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Anyone ever do the speed week racing at Bonneville? I would love too since I'll be living in Colorado now but I'm not sure how to go about registering for it.
 

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Nope, but I've been out on the salt flats. You should probably check out the SCTA page for the rules/regs and costs for Speed Week. Also checkout the USFRA page. They actually run on the salt a few times of the year, but it's very dependent on the weather (and the effects on the track surface). I got lucky when I was driving by last year, they just finished running the “World Finals" ... Blog Entry.

There are a couple different way to do it "officially", but it's been a while since I read the rules. I'd probably start with the shorter tracks (standing mile) in the "club" type things (130mph and 150mph club, etc.) and not 3/5/>7 mile top-speed runs.

-Todd...

PS - You're going to want to setup your car for running on the salt... wide tires don't work well (increased rolling resistance, more prone to spinning, etc.). It's a different game than drag racing that's for sure!
 

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So are you allowed to drive on the salt flats on your own or is it closed off to the public?
 

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So are you allowed to drive on the salt flats on your own or is it closed off to the public?
It's a public area... the paved road just stops and the salt begins. There's nothing there to "keep you out" and nowhere have I seen anything saying you can't. I would avoid the area if it has rained recently, as the place becomes a nasty mess (from what I've heard getting stuck is a $500 minimum for a tow).

The first time I went there (two years ago) it was early in the day and the place was completely dead. I didn't go onto the salt, since I didn't know if I could or not. Last year they were racing, so there were quite a few cars/trucks on the paved road and at the gas station, and everyone I spoke with said "yeah, you can go out there".

Based on the Utah.com website:
The Bonneville Salt Flats is administered by the Bureau of Land Management for public use and enjoyment.


Help preserve the Bonneville Salt Flats!

  • Stay on existing roads or areas designated for vehicles. Despite the appearance of a hard surface, much of the area is a thin salt crust over soft mud. It easily breaks under the weight of a vehicle.
  • Stay off the salt surface when it is covered by water. When wet, the salt surface is soft and easily damaged by vehicles. Furthermore, the salt water is highly corrosive and can "short-out" the electrical system in your vehicle.
  • Be prepared for desert conditions. Temperatures can exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and drop well below 0 in the winter.
  • There are no facilities or services on the salt flats. Temporary facilities are available during racing events.
  • Overnight stays are prohibited on the salt flats. Camping is encouraged on surrounding public lands. Private campgrounds and hookups are available in nearby Wendover, ten miles west of the Bonneville Salt Flats. Other accommodations and services are also available in Wendover. Call 1-866-299-2489 for more information.
To be honest, I would not have driven as fast as I did if it hadn't been a race weekend. Knowing the stretch I was driving on was dry/solid (and had been driven on by hundreds of other cars/trucks) made a big difference. In hindsight what I did probably wasn't the safest thing either... I wasn't even wearing a helmet... if I wanted to do it again I'd make it official and participate in either the 130mph or 150mph club events.

-Todd...
 

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So no speed restrictions on the public parts?
 

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No cops out there....make sure someone knows where you're at in case you dont return on time
 

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