Bonneville Salt


Each August legions of the speed obsessed are drawn to the incredible environment of high salt flats of Northern Utah for Bonneville speed week.

The Bonneville Salt Flats, the venue for the historic event, is a salt pan – the remains of an ancient lake that dried up during the pleistocene era. It’s a place unlike any other on earth. Light and shade and perspective begins to change when you’re there for a couple of days. Distance, speed and perception are challenged by the dryness and heat.

It’s no surprise, then, that an extreme type of motorsport is practiced here, and an equally interesting bunch of characters assemble to take part in the proceedings.

Regular Influx contributor Dom Romney went to Speed Week 2010 and documented for us a few of the colourful juxtapositions that occur on the Salt.

For more on the historic Speed Week and the fragile Salt Flat environment, visit the website of Southern Californian Timing Association.