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The bi-annual Texas Mile has quickly built a reputation of being one of the top weekend race events in the country. Taking place on an airstrip in Beeville, Texas, the Texas Mile is just the event to go to if you want give your tuned beast a chance of reaching 200 plus miles per hour on a 1.5 mile straightway.

America’s fastest Camaro was found at last October’s Texas Mile. Tuned by HP Racing out of Houston, the Camaro reached 263 miles per hour. This year, the shop returned with a 441-cu-in V8 squeezed into its Camaro. They said the new engine was capable of churning out 2,800 horsepower.

Unfortunately for HP Racing, the extra horses did not bring with them another six months of being America’s fastest Camaro. No, the horses brought doom in the form of a fiery crash when the Camaro sped off the tarmac halfway down the strip. Writing about the crash, KP Racing posted on its Facebook page, “The car must have done at least 8 barrel rolls before coming to a stop, then it caught on fire, pretty scary for those of us attending the event.”

The car’s driver Joe Honeycutt sustained cuts, bruises, and a concussion. Fortunately, he was released from the hospital soon afterwards.  Here’s last year’s run, which went significantly better:

[Image:  Motoramic]


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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