Saturday, August 14, 2010
Crazy Daisy Tour Day 30: Ely, NV to Elko, NV (via Wendover, UT)
People we've spoken to that had been to "the salt" at Bonneville told us that the experience defied description. After being there today for Speed Week I have to agree. Every type of vehicle you can imagine - from motorcycles, to hot rods, to streamliners - from around the world are all ramped up to set land speed records (LSR). The sights, sounds and smells are unique. There's a juxtaposition of strict rules for competitors and lax regulations for spectators who are free to roam at will, chat with drivers and crews and take all the photos they want.
We meet up with Rick Pearson who is driving the "Flower of Scotland" (above) and attempting to break the LSR in the blown fuel streamliner class. We get to ride in the vehicle that tows the trailer, following Rick's first run at 170 mph and then watch the pit crew prep the car for a second run.
Daily distance: 398 km Fuel cost: $10