Last year an extraordinary motoring event was held at Lake Perkolilli in the Goldfields.
The rock-hard claypan area was used by WA motoring racing enthusiasts from 1914-1939.
In an attempt to recreate the drama and spectacle of the 26 events held during that time, thousands of spectators and more than 100 competitors in pre-war cars and motorcycles — some from as far away as the UK — descended on the area for the Red Dust Revival.
Lake Perkolilli Motor Sport Club president Graeme Cocks said the aim was to capture the essence of early outback motor racing, which was rough and ready but also spectacular.
“Little did we know what a spectacle we had created,” he said.
“(Racers) kicked up great clouds of dust as they roared around the 4.25km circuit and it made for a sensational visual event.”
To commemorate the occasion, freelance (and former The West Australian) photographer Sharon Smith spent a week camping at the claypan, capturing the goings on from dawn to dusk while covered in dust.
“Through her beautiful images, she has captured the spirit of Perkolilli,” Mr Cocks said. “She has harnessed the light and colour of the claypan, caught moments in time and the dynamic nature of cars and bikes through the dust.”
Smith and other photographers’ work has been compiled into a 206-page limited-edition hard-cover book.
“This is a very special visual record of something which may never be repeated,” Mr Cocks said.
There aren’t many copies remaining — but we have one to giveaway to a lucky WestWHEELS reader thanks to publisher Motoring Past.
Whether you were at the event and want to capture the memory in the best possible way, are a motoring enthusiast or just want a visually stunning coffee-table book, you can enter by liking WestWHEELS’ Facebook page and then sending us a private message with your name, address and phone number.
If you already follow the page, simply send us a message.
The competition will run until 5pm Friday, July 31.