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t walgamuth
06-13-2016, 09:56 AM
The Mrs. and I have been traveling around the west for the last two weeks. We've been to Yellowstone and other places. My top car guy thing was visiting the fabled Bonneville Salt flats. There's not a whole lot there to see except the unique shimmering whiteness of the flats. It resembles nothing more than snowy ice. The day we arrived it rained so there was a lot of water standing around on the salt. The flats were closed to driving on them but when they are nice and dry you can drive out on them. I was hoping to do that but I guess rain this time of year is common. there is no museum there though there is rumors of one being planned. The truck stop nearest the racing surface has some t shirts, hats and the usual stuff with various bonneville images displayed. I did not see any Avantis or 53 Studes though to my disappointment!

I have not seen a Studebaker on the road or parked on this trip, though I did see a early fifties looking pickup rear being used as a trailer.;)

Commander Eddie
06-13-2016, 10:00 AM
I believe the salt is currently closed to vehicular traffic because of the poor condition of the salt. There has been no racing out there for the past 2 years. Very sad situation. I believe there may be a thread on here somewhere with a lengthy conversation about this.

wolfie
06-13-2016, 12:18 PM
Unfortunately unsavory business practices and lack of oversight enforcing the rules to protect the salt from these businesses have ruined the salt flats. The most recent things I read indicate they are now gone forever as far as speed trials are concerned. People should be jailed but as usual in big $$ business the perps get to walk free while the rest of us do without. Steve

57pack
06-13-2016, 02:17 PM
Sorry to hear of the Salt Flat condition!
We always keep an eye out for spotting Studebakers when we travel.
Last trip to Florida we passed a nice 1950 Land Cruiser near Lake Worth. Year before we passed a nice red M series pickup on the Ohio Turnpike.
Always a treat!

JoeHall
06-13-2016, 10:24 PM
Sorry to hear of the Salt Flat condition!
We always keep an eye out for spotting Studebakers when we travel.
Last trip to Florida we passed a nice 1950 Land Cruiser near Lake Worth. Year before we passed a nice red M series pickup on the Ohio Turnpike.
Always a treat!

Its lonely out there for Studebaker drivers. Two years ago in the 62GT, on a 5000 mile, meandering trip from KY to CA and back, we saw maybe 6-8 other Studes. All but one were relics parked in various stages of decomp. We did see a 1963/64 Avanti on the road in Joshua Tree Nat. Park in California. We both honked, pulled over, and chatted awhile.

Bummer to hear about the salt flats.

Pat Dilling
06-14-2016, 09:37 AM
For a Studebaker guy the salt flats and the Salt Flats cafe are certainly places to stop if you are close by. The Cafe has lots of pictures and some memorabilia. There are some with Studebaker content.

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daytonadave
06-14-2016, 10:11 AM
Back in 2010 I was traveling to Glacier National Park, while driving north on Highway 20 towards Thermopolis, WY A Studebaker Pickup popped out of a tunnel.
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t walgamuth
06-22-2016, 08:13 PM
For a Studebaker guy the salt flats and the Salt Flats cafe are certainly places to stop if you are close by. The Cafe has lots of pictures and some memorabilia. There are some with Studebaker content.

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Nothing says Bonneville better than a 53 Stude!5557955580

Mikado282
06-24-2016, 12:00 AM
Apparently they are not closed according to this BLM roster of 2016 events.

http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/salt_lake/recreation/bonneville_salt_flats/events_at_bonneville.html

t walgamuth
06-24-2016, 10:09 PM
Apparently they are not closed according to this BLM roster of 2016 events.

http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/salt_lake/recreation/bonneville_salt_flats/events_at_bonneville.html

That is great!

Pancho
06-28-2016, 12:28 AM
They are not closed. In fact the land is owned by the state of Utah. They are suing to retain the rights to run the park again. Don't know how the BLM got control over the land. The mining of salt has stopped on the racing side and will not continue. The problem now is during a particularly hard rain a lot of soil was washed onto the salt. The mining operation, as part of their deal, has been flooding this area with brine. This has left the soil between the layers of salt making for unpredictable driving conditions. They are experimenting with methods to remedy it.