Bonneville Speed Week has been an annual event, weather permitting, since 1948. Hundreds of racers and spectators from across the U.S. and around the world congregate on the Bonneville Salt Flats for some of the fastest racing in the world. While there’s lots of information to be gleaned from the pits, it’s the starting line of the “long course” that always draws us in. It’s where drivers and riders get ready to make their runs, where engines come to life, and where crew and fans listen intently to the radio as announcers relay the results from the timing equipment.
Great salt conditions allowed Speed Week’s sanctioning body, the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA), to prep four courses for 2018’s Speed Week, so racers were a bit spread out. Course #1, with five miles of prepped salt to run wide open and nearly five more to safely stop, was for the cars running 175 mph or faster. Here are some of our favorite photos of cars and drivers as they reached the starting line and headed down track.
SCTA official Jim Jensen listens to his radio to make sure the course is clear and ready before signaling a driver to put his helmet visor down and then waving him to start.