Salt on the Brain: Photos from Bonneville Speed Week

The sights from the famous Bonneville salt flats.

It takes all sorts to make the world go 'round, and nowhere is this more obvious than at the place that feels like the edge of Earth: the Bonneville Salt Flats. Every year, nestled between civilization and an infinitely white horizon sits a hodgepodge of devout racers, builders, families, and friends who gather in the pits of the World's Fastest Racetrack for Speed Week.

This year, it was a slow start to the World's Fastest Race; a brief storm dumped just enough precipitation to halt proceedings, and the salt goers were forced to wait for a few days while the water evaporated and conditions were deemed safe.

On the bright side, the distinct lack of hustle and bustle gave a greater chance to meander and observe the wonderful people and variety of machinery inhabiting pit row. Unlike most pits, the cordoned-off area on the salt is a vibrant ecosystem of vehicles new and old, big and small, sleek and unique, and everything in between. You want a Freightliner with four turbos and two blowers? We got it. A Rolls-Royce with a continental kit? Yep, got that too. Lawn flamingos? In droves.

What makes it so delightfully weird and wonderful out there? Is it the heat? The race-gas fumes? It's hard to say. Though, as a close friend and land-speed veteran once remarked to me, "Maybe we've all just got salt on the brain."

Look for race results from the Southern California Timing Association

Related Articles