Boys of Bonneville

This week Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon declared August 24th (this past Wednesday) Ab Jenkins Day. Though David Abbot “Ab” Jenkins” was mayor of Salt Lake City from 1940 – 1944, his real achievement was as the record-setting race car driver who pioneered Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats as the “Fastest Place on Earth.” On Wednesday they revealed the recently restored Mormon Meteor III, Jenkins race car, which for decades was on display in the State Capitol but has not been seen by the larger public for over fifteen years.

Today, “Boys of Bonneville: Racing on a Ribbon of Salt,” a new documentary profiling Ab’s life and racing, premieres in area theaters, with a limited, two-week release at most area Megaplex Theatres (please visit for times and locations.)

“Boys of Bonneville: Racing on a Ribbon of Salt” tells Ab’s story of an unsung American hero and self-made man, who set out to single-handedly break every existing land speed and endurance record on his beloved Bonneville Salt Flats. The film portrays an America that has all but disappeared, when lucrative business deals were cemented by a handshake and state of the art automobiles were designed on the backs of envelopes. Narrated by actor and racecar driver Patrick Dempsey, the film features pristine archival footage of Ab, his son Marv, and their races, as well as recently shot HD interviews with a stellar list of car and racing aficionados, including Jay Leno and Col. Andy Green, the current land speed holder.

The film is a production of the Price Museum of Speed and boasts an entirely Utah-based team, including director Curt Wallin, editors Michael Chandler and John Greene, producers Jennifer Jordan and John Greene, and executive producers Geralyn Dreyfous and former Ambassador John Price.

For more information and to view the trailer please visit

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