The famous Bonneville Salt Flats Speedway has been the setting for numerous land speed records. It is located just north of I-80, about 10 miles east of the community of Wendover.
The Speedway offers an ideal environment for automobile and motorcycle speed trials. It is perfectly flat and has a naturally stable surface composted of salty soil. It has been used for serious speed events since the early 1900s.
Several annual events are held at the speedway and give people the chance to see race cars and other vehicles attempting to set records. These events include:
Speed Week (held in mid-August, sponsored by the Southern California Timing Association)
World of Speed (held in mid-September, sponsored by the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association)
These are popular events that attract many spectators. However, people need to be prepared before they try to attend one of these events. This is a dry, hot desert environment. The sun glare off of the salt can be intense. At some events, vendors provide food and drink. Camping is not allowed on the salt - you must stay in nearby designated camping areas or hotels/motels in or near Wendover.
Entertainment filmed at the salt flats include portions of Knight Rider TV Series (1982), Warlock, Independence Day, SLC Punk, The Brown Bunny, The World's Fastest Indian, Gerry, The Tree of Life, Top Gear and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Furthermore, the Pontiac Bonneville (former flagship sedan of the Pontiac motor division), the Triumph Bonneville motorcycle, and the Bonneville International media company are all named for the salt flats.
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