023, the idea for the Golden Ticket came about as a way to raise / retain funds for the club and provide something that the entrants have been asking for.
|25/04/2022||Outback Road Warnings 8.17 AM Iron Knob Road Temporarily closed due to rains - reassess Wed 27/04
|19/04/2022||Photos of the lake from Trevor Beck Easter 2022 https://www.dlra.org.au/2022-01.htm
|04/03/2022||Photos of the lake from Vincent Racing Team https://www.dlra.org.au/2022-01.htm
Speed Week 2022 is CANCELLED!
In making this decision we did consider what feasible options there were, including a postponement, but upon working through them, none of them would have worked for a number of reasons. But most compelling is the widespread damage to all of the sealed and outback roads washed away in the north west region, it is going to take considerable time to effect the prioritized repairs required, plus the work that Mt. Ive will have to go to the homestead and it's private road to get access to the homestead and the lake.
Entrants for this year's event who have lodged their entry forms and paid their fees please note that these will now roll over until next year. If you wish to apply for a refund, as per the entry form "if meeting is canceled due to adverse weather conditions or force majeure" we reserve the right to withhold $100 to help cover the cost of outgoings that are not recoverable to the club.
Look for further announcements in the coming days and weeks.
We are currently gathering information to make an assessment to determine if Speed Week can still go ahead, look for an announcement later in the week. The main issue is the run off onto the lake from the surrounding hills which have also received record rainfall and the debris that will be washed onto the lake. Plus there is more rain forecast in the next 10 days. We remember after the rain-out in 2011 going back the next year and you could see the layer of red under a thin top layer of salt and that was only a fraction of the rainfall they have had now. We are concerned that even if it does dry up there will be a red lake for some time to come. Plus we need the roads passable to get there and with so much damage to main roads it may be some time before the secondary roads are repaired. See this Channel 9 report
The track layout maps have just been updated for this year. Changes include removal of exit on track 2, re-alignment of support vehicle road on track 1 and re-alignment of fire and rescue vehicles and the road they use. And relocation of Impound to be opposite Technical Inspection.
Most will be aware of the (once in a lifetime) storms and heavy flooding in South Australia right now and the Lake Gairdner area has copped the brunt of it with Mt. Ive seeing 140mm (Kimba 160mm, Buckelboo 165mm) of rain - 58 percent of its annual average on Saturday 24th and another 25mm predicted today. The good news is the weather right through until Speed Week is meant to be mid to high thirties and given that we are still 4 and a bit weeks out from the event, all this water should be well and truly gone by then.
We have been asked by Mt. Ive station to remind those who have booked accomodation and no longer need it to contact the station and let them know of your cancellation. They have many people on a waiting list wanting to get accomodation.
The final inspection of the lake will take place on the 17th February 2022, look for confirmation shortly after that.
Fully vaccinated international travelers will no longer need to isolate after landing in South Australia and COVID-19 border rules for domestic arrivals have been scrapped. Unvaccinated international travelers must still continue to isolate. Positive cases, regardless of vaccination status, will be able to leave isolation after seven days from their positive test. But SA will continue with a 10-day quarantine period for cases and close contacts and is not following the national definition, pointing to its different circumstances such as lower case numbers, and is instead classifying a close contact as someone living or intimate with a positive case.
Helmets with a Snell rating label of 2010 are due expire on January 1, 2022. The event committee have decided to accept all deviation requests from entrants as it is only an extension of 1 month*.
NOTE: these helmets must be in good serviceable condition with no obvious damage to the helmet.
Helmets with a SA2015 or M2015 still have 4 years of life left. If you are buying a new helmet, look for the SA 2020 or M2020 certification.
* This is based on the previous experience where entrants were forced to buy new helmets and the event was canceled due to COVID-19.
|18/12/2021||SA to ease restrictions from December 28, it is predicted that the State will reach 90 per cent fully vaccinated by that date.
Quarantine time for international arrivals in South Australia is also set to be reduced to 72 hours.
Unvaccinated arrivals will still be required to quarantine for 14 days. Travelers will also need to take a PCR test within 72 hours of arriving.
South Australia Covid-19 Restrictions update: Internally they are currently at Level 1 which is just above no restrictions at all. International arrivals are required to undergo 14 day quarantine along with days 1, 5 and 13 testing. Interstate travelers are required to complete border registration and check-in with SA Police. Currently Victoria, ACT and New South Wales travelers are prohibited from entering South Australia.
