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Subject: support of H.C.R. 8
Date: Sun Feb 21 17:06:40 MST 2016
When Rep. Steve Handy introduced House Concurrent Resolution 8 that urges the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to restore the Bonneville Salt Flats, he was not just doing the “right thing” ecologically, but culturally as well. HCR 8 has far-reaching impact on thousands of Americans who, up to now, have felt somewhat abandoned by their leaders. I applaud the resolution and urge its adoption by the Utah State Legislature.
As an automotive journalist for 30 years, and author of “Bonneville Salt Flat: The Fastest Place on Earth,” I have covered every form of mechanized sports on the planet, and yet have found no greater expression of the American “can do” spirit than among those who bring their dreams alive with every pass across this suffering sparkling saline speedway. I also provide pro bono work for the Utah Alliance and the Save the Salt Coalition as Public Information Officer. 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.
If you have not been, I assure you a visit will expose you to the animated rejuvenation of the old made young, the young eagerly engaged and families enriched and remade anew. The magic kingdom is not in Anaheim, or Orlando, it comes to life with every time trial hosted, where “nobodys” earn world recognition as “somebodys” by doing something not done before.
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the BSF is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the BLM has allowed millions of tons of salt to be withdrawn from the BSF.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 is a magnificent contribution to not only restore a national geologic treasure in your own backyard, but show the thousands of land speed racers that they are not the only ones who care about a place that is used by many others besides themselves. With the adoption of HCR 8 Utah’s congressional delegation urges the U.S. Congress to take action to ensure that the Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway will be around for future generations.
If ANY of you EVER want to experience salt flats racing (fingers crossed we get to go back) then consider this note an invitation for personal tour of how a land speed record comes to life. The first time a plus 300MPH speed machine goes whistling by your bugged-out eyes with trumpeting exhaust notes tickling your dumbfounded ears, you’ll forever understand that the exhilarating American “Wild West” is still alive, but now has all the ponies tucked up under the hood.
Heartfelt thanks for your consideration and I apologize if some of you get this twice, but better twice than not all at.
Sincere Speedy Regards,
“LandSpeed” Louise Ann Noeth
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