Ford Hot Rods at 2013 Bonneville Speed Week
Ford Hot Rods at 2013 Bonneville Speed Week

Bonneville Speed Week 2013 – Report and Photos

Bonneville Speed Week 2013 – Main Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture)

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[Source: Rick Carey; photos: Tim Scott]

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  1. It was gratifying to see coverage of Bonneville in your magazine. The MG Midget pictured on page 7 of the photos is mine.

    Bonneville is one of the last true common grounds that traditional sports cars and American hot-rods share. This is where names like Mickey Thompson, Carroll Shelby and Gary Gabelich share equal credentials with Goldie Gardner, Donald Healey and Sterling Moss.

    Thank you for covering it.

  2. Chris,
    Glad you enjoyed it. Tim Scott’s photos capture the atmosphere and the diversity and creativity of the cars better than any words and endorse the observations in your comment.
    It’s worth the trip to see, feel and hear it in person, though. No photo can impart the feel of the salt.
    And, how fast is the Midget?

    1. We wound up running a best of 118.693 on a 121.779 record, which is held by an Abarth Dialbero, and was set in 1992. It’s the oldest standing record in the GT class. That we got that speed out of a stock bodied Midget with a 5 port head and less than 1 liter is encouraging me to return next year.

      If I may share an anecdote regarding that event – the man that owns the car that holds the I/GT record is Martin McGlone. He was there that day, driving the Shelby Mustang on page 6 of Tim’s photos. I did not know that the record holding car had changed hands.

      Martin approached me and said, “I/GT, eh? Do you know what car owns that record?” I said “Yeah, some (fill in the blank) Abarth”.

      Martin looked me in the eye and said, “That’s right, AND I OWN IT!”

      Without missing a beat, I said, “I have a picture of your car on my dartboard in the basement”.

      As it turns out, Martin has also raced Sterling Moss’ old Sebring Sprite in Europe. He’s been an encouragement to me, and in some ways, our encounter brings my MG story full circle to the BMC factory efforts of the 1950s – and it all started on the salt.


  3. Great artical about a very special event! You captured the feelings that every one has when attending Bonneville. Thank Tim for the great shots of my copper 32 roadster. Hope to see you there in 14′.
    Bart Caliaro

  4. Dear Rick & Tim,
    Thank you for a great piece and superb photos. I am going to share the link with our friends as well so that they can take a look. That looks like a definite bucket list item and hopefully 2014 will provide an opportunity. The atmosphere looks just great, and then there is, of course, the performances. Truly something to look forward to – thank you for putting it together and sharing it!

  5. Many thanks for such wonderful pictures. Bonneville has long been standing in a corner of my mind, mus t go and see it for myself!!! I just love the variety of cars and the real enthusiasm of all the people attending!

  6. Dear Rick & Tim,

    Thanks for share those amazing photos with us, all they show the real Bonneville atmosphere.

    Cláudio Orestes.

  7. Having grown up in Pomona Calif. I was lucky enough to get to go to the NHRA drag races since 1958. My dad raced on muroc dry lake in the 1930’s until WW2 ended all race there. I go to Bonneville as often as I can, and sometimes there are up to 550 entries. It is the holy site for speed racers.Sitting at mile 4 1/2 and seeing a car shift in to high gear while doing over 400 is an awesome experience you will never forget.

  8. I went to Bonneville in 1954, 1955, and 1956. As you say, it is an experience which should be on every car nut’s bucket list, right at the very top.
    We ran a ’32 5-window with a Chrysler hemi. It had a roller cam and heads were milled and ports cleaned up. Don’t remember our speed; but
    think it was around 160. Things I remember: The Bean Bandits { out of Mexico}. You always asked “what percent {nitro} are you running?”
    I asked one of them this, and he replied “100%; it’s easier to mix” Mickey Thompson and his 4-engine streamliner, his Stude coupe, and
    I think maybe a lakester. Sponsored by Pontiac, he had a supply of engines, V8, 4-cyl {half a V8}, and {really} a 2-cyl {half a 4-cyl}. The
    2-banger lasted real quick. The streamliner had two engines at each end. all wheels were driven, but there was no connection front to rear.
    I think he broke 400 mph. The jet-powered 3-wheeler, which was fast, but wound up off the course with its nose buried in the mud. How
    the salt would shake when one of the big ones lit off. The Kenz-Leslie streamliner, one of the first to go multi-engine, two flat-heads.
    Meeting Vic Edelbrock {senior}. Etc, etc, etc.
    Charlie Cravens