I'm in Salt Lake City tonight, working my way slowly toward the town of Wendover, on the Nevada/Utah border. Home to Wendover Air Force Base, where the B-29 Superfortress the Enola Gay was housed during World War II, Wendover is also the nearest civilized outpost to the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats.
Bonneville is well known as the preferred venue for the very fastest vehicles on earth, and this weekend it hosts the Southern California Timing Association's annual Land Speed Racing World Finals. I'm attending this year at the invitation of Lightning Motors, an upstart electric vehicle manufacturer from Northern California that hopes to enhance its virtually unknown reputation by breaking the outright speed record for electric motorcycles. Lightning has asked me to ride their motorcycle, giving me the rare opportunity to attempt a world speed record and perhaps make a bit of electric motorcycle history in the process. Who could say no to that?