I went to my first Enduro/Baja/Desert (call it want you want) race at the weekend.
I have been to many motorsport events over the years, from a spectator point of view I would rate this right up there. As usual it is very dependent on finding ‘a good spot’. However as the track covers such a large area there are many, many opportunities to watch, these frankly amazing machines at full tilt.
The first day was prologue, which is kind of like qualifying. We found a great spot just on the outside of what in a road car would be about a 3rd gear bend (I know that is exactly NOT the place to stand). It’s a pretty visceral experience to have a race tuned V8 being rung out to it’s maximum, while fist sized rocks are being spat out the rear, about 6 ft from where you’re standing. This event took place in The Riverland, South Australia.
It was less regulated than other dirt events I have been too, and as a spectator all the better for it. Of course there is always a risk, make sure your exit path is clear!
Here are a few happy snaps from the weekend.
Camping on the river, brings its own charms.
Next day, competition resumed.
One of these Pro Buggies was running a BMW M5 V8, as opposed to the GM V8's most had. It had a special note that buzz-sawed straight to my soul. Although I might be biased.
Good weekend, obviously.