All Female Land Speed Assault – On the Salt!
Rachelle Splatt, the worlds first female to crack 300mph in drag racing is teaming up with Gemma Dunn, Australia’s fastest female on the Salt lakes, for a full-blown Land Speed assault at DLRA Speedweek 2020, hosted at Lake Gairdner in South Australia.
Gemma has so far achieved 234mph (377Kph) in this family-owned Lakester they call Rosie, aptly named after the AC/DC song ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ stemming from their love for the famous Aussie rock band. This home built 417cu Small Block Chevy V8 powered machine started out as an aircraft fuel tank of all things, of which saw service on an F-86 Sabre fighter jet that her father Mark found on a tobacco farm in Victoria back in 2010. A great choice in reality, as the manufacturer North American Aviation would have gone to great lengths to ensure maximum aero efficiency at insane speeds. Gemma said, ‘It really is a family affair and an obsession that represents our love for cars and all things fast and powerful. The ultimate goal for this car is to break the 300mph (483kph) barrier, and we’d love to see Rachelle be the one to achieve that goal at some point in the future. She’s been a hero of mine going way back, and we’re ecstatic to have her as part of the team’.
Rachelle is very excited about this new challenge and understands that it’ll require a whole new learning curve to take charge behind the wheel of this wild ride. Rachelle says ‘It’s not just a point and shoot deal, you have to fight them all the way. Unlike the explosive nature of a Top Fuel car that completes its run inside 4 seconds over 1000ft, with these cars you’re in for a long yet fast haul over nine miles with three timed miles (4.8km) on the open Salt, including the additional time it takes before that timed stretch, just to get them wound up with such tall gearing. Even just to crack the 200mph barrier at this early stage for me would be an amazing milestone if possible, and to be a part of the first all Australian female team taking on this event is an exciting quest in its own right. From there, the sky is the limit really, and the rest is up to Rosie to see just how far she’ll take us’.
Be sure to keep an eye out for updates leading up to next years event in March 2020; it’s going to be epic!