Sunday, 12 August 2012

Cars at Bonneville Salt Flats: colour, ingenuity, creativity, technical expertise

Our arrival at Bonneville Salt Flats Speedway coincided with Day one of Speed Week. The week for attempts on land speed records. I loved the camaraderie, the passion, skill, ingenuity and courage of people we met. The white salt surface, the swirling clouds, the occasional drop of rain set the scene for vehicles of many colours, shapes and sizes. It was a very special day.
New Zealand flags are flying at Bonneville Salt Flats.

There are several NZ teams.
I got chatting with the Project64 team. They are racing a 1964 Morris Mini Cooper S 997cc, in a world land speed record attempt.
There is a mini in our garage in Queenstown. Our 'going away' car in 1970 was a 1960's mini.

Nelson Hartley team driver and together with his Dad designed and built the engine.
The ingenuity, passion and skill of this team is amazing. They took time to chat with us while they we're making various checks on their Mini Cooper S. First racing is today 11 August 2012.

This sleek car won a World Speed record in 2011. Doug Grieve from Columbus Montana graciously talked about the car he and a friend have built. Their wives are part of the team and were on hand helping with the tech check preparations. Doug is the driver. He is wearing a red hat which shows he has exceeded 200mph.

Several parachutes at the rear of this entrant.

Cars of all descriptions are at Bonneville to participate in Speed Week.

This blue Ford V8 stirred memories of my childhood

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