Theres a song and for the life of me i can not remember the name of it but the chorus is WHERE THE F..K is ALICE .. Well Alice Springs is in the center of Australia some call it the Dead Center others the Red Center but to most that have lived and worked out here it's just known as The Alice. After 12 years i have returned to The Alice for a job that was to good to knock back and there is not much that i missed about The Alice but for one thing The Finke Desert Race and as luck would have it i was returning at the right time. The Finke is run on the long Queens Birthday weekend every year its cold -1 C in the mornings this time of year and more often than not very dusty and some years very wet, hell or high water its run. Friday night is Scrutineering of bikes and gear you ware and for the buggys as well its cold lots of food and beer and even a live band playing a good night out sad to say i was snapping photos with my old camera all night to find out later it not working and only the first few photos worked so i have had to borrow from others and for that mater better anyway. Saturday is Prologue day a short track of 8 km the top 10 bikes from the year before run it one at a time the rest of nearly 500 bikes go out in 3's and then up to 6 bikes at a time and times are posted fastest bikes leave in order on the Sunday for the Finke community 226 km south of Alice more or less following the old telegraph line that was made in the 1800's. yes even a guy in a chicken suit. After having a chilly night camping down at the Finke and doing any fixing that needs to be done to bikes and buggys and bodys Monday morning the they run the track back up to Alice Springs 452 km in total fastest time wins. Toby Price from Singleton in NSW riding a KTM 450 raced to the finish line for first place and a $10,000 cheque as the winner of the 2012 Tatts Finke Desert Race. He also won in 2010 but last year failed with mechanical failure. Toby done the 452km in a total time of 3 hours 57 minutes and 3 seconds average speed of 120 km from word go to stop. Seen this short vid on youtube gives you a good feeling of what its all about.