Bonneville Salt Flats - Author's Limited Edition Book



LSL blue 1in Merchandise





Exclusive Racer Autographed Hard Cover edition to honor the first Bonneville Nationals held by the Southern California Timing Association – August 1949

Each edition with have the author’s signature and number rank (1 of 49, 2 of 49, et al). The books are the last of the cloth, hard cover editions that the author has been dragging around for several years getting signatures from the land speed racing greats who graciously agreed to help put this project together.

The books are a bit scuffed and the pages have been flipped nearly 100 times each as every person signed their name. Care has been taken to keep the books as pristine as possible, but there is some visual wear from all the handling. Please contact us in advance to order a specific numbered edition and arrange correct shipping.

Louise Ann Noeth’s Bonneville Salt Flats was awarded the James Valentine Award in 2002 presented by Society of Automotive Historians Southern California Chapter in recognition of accuracy in automotive historical research.

Released in 1999, the hard cover and limited slipcase editions sold out in 2006. The soft cover sold out at Speedweek 2010 — the last copy going to a member of Dennis Varni’s Speed Nymph streamliner team. It’s been a great run! 7 printings over 11 years. Thanks to everyone who purchased my book, hope you have enjoyed the speed ride.

Limited to 49 Registered & Numbered Copies.  SOLD OUT

Every exclusive edition sold with 100 land speed racer signatures collected by the author, including:

A portion of every sale will be donated to SAVE THE SALT 



1 – Author / LSL

2 – Sold / RM, CA

3 – Sold / TM, OR

4 – Sold / GP, TN

5 – Sold / BR, OK

6 – Sold / FS, GA

7 – Sold / JQ, TX

8 – Sold / MW, FL

9 – Sold / GE, WA

10 – Sold / GD, KY

11 – Sold / SS, TX

12 – Sold /WM, FL

13 – Sold / MM, AZ

14 – Sold / CM, AZ

15 – Sold / MM, MI

16 – Sold /GF, TX

17 – Sold /DD, DC

18– Sold / RF, CA

19– Sold / LC, MT

20 – Sold / JR, AZ

21 – Sold / RO, AR

22 – Sold / GL, CA

23 – Sold / TL, Canada

24 – Sold / RC, CA

25 – Sold / JG, CA

26 – Donated 

27 – Sold / DP, Australia

28 – Sold / BL, MO

29 – Sold / JS, MA

30 – Sold / DG, MO

31 – Sold / SG, IN

32 – Sold / JS, MI

33 – Sold / GH, MI

34 – Sold / CG, IL

35 – Sold / GG, IL

36 – Donated 

37 – Sold / RM, CA

38 – Sold / AF, CA

39 – Sold / BA, TX

40 – Sold / ET, WA

41 – Sold / TB, UT

42 – Sold / JB, CA

43- Sold / BW, MN

44 – MB, Sweden

45 – Sold / AD, TX

46 – Sold / WL, CA

47 – Donated / USAFA, CO

48 – Sold /RD, PA

49 – Sold/ DM, CA

Bonneville: The Fastest Place on Earth – Preview

Spanning more than 100 years of land speed racing on the famed Bonneville Salt Flat, this chronicle is the first publication to combine the entire history in one place. Now in it’s seventh printing, the book has won several awards for writing, photography and historical accuracy. Check out the samples from each chapter below.

From the Ice Age to the Train Age

If You Build It, Are They Supposed To Come?

Daytona’s Demise is Bonneville’s Sunrise

The Monster Car Era

Boys, Toys and Noise

Got the Fever, Beaver Cleaver?

Learning to Fly, or Not

The Jet Age

Losing Ground; New Found Fun

Passing the Wrench: The Hot Rodders’ Kids Go Racing

The Nineties and Beyond



What Others Think About This Book . . .

“LandSpeed Louise has captured the essence of what is magical in the salt’s many attractions for special breed of automotive experimenters . . .(we) are deeply indebted to author Noeth for her preservation of that awesome history.”

Wally Parks, founder and Chairman, National Hot Rod Association

“Books about Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats are nothing new, until this one . . .”

– Shave Glick, Motorsports Columnist Los Angeles Times

“This is a great book, I really enjoyed it.” – Jay Leno, Tonight Show Host, NBC-TV

“The book does full justice to the little guys who invade Bonneville every August; it is rich in human stories . . .”

Book of the Month

Mick Walsh, Editor, Classic & Sports Car, UK

“One of the best tributes to the Mecca of all-out speed ever written.”

HOT ROD Magazine


“Fascinating Reading . . .”

Popular Mechanics Magazine March 2001

“The best book ever written about the salt . . . even if you are not a land speed fan, this book makes for great reading.”

Jeff Smith, Editor, Chevy High Performance

Louise digs into the heart of the matter . . . “

Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Columnist, Drive! Magazine

“Louise Ann Noeth has captured the unique flavor of this extreme edge of the motorsports world.”

RACER! Magazine, December 2000