Entry forms and tickets for Speed Week 2022 released
Entry forms and tickets for Speed Week 2022 will be released in October 2022
|28/02/2021||Well, it's amazing what can happen in a very short time.
The bar at the canteen will now be open for over the counter, pre-packaged sales.
A deal has been struck with the Prancing Pony Brewery.
See the selction of beers and cider below, but I'm sure this will come as good news to many.
Also if anybody wants to assist working the bar and has a valid RSA, to please contact Corinna direct by phone.
Lower alcohol beers and ciders - $ 7.00 per can
Higher alcohol beers - $ 8.00 per can
Just to confirm that after the lake inspection today, Speed Week 2021 is definitely on.
|23/02/2021||COVID-19 Management Plan
The COVID-19 Management Plan for Speed Week was approved today. The main emphasis is on contact tracing and distancing at all times. When you are in the Lake Entry queue for the first time you will be given a Contact Tracing form, please fill it out completely for all those people in your vehicle. Please try to remain 1.5 metres apart at all times, when you are in the pits, at the start line, in the queue for the canteen or even where you are camped. We are required to provide COVID-19 Marshals to remind participants to do the right thing, if you do get spoken to just remember these marshals are working for your benefit, without them we would not have an event, so please be respectful and follow their advice.
|20/02/2021|| Canteen Update
Once again our amazing caterers will be providing a range of wholesome meals and takeaway food at the lakeside canteen and popup shop in the pits. And most the prices are still the same as 2019, how good is that! Thanks to Dogga and Robyn. There will be some changes at the canteen this year due to COVID-19 rules, so we ask for your compliance with this. Check out what's on offer this year. https://www.dlra.org.au/catering.htm
|18/02/2021||Outcome Special Meeting
There was a very useful and successful meeting of committee and officials of Speed Week tonight with an outcome that we continue to forge ahead with the organisation of the event.
|15/02/2021||Pre-Entries are now closed
You can still enter , but a late entry fee will apply. Print your forms and bring them to the Registration Van in the pits on the salt
There will be a teleconference of the DLRA committee on Thursday night (18th Feb) to discuss Speed Week. There may be a decision that night or it may be deferred to a later date. A lot depends upon what Victoria does with it's lockdown and what South Australia does with its border closure. Look for an announcement here after that meeting.
|10/02/2021||South Australia closes to Metro Melbourne
There have been reports this afternoon that South Australia are closing it's borders to people from metropolitan Melbourne due to the rise in COVID-19 infections from the Holiday Inn outbreak. From the reports that I have read so far there will be no change of restrictions for people in regional Victoria. NOTE: They are currently under no restrictions to SA at all. Of the 158 actual people we have entered for Speed Week, 29 of these are from Victoria and 22 are from metropolitan Melbourne and would be affected if this restriction were to stay in place for the next 26 days. Fortunately most of the critical DLRA officials required to run Speed Week, reside in regional Victoria. For myself, if this restriction is still in place, at the appropriate time, I will be moving to regional Victoria 14 days before we head to SA (as is permitted). I already have my SA border permit to this effect. Additional to this, from my estimate there are about 12 New South Wales entrants who are in hotspots described by South Australia who would be required to undergo 1, 5 and 12 day COVID-19 testing once they cross into South Australia. This DOES NOT mean the end of Speed Week for 2021, far from it. As I have said to anyone that has enquired, things will change, more than likely quickly and often and we won't really know what restrictions will be imposed upon us until they happen.
|09/02/2021||Cross border travel update
All travellers coming to South Australia must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration at least 7 days prior to travel, irrespective of whether they are from a low community transmission zone or a prescribed location. As of the 4th Feb, for residents in Regional Victoria or NSW or people who have been in regional Victoria or NSW for the 14 days before entering South Australia there are no restrictions. For residents of the greater Melbourne and Sydney areas, you now have to get tested on the 1st, 5th and 12th day after you enter South Australia. NOTE: the DLRA medical team can do day 5 COVID-19 tests at the lake for entrants and crew only.
DLRA February General Meeting Cancelled
|28/01/2021||Travel Restrictions Update
We are getting asked all sorts of questions about the border situation, especially from people in NSW. What I can say is that there is still 40 days until Speed Week starts and that the restrictions will probably change again before then. So I wouldn't get too worried about what is in place today.
