Sport: Mormon Meteor

At dawn one morning last week, bronzed, begoggled Ab Jenkins, 50-year-old mayor of Salt Lake City, strapped a crash helmet under his grease-smeared jowls, stepped into his airplane-motored speed car, set out on his favorite tour: around a 12½-mile circle on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats.

With only a few mechanics, timekeepers and the grim, grey mountains looking on, Mayor Jenkins coddled his thundering 2½-ton Mormon Meteor once around the course. Then in a twinkling, the wooden markers (set at soft, intervals) became a picket fence, the flat track a gigantic bowl of salt....

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