Storms put a damper on salt flats’ speed week

First Published Aug 11 2014 09:45PM      Last Updated Aug 12 2014 05:49 pm

(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) Trent Clare from Broken HIll, Austailia poses for an funny photo at the Bonneville Salt Flats Monday August 11. He is kneeling in 3 or 4 inches of standing water on the salt flats from rains last week . The are usually dry this time of the year for "Speed Week". Needless to say "Speed Week" has been cancelled, at least for the short term.

Three to four inches of water covers the salt flats from rainstorms last week, canceling the scheduled Speed Week. According to Mike Manghelli of the Southern California Timing Association, which sponsors Speed Week, this was the first time since 1994 that the annual event has been postponed because of water on the course. There was no racing in 1993 and 1994. The group hopes to have an event called the World Finals in late September-early October if conditions permit.





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