Gallery: Vintage Photos from 1950 Trip to Bonneville

Images: Kevin Boji

Our friends over at Jalopy Journal received an incredible set of photos recently from a man named Kevin Boji. The photos were taken by his father Byron in 1950 during a trip that he and a few friends took over to Bonneville.

As you’ll see in the photos the cars there ranged from speedsters to hot rods, and while we don’t know specifically which car belonged to Byron himself we do know that it was powered by a flathead Ford, and that he had trouble keeping up with all of the west coast based cars.

The nostalgia in the pictures alone is enough to make us want to roll up a pack of smokes in our t-shirt sleeves, slick the hair back, and plan a trip to Bonneville ourselves!

On a parallel note, we’d be curious to know what the condition of the salt itself was 61 years ago when these photos were taken.

In 1946 the preservation of the Salt Flats was moved under the authority of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) when the racing area’s salt depth was at least 5 feet. Today the salt is only a few inches thick in certain areas. The SAN (SEMA Action Network) is behind an effort that would require the feds to replace the salt, an effort we are behind 100%!

 

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Robert Kibbe

Robert Kibbe is the owner of TheMuscleCarPlace.com and host of the weekly Muscle Car Place podcast show. He's based in Ames, IA, is married with 3 kids, and still thinks the General Lee is cool.
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