Hoping from various motorsport events to the next and staying at nearby hotels is great and all, but after staying in a tent on the side of the track at the Texas Mile, I'm convinced that camping out is the ultimate way to experience whatever motorsport you're attending. You see it all the time at the big and famous events like the 12 hours of Sebring, Bonneville Speedweek, Wörthersee, and pretty much all of the NASCAR events. The sounds of motorbikes, golf carts going back and forth and the sound of various competitors slamming down beers is as much of a part of motorsports as the noise coming from the race cars themselves.
Imagine falling asleep to those sounds and waking up to the rumble of race cars starting up in the morning. It's gearhead heaven if you can actually fall asleep to all those noises. It's the music of motorsports and the Texas Mile is one of those the many symphonies.
As I start with the final part of the Texas Mile Coverage, I thought I'd include another shot of the rather low E36 BMW rolling around the pits.
As Ryan Gates said in his Texas Mile driver blog, the field was easily 98% American cars.
That being said, it was rather refreshing to see the occasional import car rolling around like this FC RX-7.
V8s dominated the engine bay playing field.
I didn't get to see this Ford GT run, but the livery was badass none-the-less.
Texas Mile: extreme use of duct tape edition.
This straight-from-factory Ford Fiesta was the comedy car of the weekend. It was trying to hit a goal of 105mph in the standing mile…
…while doing it as economically as possible. 34.4 miles per gallon for a weekend of fun? You can count me in!
There weren't too many Ford GT's out. But the ones that ran sounded like Zeus himself just opened up a can of something ungodly.
Corvette, Viper, Supra, Corvette, S2000, Corvette. That's a pretty impressive line up….
A Supra sitting pretty.
Here's the team of the Big Red Camaro pushing the car out to the starting line. What a beautiful car. We're looking to hook up with these guys for a full feature in the new future!
The Big Red Camaro had a documentary crew following them around during the weekend. This is their sound guy taking a little breather. Tired sound guy looks tired.
While standing on the starting grid, there's a designated area for burn outs. There were a few cars that looked like they should be doing burning outs but do not. When I see this Chevy HHR pull up to the line, I'm thinking to myself that there's absolutely no need for an HHR to be burning out. Little did I know that this very HHR would create more tire smoke than its higher horse power brethren.
There was definitely no shortage of Corvettes out.
This truck also threw down the burn out hammer pretty hard except that it actually looked like it could do impressive burn outs.
The A.R.T carbon Viper is all business.
The Big Red Camaro looks just as good moving as it does standing still. This is the Camaro's the 215 mph pass.
I don't think these guys were trying to break any standing mile records….
This Cadillac CTS-V was one of those "sleeper" cars at the mile. When it rolls up to the line, it looks absolutely stock: from its ride height, to the wheels. But when you hear it rumble, you know its not a normal LSA underneath the hood.
This Ford GT ran down the mile hard.
Another rare import sighting: a Mazdaspeed 3.
…and another. This was one of two Supras out.
And this was one of the two GTRs that were out. Spotting for imports became an endangered species hunt at the Mile.
Just like there was no shortage of Corvettes, there was also no shortage of 5th generation Mustangs.
The spectators started got get creative with their standing mile, beat-the-heat, tactics.
I thought I'd add one more shot of this Dodge Vegas as it takes off from the starting line.
On my way back to Houston, mile participant rolled past and I quickly. It was satisfying to see that these cars weren't trailered to the event but driven. Bonus cool points added.
It was was a bit sad that the big Supra meet the weekend before, TX2K11, took a lot of the usual Texas Mile participants. But on the bright side, there's another Texas Mile event at the end of May and Underground Racing plans to be there. If Underground goes then we know everyone else will follow suit. But the event itself was a laid back affair filled with speed demons left and right. Even with its lack of big name tuner houses, it never stopped being Texas Mile. And that's a good thing.
P.S. Smoky Nagata will be at the May event with a particular gold painted Supra….