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Advice for first trip to Bonneville

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Tyeager760, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. Tyeager760
    Joined: Jun 30, 2011
    Posts: 95


    A few of my buddies and I are making our first trip to Bonneville this year. We will be driving from San Diego, California. Are there any must see or places we should stop on the way. Also are there any events during speed week that we should make it to or anything else we should check out while we're there? As I said this is our first trip and as of now we're going in blind so any help would be appreciated.

  2. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 18,738


    Hat, sunblock, sunglasses, shade structure, and chairs. Bring plenty of fluids. It is so dry that you may have trouble realizing how much you are sweating. Combine that with the altitude, and you could be in for a world of hurt if you don't keep hydrated.

    There is 4G phone service there, and it is just a short ride outside of Wendover UT/West Wendover NV.

    Most standard amenities are right in town, including casino gambling, if you are in to that.
  3. That's good advice. Also, wear shoes and socks. No flip flops or sandals. Your skin won't like the salt. A hat with a full brim is better than a ball cap. The back of your neck and the tops of your ears will be red in an hour.
  4. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,678


    Bring lots of water.

  5. Ole don
    Joined: Dec 16, 2005
    Posts: 2,915

    Ole don

    Smiths grocery, west end of town has nearly anything you will need. Drink two bottles of water, then one of Gatoraid to keep your electrolytes working. Take a CB radio if you have one, a portable radio too. There will be someone on the air, there are no loudspeakers. Visit the start line, walk the pits to visit and take pictures, visit the spectator area north of the pits. Last but not least, turn down the hill at the Shell station to visit the museum at the Wendover airport. Important history there. Go slow, don't let the heat get you down, enjoy.
  6. A newbie pal of mine went and thought he had all the bases covered,big hat,shoes and socks,sun screen,sun glasses,water..but he wore big baggy shorts and ended up getting his balls sunburned!

    I said BS but he swears up & down it can happen. HRP
  7. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 18,738


    It's possible. The salt reflects back nearly all of the light that hits it. It is like having two Suns, one from above, and one from below.

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  8. tred
    Joined: Mar 20, 2003
    Posts: 2,347


    on the drive up, when you see the signs along the freeway that say "las vegas next exit"...
    keep going on the freeway.
  9. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,480

    Jalopy Joker

    so, already have rooms or camping? big place to walk, bicycle would help to get around. lite weight small back pack to carry water, snacks. lots of sights to see on way back home.
  10. Don't let your girlfriend wear a short skirt and no panties.
  11. If it looks like rain, DO NOT camp in the flats!
  12. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 10,020

    Member Emeritus

    The bend on Tuesday. it won't look like this long. from the SCTA page.

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  13. WZ JUNK
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 1,743

    from Neosho, MO

    Who are you to give such advise. Let the women wear what they want.

  14. Tyeager760
    Joined: Jun 30, 2011
    Posts: 95


    We're bringing an RV. We received advise to camp at the dump by our buddy who's camping there. What's the difference between camping at the bend and the dump? We're all in our early 20s and aren't bringing any girls with us so were looking to find something to do at night. I heard the golden nugget is the place to be Friday and Saturday night.

  15. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,664


    HRP covered the important part, and I'm here to tell 'ya, ball burn is real! Don't forget the underside of your nose and ears with sunblock, either.
    Also, if anyone is taking a rental car onto the salt, be forewarned, a $400.00 dollar cleanup fee will be assessed at any rental location in or around SLC.

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