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On the Bonneville Salt Flats, ready to set a new world land speed record

On the Bonneville Salt Flats, ready to set a new world land speed record

Bonneville Salt Flats (Wendover, Utah) view map

In September 2007 I attended Speed Week at the Bonneville Speedway. The Speed Week pit area and start of the timing course were three miles away from end of the salt flats access road. All participants and observers had to drive on the salt for three miles just to get to where the action took place. I took this picture during that drive.

I went there intending to set a new world land speed record for Toyota Siennas. Although I was prepared to go 545 miles per hour to break the existing record, a technicality disqualified me. I have four braking parachutes mounted on the back of the Green Weenie, but Speed Week rules limit the chute count to three. My maintenance captain got fired over that oversight.

Normally such a problem could be easily handled with a field modification performed by by my support crew, but due to a ridiculous misunderstanding about wages, all members had gone home in protest. The Green Weenie will get revenge during another visit to the salt.

My photographic assistant, Joe Tripod, performed in his usual steadfast manner to make this photograph a reality.

My position is about at the center of this WikiMapia aerial view.

2007 World of Speed. Bonneville Salt Flats. Wendover, Utah.


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dan dunn28-Oct-2007 07:20
nice shot of the guy from the Matrix
BleuEvanescence27-Oct-2007 01:04
A field of warm snow...
Many elements in this picture are playing a little with our minds...
Dave Beedon26-Oct-2007 21:02
I have set my sights on Andy Green's record: .
chempilot26-Oct-2007 20:06
working on your new bonneville class b license? watch out bill summers, the green weenie is coming to steal your title!
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