The Southern California Timing Association’s (SCTA) cancellation of the Bonneville Speed Week was a legitimate blow to those aspiring to break some world records at the Salt Flats in Utah. But organizers of the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials (BMST) have expressed confidence that their event will go on as scheduled from August 29 to September 3, 2015.

This is tremendous news for those vying for the glory of setting motorcycle records, including Triumph and Guy Martin’s bid to break the land speed motorcycle record. It’s great because the BMST is the official AMA-sanctioned Land Speed Grand Championship. Equally important is the fact that the event is also widely acknowledged as the place where riders can set AMA National Motorcycle and the FIM World Motorcycle speed records.

While nothing has been set in stone, members of the BMST have already made inspections of the flats and their findings seem to indicate that the affected areas look more like “salt-flats” than “mud-flats.”

That’s not exactly an automatic signal that BMST will go on as scheduled, but it is a strong vote of confidence. More tests and investigations are scheduled to take place in the coming days wherein organizers will try to lay out race courses that can serve as the staging grounds for all the record attempts that will take place at the BMST.

With the BMST confident of the event pushing through, the question begs: why exactly did the SCTA cancel Speed Week?

According to event manager Delvene Manning, every racing group (SCTA, BMST, and the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association (USFRA) abide by different requirements, including race setup and course location. Just because the SCTA cancelled its own event, that doesn’t mean the BMST will follow suit. So while Speed Week has been scratched for the second year in a row, the BMST could still hold its own event from August 29 to September 3, 2015 if the organizers find suitable locations in the vast expanse of the Bonneville Salt Flats.

A final decision is expected to arrive in the coming weeks. Cross your fingers that the BMST is green-lighted. Then we’ll get to see all the record-setting attempts that we’ve been waiting a long time for.

Continue reading to read more about the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials’ chances of having an event this year.

Why it matters

I know it was disappointing to hear that the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) had cancelled the Bonneville Speed Week but hearing the news that the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials (BMST) could still push through is about as refreshing a news as I’ve heard this week.

This isn’t just great for me or any fan of the industry. This is great for those individuals who have spent the last few months preparing for the opportunity to etch their names into motorcycle immortality. Granted, BMST organizers have not yet officially given the go-signal for the event, but it encouraging to see those people doing their due diligence and inspecting salt flats before coming up with a decision.

Should the BMST through, you can imagine how exciting that’s going to be for the entire motorcycle community. Records could fall, including the land speed motorcycle record currently owned by Rocky Robinson. From what we’ve seen, Triumph and Guy Martin are pushing hard to get the Streamliner up-to-speed (no pun intended) and in time for the day of reckoning later this month.

All eyes will definitely be on that attempt, but rest assured, I’ll be on the look-out for all the record attempts BMST. This event only happens once a year so as a rider, it’s basically a one-and-done shot at turning in a record run. Some people might not be into that kind of thing, but I certainly am.

So let’s cross our fingers that we get to see it happen.

Kirby Garlitos
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