Thursday, 31 December 2015

salty water on the salty flats at Bonneville.

 . . . Bonneville Speed Week was cancelled last year caused by flooding of the salt due primarily to the lakes bed filling back up with some recent rain water descending from the surrounding hills.
   It used to be a sea-water lake which rose up over millions of years with the Rocky Mountains and over time lost it's water to evaporation leaving behind the salt all nice and flat and visually impressive.     We look forward to lots of sunshine evaporating off the flood water as it has done so rapidly in the past so that Speed Week will proceed as scheduled in 2016,   and our own team preparations continue as they must !       . . . and bike build is coming along very well thanks to the expertise of Chris, experience of Richard and supervision of John.

I help out too with the less-skilled stuff which is probably just as well for all involved.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Bonneville Film which tells a good story.

One of the classic films about Bonneville is "The World's Fastest Indian" starring Anthony Hopkins.  This is an endearing and pleasently sentimental film which features a 'fairy tale' perspective on the achievements of ranked outsider Burt Munro from Invergargill, New Zealand as he heads over to America to naively compete at Speed Week at Bonneville salt flats on his trusty old Indian motorcycle.    

The film successfully captures some of the intense atmosphere of the event and features an array of the sort of astounding machines that one is only likely ever to see at Bonneville.

I rate this film quite highly although it does sugar-coat Burt's character and infact he was an altogether more complex individual than comes over in the film,   this is understandable for the context of a feel-good story, however a more in depth view of Burt is found in the book "One Good Run" by Tim Hanna