Hot Rodders are Headed to the Salt Flats as Speed Week 2022 Kicks Off this Weekend

One of the most anticipated weeks of the year is about to kick off this weekend as Speed Week is ready to embark on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) crew has been out on the salt since the end of July prepping and smoothing the courses and the pits, surveying the salt, marking return roads, setting up the timing system, and removing debris from the area leftover from inconsiderate campers.

The SCTA crew has reported that the salt is in excellent condition so that raises the question…will we see a 500mph piston-driven vehicle pass this year? We know it’s on the Speed Demon crew’s mind as their trailers are loaded for bear this year, and we’re sure they’re not the only ones aiming for that goal.

Breaking records is what Speed Week is all about, but it’s not just the elusive 500mph run that people are looking for. There are numerous classes with an equal number of records to be broken. From motorcycles to the jet-propelled streamliners, and even an influx of electric vehicles more recently, everyone migrating from all corners of America (and beyond) to the Salt Flats have personal best speeds and potential record-breaking runs on their minds.

Like we have for the past few years, ace photographer Marc Gewertz will be headed to the Salt for us to bring you the sights & scenes from Speed Week 2022 and some highlights of the record runs recorded. Look for the post-event recap story on FuelCurve.com shortly after August 12th.

For more information and to follow along with more timely updates, visit www.scta-bni.org and click on the red ‘updates’ bar at the top of the page.

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A lifelong car kid, Steven grew up around drag strips – his name may sound familiar because his grandfather is Bob Bunker, a Pro Mod pioneer who piloted the “Folsom Flash” ’55 Chevy from the ’70s through the ’90s. Steven’s father, Bob Bunker Jr., heads up Bunker Motorsports and is a regular in the West Coast racing scene, building chassis and race cars for more than 30 years. With genetics like that, it’s no wonder Steven has a passion for both cars and motorsports. In addition to helping his father and honing his fabrication skills at Bunker Motorsports, Steven began shooting photos at the drag strip and capturing the action with his Canon camera. He is now artfully crafting stories around the awesome machines at the shows, as well as the men and women behind them. When he's is not on the road covering events, he spends his downtime out on the water fishing, building his 1962 Chevy Nova, or cruising his 1987 GMC Suburban.