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  • September 3, 2007

    Ack Attack streamliner wrecks during a return run at the BUB meet, it may have been in the measured mile. Rocky went high 290's down run and went to return and reported got into a bad wobble, went on its side and pencil rolled. Rocky is OK. Dont know the extent of damage yet.

    You can also follow this thread on the message board

    September 1, 2007

    Landracing.com will NOT be at the event. There will be no updates, pictures or commentary from this site for the event. A shipping error from Haltech for a needed ECU for our race bike was not tagged properly for delivery. It was to be shipped overnight Saturday delivery with AM service and it was shipped just overnight and with Holiday on Monday means we won't get it till Tuesday... So with that we will not be attending... This will be the first Salt Flats scheduled event I will miss since 1998. Im going to go puke now because this just makes me sick...



  • It’s about a week ‘til we host the 8th annual Salt Talks – the landspeed racer’s gathering that’s held each year at SpeedWeek.Salt Talks is a fundraiser for landracing.com, and it’s a social gathering for everyone that wants to attend.We expect about 300 people this year – don’t miss it!

    Salt Talks is scheduled for Sunday evening, the 12th of August 2007.It’ll (probably) be held at the “Bend in the Road” – the place where the access road from I-80 to where we race turns 90 degrees to the right.

  • August 3, 2007

    Official SCTA Update

    Our advanced crew will be on the salt by Saturday. They will be giving us an update and we will be posting it here. Weather is always a concern on the salt, and there has been plenty of it lately. Stay tuned for more information as we receive it!

  • Whoa, I'm bushed -- and I bet you folks are just about as worn out as everyone here at Bonneville, too.  The biggest Speedweek in 62 years is over, with more runs, more courses, more competitors, and more fun than ever before.  And I hope that landracing.com was able to provide you with some of the excitement that we who managed to be out here enjoyed.

    I'd like to thank everyone that helped make our coverage a success.  There were many, many that contributed funds to the site to help pay the bills, and there were many more that offered help in the way of gifts for us to give away at Salt Talks.  If you have been hiding in the proverbial cave, Salt Talks is the land speed racers' gathering that we hold on Sunday night of Speedweek each year.  From simple beginnings back in the year 2000 - Salt Talks has grown to be the BIGGEST SOCIAL EVENT of Speedweek, bar none.  And it's the main fundraiser for the website -- helping make it possible to keep the site going at full strength year-round.  Thanks to all.

    Then there was Ray Buck, a/k/a Ray the Rat, our photographer-of-choice, as well as manyother people that took and posted pictures.  Thanks to all.  Thanks, too, to the scads of you that posted your information, your queries, and your support.

    Okay -- do you get the idea that I'm grateful that I have the  opportunity to be the head handlebar holder of landracing.com?  It's a dream for me, a racer, to be able to help all of you share the fun of land speed racing.  Thanks.  I can't say it any better than that.
  • Hello from the Bonneville Salt Flats, Wendover, Utah, U S A.  We're in the world's capitol of land speed racing - and we'd like you to join us.  If you can't get here for the fastest speed trials in the world -- settle in and enjoy the stories and comments by racers and other folks throughout this site.

    Most of the reporting and stories are in the Forum, which you get find by clicking on "LSR Forums" in the tab bar just above this.  Once you get to the Forum you're welcome to register, but whether you do or not you can read what's going on here - and all over the world.  For the latest on Speedweek '10 go to the Topic "Bonneville General Chat" and select the Speedweek 2010 thread of discussion.  The address, in case you don't want to go through the two or three extra clicks and would rather just copy and paste, is http://www.landracing.com/forum/index.php/topic,7465.495.html  That'll take you to the latest post, I think, of all thirty-some pages of comments and photos and updates and speeds. 

    That's enough for now from me.  By the way, I'm Seldom Seen Slim, the guy that not only races but also gets the pleasure of owning and operating this site for the sake of all the racers and fans world-wide.  Join us and have fun, go fast, but most of all, be safe.
  • 138 Volunteer workers – 3108 runs in seven days!!


    That’s the total through the end of SpeedWeek.  One of the newest “banquets” is held on Thursday, being one of the most laid-back, too.  It’s put on by the City of Wendover, Utah, in conjunction with the SCTA and BNI.  It’s the Volunteer Appreciation dinner, and attendance is open to not only the workers – but to folks from the community.  We all know that SpeedWeek brings lots of folks to town for a short time – and so the City lays out a big spread of food, donates some give-away gifts (so do some racers and businesses, too), and lets all of us eat and party in the Community Center building.  There were at least 200 of us there last night.  Everyone won at least one prize in the drawings, too.

    Okay – at the dinner, where we had burgers, spicy hot dogs and sausages, chicken, and good trimmings and desserts and salads and all that stuff – at the dinner Mike Waters, BNI Chair, and Roy Creel, SCTA president, thanked everyone for the work and the fun.  138 workers – really!  And most of us have been doing our own particular jobs and helping with other folks for long enough that we put a city on the Salt together in about three days.  Well, except for the dragging and surveying of the courses, which starts in July or so, and the basic planning, which starts the day after the previous SpeedWeek ends.  Thanks to everyone, for sure, for sure.

    How about the total of 3108 runs?  Decent!n  The Special course was, once again, a super-big help, with many folks that might have run even on the long course – preferring do make runs over there beyond the dike.  The course is great not only for traditional short course needs, but also for licensing upgrades and tuning runs and so on.  I hear that Wes Hutchens and the rest of his crew got a total of 934 runs off on the Special course.  Not bad, hey?  I’ll get tallies for everything as soon as I can – but right now, as I type – most of the workers are poolside at the Quality Inn getting some well-earned R & R.  But – whenever you get a chance to do so in the next weeks or months – give a tip of the hat to all of the SCTA/BNI workers that put together SpeedWeek 2009.  We enjoy putting it together so you all can go fast safely and in an atmosphere of conviviality.  