At the moment all travelers coming to South Australia are required to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration. I'd recommend you follow the SA Health COVID-19 web pages - https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities/travel-restrictions#sa
And at least 7 days before you are traveling comes you will have to register to cross the border - https://www.police.sa.gov.au/online-services/cross-border-travel-application
COVID-19 Testing at Lake Gairdner Under the current restrictions, permitted NSW residents will have to have a COVID-19 test on days 1, 5 and 10 when the enter SA. It's up to you to organise where and when you get tested.
Refer to this page for information and locations for COVID-19 testing.
Update for this week.
We now have 85 entries, which is a big improvement on where we were a week ago, but still well below the absolute minimum of 120 we are aiming for to decide if we are still to have an event.
This is not just random number, without enough entries we cannot afford to run the event due to the standing costs like leasing of the lake, paying the traditional monitors and paying our medical and fire crews plus all the other consumables like toilet paper, water, and fuel to run the generators and club vehicles, etc.
The other big issue is the number of volunteers required to run the event at the moment of the 766 jobs we have identified we still have 317 of those jobs vacant. We need people in the most critical of areas; Start Line, Timing and Pre-Stage. For example, we can run Tracks 1 and 2 Monday morning, but there are not enough volunteers to run in the afternoon and nearly every other day is similar to this.
I know entrants have until the 14th February to decide if you are going to enter or roll-over your 2020 entry, but the longer entrants delay doing so makes it all the harder for me to keep saying to people that we are going to have an event in 2021 (and there are lots of people asking).
The DLRA Qld pre Speedweek meeting will be held at Tom Rabolds Bullet Superchargers workshop at Ant Rd Yatala Qld on 17/1/2021. Starts 11:00am sharp with a BBQ sausage lunch and finish about 2:30pm.
As I write this we are just over 2 months out from Speed Week 2021. Up until the end of 2020 things were starting to look pretty good, and then we got the outbreaks in NSW and VIC. We have been getting calls asking if Speed Week will still go ahead. And the standard answer is we are still planning to run an event until someone tells us we can't. It remains a day to day proposition and is totally out of our hands.
With that in mind, here's a review of where we are today.
I'm using the figures from the 2020 entry list as so far many entrants are sitting on their hands rolling over and confirming their entry for 2021.
For 2020 we had 237 entries, 14 of those were from overseas, so unfortunately we won't see them again this year, except for Eva who already has her streamliner back in Australia.
South Australia has blocked NSW from entering, so that is 56 entrants who at the present time cannot come. However there is still time for the block to be removed should numbers improve in NSW.
Queensland is still open to South Australia, however for them to travel the normal route through NSW under the current restrictions means they cannot stop in NSW, which is virtually impossible.* There are two alternative routes one of which takes them on the Birdsville Track and adds an additional 1000 km to an already long 2000 km journey. Or to head even further north, which adds an additional 3000 km. This is something that I don't think many of the 38 Queensland entrants would contemplate.
Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia are all currently open to South Australia, so we potentially have 129 entrants who can come to Speed Week.
To make Speed Week financially viable, we would need all of those entrants to compete. And we need these entrants to confirm their entries as soon as they can. If you are delaying sending in your entry because of the new medical examination requirement please consider just submitting your entry now, you can lodge your medical at a later date, so long as we have it before Speed Week starts.
The other complexity in all of this is the enforcement of quarantine on returning residents. This is an issue not only for entrants, but officials as well and will have a direct and dire consequence on Speed Week if re-introduced in any of the States.
We can't even begin to predict where the situation will be in a month's time or two months' time, all we can do is keep working with what we have now.
Looking forward, we realise that things may change and certainly may get worse before they get better, so we will delay any decision for as long as we can if it means ensuring that the event goes ahead.
Thank you for your time, support and consideration.
Be safe and healthy.
* update from when I wrote this, Victorians can be permitted to travel through NSW to get home with a minimum of stops and contact.
Please read this and feel free to pass it on to others.
Now that entries are open and we have a few coming in, we'd like to make the following observations.
• You must submit a completed 2021 Entry Form (do not just write "the same as last year")
• You must answer all questions the Medical Declaration or supply the Medical Examination form signed by a Medical Practioner.
• You must sign or agree to all disclaimers.
• Make sure you fill out the COVID-19 Contact Tracing record. If you don't you are just going to be held up even longer at Lake Entry or Registration
• Membership annual subscriptions are now due and payable for the 2021 year. Entries are not accepted unless you are financial. There is no roll-over for subscriptions.
