Today was the prologue to the FINKE Desert Race, and it was the best entertainment in town this long weekend. With Buggies, Canams, Trucks, Cars, Bikes, and Quads all qualifying for the pole position in the 2018 race. I arrived home covered in dust and dirt, and in need of a good rest.
These was red dirt flying everywhere, powerful backfires from modified and turbocharged V8 engines. Spectacular crashes from drivers willing to risk it all too. Humorously the Auto One car made it to the finish line with a 'waving arms' style look, from their front fenders during a crash far afield. Others more serious, and yellow flags were brought out to slow down the vehicles, that were traveling in excess of 100kph. Some were able to limp to the finish line, some were totalled and were towed off the course to the pits. Others suffering blown up engines, requiring replacement, and a long night ahead for mechanics and engineers.
Competitors and their pit crew are getting ready for the start tomorrow.The first leg is the 220klm race from Alice Springs to Finke. Then following day, the return race from Finke, to Alice Springs. In total being approximately 440klm in total. It was a good event to visit, and see the action on the prologue track before the endurance race takes place.
For more photos of the action click 'read more': below.
Offroad Buggy 15
Crash Over the Berm - Off-roadTruck Catagory
Offroad Truck 442
Offroad Truck 128
Auto-One Waving to the Crowd - Offroad Truck 474
Spectacular Crash - Offroad Truck 455
Off-Road Buggy 16
Off-road buggy 23
Off-Road Buggy Crash - Offroad Buggy 28
Offroad Buggy Drifting around the hairpin
Off-Road Buggy V8 89
Offroad Buggy Drifting out of the 90deg corner
Photography by; Terry Watts - Expedition Photography