If there's one thing worse than not having a race car to take to Bonneville for Speed Week, it's having a race car that's in pieces. Circumstances, including completing the build of the R&C Tribute T, and a busy schedule, meant my roadster pickup wasn't finished in time, but that didn't stop me from making a banzai run to the Salt this year, without a trailer! The prospect of the heavy-hitter streamliners gunning for records was enough, as was a friend's record attempt—successful I might add—with a new engine.

Rod & Custom has a long tradition of covering Bonneville, and it's not hard to see why; it's pretty much the last bastion of "little guy" motorsport, and while there are stringent rules, it's still a doable proposition for a homebuilder. It's also a great vacation destination for a gearhead (well, it is when Speed Week is running, maybe not so much for most of the rest of the year when it's often under a shallow covering of water from rain and snow!).

The quality of the salt is also improving, thanks to the work of the Save The Salt Coalition (www.savethesalt.org) with over 1 million tons of salt returned to the Bonneville Salt Flats over the past two winters. It's still only inches thick, rather than the few feet it once was, but awareness and action are slowly bringing the surface back. It's been a land speed racetrack for 100 years, and long may it continue.