Confederate Wraith designer JT Nesbitt will be premiering Salt Dreams, a documentary about his Bonneville land speed–record attempt April 2 in New Orleans. JT, along with a rag tag band that included a Triumph dealership owner, a founding member of Black Label Bicycle Club, a professional Boy Scout and a bartender with a tattooed face, built their racer out of the remains of a Lincoln Mark VIII that had been immersed in Hurricane Katrina’s floods. The documentary chronicles their attempts to set the speed record in the Blown Gas Coupe class, which stands at 268mph.
After the storm JT and his friends found themselves adrift in a city
that had lost its identity. Jobless, penniless and nursing the
psychological wounds resulting from being abandoned by the rest of their
country, the Mark VIII represented their attempt to regain a sense of
purpose and achievement in their lives.
Grant and I traveled from New Orleans to Bonneville with the team,
creating a feature on the attempt for the second issue of 0-60 magazine. It told the story of a group of guys armed with little more
than enthusiasm as they confronted their own demons under the searing
Salt Dreams will air at 8pm April 2 at One Eyed Jacks, located at 615 Toulouse St. in the French Quarter.