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Old 03-20-2014, 02:47 PM   #1
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Hey, Guys!

Please take a look at this link, read it carefully, and then *PLEASE* sign the petition!!!


http://soonerbillz.com/SaveTWS/


Texas World Speedway in College Station, TX is one of the most legendary tracks in all the USA, with many a record set there, and is still the home of WERA motorcycle road racing, SCCA sports car racing, CVAR vintage auto racing, and tons of other motorsports events. It really is worth saving. After all, who needs another housing development? Especially when there are literally thousands upon thousands of clear acreage in the area.

I'm reaching out to all of you out there who love motorsports, whether you've ever been to Texas World Speedway or not. We're already losing enough race tracks all over the country. Please help do all you can to help us save one of the best!

Thank you!


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Old 03-20-2014, 04:27 PM   #2
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Tex World isn't a notable venue...

No reason it shouldn't go the way of Riverside Raceway.
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Old 03-20-2014, 04:47 PM   #3
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its has been an ongoing epidemic..

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Old 03-27-2014, 05:22 PM   #4
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Tex World isn't a notable venue...

No reason it shouldn't go the way of Riverside Raceway.
Actually it is a notable venue in that it is booked 52 weekends a year and provides club level bike and car racers a great track to race on. A track does not have to host pro events to be notable
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:36 PM   #5
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Actually it is a notable venue in that it is booked 52 weekends a year and provides club level bike and car racers a great track to race on. A track does not have to host pro events to be notable

Thank you!

Very much how I feel. I road raced there for years, and it was my favorite venue. That alone made it "notable" to me.

But it is perhaps important to remember that some of the United States' best motorcycle road racers got their start WERA club racing at Texas World Speedway... Names like Freddie Spencer, Doug Polen, John Kocinski, Kevin Schwantz, Colin Edwards, Ben Spies, just to name a few. Who knows, without Texas World Speedway maybe we would not have had those champions.

And I can remember going to see the real, original Can-Am series races there - with names like Bruce McLaren, Denis Hulme, Jim Hall, Mario Andretti, Dan Gurney, and a bunch of others, with spectacular race cars like the McLaren M8B, Chaparral 2E & 2G, the infamous "Honker", Lola T160, and others... And believe me, just hearing those cars thundering around the banking was enough to convince you that Texas World was "notable"...

Then there were the USAC Indy Car races, the NASCAR events, and many others, and more recently there have been truly unique events, too, like the CVAR event where they allowed vintage 1950's and '60's Indy "Roadsters" to race on the banked oval. That's certainly "notable".

Certainly "notable" enough to not want to lose it just to have another suburban housing development.

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Old 03-28-2014, 10:25 AM   #6
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Regularly appearing story. Race track gets built outside of town"in the country", time passes, town grows, town wants to take over the racetrack land and if they co-exsist for a while and the town builds up around the track, the new neighbors will compain about noise and traffic.
And another race track dies.
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:59 AM   #7
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Regularly appearing story. Race track gets built outside of town"in the country", time passes, town grows, town wants to take over the racetrack land and if they co-exsist for a while and the town builds up around the track, the new neighbors will compain about noise and traffic.
And another race track dies.

That's usually the case... But I'm afraid something else is afoot here.

You see, there is no housing anywhere near Texas World. It's still another mile or two from any suburban development. Granted, one day all that suburban sprawl will be there, but it's literally taken decades for the track being 10 miles out of town to it being 6 miles out of town.

Besides, there are literally thousands of acres of vacant land all around that area, but for some reason Texas World has suddenly become targeted by the city the past few years. It's almost as though they have forgotten all the economic windfall the track has brought the area in hotel room occupancy, restaurant revenue, gasoline sales, food and sundry sales, etc., etc., etc., and it has done so now for over 45 years. College Station has not been so quick to single out other land holdings in the surrounding area, regardless of use - of more importantly, non-use.

It appears that Texas World is simply a very visible target, and easy prey because so many "citizens" see the word "racetrack" as a dirty one.

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Old 03-30-2014, 06:39 AM   #8
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Hey Dallara
I roadraced bikes there from 1985 to 1994 and then raced formula cars in SCCA there from 1998 to 2005 . Lots and lots of laps and great memories
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