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Monday, October 26, 2009

This is My World/ Salt Anyone?

If you would like information of the races being held here, check out there website here

The salt flats' potential for racing was first recognized in 1896 by W.D. Rishel who was scouting a bicycle race course from New York to San Francisco. Rishel returned and convinced daredevil Teddy Tezlaff to attempt an automobile speed record on the flats. Tezlaff drove a Blitzen Benz 141.73 m.p.h. to set an unofficial record in 1914.

The salt flats drew international attention in the 1930's when Utah driver Ab Jenkins lured British racer Sir Malcolm Campbell to compete for speed records on the salt surface.

By 1949, the raceway on the Bonneville Salt Flats was the standard course for world land speed records. On this natural straightaway the 300, 400, 500, and 600 mile per hour land speed barriers were broken.

In the 1960's, jet powered vehicles and names like Craig Breedlove (600.6 mph) and Art Arfons (576.55 mph) captured the imagination of millions. In 1970, Gary Gabolich's rocket car, "Blue Flame", attained a spectacular 622.4 miles per hour.

Since the first speed record attempts in 1914, hundreds of records have been set and broken in a variety of automotive and motorcycle classes.

We walked to the top of the lookout and we could see for miles and miles, that is our rig sitting down there.
The wind was blowing so hard, can you see Princess's hair ? she got her hair all messed up from the wind. But she sure did like it.
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That is a lot of salt

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SandyCarlson said...

Makes me thirsty just looking at it!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Very nicely shown and posted, I have watched a lot of races from the salt flats and a few movies. Thanks for sharing a famous place in this world.

Luiz Ramos said...

I´ve posted on race too!!
Lovely Princess. Beautiful view.
Luiz Ramos

The Explorer said...

your notes is worthwhile to learn and discover. Thanks.

Donna said...

WOW!HAhaa...That IS a lot of salt!! Love the new look in here!!hughugs

judi said...

Wow, that is a lot of salt, Does it blow like the sand at the beach, or is it heavier?

imac said...

Very interesting post, and lovely photos.

Louise said...

Thanks for sharing. I think I need to visit there someday.

PERBS said...

I knew it was salt but I was hoping it was snow!

Janie said...

We never went to the races, but I have been to the flats. Yes, lots of salt. A lot of it gets used on Utah roads in the winter.

Lily Riani said...

Gosh! So interesting, I just came back from NZ and I thought it's fantastics. And your site/photos is as amazing.