Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Week In Danger

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Russ Eyers, a member of the Southern California Timing Association, has told the Salt Lake Tribune that Speed Week is in danger of being cancelled. If this happens, it will be the second time in a row!

He said, "I was actually out there for the past three or four days. I was doing the surveying and grading, trying to find a place to hold a meet, and we just didn't get there."

Dennis Sullivan, the President of the local Utah Salt Flats Racing Association, says, "We need thickness, length, purity. That's what we're battling for right now."

Last year, Speed Week was cancelled due to heavy rain that flooded the area. This year, the overall condition of the salt is poor, and again, the rain has a major reason to be blamed.

If the event organisers are not able to find a seven mile course before the 8th of August, when the Speed Week is scheduled for, a smaller four mile course could be used or the event can be called off even.

So, is global warming also a reason for this? Can there be an alternate place for the Speed Week to be held apart from the iconic salt flats that saw many records and legends over the years? Please share your thoughts with us.

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Story first published: Thursday, July 16, 2015, 9:53 [IST]
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