2018 Media Releases

  • Australia's Ultimate Desert Race Proves Its Worth

    Enormous crowds, unusually warm weather and record breaking competitor achievements were the highlights of this year’s Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Inaugural Kay Wharton Fastest Female Award for 2018

    Ellyse O’Connor (#486 Yamaha YZ250F) has won the inaugural Kay Wharton Fastest Female Category at the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Price Crowned King of the Desert for Sixth Time

    2016 Dakar Champion Toby Price (#295 KTM 500 EXC-F) has added another Tatts Finke Desert Race title to his name, being crowned King of the Desert for the sixth time in nine years today in Alice Springs.

  • Record Sixth Finke Title For Rentsch

    Shannon and Ian Rentsch (#33 Jimco Aussie Special Nissan 3500cc) have been crowned Kings of the Desert once again, claiming a record-breaking sixth title at the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Price Blitzes Bikes on Day 1

    Five-time King of the Desert, Toby Price (#295 - KTM 500 EXC-F), has blitzed the bike field to arrive at Finke in 1 hour, 57 minutes and 45.6 seconds on Race Day 1 of the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Shannon and Ian Rentsch on Track to Defend Finke Title

    Reigning Kings of the Desert, Shannon and Ian Rentsch (#33 - Jimco Aussie Special Nissan 3500cc), have maintained top spot as the lead car into Finke for the overnight stop of Australia’s toughest off-road race, the Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • 2018 Finke Hero Revealed

    Dedicated volunteer, Simon Carr, has been announced as this year’s Finke Hero at the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Price on Track for Record Sixth Finke Win

    Five-time King of the Desert, Toby Price (#295 - KTM 500 EXC-F), has set the fastest lap time on the 8.3km Prologue track today putting him on course for a record-breaking sixth Tatts Finke Desert Race title.

  • Shannon Rentsch Prologues Fastest

    2017 Kings of the Desert, Shannon and Ian Rentsch (#33- Jimco Aussie Special Nissan 3500cc), have set the fasted lap in Prologue today, securing top spot in tomorrow’s starting order for the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Acciona 100% EcoPowered in Alice

    The Acciona 100% EcoPowered has descended on Alice Springs today ahead of its campaign as the first electric rally car to compete in the Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Electric Rally Car for Finke

    The 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race will see a nod to the future, with ACCIONA bringing an innovative electric rally car to Australia for the first time, showcasing how renewable energy can be competitive in the toughest of conditions.

  • 10 Days Until Race Weekend Kicks Off

    The countdown is on until the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race, which again features a star-studded competitor line-up at the 43rd running of the event.

  • Price Finke Double

    Five-time 'King of the Desert' Toby Price has announced he will again attempt the ‘Iron Man’ Finke Double at the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race, in Alice Springs, aiming to make history by winning both car and motorcycle categories.

  • Hazelwood to compete in Finke

    Russel Hazelwood, father of Supercars driver Todd, will compete in this years race on a KTM.

  • Warning: Track marking in progress

    Track marking will be taking place on the Finke track at various times and places between now and the race week. Please be aware, watch out for warning signs and take special care.

  • Kick Off Party for Race Week

    This year’s Tatts Finke Desert Race extravaganza will include a new, free and public Thursday night function, that is sure to be a hit.

  • 2018 Car Entry

    Car Supplementary Regulations are now available for 2018 Competitors. Details on how to enter the Car Division for the 2018 Event can be found below.

  • Volunteer Call Out

    Expressions of Interest are now open for those who want to volunteer at Australia’s Ultimate Desert Race, the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Record Numbers in Record Time

    The first race milestone has been met for this year’s Tatts Finke Desert Race, with bike entries declared full within five hours of them being open.

  • Ride High Stokie

    A message from the Finke Desert Race Club about Daymon Stokie.

  • 2017 Official DVD

    Official DVDs have finally arrived and are being mailed out to competitors and volunteers tomorrow - Tues 12 December. The 2017 DVD will be available in our online shop from tomorrow.

  • 2018 Finke Ambassadors

    After months of applications rolling in, weeks of shortlisting & interviews...and hours upon hours of deliberating.... the search for the 2018 Team of Ambassadors is now complete.

  • 2018 Bike Entry

    Bike Supplementary Regulations are now available for 2018 Competitors. Details on how to enter the Bike Division for the 2018 Event can be found below.

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Business Opportunities

  • Stalls - Trade & Catering

    A Fact Sheet is available below in PDF form for Trade Exhibition Stalls. Please read this carefully before making an application as there have been some changes. Your application does not automatically mean you have been accepted, these will be assessed by the FDR Committee as soon as practical, and if accepted, and you will be notified and invoiced accordingly.

