A Look Back: The Mormon Meteor and other race cars on the Bonneville Salt Flats
Published: March 1, 2013 06:18PM
Updated: February 17, 2014 04:43PM
(Photo courtesy Price Museum of Speed) Ab Jenkins sits behind the wheel of his original Mormon Meteor, the landspeed record car that raced the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1937, with Ab's son Marv stands by the tail fin. (The car was originally Ab's stock 1935 "Duesenberg Special," later equipped with a 1924 12-cylinder Curtis Conquerer aircraft engine and other aerodynamic features.) The image is seen in the documentary "Boys of Bonneville."

The Salt Lake Tribune occasionally presents images from its archives and the archives of the Utah State Historical Society in a special series called A Look Back. Today, we showcase photos of famous cars and drivers at the Bonneville Salt Flats between the 1930s and 1970s.

Every gallery of the series is available at www.sltrib.com/topics/lookback.

Here are some of the previous installments:

Life on the Ute Reservation in early the 1900s

Women’s fashion in the 1960s

Dogs in Utah around 1900

Utah’s early cultural diversity

Utah artists from the late 1800s to the early 1900s

Presidential visits to Utah from the 1860s

Hunting and fishing in the early 1900s

BYU, Utah football programs

Saloons, brewing companies in Utah around 1900

The centennial Days of ‘47 parade in downtown Salt Lake City from July 1947

Women’s fashion from 1949-50

Construction of the Salt Lake Temple and SLC in the 1800s

Utah college life from the 1930s to 1960s

Old newspaper advertisements

People and events in Salt Lake City from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s

Historical images of Sugar House

Aerial images of Salt Lake City in the 1960s

Historic photos of Temple Square

Historic scenes from Salt Lake City


The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks

Salt Lake City in the 1900s

Key moments in Utah Jazz history

Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park from 1935 to 1951

Kennecott Utah Copper Mine in the 1930s and 1940s

Salt Lake City and other Utah cities in the 1800s

Geneva Steel

Historical buildings in Salt Lake City