First time I visited Bonneville, I was surprised that there was no museum commemorating all those pioneers who raced the Salts of Utah. To be more precise, there was a small one now defunct since 12 years. Last year, Wendover, Utah, Mayor Mike Crawford and local Bonneville enthusiast John House announced that they had secured a five-acre plot of land on the eastern end of town, right off Interstate 80, where they plan to erect a 25,000-square-foot building that chronicles not just the history of land-speed racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats, but also the story of the Salt Flats and the town of Wendover’s contributions to land-speed racing.
Crawford and House both estimate that it will be another three to five years until the museum is ready to open, but Crawford said he’s already received verbal commitments from a few historic land-speed car owners to display their cars in the museum. “The history of this sport is scattered all over, so this museum will be a good way to collect it all in one spot,” he says.
“One of my goals with this is to promote the town of Wendover,” said Crawford, a Wendover business owner, lifelong resident and auto enthusiast. “But I’m also working to get a better relationship between the town and the racers”. You can help this museum project by calling John House at 309-241-4715 or going to the Bonneville Speedway Museum Facebook Page.