From: Matt Wagner
To: Scott Sandall, David Lifferth, Jack Draxler, Edward Redd, Jacob Anderegg, Justin Fawson, Gage Froerer, Jeremy Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Mike Schultz, Paul Ray, Brad Wilson, Timothy D. Hawkes, Raymond Ward, Becky Edwards, Doug Sagers, Susan Duckworth, Sandra Hollins, Rebecca Houck, Joel Briscoe, Angela Romero, Mike Kennedy, Lee Perry, Fred Cox, Sophia DiCaro, LaVar Christensen, Craig Hall, Johnny Anderson, Mark A. Wheatley, Patrice Arent, Carol Moss, Eric Hutchings, Jim Dunnigan, Lynn Hemingway, Daniel McCay, Kim Coleman, Earl Tanner,
Subject: H.C.R. 8 Resolution to Urge Restoration of the Bonneville Salt Flats
Date: Sat Feb 20 10:14:19 MST 2016
As a lifelong car enthusiast and SEMA member, I am writing to show my support for HCR 8 to urge restoration of the Bonneville Salt Flats.  The week I spent at Bonneville with my father was one of the highlights of my life, and an experience that I consider to be uniquely American.  The freedom and ingenuity that make this country great are embodied in the vehicles that race there, and the passion that drives this country forward is seen in every racer that prepares year round to race their vehicle for one week in August each year.
Here are a few additional facts about Bonneville and the bill proposed:
  • The Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF) is a unique resource and national treasure.  The first land speed racing record was set in 1914 and the annual “Speed Week” racing event began in 1949.    
  • The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been its custodian since 1946.  Although the BSF is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the BLM has allowed millions of tons of salt to be withdrawn from the BSF.
  • HCR 8 calls attention to the deterioration of the BSF and urges the BLM to work with the Utah Alliance, Save the Salt Coalition and other concerned stakeholders to formulate a Plan to restore the BSF International Speedway to safe land speed racing conditions.
  • HCR 8 urges the U.S. Congress and Utah's congressional delegation to take action to ensure that the Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway is restored to safe racing conditions.

Matt Wagner

President, Engineering R&D
M/E Wagner Performance Products