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Published on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 Written by Mark Read « Back to news articles

Rosco recently returned to Perth after a big trip to the Bilpa Morea Claypan and wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone who helped make the reconnaissance mission to Birdsville a success.

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The sponsors support has been tremendous and we achieved a major milestone in getting our 1,000 mph racer one step closer to the start line.

The Bilpa Morea Claypan in Queensland proved to be a mixed bag of emotions for Rosco and the team, but that was expected, no place on earth is going to be ready to race a car like Aussie Invader 5R without a lot of serious work. There were several problem areas with stone outcrops and Spinifex (grass which is indigenous to areas of Australia) and the occasional boundary fence that needed dropping temporarily to get the required length needed for a FAST run.

Peter Rullo of Land Surveys and David Low of Position Partners (with his 3D Scanner) worked their magic and located a 31km stretch of real estate, which could possibly be the longest flattest mud lake surface in the world.

This region could go down in Australian racing history as the site where Australia’s Land Speed Challenge was won and the first to reach the holy grail of auto racing, 1,000 mph, putting it alongside…

  • Blowering Dam in NSW (where our good mate Ken Warby set the World Water Speed Record of 317 mph in 1978);
  • Lake Eyre in South Australia (where Donald Campbell set his Land Speed Record in 1964);
  • Lake Dumbleyung in Western Australia (where Donald Campbell set his water speed record also in 1964);
  • Lake Gairdner in South Australia (where we set our Aussie LSR) in 1994.

The Aussie Invader team will be working with Diamantina Shire to see if we can move to the next stage of approval and work out the finer detail and logistics of creating a race track 31km long and over 1km wide. We will need some serious help and support from local inhabitants, Diamantina Shire and many others, including gaining permission from land leaseholders, land rights, environmental clearances and the use of the Bedourie airstrip to land transport aircraft, to mention just a few.

We will endeavour to keep you all posted of any developments with this potential race location, along with the completion of the car, which still requires serious sponsorship to get it to the start line.

Thank you to all that helped to get us this far.

Rosco McGlashan OAM
Fastest Aussie on Earth

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