Another Texas Mile in the books and another record set by the camo wrapped, twin-turbo Ford GT owned by our friend Mark, prepped by the Hennessey team, tuned by Shane and this time driven by Patrick. At the end of a standing mile, the street legal Ford GT had set a new Texas Mile record of 267.6 mph.
Unfortunately the 4th generation black Camaro of KP Racing (aka: The World’s Fastest Camaro) suffered a horrific crash on the 2nd day of the event. The car will not live to race again, but fortunately the driver will.
Our friend’s Ford GT has set another Texas Mile record. On March 23, 2013, the Hennessey prepped, camo wrapped, twin-turbo monster, driven, this time, by Patrick O’Gorman, went 267.6 mph in a standing mile. Congratulations Mark, Kevin, Patrick, Shawn and the rest of the crew!
Once again, the twin-turbo Ford GT, owned by our friend Mark and driven by our friend Sean, set the fastest MPH of the Texas Mile. On the first day of the event, Sean took Mark’s camo wrapped GT to an impressive 263.3 mph in the standing mile, breaking the Texas Mile record set by the duo at the March 2012 event.
The black 4th generation Camaro, owned by the newly formed KP Racing, had plans of setting the event record but came up short with a 263.2 mph run before running into mechanical issues.
We were there to see our friend’s Hennessey built twin-turbo Ford GT, tuned by Shane Tecklenburg of Fast Motorsports, run 257.7mph at the world famous Texas Mile, on March 25, 2012, smashing the previous record of 250.1 mph.
Here in Houston, at Autospotters HQ, we pay ten cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity used. With the Volt fully charged, we were averaging thirty miles on a full charge. According to the Volt’s own computer, it took approximately 10 kWh’s of electricity to go thirty miles. Ten cents equals one kWh, one dollar equals 10 kWh’s, 10 kWh’s got us thirty miles, so one dollar equals thirty miles.
The Barrett-Jackson is still the premier place to buy and sell a car (or truck, or bus, or airplane or boat), but over the years it has evolved into an event dedicated to all things automotive and one of the best car shows we have ever been to.
2011 is Barrett-Jackson’s 40th anniversary, and the Las Vegas event caps off a yearlong celebration that started in Scottsdale, AZ in January. To close out the year, Barrett-Jackson will auction off, at no reserve, the first Mosler Automotive Raptor GTR. The Raptor GTR, which is made of carbon fiber and Kevlar, only weighs 2,350 pounds, is powered by a 1,200 horsepower engine and has a rumored top speed of 300+ mph – so Yes, this will out gun the Bugatti Veyron.
We took another trip to the ultimate one-mile challenge – the Texas Mile. The May 2011 event was a big deal for the Texas Mile, it was the inaugural running at their new home located at Chase Field Naval Air Station in Beeville, Texas and the first ever running of the Texas Mile in May. For those who do not know, the Texas Mile is an event that allows drivers to see how fast their vehicle can go in a standing mile, and until May 2011 it has always been held at the Goliad Industrial Airpark in Goliad, Texas.
The May event was also a big deal for Autospotters because we became too large to fit the crew and gear, comfortably, into one car – so for the first time ever, we took two cars. Not just any two cars, but a 2012 Ford Mustang GT convertible and a 2011 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Hybrid. The fact that both vehicles have four wheels and took us to the Texas Mile is about where any comparison ends.
25 Camaro convertibles parade from Galveston, TX to Kemah, TX with a police escort.
Houston was selected to host this special Drive-Away event to celebrate the arrival of Camaro Convertibles, since its faithful fans have had a long-time love affair with the Camaro and it is one of the largest markets in the nation.