    Please call Giselle in our office (08 8952 8886) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like to find out more. Applications will strictly close at COB on Friday 25th May 2018.

    Please note that stall applications are now closed and no further applications are being considered.

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2017 Media Releases

  • Notice of AGM 2017

    The Annual General Meeting for Finke Desert Race Inc 2017 will be held on Tuesday 28th November at 5.45pm for a 6pm start. The venue will be the CADO - Central Australian Development Office (Old Marrons Newsagency) 55 Todd Mall. For further information please call the Finke Office on 8952 8886 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Damon Stokie - King of the Desert

    Alice Springs rider Daymon Stokie was today crowned “King of the Desert’, winning the 2017 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Shannon & Ian Rensch 5 times winners

    The Victorian son and father duo of Shannon and Ian Rentsch (#33 Jimco Nissan 3500cc) have become five time winners of Australia’s greatest desert classic.

  • David Walsh super-fast on day 1

    Local hero David Walsh was super-fast in the bike division today propelling his #3 KTM EXC500 down the track in first spot.

  • Travis Robinson lead car into Finke

    Travis Robinson and Trent Anthony (#13 Jimco OBR Nissan 3500cc) have finished Day 1 of the 2017 Tatts Finke Desert Race as the lead car into Finke

  • David Walsh steps up

    Local Alice Springs rider David Walsh (#3 KTM EXC500) has set the fastest time on the 8.3 kilometre Prologue track for the 2017 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Travis Robinson fastest in Prologue

    West Australian Travis Robinson and Trent Anthony (#13 Jimco OBR Nissan 3500cc) has blitzed the 130 strong car field in Prologue.

  • Monty Erikson - 2017 Finke Hero

    Monty Erikson was last night crowned 2017 Finke Hero in recognition of the outstandin work he has done as a volunteer at the Bundooma Checkpoint.

  • Toby Price looking for a class win

    Toby Price will be at the iconic Finke event with this year’s aim being an overall win and Extreme 2WD class win in a Geiser Brothers built Trophy Truck.

  • American Offroad Legend arrives

    The highly credentialed US Off Road specialist Harley Letner arrives in Alice Springs ahead of 2017 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Finke Preview 2017

    2017 Tatts Finke Desert Race Preview

  • Tony Lockett

    Organisers of the 2017 Tatts Finke Desert Race are thrilled to announce AFL goal kicking record holder Tony Lockett has been confirmed to compete in this year’s race.

  • Finke Entries Skyrocket

    Organisers of the Tatts Finke Desert Race today announced that due to overwhelming demand, they have increased the size of the bike field for this year’s event.

  • 2017 Asbuild Finke Desert Race Grid Ambassadors

    The Finke Desert Race Grid Girls have been a staple of the Tatts Finke Desert Race for the past 14 years. Over the years, we have seen over 75 women be involved as one of our Official Ambassadors – bringing recognition and awareness of the race to a broader audience.

  • Entries Bonanza for Finke 2017

    Entries opened in the bike section for the Tatts Finke Desert Race yesterday morning and in the first 12 hours, 554 competitors had lodged and paid for an entry.

  • Bike Entries Set to Open for Finke 2017

    Bike Entries Set to Open for Finke 2017

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2016 Media Releases

  • Message from the Finke President

    Can you believe it’s been just 6 days since the completion of the 41st Finke and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this year; coming off a huge 2015

  • Toby Price Equals Record Bike Wins

    KTM factory rider Toby Price has ridden further into the deep history of the Finke Desert Race ...

  • Owen/Ryan take overall victory in Cars

    Glenn Owen and Mathew Ryan today took overall victory in Day 2 of the car division ...

  • Toby Price dominates Bikes Day 1

    Toby Price from Aberglasslyn in NSW has again dominated the bikes on Day 1 ...

  • Glen Owen wins Cars Day 1

    In an exciting battle on Day 1 of the 2016 Tatts Finke Desert Race Victorian Glenn Owen with his New South Wales co-driver Mathew Ryan were first into the overnight stop ...

  • Toby Price fastest in Bike Prologue

    Toby Price from Aberglasslyn in NSW has made the perfect start in his attempt to equal the most wins by a rider in the Tatts Finke Desert Race ...

  • Jack Rhodes fastest in Car Prologue

    The South Australian crew of Jack Rhodes and David Pullino aboard their Jimco Aussie Special Nissan 3500cc #91 have set the fastest time in Prologue ...

  • Finke Hero is the "King" of the Desert

    Glen Auricht named as the 2016 Finke Hero in recognition of outstanding work undertaken as a volunteer ...

