2018 Alice Springs Camel Cup
And it came from a good old Aussie bet!
... I have had a feud with Lion Keith Mooney–Smith for some considerable time and I feel it is time we settled it.
So I challenge him to a duel, weapons being camels. Time and place I leave this up to him. That is if he is not chicken as he is getting that fat I doubt if he can sit on one; a good suggested time for this grudge race would be Centenary Celebrations….
Yours sincerely “Lion Noel”
The first Camel Race was run in 1970 in the dry Todd River Bed as a bet between two mates, Noel Fullerton and Keith Mooney-Smith, and was an added attraction at the Alice Springs Centenary Year Celebrations.
The Camel race proved so popular and hilarious that plans were made by the Lions Club to hold the event on an annual basis. The first permanent venue was Traeger Park, but low fences and a grass track were thought to be too dangerous, so in 1975 the event was moved to Arunga Park Speedway.
In 1979 it found its current home at the Noel Fullerton Camel Racing Arena at Blatherskite Park. Built by volunteers, Blatherskite Park is the only purpose built camel racing venue in the southern hemisphere with a commentary and judges' tower being erected, for telephone contact to the 'pits' and 'centre arena' to keep the crowd informed.
The Lions Club of Alice Springs has been involved from the beginning and has worked tirelessly in their efforts to raise funds for the community and provide a great day of racing for thousands of people to enjoy year after year. In early 2012 the Lions Club of Alice Springs Camel Cup Committee announced that the Apex Club of Central Australia has agreed to take over the running of the Lasseters Camel Cup. Due to the decline in club membership and the ageing of the remaining members, the Lions Club has decided after over 40 years to hand the famous desert race to Apex, an organisation with similar ideals to the Lions Club. “We are sure that the Apex Club will bring new and fresh ideas to the Lasseters Camel Cup,” Paul Barreau said.
“We wanted to ensure that the iconic Camel Cup continues and that the funds the Lions Club have raised over the past 40 years for community groups in need, continues well in the future,” Steve Langdon from Apex said.
“The Lions Club will continue to support the Apex Club with the event for as long as we are able,” Paul Barreau said.