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Unsalted: Bonneville Speed Week Canceled for Second Year Straight

Posted July 28, 2015 10:00 AM by dstrohl
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The day when we will no longer see sanctioned racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats may soon be at hand after the Southern California Timing Association decided on Monday to cancel the Bonneville Speed Week for the second year in a row.

The announcement came after weeks of speculation and multiple visits to the salt flats by SCTA and Bureau of Land Management officials to determine whether enough salt remained to comprise a reasonable racing surface for this year's Speed Week, which was scheduled to begin August 8. Instead, hundreds of racers from around the world will now have to wait to see if other events in the short land-speed racing season at Bonneville will follow the same fate.

Has the slick salt from this famous racetrack washed away?

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07/28/2015 4:54 PM

Very nice article. For your viewing pleasure try "The World's Fastest Indian". A true story starring Anthony Hopkins. It's still on Netflix

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07/29/2015 7:36 AM

If Bonneville really becomes permanently unsuitable where is the alternative?

Privately engineered salt flats somewhere flat perhaps? I can't think of any other suitable natural venue.

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07/29/2015 10:37 AM

I don't thing there is a 'privately engineered salt flat' anywhere, that's why Bonneville is so popular, we can't MAKE a surface as smooth and flat as Bonneville.

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07/30/2015 9:22 AM

Chicken and the egg...maybe there are no engineered salt flats because Bonneville was convenient and naturally fit for purpose so there was no need for another.

That need may now exist. What to do?

Oz has quite a few salt flats, like this one where motor racing is still permitted (subject to government mood of the day).

If Bonneville doesn't recover then the cost of this sport has just gone up for non Oz teams. Have to leave the Winnebago at home fellas!

Don Campbell set a world speed record on Lake Eyre, 403MPH back in 1964 in his Blue Bird. Lake Eyre is now a national park, can't even take a pee there now, so that's no longer available.

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07/30/2015 11:00 AM

I stand corrected.

With all the fame and attention Bonneville got, and with no mention of competition for land speed record tracks, I was led to believe that there WAS no competition, which led me to believe that it was infeasible to compete, since no market goes for long without a company coming along to supply it. If there is a Demand, SOMEONE will make the Supply. Basic economics.

Now I see there IS competition, so my earlier assumptions have been invalidated by fresh (or, at least, fresh-to-me) data.

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07/30/2015 12:41 PM

It Looks like there will be a shift to machines that can accelerate to maximum speed and decelerate in as short a distance as possible...wait...never mind.

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