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The Fastest, Flattest Place On Earth

Brave The Heat And The Sun, for A Week of Fun

By Mike Harrington

Since the invention of the internal combustion engine, man has relentlessly sought new and innovative ways to improve, test, and reinvent this concoction. It wasn't long before some intrepid racer attempted to literally prove his salt in the racing world in one of the harshest environments known to man--the ancient remains of Lake Bonneville, or what is more commonly known as the Bonneville Salt Flats. Racing on the salt started just after the turn of the 20th Century. It was made even more popular by famous racer Ab Jenkins, and has yet to slow down. However, it wasn't until the late 1940s when the S.C.T.A. (Southern California Timing Association) began holding organized races there that land speed racing at Bonneville really came into its own. For more than 50 years, the S.C.T.A. has met annually at Bonneville. With efforts to preserve the salt, hopefully another 50 years are in the future.

But we're not here for a history lesson. For more background, you can visit www.scta-bni.org. We're here to check out some hot-running Chevrolets and also see what the GM/So-Cal Speed Shop team is doing out on the salt. The GM/So-Cal team was running a few different vehicles this year, each powered by GM's new little champion, the Ecco-Tech engine. Chevrolet powerplants are certainly no stranger to land speed racing and the Salt Flats, but this time it's something new and different. Let's take a look at what we saw out on the salt.

By Mike Harrington
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