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SUMMARY of the Above Map Information
(Fully Explained for People who have never been here before
who have no idea about how it operates and what it is)
Sorting out all the activity going on over hundreds of square miles of Salt Flats
Starting at the Interstate Exit and working outward onto the Salt Flats for over 10 Miles (16 Km)....
EXIT OFF HIGHWAY
(1) THE ARRIVAL ! This is Interstate 80 Exit 4 in Utah heading North from the exit.
PROCEED NORTH ON PAVED ROAD
Past THE PEOPLE CAMPING AREA
From I 80 Exit 4 at Sinclair to Salt Flats Entrance for 5 miles - 8.04 Km
(2) Your first encounter of activity is The Five Miles of Outback Primitive Camping along the access road
with a bend to the right a third of the way along it as shown on the yellow road sign.
THIS IS A FREE OPEN AREA which extends for 5 miles where you can set up and camp. Some people come weeks ahead and hang around for a whole month on a summer holiday vacation from late July through the end of August.
The 'Bend In The Road' is nearly midway along the road - about 2 miles (3.21 Km)
from interstate exit With Camping all along the stretch on the south side.
(It's The Right Turn toward Salt Flats entrance on the Access Road)
Along the 5 Mile Stretch of Open Area Public Camping along South
Side of Access Road
THE MAIN BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS ENTRANCE
5 Miles; 8.04 Km in from Interstate Exit 4
(3) Main Gate Entrance onto The Bonneville Salt Flats Area that
goes out onto the Eighth Wonder of the World.
THE SALT FLATS HIGHWAY
(4) Main Access Road Driving out ONTO THE SALT
is The Salt Flats Highway
(Runs along The entire Salt Flats Operations for 10 miles; 16 Km)
This daily Trek is the motoring equivalent of riding on a boat into a huge lake,
there is nothing in any direction for tens of miles.
STARTING LINE(5) About
3 Miles (4.82 Km) in from SALT entrance
(7) About 5 Miles out (8.04 Km) from Salt Entrance and 10 Miles (16 Km) from
Interstate Exit 4
The IMPOUND Area - Near Tech Inspection and Beginning of Pit Area
Look for the Big Yellow Vertical Flag with the word IMPOUND ! as shown in the pix above.
As different records in different classes are exceeded every day, the machines who achieve this are then parked here for mechanical inspection and examination by Official Technical Inspectors, and Anyone else. It's The Place for Once in a lifetime photo opportunities of the parked Unique and Amazing Machines for the Speed Week Spectator.
EARLY MORNING RECORD SETTING
5 Miles out (8.04 Km) from Salt Entrance and 10 Miles (16 Km) from Interstate Exit 4
THE PIT AREA
(9) About 5 Miles out (8.04 Km) from Salt Entrance and 10 Miles (16 Km) from
Interstate Exit 4
Extending outward for 2 (3.21 Km) to 4 miles (6.5 Km)
This pit area extends for miles along the causeway on the SALT.
It is also several rows wide. You can spend days just meandering around this area visiting with the various teams and watching them configure their land speed machines.
THE PIT AREA
Short Area View Video Panning Across the Pitts
and around to the courses from the Radio Station Tower
Long view into Pit Area along causeway that extends onward for miles
This great Walk around video takes you into the pits to see a smattering of the various teams
and operations all busy with their machines as well as the other hot rods and coming and going activity.
THE SPEED WEEK OFFICIAL RADIO STATION
The Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Week is such a large operation that it has it's own FM Radio Station!
The radio station broadcast trailer, transmitter and antenna tower is located along the causeway about a mile into the pit area. The Salt Flats huge ground plane is the ideal place for transmitting a radio signal into the line of sight and wide open expanse. The station can be picked up for dozens of miles in all open directions outward along the Salt Flats and on Interstate 80 by all the passing traffic. When you go around the mountain into Wendover the signal fades since FM can't pass through the solid rock mountain formations.