  • Toby Price to do the Double!

    Toby Price will be attempting to achieve a double finish in this years race ...

  • Media Release - 2016 Race Preview

    Just when you thought the Tatts Finke Desert Race couldn’t get any bigger or better after last year’s mega 40th anniversary event ...

  • 2016 Venue Change for Scrutineering

    The Finke Desert Race club announced today that Scrutineering for the 2016 Tatts Finke Desert Race will take place at the Start Finish line in Alice Springs instead of Blatherskite Park.

  • Brolga Award Success

    The Tatts Finke Desert Race has won the Festivals and Events category at the 2015 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards.

  • Finke Supports Jol Fleming Fundraiser

    The Finke Desert Race Club is pleased to announce that it has made a donation to a fundraiser for longtime volunteer Jol Fleming.

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2015 Media Releases

  • Media Release - Bikes Day 2

    New South Wales rider Toby Price on his #1 KTM 500EXC has taken victory in the 2015 Tatts Finke Desert race celebrating 40 years of the iconic event.

  • Media Release - Cars Day 2

    The Victorian son and father duo of Shannon and Ian Rentsch in the #1 JIMCO Buggy Nissan 3500cc machine have taken victory in the 2015 Tatts Finke Desert Race to claim their 4th “King of the Desert” title.

  • Media Release - Bikes Day 1

    Toby Price aboard his #1 KTM 500 EXC appears unstoppable in his quest for his fourth King of the Desert title

  • Media Release - Cars Day 1

    South Australians Jack Rhodes and David Pullino driving the #91 PRO Class Jimco Aussie Special Nissan 3500cc buggy have ticked ....

  • Media Release - Bike Prologue

    KTM rider Toby Price has proven yet again to be the class of the bike field for the 40th running of the Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Media Release - Cars Prologue

    South Australian crew Jack Rhodes/David Pullino have set the fastest time in today’s car prologue for the 2015 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Media Release - Finke Hero

    Steve and Ingrid Walton have been recognised as “Finke Heroes” for their work as volunteer officials at the Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Media Release - 2015 Legends Prologue

    Nostalgia will be high at this year’s Tatts Finke Desert Race with an event paying homage to its 40th running.

  • Media Release - 2015 Tatts Finke Desert Race Preview

    The 2015 Tatts Finke Desert Race Preview Media Release

  • Media Release - 2015 Car Entries

    2015 Car entries will open on Monday 16 March at 0900 CST. Interest is expected to be very high.

  • Media Release - 2015 Welcomes Back 1976 Competitors

    The Finke Desert Race Club today announced that those who competed in the first race in 1976 will be invited back to ride during this year’s event.

  • Media Release - 2015 Bike Entries Fill in One Day

    Within the first hour more than 300 people had entered on-line and by the end of the day, 640 had lodged an entry and paid their entry fee.

  • Media Release - 2015 Increased Competitor Numbers

    The organisers of the Tatts Finke Desert Race today announced an increase in the number of places for competitors in the 2015 event.

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2014 Media Releases

  • Media Release - Father/Daughter Combo

    Rick Hall and his daughter Isabelle have made Tatts Finke Desert Race history by being the first father and daughter to enter and finish in the same event.

  • Media Release - Geddes the Super Hero

    Queenslander Billy Geddes has defied all the odds and has completed the 2014 Tatts Finke Desert course twice, driving a Trophy Truck and riding a bike

  • Media Release - Bikes Day 2

    Toby Price from Maitland in NSW has returned to the centre of Australia to win the 2014 Tatts Finke Desert Race, making him a three time winner of the off-road classic.

  • Media Release - Cars Day 2

    "Shannon and Ian Rentsch from Victoria have taken victory in the 2014 Tatts Finke Desert Race"

  • Media Release - Billy Geddes Day 1

    "Queenslander Billy Geddes is halfway through achieving his epic challenge of competing and finishing the 2014 Tatts Finke Desert race in both a car and on a bike. "

  • Media Release - Bike Day 1

    Maitland NSW rider Toby Price on his #299 KTM 500 EXC has been relentless in pursuing another victory on Day 1 of the bike competition at the 2014 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Media Release - Cars Day 1

    The son and father combination of Shannon and Ian Rentsch have led the car field into Finke on Day 1 of the 2014 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

  • Media Release - Prologue Bikes

    "Prologue Bikes 2014"

  • Media Release - Prologue Cars

    "Prologue Cars 2014"

  • Media Release - 2014 Finke Hero Sally Preece

    "2014 Finke Hero Sally Preece"

  • Media Release - Finke Desert Race Preview

    Media Release - Finke Desert Race Preview
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