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The fastest cars in the world will make their appearance at the ninth annual World of Speed land speed races at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The event will begin on Wednesday and run through Sept. 23.

The public is invited to these races, which feature cars ranging in design from modified street machines to one-of-a-kind streamliners, capable of speeds in excess of 400 miles per hour.The annual event, sponsored by the Utah Salt Flats Facing Association, opens at 8 a.m. and closes at dusk. The track is located 120 miles west of Salt Lake City, about five miles north of I-80.

Admission is $7 and includes entrance to the pit area, where spectators are able to see the cars and talk to the drivers. It also includes access to the staging line and the first four miles of track.

Vehicles in this race run in a straight line on a seven-mile course. They are given one to four miles to get up to speed and are then timed over a three-mile stretch. At 300 miles per hour, a car will cover the measured mile in 12 seconds.

For those planning on attending the races, be sure to bring sun block. The salt at the race course reflects the sun much as a snowfield would. And bring along a lawn chair (no grandstands) and a hat or umbrella (no shade either).

The race is broadcast on AM 1610. A camera to record the events and binoculars are handy, too. Food and drinks are available on the salt, as well as souvenirs from the race meet.

Course conditions depend on the weather, and up-to-date information is available at (801) 785-5364.