The Radio Station tune in frequency is always posted or available at the main entrance gate.
Set your car radio to the station and You can hear the world famous long time announcers Ron Christensen and Seldom Seen Slim who both have been announcing land speed racing activity for many decades.
The station goes on the air every morning as the Salt opens for the day and goes off the air every evening as the Salt Closes for the day. The Radio Station can also be accessed from Phone APPS that make the phone pick up FM radio or access streaming online right on the web... The Radio Signal is streamed LIVE over the internet every day during Speed Week keep THIS LINK from the BNI website. AND It is also archived onto LandRacing.com where you then can go back and listen to each days activity in a player after Speed Week - all year long and hear the record runs and all the action that you observed on the Bonneville Salt Flats in person. ! That's great treatment for Salt Fever until the next Speed Week.
THE FOOD SERVICE AND VENDOR AREA10) Food Service and Supply Vendor Area - Near Impound in above pictures
About 5 Miles out (8.04 Km) from Salt Entrance and 10 Miles (16 Km) from Interstate Exit 4
Food Eating Area with Canopies Tables and Food Vendors
There's a great menu of hearty food for hungry Racing competitors and their pit crew
Sunbeat has Proper Eye Protection with Special Lenses which are Tailored to the specific Light Exposure and Glare which reflects off the SALT ! A comprehensive collection of Eye Protection in many styles, as well as a complete collection of custom eye wear and fancy colored sunglasses etc. Also Special White Hats with Long Brims and Neck Shields like the one he's wearing standing behind the counter in the above photo. Once you get one of those hats you won't want to go about on the SALT without it !
IF you are a spectator coming for the first time you need to go here.
There's also a large variety of other hats - Straw Hats AND Woman's Men's and Children's hats.
All Geared Toward Protection From The Sun.
IF you have sensitive eyes and wear special expensive prescribed sun shield lenses, they will not be sufficient here and you should see Mike. There have been people who come on the SALT with these "special" sun glasses who have to leave because they are not working out here. Extended Exposure to the Bright Sun reflecting off the salt is like looking at someone welding.
YOU MUST wear Proper Eye protection.
Safety Kleen Operations
Need to know about what's going on in the local area and it's related information ?
Visit These Wendover Welcome Center Information Tables in the vendor area along the causeway.
Historic Information and Collectables Posters and you get to sign the Guest Book.
Saltproofing with USA Fluid Operations Tables and windblown canopy
Right next to the food eating area along the causeway
THE SPECTATOR AREA MILES
(11) Salt Fever Spectator line up for Miles along the causeway from mile Zero to mile Three
About 3-5 Miles (4.82-8.04 Km) out from Salt Entrance
and 7-10 Miles (11.26-16 Km) from Interstate Exit 4
PARTICIPANT VEHICLE CAUSEWAY
THE OTHER BIG TIME ATTRACTIONS during Speed Week..
2000+ Street Rods and Hot Rods Cruising around on the Salt and
The main gathering At The Golden Nugget Montego Bay in downtown Wendover, NV
This is just the edge of it all - A small sampling of the Classics and Vintage Hot Rod gathering over the weekend of Speed Week on the Bonneville Salt Flats
Here's A Slide Show of all the Hot Rod Gathering activity.
SPEED WEEK EVENT MAIN INFORMATION
Click HERE or on the above Image to access the SCTA Main Bonneville Operations Website with Complete information and schedules for attending and competing and participating along with everything else that goes on.
THE WENDOVER NEVADA & UTAH MAP
Image of West Wendover, NV and Wendover, UT Map from Google Images.
Live MAP Location
LOCAL INFORMATIONWest Wendover Welcome Center Information
They are also set up on the Salt Flats in the Vendor Area during Speed Week.
Lookup Listing of Hotels Near Bonneville Salt Flats
GENERAL HEALTH CONCERNS AND SPECIAL NEEDS
#1) Taking WATER with you in bottles is the most important thing you can do.
