As part of a new idea this year, the 2016 International Historic Motoring Awards gave its Lifetime Achievement Award to a place and a venue, instead of to a person. The award-presented in association with Octane magazine and EFG private bank-honored the Bonneville Salt Flats and World Land Speed Racing. It was a tribute to over 100 years of inspirational achievements in a unique location.
“For over a century, Bonneville Speedway has been the scene of innumerable speed record attempts,” said Geoff Love—Octane’s publishing director: “We all know of the successes there of Sir Malcolm Campbell, George Eyston, John Cobb and Al Teague for example, but everybody from car and tire manufacturers to college students with trucks powered by used vegetable oil have traveled to this vast expanse of land to try to set their own records.”
Love said “This award goes to the place itself and to all of those enthusiasts who have endeavored to take a minute, a second or a fraction of a second off a speed record there.”
The IHMA Judging Panel recognized the dire ecological plight facing amateur racing brought about by decades of BLM mismanagement that allowed the once five-foot thick, concrete hard salt crust to wither to an almost paper thin layer less than a half-inch in many places.
“We may well witness the end of land speed racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats in our lifetime,” said Louise Ann Noeth, a Bonneville racing historiam. “Racing returned in 2016 after two years or rainouts that diluted the fragile crust to a point that many of the plus 300-mph speed machines chose to pack up and go home instead of risking a wreck. I am so very grateful for the recognition spotlight the IHMA has cast upon the home of so many extraodinary speed deeds by ordinary people.”
For more information: www.historicmotoringawards.com