The Flats are a BLM recreation area, so you can camp there, free, though they prefer you stay by the paved road, especially if there has been wet weather and the salt is soft. During speed week, the Southern California Timing Association, which runs the event, charges $20 per vehicle per day for spectators to go out to the pits and course.
The time trials were cancelled the past two years because of wet weather. This year, they're complaining the salt isn't the way they'd like it, as if it's the BLM's job to control the weather, global warming and plate tectonics—just for the racers.
Some cool old vans at the Flats
Old school belly tank racer
Another belly tank
This started life as a Civic
A Crosley? Why not?
A Crosley pickup with a diesel engine? Also why not? Click here for the truck's story.
The old cars are more interesting than, say, Mustangs and Cameros
Sure, you could supercharge a Harley or a sportbike, but making a
normally aspirated old Triumph go fast is an act of love
And some tiny French moped with a side car? That's insane love.
Speaking of French...
Gotta get around the pits in style