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Salt Speedway, A Great Place To Be

Author : Jack Dilision

Submitted : 2010-10-24 21:08:02    Word Count : 506    Popularity:   16

Tags:   Salt Speedway, racing, drag race, record, miles, track, cars, exciting,

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The world is full of exciting places, where people can go to spend wonderful time. However, not everyone likes the same place like the others do. Although there are hoards of fans out there of one single spot, due to some magnificence that it carries, yet there are some things about it that don't attract the rest of us.

Now people have a liking for bizarre places too, that's just a thing that nature has made for us. You will find people going to places, you never even thought they existed, yet there are cults of fans for such exotic yet out of the world places. One such spot is Salt Speedway (Bonneville Speedway), located at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The spot is known for its widespread fan base of motorists and speed racers. And to add to its charm, the place has been home to many speeding records from the time it got discovered right up till this very day.

Found back in 1912, Salt Speedway didn't come in to real life way until 1930, when two friends from the US set out to set a new speed record on land. The place is under control and direct provision of the Utah Department of Transportation, which prepares it every year, at the start of the summer season for racing.
Salt Speedway has two tracks, a straight one for speed racing, which is about 10miles long, while a curved one (oval shaped), which is used for distance racing, and is between 10 to 12 miles on average. However, for the past two decades, the state has let the individual event managers to prepare the tracks according to their liking, and now if you go to Salt Speedway, you will loads of event planners, weeks before the actual event, looking for the most perfect spot on the wide land area, and then preparing it for the races, along with the help of surveyors.

At the beginning of racing times at Salt Speedway, the track was marked with just a single black line, which divided the track into two lanes. However, with the passing of time, the practice has changed, and now you will find lines drawn on either side of the tracks, to make it look more professional. The racing marks are added just a day before the actual races have to take place.
Every year, there are several competitions held at Salt Speedway, however, the best one is the SpeedWeek, which gains the most number of competitors and fans both. Set in every August, this event attracts loads of people from across the globe, to try out their luck and set new world records for land speed.

To date, there have been 10 land speed records set at Salt Speedway, ranging from way back in 1935, right up to 2006. The biggest land speed record set at Salt Speedway was in 1970, at 622.407mph, by Gary Gabelich in his Blue Flame (a supersonic vehicle).

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Jack Dilision is an Australian student, and Photoshop is one of his passions. You can follow him and all of his creations on Twitter - he goes by the name of @REALelinix.

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