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Utah Bonneville Salt Flats

The Bonneville Salt Flats is a densely packed salt pan in northwestern Utah that is a remnant of the Pleistocene Lake Bonneville. It is the largest of many salt flats located west of the Great Salt Lake, is public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and is known for land speed records at the “Bonneville Speedway”.

The area was named after Benjamin Bonneville, a U.S. Army officer who explored the Intermountain West in the 1830s. In 1907 Bill Rishel and two local businessmen tested the suitability of the salt for driving on by taking a Pierce-Arrow onto the surface of the flats. A railway line across the Bonneville Salt Flats was completed in 1910, marking the first permanent crossing. The first land speed record was in 1914 by Teddy Tetzlaff.

Bonneville Salt Flats Utah Clouds

Movies filmed at the salt flats include portions of Warlock, Independence Day, SLC Punk, Cremaster 2 from Cremaster Cycle, The Brown Bunny, The World’s Fastest Indian, Gerry, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. In addition, the Pontiac Bonneville, former flagship sedan of the Pontiac motor division, the Triumph Bonneville motorcycle, and the Bonneville International media company, are named after the salt flats.*

Bonneville Speedway

Bonneville Speedway is an area of the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah, that is marked out for motorsports. It is particularly noted as the venue for numerous land speed records. The salt flats were first used for motorsports in 1912 but didn’t become truly popular until the 1930s when Ab Jenkins and Sir Malcolm Campbell competed to set land speed records.*
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Events & Meetings

In August, the Southern California Timing Association and Bonneville Nationals Inc. organize SpeedWeek, the largest meet of the year, which attracts several hundred drivers who compete to set the highest speed in a range of categories.

In late August, the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials are held.

In September each year is the World of Speed, (similar to Speedweek) organized by the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association. The USFRA also meets on the first Wednesday of each month throughout the summer.

In October, the Southern California Timing Association puts on World Finals, a scaled-down version of SpeedWeek.

Each year, there are usually a few private meets that are not publicized scattered between the larger public meets.*

Sporting Venues

Utah Sports Venues | Arenas | Stadiums

Park City Area

Utah Olympic Park
3419 Olympic Pkwy, Park City, UT 84098
(435) 658-4200

Salt Lake City Area

Vivint Smart Home Arena Utah Jazz NBA Basketball

Rio Tinto Stadium Real Soccer, Sandy

Utah Motorsports Campus
2901 N. Sheep Lane Tooele, UT 84074
(435) 277-8000

Utah County

Provo

LaVell Edwards Stadium Football – BYU Cougars

Smith Field House

Orem

UCCU Events Center

Iron County

Cedar City

Centrum Arena

Ski Resorts

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Utah Sports Teams

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Salt Lake County

Salt Lake City

Real Soccer
Salt Lake Bees
Baseball
Utah Grizzlies Ice Hockey
Utah Jazz NBA Basketball

Utah County

Orem

Orem Owlz Minor League Baseball

Weber County

Ogden

Junction City Roller Dolls Roller Derby

Motorcycle Racing Bonneville Salt Flats

The BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials continue to be solely dedicated to motorcycles. This event offers world and national record breaking opportunities. Top contenders in many classes, including streamliners, biding for the absolute world record, will be there. Everyone can have a shot at the course, you can ‘Run Watcha Brung’, or battle it out for records, cash or glory!

August (4th Week) Annually

BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials
Bonneville Salt Flat Speedway
Wendover, Utah

UVU Auto Expo

Auto Show, Car Show, UVU Auto Expo, Swap Meet, Lehi Utah, Utah Valley University, Fundraiser, Motorsports

Utah Auto Expo & Swap Meet

UVU hosts its annual Auto Expo and Swap Meet each year in the third week of May at the Utah Valley University Campus, featuring thousands of spectators and more than 700 car/ motorcycle entries competing for over 120 awards.

The Auto Expo is among the largest car shows in Utah and features local car/motorcycle clubs as well as unique private collections.

May 20-21, 2022, 8 am–5 pm
May (Week 3) Annually

UVU Auto Expo
Utah Valley University, Orem