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Lake Perkolilli 1914-2014 Centenary of Speed

Racing in the pioneer days was on dirt roads largely and maybe none are more dusty than those in the Outback of Australia. In the Goldfields of Western Australia in 1914 a group of motoring enthusiasts started racing on a claypan at Lake Perkolilli some 20 miles from Kalgoorlie (which is 365 miles inland from Perth). The racetrack skirted the dry lake bed and is 2 miles long. In it’s day it was known as Western Australia’s premier racetrack and was popular in the 20s and the 30s and saw some very fast speeds obtained on the track. To celebrate 100 years since the first race a group of motorcyclists and cars returned to the track this weekend to re-enact the event. I scored a ride on an old Nimbus 750. It was fabulous to tear around the circuit however the dust and conditions inevitably took their toll on the machines. Conditions were primitive. Two days of trials were completed but the planned 2 days of public spectacle were wiped out by massive unseasonal thunderstorms, wind and rain which turned the place into a muddy quagmire and vehicles were covered in mud and lucky to get out. It was great to be part of a historic road racing event regardless.Capture

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