Yesterday was the final day of race round and this is celebrated by "Coolgardie Day" which is basically a fun day which has markets, stalls a parade etc.
We had the AGM and a club run at the gokarts so we went there for the day.
Again, the day started off perfectly, the sun was shining, the birds were singing etc. but then a bit of wind started to blow....and it got stronger and we could see big black clouds descending on us at a rapid rate. There was also thick dust and it was getting worse. Chairs started blowing away, 44 gallon drums started to blow over and I was getting a bit concerned. We were at the pit bays which is a fancy name for a concrete floor and a tin roof!! As the wind got stronger and the dust got thicker I said to Dean "Should we go and shelter behind the sea container", to which he replied "No, I don't want to leave the gokart on its own" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
So, realising my status in life, I suggested that we take the gokart with us and seek shelter behind the sea container. Dean thought this was a good idea so he carefully wheeled the kart to safety.
Once the gokart was safely protected by the sea container we decided to put a few things in the boot of the car and as we were doing this we heard a horrendous roaring, cracking sound and saw people running. I looked up and saw that the timing tower was completely gone and all that was left was the uprights at the bottom of the building. I will never forget the feeling that I had when I saw this as, like just about everyone else there, I thought that there were people in the timing tower and I knew that there would be death or serious injury due to the fact that there was nothing left of the building.
Thankfully, the ladies that were in the building had decided to evacuate it 5 minutes before it was destroyed and no one was hurt.
The building and everything in it that was lost can be replaced but precious lives can't be.
Here are some pics for you.
The storm moving across the track
Image provided by Lee-Anne Martin
What the timing tower used to look like
Image from http://www.speedcafe.com/2011/09/18/karting-officials-escape-death-in-wind-storm/
What the timing tower looks like now!
Images provided by Lee-Anne Martin