Speed Freaks Rejoice! Bonneville Speed Week To Return After 2-Year Hiatus

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Land Speed Record chasers and all other speed freaks around the world can now breathe easy as the Bonneville Speed Week is set to return after a 2-year hiatus.

The Speed Week was cancelled in 2014 and 2015 because of the poor condition of the salt crust that covers the ground.

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The Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) President and Race Director Bill Lattin and Bonneville Nationals Inc. Chairman Pat McDowell inspected the Salt Flats and stated that it was ready to be raced on.

In a statement released on the SCTA's website, the duo said, "As of right now we have an 8-Mile Long Course, a 5-Mile Short Course and a 3-Mile Rookie Course. Course Prep is in motion and the 5-Mile & 3-Mile courses have been groomed."

"The SCTA is confident that the courses are all good and there is salt all the way down."

The condition of the salt crust has been declining in recent times and in 2015, the SCTA could only find 2.25 miles of salt that could be used to race safely.

Numerous Land speed records have been set at the Salt Flats. The last major record was set in 1983 by the Jet propelled Thrust 2 which set a land speed record of 1,020.406Km/h over one kilometre and 1,019.47Km/h over 1 mile.

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Story first published: Saturday, July 9, 2016, 16:11 [IST]
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