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« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2018, 06:00:59 AM »

Thirst and water:  One way I explain to non-racers how Bville works -- is telling them that Dodge near every time you walk up to someone's pit or whatever, the first words I hear will be something like "Hi.  Need a drink?"

We ALL take staying hydrated pretty seriously.
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« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2018, 07:37:44 AM »

You are always welcome to stop by 7707 pits and rest awhile. Its good to have shade sometimes.
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« Reply #17 on: May 30, 2018, 08:13:31 AM »

I actually got out of drag racing about 12 years ago.

Now right there lies the problem.

I know of nobody who "got out of racing" who doesn't have a pile of parts lying around.

Then they go to Bonneville to "spectate", and two years later, that pile of parts is flying down the track.

It's a slippery slope - just sayin' . . .  wink
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« Reply #18 on: May 30, 2018, 01:15:39 PM »

An Englishman Ian Northeast has a Jensen V8 car ready for the salt flats but he needs some final help/advice.

Please take a look at Introduce Yourself, Reply 3634.

Ian is new to Landracing.com so I am using this thread to get him in touch with the knowledgeable. He has a website for the car for the World's Fastest Jensen. Please support this racer who came to Pendine Sands last month for some practice runs. Thank You.

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« Reply #19 on: May 30, 2018, 04:17:51 PM »

Semi-related question that I figured wasn't worth starting a new thread for... I'll be going to Bonneville for the first time this year with a motorcycle, competing in a few classes at the AMA BMST event, not Speed Week. Is a pit bike, like a TTR125, a) allowed in the paddock/parking area, and b) useful/helpful to get around, for this event? I have one I can bring and I always do when I road race, but I don't want to haul it there if we're not going to use it.
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« Reply #20 on: May 30, 2018, 04:30:54 PM »

Pits can be long and prestage further out, a pit bike is pretty much a necessity , bring a second helmet for it
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« Reply #21 on: May 30, 2018, 06:35:33 PM »

However please note the requirements for a license for any pit bike/vehicle.  If you've got a highway license, that's dandy, but if it has an ORV tag form a state other than Utah you'll need to either prove your (license) state has reciprocity with Utah - or just buy a Utah permit.

The rules are only a couple of years old.  (Somebody help me here -- where's the easiest-to-find posting of the ORV rules?).  Let's make sure you see them.
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« Reply #22 on: May 31, 2018, 08:51:24 AM »

www.stateparks.utah.gov
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« Reply #23 on: May 31, 2018, 11:22:36 AM »

Ok. I definitely don't have an ORV sticker, my state essentially has no public land to ride on so nobody has one. So $35 for a state sticker to ride it, might be worth it.

https://stateparks.utah.gov/activities/off-highway-vehicles/ohv-laws-rules/
Looks like a helmet isn't LEGALLY required, correct?

A bicycle should be fine to get around with no permits?
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« Reply #24 on: May 31, 2018, 05:01:23 PM »

I think the helmet is part of the AMA regs
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« Reply #25 on: May 31, 2018, 11:27:03 PM »


A bicycle should be fine to get around with no permits?

I've done it.  It's actually a good alternative to driving everywhere. 

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« Reply #26 on: June 01, 2018, 09:52:54 AM »

I believe that if riding a motorcycle around pits etc at the BMST event then a helmet is required.
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« Reply #27 on: August 17, 2018, 07:33:48 PM »

I Thought I'd update you all on how my first time went.

1: IT WAS AWESOME!!!!

2: yes, no way I believe even in a week you can see it all. This place just oozes cool for literally miles.

3: I can not stress drinking enough water.....I sadly did not and ended my only day there early. Six bottles in 3.5 hours apparently was not enough. Yup, I dehydrated, with cool clammy skin, and red blotches until I somehow managed to get to the car for relief from the AC and more water. I had plenty in the trunk, just didn't bring enough with me walking. I had walked about 6 miles. This all kinda scared me so I pretty much called it a day unfortunately.

Six bottles of water may be my whole days intake while at work here on the east coast. I thought I was doing good for the short time period. I was wrong, you all warned me.

4: IT WAS AWESOME!!!!

5: The spectator cars were every bit as good as the race cars. I bet I took more pics of some serious traditional built hot rods than race cars there. I was blown away at some of the quality built stuff out there.

6: Did not realize you could drive around until I walked 6 miles of it. I never even got to the impound area, or made it to the starting line area (which looked a little confusing to get to). I missed looking at some killer cars because they were probably all at the start line as the trucks and trailers were pretty empty.

7: The racers were very nice. If you had questions about there cars, they were willing to answer them.

8: I bought lots of t-shirts, yet still not enough. You guys and gals have some really cool shirts made up.

9: IT WAS AWESOME!!!!

10: While this can be crossed off on my bucket list, I would like to return someday to spend at least two full days there. I am not sure if that will happen. I did some other pretty cool stuff (to me) in Utah while there, which is why I could not spend as much time at the flats.

11: I taped garbage bags to the floor of the rental, put the same duct tape on the pedal pads, on the bottoms of my shoes too, and i still spent some time vacuuming out the car. I also got it washed by whatever group I had heard about on here that was washing cars at the gas station off the exit. Seemed like a good cause so I donated, saved me from washing it. And I drove carefully to not try and fling that stuff everywhere. We rented down by my parents house in St George, so there was really no questions.

I think that is all. It really was an amazing time, I soooo wanted to see Danny Thompsons car and possibly a run, and I never did either. He ran the first run probably about the time I was in line paying to get in I figure. I missed alot of other amazing cars because I never got to the line (I certainly did not understand the myriad of cones in place that made the bend to the start line). I really hope someday I can make it back there. It is such an amazing place and a step back into and fowards into history all at the same time.

Thank You for all of the advice. I hope this also helps a newbie spectator in the future.
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« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2018, 12:05:45 PM »

Those cones can be confusing.  A couple lead to line-up for #1 course.  Others lead over to #2 and around to access to #3 and #4.  There is some signage, but if you stop and ask someone, almost everyone is friendly and helpful as you found out.
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