Official Timing Stand, Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, 1956

Summary

In the 1930s, land speed racers everywhere began to flock to a landscape seemingly custom-made for their sport: Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. The hard, white salt provided a smooth running surface while the 46 square miles of open space offered plenty of room to speed up and slow back down. Typically, speed records were based on the average over an out-and-back run.

In the 1930s, land speed racers everywhere began to flock to a landscape seemingly custom-made for their sport: Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. The hard, white salt provided a smooth running surface while the 46 square miles of open space offered plenty of room to speed up and slow back down. Typically, speed records were based on the average over an out-and-back run.

Artifact

Photographic transparency

Date Made

1956

Subject Date

1956

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2010.37.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 2.375 in

Width: 2.5 in

Inscriptions

on sign: OFFICIAL TIMING STAND / INTERNATIONAL / RECORD TRIALS / BONNEVILLE SALT BEDS, UTAH / ELEVATION 4228 FEET

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