photographer alexandra lier and producer laia gonzalez  present their crowdfunding documentary project titled ‘the world’s fastest’, as a tribute to the vanishing era of internal combustion and fossil fuel racing. ‘it tells the story of a generation of speed seekers who cherish the smell of gasoline and oil like the very air we breathe; people whose sense of purpose is tied to the creation of record setting vehicles. they are powered by absolute devotion, friendship, and the ambition to win—from the first turn of the wrench all the way to the starting line at bonneville’. 

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jack costella in front of his first car

 

 

the protagonist in alexandra and laia‘s movie are four land speed racing pioneers: : jack costella, duane mckinney, al teague and dennis varni. for now, they have agreed to open up their garages to the film-makig duo, giving them an opportunity to have an exclusive behind the scenes look of land speed racing the magic of bonneville. 

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jack costella on the salt flats

 

 

the story-line is intimately linked to the bonneville saltflats, located 1.5 hours west from salt lake city. ‘they are an endless expanse of white – so big, that you can see the curvature of the earth! our protagonists all share a love for speed, for the excitement of stepping on the gas, for going faster and faster… and bonneville is this one place on earth where you can put your foot on the gas and leave it there .. for five miles…at full throttle… land speed racing is about inventing, creating, experiencing and learning. it’s about exceeding boundaries, natural, technical and personal. for some people, even finding their purpose in life’. 

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sundowner 42

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duane mckinney

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dennis varni in his second home

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al teague in action


car in the making


jack costella with the team, alexandra lier and laia gonzalez

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

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