Conflicting Official Statements About The Bonneville Salt Flats Condition

1bonnevilleEmail Received July 21st. 2015 Speedweek Has Been Cancelled.

The SCTA President and Race Director, Bill Lattin, along with the BNI Chairman, Roy Creel, spent this morning (July 20th) on the salt. The most they could find was 2 ¼ miles of salt suitable for a safe race course. The rest of the salt flats are either wet or wet and muddy. If the wet salt gets dry, future events could be possible.

JoAnn Carlson, Media Liaison, Bonneville Nationals

2bonnevilleEmail Received July 20. 2015 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials And AMA Land Speed Grand Championship. We Still Plan To Race.

We are still running. We will be continuing to evaluate the conditions including a visit with our volunteer staff in the first half of August. Over the past two weeks there have been a lot of discussions about the state of the Bonneville Salt Flats and the section that is used for racing, the Bonneville International Speedway. Those discussions and the conversations about salt conditions have been full of speculation and concern.

Today, we would like to clarify what we will be doing to race motorcycles.

• We are still planning on racing.
• We will announce an “Official Event Course Condition Update” by the second week of August.
• There is over a month to BMST 2015 and this will likely result in a harder/better surface to run.
◦ Think about last year and how rapidly conditions improved between events!
• Not all of the salt, nor our course areas, are affected by the reported issues.

We will have people in Wendover during the first weeks of August. We are also in with all of the land speed racing organizations sharing information about conditions and course prep.

What if SCTA cancels Speed Week?

As racers and event promoters we certainly hope they will be able to run this year. However, their decision does not affect our ability to run. Speed Week has a different set of requirements to setup and start their courses. We will be evaluating conditions and adjusting course locations to maximize the length of our courses right up to the last 3 days (when course dragging begins) before the event start.

What if BMST gets rained out or cancels?

Since this is an outdoor event, it’s always a concern. We have a variety of contingencies that could be brought to bear in the case this has to happen. Rest assured, we are all in this together and will be doing everything we can to ensure a great BMST 2015 event.

We’re busy getting ready to race and you should be too! As we get closer to the event, we will be sending more updates via our official channels:, the mailing lists, Facebook, and Twitter.

It’s a pleasure to be able to work with so many amazing people every year. Each of you comes together to form the community of Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials. Coming together as a community to engage in racing against history.  Your camaraderie and sportsmanship, is what makes this one of the greatest events in all of motorcycling.

See you on the salt!

Sincerely, Delvene Manning. Owner/Event Manager Speed Trials

(photography @ H. Roesler)

2 Responses to “Conflicting Official Statements About The Bonneville Salt Flats Condition”

  1. 1 Zenaldo Jul 23rd, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    The kayak is a good indicator of todays condition..hope it drys out soon for some racing..a lot of folks been prepping all year to go to “The Flats”..good luck kids..

  2. 2 Horst Rösler Jul 24th, 2015 at 5:18 am

    No conflict, because it’s two different events and – this year – more than two weeks apart. A lot can happen ’till the Motorcycle Speed Trials 2015, as we have seen in 2014 already, when the MST was running after these images were taken in early August.
    There are other “players” affected too, since Triumph, according to CHB, is aiming to run a record BEFORE MST 2015. Deep respect for SCTA to call the event off so early, that must have been a difficult decision, but will save a lot of people travelling costs. All this has happend before and will happen again – running records is a slow and often long-term project, with a lot of luck involved catching the right track at the right weather conditions. Let’s hope for the best – and everybody a dry and salty lakebed in the upcoming weeks!

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