A FAST FAMILY
DRIVE LIKE A GIRL
Documentary-style video from our week with Rachelle Splatt at 2021 Speedweek at Lake Gairdner, South Australia.
A collection of images from the salt.
ABOUT THE CAR
Rosie is the family-built 2012 Lakester that was originally a fuel tank from an F-86 Sabre Bomber warplane that Mark picked up from a tobacco farm in Victoria in 2010. The car was completed in March 2012 and was put on a shipping container departing for the USA ready for Bonneville Speedweek in August later that year. The car, previously untested, passed is maiden run with flying colours at 136 mph. At the end of the week, Kurt was the one to crack the 200mph goal and set the top speed of the trip. Rosie had its first pass in Australia at DLRA's Speedweek in 2013 with Gemma behind the wheel. Since then, the team have raced the Lakester every year doing at least 5 passes on average with Mark setting the top speed of 251.3mph so far. Rosie has a 417 Chevrolet small-block engine and is naturally aspirated running with a Bonneville quick-change diff and top-loader gearbox.
The name Rosie stems from the family's love of AC/DC with their previous car named "Thunderstruck". Since the little tank has a whole 'lotta engine, this time the song "Whole 'lotta Rosie" came to mind and it stuck.