SOAR2015 Photobook Ready!

Our 2015 Photobook is ready... and it’s worth the wait! Featuring amazing photography from all of our photo contributors and in particular our talented aerial photographers Fiona Hamilton and Mal MacDonald, the 74 page coffee table book will let you show off your journey to friends and family.

Titled ‘above and beyond’, the book recognizes the contribution by each and every participant who made the 2015 race a record-breaker.

We have attached a few sample pages as a taster. The book follows our journey from start to finish, including not only all the people, planes and scenery, but also a few of our favourite poems (well done again John and Daniel!).

We managed to secure a very reasonable price for the books, which cost $75 including postage within Australia. Using the ordering form below you can use your Paypal account, credit card or direct debit.

Of course, they are available for purchase by anyone and not just participants.

If you have any questions please contact us!

The final date for ordering is Sunday March 27th.


Mal MacDonald Wins ERSA Competition!

There were some amazing photos taken by participants throughout the event. As with previous races, AirServices agreed to host the Outback Air Race photo competition, where the best participant photo will be published on the cover of the next ERSA. (For the non-pilots, the ERSA is a flight manual used by all pilots and is mandatory to be taken on every flight - so they have a very high circulation).

After the race, participants submitted their three best photos to the committee, who narrowed that list down to three, for final judging of the winner by AirServices.

We are pleased to announce Mal MacDonald’s action photograph of our favorite C180, ex-RFDS aircraft VH-FDH, landing at Davenport Downs will feature on the cover of the May ERSA!

Mal, who also won the 2012 photo competition, had this to say about his win: “Taking part in the 2015 event was a great privilege I was able to share with our many racers, sponsors and supporters. The landscape we flew over was spectacular, giving many of us with cameras a very special opportunity to capture some unique and rare perspectives of the outback. For me, a highlight of the event was Davenport Downs. I was fortunate to capture a couple of very special shots at Davenport including some of VH-FDH with Jan, Penny and Murray on board. With Jan and Penny blessing, I submitted a shot of FDH for the OAR ERSA comp. How delighted I was when I recently heard Air Services decided to place that wonderful aircraft on the cover of ERSA in May. A terrific tribute to the work and sacrifice Jan and Penny have put into many OARs and, of course, a public tribute to the wonderful FDH. I encourage everyone to buy your May ERSA (in good old traditional print version) when it comes out !”

Congratulations to the runners up:

Second place: Racers parked up at Davenport Downs, also shot by Mal

Third place: Stunning costal shot by the Freo Flyers enroute to Forrest

Well done again Mal and thanks everyone for your entries!

All ERSA competition entries can be found on our google drive photo album.

Unpublished TIME covers!

Unpublished TIME covers! Geoff almost makes the cover with "That's not a leg", Mal's shot over Davenport Down...

Posted by Outback Air Race on Monday, December 21, 2015

Event Photos!

Participants have been compiling their best photos to a common Google Drive album over the last few months. With a lot of talent in the group there are some amazing photos - both from the air and on the ground. Click here to have a look!

RFDS WA Facilities Tour

The Royal Flying Doctor Service WA Division opened their doors to participants today, as a thanks for yet another...

Posted by Outback Air Race on Sunday, November 29, 2015

"I'd go with you anywhere" race video

Our race video, put together by Peter Kneale, collating the sights, people and fun we had on our two week adventure.

Photos from Team Bad Mooney Rising

Team Bad Mooney Rising have uploaded photos of their journey to facebook.

Classic Safari Raffle Result

The Classic Safari Raffle was drawn today, Monday 14/09/15, at the RFDS western office, Jandakot. The lucky ticket number was 1413, owned by David Green, who participated in this event in team The Altitude Chasers. David has been notified via mobile phone.

This raffle contributed significantly to the record breaking event fundraising tally. We thank everyone that purchased a ticket and of course our Major Sponsor The Classic Safari Company who donated the major prize!

We will have photographic evidence available shortly!

The Rocketeers race winners!

Congratulations to The Rocketeers, Chris Stevenson and Wayne Ovens, who were announced winners of the 2015 Steadfast Outback Air Race at the Finish Party on Hamilton Island. The Rocketeers were consistent achievers, winning 4 of the 8 legs and regularly scoring in excess of 1,785 points.

Runners up were Race Villians No. 7 (Phil Hines, Jane Crichton) with third place awarded to Bad Mooney Rising (Stuart Payne, Rowan Hill, Peter Kneale).

Well done to the Bald Eagles as well as Bad Mooney Rising for achieving a perfect 0 second time score.

Full race results can be found here:

Record breaking fundraising total of $560,000!

We are very excited to announce that the 2015 Steadfast Outback Air Race has raised in excess of $560,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Our Treasurer, Stuart Payne, announced the figure to racers and guest at the finish party on Hamilton Island last night (Friday 4th September 2015), which included special guests Bill Mellor (RFDS board member) and Bill Owen (Steadfast broker representing Steadfast Foundation and Steadfast Group).
The fundraising figure is far in excess of all events before it, with participants and sponsors both contributing to this result. We thank our event naming rights supporter Steadfast Foundation, major sponsors The Classic Safari Company and Summit Fleet and Leg Sponsors. A special mention to Lawson Grains who not only contributed corporate funds as a leg sponsor, but also continued to raise funds as individuals, raising an incredible $53,000!
Our participants contributed over $430,000 to the total, with 18 teams raising more than $10,000. The event Highest Fundraiser was Mittagong 210ers (Peter Clisdell, Helen Clisdell, Jim Driver, Vanessa Driver) who raised $41,000 with runner ups Race Villians No. 7 (Phil Hines, Jane Crichton) and ATOM (Alan and Jo Sattler).
The fundraising total is almost double the total from the previous event and takes the total raised by the Outback Air Race since the inception in 1996 to $2,060,000.
Even better, we expect the figure will climb even further as additional donations are received and accounts finalised.
Thanks everyone for your efforts!


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