Lake Perkolilli Red Dust Revival Returns in 2022 with City Sponsorship

Published on Tuesday, 26 July 2022 at 5:00:00 PM

The Lake Perkolilli Red Dust Revival is returning in September after a two-year hiatus, with Council approving sponsorship support at Monday night’s Council meeting.

The City is contributing $80,000 in cash sponsorship and $20,000 in-kind sponsorship to the Lake Perkolilli Motor Sports Club to support the delivery of the large-scale motorsport event, planned for 19 to 25 September 2022.

The Red Dust Revival is an event unique to Kalgoorlie-Boulder with significant historical roots. The annual motor racing meeting was held at Lake Perkolilli from 1914 to 1939 with the lake’s unique and hard clay pan bed providing the ideal race landscape where many national speed records were set.

The event was revived by vintage motor racing enthusiasts in 2014 and was last held in 2019. Car enthusiasts spend many years building what is classified as “pre-war” vehicles with components from cars built before the Second World War.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bower expressed his anticipation for the event’s return and praised the collective efforts of local community members and groups helping ensure its successful delivery.

“I grew up on my father’s knee hearing stories of Lake Perkolilli and the amazing flying machines. It’s very exciting to have the return of a signature Kalgoorlie-Boulder event being made possible through the collaboration of many stakeholders in our City,” he said.

“I’m pleased that Council is providing additional funding to the Red Dust Revival as this is yet another opportunity to showcase the best of ourselves and our region to visitors from across the country.”

The Lake Perkolilli Motor Sports Club applied to the City’s Event Sponsorship Program for a contribution towards the 2022 event. The program is designed to position Kalgoorlie-Boulder as an events destination by partnering with community organisations and businesses making positive contributions to the local economy and liveability of the City.

In 2019, the Red Dust Revival attracted over 1,500 spectators and 300 participants throughout the seven-day event. It is anticipated that event participation will once again significantly increase this year resulting in more beneficial impacts on the local economy.

Photo credit: Lyn Webb via Our Gems

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