Old School Speed

This is a shot of a vintage Salt Flats Race Car made from aircraft grade sheet metal and was actaully run  many years ago in attempt to achieve a world speed record for a vehicle in its class on the Salt Flats. We are not sure of the outcome, other than this was discovered by one of the P-Town Pushrod Members recently in California. It was in a barn/garage covered with boxes. They managed to bring it back to life after many years of rest – it ran!

Bonneville Speedway is an area of the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah, that is marked out for motor sports. It is particularly noted as the venue for numerous land speed records.

Since at least the 1990s, track preparations have been the responsibility of the event organizers. Days or weeks in advance, the track preparers identify an area best suited for their track layouts and begin grading the tracks. Surveyors are brought in to survey the timing trap distances. A day before racing begins, the track markers are added.

Originally, the straightway was marked with a broad black line down its center. This was eventually changed to lines down either side, as the center line wore out too quickly. As the costs for painting the lines has gone up, organizations have switched to flags and cones as track markers. The last event to use black lines was SpeedWeek, August 2009.

2 responses

  1. Very cool. Its real easy to imagine this car on the salt flats back in day. As they say lighting is everything. Well played! Also enjoyed the accompanying story line.

    September 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm

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