Event>> The Texas Mile Pt.2

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.

Motorcyclehunting.

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.

More motorcyclehunting. 

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. 

-Linhbergh

P.S. Smoky Nagata will be at the May event with a particular gold painted Supra…. :)

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That's a Chevy Monza in the 3rd to last pic. Oh and the Vega was chev also..... Great pics though!!! Oh and I'm getting a bit sick of the frenzy around the "Big Red Camaro"..... It started one of the most infuriating trends in the hobby! If you want a car that handles and stops buy a GTR! If you want a car that is stupid and awesome, build a big block Camaro!

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Dodge Vegas?????? How about a Chevy Monza.





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are you guys gonna do coverage from TX2K11?

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Does the 1800 on the A.R.T Viper stand for 1800hp by any chance?

5

Amazing event, not so much the punctuation of the article tho!

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Great pan shots, Linhbergh!

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Also, i don't know enough about bikes to know what make or model that black dragger is, but i do know enough to see that it's got a phat-ass turbo slapped to the front of the motor :O

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any chance you got any videos?

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Dodge Vegas? It looked to me to be Chevy Monza. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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The white GT wasn't the Hennessy tuned one with the joedirt license plate was it?

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Go get them Smokey!

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why the duct tape?

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i wanna see more of that HHR lol that thing is dope

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ooooo ill be looking forward to the May event!!

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Gold painted Supra?! YES!!!

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I mett smoky nagata once hes really gay and he dosent know how to tune an car right he should just go back to his smoking

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good 2 see Smoky make it after all :)

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I dig the motorcyclehunting!! let's see more of that on here!!!!

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wow! those Vette's are taking over! plenty of Duct tape used to protect and streamline the front ends [i'm guessing] - never seen a Ford GT badged up as 1000 before? i like how that car looked tho' - thanks!

18

When is that Viper from TwinsTurbo going to come out to play?

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Any more info on the HHR and the Silverado?

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anyone see the plates on the E36 beemer in the second pic? PLS B18 LOLOLOLOL

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dh bennett

Big Red "stupid and Awesome" i dont understand?

considering this piece of american iron went 227mph in the eighties when there wasnt any imports other then Ferrari's and lambos which couldnt touch it in the Silver state classic nor the La carrara

i can't see how you could call it stupid

AWESOME i do unerstand !

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Impressive pic of the benz on the way home...so you were rolling the IS300 huh...lol



Ya, we were traveling fast with the E60 adn CLS55....lol

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