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Jennifer Jordan

Boys of Bonneville

Racing on a Ribbon of Salt, Available now on DVD

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"Ab Jenkins' Mormon Meteor 3" (photos: Jennifer Jordan)

A new documentary narrated by Patrick Dempsey

Available now on DVD

Boys of Bonneville: Racing on a Ribbon of Salt is about 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. It tells the story of an unsung hero and self-made man, David Abbott Jenkins, who, with almost superhuman stamina and boyish charm, set out to single-handedly break every existing land speed record on his beloved Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah. Seventy years later, many of "Ab’s" records remain unbroken and the legacy lives on in his custom car. Looking like something Batman would have owned, the story comes full circle when Ab’s son Marv, restores the 12-cylinder, 4800-pound “Mormon Meteor” to its glory days for a ceremonial lap on the salt.

Using vintage newsreel footage from the 1930s – 1950s, photos, letters, and diaries of Ab and Marv during their twenty-year run on the Salt Flats, Utah-based filmmakers are bringing these heroes back to life for a modern day audience. In addition to the pristine archival materials, the film will feature scenics and interviews shot entirely on high-definition cameras, including those with Jay Leno, Andy Green (current holder of the land speed record), Marv Jenkins, Ab’s grandchildren, and a rich assortment of racing heroes and historians.

In addition, this one-of-a-kind racing phenomenon is in better shape than when Ab took it out on the Salt Flats seventy years ago and the filmmakers hope to take the Meteor to select Film Festivals to allow a new generation of filmmakers and racing enthusiasts to touch and feel the real deal.

Photo of Jeff Rhoads and Jennifer Jordan at K2"Ab Jenkins' Mormon Meteor 3" (photos: Jennifer Jordan)

Boys of Bonneville is that rare animal: an exhilarating film about an unknown American hero which leaves its audience cheering to the rafters and grabbing for their cell phones demanding to know “who is this guy and where can I see this car?”

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Photo of Jennifer Jordan Ab Jenkins behind the wheel of his 1933 Pierce-Arrow during an endurance run on the Salt Flats.