The Bonneville Salt Flats in the US are legendary in the world of Land Speed Racing, made famous by many world records and movies like ‘The World Fastest Indian’. A fact that is not as well known is that Australia has one of the only other Dry Lakes in the world suitable for land speed racing, Lake Gairdner. The Dry Lakes Racers Australia (DLRA) are the organisation responsible for racing on the Lake and for one week every year Lake Gairdner becomes the home of some of the fastest vehicles in the World.
Lake Gairdner is the 4th largest Salt Lake in Australia and is located in the State of South Australia. The lake measures 160km long by 48km wide and is intermittently filled with water. In the summer months the lake drys out and becomes the perfect surface for Land Speed Racing. The DLRA held the first Speedweek event in 1990 and have held an event every year since then (with the exception of a few years when the lake has remained wet). Weather permitting the 2015 edition of the DLRA Speedweek will be held in the last week of March. The Triumph Salt Racer team had originally hoped to compete in the 2014 edition of the event but as we got deeper into our project we realised that it would be 2015 before we will be ready to race.
Lake Gairdner is somewhere that we have all dreamed of visiting for many years now so to say we were excited to be visiting the lake would have been an understatement. The event is beyond words, something that can only truly be appreciated by attending. Take a look at the following images for some insight into what it was like to attend DLRA Speedweek 2015!
Stay tuned for Speedweek 2016, we will be there!