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Article on drag racing brought back good memories | Letter to the Editor

Thanks for the great article on Wagons of Steel (“A homegrown team burns rubber at the strip,” Sept. 14). I’ve seen them race several times at drag strips on the West Coast.

I came from a family of race car drivers. My dad raced streamliners at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah all his life. He broke speed records over and over. I spent many summers of my youth there and have fond memories. As a very little girl, I remember standing next to an old man getting ready to climb onto his rickety old motorcycle, which ended up shocking everyone by going over 200 mph. He was from New Zealand, Burt Munro, and a movie was recently made about his life, “The Fastest Indian,” staring Anthony Hopkins (a really good movie). The film captured the look and feel of that time in my life. The only thing missing were all the kids running around. It was a family thing, and the people of Bonneville were a tight-knit group.

Thanks for the story, and thanks for the memories!

 

— Susan White

 

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