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Bonneville Salt Flats, UT - - Strength comes in numbers. Throughout the past decade more than 1,000 amateur land speed racing teams have attracted an annual average of 10,000 family, friends and fans to watch them hurtle across the Bonneville Salt Flats earning speed records with their handcrafted mechanical marvels.

These thousands now join together in unprecedented cooperation to heighten awareness of the shameful, man-made decline of the once majestic world renown Bonneville Salt Flats, a National Historic place. For decades the historic racetrack was more than 13 miles long, but in 2015, racers were unable to identify a 3-mile track.

These recreational users, ordinary people performing extraordinary speed deeds, have spent decades alerting public land guardians, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of unchecked salt loss and contamination problems. Their complaints have been mostly ignored while permitting mining companies to continually shrink and thin the salt crust of what was once the “Fastest Place on Earth.”

Speed attempts are hosted annually by four organizations: Southern California Timing Association (SCTA), Utah Salt Flats Racing Association (USFRA), Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials (BMST) and Land Speed Events (LSE). This high-speed quartet strongly support Save the Salt and the Utah Alliance requests that restoration efforts be implemented without further delay in order to ensure future generations can not only witness historic events, but continue to break records.

SCTA President Bill Lattin:

“Since 1949, our volunteer organization has been sanctioning Land Speed Racing Events at the Bonneville Salt Flats. We made it possible for countless people from all over the world to have a safe environment in which to achieve their goals and earn their place in the record books. The maintenance and well being of the salt flats are at the very core of our existence. The efforts of Save the Salt and the Utah Alliance are essential to achieving that goal.”

USFRA President Dennis Sullivan:

“Our volunteer group was founded to justify the continued use of the Bonneville Salt Flats as a racing venue when the BLM determined that a single, annual event did not justify its use. From inception, USFRA has been dedicated to its preservation and restoration. Our club members were founding members of Save the Salt and The Utah Alliance. We will continue to work with the other land speed racers to preserve, protect and restore the salt flats to safe racing conditions.”

BMST Owner/Event Director Delvene Manning:

“For more than a decade we have provided a platform tailored exclusively to the unique needs of motorcycles. Through the participation of thousands of motorcyclists more than 300 FIM World Records and 730 AMA National Records have been broken. The advocacy work by Save the Salt and The Utah Alliance ensures that our American Motorcyclist Association Land Speed Grand Championship will continue.”

LSE Owner/Event Director Mike Cook:

“Since 2006, we’ve provided certified timing for FIA and FIM world record attempts through association with the USAC and the AMA. The Bonneville Salt Flats is well known as the only easily accessible racing surface in the world where Americans and international challengers can seek to break existing and long-standing world records.

Utah’s salt flats attract global attention and respect for demonstrating technological prowess. Challengers have established more than 35 World Records at our events that once enjoyed the unique distinction of being the fastest as well as the safest racing venue in the world. We support the Utah Alliance and the Save the Salt Foundation efforts to restore and preserve this extraordinary and uniquely American natural treasure.”

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The Save the Salt Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore the world-famous Bonneville Salt Flats. The Utah Alliance is a volunteer Utah-based advocacy group using its expertise and contacts at the local level to protect this Historic Place listed on the National Register. The Save the Salt Coalition is an umbrella group comprised of automotive and motorsports companies and organizations with a vested interest in this national treasure. All are collaborating to keep the Bonneville Salt Flats available for future generations.

“Refuse to settle for the status quo and defy the powers who loathe to have it disturbed.” - S. Hendrix

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