Imagine breaking land speed records of 200, 300, 400, even 600 mph on a piece of Ice Age history. It has been known, this desolate land is so flat you can practically see the curvature of our plant. This famous destination is visited by thousands of high-speed racers every year anxiously awaiting their turn to chase the horizon. International attention to Bonneville brings commercial filmmakers, photographers and writers. Bonneville’s 61st “World of Speed” event challenged 400 race cars and 150 motorcycles. There are a variety of competitors from oval track racers, diesel trucks, streamliners, model A Fords, motorcycles, and even jet turbines. Bonneville records are set by two runs. You must beat the existing speed which is the “Qualifying Run” which then qualifies participants for the “Record Run”.
The more the racer gets towards the center of the flats, they’’ll notice the crust can reach almost 5 feet thick in certain places, and as they get closer to the edges the salt tapers to about one inch. Competitors are surrounded by 46 square miles of freedom. “Bonneville” is also on the National Register of Historic Landmarks because of its contribution to land speed racing.
Over 12,000 years ago, ancient Lake Bonneville was the size of Lake Michigan covering over 30,000 acres before the waters receded. The salt flats comprise of nearly 90% salt, with layers of that almost five inches in depth.
Ryan shot the photo of his Dad’s chopped ‘36 truck and Matt Whitlock of Wrecked Metals chopped ‘31 Chrysler at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Photos by: Ryan Salamon
~ Sunday Slacker Magazine