100 Years of Bonneville

A Century of Salt

Larry Jewett - April 16, 2014 02:09 PM


The first car to tackle the Bonneville Salt Flats was Teddy Teztlaff's Blitzen Benz

Bonneville Salt Flats

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This year will mark the 100th anniversary of racing on the fabled Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah. In 1914, Teddy Tezlaff drove the "Blitzen Benz" track racer to a unofficial record speed of 141.73 miles per hour.
The Utah Salt Flats Racing Associations 28th annual World of Speed will take place on the salt flats September 7-10 to honor Teddy and all of the land speed racers who have raced down the "long black line" at Bonneville. World of Speed welcomes a wide variety of participants to encourage both maximum speeds and beginner racers. Spectators are welcome at the start line and can enjoy excellent viewing together with high speed sounds along five miles of acceleration.
Located 125 miles west of Salt Lake City off Interstate 80 near the Nevada border casino community of West Wendover, the World of Speed provides up close and personal participation from the comfort of your car or you can walk through the pits or visit the start line. A good camera and a pair of binoculars are welcome companions in this beautiful pure white environment.
For a century, racers have sped across the pristine salt, setting records from 200 to well above 600 miles per hour. Contact information and details on activities at World of Speed, camping, hotel and motel accommodations along with other information can be found at