Bonneville Salt Flats: How Fast Can Your Suburu Go?
There’s a place in northwest Utah where you can find out just how fast your Suburu can travel. You’ll need jet propulsion to reach the 1,000+ mph record set back in 1965 at Bonneville Salt Flats. The first speed record at the flats was set in 1914. It was 143 MPH. Maybe try for that instead.
To fully appreciate the scale of Lake Bonneville, it helps to know that it was once the same size as Lake Michigan (nearly 20,000 square miles) but was much deeper. As it dried up, it created both the Great Salt Lake and the Bonneville Salt Flats, at the base of Silver Island Mountain.
When we visited, the Bonneville Salt Flats were coated in water, so we didn’t have an opportunity to beach our car on a ten inch high pressure ridge. Although we stuck to the paved areas, the landscape is extremely deceptive. At one point, Juliet grabbed my arm and demanded to know where the road was. I assured her it was in front of us – duh – but in actual fact the road had ended and I was looking at its reflection in the water. We may not have achieved any land speed records, but our Subaru did its best to challenge the world’s most abrupt braking record!
Two paws — if you keep the salt away from my paws.
Lane & Juliet
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