Back to El Mirage

Words by Matt Willis

One of our short-living traditions here at timscribbles’ is making semi-regular trips out to the El Mirage Dry Lakebed in the high California desert. The whole trip is nothing more than a generally unproductive day of seeing whose slow car is the fastest, kicking up a bunch of dust, using a motor to cook hot dogs, and other similar petrol-head nonsense. I suppose that’s what makes it so fun.

We first started going to El Mirage several years ago, when this site had just emerged. After our second (and oddly successful) event, we tried to expand and make it into a production – a la Race Wars – but we had several hoops to jump through with permits and event liability. We never pursued it and instead kept it a small, spontaneous gathering of close friends of the site.

Our recent outing – which took place a couple weeks ago – was no different.

TISIMG_3398

TISIMG_3411

If you’ve never been, El Mirage pretty much looks like this. It’s a 4-mile long flat surface packed with a very fine dust (silt). They do land speed trials and the SCTA practices for Bonneville here, in addition to hang gliding, ATV/dirt bike riding, camping and other forms of recreation.

TISIMG_3419

TISIMG_3409

After prepping our cars, we head out into the dirt to find a spot to assemble on the edge of the lake.

TISIMG_3422

_MG_5057

Being sort of a photogenic environment, it was only natural for the cameras to come out with us. We got our hands on an EF 500mm telephoto for the day.

TISIMG_3436
At just around 7 pounds, this lens is not low profile by any means and was proving formidable in the strong winds of the desert.

_MG_5072

_MG_5128

_MG_5213
It wasn’t long before we set up a rough quarter-mile and started some drag races…

_MG_5215

_MG_5217

TISIMG_3414

_MG_5294

_MG_5188

_MG_5191

_MG_5143

_MG_5150

_MG_5133

_MG_5111

_MG_5093

_MG_5087

_MG_4134

_MG_4292

TISIMG_3435

TISIMG_3522
Around mid-day, we usually take a break and attempt to prepare some food. The winds were persistent to keep the flames going we had to set up a makeshift barrier with the cars…

_MG_5305

_MG_5323

_MG_5307

_MG_5267

Soon thereafter, the action resumed…

_MG_5255

_MG_5286

_MG_5339

TISIMG_3457

TISIMG_3458

_MG_4342

Quads and other OHVs are often sharing the lake bed…

_MG_4000

_MG_3988

_MG_3959

_MG_5374

We closed the day with some shots against the falling sun…

_MG_5368

_MG_5378

_MG_5381

_MG_5389

_MG_4355

Advertisements
This entry was posted by fullcoupe.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: