Speed Week returns to Bonneville Salt Flats

The Bonneville Salt Flats can seem like a strange place for any group of people to congregate. In the middle of the West Desert, miles of barren white landscape marks the site of an ancient dried up lake.

Nothing can even grow in the caked salt, but for one week, thousands of people from around the world gather for the annual Bonneville Speed Week.

Mile after mile of flat, packed salt makes for ideal conditions when driving hundreds of miles per hour. During Speed Week, drivers compete in a range of timed trials with vehicles ranging from classic motorcycles to rocket-shaped streamliners that exceed 400 mph.