August 2, 2018
Ever hear something like racing or going fast or land speed records? Maybe you have listened to someone talking about going to the Bonneville Salt Flats! Well, if you have not heard about or been to the Bonneville Salt Flats during Speed Week, put that on your bucket list, near the top! August is when they run each year and they have the most unique types of vehicles running on the Salt throughout the race week. The official web site has this description about the Salt!
What is the Bonneville Salt Flats?
Bonneville Land Speed Racing is a unique sport that consists of very determined people who drive hot rods, roadsters, belly tankers, lakesters, motorcycles, streamliners, and even diesel trucks to “shoot the salt” in a simple quest to have their name added to the list of many record holders. Many years ago, the Bonneville Nationals Inc. (BNI) was formed. It’s main focus would be to produce the annual “Bonneville Speed Week”. The BNI hosts a spectacular week of racing each year in August, which is the highlight event of the LSR season. Speed Week consists of six days of racing (Sat – Fri), weather and conditions permitting. Entrants come from all over the world to participate in the week long event. Spectators are allowed to walk through the pits, view the vehicles, and talk to the drivers and crew members. Public parking is south of the pit area, on the west side of the race track, outside the cones. Be sure to bring a hat, dark glasses, sunscreen and shade from the sun. Don’t forget a camera with lots of film/memory/tapes, because you will want to remember everything you see and hear. Binoculars are also a great idea since the race vehicles are at least 1/4 mile away as they travel down the course. The salt flats are located approximately 88 miles west of Salt Lake City, UT on I-80. The spectacular scenery and racing conditions at Bonneville make it one of the most popular areas in the world for speed. The colors, excitement, people and smells are some of the reasons we race addicts return to the salt, year after year. Better known as “Salt Fever”. CATCH IT
I’m headed out there next week and can hardly contain my excitement. The contestants are friendly, smiles everywhere…..unless they maybe just broke down.. people come from all over the world to participate, it is just plane awesome! You do not have to be a “gear head” to enjoy what’s happening there and get caught up in the happenings. Once you have been there, like me, it will be hard to wait a whole year to take in the experience again!
See you there!
Bryan Seltzer International Press Association Bryan@IPAnews.com PO Box 2617 Orange, CA 92780