Fire and  Tools Productions
 The unnoticed corners of American culture teem with creativity. The racing scene at the Bonneville Salt Flats has history, drama, colorful characters and the sweeping vista of one of the worlds largest and flattest stages. The blank canvas of the white salt provides a glowing backdrop to the rich colors of the exotic vehicular creations that are regularly run at harrowing speeds in the hot summer sun. The people who build and run these machines harken to the self-reliant pioneer explorers that are the wellspring for such high profile endeavors as the NASA space missions. The only difference is, these people do it themselves, just for the fun of it. There is no prize money, yet hundreds of enthusiastic people from school teachers to retired executives annually attempt land speed records on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. This is a story that begs to be told because it is an illustration of American ingenuity and perseverance.
Benn Karne is an engineer by training, a gearhead by avocation, and generally curious about the world. After graduating from UC Berkeley and getting a real job he road-raced a Corvette for several years before the kids and mortgage came along. He currently does accident investigation and reconstruction (www.KarneEngineering.com). He lives with his wonderful wife in Oakland, California, and enjoys travel, the Sierra, and special projects like Bonneville: Wide Open.
Steve Davy is a freelance broadcast video cameraman who works in the San Francisco area. Having traveled the world as a teenager Steve has developed a keen eye for the quirky corners of human experience. After getting a Bachelors of Art degree at the Evergreen State College, Steve settled in Oakland, Ca. with his wife and daughter. He has since photographed and videotaped the full spectrum of human experience.
Benn Karne
Steve Davy
Benn and Steve in the Team 554 garage - photo by Gary Hartsock
Benn Karne and Steve Davy
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