Photographer Michael Alan Ross has been a car guy — or maybe that’s car kid — since age four, and he has been shooting cars since he was nine. More recently, Ross met the owner of a 1932 Ford roadster with a land speed record at Bonneville, and their conversation led Ross to make his first of three trips to the salt for the annual Speed Week. “It was like stepping onto the face of the moon,” he says of his first experience at the Salt Flats. “To stand in the middle of 46 square miles of salt is a pretty amazing experience.”
Top: The two Deuce Coupes posing on the broad expanse of the Salt Flats are owned by Keith Cornell (left) and Diana Branch (right).
Second From Bottom: Ford fenders are borne aloft by an international caravan — three gentlemen from Spain, England, and South Africa — evidence of Bonneville’s worldwide appeal.
Bottom: At the highway rest area nearby, tourists who have wandered onto the salt can wash their feet.
Top: Something you won’t see at Pebble Beach: a honey-bear coolant-overflow tank.
Second from top: Salt-encrusted, this radiator-cap design appears on cars built by the Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop in Greenfield Center, New York.
Second from bottom: Rob Gibby with his roadster.
Bottom: Richie Whalen with his hot rod, another Rolling Bones car. The 2010 Speed Week is August 14-20.