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Bonneville Tragedy: 500 MPH going the wrong way

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Barn Find, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. Barn Find
    Joined: Feb 2, 2013
    Posts: 2,317

    Barn Find
    from Missouri

    I finally got to see the race course during Speed Week. The tragedy is that I was stuck riding in an aluminum tube with 120 other boobs 30,000 feet above the salt flats. I was flying to the west coast for work and flew right over the raceway. I could clearly see the course and all the vehicles lined up on the salt. The photos I took with my cell phone don't do justice to the view.
    I'm envious of all those on the ground keeping the racing spirit alive. I am with you in spirit, and briefly, at 5:31 pm Mountain time, I was just overhead...then I was gone.

  2. willys1
    Joined: Oct 31, 2012
    Posts: 1,021

    from South Ga

    Cool stuff! Be thankful, you got closer than I did :)
  3. titus
    Joined: Dec 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,066


    what a neat view!
  4. Barn Find
    Joined: Feb 2, 2013
    Posts: 2,317

    Barn Find
    from Missouri

    Can you make out the cars-that streak of dots?

    Or the raceways-faint diagonal lines?

  5. that "stain" on the salt is the pit area.

    Cool picture!
  6. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 10,438

    from Missouri

    Cool shot. So what car did you out run?
  7. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,884

    from Tampa, FL

    Nice image. Blow it up 6 x 6 ft and put it over the sofa!!! Gary
  8. Wow, cool shot. What year is that yellow pickup , '55 or '56? - 5th from the left?:eek:

  9. 327-365hp
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 5,392

    from Mass

    Neat shot! Wonder if anyone looked up and saw you?
  10. raidmagic
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,438


    It's clearly a 56, you can tell by the dash......:D

    Cool shot. Is the track the whiter stripe to the top of where all the cars are pitted? How many miles long is it?
  11. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,184

    from Nicasio Ca

    Shoulda done a DB Cooper.
  12. Did you set a record for highest pass?
  13. You know the pilot knew exactly where they were and more than likely said to each other, "Hey, you wanna show them some real speed"?
  14. hotrodderhaag
    Joined: Jan 22, 2007
    Posts: 2,121


    HA! good one
  15. ..that's a veiw most of us have never seen before; thanks.
  16. Like the title of your thread says, you can always tell people you made a pass over the salt flats @ 500 mph and you wouldn't be telling a lie.:)
  17. The cab had no drip rail, might be a '53...

  18. GregCon
    Joined: Jun 18, 2012
    Posts: 689

    from Houston

    You were on a plane with 60 women?
  19. Rattleon
    Joined: Jan 19, 2008
    Posts: 142

    from Idaho

    Hey! did ya see us wave? Yeah, where the turquoise '41 ford pu with the black primer front end was right around the 4 mile mark. You had to see us, just East of the pits or black "stain" along the long coarse
  20. Barn Find
    Joined: Feb 2, 2013
    Posts: 2,317

    Barn Find
    from Missouri

    I'm getting ready to make another pass on my way back to Denver. I'll see if the pilot will buzz the salt heading east.
  21. 400 4spd.
    Joined: Jan 23, 2011
    Posts: 49

    400 4spd.

    It looks so much bigger in the magazines.:D
  22. jerry
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 3,474


    I see my truck down there. Well I was there!

  23. I thought the worst when I read the title. What a relief, cool pic.
  24. Rah Rah Records
    Joined: Aug 16, 2011
    Posts: 79

    Rah Rah Records

    Let's zoom in and enhance.
    (insert obligatory csi miami meme here)

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