Thirty years later, and little has changed at the Bonneville Salt Flats – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings

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Thirty years later, and little has changed at the Bonneville Salt Flats

Back in 1989, ESPN sent Peter Graves out to cover the racing at Bonneville, almost on a play-by-play basis with color commentator Rick Vesco. Speeds were high, records were set, and the salt stretched out as far as the eye could see. More interestingly, little seems to have changed out at Bonneville in the last 30 years.

Sure, fashion has moved on from bright pink team t-shirts and pushbroom moustaches and modern pickups have replaced the assorted support vehicles seen in the background, but take those away (and update the speeds and the vehicles’ power outputs) and much remains the same. Many of the same racers mentioned and interviewed still compete at Bonneville today, and the quotes about Bonneville being the last bastion of true DIY amateur racing could have come from any story written about racing at Bonneville this year.

Thirty years later, and little has changed at the Bonneville Salt Flats

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