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story by eric storhok • photos by jim luning

Italian cars have long had the reputation of attracting rust. Even enthusiasts with much amore for these machines will joke, “If you listen closely, you can hear them corroding.” So why would any sane person bring a 1991 Alfa Romeo Spider to the Bonneville Salt Flats? One word: speed.

Driving at high speeds is an interesting challenge, as the only goal is to go fast in a straight line. It pits teams against physics, the clock and their own fears.

Unlike autocrossing, or even NASCAR racing, there is no turning involved. And unlike drag racing, a land speed racing run can take minutes to finish. It’s a totally unique motorsports experience that has attracted its own legions of dedicated fans.

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alfadriver
alfadriver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/7/18 6:35 a.m.

To be clear about the article, the driving at speed part was a side bar written my the driver/engineer/fabricator Jim Steck.  So you know.

And to repeat something I've been posting for about 15 years- Bonneville should be on everyone's bucket list.  Even for just a day.  And pay for the pit pass to walk around.

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