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13th November 2019

2019 Worthy Parts Industry Link Expo

Last week Cathy sat down with Michael Worthington and discussed the great success of his second Industry Link Expo. It is amazing to see a young Kalgoorlie entrepreneur see his dreams come to fruition and along with this, bringing more business and revenue to other businesses within and outside the mining industry.

Worthy Parts Industry Link Expo

Michael and Jaymi Worthington are the founders of the Industry Link Expo. Their business started as Worthy Parts, essentially the middle man for selling genuine parts and earth moving equipment, where previously it was hard to raise purchase orders to warrant such a transaction. After the brand made a solid impact into the industry, they developed the Industry Link. This is their core business and it entails connecting people and machinery within the mining industry, whether it be parts, machines and service providers. Following the fast developing digital space movement, they created an online directory connecting the mining industry within the cloud, so that people know what each other have for offer. They are essentially the Link!! However, it can be hard work letting people know what each other has to offer and there is only so many phone calls and emails you can make, and so the Industry Link Expo was born to physically bring people together so they can network and view the products and learn about what services are avaialble.

Worthy Parts Industry Link Expo

Although brought together within 3 months, last year’s inaugural Expo was well attended with around 2,400 people over both days, which is an amazing effort and was successful! This year is up from that, the final number isn’t out yet however looking like around 2,800 over the 2 days. Hotels were booked out and flights were expensive, so we can assume the Expo brought out-of-towners to Kalgoorlie which had an impact on local business which is what we want to see!

The people Michael associates with were from Mt Isa, Toowoomba, Brisbane, New Zealand, Melbourne & Sydney so people do travel! Last year there was 90 exhibitors and this year around 150, a phenomenal increase! The biggest thrill Michael had was on day 2 when all the kids came down to have a look at the machines, climb all over the machines and the helicopter it reminded him of when his Father use to take him down to the Mining Expo back in the day!

There were also social activities hosted in conjunction with the Expo starting with the Northern Star Sundowner which was at the racecourse. A well attended event to kick off the major weekend ahead and the perfect way for exhibitors to relax and network.

On Friday morning breakfast with Kasey Stoner saw around 250 people attend. Kalgoorlie Boy, Michael Patrizi was the MC and it was nice to have him back home.  Michael was fantastic as the MC as he just wasn’t asking Kasey & Jess questions, he was engaging with the crowd and got them involved. The other speaker was Jess Moore who is number 1 in New Zealand number 2 in Australia for motocross. She felt right at home on the stage with Kasey and Michael!

Worthy Parts Industry Link Expo

On the Saturday night saw the KCGM Legend’s of Gold Gala Ball and attended by 330 people who were involved in the charity rebuild. The racecourse bookings ring was transformed into lavish ball setting with gourmet menu and great music. Everyone got Glammed up and it was a night to remember. The main feature was the auction of the Mining Legends Loader, the loader was on display at the first Expo in its need to be repaired state and here it was at Expo # 2 all repaired and looking like new! The auction raised $600,000! That is almost double what the Goldfields Charity Ball raises! $300,000 was given to the Miners Promise which is for families of victims of mining accidents or support network. The other $300,000 was given to the Goldfields Esperance Community Trust.  What a successful ending to the Industry Link Expo.

Worthy Parts Industry Link Expo

They are in discussions with the Orange City Council to hold an Industry Link Expo there in March 2021 and this looks promising. And hosting another in Kalgoorlie in October 2022.

So well done Michael and Jaymi and the whole Worthy Parts team for all their hard work. Not only have you made our goals a reality but you have also help contribute to the Kalgoorlie Boulder economy and project our great city in a positive light! We all thank you.

Photo credits: Abby Murray Photography

4th November 2019

The Lake Perkolilli Red Dust Revival 2019


By Graeme Cocks,
Lake Perkolilli Red Dust Revival 2019
A Rolls-Royce appears out of a cloud of dust. An English adventurers ships his car 21,000km from the UK and lasts less than two laps before blowing his engine apart. Never mind, he is lent another 90 year old car from another competitor to race for the weekend. A priceless aircraft lands within metres of the motor racing track and the occupants get out with deckchairs and sit in the shade under the wing to watch the races. A 1913 Bleriot land yacht shares the clay pan with ultralights from the Goldfields Dust Devils hang gliding club.

It’s moments like this which made the Lake Perkolilli Red Dust Revival so special.

To some it is sacrilegious to cover precious antique race cars and motorbikes in red dust and driving them at the limit but for 100 pre-war race car owners and motorcycle riders it couldn’t get any better.

Camping in the bush and getting down and dirty with their vintage cars was their greatest reward for bringing the old bangers to life after sometimes years of work.

Lake Perkolilli near Kanowna is legendary amongst those who know about the outback origins of Australian motor sport. The rock hard and billiard table smooth claypan was a Mecca for speed merchants who wanted to claim Australian speed records, and from 1914 through to 1939 many records were set by cars and motorcycles.

Lake Perkolilli Red Dust Revival 2019

When around-the-houses motor racing came to Western Australia and the spectators did not need to trek the 600km to the Goldfields, Lake Perkolilli or “Perko” as it was called was forgotten and virtually abandoned.

The Lake Perkolilli Red Dust Revival from 12 to 15 September this year resurrected the old natural track and the glory days of Goldfields motor sport was alive once more.

They camped in the bush — just like the racers of the 1920s and 1930s who trekked from Perth to test out their cars and bikes on what was called the “Brooklands of the West”.

Britain has its Goodwood Revival on a converted airfield, the USA has The Race of Gentleman on a beach and now Australia has the Lake Perkolilli Red Dust Revival on a claypan in the outback.

The oldest cars at the Red Dust Revival were Ford Model T speedsters. The venerable Model T released to the world in 1909 was not known for speed but when the smart young mechanics of the era stripped them back and hotted-up the engines they were fast and loud.

There were Chrysler racers from the 1920s, replicas of the cars which set Australian 24 Hour Speed Records back in 1926 and 1927. Austin Sevens, the original “Baby” Austins competed head-to-head with more expensive and sophisticated cars such as Bentleys and Lagondas.

Hugh Fryer’s Austin was called “The Flying Bathub” for obvious reasons and at first he didn’t like the name, but then it stuck and it was a badge of honour — “Yeah, it’s the Flying Bathtub — and yep, it flies!”.

About 40 classic motorcycles also kicked up the dust on the claypan for the first time since 1939. The great British brands of times past such as BSA, AJS and Triumph were well represented as well as big American V-Twins such as Harley and Indian.

The Lake Perkolilli Red Dust Revival was run by a group of enthusiasts from the vintage motorcycle and sports car fraternity who just wanted to experience the thrill of claypan racing. To administer the event they formed the Lake Perkolilli Motor Sports Club Inc. Everyone who entered the event with a car or motorcycle automatically became a member of this very exclusive bunch of people who can say that they have competed on one of the world’s oldest race tracks with exactly the same surface as a century ago.

The event was free to attend as a spectator and thanks to the City of Kalgoorlie/Boulder there was camping adjacent to the claypan and the most basic facilities. Thousands of people came to enjoy the spectacle just like the good ol’ days — camping in the bush and enjoying the smoke, smell and clatter of old race cars and bikes as they kicked up the dust.

For more information and to ordered the commemorative book of the event go to www.motoringpast.com.au.

Lake Perkolilli Red Dust Revival 2019

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