This is a short, personal film about my first visit to Australia’s Speed Week. It's an event organized and run by an amazing group of volunteers, members of the DLRA or Dry Lakes Racers Australia.
It would be difficult to imagine a more eclectic group of characters than the people who gather to race at the visually stunning Lake Gairdner. It's surrounded by Australia’s harsh outback. For a land speed racer, it’s the opportunity to run ‘flat out’ on the hard salt lake, usually in a self built machine, timed and with the full support of professional safety crews.
While camping or ‘roughing it’ in the outback I shared a camaraderie of human spirit rarely equaled elsewhere. The respect they have for this special place is such that, when the week is over and the last person leaves, it is virtually without a trace. If you do decide to go someday, beware though, salt fever is catching!
It was shot on a Sony PD170, my favourite DV camera of all time. The POV ‘camera in a box’ mounted on David’s lakester, was a Sony TRV18E handycam with wide angle lens. This was back in 2006, before GoPro's and hi-def were in common use.
Made with no commercial intent (except for sharing with a few friends) I have paid homage to the wonderful sounds of Ry Cooder, The Proclaimers, Neil Young and the great Philip Glass, all of them remarkable musicians.
For more info visit dlra.org.au/
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