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Community newspspers; Australia, Central; Alice Springs (N.T.); Newspapers

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Erwin Chlanda

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Alice Springs


v. 17 issue 18

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Erwin Chlanda



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This all changed when he relocated to Alice Springs in 1987 and was a Sweep with Jol Fleming during the Alice 6 Hour. In 1988 Ken bought a buggy and signed up the next year for the Finke. Trouble was, he didnt finish building the buggy until 1am the day before and missed the start. He was too tired and the suspension was too soft! Back again in 1990, Ken attempted to race the same buggy but this time he ran out of tyres. It was very disappointing as he was in contention but he had two flats before he even got to Deep Well. Ken recalls arriving at Mick Cotters infamous camp and being offered two 15s off a Toyota a fantastic and wellmeaning gesture but sadly one he couldnt accept. Ken decided to take a break from racing and in-between times, got married and started a family. In 1996 he built his current car: a 1380cc 4WD Suzuki Sierra, modified to an extreme engine, which he raced in Class 8 Extreme 4WD (0-6 litre). While leading Class 8 and his nearest rival Bruce Garland, Ken parked the Suzuki on its door. He ended up as a track Sweep on the way back, finishing last. This year will be Kens 11th Finke Desert Race and hes still racing the same Suzuki with its original paint. After achieving second outright in his class in 1998, he says his best result so far was during the big wet in 2001 which saw the Finke River crossing under water. A number of vehicles hit the mighty river at speed with disastrous results, but for Ken, local knowledge and being able to read the river were definitely an advantage. With the water coming up to the wheel rims only, he knew exactly where to go, and went on to take 5th in the 4WD class and 20th outright. This year Kens co-driver is Sarah Kerr, daughter of Phil and Leonie. Although this will be her first Finke, Ken says shes a natural and not the slightest bit fazed. He says shes very quiet but theres a good chance this will change somewhere along the way. LETTERS: Revive the old drive-in! Sir I see no insurmountable barrier to relocating the villa development proposed for the drive-in site to an equivalent and more suitable site: a win-win for the developer and the community. Did the proponent or their agents object to the original heritage listing? Did they simply take advantage of a good price, possibly affected by a heritage listing which they now seek to remove? The applicant purchased the subject land in full knowledge of its heritage listing. The proponent refers to the old drive-in site as an eye-sore. I know a lot of people who would apply this description to a bizarrely placed residential enclave and would view a refurbished outdoor theatre as a huge community asset. This is the last remaining drive in theatre in the Northern Territory. Imagine the outcry if Darwins famous deck chair theatre was to be demolished in the name of affordable housing. Clearly some local developers cynically sense advantage in our aloof and remote government. Im sure this towns claim to film making fame easily eclipses that of Broome where the historic outdoor theatre is a major tourist attraction. I remember the line up of cars crawling from Heavitree Gap to the Drive-in on a Friday or Saturday night and I have no doubt this facility kept thousands off the streets who would otherwise have increased the burden on police, hospitals, courts and gaol. Long-term residents wonder why their young people look to a life elsewhere in a city with facilities and options. Brilliant! Mike Gillam Alice Springs Broken promises Sir In response to Rod Cramers letter (May 6): It does not surprise me to read about a lack of consultation involving matters that ASRAA should be consulted on but what does surprise me is the mention that a government website negates its duty (and promise) to keep residents of Alice Springs informed about matters discussed at its meetings.

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