There’s No Doubt Bonneville Is The World’s Fastest Place
Photography by Alexandra Lier
A special place like Bonneville deserves a special book, a book that’s able to show the culture built up around Utah’s most famous salt flats. The World’s Fastest Place by photographer Alexandra Lier is a tribute to the “vanishing era of internal combustion and fossil fuel racing,” as the publisher states, and so somehow seems more intimate.
Each portrait, be it spectator, mechanic, driver, or car, is perfectly presented on the salt. You’d never mistake it for anywhere else, and the steely stare that most of the drivers exhibit helps to convey both how special and dangerous this place can be.
Thankfully, it’s not just a superficial look at land speed racing; Kevin Robert Thomson helped with the text and Lier herself drivers a Plymouth Barracuda in Germany. She first visited the salt flats in 1999, and this book, The World’s Fastest Place, is the result of spending lots of time in Bonneville.