They Just Cancelled Speed Week At Bonneville For The Second Year In A Row

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Since 1912 the Bonneville Salt Flats, not far from Utah's Salt Lake City, have been used to set land speed records for cars, rocket cars, and motorbikes. Vehicles can reach speeds up to 400 mph. The Salt Flats provide an ideal, not to mention totally awesome, landscape. It’s just insanely gorgeous. Around seven miles, at the minimum, are required for the race to take place, but this year there’s a problem. Again. For the second year in a row Speed Week has been cancelled due to wet conditions caused by flooding.

Officials claim that only 2.5 miles of usable salt is currently available. Obviously that won’t work, but there’s a much larger problem to worry about: nearby salt mining operations are actually deteriorating the salt flat’s conditions. Race officials are claiming that if the flats aren’t protected, then future races will be in doubt as well. "It’s just too dangerous," Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) spokeswoman JoAnn Carlson told The Truth About Cars. "Everything else around is damp and muddy, which is awful for us."

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