In auto racing, speed is a measure of success. Land Speed Record racing is the ultimate test. Since 1910 the Bonneville Salt Flats has been the world capital of automotive speed. Among the brave and innovative racers who have challenged the speed limits are Mickey Thompson, The Summers Brothers, Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell, Ab Jenkins, Al Teague and Don Vesco. All types of cars and motorcycles chase speed records on the salt. Fastest of these are the streamliners. The previous record was set in 1991 by the Al Teague who upped the 1965 record set by the Summers Brothers at 409 MPH. The current wheel driven land speed record is 458 MPH set in 2002 by Don Vesco.
Recent advances in technology are enabling these engineering marvels to push the limits in aerodynamics, materials and engine performance. Located in western Utah, the Bonneville Salt Flats provides a level, low friction surface and vast open space, perfect for testing the boundaries of speed and technology. The sight of a streamliner streaking down the salt at over 400 miles per hour brings a chill to even the most jaded race fan.