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SEMA News—December 2015


Saving the Bonneville Salt Flats

The future of the Bonneville Salt Flats has captured the attention of the racing community. Publications from all across the country, including Scientific American and The Salt Lake Tribune, have noted that major land-speed events are being cancelled due to weather concerns and the deteriorating condition of the salt.
The publications listed below are monitoring the situation closely and are reporting on efforts by groups that include the SEMA-sponsored Save the Salt Coalition to save this national treasure and historical landmark. Be sure to bookmark these publications to stay updated on the issue.
Yakima Herald

Yakima HeraldAccording to the Yakima Herald, the daily newspaper of Yakima, Washington, the World of Speed event, which was scheduled for mid-September, had been cancelled due to the lack of salt. The article explained that the Bonneville Salt Flats spanned 100,000 acres nearly a century ago and today cover less than a third of that area.

Scientific American

Scientific AmericanConsumer publication Scientific American noted that the Bonneville Salt Flats is an iconic setting for everything from car commercials to feature films. The muddy slush caused by last year’s rain has the mining and racing communities springing into action.

The Salt Lake Tribune

The Salt Lake TribuneA primary publication of the classic- and antique-car community, Hemmings Daily reported that Bonneville Speed Week was cancelled for the second year in a row. The publication noted that racers and racing enthusiasts are supporting a reclamation plan designed to increase the amount of salt on the flats.

Heard in Social Media

If people can’t run on the Bonneville Salt Flats, where can they run?
Road & Track on Facebook

1935: U.S.-Brit. Sir Malcolm Campbell set a new land-speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah, breaking the 300-mph barrier.
—Today in History (@Yesterday_Today) on Twitter

Driving on the Bonneville Salt Flats is an actual thing you can do & I haven’t had an adrenaline rush since skydiving 10 years ago.
—Laura Seay (@texasinafrica) on Twitter

At the Bonneville Salt Flats, where some speed records have been broken.
—David Sandum (@DavidSandum) on Twitter


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