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DLRA Newsletter Issue 69 July 2020 published



May General Meeting Cancelled
The DLRA General Meeting which was planned for the 17th May 2020 has been cancelled.
With a State of Emergency still in force in Victoria and no announcement to be made by the State Government until the 11/05/2020. It was decided at the committee meeting last week to cancel the meeting as it was considered very unlikely that the regulations would be relaxed to enable a meeting of around 40 people indoors.
If there are any members who were looking to raise an item at the General Meeting or have something discussed, feel free to contact me and we will do our best to get it heard or addressed.

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.
The dates for Speed Week 2021 were confirmed.



Greg Wapling
DLRA President
Dry Lakes Racers Australia
PO Box 349, Castlemaine VIC 3450

07/04/2020, Melbourne VIC

DLRA 2020 Speed Week update
On the 16th March the DLRA announced that Speed Week 2020 and the World Speed Trials Australia would be postponed to a date to be announced due to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Since that decision by the DLRA committee was made, the world has become a very different place. 

In the last 2 weeks, the DLRA has been busy developing several different scenarios and there was a poll conducted of key stakeholders of likely dates suitable for later in the year with November being the preferred time, even though it was notoriously windy that time of the year. 

However, there was not enough support for a November date with only 22% indicating that they would or could race in November and 78% indicating that they wanted to race in 2021.
Significantly there is also no indication from the Government as to how long restrictions will be in place or if the Nation is likely to go into a stricter form lock down, making it impossible to even consider a date any time this year.

So sadly, the DLRA have determined they will not be hosting any further land speed events in 2020.

Speed Week 2020 entrants will now have 2 alternatives.
1.    Roll over their entry to 2021. 
2.    Or contact the office for a refund.
Note, entrant refunds will be $100 less than the fee paid, as per the condition on the entry form. Refunds for camping and lake entry fees will only be given when and as requested.

World Speed Trials Australia #2 update

The World Speed Trials Australia will continue to be postponed indefinitely. 
Given the costs incurred by the DLRA in postponing their events for 2020, the DLRA are no longer in a position to sponsor an event of this type. This decision was not taken lightly, but the DLRA could not consider putting the future of their organisation at risk just to continue to promote this event. 
If a sponsor could be found, they would certainly consider running this event in 2021. 
The DLRA certainly recognises the significant costs involved by the participants in obtaining their international licences and equipment for this event and sincerely want to see them get the chance to compete. 
The WSTA entry fee paid to the DLRA by the entrants will be fully refunded.


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.
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Dry Lakes Racers Australia Inc
Greg Wapling President
PO Box 349
Castlemaine VIC 3450



The DLRA 30th Anniversary Speed Week and World Speed Trials Australia #2 has been postponed to a date yet to be confirmed.


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.

There are several key reasons as to why this decision has been made, and we can assure everyone it has not been made lightly.
The strategies that are being deployed to combat this virus by Government and other organisations is placing enormous demands on a finite group of specialists.
Originally we had planned for 3 doctors to be in place for the 2 events, but as of today we only have 1 and there is no guarantee that even he will be available by the end of the week.
Similarly the South Australian Country Fire Service is calling on its members to reduce their extra curricular volunteer activities as they are forced to replace members who have been inflicted with the virus.
We could no longer guarantee the appropriate medical and fire services that are required for such and event.

Now that the Corona Virus has been officially identified as a pandemic, most public liability insurance policies consider any episodes to be exempt which would leave the DLRA open to financial ruin.
Even with the concerted efforts that the DLRA were prepared to put into place through it's mitigation plan would not be enough to ensure a safe, risk free environment.


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.

Please bear with us while we regroup and plan for the future.



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.
However the Government and powers that be may make it impossible for us to conduct an event.
The latest announcement by the Prime Minister is afternoon is a good example of that, putting a blanket recommendation to all event organisers to postpone non-essential gatherings of 500 or more people.
So what exactly does that mean, well I'm buggered if I know and until I am given more information which the Prime Minister tells me he will be releasing over the weekend we do not have enough facts in front of us to make any decisions or determine if this directive has an impact on us.
I consider Speed Week to be a low risk event, with less chance of getting an infection there than travelling on public transport for example. There are 2 main factors to getting the virus, proximity and duration. Within 10 feet and for up to 15 minutes. Both of these are easy to avoid at the lake or the camp.
There will be a teleconference on Sunday night of DLRA committee and officials where the facts will be discussed. I'm sorry for those from the West and Queensland that are keen to leave, but at this stage, with what has been announced that the very best we can do.
So all I can do is say, watch this space for more updates.



There was a lake inspection today around 4.00pm.
The lake was found to be in very good condition, hard flat and dry.
Marlo said he would drive on it just as it was, no grooming required.
So, on that basis we have an event!
More photos tomorrow when the guys get back to civilisation

Lake Inspection Lake Inspection Lake Inspection
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

Timing PlaqueNEW!! Timing Plaques are back!!

Speed Week Entrants can now order an engraved timing plaque with their results on it.

Order Form now available.