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Friday, August 09, 2013

Bonneville Speed Week Runs August 10 – 16

Annual Speed Week is ready to blast off at the Bonneville Salt Flats, with participants hoping to set new land speed records.

This is the 100th anniversary of motor races at the classic speedway and a record 515 vehicles are registered to compete. Participants come from all around the world.

There is also plenty of opportunity for spectators.

Speed Week is organized by the Southern California Timing Association. The official website is a bit old school but has some good info. See the schedule here.

The Bonneville Raceway is located just north of I-80 west of Salt Lake City, near the Nevada border. Wendover is the closest community with services.

To illustrate the international appeal of the event, below are excerpts from this news release:

PARIS, Aug 09, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- For speed addicts, the month of August means one thing -- Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Week. Since 1912 speed aficionados have been uniting at this world class event, which has spurred numerous land speed records. Marking their commitment to timeless quality, smart travel and avant garde style, DELSEY is extending their support, sponsoring record holder and fellow Frenchman Laurent Dutruel.

...Dutruel set records at both the 2009 and 2011 Speed Week races, reaching 143,990 MPH. To kick-off Speed Week 2013, Dutruel and his team have set up a road trip from San Francisco to Bonneville, carving out a 2,020 mile route on the most beautiful highways California, Nevada and Utah have to offer.

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