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Event Coverage Your First Speed Week?

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  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,332


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    Your First Speed Week?


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  2. the-rodster
    Joined: Jul 2, 2003
    Posts: 6,664


    I gotta get my shit together and get over there.

  3. First time for me was 1988...once you go, you have to go back! Salt fever I think they call it?
  4. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,410


    I was there in August 1961 on our move from Canada to SoCal......unfortunately, no races were in progress! :(
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  5. Every time I step on the salt I get that same chill as the first time, 2003
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  6. Pass The Torch
    Joined: May 18, 2018
    Posts: 566

    Pass The Torch

    Last year - took my son for Speed Week. Having read about the flats as a kid in various rags; it was like standing on history. I recommend going at least once.
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  7. khead47
    Joined: Mar 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,709


    2010. First and last. Gotta get my shit together and get out there again. Please all donate to Save The Salt. Thanks.
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  8. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,272

    Jalopy Joker

  9. Chappy444
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 1,128

    1. Maryland HAMBers

    Its been a bucket list item for years... this year, through some scheduling magic I will be in Utah that exact week working at a customer site.
    Although I will probably only be able to attend the event on Thursday and Friday I am looking forward to it. The fact that my work is picking up the airfare is a bonus
  10. My first Speed Week was in 1970 ... my family was heading home (to Fremont, California) after spending a week at my grandparents farm in Minnesota ... and Dad made a little detour near Wendover Utah :D

    Here's a few pics of the "HAMB-friendly" cars I saw that day:

    Larsen & Cummins #115 Streamliner @ Speed Week 1970.jpg
    Mom, my little sister, my little brother, & I checking out the Larsen & Cummins #115 Streamliner

    Chauvin Emmons #102 Modified Roadster @ Speed Week 1970.jpg
    Chauvin Emmons' #102 Modified Roadster

    Tommy Thompson #990 Streamliner @ Speed Week 1970.jpg
    Tommy Thompson's #990 Streamliner

    Peek Bros #187 Roadster @ Speed Week 1970.jpg
    the Peek Bros #187 Roadster

    I caught "Salt Fever" that day ... but my mother & younger siblings must've been given a vaccine, 'cuz unlike me, they have never returned to the "Great White Dyno."

    I had planned to attend Speed Week 2020 (with the Markley #360 Fuel Roadster team) ...but those plans got cancelled :(

  11. Drove the Model A in 2003 and been trying to get back since. Leaving Wednesday :)
    I hate to admit it but this will be the first time I have ever trailered my Model A, I'm not as young as I used to be.
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  12. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,116

    jim snow

    Went in 07. Like nothing else. Sensory you will never forget. Have a great time. Snowman
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  13. My favorite car, the Peek Bros roadster
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  14. I will be there for my 6th time. It never gets old. First time with my new coupe. I can't wait. I'm ready
  15. hotrod_tommy
    Joined: Jan 2, 2008
    Posts: 469


    First was '96, then 50th in '98, then not again until 2018 with my '34 pickup - GREAT year!
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  16. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 5,151

    Marty Strode

    The first trip was 2007 for me as well, influenced by the "Worlds Fastest Indian". Went with my oldest Brother Jerry. We returned in 2010 with his 90 T-Bird, he left with a 264 MPH time slip. Been working on salt cars ever since.
  17. Pete1
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 1,805

    from Wa.

    130.03 mph
  18. WiredSpider
    Joined: Dec 29, 2012
    Posts: 721


    1989 was my first year.
    It was the last year that they held tech at the airfield.
    I think I,ve only missed 8 or 10 years since
  19. My first Speed Week was 1998 for the 50th. I believe 2005 was my last visit. Hope to make it again in the future.

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  20. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 7,146

    jimmy six

    1974 on a family trip. 1975 with car and record.
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  21. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,534


    First time was 1988 in my 51 Merc. Got cut out of the group photo of cruise in cars that showed up in one of the rod magazines.
    I had my dad with me, we took my kids back to their mom when she was living in Texas and then after a couple of days in Texas drove like a maniac from McGregor Tx to Bonneville to get there on Saturday Morning. We didn't get to stay long as I had to get back to Washington early in the week.
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  22. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 4,532


    Sounds like you might be taking a rental car to the salt. If so ask around about how to clean it before taking it back. Last I heard they had some pretty stiff penalties if they find salt on a rental car being returned.

    1998 was my first for the 50th also. Six of us from mid-Missouri went together in 3 cars (Clarence was one of them). Been back twice since and will go again someday. Seems like every year there's something keeping me from getting there.

    b-t-w; are you in the 360* picture that they took? Clarence is in that pic. He was black back then.
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  23. I wasn't there for the photo shoot.

  24. First time out was 2010. I had been helping my friend charlie at El Mirage for a few years and after he set a few records in E/PP he asked if I wanted to drive. Of course I jumped at the chance. First time on the salt and I got to make several passes so the fever set in. The next year I was out there in my own truck and now ten eleven years later I am running in Gas Roadster class. It's a disease we hope not to find a cure for. I will be headed out there in two days.
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  25. Rckt98
    Joined: Jun 7, 2005
    Posts: 976


    My one and only visit (so far) was 2008. The year of the Kiwi invasion, with a large number of racers and spectators from New Zealand that year.
  26. guy1unico
    Joined: Aug 30, 2006
    Posts: 907


    Always loved hot rodding and street rodding because no 2 cars are the same. Went to Bonneville in Summer of 2012. While eating breakfast at The Flame 7:30am there were guys putting there life on the line right next door on one of the 2 open lanes. Just an amazing life changing trip.
    My son Vance...

  27. BrandonB
    Joined: Feb 24, 2006
    Posts: 3,138

    from nor cal

    Like the old Frito-Lay commercial, bet you can't eat just one. Well same with Bonneville, bet you can't go just once. First time was in 2007. Went with a couple of friends and as we come up over that last rise and could see Wendover and the salt, we were just vibrating with excitement. Like a kid on Christmas morning. Got in on the Friday and had rooms at the Nugget. Tremendous show in the parking lot. Just a perfect experience. Got pit passes and rode bicycles through the pits taking pictures of the cars and crews. Watching the cars lining up for tech. Going out to the course and walking down the lines of cars waiting to take their runs. You can go anywhere except for out on the course past the starting line. Wore shorts and the only place I was sunburnt was on the ankles of all places. Yup, nothing like that first experience at Bonneville. Just loved it.
  28. WZ JUNK
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 1,669

    from Neosho, MO

    First time was in 2002 with a bunch of street rods. My brother said we have to go to Bonneville because the dry lakes is where it all started and we need to see what it is all about. We return in 2004 with the Studebaker race car to get the car past tech and get the driver licensed. We made our first 200 mph pass. The next year we returned with the blower motor and the following year we broke our first record. It has been the experience of a life time.
  29. First Trip to Bonneville 1964.jpg I first went to Bonneville in 1964 and have been 30 times since, and worked on some of the mile markers three times. Got the bug bad and had to go almost every year.
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  30. 4 pedals
    Joined: Oct 8, 2009
    Posts: 722

    4 pedals
    from Nor Cal

    I was all set to go a few years ago, had the time off of work, money set aside.......

    And the salt was flooded. No races.

    I'm hoping another opportunity will present itself down the road.

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