World Speed Records. History of Racing at Bonneville Salt Flats
It is unknown exactly when the dangerous sport of chariot racing began, but It may have been as old as chariots themselves. Since the Roman Empire times, man has progressed his racing abilities and has raced everything in ever which way you can imagine. Count Gaston de Chasseloup-laubat was the first to a recorded land speed record in 1898 with an electric automobile. Today rocket powered cars and boats are the choice for land speed records.
Imagine a place that is so flat and barren that allows you to see the curvature of the Earth, so much a world of its own where not even the simplest form of life can exist, the Bonneville Salt Flats is that a place.
Early attempts to promote automobile racing on the Salt Flats failed until the 1930s when Ab Jenkins, a Utah native driving a Studebaker dubbed the Mormon Meteor began setting endurance speed records at Bonneville. Read more