Lake Gairdner South Australia
ADVICE FOR ENTRANTS
FIM ENTRY DOCUMENTATION
ADVICE FOR ENTRANTS
Please read this page carefully. If you require assistance please contact us immeadiately.
To help you through this process you might want to consult this Flow Chart [PDF]
This event will be conducted for what the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) refer to as "Short Distance Record Attempts" for motorcycles.
Every rider taking part in motorcycle competition events must be medically ft. For this reason a satisfactory medical history and examination are essential. Part of the FIM License application is the provision of you medical history and a medical examination by a doctor, as per the FIM Medical Code [PDF].
Each motorcycle will require a separate World Record Attempt Application. This also applies if you compete in an additional class with the same vehicle. Please include Category / Group / Division / Type / Class / No. of Cylinders in the appropriate class section on the World Record Attempt Application.
If you have one vehicle with multiple riders, ALL riders must be licensed to be eligible the world record attempt. You need also to submit a World Record Attempt application for each rider.
Your Entry documentation will need to be submitted to your countrys FMN (Affiliated Federations). To find your FMN visit http://www.fim-live.com/en/fim/the-federation/affiliated-federations/
Your entry documentation is due to the FIM 30 days prior to the event (deadline 16/02/2017). Your FMN will need submit documentation to the FIM. All this MUST be completed before the deadline. (We recommend submitting to your FMN by 16/01/2017)
RATIFICATION OF RECORDS
There will invoice you following ratification of the world records. You are only charged for a SUCCESSFUL world record attempt after the fact. The fee will be for the FIM ratification process as well as receiving a certificate for the Mile and Kilometer. is a rider certification fee for a world record attempt per SUCCESSFUL attempt.
All entrants and crew must wear appropriate entrant or crew armbands in order to be permitted on any part of the racecourse, staging area or return roads. The complementary arm bands are obtained from the registration caravan.
Vehicle inspection will be as per the 2017 FIM World Records Regulations and will take place in the allocated pit area.
FIA ENTRY DOCUMENTATION
Refer to the Track Layout map and become familiar with it.
Print-outs from the timing system for will be available from the pit control.
A record is the best result obtained over a certain distance or within an imposed time limit. Only the fastest record within the same category, group, division, type and class will be considered for ratifcation each calendar day. When the result has been ratifed by the FIM it becomes a “FIM WORLD RECORD”, when it is ratifed by Motorcycling Australia it becomes a “NATIONAL RECORD”.
The Operational Plan describes the requirements to conduct the land speed racing events at Lake Gairdner in South Australia by the Dry Lake Racers Australia.
All motoring events have an element of public risk and potential for environmental impact. The Operational Plan has been compiled with due consideration to reduce these risks and to prescribe the tasks required to conduct a safe and enjoyable event for participants and spectators and protect the environment.
There are a number of Club Rules and guidelines which competitors and their crews must follow whilst on the salt. Most of these relate to environmental issues. Breaking or ignoring these rules will may see you paying for any restoration work required, depending upon the willfulness and severity you may be removed from the event. As an organisation, we are only allowed access to this unique location whilst we demonstrate care and respect for it.
DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING OF BOTH OFFICIALS & PARTICIPANTS
The event committee has resolved to take this action in awareness that should a serious accident or other incident occur during the event, involving persons affected by drugs or alcohol, it would certainly jeopardise the future of the event & most likely this form of motor sport in Australia.
Our committee wish to safeguard all individuals involved in this unique sport whilst ensuring that they are not placing themselves or others at risk of litigation should the unforseen occur. With this in mind we believe that testing of all involved is a responsible precautionary action.
For an individual registering a positive reading they willbe required to return to the pits area and not be permitted to compete/participate until a negative reading is returned or adiquate time has past.
RESCUE AND MEDICAL ATTENTION
The DLRA has doctors and an ambulance on duty for the full duration of the event. We also have a sizeable number of fire and rescue crew and vehicles. If you require their services, contact your nearest DLRA offical and they will call them for you or direct you where to go.
There is a medical services located in the pits. In the event of a emergency medical evacuation it is highly recommended that you have current medical insurance, even though Flying Doctor Services are free.
CATERING AND PROVISIONS
Your last chance to stock up on provisions is at Port Augusta. Prices are reasonable so there is really no need to drag it all the way from home when you can load up on the way.
Coming from the West your last chance to stock up will be Wudinna or Kimba depending upon which road you take in.
There is a canteen on the edge of the lake operating for most of the time we are there, you can buy cold drinks, beer, and all your meals there if you wish. They sell cooked breakfast, lunch and dinners, sandwiches etc.. Prices are very reasonable and the dinners very generous. To see the menu go to the catering page.
If you are not buying from the canteen you will need to provide all your own food and drink. Bring more than what you will think you need in case you get stuck out there for whatever reason.
For those that are staying at the DLRA camp there is a free to use large coolroom for you to store perishables. Mt. Ive camp, you're on your own.
There is a strong preference for gas barbeques for cooking rather than camp fires which are allowed at the Salt Bush camp so long as they are surrounded by rocks and the area around the fire is appropriately cleared. You cannot collect firewood from the areas surrounding the camps.
