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Bonneville Skoda record: Monday gallery

See the pictures from Bonneville as evo's Richard Meaden attempts to become the fastest Skoda driver of all time...

There's already been plenty of excitement at Bonneville Speed Week as evo's Richard Meaden gets to grips with the unique challenge of a 600bhp Skoda Octavia vRS. The team are already well on track to breaking the magic 200mph barrier, and we'll be bringing you updates throughout the course of the week, but in the meantime here's a gallery of pictures from the salt flats.

Don't forget to check out Dickie's latest blog posting here

See part 1 of Dickie's Bonneville video blog here

See part 2 of Dickie's Bonneville video blog here

See part 3 of Dickie's Bonneville video blog here

See part 4 of Dickie's Bonneville video blog here

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Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt
Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt
Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt
Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt
1. Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt

Salt sticks to everything at Bonneville. Looks cool though, doesn't it?



2. Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt

Miles of clear space, beautiful weather - and 600bhp to play with



3. Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt

A Skoda so fast it needs a parachute to slow down. Slippery surface means brakes are almost useless at Bonneville



4. Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt

'Thattaway!' Octavia makes another gentle launch on the slippery salt at Bonneville



Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt
Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt
Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt
Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt
5. Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt

The vastness of the Bonneville salt flats takes some getting used to. Skoda practices low flying



6. Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt

Dickie and Skoda's Ricky Elder celebrate another successful run



7. Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt

This is what the fastest Skoda in the world looks like



8. Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt

'I did put oil in this, didn't I?' Let's hope so, Dickie...



Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt
Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt
Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt
Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt
9. Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt

Dickie waits for the support crew after another run - the parachute folds back up into its boot-mounted bag



10. Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt

A sentiment we're sure you'll agree with...



11. Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt

You'll find all manner of cool machinery at Bonneville. Skoda rubs shoulders with a good ol' boy



12. Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt

Dickie gets as comfortable as he can in the Octavia. Kirkey race seat and Safety Devices cage give reassurance



Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt
Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt
Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt
 
13. Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt

'Base camp' on the salt flats - this is home for the speed record team for the whole week



14. Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt

Dickie realises he's a long way from the nearest dry cleaners



15. Bonneville Skoda Octavia vRS record attempt

Octavia gradually builds up speed between runs, on course for 200mph target