There’s something just complete addicting about speed. As enthusiasts, speed envelopes a good portion of our daily mental space. The addiction just completely takes over. It makes you crazy in the head. And the only remedy to this addiction is a release of some sort. Some of us help just love killing the ozone by burning up tires, others relish the feeling of g-forces as cars swing around a corner, and others simply just love the feeling of slamming that right foot as deep into the firewall as possible. The pursuit of speed at Texas Mile is one of those releases.
Located in-the-middle-of-goddamn-nowhere of Goliad, Texas, lies an abandoned airplane runway –a very long one. Once year, people with self-aware addictions venture out to the middle-of-no-where to release. Oh, and tuning their individual cars to go really, really fast helps too.
Like the previous mile event that we attended, the Mojave Mile, the Texas Mile featured a lot of Corvettes and Ford GTs.
Anywhere people have the opportunity to open up the taps to their
cars, you find massive amounts of vehicles with V8s under the hood.
Toyota Supras are just as popular of a straight line car as cars with American V8s in them.
But unlike the Mojave Mile, the Texas Mile has become the established mile event in the United States. The line up of cars, and the shear amounts of money that these guys throw into the cars is just on a different level. You can walk the starting grid and see the vast variety of cars that are out in attendence.
There are exotics like Lamborghini’s, Ferrari’s, Ford GTs, Vipers; cars
built for a mile event like the AMS Evo; and of course there’s the everyday man bringing out his simple Sunday cars just for the simple fact of driving as fast as possible in a mile. Seeing cars like this and the Subaru above makes you wonder what speed the engine stops pushing and the cars’ boxy design stops the car from going any faster….
At the starting grid, there’s a lot of standing around, talking to other drivers and pushing your car ahead as the line moves forward.
Another car not designed for extremely high speed runs, but still cool. I love Mark III VWs.
Seeing this hotrod made me nostalgic for the lakesters that were at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
This hot rod just looks badass.
Here’s one of the many Ford GTs.
The Underground Racing twin-turbo Lamborgini Gallardos were definite speed demons at the event. This black Gallardo broke 220 MPH by the half mile marker!
The AMS Evo managed to get a speed of 228 MPH making it the fastest Mitsubishi in the world! Unfortunately, the engine caught on fire engulfing the whole front end and thus ending the Evo’s continued campaign at the event.
The AMS R35 GTR.
Here’s some extra serious V8ness.
There were even some rock stars on grid (pun totally intended)! Pro drifter, TV show presenter, all around car guy, Tanner Foust was out there in a silver Mustang Cobra with SpeedTV cameras following him about.
The amount of money spent on cars is coincides with how luxurious the accompanying RV is.
Check out this cool fourth generation Mustang! I have not been much of a fan of this generation until just recently.
More to come from the Lone Star state!