THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF RAY GORDON | BONNEVILLE– HOT RODS IN SPACE

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RAY GORDON TSY THE SELVEDGE YARD HOT ROD

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RAY GORDON TSY THE SELVEDGE YARD BONNEVILLE HOT ROD

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RAY GORDON TSY SALT FLATS THE SELVEDGE YARD

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Ray Gordon returned from the Bonneville Salt Flats a few weeks ago and shared these incredible shots with TSY.

Keep reading, as I do believe that Ray himself tells it best…

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“Cody Adams, good friend and owner of Hurst Racing Tires and I packed my 1996 Dodge shorty van full of survival gear (beer and beef jerky) and left for Bonneville Speedway 5:00 a.m. Friday, August 12th. The 12 hour drive had us rolling into the little desert town of Wendover, Utah right at dinner time.  As soon as we rolled into town there were traditional ’30s, ’40s and ’50s lakes style hot rods as far as the eye could see. This was going to be a good year for speed week.

The Salt Flats are located right outside of Wendover, Utah. Wendover is split right down the middle. Half is Utah and half is Nevada. We spent most of our time in Nevada since that’s where the cars, casinos and real beer with alcohol was. It was a good night.

Up before dawn on Saturday, we headed for the salt. What a weird place. It might as well be the moon. The largest flattest place on the planet. It’s a very hostile environment. Temps reaching 100+ during the day with a giant white salty surface bouncing the suns rays everywhere. You had better make sure that you put sun block everywhere. I mean everywhere. I have heard horror stories of people wearing loose shorts and the sun reflecting off the salt sizzling their junk like bacon. The only shade you can find on the salt are the port-a-potties.

Saturday was an epic scene. Cars and motorcycles and speed freaks of all shapes and sizes came together to say fuck you to the heat and the harsh environment to break some speed records. There is work to be done. No posing here. The heat and salt have a great way of keeping the kooks away.

Sunday was just as epic and and even more people came out but a storm rolled in right when they shut the racing down at 7:00. Crazy desert lightning storm. We headed into town and watched the lightning hit all around us and rain wash all the salt off the cars and the streets flood. I always forget how crazy the desert is.

We headed for Oregon in the morning but there were still hundreds of hard core racers that got up and headed back to the salt to chase the records. There was still 4 days left to run them until they break.

Once we got back to Gods green earth It really set in just how weird the salt flats are. Literally a different planet. Hot rods in space.

I am hooked and I will be there every year for the rest of my life. I hope to see you.”

–Ray Gordon

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RAY GORDON TSY THE SELVEDGE YARD DRAGSTER

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RAY GORDON TSY THE SELVEDGE YARD BONNEVILLE HOT ROD

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RAY GORDON BONNEVILLE TSY THE SELVEDGE YARD

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HOT ROD RAY GORDON TSY THE SELVEDGE YARD

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RAY GORDON TSY THE SELVEDGE YARD MOTORCYCLE

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RAY GORDON THE SELVEDGE YARD TSY BONNEVILLE

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TSY THE SELVEDGE YARD RAY GORDON BONNEVILLE

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TSY THE SELVEDGE YARD BONNEVILLE DRAGSTER RAY GORDON

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HOT ROD BONNEVILLE RAY GORDON TSY THE SELVEDGE YARD

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BONNEVILLE HOT RODS TSY THE SELVEDGE YARD

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BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS RAY GORDON THE SELVEDGE YARD HOT ROD

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TSY THE SELVEDGE YARD RAY GORDON BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS

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RAY GORDON TSY THE SELVEDGE YARD BICYCLE

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HOT ROD TSY THE SELVEDGE YARD RAY GORDON

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BONNEVILLE HOT ROD TSY THE SELVEDGE YARD RAY GORDON

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RAY GORDON RAT ROD TSY THE SELVEDGE YARD BONNEVILLE

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RAY GORDON BONNEVILLE TSY THE SELVEDGE YARD

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Related TSY posts:

THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF RAY GORDON | — THROTTLED —

FLAT-OUT ON THE SALT FLATS | THE 1954 BONNEVILLE HOT ROD SPEED MEET

The Great 1950′s T-Bucket Hot Rod Rivalry | Kookie Kar vs. The “Outhouse on Wheels”

HOG WILD OVER HARLEY-DAVIDSON | THE “HOG BOYS” OF EARLY H-D HISTORY

THE WHITE TRIPLEX | THREE ENGINES, 1500 HP, AND ONE TRAGIC RESULT

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See more here at Ray Gordon’s website

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12 thoughts on “THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF RAY GORDON | BONNEVILLE– HOT RODS IN SPACE

  1. Love it! Reminds me a little of my times at the Mint 400 back in the 70’s- only hotter and less forgiving.

  2. Excellent photos. Nice composition of the surreal with the mundane. My favorite was the open top ‘ stutz bearcat ‘ car, which looked like Lawrence of Arabia heading nowhere but somewhere for eternity in a forlorn moonscape. Well done, Ray

  3. “You had better make sure that you put sun block everywhere. I mean everywhere. I have heard horror stories of people wearing loose shorts and the sun reflecting off the salt sizzling their junk like bacon.”

    I believe the effect is also referred to as “dry-roasted nuts”. I’m thinking that you only experience that once.

  4. It’s been 5 weeks, and the last of my sunburn from the salt has finally healed. Such an amazing trip. What everybody says is true, it’s infectious and I will be back. I will never tire of looking at pictures of Bonneville.

  5. Jon,
    Been looking at your blog for awhile now and I have to say you do a great job. As for Bonneville, it’s truly one of the wonders of the earth. If you’re into cars (and bikes) then there’s no greater place in the world to test you mechanical abilities and your balls. I’ve been racing out there with the Bean Bandits for the last 5 years and I’m addicted for life. This year we got two records (XF/BFALT and XF/BGALT) in the first two days! Anyway, get out there, you’ll love it- or at least make it out to El Mirage!

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