Prepare yourselves for The Salt Flats Wide Open Desert Environment.
The Humidity out on the Salt is Nearly Zero. When the temperature is above 90 Degrees F it still feels like it's only 70F because it's so dry, and you will dehydrate and not even know it and end up with Sunstroke. The effective altitude in those conditions exceeds 7,000 Feet. People who are susceptible to high altitudes making them feel dizzy will get light headed if you don't stay hydrated and drink a bottle of water every 20 - 30 minutes; even if you are sitting in the shade.. And you will Not even sweat because it all evaporates into the zero humidity on the Salt. The Water doesn't even have to be in ice. IF you are dehydrating just drinking it will be fine even with the water at the air temperature.
#2) WEARING WHITE CLOTHING Preferably from HEAD TO TOE is an Absolute MUST !
Dark and Black Material ABSORBS HEAT from the sun and gets Hot.
You walk around with clothing on your body that's 150 Degrees F..!
White material reflects the sun and stays Cool.
Watch the Officials at The Starting Line and in operations who are wearing totally white clothing and operating out in the sun the entire day from sunrise until late in the evening when activities cease for the day.
Even when you are staying under a Tarp the reflected sunlight from the salt is like still being out in the sun normally back at home.
IF you ride in on a motorcycle, stow the leathers and go with cotton in plain white T shirts and light pants.
Many people walk with light colored umbrellas open above them as a parasol and sun shield.
This Guy is an example of The Way to do it !!
Please Do Not walk all the miles from the spectator area to the pits without following the above guidelines. Drive it in your car and Park there - There's Miles of Open Salt all around the areas.. Pay Attention to the Great Distance between things on the map and descriptions shown above. A Man and his young son about 11 yrs old parked their car at the spectator area by mile Zero and then walked over 3 miles in the open sun for nearly an hour up to the Vendor and Pit Area late in the afternoon dressed in dark clothing and with no water and when they got there they were disoriented, totally dehydrated and ready to drop. They could have just taken their car and drove there in a few minutes. Vendors gave them bottles of water and sat them at the Food Service eating tables to recuperate. They didn't think they were thirsty, and then the water was all gone in less than a minute..
#3) Handicapped Access and Special Needs. IF you are arriving with a special handicapped vehicle you can make advanced arrangements months ahead of time with The SCTA-BNI or STOP at the main gate and meet with the Officials there who will then address the situation and direct you to the proper area for what you are doing.
If something happens and there's a vehicle or personal emergency need, then get people and participants there around you to locate one of the Officials with 2 way radios who are moving over the areas all day to come to your specific location with assistance and help.
If you take special pills and medication make sure you have it with you and keep extra put away in your vehicle. Remember that it's a half hour drive to get back to town and the store if anything is needed. Have WHITE colored towels and water at all times to cover with and wet with in the event that you start to feel too hot.
Make it your business to be smart and take the proper things with you coming to the salt the same way you take essentials for what's important for your safety and well being when you would be going out into the forest to visit and stay, go climbing on mountainsides, or any other place that has specific needs for the conditions and environment of that particular location.
#4) Care and Extra Batteries for Cameras and Phone.
Make sure everything is fully charged from the night before.
DO NOT leave your batteries, cameras, phones and accessories on dashboards and seats in cars sitting in the hot sun. The car will become a solar oven with internal surface temperatures over 160-190 degrees F. Keep things stowed in an electronics bag that's kept tucked away under the seats and out of the sunlight if you are locking up a car. If your bag is dark colored, and wrap it up inside of a white towel. This preventative measure will prolong their life, keep them from getting fried, failing or worse yet, having the device and batteries fail and blow out.
SADLY - - - IT ALL ENDS !! :(
Heading Away From Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Week to Salt Lake City.
You See the Superlative Salt Flats Sunset Looking Back from the car mirror..
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