Another 30 drivers are on a waiting list, hoping to get a chance to speed along the Navy’s former reserve landing strip near Berclair.
“It’s grown so much since we started that now we have a waiting list of drivers and we are holding it over three days — Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” said Shannon Matus, who helped found the twice annual event with her husband, Jay.
“We do everything we can to make it enjoyable for the drivers and the spectators and I think that’s why it has become so popular.”
In the past, the Matuses held the timed-competition on a Saturday and Sunday in March and October.
Cost to run down the one-mile track is $200 and drivers may speed down the strip as many times as they can over the three days. Spectators pay $10 to watch souped-up motorcycles and automobiles burn rubber and scream down the landing strip.
Speed TV will once again send a video crew to the former naval airstrip to record the competition.
Autos entered in this year’s Texas Mile include a Carrera GT, GT 40 MkII, GT1 Porsche, EB 110 Bugatti, RUF 997, Lamborghini Gallardo and Twin Turbo Porsche’s.
A digital clock records the drivers’ speeds for all to see.
Prizes are awarded to the fastest drivers in each category.
Jay and Shannon Matus founded the Texas Mile as a way to get motorcycle and car “top-speed” racers off the Texas highways, Shannon explained. She said she and her husband wanted to provide a fun, safe and organized event at which the participants could get bragging rights proved by a Top Speed Certificate instead of severe traffic citations and trips to jail.
Each year several competitors enter the coveted 200 MPH Club.
Accidents are rare but do happen. One motorcycle rider was taken to a hospital several years ago after an accident but returned the following season to set a speed record.
Spectator gate opens at 9 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Drivers will run until dusk on Friday and Saturday and until 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Spectator fees for a three-day weekend pass are $10 per person. Admission is free for children 12 and under.
Admission for Goliad County residents with license or ID is $5 per person.
Food and drinks are available through a concessionaire. Coolers or barbecue pits are not allowed. Pets are also not allowed.
To get there from Beeville, take U.S. 59 east to Berclair. In Berclair turn onto FM 883 (heading west). Travel approximately 5-6 miles to FM 1351 Turn right. Travel approximately 2-3 miles. Look for Goliad Airport or Goliad Airpark signs. Turn left into facility onto Airpark Road.
For more details: www.texasmile.com or call Jessica at 281-303-1844 or Shannon at 281-802-9863.