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Bonneville Speedweek 2008!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by tikiwagon, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. tikiwagon
    Joined: Sep 12, 2005
    Posts: 37

    tikiwagon
    Member

    Hi
    Just trying to sort out vacation for next year and want to do the 60th, as we were there for the 50th, but have heard rumours that some people have managed to book hotel rooms in some of the casinos, but I have been on the phone to most of them tonight, and they all say that they are not taking bookings until next January, is this right? Also what is the best time to get there, as can't remember last time, but have been told from the start day Monday would be the best time?
    Thanks.
    Sue and Dave.
    England.
     
  2. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
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    In '08 tech inspection will start on Aug 17th. Sunday. Running will begin on the 18th, Monday. There will be most cars around then.
     
  3. Asshole Garage
    Joined: Jan 7, 2006
    Posts: 59

    Asshole Garage
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    from Sandy Utah

    Are you sure about those dates ?? I was under the impression it would be the 8th though the 15 th ,,,, have they made a decision for sure on a date change ??? Thanks !
     
  4. When I booked my room at the Nugget they had the 18th as the start date.
     

  5. Asshole Garage
    Joined: Jan 7, 2006
    Posts: 59

    Asshole Garage
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    Yep, you guys are dead on, the starting date IS the 18 . They have been saying they were going to try this to ease the room issues ,,, hope it works!! See ya there !!
     
  6. Asshole Garage
    Joined: Jan 7, 2006
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    from Sandy Utah

    Wait a second,, HOW did you get rez this far in advance,,, every body says they will NOT even talk about rooms for Speed Week untill the first of the year !!!!
    Got somebody on the inside or what ?? C'omon , Dude, Give it up !
     
  7. Digger_Dave
    Joined: Apr 10, 2001
    Posts: 2,517

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    Yep, the SCTA site says the same ... http://www.scta-bni.org./

    The only thing that I see is, with TECH starting SUNDAY the 17th - as opposed to to the usual FRIDAY; - two days earlier - there are a LOT of people who better modify their vacation dates!

    Many count on the FIRST SATURDAY as being the beginning of Speed Week because they can't take a full week or don't have any left.
    (they usually head home late Sunday or early Monday)

    Will it ease the "room issue??" That's a tough call.
    Changing the start date might keep some people - and racers - from attending.

    The hotels "gouge" everyone for the full week as it is.
    They know when the dates are; they'll just move their schedules forward.
     
  8. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
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    hotrodladycrusr
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    Some folks that were there this past Aug were able to book their rooms for next year, me included.

    At the drivers meeting this year they mentioned a number of things as reasons why moving the date was benifical. One of them being the "racers" aren't vi-ing for the same rooms with the gamblers that come in just for the weekends on the buses. The dude that owns/manges three of the biggie casinos also stated that they will not book any other events in Wendover, IE, golf, keno, poker, whatever, during Speed Week 2008 and that Wendover next year will be Speed Week and nothing else, just like the old days.

    For those that are traveling any distance, this actualy works out better cuz I only have to take off one week instead of two as I can leave on Friday after work and be there in 3 days. When speed week starts on Friday (tech) I had to take off that whole week in order to be there by Friday.

    They also stated at the drivers meeting that if it doesn't work out that they would revert back BUT they wanted to give this a try.
     
  9. tikidiablo
    Joined: Nov 10, 2004
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    tikidiablo
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    from so cal

    Hey Sue, i don't have any info but, I'll be there too. even if I have to sleep in my car!
     
  10. I tried several of the hotels and they all said they would not book untill the 1st of the year. I figured I would never get a room at the Nugget but called for the hell of it an almost fell over when they took my reservation.
     
  11. You were able to get your room in August? I didnt even think the dates were set for 08 at that time. The new dates really mess it up for us West Coasters that were able to make a long weekend of it.

    After the 07 fiasco and having to wait till Jan to get rooms, Im still worried I wont be able to get one and have to stay in Wells again.
     
  12. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
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    The dates were announced at the drivers meeting on that Saturday morning.
     
  13. Dirty2
    Joined: Jun 13, 2004
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    Shure wanted to go in 08 but since bowling green is back and all the coverage of bakersfield we may have to wait till 09 .
     
  14. WildWilly68
    Joined: Feb 1, 2002
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    Can anyone give me a couple suggestions on hotels worth staying at? If all goes well I will be there this year for at least a couple days, which brings another question...which are the "best" days to be there?
     
