Tag: Land Speed

“You’re racing against something that isn’t human:” a short virtual film festival focused on all things Bonneville – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings

“You’re racing against something that isn’t human:” a short virtual film festival focused on all things Bonneville – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings

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Bonneville’s one of those places where, once you see it, you can’t get it out of your head. You could travel the world and not feel that you’ve ever really left home until you set foot there. You come away from the place transformed, with your perspective on horizons and scale and time absolutely demolished. You begin to reconsider what your limitations truly are.
And, it’s been said, nobody can take a bad photo at Bonneville. So it’s little surprise that documentary makers have flocked to Bonneville over the years in search of good stories and have come away with not only the stories they’re looking for, the lingering perfect-light shots they’d hoped to get, but also contemplative pieces full of prose and humanity.
There’s probably an entire film festival worth of documentaries that we could highlight in the wake of this year’s Bonneville Speed Week. So let’s do it.

Check Out This Flathead-Swapped Mustang Land Speed Record Holder – TORSTEIN SALVESEN @HotCars

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The Flathead ‘Stang went on to Bonneville and set a world record for the XF/BFALT class by reaching 142.822 miles per hour!

The current crop of Mustangs from Ford has definitely set a new standard for power and performance within the model’s many years of production. And with companies like Roush and Shelby American unveiling pumped-up versions, the potential for serious domination on the track and on the streets seems almost limitless.

But the Mustang has also been a favorite for backyard builders and home mechanics to live out their dreams of wrenching on epic builds. Case in point is a Fox Body Mustang land speed record holder that’s featured on Engine Swap Depot with a turbocharged flathead V8 under the hood.

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Where Cars Try to Hit Mach 1, the Salt of the Earth Is Crumbling – Paul Stenquist @NewYorkTimes

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Where Cars Try to Hit Mach 1, the Salt of the Earth Is Crumbling

The Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah have hosted speed chasers for decades, but the course is distressed. An advocacy group has a plan, but not the money.

Credit…Pete Farnsworth Collection

Not even 30 years after Karl Benz built what is said to be the first automobile, Teddy Tetzlaff climbed into a Blitzen Benz racecar and blasted across the snow-white surface of the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, clocking in at 142.8 miles per hour and setting an unofficial land-speed record.

This 1914 effort certainly generated publicity for Tetzlaff, a California-born racer, and the German automaker, Benz & Cie, that built his car, but the locale was most likely a mere footnote at the time.

The automotive legacy of the salt flats wasn’t cemented until 1935, when Malcolm Campbell rode his Blue Bird past 300 m.p.h. and into the record books: Bonneville was extremely well suited to high-speed driving

Where Cars Try to Hit Mach 1, the Salt of the Earth Is Crumbling

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Related –  Debate over future of Bonneville Salt Flats

‘Second Chance’ streamliner sets 406.769 mph record – John Gunnell @Second Chance Garage

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Being involved with a Bonneville racing team, the cover of the January 2017 issue of Hot Rodmagazine really grabbed me. “406.769 mph: A record 48 years in the making” it read. “Danny Thompson’s return to Bonneville.”

Read the rest of John’s article about Danny’s triumph against the odds here

A Closer Look at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2015 (Hemmings Daily by Daniel Beaudry)

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An excellent article on the current state of the flats and it’s long history by from Hemming Daily published on September 29th 2015

Richard Thomas, a land speed racer from Salt Lake City, Utah, holds up a copy of the rashly headlined Wendover Times in front of the flooded BSF at Land’s End. Photo by the author. – See more at: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2015/09/29/a-closer-look-at-the-bonneville-salt-flats-in-2015/?refer=musweekly#sthash.LGkqpjXe.dpuf

Due to mining and various other reasons it would appear that the Bonneville Salt Flats are unlikely to return to former glories..