Once a year speed enthusiasts from all over the United States come to Bonneville, in the state of Utah, to test their vehicles on the vast open spaces of the Salt Lake Flats.
SV Bike pushed off to start run
GV Body lowered onto sports car
CU Racing car
CUs Spectator takes photographs as saloon car pushes racer off to start run (2 shots)
CU Ed Ranburg tests new type of electric (battery powered) motor cycle
CU Ed Rnburg interviewed:
GVs Motor cycle during run (2 shots)
COMMENTATOR: The speed freaks have been coming to the salt flats for 25 years. During speed week almost anything with wheels is tested to see just how fast it can go. Some of the large, professionally built and engineered vehicles hit speeds of better than 600 mills an hour, but most of these machines are built and tested by amateurs, and the speeds generally are in the 200 to 300 mile an hour range. Ed Rauourg, of Fontana, California, has been coming to Bonneville since 1962. This year he has brought with him a new kind of vehicle.... a battery powered motor cycle. To Ranburg this week at Salt Flats is the only time and place and amateur can give his vehicle the ultimate test."
RANBURG: "It's a hobby you don't have to invest a great deal of money in, and you do actually have the opportunity to come up and set a world land speed record in a particular class. You've got the moxy (knowledge). It isn't a case necessarily of just pure bucks."
COMMENTATOR: "Ranburg says his motor cycle has a potential speed of 140 miles an hour. There are no cash awards for new records or class wins. Some of the competitors will take home trophies and will be back next August after another year of tinkering in the garage.
Speed enthusiasts have been coming to the Benneville salt flats, in the state of Utah, United States for twenty-five years. During speed week anything with wheels is tested to see just how fast it can go.
Some of the large, professionally built vehicles hit speeds of more than six hundred miles an hour. But most of the machines at Bonneville this year are built and tested by amateurs, with speeds up the three hundred miles an hour.
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SPORT: MOTOR CYCLE RACING
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Background: Once a year speed enthusiasts from all over the United States come to Bonneville, in the state of Utah, to test their vehicles on the vast open spaces of the Salt Lake Flats.
Speed week this year has produced a familiar medley of two- and four-wheeled vehicles, ranging from sleek, professionally built machines that reach speeds of over 600 miles per hour (960 kms. per hour) to home-made "specials" built and tested by amateurs in the 200 to 300 miles per hour (360 - 480 k.p.h.) range.
This year's most interesting amateur-built machine is Ed Ranburg's battery-powered motor cycle. Ranburg, from Frontana, California, says that it has a speed potential of 140 miles (224 kms.) per hour and he also maintains that you don't need to be a millionaire to pick up a world land-speed record for a particular class of vehicle -- it's more a matter of know-how and perseverance.
This year, as for the past 25, there will be no cash awards for collecting a record at Bonneville. But some of the competitors will have put their vehicles to the ultimate test -- and might have a trophy to show for their efforts.
A transcript of the sound of film follows. An alternative commentary appears overleaf, using part of original starting' "Ed Ranburg of Fontana, California..." The commentator is Larry Butler.