Friday, June 12, 2009

DAY THREE 6/6/09

A bit about The Finke Desert Race

The Finke is an off road multi terrain two day race through desert country from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) Community.  The races crosses the Finke River which is said to be the oldest river in the world. 

Finke” as it’s known is the biggest sporting events in the Northern Territory.  It is recognised as the richest Off Road Race in the Southern Hemisphere with the added reputation as being the most difficult  courses in one of the most remote places in the world.

The race started in 1976 for a group of local riders and has been held on the June long weekend ever since it saw the introduction of cars and off road buggies in 1988.It runs along the original Ghan railway track.  This year they expected about 10,000 spectators.

http://www.finkedesertrace.com.au/

PROLOGUE

An early start for the drivers briefing, a very chilly morning

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Sunrise 7.13am

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Last minute adjustments.

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Ready to roll (well lets hope they go a bit faster than that lol)

Ron, Brett and I went out along the prologue track to find a spot for some decent photo’s.  My photo’s weren't the best it had been ages since I had taken photo’s of race cars and I was a bit rusty.  Had a camera (or was that operator) malfunction just as Tony came past, it wasn't the first time so I didn't get one photo of Tony.   Fortunately Brett did so I will wait until he sends me a disc of his photos and his camera is so much better than mine lol.

The helicopters constantly follow the cars around the track it’s amazing how low they fly.

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Tony didn't prologue the best ( he never does) he likes to hunt them down, he prologued 31st.

We went to dinner at a place called The Overlander it had the biggest steaks I have ever seen and am told they were so tender.  You could order kangaroo, emu or crocodile I wasn't that game lol.

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Les and Glenys

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Ron and Brett

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