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In Pictures: Drag racers aim to break land speed records in Bonneville

At SpeedWeek at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, hundreds of drivers attempt to 'shoot the salt' in hot rods, roadsters, motorcycles and other vehicles to add their names to the record books

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The Blowfish Barracuda makes a run during the third day of the 63rd annual Bonneville SpeedWeek race on the Bonneville Salt Flats outside Wendover, Utah, August 15, 2011. Hundreds of drag race cars will attempt to set land speed records during the course of the week.

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RPM Racing's Civic spins out of control during the third day of the 63rd annual Bonneville SpeedWeek race on the Bonneville Salt Flats outside Wendover, Utah.

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Fabio Montani of Italy completes a run in his streamliner on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

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Paul Ogden's Barracuda on the Bonneville Salt Flats

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Tim Mersereau prepares his 1941 Ford Coupe

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Race fans Chuck Cummings (L) and Bill Flint place plastic pink flamingos in the salt near their viewing area.

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Lee Sicilio shows the tattoo that matches his Daytona Charger before making his run on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

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Lee Sicilio and his Daytona Charger

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Rick Vesco of Vesco Racing sits in the cockpit of his team's streamliner

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The No Nitro Hammond lakester at the Bonneville Salt Flats

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The Contrivance Engineering race car

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Bob Jackson works on his modified roadster during the first day of the 63rd annual Bonneville SpeedWeek on the Bonneville Salt Flats outside Wendover, Utah, August 13, 2011.

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Kevin Brooks pushes his vintage BMW motorcycle to be inspected during the first day of the 63rd annual Bonneville SpeedWeek.

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Jerry Strode deploys the chute on his Thunderbird race car

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