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A geological formation of densely packed salt in Tooele County. The huge, flat surface has made it ideal for land speed record tests since 1914.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Bonneville Salt Flats page on 27 July 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Bonneville Salt Flats is a densely packed salt pan in Tooele County in northwestern Utah. The area is a remnant of the Pleistocene Lake Bonneville and is the largest of many salt flats located west of the Great Salt Lake. The property is public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and is known for land speed records at the "Bonneville Speedway". Access is free and visitors can drive on the flats.

Geologist Grove Karl Gilbert named the area after Benjamin Bonneville, a U.S. Army officer who explored the Intermountain West in the 1830s. In 1907 Bill Rishel and two local businessmen tested the suitability of the salt for driving on by taking a Pierce-Arrow onto the surface of the flats.

A railway line across the Bonneville Salt Flats was completed in 1910, marking the first permanent crossing. The first land speed record was set there in 1914 by Teddy Tetzlaff.

Motorcar racing has taken place at the salt flats since 1914. Racing takes place at part of the Bonneville Salt Flats known as the Bonneville Speedway. There are five major land speed events that take place at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Bonneville "Speed Week" takes place mid-August followed by "World of Speed" in September and the "World Finals" take place early October.

These three events welcome cars, trucks, and motorcycles. The "Bub Motorcycle Speed Trials" are for motorcycles only. World records are contested at the Mike Cook ShootOut in September. The Southern California Timing Association and the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association organizes and plans the multi-vehicle events, but all event promoters contribute to prepping and maintaining the salt. "Speed Week" events in August were canceled for the second year in a row in 2015, due to poor conditions of the salt in certain parts of the flats. The salt flats had been swamped by heavy rains earlier in the year, which usually happens, but the rains also triggered mudslides from surrounding mountains and onto a section of the flats used for the land-speed racing courses.


Multimedia

1950's
[Pennzoil Film]
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1960's
[Mobil Bonneville]
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29 Septmeber 1965
[Mobil Oil unidentified footage]
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1933Film of Endurance
Metropolitan Motion Picture Company

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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
22 July 2011URGENT SEMA ACTION NETWORK ALERT: The Bonneville Salt Flats Are Being Destroyed – Help Save the Salt!SEMA Action Network
30 September 2011URGENT REGULATORY ALERT: Federal Government Proposes Mandatory Salt Replenishment Program for Bonneville Salt FlatsSEMA Action Network
22 February 2016Drawing a Line in the Salt: British Customs Honors the Bonneville Salt Flats in their Ongoing Legends SeriesBritish Customs


Comic Books

Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 3 Front Cover Front Cover: Hot Rods and Racing Cars #3, March 1952
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Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 4 Hitting the Trap at Bonneville
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #4, May 1952
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Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 4 Hitting the Trap at Bonneville
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #4, May 1952
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Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 4 Hitting the Trap at Bonneville
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #4, May 1952
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Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 4 Hitting the Trap at Bonneville
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #4, May 1952
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Hot Rod Comics: Issue 4 Clint Curtis at the Bonneville National Championships
Hot Rod Comics #4, August 1952
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Hot Rod Comics: Issue 4 Clint Curtis at the Bonneville National Championships
Hot Rod Comics #4, August 1952
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Hot Rod Comics: Issue 4 Clint Curtis at the Bonneville National Championships
Hot Rod Comics #4, August 1952
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Hot Rod Comics: Issue 4 Clint Curtis at the Bonneville National Championships
Hot Rod Comics #4, August 1952
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Hot Rod Comics: Issue 4 Clint Curtis at the Bonneville National Championships
Hot Rod Comics #4, August 1952
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Hot Rod Comics: Issue 4 Clint Curtis at the Bonneville National Championships
Hot Rod Comics #4, August 1952
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Hot Rod Comics: Issue 4 Clint Curtis at the Bonneville National Championships
Hot Rod Comics #4, August 1952
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Hot Rod Comics: Issue 4 Clint Curtis at the Bonneville National Championships
Hot Rod Comics #4, August 1952
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Hot Rod Comics: Issue 4 Clint Curtis at the Bonneville National Championships
Hot Rod Comics #4, August 1952
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Hot Rod Comics: Issue 4 Clint Curtis at the Bonneville National Championships
Hot Rod Comics #4, August 1952
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Hot Rod Comics: Issue 4 Clint Curtis at the Bonneville National Championships
Hot Rod Comics #4, August 1952
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Hot Rod and Speedway Comics: Issue 2 Pancake Alley
Hot Rod and Speedway Comics #2, September 1952
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Hot Rod and Speedway Comics: Issue 2 Pancake Alley
Hot Rod and Speedway Comics #2, September 1952
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Hot Rod and Speedway Comics: Issue 3 Stacked for Speed
Hot Rod and Speedway Comics #3, December 1952
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Speed Demons: Issue 8 If at First You Don't Succeed...
Speed Demons: Issue 8, November 1957
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Speed Demons: Issue 8, November 1957
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