The need for speed: See history racing across the Bonneville Salt Flats

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It's Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats!

Throughout the years, the Bonneville Salt Flats have presented a unique landscape for everything from movies to television productions, but nothing has proved more potent than salt fever — the need for speed—that brings hundreds of thousands of daredevils to Utah each year.

Beginning with Teddy Tezlaff in 1914, who set an unofficial record of 141.73 mph in his Blitzen Benz, racers have come from all over the world to test their luck and skill on the salt. Since then, hundreds of records have been set and broken.

Here's a photographic look at Bonneville races throughout the years, from impressive records set in cars like the Mormon Meteor to the more unusual records set with speedy lawn mowers and unicycles.
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Suburbs, AZ

Don't forget Athol Graham, who died in 1960 in "City of Salt Lake" as he hit 344.76 mph.

His widow and family have rebuilt the car.

Bountiful, UT

Great walk down memory lane at Bonneville Salt Flats. As a young boy I remember seeing the "Mormon Meteor" on display in the Capital. Is it still there?

West Jordan, UT

Obviously the captions on these pictures are a little old... Burt Munro died back in 1978.

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