Hemmings Motor News Blog Blog

Hemmings Motor News Blog

Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

Previous in Blog: Ethanol-Free Gasoline Spared in Latest EPA Ruling, Though Its Days May Be Numbered   Next in Blog: This or That: 1960 Edsel Versus 1961 De Soto
Close
Close
Close
6 comments

One Bonneville Vandal Gets Fines, Banned; Others Plead Not Guilty

Posted December 12, 2016 11:43 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Bonneville racing salt flat

One of four Canadian men charged in connection with a publicity stunt involving an RV driving on the flooded Bonneville Salt Flats earlier this year received fines and a ban from the location last month while his colleagues all pled not guilty and face later court dates.

Parker Heuser, a member of the Vancouver-based social media travel group High on Life SundayFundayz that faced criticism for disrespecting monuments and natural parks across the United States during a road trip earlier this year, pled guilty to a brace of National Parks Service citations issued against him in May for a March incident in which he and at least three other group members towed wakeboarders behind their six-wheeled RV across the salt flats and in the process damaged the surface of the salt flats.

Heuser also faced charges for "riding a bicycle in the wilderness" and filming without a permit.

Reply

Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.

Comments rated to be "almost" Good Answers:

Check out these comments that don't yet have enough votes to be "official" good answers and, if you agree with them, rate them!
Guru

Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 2004
Good Answers: 30
#1

Re: One Bonneville Vandal Gets Fines, Banned; Others Plead Not Guilty

12/13/2016 3:30 AM

Are you for real? Is this article a joke. Damaged the surface of the Salt flats, filming without a permit? Riding a bicycle in the wilderness? And the lad gets fined! My, my, my, I am totally in awe that he was not hung drawn and quartered for being alive and breathing without permission.

Reply
Guru
Popular Science - Weaponology - New Member United Kingdom - Member - New Member

Join Date: May 2007
Location: Harlow England
Posts: 16499
Good Answers: 663
#2
In reply to #1

Re: One Bonneville Vandal Gets Fines, Banned; Others Plead Not Guilty

12/13/2016 4:03 AM
__________________
health warning: These posts may contain traces of nut.
Reply
Guru
CR4 Admins - CR4 Admin - CR4 Admin Technical Fields - Technical Writing - New Member United States - Member - New Member Popular Science - Weaponology - Ingeniería en Español - Nuevo Miembro - New Member

Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Crime Alley, Gotham City
Posts: 681
Good Answers: 9
#3
In reply to #1

Re: One Bonneville Vandal Gets Fines, Banned; Others Plead Not Guilty

12/13/2016 8:25 AM

I think there are a number of factors at play here, including overreaction to foreigners (albeit Canadian) mistreating American parks and environmental sites.

-It's illegal to drive on the Salt Flats when they're wet. It causes damage that interrupts some of the legitimate activities allowed on the flats, such as racing.

-They also have done other questionable activities, such as leaving designated paths at Yellowstone to get closer to dangerous boiling ponds.

-They did all this to promote a clothing brand on Twitter.

I think all of this adds up to making an example out of these four. I think they are being treated a bit harshly, but they shouldn't get off scot-free.

__________________
HUSH
Reply
Guru

Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 2004
Good Answers: 30
#4
In reply to #3

Re: One Bonneville Vandal Gets Fines, Banned; Others Plead Not Guilty

12/13/2016 9:07 AM

In a way I fully understand some concerns, however, the salt pans are self repairing, and are used by many for speed records, with many vehicles, so were is the damage to the pans. It repairs itself quicker than one realises. Filming is not a crime, when I last checked, and oddly, I saw nothing about when the USA bombed the moon to watch a flash, (which never happened). So exactly where is their crime, as no real damage has been done. And where is the criminal charges on the USA for bombing the moon which actually belongs to each individual on this silly planet. The idiots could have broken the moon and that would mess up the tides and werewolves!!!!!

Also, it is kind of 'racists' against the Canadians. Not as if the USA never interferes, messes up, destroys or ruins other peoples heritages and natural wonders.

Reply
Guru
Hobbies - Fishing - Old Salt Hobbies - CNC - New Member United States - US - Statue of Liberty - New Member

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Rosedale, Maryland USA
Posts: 5198
Good Answers: 266
#5

Re: One Bonneville Vandal Gets Fines, Banned; Others Plead Not Guilty

12/13/2016 11:30 AM

I think the fines were lenient. It just wasn't the Bonneville Salt Flats.

In posting these on their web site how may others may try to follow suit.

What would the surface be like if we had 100 vehicles out there on the weekend doing just what they did. Or people wondering off the path into protected enviroment of Yellow Stone. These lands were set aside to preserve their natural beauty. Why should anyone get away with volating the regulations to promote their commercial business. All for financial gains. Seems to me that violates the principles on why we set aside the land as parks.

__________________
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving in a pretty, pristine body but rather to come sliding in sideways, all used up and exclaiming, "Wow, what a ride!"
Reply
Guru

Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 2004
Good Answers: 30
#6
In reply to #5

Re: One Bonneville Vandal Gets Fines, Banned; Others Plead Not Guilty

12/13/2016 12:23 PM

Rather like the UK police with 'What if's'. Now what if other don't follow but know they are constrained and abide by the self imposed constraint? We humans tend to gravitate to the 'what if' as a negative. What if what they have done has created jobs, increased some awareness or perhaps in some way, enhanced the slat flats, shown people wonders they may not have seen, or introduced another lifestyle idea. I just see things that are, and perhaps it is not so much the environment that we use as an excuse to hide behind, to divert from our own fragile existance and primal fear.

After all, how many animals, dinosaurs, neanderthals, crowmanions walked the salt flats, dug them up, and used the Yellowstone Park as a home, long before we smart clever sods turned them into parks? Just like gravity, it existed long before 'we discovered it' and people used it every day.

If it was anyone else's business, I am quite sure they would have done the same thing to gain an edge and profits. So 'what if' there was no intent to cause damage, and non was done, are the authorities still in the right?

What if they had not been caught? Would it really make a difference and be a furor? There are over 1283 geysers and the flats already has a railway line running across it and it is deemed Public Property. After-all, the following gained profits from using the flats: Entertainment filmed at the salt flats include portions of Knight Rider (1982 television series), Warlock, Independence Day, SLC Punk, Cremaster 2 from Cremaster Cycle, The Brown Bunny, The World's Fastest Indian, Gerry, The Tree of Life, Top Gear, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

Makes one wonder!

Reply Score 1 for Good Answer
Reply to Blog Entry 6 comments
Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.

Comments rated to be "almost" Good Answers:

Check out these comments that don't yet have enough votes to be "official" good answers and, if you agree with them, rate them!
Copy to Clipboard

Users who posted comments:

Del the cat (1); HUSH (1); IQ (3); ozzb (1)

Previous in Blog: Ethanol-Free Gasoline Spared in Latest EPA Ruling, Though Its Days May Be Numbered   Next in Blog: This or That: 1960 Edsel Versus 1961 De Soto

Advertisement