Utah Event: Bonneville Speed Week

By | August 12, 2010

Bonneville Speed WeekPhoto Courtesy of eurotuner

Webster’s dictionary defines speed as “the magnitude of a velocity irrespective of direction”. Car enthusiasts define speed simply with one word: Bonneville.

For millions of years the elements have combined to create the flat, dry and vast playground we now call the Bonneville Salt Flats. Each year speed junkies gather together for the annual sacrament of speed known simply as “Speed Week” to test their metal and whits to see who is fastest.

Since 1949, the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) has gathered the fastest cars and drivers in the world together for a sanctioned and organized week long run of top speed record attempts. The SCTA has a class for every conceivable type of vehicle ranging from go-karts all the way up to literal jet cars. If it has a motor and tires, it most likely has a class to run in. This type of inclusion makes for a much more entertaining week on the salt, guaranteeing that you’ll see something you’ve never seen before.

One of the recent record attempts included one of our personal favorites, the Ferrari F40, who on his first attempt fell just short of the world record. We have it on good authority that this year will not disappoint the Ferrari fan in us all either as a recently completed Twin-Turbo Ferrari Enzo will be gunning for a new record. Yes, you read that correctly- a Twin-Turbo Enzo!  With rumored twin 67 trim turbo’s this Enzo is believed to be putting down 1000hp, possibly even more!  Now we don’t know the exact figures on this mythical beast but we DO know it exists and that it WILL be running this week at Bonneville.

If you’re like us, you’ve never been to the Salt Flats even though they’re here in our own backyard. Also if you’re like us, you going to change that this year and head out to take in the amazing speed, beautiful cars and great sun!

Speed week begins tomorrow with registration and tech. Actual racing and record runs begin Saturday, August 14th, through next Friday, August 20th. See more information here.

[eurotuner, Brandon Christiansen]

1 Comment

StephAnn Knotts on August 12, 2010 at 8:59 pm.

“sacrament of speed” may be my favorite description of this event! I haven’t been to Speed Week since I was 16 or 17, but anyone’s first time on the salt is awesome… It’s an entirely different sort of experience! I love it!

Take lots of sunscreen! (you WILL burn up inside your shorts..)

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