• In-completed forms will NOT accepted or processed and will be returned to you.
Your assistance in this is appreciated.
|29/10/2020||DLRA Newsletter Issue 71 October 2020 published
All participants entering the the lake must sign in on the CONTACT TRACING RECORD and provide the date and time that they attended Speed Week as well as their name, phone number, and email address. This information will be used for the purposes of contract tracing only and will not be shared or sold to a third party. If you cannot or choose not to provide your details and sign the agreement, access to the event will respectfully be refused.
|29/10/2020||Online Booking System now open
|29/10/2020||Volunteer Register now open
|29/10/2020||Speed Week 2021 Entry Forms Released
August General Meeting Cancelled
May General Meeting Cancelled
The next General Meeting is planned for the 16th of August, hopefully by then we will be in a much more favourable position.
|25/04/2020||DLRA Newsletter Issue 68 April 2020 published
At the April DLRA Committee meeting it was decided that under the current circumstances and with the losses incurred by having to cancel 2 events in 2020, that the DLRA could not afford to proceed with the a World Speed Trials Australia event for 2021 unless a very significant sponsor was to come on board.
|25/03/2020||It has been unseasonably cold at Lake Gairdner. Mt. Ive received 5mm of rain on Monday and 12 mm of Rain on Tuesday, the lake was inspected today and found to be covered in water.
Dry Lakes Racers Australia Inc
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
After exhausting all avenues it is with great sadness that the DLRA has come to the realisation that to conduct Speed Week and WSTA for 2020 has the potential to put people at risk.
Something that it strives to limit and remove from all of it's activities.
To our international entrants, we are truly sorry, but with the recent introduction of the 14 day self isolation for anyone entering Australia, it has made competing impossible for many of you.
There will be more information made available in the days to come.
The DLRA have no intention of cancelling Speed Week or the World Speed Trials Australia. We are endeavouring to do everything to make sure it happens.
There was a lake inspection today around 4.00pm.
|11/02/2020||Advice for people coming to Speed Week.
Whilst the recent heavy rains missed the lake, it did fall over the first part of the outback road from the Iron Knob turn off up to Siam station. Lots of fine gravel washed onto the road and the washouts gouged a little bit deeper. The rest of the road to the lake is in quite good condition.
To see the grader out on the road now is fantastic news.
However if the vehicle you were intending to drive out is low or lowered or has low profile tyres you might want to rethink your mode of transport as you will get stuck in the dirt and/or be plagued with punctures.
Slow down over the numerous cattle grids.
You will experience a lot of dust and road corrugations.
Travel at a speed appropriate to the conditions. There is a 60kph speed limit from the turn off at the DLRA sign into the lake.
If you have a UHF radio tune it to channel 40, as it will prove invaluable when trying to communicate with fellow road users.
|10/02/2020||Pre-Entries have now closed. On-Line entries are now closed. But you can still post, email or fax your entry. Just go to Speed Week 2020 Entry Form
The last day for submitting these entries is the 2nd March 2020. Note the Late Entry Fee is now payable.
After that time you can submit your entry at the Registration van the pits on the salt at Speed Week.
|03/01/2019||Umbrellas - The first in a series of Advisory pages for those that haven't been and those that have.|
|01/01/2020||Inspection of lake by station staff, found it to be dry and hard|
|17/12/2019||Speed Week Program page updated|
|06/11/2019||There was a lake inspection last weekend at the Working Bee. The salt is looking very good. Next inspection will be 2 weeks before Speed Week. Thanks to all the boys and girls for the work they did over the weekend,|
|01/10/2019||Volunteer nominations are NOW OPEN! It's mandatory for each entrant to do at least one job, but there are plenty of jobs, so anyone is welcome to help. (There are some jobs that require certain skills). So here's your chance to be a part of the action!|
|01/10/2019||Pre-Entries for Speed Week are NOW OPEN!|
|15/08/2019||2020 Speed Week logo released|
|07/08/2019||2020 DLRA Rule Book Published|
|15/05/2019||Issue 65 (April) DLRA Newsletter now available|
|13/05/2019||Tentative dates set for World Speed Trails Australia 2020|
|09/05/2019||Dates set for 30th Anniversary Speed Week 2020|
NEW!! Timing Plaques are back!!
Speed Week Entrants can now order an engraved timing plaque with their results on it.