Photo Flashback: Bonneville Speed Week
According to the Southern California Timing Association, who run the event, “Bonneville Land Speed Racing is a unique sport that consists of very determined people who drive hot rods, roadsters, belly tankers, lakesters, motorcycles, streamliners, and even diesel trucks to “shoot the salt” in a simple quest to have their name added to the record books.”
American Mazda tuner Racing Beat has been running the rotary powered Japanese machines at the event cars since 1974. Here are a few shots of their efforts from ’74 to ’86.
The opening photo shows the Racing Beat developed first generation RX7 from the 1978 event. Thanks to the more aerodynamic body of the RX7 and improved horsepower, this car set a record of 183.9 mph (295kmh) with Car & Driver editor Don Sherman behind the wheel.
The second shot shows the RX-3 project of Car & Driver Magazine and featured an engine built by Racing Beat. At the 1974 Bonneville event, the little Mazda recorded a record speed of 160.3 mph (257 kmh). Not bad for a rice burner.