The water in the tanks at the Salt Bush camp and the DLRA camp is not suitable for drinking.
We have a contractor who sells ice by the bag or the block, and considering where you are it is quite reasonably priced. He has a route around the pits and the camps morning and night. He will be there from the Saturday before Speed Week unti the Friday we pack up.
There are bins for recyclable containers (cans, PET bottles) at the canteen or you can bag them up at your camp site and someone come around and collect them.
And remember for everything else what you bring in, you take out. There are no bins for you to dump rubbish in at the salt. Bring some nice thick garbage bags and take it back to Port Augusta.
Your last stop for fuel is Port Augusta, so take the opportunity to fill up then. There is no service stations on the Eyre Highway between Port Augusta and Iron Knob where you turn off on to the dirt. So you will need enough fuel on board to make the 432km return trip out to the salt and back plus what ever travelling you do while your out there. You can buy petrol and diesel (no gas) at the Mt. Ive Homestead which you will pass on your way in and out.
Coming from the West your last fuel will be Wudinna (340km return) or Kimba (256km return) depending upon the route you have taken.
Life at the lake is a cash society. Bring plenty. But you will only need it if you want to buy something.
There are no EFTPOS facilities at Lake Gairdner, nor at the canteen or registration. But there is EFTPOS at Mt. Ive homestead but no cash back.
There area number of banks in Port Augusta, Wudinna and Kimba.
COMMUNICATIONS and the INTERNET
Due to the remote location there is no fixed land line, mobile coverage or internet.
If this is something you require your only option is a satellite phone, modem or hot spot.
The DLRA will not be making these forms of communication available to you, this is something you will need to organise and pay for yourself. We do have a satellite phone which is used for emergency communication only. We can recommend devices and networks that you could buy or hire equipment from.
There is one fixed line phone at the DLRA camp, the next closest phone is at Mt. Ive Station.
Mobile phone receiption finishes very shortly after you turn on to the dirt at Iron Knob.
BEAT THE HEAT
It will be hot, very hot and you will be walking around during the hottest part of the day. Bring appropriate clothing and a wide brimmed hat, sun glasses and plenty sunscreen. The salt is a very reflective surface, think about it and apply sunscreen to all those place that normally don't get burnt. You can bring your own shade structure to the salt, however all structures must be disassembled at the end of each day as there is usually very strong winds throughout the night.
Accommodation AT LAKE GAIRDNER DURING SPEED WEEK
You have 3 options;
- Mt. Ive homestead has a number of limited rooms, and most of this is booked from one year to the next. There are some shearers rooms available with dormitory style sleeping, but be quick and book ASAP. There is also a camping area at the homestead, tents and caravans are welcome, but you are in the outback so be prepared. Power, water (drinking), food and fuel, you have to be self sufficient, there is some power and showers. The homestead is some 18 km's from the lake. For bookings, contact Mt. Ive homestead direct.
- The DLRA camp is where competitors and their teams and regular visitors have purchased beds in semi-permenant structures. For Spectators there are plenty of un-powered sites, with toilets and showers available . The camp is about 6 km's from the lake. Camping fees can be paid online, at the registration van in the pits or at the lake entry vehicle check point at lake during Speed Week, once paid you will collect your wrist band which must be worn at all times.
- The Mt. Ive camp; located behind the canteen and very close to the lake. All persons intending to use the bush camp at Lake Gairdner are required to take Porta Potties for personal use - human waste is not to be left in the bush. No camp fires are permitted to be lit near the bush or trees surrounding the bush camp. To stay here you really need to be self sufficent. Run by Mt. Ive Homestead, no bookings required, pay at the canteen.
NOTE: There is strictly no camping upon the Lake itself.
There is a canteen on the edge of the lake operating for the week of the event only, you can buy cold drinks, beer, ice and all your meals there if you wish. They sell cooked breakfast, lunch and dinners, sandwiches etc.. Prices are very reasonable and the dinners very generous.
Accommodation in PORT AUGUSTA
There are a number of caravan parks and motels in Port Augusta. The DLRA recommends the Big 4 Caravan Park, Cnr Highway One & Stokes Terrace, Port Augusta. In recognition of DLRA members support over the years the Big 4 offers all racers and spectators a special 15% discount for all bookings for this year and no cancellation fee will apply should the need arise. Please do not book on-line as the discount is only available dealing directly with our staff in reception. All you need to say is that you are part of the Lake Gardiner Salt Lakers and they will add the discount to your booking.
Port Augusta Big4 Holiday Park Ph 08 8642 2974
Accomodation in Kimba
For those people coming from the West of Australia the DLRA recommends the Kimba Gateway Hotel, 40 High Street Kimba, Postal: PO Box 42, Kimba SA 5641, Phone: (08) 8627 2888 Fax: (08) 8627 2310, Web: www.kimbahotel.com.au
They are also very happy to offer discounts for groups or singles for accommodation – you just need to mention that they are with the Dry Lakes group.
Kimba is just 120 kilometres, but about 4 hours drive to the lake.
- World Speed Trials Australia
- Advice for Entrants
- Track Layout
- FIM Classes
- FIM Current Records
- FIM Historical Records
- Information for International Competitors and Visitors
- How to get to Lake Gairdner
- Volunteers Register