Water on Utah’s famous salt flats cancels Speed Week
The 100th anniversary celebration of land speed racing on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats will have to wait a week or two.
Standing water on the famed speedway from recent rains forced the Southern California Timing Association to cancel its annual Speed Week Saturday, sending away disappointed, hundreds of drivers who had come in from all over the world.
In a voice message, SCTA media spokesperson JoAnn Carlson said that Speed Week had quickly been cancelled due to too much water on the course. A photo on the organization’s website showed lake-like conditions with trailers surrounded by water.
"The SCTA Board is currently on the salt and has determined that the standing water will not dry in time for us to hold our annual Speed Week event," said a notice on the website. "The Board is discussing the possibility of extending our next event, the World Finals (September 30 to October 3) into a full week of racing as a sort of delayed Speed Week. We thank you all for your patience and understanding."
The next racing event scheduled on the salt flats is the International Motorcycle Speed Trials scheduled Aug. 23-29. The Utah Salt Flats Racing Association’s World of Speed is scheduled Sept. 6-9. That will be followed by Cook’s Landspeed Event and then the SCTA’s World of Speed.
Optimism was high going into this year’s events that several streamliners had a chance to become the first wheel-driven vehicles to go over 500 mph. Many of those cars, including Utah’s Team Vesco and Nish Racing, will likely be on the salt later in the season if the weather cooperates.