Racing seems set to return finally to the Bonneville Salt Flats this year, as the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) has found the conditions favorable to run its Speed Week event next month (above is a photo taken of the salt flats, just two weeks ago).
This is good news for land-speed racers, as racing at Bonneville has seen a two-year hiatus because of deteriorating salt conditions in 2014 and 2015.
Now, the SCTA says that it sees the Bonneville Salt Flats as being suitable for three courses – an 8-mile “long course”, 5-mile “short course”, and a 3-mile “rookie course” – and has begun prepping the salt for its Speed Week event next month.
Hopefully this news bodes well for other organizations who are looking to host racing events at Bonneville, but of course the weather could still rear its ugly head and show a spanner into the works, like it did last year for the AMA Motorcycle Speed Trials.
The Bonneville Salt Flats are increasingly becoming a more difficult place to host land speed record events, due to a combination of mining, weather, and usage.
We can likely expect these LSR events to be question marks right up until machines starting turning wheels in anger at Bonneville.
The SCTA’s Speed Week is set for August 13th-19th, while the AMA’s Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials will be held August 27th to September 1st.