Worth a Read: Bonneville Salt Flats

Among the in-depth content of the March/April Vintage Motorsport magazine is a brief review of a new softcover book by Louise Ann Noeth that covers stories of racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

With the observance of International Women’s Day coming Monday, it seems fitting to give a shout out now to Noeth, known in the land speed record-racing community as “Landspeed Louise.”

The book, with a foreword by Alex Xydias, is part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. Noeth is the ideal writer to share the history of speed on the salt. She was a photojournalist who was so fascinated by the place and the people that she became a Bonneville historian, collecting and sharing its tales, and being outspoken on the need to preserve the fragile and historic area.

In 127 pages of photos and stories, the book details the racers who transformed a desolate wasteland into a true legend of speed. Included are chapters dedicated to early history, motorcycles involved in land speed records, women on the flats, multi-generational families who compete together, and more.