Bonneville Salt Flats Rods, Racing & People


Salt Flats Speed Shop Open House August 10th

A quick plug for the Salt Flats Speed Shop Open House on August 10th (Wednesday before Speedweek).  Chris will have the Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop as Special Guests again with more hot rods and land speed race cars this year.  It’s a can’t miss for any coming out to Speedweek!


Sedans, the family hot rod

As a father of 4 boys, as much as I really dig the roadsters and coupes, the sedan is likely my only possible hot rod path.  I dream of hitting the salt flats with the family in a killer traditional hot rod sedan.  Here’s some inspirational rods to help me keep the dream alive. 

First up is this baby blue Pontiac sedan I found at the 2009 World of Speed event.  At first glance, I figured it was a Ford, but I spotted the Poncho emblems and was pleasantly surprised.  I loved all the Bonneville stickers on the window too.  I can tell the owner has been to the flats many times through the years and has Salt Fever no doubt.

This photo was taken in the pit area, but I saw it at the starting line serving as a push car for a racer.  This appears to be a deuce fordor with minor hot rod flavor.  You can see the big n little wheel/tire package and fenders removed for the simple hot rod look. I couldn’t tell what was under the hood but it has a nice stance and unchopped roof.  Perfect period correct family hauler and racecar pusher.

This Olds Rocket powered copper colored sedan is one of my favorites of the 2009 Speedweek event.  A family hot rod does not get any cooler.  This photo was taken at the Nugget Car Show that happens in Wendover at the end of the first couple of days.  Its a great place to hang out and see all of the hot rods in one place.

Flipping through my pictures of Speedweek 2009, I spotted this Model A sedan with flathead power, black wires with blackwalls and a nice simple full fendered look with a mild rake.  No chop as well, which is kinda rare today.  Most coupes and sedans, if they wanna be called a hot rod get their roofs chopped first thing.

From the mild black unchopped, fendered sedan to this wild bright orange chopped, fenderless blown big block #622 Sedan at the starting line.  And yes, that’s David Freiburger from Hot Rod Magazine fame.  Cool photo eh?  If I’m not mistaken, this orange sedan runs in the AA/CBFALT, which is the unlimited cubic inch engine, classic blown fuel altered class.  The record you ask?  I was surprised to see the current record is 290mph, set in 1991.  Wow!  FAST!!!

Chris the metal working whiz kid from the Salt Flats Speed Shop in Orem, Utah has been working on this amazing deuce tudor hot rod for a couple years now.  I’ve been following this build for about a year and a half.  This photo was taken at Chris’ 2010 Open House.  The car is currently in primer.  He’s gonna go with a traditional Washington Blue paint.  I can’t wait to see it finished and sprayed with salt.   Do yourself a favor and follow the build thread HERE.  The metal work, the chop, the suspension and steering setup and the hopped up flathead make this sedan my favorite inspiration for my future dream rod.

Roadsters and Coupes and Subscibing by email

Ok, time to look at some Bonneville coupes and roadsters, the bread and butter of the salt flats history.

I’ll start off with the “VooDoo Speed Lounge” coupe.  This is one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken and unfortunately, it was with the old point and shoot, not the D90 Digital SLR camera.  This was taken at Speedweek 2008 I believe.  It might have even been World of Speed 2008.  I can’t remember any more.  I’m not expert in telling the difference between 33’s and 34’s, but I believe that’s what this is.  I dig the finned valve covers, ram horn exhaust mani’s and the red grille.   I think this photo would look cool in black and white too. 

You can’t get any cooler than the Rolling Bones deuce coupes lined up here at Speedweek 2010.  The signature aggressive chop, weathered paint jobs, traditional power plants, they all make for amazing pieces of hot rod art.  The coolest part about these deuces is the fact that they were driven across the country from New York state all the way to Bonneville. 

This 1931 Hudson (I only knew that because its license plate said 31HDSN) was definitely in my Top 5 hot rods crusing the pits at Speedweek 2010.  Those wheels in the rear are one of the best looking designs.  The cream paint was different and it totally worked.  The Hemi up front looked the part too.  The entire package is absolutely perfect to me. 

This scalloped deuce roadster with convertible top was purty.  The yellow wheels with red/white paint and tan top at first just rubbed me weird, but now that I’ve looked at it a few more times, its really starting to work well together.  Either way, its super clean and well built.  The spun aluminum gas tank up front (even if its not functional) is a nice touch.  Personally, I’d probably go sans tank, maybe some black wheels with white walls or maybe some white wheels with blackwalls would be my personal tweaks to bring this roadster to more of my liking.  But, a cool photo with the ’31 Hudson coupe in the background nonetheless eh?

It was nice to spot this “Dodge Boys” 1928 Dodge roadster race car from Montana running in the V4F/BSTR (translation?  Blown Vintage flathead 4 cylinder street roadster class).  Satin black paint, moon discs and serious roll cage is a nice combo.  Its also running the rear fenders.  According to the run sheets on the SCTA site (check links at your right to get to the SCTA site), this roadster ran 132 mph in the 2nd mile.  The record is 115mph, which is held by this very #60 roadster, and since the ol’ Dodge couldn’t make a second pass, the record still stands at 115 .  Now, think about this… the V8 roadsters in the late 30s, early 40’s were running in the 120-130 mph range.  So, this 4 cylinder is stout.  Cool to see the speeds increase over the years for all the various classes.

This tracknose roadster is gorgeous.  The bright yellow just pops against the bright white salt.  This car was almost too nice to drive around on the salt… almost.  haha  I don’t really know what else to say about this roadster, its … see, I can’t come up with anything intelligent.

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