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Bonneville Speed Week set for August 8-14

Permits signed, but social distancing rules will be in place at the Salt Flats


The Bureau of Land Management, Utah’s Tooele County and the Utah Health Department all have signed off on the necessary permits, and the Southern California Timing Association has announced plans to stage Bonneville Speed Week 2020 on August 8-14, with the Bonneville World Finals set for September 29-October 2.

“We had one major choice in front of us this year concerning the Bonneville National’s Speed Week 2020,” SCTA president Bill Lattin and Bonneville Nationals chairman Pat McCowell wrote on SCTA website. “Should we keep our plans in motion or should we stop and cancel it due to Covid19?”

The decision was to proceed, and while there will be some changes for social distancing and health concerns, Speed Week is on, and record-setting runs are anticipated in a wide variety of categories. 

Officials said they hope to be at the Bonneville Salt Flats to prepare the course within the next week or so, and entry fees are being accepted from racers.

The COVID precautions, officials said, include sneeze guards at various official trailers, hand-sanitizer stations, taped-off social-distancing boundaries, enlarged pit spaces, recommendations that people bring and wear masks or bandanas, etc.

For more information, visit the SCTA website.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. yes go ahead with 2020 Bonneville Speed weeks!
    it is an AMERICAN Icon event , a best kept secret is early one morning( before event starts dark out ,no sun yet).
    drive way down track beyond any sounds, salt can absorb sound!
    bring your coffee or something to drink have folding chair , sit and watch the SUN RISE up from the salt!!!
    its life transforming you never forget!

  2. I felt the same affect on a morning to back up some records runs. I backed up to one of the Hemi’s that was warming up and was mesmerized by the warmth, sound and smell of real gas exhaust, and when the sun came up got some great photos.

  3. Bonneville SPEED WEEK IS THE PLACE TO BE IN EARLY AUGUST AND LATE SEPTEMBER the Roar of these Hot Rods will not be matched anywhere or at anytime in your LIFETIME AS for me the 62 years I have been Shakin by the thundering sound as these hot rods fly by you pounding out the Salt Flats in Top Speed totally exsillerating .


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