Bonneville Speed Week
Originally known as the Bonneville Nationals, Bonneville Speed Week is an iconic and internationally renowned motorsports event held annually at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, United States. This historic racing venue, known for its vast, flat expanse of salt, attracts speed enthusiasts, racers, and engineers from around the globe. Bonneville Speed Week has become a symbol of innovation, engineering excellence, and the pursuit of land-speed records.
- 1 History
- 2 Format
- 3 Records and Achievements
- 4 Challenges
- 5 Impact and Legacy
- 6 Preservation and Conservation
- 7 Bonneville Speed Week 2010
- 8 Bonneville Speed Week 2009
- 9 Bonneville Speed Week 2008
- 10 Bonneville Speed Week 2007
- 11 Bonneville Nationals 1956
- 12 Bonneville Nationals 1955
- 13 Bonneville Nationals 1954
- 14 Bonneville Nationals 1953
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- 18 Bonneville Nationals 1949
The origins of Bonneville Speed Week can be traced back to the early 20th century when thrill-seeking automotive enthusiasts began visiting the Bonneville Salt Flats to test the limits of their vehicles' speed on the uniquely smooth surface. The official establishment of organized racing at Bonneville started in 1949 when the Southern California Timing Association and the Bonneville Nationals Inc. took the initiative to create a formal event.
Bonneville Speed Week typically spans several days and involves a series of timed runs on designated courses at the salt flats. Participants bring an eclectic array of vehicles, including motorcycles, hot rods, streamliners, and even custom-built land-speed cars, each aiming to break existing records or set new ones. The event is open to both seasoned racers and newcomers, fostering a sense of camaraderie and a spirit of competition.
Records and Achievements
Over the years, Bonneville Speed Week has witnessed numerous land-speed records shattered across various categories and classes. Participants push the boundaries of engineering and performance, and their efforts have led to groundbreaking achievements in automotive history. The event has been a playground for speed pioneers, with records broken for both wheel-driven and non-wheel-driven vehicles.
While the Bonneville Salt Flats provide an ideal setting for land-speed racing, the event faces several challenges. Environmental factors, such as rain and excessive moisture, can affect the condition of the salt surface, making it unsuitable for high-speed runs. Additionally, the delicate ecosystem of the salt flats requires careful management to ensure the preservation of this natural wonder for future generations.
Impact and Legacy
Bonneville Speed Week has had a significant impact on the automotive industry and racing community. It has served as a breeding ground for innovation, encouraging engineers to develop cutting-edge technologies to enhance vehicle performance. The event's spirit of friendly competition and pursuit of excellence has inspired generations of automotive enthusiasts, fostering a passion for speed and engineering.
Preservation and Conservation
Recognizing the ecological importance of the Bonneville Salt Flats, organizers and participants of Bonneville Speed Week have taken initiatives to preserve and protect this unique racing venue. Collaboration with environmental agencies and adherence to responsible land-use practices have become integral to the event's continuation.
Bonneville Speed Week 2010
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Bonneville Speed Week 2009
The 61st annual Bonneville Speed Week 2009 will be held August 8th - 14th. For more information, visit The SCTA Website
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Bonneville Speed Week 2008
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Ray the Rat's pictures from Bonneville Speed Week 2008
Bonneville Speed Week 2007
Bonneville Nationals 1956
Pierson Brothers' 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Fred Larsen's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster
Bonneville Nationals 1954
Bonneville Nationals 1953
Bill Kenz' Streamliner
Doug Rice's 1939 Ford Coupe
The Shadoff Special
Tom Beatty's Belly Tank Lakester
The Guy Mabee Special
Art and Lloyd Chrisman's 1930 Ford
Chet Herbert's Streamliner
Bonneville Nationals 1951
Bonneville Nationals 1950
Bonneville Nationals 1949
Art Tremaine's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
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