It's no secret that the Bonneville Salt Flats are deteriorating. The salt levels are diminishing at a rapid rate, and Speed Week has been cancelled for two consecutive years—there simply hasn't been enough dry salt for the cars to run safely. Even though the Salt Flat's current conditions look very grim, there is a concerted effort to save this legendary racetrack. You can read more about what's being done below:
The Importance of THREE MILE
In his latest film, THREE MILE, hot rod film maker Brian Darwas reiterates the importance of the Bonneville Salt Flats to the automotive world. Darwas joins the Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop in a cross-country road trip that begins in New York. The film shows 13 hot rods taking the trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats for Speed Week. It also showcases the passion, dedication, and hard work it takes for these racers to prepare for this yearly event.
The documentary captures everything from roadside breakdowns to shop tours, parking lot parties and, of course, racing. Check out the trailer:
Interview with Brian Darwas
Top four questions asked about "THREE MILE":
Q: What prompted you (Brian Darwas) to make a film about the Rolling Bones annual trip to The Bonneville Salt Flats?
A: It's no secret that the salt levels at Bonneville are being rapidly depleted through mineral mining in the area. I wanted to put a face to the events that go on during Speedweek. I wanted to show the hard work, dedication, and passion that goes into not only building a car for this event, but the lengths the drivers go to to get their cars out to the salt flats each year...maybe if more people could get a peek inside this world and see what it means to all those involved, more people would be inclined do what they can to help solve this problem that we're facing and save this natural wonder for future generations.
Q: What was the filming process like?
A: I went up to The Rolling Bones Shop, hopped in one of their cars and tagged along for the ride. I didn't just film the trip as an outsider, I took the trip with them and filmed what we were all going
through. Everyone puts in an immense amount of work to get these cars ready and to get them to Bonneville, it was awesome to be a part of that experience.
Q: What was your favorite thing about making this film?
A: Getting to ride in some of the most influential cars of this generation. Some people may not realize this, but The Rolling Bones are going to be in that group of elite hot rod builders that people are looking back on in fifty years. So, having the chance to ride in a car that's going to be of great historical significance is truly something. It's like going back in time to 1947 and taking a ride in Doane Spencer's roadster knowing how important that car would be come to the world.
Q: And your least favorite?
A: Nothing, I enjoy being able to make movies and share them with the world. I want to document what's happening today in the automotive world for future generations to look back on and be inspired by.