Salt Lake Astronomical Society (SLAS)
Fridays and Saturday Nights Weekly
Various Wasatch Front Locations
Salt Lake Astronomical Society
Stansbury Park Observatory Complex
20 Plaza, Stansbury Park, UT 84074
The Bonneville Salt Flats is a densely packed salt pan in northwestern Utah that is a remnant of the Pleistocene Lake Bonneville. It is the largest of many salt flats located west of the Great Salt Lake, is public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and is known for land speed records at the “Bonneville Speedway”.
The area was named after Benjamin Bonneville, a U.S. Army officer who explored the Intermountain West in the 1830s. In 1907 Bill Rishel and two local businessmen tested the suitability of the salt for driving on by taking a Pierce-Arrow onto the surface of the flats. A railway line across the Bonneville Salt Flats was completed in 1910, marking the first permanent crossing. The first land speed record was in 1914 by Teddy Tetzlaff.
Movies filmed at the salt flats include portions of Warlock, Independence Day, SLC Punk, Cremaster 2 from Cremaster Cycle, The Brown Bunny, The World’s Fastest Indian, Gerry, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. In addition, the Pontiac Bonneville, former flagship sedan of the Pontiac motor division, the Triumph Bonneville motorcycle, and the Bonneville International media company, are named after the salt flats.*
Bonneville Speedway is an area of the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah, that is marked out for motorsports. It is particularly noted as the venue for numerous land speed records. The salt flats were first used for motorsports in 1912 but didn’t become truly popular until the 1930s when Ab Jenkins and Sir Malcolm Campbell competed to set land speed records.*
In August, the Southern California Timing Association and Bonneville Nationals Inc. organize SpeedWeek, the largest meet of the year, which attracts several hundred drivers who compete to set the highest speed in a range of categories.
In late August, the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials are held.
In September each year is the World of Speed, (similar to Speedweek) organized by the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association. The USFRA also meets on the first Wednesday of each month throughout the summer.
In October, the Southern California Timing Association puts on World Finals, a scaled-down version of SpeedWeek.
Each year, there are usually a few private meets that are not publicized scattered between the larger public meets.*
Nominated by the Academy of Country Music as the Casino Venue of the year, the Peppermill Concert Hall is an intimate, non -smoking venue with just 1035 seats. There isn’t a bad seat in the house with the furthest seat only 88′ from the stage! From the state of the art sound system and acoustically designed showroom this is one of the best venues in the west to see your favorite performing artist. Get geared up for your favorite band with an ice cold draft, tasty margaritas & daiquiris and a Scooby snack of popcorn with the show. Artist merchandise is available for most performers and ticket windows open 4 hours before the doors. Rock on…at the Peppermill.
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Utah Motorsports Campus, formally Miller Motorsports Park is a state-of-the-art road racing facility for automobiles, motorcycles and go-karts located just 35 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City in Tooele, Utah. It is considered the finest facility of its type in North America. Opened in 2006, Miller Motorsports Park hosts many of the world’s most significant racing series, including the American Le Mans Series, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, NASCAR Grand National West Series, AMA Superbike Championship and, new for 2008, the FIM SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, one of the top three racing series in the world.
In addition to the professional racing series that visit UMC, the track also has its own locally-based racing series for road racing cars and motorcycles, Supermoto motorcycles and karts (with competitor’s ages ranging from five to 65 years old). There is racing taking place almost every weekend between April and October.
Utah Motorsports Campus
2901 N. Sheep Lane Tooele, UT 84074
The thundering stock cars of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will headline the 6th annual Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park, joined by the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge Championship, the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Championship, the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Yokohama and the Pirelli Cup USA. Awesome cars, great racing at a fantastic facility and fun for the whole family!