Top 10 Vehicles At Bonneville Speed Week 2017

Ah, the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, an alien terrain on earth steeped in mystique, legend and awe. It’s a bizarrely barren and flat landscape seemingly designed for wheeled vehicles to push harder and faster in the pursuit of higher and higher speeds. The odd part of the design is that the surface is sodium chloride – salt – pretty much the same stuff that’s in your kitchen cupboard.

Set amidst this geologically remarkable panorama of salt every August are a nutty cast of characters brandishing a cornucopia of gearhead fantasies. Racing at Bonneville encourages creativity among participants, unlike many other forms of racing that have sharply defined specs, so innovation and imagination are integral elements of vehicle construction.

There were more cool vehicles on the playa than you could imagine, and this list could’ve been much longer, especially if we were including four-wheeled vehicles. But it’s a Top 10 list, so here we go!

  • JMDGT

    The Spirit bike from Indian is beautiful. The old Honda reminds me of a bike my neighbor had. A lot of interesting machines.

  • Starmag

    My votes are for that tractor thing because it has a cartoonish moose hood ornament, and also for the dual engine scout because it’s beautiful and street legal. Flat heads V-twins have a cool blaaaty sound so two must be even better.

  • john phyyt

    Hey Bob (Lewis) that is one great looking motorcycle. And you ,if anything, you look even better. If i see you around . Drinks are on me if you tell me about how you stayed faithful all those years

  • Great roundup!

  • You missed Steve “Brew Dude” Garn and his record setting 1972 350 RD. Great little bike and he set 3 AMA records this year. Not too bad for 60 year guy from North Carolina! This was great round up of shots from my favorite place.

  • Daimyo

    “80 years old and he’s still competing on the bike he bought in high school”

    A god among men.

    Great to see so many Indians, that twin scout sure is something.