(Photos by Wes Allison) It’s Bonneville Speed Week baby! This is a magical time of year, as my friend Keith Turk would say, and since he’s got more 200 mph club memberships than anyone else on Earth, I think he’s a pretty spectacular judge. Don’t you? And since I have been the first car down the long course at Bonneville, just after sunrise on a particularly beautiful Sunday morning, I can tell you that there is no place like it and that’s a good thing. Bonneville is a party, a race, a history lesson, a family reunion, and so much more. It pains me to say that I am not going to be on the salt this year, but with everything going on we thought it smart to just send one guy and keep things simple. You know, like all the years I covered Bonneville all by myself for a week. Only with a better photographer, because Wes Allison is a badass. And we can’t wait to see everything he captures from the SCTA/BNI Speed Week at Bonneville!
We already posted a gallery from last nights Nugget Car Show kickoff party and we’ll have more and more galleries coming throughout the week. We will likely be running more than one gallery per day for the first few days at least, just like you have come to expect from us. We’ll have on track, in the pits, and car show photos from the entire event.
This year promises to be an amazing year at Bonneville with all kinds of new cars making their debut and some old cars coming back out for the first time in years. Plus, the piston engine and wheel-driven all-time records are being aimed at with everything people can throw at them this year. We’ll see how the salt is, but we’re hoping for some big things this year at Bonneville. Who will come out on top as the fastest of Bonneville? Who will take home the famed Hot Rod Trophy? George Poteet wants his name on it again. But so do all the Team Vesco gang! So who’s going to be the top dog? We’ll just have to see how the week pans out.
As we say, this is our first gallery of photos from the salt and we’ll have tons of them coming throughout the week as Wes shoots everything he can point a camera at.