J.T. Nesbitt, formerly of Confederate Motorcycles and now of Bienville Studios in New Orleans, went to the salt flats and made a documentary. A new, just finished film, details the efforts of The New Orleans Race Team to rebuild a 1998 Lincoln Mark 8, damaged by the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina, turn it into a Bonneville racer and make some serious speed. The “Stinkin Linkin” as the car was christened gradually made the transformation from a flooded total loss junker to salt racer and the team posted a few photos of the process on the Bienville Studios web site.
The film will make its screen debut at One Eyed Jacks in the French Quarter, Wednesday, April 2, 2008. If you’re in the New Orleans area, stop by for the show.
Salt Dreams, a film by JT Nesbitt. Documentary. 1 hr 10 min
On September 7 2007, a small band of New Orleanians embarked on a 2000 mile trek in an attempt to set a land speed record at the historic Bonneville Salt Flats.
The car, a 1998 Lincoln Mark 8 that was completely destroyed by the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina, is transformed into a race car by an abstract group of friends. They become “The New Orleans Race Team” competing on an international level, not just as individuals, but as representatives of the last Bohemia in America.
This is their story of loss and redemption in the midst of violence and tragedy, and of a community struggling to redefine its identity.
Premier of Salt Dreams: Wednesday April 2, 2008, One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St. New Orleans, La. Show times: 1st show 8:00pm then music from soundtrack featuring My Graveyard Jaw, Domenic, Noisician Coalition et all. 2nd show 12 midnight.