  • Jon Amo, the racer that founded this website – www.landracing.com -- was named the Bonneville 200 MPH Club “Person of the Year” at the Club’s annual banquet during Speedweek 2009. He joins dozens of others that have, in the opinion of the board of directors of the Club, made a significant contribution to the sport of land speed racing. Congratulations, Jon.


    Some of the previous awardees have been members of the Club – but many haven’t been so. That isn’t a requirement for this honor. Rick Gold, from ERC Racing Fuels, and Cris and Ed Shearer, aren’t even racers per se – but they’ve had significant impact on l s r. Other winners of the award include Wally Parks, Burke LeSage, Mike Waters, Dan Warner, the SCTA volunteers (as a group), and on and on – down the list of people that have truly given deeply to land speed racing. Jon’s idea of creating a website that allows the news, events, and excitement of the avocation to be spread instantly across the world – and to allow the folks that share our enthusiasm – is now formally acknowledged to have made a significant impact in furthering our way of having fun.


    Jon’s website began in the mid-1990’s, providing reporting from events, along with photos, and a Forum where members can interact directly and share their concepts and skills. He instituted a live chat room, where (on Tuesday evenings, at 7 Mountain time), we can get together and chat in real time. Nobody else has built such a wide-ranging and well-accepted website for land speed racing. Thousands of folks see the website each day – tens of thousands see the Forum.


    Jon Amo has made his mark in racing, and this website (now owned by Seldom Seen Slim, a/k/a Jon Wennerberg) is just one of his legacies. Best wishes and congratulations.  Now, Jon -- go out and get your red hat in your new race car!

  • HAMMAHH NEWS, 7 AUG 09  Loring Edition


    What a superb weekend !


    Shane Stubbs ran – on his first meet on the Hammer  260.990 MPH on Sunday, and 265.188 on Monday  The American record holder, and the fastest streetbike record in the world !. 


    For you Bonneville Fundamentalists, the 2-run average of this 2004 Suzuki Hayabusa (two runs in the same direction, within 24 hours,) is  263.089 MPH. 


    That's about 10 MPH than the same record at Bonneville (Held by Scott Guthrie Racing's JASON McVICAR)


    Nobody else in the world has made two – let alone three – runs over 260 MPH with a street bike.


    Shane went 222 MPH in his first LSR meet, last fall, and he went 240 MPH this spring at Goliad.  265 MPH at Loring last weekend.


    This boy is on a fast elevator !


    With that said, we have decided to retire the Hammer after this meet – with great honor – and we started yesterday on an all-new bike, to be called The Anvil.





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  • There were 172 event records certified: 64 bikes and 108 cars.
    (26) 2-Club candidates and a Chapter 3 ECTA guy


    FIA/FIM sanctioned event the first of its kind, top teams throwing down gauntlet

    BURLINGAME, Cal. (August 18, 2008) -- TOP 1 Oil has teamed with the record-setting Land Speed Racing veterans at Cook Motorsports to form the TOP 1 Oil World Land Speed Shootout, the first single competition ever to decide the fastest of the fast wheel-driven cars and motorcycles on the planet.

  • August 16th, 2007


    Jason McVicar has become the first person to set a Bonneville SCTA record over 250 mph on a siton motorcycle. He ran 250 and change yesterday and backed up this morning at 249.9 today. This should give Jason is AA license. Congrats Jason and Scott Guthrie. Craig Hoffman running the Hoffman Rear engined modified roadster ran two runs of 268 in the last mile for a record in the class. Steve Atwell now at the helm of the Hot Rod Camaro ran a 248 down run and backed up with a 250.5 return. This was in the C/BGALT class. There were a lot of return runs in the morning but technical difficulties plaqued me today and yesterday. So this might be the last broadcast depending on if this laptop crashes again.

    I do see Ack Attack streamliner making their way up to the start for some hopefully exiciting runs today.


    August 15th, Day 7, Update #1

    There were about 50 vehicles in impound this morning for record return runs.A nice turnout, although not as many as we had yesterday.Here’s some of the details:

    -Entry #438, going after a 135 record, ran short course speeds of 139.964 and 139.258.

    -#67 Yankee Engineuity Express, class 1000-APG, Mickey Goodin – driver.Yesterday, Mickey ran 146.8 on a 146.6 record.Mickey’s times today on the short course were 144.650 in the quarter and 144.505 in the mile.

    -#1921, class M-VF 1000cc, Paul Friebus – driver.Paul ran a 112 yesterday on an open record in this class.Paul’s vehicle ran a little rough on a short course pass this morning, reaching speeds of 92.185 in the quarter and 94.547 in the first mile.

  • Bonneville Salt Flats Speedweek Commentary 2000

    August 18th, 2000 - NO daily runs were ran due to lack of racers. There were about 4 record runs ran in the morning at that concluded the week, Stay tuned for the Speedweek recap of events here on the site.
  • Bonneville Salt Flats Speedweek Commentary 1999

    August 13th, 1999 -We arrived late in the afternoon, the salt conditions have gotten worse since the last few nights it has rained. This morning racers had said that water was a couple of inches deep when entering the salt. By the afternoon most of surface water had depleted, but the condition of the salt was at best mushy. We will be hitting the salt in the morning at about 7:00 a.m. More updates tomorrow with pictures and video.

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