Gear: There's No Doubt Bonneville Is The World's Fastest Place

There’s No Doubt Bonneville Is The World’s Fastest Place

By Michael Banovsky
October 21, 2015

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. 

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Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

1) Errr … a link please gents ! [ I found it on Amazon but seriously guys … direct links that aren’t limited to the EU/UK side of the pond accompanying AdverArticles such as this … please ] 2) WAS … needs to be the key word when it comes to Bonneville . As in…. WAS … the fastest place on earth … along with WAS …the last bastion of genuine motorsports competition . With all thats going on there that’d take at least a 100 pages to explain its looking more and more like Bonneville is about to become… Read more »

Rudolf Wesseln
Rudolf Wesseln

I just ordered the book and will be happy to get it after the release in December. One comment: Alexandra is also the author of another interesting book (‘Speedseekers’).