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Ford GT sets new record at weekend’s Texas Mile event
by Gary Kent
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A motorcyclist heats up the track at last weekend’s Texas Mile at Chase Field.
A motorcyclist heats up the track at last weekend’s Texas Mile at Chase Field.
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A video photographer sets up to capture the moment when one of the faster entries at this past weekend’s Texas Mile takes off to try to break a speed record.
A video photographer sets up to capture the moment when one of the faster entries at this past weekend’s Texas Mile takes off to try to break a speed record.
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BEEVILLE — Last weekend’s weather could not have been better for the folks holding the Texas Mile event at the Chase Field Industrial and Airport Complex.

Temperatures March 22-24 were downright chilly in the mornings and a steady wind out of the north provided a good push for the vehicles trying to beat speed records for running a straight mile.

The top car turned out to be Hennessy Ford GT which streaked across the mile timer at 267.6 miles per hour.

That was more than four miles per hour faster than the previous record of 263.3 mph.

Shannon Matus, who organizes the event with her husband, Jay, said that speed will mean the Mile will have to change its logo.

The number of spectators at the weekend event seemed to be smaller than at previous competitions but the chilly mornings could have had something to do with that.

The most tragic event during the weekend was the destruction of a Camaro, previously dubbed the “world’s fastest,” after running a stunning 263.2 mph in October of last year, which crashed at the end of the track.

Driver Joey Hunneycutt suffered bumps and bruises when the vehicle flipped literally end over end.

Hunneycutt was airlifted from the scene and taken to an area hospital where he was released within two hours, Matus said.

His lack of serious injury was attributed to having the proper safety equipment.

Meanwhile, the land-speed-racing community enjoyed the fellowship that always comes with the Texas Mile.

Matus said a man from Alberta, Canada, drove the farthest to get to Beeville.

She said the man told her he drove 1,600 miles pulling a Ford GT just to run one mile at Chase Field.

Some of the local business owners who usually drive in the event here were unable to compete. But Corpus Christi engineer Jim Urban, whose company has provided engineering services for the City of Beeville for decades, was there to run the mile.

Jennifer Robertson, whom Matus called “the fastest lady on a motorcycle,” was back last weekend to drive motorcycles for several bike owners.

When Matus asked why one male motorcycle owner had Robertson drive the course and not him, the man looked at the woman and said, “She’s more aerodynamic.”

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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