The 62nd Annual Bonneville Speed Week
Text and Photos by Matt Emery
There are few places on Earth like the Bonneville Salt Flats. The first time that you step out onto the salt, the first thing that hits you is how immense the place is. There are mountains bordering the western edge, but when looking to the north and east, the flat, white expanse seems to go on forever. It’s been said that the salt actually extends, albeit under dirt, all the way to the Great Salt Lake, which is over 100 miles to the east.
For over 60 years, speed enthusiasts have stood on that salt and eyed the far away horizon, then they have strapped themselves into their vehicles, some stock and some specially built, pointed them at that horizon and then pushed that vehicle and themselves to the limit. If you asked 50 different competitors why they do it, you will probably get 50 different answers. Some may say it’s for the glory, or the notoriety or even for the thrill of literally laying your life on the line, but we think that the reason is simple: the quest for speed, and to be acknowledged as the fastest person on earth.
Located just outside Wendover, Utah/West Wendover, Nev. (we’ll explain later), the salt is like nowhere else in the world; not in terms of geology but of one of potential fun. Lakes racing is flat out, old-time fun and thousands of racers descended upon Bonneville Salt Flat International Raceway on August 14-20, 2010 for the 62nd Bonneville Speed Week. Put on by the SCTA, Speed Week is a ritual of fast times, good times and seemingly endless time waiting around for open lanes and other competitors to get moving.