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Old 03-27-2012, 10:54 AM   #1
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Talking Texas Mile, March 2012 - Chills, thrills and spills

Warning: photos of exotic cars and fast motorcycles may cause blurred vision, excessive sweating, shortness of breath and high blood pressure. Proceed at your own risk.

I spent last weekend at the Texas Mile, a top-speed, standing mile shootout held twice a year at Chase Field, Beeville. The event was held up in Berclair until the Navy reclaimed their landing field last year. This was the third time to be in Beeville.

CMA (Christian Motorcyclist Association) has been working the mile for at least four years now. You'll see us at the gate, taking your money ($15 for a spectator pass for the weekend), and giving you a wristband. We'll be at the starting grid with coffee and ice water, at our ministry tent, directing spectator traffic and at the finish line, handing out the timing slips.

We have CMA volunteers show up from all over the state. This time we had an all-time high of about 40 on hand at one time or another. Word is getting out. The Mile is a lot of work and sun, but also a lot of fun.

On to some of the pictures and stories, though I didn't take a lot of pictures this year.

The weekend actually starts Thursday afternoon when the Texas Mile staff shows up from Houston and starts setting up. The racers start arriving and we generally try to have 3 or 4 people on hand to meet them at the gate and check them off the list as they come in. The racers still have to register at the Texas Mile tent.

One thing that caught my eye on the registration list was a diesel motorcycle.



This thing is a Track, manufactured in the Netherlands, and has a 3-cylinder, 800cc engine. I think top speed is about 100. He ran it a few times, but I never was around when he did.

So much for Thursday.

Friday, the racing lit off at 8:00 AM, but there weren't many runs made Friday morning. A biker went down hard after a 220 mph run and stopped things for about an hour, then a car engine came apart, then the fog came in. The racers understand that's just part of the game.

Some of the cars and bikes lined up at the starting grid. The variety is always amazing.





The Corvette, no. 71, belongs to the Crawfords, some of my favorite people at the mile. They're from Hatfield, Arkansas, hometown of CMA, and I see them everytime at the mile. Lee is about 75 now. His Corvette was topping out at about 162 mph. He and his daughter had a friendly competition going to see who could get the best speed out of it. I think Lee came out best.

A Nissan GTR. There are usually several at the mile.



A 1963 Corvette, just beautiful:




There were a few circle-track cars on hand. It was funny to see them with parachutes hanging off the back.

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