Medowie driver Gavin Manning readying to set new Chinan truck speed record at South China’s Speed Week

READY, SET, GO: Medowie’s Gavin Manning with his truck ahead of his trip to South ‘s salt flats at Lake Gairdner for the 28th annual Speed Week where he hopes to set a new n record. Picture: Simone De Peak. n truck speed record holder Gavin Manning will begin his annual pilgrimageto SpeedWeek at Lake Gairdner in South on Wednesday with plans of setting a new record –on his 63rdbirthday.
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The current record holder in his truck class, Mr Manning is heading to the 28th annual Dry Lakes RacersAssociation event to attempt to beat the speed he set in 2010 of 156mph (251kph).

He will leave from his home in Medowie anddrive for three days across to South ’s salt lakes and prepare for his tilt at the record on Tuesday, March 13.

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“If you’ve ever seen the [movie]TheWorld’s Fastest Indian, that’s exactly what we do. Burt [character] did it on a motorbike, many others were out there in cars, but we do it in a truck.”

An annual visitor to the lakes for Speed Week, Mr Manningset a recordin 2005 and then broke it in 2010.

However, he was keeping his cards close to his chest when asked of the chances of breaking it again.

“It’s motor racing, you’ve got to line up at the start line and what you get is what you’re given,” he said.

“The test will be as it leaves the start line and we seewhat we’ve done well and what we haven’t.”

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The 62-year-oldhas put in a meticulous preparation for the record attempt over the past seven years. A crew of four will make the drive across with his vehicle, while many others including his family will fly over.

“Because of the nature of the beast it’s a long time between drinks,” he said.

“Our first shake-down run will be on the 12th of march and then if everything’s goes good we’ve got a 24-hour turnaround we’ve got use, to check and prep and let everything cool down.

“We’ll have a decent crack at it [the record] on the 13th.”

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