The Bonneville Salt Flats might be all about going fast in a straight line, but nothing is going to stop this '51 Ford F1 pickup from wringing out its V8 with some salty burnouts.
What draws us in to Speedweek at the Bonneville Salt Flats isn't just the how fast the cars go, it's the whole presence of the salt and the people who make the pilgrimage there. Kelly Loudenberg and Arianna LaPenne took their cameras to Speedweek back in 2010 and made this short film, "Nebulous Theorem," that…
Bonneville Speed Week always creates brilliant stories and images. For example: Amir Rosenbaum, who's graduated from a salt-driven Ferrari F40 to the Spectre Performance SpeedLiner. In its second year running Bonneville, Amir managed a 366-mph exit speed and three records.
After taking in the famous Bonneville Speed Week, the journey home provided time to reflect upon the experience. We've concluded there's a subtle importance not reflected in any record book of the event.
Friday evening the hot rodders got together at the Wendover Nugget Casino and plenty of guys showed up proudly displaying a crusty patina of salt from running around the Bonneville Salt Flats all day.
So we're heading to the turn in the access road for where we've camped out, and what to our wondering eyes should appear but this unfathomably cool 1950 Chevy Cabover custom built into a pickup.
A 498 cubic-inch Chevy V8 took Seth Hammond's radical lakester up to 301 MPH yesterday, crushing the previous eight-year-old record of 274.813 MPH for an unblown motor in its class.
Barry Bryant from Anderson, California died Sunday en route to the hospital after losing control of his race car passing the five mile mark at 200 MPH.
This amazingly slow 1948 Divco Twin Coach took 14 hours to get to Bonneville over a 308 mile journey, making it one of the slowest vehicles on the salt, but it's also one of the coolest.
It's been cool so far, with average temperatures in the 70s. The racers line up on the short and long courses early, eager to get to the task of chasing the horizon.
Social Distortion's cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" came on the satellite radio as we made the turn off for the Bonneville Salt Flats. It felt somehow appropriate. Racing hasn't started and already, the place is awesome. Gallery below.
Starting Saturday, the blinding whiteness of the Bonneville Salt Flats will transform into the most revered home of high speed in the world. And we'll be there.
Bonneville Speed Week, now past for 2006, is a photographer's fantasy affair. The dramatic moonscapes of Utah, tinted by low-angled sun and set atop a limitless expanse of cotton white, beats the steaming hell out of an ill-lit convention center for rendering well-turned hardware. Retinal neurophysiology scientist,…