Who hasn’t dreamt of setting their own speed record on Utah’s legendary Bonneville Salt Flats? The Bonneville Salt Flats Challenge can make this dream come true. For $US 8,900 'speed-merchants' can really 'surrender to the thrill of speed'.
Every year the Bonneville Salt Flats turn into a venue of people hunting for speed records in their futuristic, jet or rocket propelled vehicles. The area's totally flat and smooth surface offers ideal conditions for reaching very high speeds. American W. D. Rishel first discovered them as a possible speed-testing ground as early as 1896. Countless attempts to set or break speed records on two, three or four wheels have followed since, many of them successful.
On the Bonneville Salt Flats Challenge, drivers can try to set their personal maximum speed on a five-mile strip. After arrival, participants are provided with sports cars for two days. The morning of Day One will see an introduction and the first test runs. After a short break the first free training session is held on the historic speed track. Day Two and things get serious: now it’s against the clock! The time will be measured using calibrated timing equipment that is the same used by The Guinness Book of Records.
The day will finish with a dinner that will include the presentation of the official Bonneville Salt Flats Challenge Diploma, showing the driver’s name, his personal speed record and the date of the event. Each participant will also be entitled to an entry in The Hall of Fame of The Bonneville Salt Flats.
The available dates for this year's Bonneville Salt Flats Challenge are as follows:
Trip 1: 16. - 19. September 2007
Trip 2: 19. - 22. September 2007
Trip 3: 22. - 25. September 2007
Trip 4: 25. - 28. September 2007
For further information on this event please visit www.bonnevillesaltflatschallenge.com or send an eMail to: [email protected].
Text: Classic Driver
Photos: Mike Cook, Southern California Timing Association
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