  15. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
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    Info provided courtesy of:

    Wendover - Tourism & Convention Bureau
    P.O. Box 2468 Wendover, USA 89883
    All the info you need about Wendover!
    775-664-3138 or Toll Free 866-299-2489




    WENDOVER Motel List

    Bonneville Motel
    550 E. Wendover Blvd
    Wendover, UT. 84083
    435-665-2500

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    Heritage Motel
    P.O. Box 505
    Wendover, UT. 84083
    435-665-7744


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    Motel 6
    P.O. Box 190
    Wendover, UT. 84083
    435-665-2267

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    Nevada Crossing Hotel
    P.O. Box 2456
    Wendover, NV. 89883
    775-664-2900
    800-537-0207

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    Peppermill Hotel & Casino
    P.O. Box 100
    Wendover, UT. 84084
    775-664-2255
    (Facility is in Nevada)
    800-648-9660

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    Stateline Inn
    P.O. Box 1500
    Wendover, NV. 89883
    435-665-2226
    800-848-7300

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    Super 8
    P.O. Box 2559
    Wendover, NV 89883
    775-664-2888
    800-848-8888

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    Western Ridge Motel
    P.O. Box 206
    Wendover, UT. 84083
    435-665-2211

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    RV Parks & Campgrounds

    KOA Campgrounds
    P.O. Box 2379
    Wendover, UT. 89883
    775-664-3221
    800-562-8552

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    Stateline RV Park
    P.O. Box 789
    Wendover, UT. 84083
    775-664-2221
    800-648-9668
    Rainbow Casino

    1045 W. Wendover Blvd
    800-217-0049
    775-664-4000

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    Red Garter Hotel & Casino
    P.O. Box 3999
    W. Wendover, NV. 89883
    800-982-2111
    775-664-2111

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    Silver Smith Hotel & Casino
    P.O. Box 729
    Wendover, UT. 84083
    775-664-2231
    (Facility is in Nevada)
    800-648-9668

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    State Line Nugget Hotel
    and Gambling Hall
    & State Line Nugget RV Park

    Web Site
    www.statelinenugget.com

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    Best Western/Salt Flats Inn
    P.O. Box 206
    Wendover, UT. 84083
    435-665-2211
     
  16. Digger_Dave
    Joined: Apr 10, 2001
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    Then ... if you can't get a room at any of the places Denise listed;

    there is always a ... "tent and a sleeping bag" at "bend in the road!"
    ("bend in the road" is where the paved access road from I-80 turns to head out on to the salt)
    Some people bring motor homes and camp at "bend in the road"; but there isn't any power hookups.

    There is a truck stop at the intersection of I-80 and the access road that has SHOWERS - and a towel - for a couple of bucks.
     
  17. WildWilly68
    Joined: Feb 1, 2002
    Posts: 1,726

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    Cool, thanks a lot for the info. I had heard about camping at the "bend" but my dad is travelling with me and I don't think he want's to sleep on the ground at his age.
     
  18. Brad54
    Joined: Apr 15, 2004
    Posts: 6,015

    Brad54
    Member
    from Atl Ga

    Boy Wonder would sleep at the Bend...I'm thinking the wife won't be up for that though.
    This is a great post...I didn't know the dates had been moved, and will be one of those people that benefits from the change as it's a two or three day drive from Georgia out there. This year we pulled Boy Wonder out of school for a week, and by the time we got there (wed a.m.) a lot had been done already. I was going to pull him out earier so we'd be there for the first couple days, and now I don't have to.
    Thanks Denise for the list of hotels; I'll call on Jan. 1!
    -Brad
     
  19. rodncustom
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 1,317

    rodncustom
    Member

    I'm sure it's a little too early but does anyone have an extra room they booked and now can not use due to last minute changes? I am looking for one room for the first few days, Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, or so.

    Thank you.
     
  20. skidsteer
    Joined: Mar 19, 2007
    Posts: 1,251

    skidsteer
    Member

    rodncustom,
    My current reservation is in Wells, but I'm finding out what the cancellation policy is at various motels in Wendover. for example, if it's 10 days, I call them 10-12 days before my arrival, and see if any rooms have become available. You may be surprised, especially with people cancelling plans over gas prices.
     
  21. rodncustom
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 1,317

    rodncustom
    Member

    Very good idea. Will do.

    Thank you.
     
  22. safari-wagon
    Joined: Jan 12, 2008
    Posts: 1,457

    safari-wagon
    Member

    Check the Days Inn. We have rooms booked for tues thru sat, so there might be rooms open for sat, sun, mon nights.
     
  23. 63Compact
    Joined: Feb 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,178

    63Compact
    Member

    Any details of a HAMB meet and greet?
     
  24. strombergs97
    Joined: May 22, 2006
    Posts: 1,888

    strombergs97
    Member
    from California

    Well, if we can't find someones front yard to pitch a tent and sleep, will see you at the bend..
    Does anyone near bonneville have a front yard for rent..
    Thanks
    Duane..
     
  25. Thank god I'm only and hour away. Rooms out there still blow ass. but if your lucky you can find one.
     
  26. HRP - I gotta get ahold of you sometime and shoot some pics of your car. Tried to hook up with you awhile back up in SLC, but a bunch of guys were pickin' your brain.
     
  27. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,694

    Weasel
    Member

    So that's why there's not much left?:D:D:D
     

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