The Bonneville Salt Flats is a magical place and a national treasure; David Fetherston’s latest tome chronicles 100 years of racing there.
I grew up, like Fetherston, in the 1950s reading about Bonneville in HOT ROD and dreaming of someday visiting the Salt Flats. David has made many trips, while I am still a relative newbie. My first trip was to join Mickey Thompson when he set 295 speed and endurance records in small & big block ’69 Mustangs. I covered the event for Hi-Performance CARS (April 1969), and returned in 1985 for the 37th annual Bonneville Nationals as a PR guy representing Buick Motor Division. Nothing quite equals the experience of being there!
Spanning 100 years, Bonneville, A Century Of Speed showcases 600 photos of roadsters, coupes, production cars, sports cars, lakesters, motorcycles and LSR streamliners, spread out over 302 pages. It was produced to document the history of Land Speed Racing on the Salt Flats as well as to raise awareness of, and money for, Save The Salt, the Salt Reclamation Project. Since 1997, the efforts of this project have pumped more than 10 million tons of salt back on to the Salt Flats to stop and reverse its desecration.
Check out, http://www.savethesalt.org/Save_the_Salt/Save_the_Salt!.html