It’s no secret that early S.C.T.A. Bonneville programs are hard to find, but thanks Ron Main and David Fetherston, they’re all reprinted in their entirety in this hardcover, two-book set. The first volume focuses on the founding of the S.C.T.A. and programs from 1949-1958, while the second zeroes in on 1959-1968. From photos with detailed captions to official race results, these books offer invaluable insight into our favorite period of land speed racing history.
Flipping through the 680+ pages, you’ll find never-before-seen photos of early racing action mixed in with snapshots of hot rodding pioneers. From roadsters and competition coupes to belly tankers and streamliners, this set showcases the diversity of racecars that gunned for the record books. It’s amazing to see how Speed Week grew from its humble beginnings in ’49 to something much larger than anyone could have imagined. At the end of the day, you’d be hard pressed to find a purer test of hot rod ingenuity.