Texas Speed Syndicate of Houston has presented us with some of the Lonestar State’s best rolling start race action from what is undoubtedly one of the nation’s greatest amateur speed events, the Texas Invitational. With a tarmac strip of just over 1,500 feet in length, the event simulates a freeway/highway rolling start race from 60 miles per hour but under controlled conditions.
At this year’s “King of the Street” event, most of the entrees were in the 1,000+ horsepower range, many were in the 1,300-1,500 horse range, while very few were rated at anything less than 800 rear wheel horsepower. American rides weren’t the only drag race contestants, as several turbo Supras and other imports joined the battle for bragging rights.
Corvette was a well-represented marque at this spring’s Invitational, and Houston, Texas’ premiere Vette performance guru, Late Model Racecraft was one of the event’s most important sponsors. Also sponsoring this year’s Invitational were Underground Racing, Hennessey and Dallas Performance.
Horsepower is usually the name of the game when it comes to competing in these ranks, but the Texas Invitational’s “King of the Street” event is more a contest of endurance than it is actual dyno numbers; those who are the Invitational’s “best of the best” are those whose car can last run after run, and at trap speeds of close to 200 miles per hour.
The Caddo Mills Municipal Airport in Caddo Mills, Texas was the setting for this year’s rolling start event, and a white turbo Supra had no problems going head-to-head with Dallas Performance’s S/C C6, both American and Japanese street fighters putting on a stunning show of skill.
It was a great collaboration of American muscle and foreign exotic motoring, and given this year’s event we’re sure that next year’s “King of the Street” event will be an equally-challenging test of straight line racing skill!