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March 13, 2019 - Comment

miragemist Image by fe2cruz 7am at El Mirage Land Speed Lake Bed. The morning mist mixed with dust shrouds everything in a white wash of light. Nothing is visible or audible for miles. Its just white dry lake bed below and thick clouds of white all above and around you. Some parked RVs fade into

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7am at El Mirage Land Speed Lake Bed. The morning mist mixed with dust shrouds everything in a white wash of light. Nothing is visible or audible for miles. Its just white dry lake bed below and thick clouds of white all above and around you. Some parked RVs fade into view to lead you in the right direction. Then other spectator’s cars appear ahead of you as do the markers and pylons for the course. Working your way up the course line trailers begin to appear with various push vehicles. The density of parked objects increases as you slowly near the Tech areas and the far edge of the course. Now all the activity fades into view with the mist dissolving away at the heart of the lake bed. You pass more intense pits of vehicles, some familiar and others so customized they look completely alien. Many are in different stages of repair and setup; parts and body panels all separated. Those that are ready, roll into the queue for the tiered starting lines; separated from the top 200 mph contenders down to amateur. Now you can hear the loudspeaker as it announces the max speed captured for each run, It’s the starting line and engines set to run next are warming up with burbling idles trying to stay at operating temperatures in the cold high desert morning air. There is nothing like this place.
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