Picture Of The Week. Bonneville Salts From The Sky.

10 Responses to “Picture Of The Week. Bonneville Salts From The Sky.”

  1. 1 Bryan Nov 2nd, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Very cool pic. Have to go, one day.

  2. 2 chopmonster66 Nov 2nd, 2011 at 10:49 am

    way cool , want to be in the next one, going fast !!!

  3. 3 burnout Nov 2nd, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Wow! peace

  4. 4 Fluke Nov 3rd, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Bonneville speed week is on my bucket list, near the top.

  5. 5 Wiz Nov 3rd, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Yeah, I zeroed in on Laura right off the bat. You’re lookin’ GOOD as ever Baby! Kinda small, but yer beauty shines right through. Hubba- Hubba!! Yuk-Yuk!!! Wiz

  6. 6 Reaper pete Nov 3rd, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Right On, that is Laura!!! Good looking out Wiz… Goodday Mates…
    Reaper Pete OUT

  7. 7 rags Nov 4th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    i was there

  8. 8 Rick Byrnes Nov 4th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Photo is courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

  9. 9 The Vintagent Nov 7th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    For folks who haven’t been; the upper left cluster of ants is the ‘village’, where all the trailers and tents are set up, plus the office and food stands. What you’re looking at below is the staging area for the scraped-sand ‘tracks’, and each of the big tracks has the cars lined up for their timed run. It can take a looong time to get your vehicle up to the start! Looks like the left run is the ‘short’ track for slower records, and the right is much longer, miles longer, for streamliners.
    If you’ve never been, you must. Wendover is a hole; you can’t camp or overnight on the salt, so you’ve either got to stay in a casino, or bring an RV.

  10. 10 Scott Andrews Chief Timer SCTA Nov 10th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    This is truly a special shot, thanks to Cyril for publishing it.

    You are in-fact looking at the staging lanes and the starting line for course #1 on the left and course #2 on the right. Both courses have been prepared for a maximum overall length of 8 miles. We had in the past called course #1 the “long” course and course #2 the “short” course. This was changed somewhat this year with the addition of a fourth course. Courses #3 and #4 are to the right and not seen in this picture. Course #1 is where most of the very high speed passes take place. This course is closest to the pits, that are as previously noted, located at the three mile to the left of course #1. The timing tower is a two story trailer (seen as a small box) on Burford Road in the middle of course #1 & #2 at the three mile mark.

    Competitors are given differing course length options depending on the speed capabilities of their vehicle. To be allowed to run the long course configuration of five miles (four miles are timed) with three miles of shut down a car has to have obtained a speed minimum of 175 MPH in the “quarter”. This is a timing speed trap located one quarter of a mile before the two mile mark and extending to the two mile mark. If a vehicle exceeds 175 MPH in this quarter speed trap they can then option to run the full length of a long course. The short course configuration is five miles overall (three timed miles) and two miles of shut down.

    As the week progresses we close down the two short courses #3 & #4 and make these two courses seen here both “combo” courses. The driver or rider has the option to run the short course or long course configuration (if qualified for the long course option). We do this optional configuration to speed up the staging lanes by not allowing lets say a 125 MPH vehicle to take a joy ride for the entire full length of a long course; this is not fair to the other competitors waiting in line.

    We had vehicles exceeding 400 MPH this year and no serious accidents, it was a great Speed Week. Those of you that have not taken the time to visit Bonneville you should plan to do so next year. The diversity of vehicles is incredible and you will not find a more relaxed racing environment than this. Bonneville is a special place that allows for all amateur racing, there is no prize money. Racers only do this for a trophy and to gain an entry into the SCTA Bonneville record book that is recognized worldwide as an accomplishment that is not easily attained. We see teams and spectators from around the globe come to visit and race with us.

    Come join us next year for Speed Week August 11-17, 2012, you will not regret it and you might even get hooked!

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