Bonneville’s STS/UA hosted by American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Team Vesco Turbinator represents Save the Salt and Utah Alliance
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) partnered with the nonprofit Save the Salt Foundation and the Utah Alliance, whose mission is to protect the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and to promote its history and motorsports legacy, the AAPG recognizes not only Bonneville’s irreplaceable beauty, but also its rare physical qualities which make it a destination for land speed racing, filmmaking, rocketeers, and tourists from all over the world.
The Utah Geological Association hosted the AAPG 2018 Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah May 20-23. With more than 35,000 members, this century-old professional geological society asked Team Vesco to display its “Turbinator,” the world’s fastest wheel-driven automobile at 458MPH.
Left to Right – Save the Salt Board Member Larry Volk, Utah Alliance Chairman & USFRA President Dennis Sullivan, Car owner Rick Vesco and volunteer Ron Christensen were all on hand answering questions about the car, the salt, and the foundation. The event attracts nearly 7,000 global geo-science attendees from 78 countries.
“The convention attendees were almost exclusively geologists who know more about the type of mining processes used by Intrepid than any of us!” remarked Ron Christensen. “They seemed to understand the value of our current salt relocation program. We were able to explain land speed racing to a very interested audience and show them the serious problems we are facing. Hopefully some of our contacts will be beneficial to our cause. At the very least we made a lot of new, important friends for Save the Salt.”