A Bonneville Salts Racing Museum

A call to all those who have been touched by the magic of the Bonneville Salts as a fan, or part of a pit crew, or as a racer who has competed and supported the land speed record trial events. Via a 501c3 non profit corporation with a 99 year lease, a building has been secured along the highway at the historic Wendover Airfield (the city next to the race tracks.)

As you can see, to become a museum telling the story of going fast, this building of 150 ft x 60 ft needs first some preparation work. In the meantime “Charter” Donations are being accepted. All donations will be placed in escrow until goal is achieved. You can already send your Charter donation with your names/address/email and phone number for the Museum database.  From this list the museum committee will share future museum updates. Contact information is Tom Anderson claus@sirentel.net Tel. 715-220-1725 Bonneville Salt Flats Museum 345 Airport Apron – P.O. Box 159, Wendover, Utah 84083

11 Responses to “A Bonneville Salts Racing Museum”

  1. 1 Joe Mielke Sep 22nd, 2010 at 7:45 am

    This year at the salt I was curious why there was no Bonneville Landspeed museum. Just too much history to not have a home. Then at the end of the week Santa gives the news. It will be amazing to see this place come together. Lots of great history to be shared!


  2. 2 Bonneville´s fastest naked man... Sep 22nd, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Yep, i thought the same when i was there. As a tourist i was looking for something in the American way, some kind of museum full of streamliners and memorabilia. When asked people look at me like “what the hell are you asking”. After some research i ended in a Wendover hotel in wich a big room was full of pictures and programs from the past. Not what you expect from such a legendary place, but nice to visit. Having a museum is a must for such a myth !!!

    By the way, hope to see you soon, Joe !!

  3. 3 raycwheeler Sep 22nd, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Looking forward to the first of many visits.

  4. 4 hoyt Sep 22nd, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Before reading the post, I thought this is going to be cool…that building is the museum for the salt? Alright.

  5. 5 Kit Maira Sep 22nd, 2010 at 11:39 am

    When the Easyriders Streamliner was in Bonneville in 1989-90 there was a museum containing many famous vehicles. I remember buying several LSR history books when I was there. It was on the main drag in Wendover, on the Utah side. I look forward to seeing the new museum opening.

  6. 6 Marke Sep 22nd, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I think it is about time that a museum to Salts Racing is created in Wendover, however…

    I hope this picture is not of the actual building. If you take a look at Google Maps or Earth, you will find it down at the end of 4th, next to the airport. It’s the building that is missing the back wall and a quarter of the roof. Not even a shell of a building… more of a husk. It is certainly not close to the highway, and the roads down there are not in great condition. I think Wender is a bit desperate to find anyone who would be willing to renovate the old WW2 buildings down there before they collapse. Initial price is right, though.

    If you Google “Wendover Museum” you will find mention of the “Bonneville Speedway Museum” in a location where there is… nothing.

    Anyone elso out there that has been to the Wendover Airfield Museum (small but interesting) and can give an opinion of the location?

  7. 7 My Bikers World Sep 24th, 2010 at 5:08 am

    If the government will help in creating the museum, the project gonna be really nice. The idea itself is fresh and it gonna be quite popular, I think…

  8. 8 Captain Bob Sep 24th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    About 30 years ago there was a Bonneville Racing Museum in Wendover. It was on the east end of the main drag in the building that is now a NAPA auto parts store. The main exihibit was the Summers Brothers Goldenrod. The fastest wheel driven car in the world and holder of the absolute land speed record for more than 30 years. (The car is now on display at the Henry Ford Museum.)

    Even though the freeway didn’t exist in those days and every car traveling on Highway 80 had to pass by it, it could not support itself. There weren’t any casinos in those days. Things are different now. I would think that it would be in the interest of some casino owner to hire a part time curator and dedicate some space on the gaming floor to displaying some of the great cars and bikes that have competed over the years.

  9. 9 Scooter Sep 27th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I sent my first check and an offer for them to use any of the images I have from 6 years of BUB. I am really looking forward to this. Santa, organize a work day during BUB before or after and I will be there.

  10. 10 Drew Sep 28th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    For those of you questioning the building site, please allow me to make a clarifiaction. It certainly does appear at present to be nonfunctional. Which it is. However, the skeletal struture or framework is quite strong and square. the plan is to rebuild the entire building using much of the the existing framework; with the outside appearance to resemble the way it looked in 1945. This will allow it to fit in with the rest of the historic Wendover Airfield that is also being restored step by step. The interior will more than likely be of a more modern design so as to highlight the variety of landspeed racing machines and memorabilia to be on display. These being both car and motorcycle.

    Please note, that this is just the beginning of what will hopefully be a museum that will be a proud fixture in Wendover for all to see and admire.

    So, If you have a genuine interest, then please, get in on the ground floor, and become a part of the Bonneville Salt Flats racing Museum.

    All great accomplishments have to take a first step, and that is what you are witnessing with the above notice.

  11. 11 dennis barker Nov 26th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    my name is Dennis Barker and i am the dicrector of the musuem and we are currently putting togeather an e-mail address to go to. the building is in disrepair now, we are going to complety rebuild it as it looked in the fortys, right now we need funds then we will have a 60-40 grant from the gov. to help with the project. this prodject is just in the begaining stage,s and will take some time,as for now we are working on getting suport from all the racing commitys. we plan on tours at the different meets and also some work meetings at those meets. look for press realeses in mag,s
    for now please contact me @ hot26trod@aol.com or bonneviliesaltflatsracingmusuem.com


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