World of Speed
World of Speed 2021 is one of the coolest speed-driven events in the U.S. and is one of the top Utah Salt Flat racing events. Held over four days in mid-September, World of Speed features some of the fastest racing of just about any vehicle on terra firma you can think of!
The great Bonneville Salt Flats provide some of the best conditions for setting land speed records. It was in 1896 that this area was first recognized as a perfect place for land speed trials. Since then, just about every land speed record (including has been set here.
You do need to be aware of and prepared for the environment and conditions. This spectator sport isn’t for everyone. The weather can be harsh; so can the salt underfoot and the sun overhead.
Bring some sort of shade shelter like a beach umbrella, lawn chairs, and drinking water. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, and bring sunshade. There are portable toilets, as well as vendors serving food and beverages. If you decide to come at another time of year, there may not be any facilities at all. Check before you set off into the desert.
Becoming a participant in one of the events is fairly straightforward: You have to have a vehicle proven to be capable of reaching and maintaining a certain minimum speed.
There are motorcycle races, car races, and even the fastest barstool race! Don’t turn your nose up at this World of Speed event—the fastest barstools have been clocked at more than 70 miles per hour!
Directions to World of Speed: The Bonneville Salt Flats are located just a few miles east of West Wendover, over the Utah border off Interstate 80. Take Exit 4, the first exit after the Nevada state line. You will find a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sign about four miles north of the exit. You can park here or drive out onto the flats. If you’re in a rental car, you will probably have been told that driving the vehicle onto the salt is not allowed as it’s not good for the car.
Click HERE to register and for more information, including a schedule of events, on the World of Speed. To plan your visit to West Wendover and Northern Nevada, please call the West Wendover Visitors Center at (775) 664-3138 or click Visit West Wendover.