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Story and Pictures by: Alex Roszko
I woke up at the crack of dawn with very little sleep, partially because I was excited, but mostly because I’ve been sick as a dog for the past few days. I was greeted by a cold, dreary morning, which contradicted the forecast for a clear day. Two of my friends, James (350z) and Branko (EVO X SE), fellow “Texas State Gearheads”, couldn’t pass up a day of cars, free food and track time, so we decided to roll together on the very short 10-minute drive.
Early morning group picture
Ready to roll!
Harris Hill Raceway, or H2R, is an awesome raceway just outside of San Marcos, Texas. The track is 1.8mi with 11 challenging turns. H2R has several features such as great elevation changes, technical low-speed turns and broad high-speed turns. There’s even a corkscrew turn that reminded me of the famed corkscrew at Laguna Seca! That turn was intense!
We were the first to arrive at 9am, but this meant first dibs on the Krispy Kreme donuts that were graciously supplied by Roger Beasley! Our sluggish morning moods were replaced with glazed sugar and eager anticipation.
All you can eat sugar!
Felt like I was eating Christmas… it was delicious.
People steadily arrived until the event started at 10am with a 30 minute driving course. Registration, valid license and a signed waver were the only conditions in order to drive – no Mazda required!
Meetin’ and greetin’
While the first class was going on, I went to the parking lot to catch glimpses of some of the beautiful cars. Cult-tastic FD RX-7’s were everywhere! I was blown away. I love these cars so I naturally took several pictures of them.
Beautiful on the outside…
… and on the inside.
Freshly painted FD, owned by the CFO of Mazda South in Austin.
Speaks for itself
Posing all pretty-like with those CCW Classics
An even more rare RX-7 was present too. There were three FC RX-7’s in attendance, and I’m pretty sure all of them were tracked.
Car and owner
Hitting the track!
One of the crowd favorites was a boosted 3 Rotor RX-8, with an engine bay cleaner than my dishes at home.
Anything but mellow…
I was called over with excitement to look at arguably the most rare car in attendance: a Mazda RX-3! I had never seen one, let alone, even known they exist! The others around me, who were older, gave this car a lot of attention and even some nostalgic rubs of affection.
It even had an exhaust!
Oldie but a goodie…
One of my personal favorites of the day was this slammed and stanced NB Miata on TE-37’s (my favorite wheel). I got few words from the owner, but after inquiring about the front mount intercooler, I was told the Miata was boosted with a K04 turbo. Shortly after arriving, he changed out his Volks for a drift set up. I became giddy at the thought of seeing this thing slinging around a corner with the turbo spooling and tires squealing.
I bet I was smiling when I took this picture
Oh my lowered…
Looked good from every angle
Speaking of “slammed and stanced” cars; there were some lowered beauties lurking around the parking lot.
This black speed parked next to me, loved the color of his Works!
Good lookin’ Gen2!
Angry cars (it’s the eyelids)
If I had to guess, I’d say there were about 50-60 cars in attendance. I could post a picture of all of them individually, or I could gather the scale of the meet!
Show and tell
Red, white, yellow and black
After the 30-minute driving class was finished, it was time to hit the track. It worked like this – guest drivers were to line up in the paddock area and go in groups of four or five with an experienced driver who was in a pace car. The pace car would start slow in order to allow the drivers to get a feel for the track and conditions. Then the pace car would gradually go faster and faster. The max speed was said to be 50mph, but I consistently heard top speeds of 90-100mph being reached (with no complaints). There were three or four groups on the track at one time, with an average of five laps per “race”. When the drivers were done with their five laps, they were allowed to go back out as many times as they wished. It was basically free track time for two hours. A friend of mine blew almost a whole tank of gas. His car said “4 miles ‘til empty”! “Totally worth it!” he said with a laugh.
Clearing out the paddock area
Pace cars lining up
Drivers pouring in!
Here they come
Branko and James going out in style
4 rotors in 1 picture!
Cat vs. Mouse
Object in mirror are faster than they appear
This track-prepped 2 screeeamed on the track
Some sick speeds
Wish my parents drove like this on the way to soccer practice!
LS6 Miata showing how it’s done
When the driving was done, Roger Beasley provided some delicious BBQ from Milt’s Pit BBQ out of Kyle, TX. They served brisket, sausage, potato salad, pickles, and all the sweet tea you could drink (I didn’t get any shots of the food because I was too overwhelmed, I slacked, I’m sorry).
Heaven on wheels
After lunch, a drift demonstration was held. A slightly modded 240sx, a 350z, the NB Miata and a Volvo sedan tore it up (on and OFF the track). At some point, all the cars went off the track, but they hopped back on and continued to wail around the corners. They gave ride-alongs so others got to experience the excitement, but only few braved the controlled chaos.
My friend James filming from inside the drift 350z!
Finally, the last event was a ride-along with a professional driver, or seasoned vets that knew every line and apex. My friend Arielle got the chance to ride in an LS6 swapped NA Miata! She said the adrenaline was flowing for several hours, I can’t imagine…
I rode in a seasoned Vet’s Miata for an amazing ride-along. Watch to get an idea of the whole track!
Despite the bone-chilling wind, numb hands and runny noses, H2R MazdaMovement Meet ‘n Greet 2011 was a complete and utter success. Everyone I talked to was having a blast. I met some great people, talked and learned about some fascinating vehicles and even witnessed a Mustang driver be converted to a full-on Miata worshiper! Mazda love was in the air.
View of H2R headquarters from the bottom of the track
Until next time,
– Alex Roszko
One last pic:
Roadrunner sporting Protege colors!
The reviews are in and the 1st MazdaMovement.com Track day was a huge success! Want to give a big “Shout Out” to Dan Scanlon from RacingReady.com who took the time on a cold Texas day to hang out with Terry, DJ, Jerry and David from Roger Beasley Mazda of Texas and the MazdaMovement Meeps for a fun day at Mazda Raceway