Bonneville Speed Week Cancelled on Account of Rain

08/11/2014 @ 4:11 pm, by Jensen Beeler6 COMMENTS


It’s that time of year again, when the devote followers of velocity congregate at the alter of speed, and make their pilgrimage to the Bonneville Salt Flats. For the Southern California Timing Association though, this month’s Bonneville Speed Week was a wash, literally.

Getting heavy rain in the Salt Lake City area, the Bonneville Salt Flat course is under water this week, unfortunately causing the SCTA to cancel Speed Week, and what would have been the 100th anniversary of the first land speed record at the iconic venue.

“The SCTA Board is currently on the salt, and has determined that the standing water will not dry in time for us to hold our annual Speed Week event,” said a statement on the SCTA website. “The Board is also discussing the possibility of extending our next event – World Finals (Sep 30 – Oct 3) into a full week of racing as a sort of delayed Speed Week. We Thank You all for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you at our next event.”

The news is a huge blow to the land speed racers, who have only a handful of events to make a record-breaking run. Even if/when the course dries out, the condition of the salt itself will be a great concern for upcoming events, like the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials (formerly the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials), which is scheduled for August 23rd-28th.

Source: SCTA

  • Justaguy

    But….. but….. Global Warming®……..

    Bummer, especially considering that this last week was also the 100th anniversary of something much less pleasant in the annuls of human history.

  • Derek


  • Shinigami

    On the bright side this helps with the drought conditions in the region. A bit, anyway.

  • sleestak

    THANKS, Obama!

  • Derek

    sleestak says:
    August 12, 2014 at 5:53 AM

    THANKS, Obama!


    Fill me in.

  • Justaguy

    We are all joking about ‘why’ it was flooded out, I know I was, hence the trademark symbol by Global Warming. It’s always Bush/Obama’s or Global Warming/Climate Change’s fault in comments on the web, no matter how ridiculous that sounds.

    (The World War 1 thing was not a joke from me. 100 years of constant warfare, strife and suffering all began the first week of August 1914 and continues to this day.)