Last week, a group of Boise State University students set a new land-speed record for a vehicle powered by vegetable oil: 155.331mph. How'd they get a diesel-swapped, 1998 Chevy S-10 to unleash such fury from mere vegetables? Read on.
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.