Celebrating the Spirit of Competition

Bonneville Salt Flats

In Utah, the remains of a prehistoric lake left an extremely flat surface that is perfectly suited for high speeds. This type of competition is not side-by-side, but rather against the clock. The objective at Bonneville is to see how fast you can go along a straight black line ten miles long. Other records are for fastest speeds over longer distances and times, driving around a circle 12 miles in circumference.

A variety of cars went to Bonneville beginning in the 1910s to see which was the fastest, all under the careful eye of the AAA. By the 1930s, Bonneville was the world’s foremost venue for land speed record attempts, and remains so today. The three cars in this exhibit either competed at Bonneville, or are representative of their manufacturer’s efforts to compete there.