Last Autumn, while riding in the Pennsylvania countryside, one of our friends crashed and was left with a punctured gas tank. While devising our best ‘how do we get out of this one?’ strategy, a car pulled over to check on us. With his family waiting patiently, Dan Daughenbaugh walked over to see that we were ok. We learned quickly that our situation had found a stroke of good luck. After a few fixes, we were able to limp the bike back to Dan’s place, less a quarter-mile away. It was there that we discovered he was building a land speed motorcycle in his barn. While patching up the tank, Dan shared his story with us - he’s going to take his custom bike, powered by a 1951 BSA Star Twin motor, to Bonneville Speed Week and chase a land speed record. It was this chance meeting, and his story, that inspired us to develop a documentary to capture what we had experienced that day - a personal look into the world of a passionate builder taking his dream from inception to the starting line on the salt flats of Bonneville.
At the Ohio Mile - breaking the ECTA record on the Greasy Gringo's first-ever run.
A Line in the Salt is unlike any other land speed racing documentary. Instead of delving into exposition on the history of Bonneville and Speed Week, our story puts the focus on what it truly takes to bring the dream of chasing a land speed record to life - from inception to the starting line. You won’t see a modern garage. There’s no high-dollar race trailers or pit crew. It’s much more organic. The BSA motor on Dan’s land speed bike was pulled from the ashes of a burned down shop in Philly. Most parts have been machined on a mill built in the 1940’s. When the bike travels to Bonneville this August, it will be in the bed of Dan's well-worn F350 work truck. This is the story of a dedicated family man and a talented craftsman. It’s the story of one man's road to Bonneville and his contribution to the legend and legacy of land speed racing.
We've captured some great moments already -
The land speed machine getting lettered and numbered by Philadelphia's most sought after traditional sign-painter, Gibbs Connors:
Fixing the bike by lantern-light at a campsite in Wilmington, Ohio after making his first run, a record-breaking run, earlier that day on the Ohio Mile:
Breakfast with the family:
To help finish our story, we’re looking to raise the necessary funds to get our crew to Bonneville Speed Week. The support we receive here will be used to fund our travel, equipment rental and post-production costs. It's the only way we can see this project through to completion...our campaign is ALL or Nothing!
Check out the perks-
"Bonneville Salt Flat Supporter" shirt (FRONT) - these shirts will be printed to order and are a great way to show your support, get us to Bonneville and look sharp!
All screen-printed items in our campaign are prepped by hand - for that we have to thank the talented Pink Bike Ralph.
The 'A Line in the Salt' Premiere Event will take place at the soon to be open Kennett Brewing Company. We've sampled their brews and it was love at first sip.
The production of this film has been one of great challenge. There has been no prior funding and everything we've attained thus far is the result of the passion, drive and dedication of a production team that believes in this story. As professionals in the film/tv business, we're equipped with the tools, the know-how and the experience to bring this story to you. By offering your support, you're enabling us to take the next step of our journey!
Thanks for taking the time to review our campaign and thanks for any support you can provide!