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Old 05-13-2007, 08:10 PM   #1
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If I'm not mistaken, I'm aware that the Bonneville name refers to the Bonneville Salt Flats. To what does the SSEI name refer? Thanks for your help.
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They just made this a techinfo article cause it gets asked so much.
http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...=article&k=112

But why are the salt flats named Bonneville? Why not Geraldineville salt flats?
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But why are the salt flats named Bonneville? Why not Geraldineville salt flats?
During the last Ice Age, about 15,000 years ago, Lake Bonneville was the size of Lake Michigan. It covered one-third of present day Utah and parts of neighboring states. Traces of shorelines can be seen, representing different levels of the receding lake, etched into the mountains surrounding the salt flats.
Although he never visited the salt flats, the area is named in honor of Captain B.L.E. Bonneville, whose expeditions in the 1830'* proved the area was part of an ancient basin.
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Eugene OR? Get to Corvallis before the next ice age, and I'll show you why they named it Bonneville.
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I think Bonneville is derived from the French words Bon with means good and ville which means town.........Good Town car.

I have told this story many times but when I bought my 2000 SSEi it was the first year of the new model and when I was in Los Angeles I went to THE car show and there was a GM exhibit showcasing the new SSEi. The display billboard advertised the following:
* - Safety......and listed all the special unique features of safety like the new Stabilitrak system, , that was first offered that year, anti-lock, traction controletc...
* - Security ....and listed all the special unique security features like the pass key, alarm system, etc....
E - Efficiency .... and listed the Supercharged engine and great fuel mileage, , etc.
i - intelligent..... and listed the computerized systems features..

Yes it was all sales hype and the true meaning is nothing more than a play on competing with the BMW xxxi models.
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Eugene OR? Get to Corvallis before the next ice age, and I'll show you why they named it Bonneville.
I plan on taking you up on that. Make sure you have some cold ones ready!
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And a beer dude!

WCBF may have just added another attendee!
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But why are the salt flats named Bonneville? Why not Geraldineville salt flats?

I glad they didn't name it that or we would all be driving Geraldinevilles right now
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Funny, but I thought SSE stood for Super Sport Edition. Never knew what the i meant in SSEi.
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