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TWS Update with Pics - July 27 2019

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TWS Turn 7, my favorite corner I've ever driven, as of July 27, 2019. All that's left is rubble.

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The back straight is gone, replaced by a residential road running parallel twenty or thirty yards to the east of where the straight ran.

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The old track picks up again on the ascent to turn 8. From there to turn 1 seems generally intact. 

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I took the best looking rubble from T7 I could find as a memento in my garage. 

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Unfortunately, this is as close as the new car will ever get to driving TWS. Would of been nice to get one more shot at it.

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Go to Daytona...you'll quickly forget about TWS, not being sarcastic, just honest...spent 11 days there for the '15 Runoffs, camped next to Lake Lloyd in the infield...I cruised around that place until 3-4 am quite a few times, smoking a stogie and having a drink...I became "one" with Daytona...I dreamed about that place for MONTHS afterwards....the speed, the banking, the speed...

I've had other dreams...but, um...wrong forum... LOL

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Lobster....it's an AMAZING experience!! The history, the track, it's MASSIVE...not sure if NASA races there but you need to give it a shot! There are several track day groups that run there. SCCA also holds races there. I'll be racing there with Trans Am this November, it's always the end of year TA race.

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My first DE track event was a 3 day at Daytona.  A friend on an Audi forum said "You can drive your car on Daytona".  I said "Whaaaaaaaaaat Did you Say?".  When he repeated- I signed up and the adventure began.

Drove the RS6 there from Arkansas (15 hours approximately), ran it on track for 3 days.  I had no spare tires, no significant tools, but plenty of water and enthusiasm.  ?  Drove all night to get to the driver meeting just in time to hear about blend lines and folks running by at 150-170 yada yada yada.  My self preservation voice was screaming at me "Get OUT now! Tell em family emergency, make a mess in your pants,  just get out now!".  I choked the little inner voice and had too much fun.  What a fantastic experience and I hope to get the 996 out there when the stars align.

 

 

 

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I never got the chance to visit TWS but it is sad that it's gone.  I can say though I've followed posts extensively on the place and it seems it was just falling apart in a fast way.  COTA was built in 2010 and TWS stood no chance.  Nobody wants to goto COTA because of the expense but I hear it's a top level track.

Honestly I dream to revisit the tracks my car has already been at.  My uncle who lived in Indiana owned/built my car and he ran it for 16 years.  Road america, Mid-ohio, Putman, Autobahn, Watkins Glen, Michigan, and many more.  I hope one day I can take a tour and put this car back on those tracks where she went fast at with the helm of my uncle driving.  165mph down the straight at road america.  This is something I want to do.



 

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On 9/27/2019 at 4:39 PM, Talley said:

Nobody wants to goto COTA because of the expense but I hear it's a top level track.

165mph down the straight at road america.  This is something I want to do.

A LOT of folks love to go to COTA...me included - I like to go where the racing is! The entry fee is really one of the cheapest parts about racing...trust me when I say this...I'll be there this weekend competing in the Trans Am Series in the TA2 Class.

165 at Road America is easy/breezy....and fun....that's the easy part....it's the stopping and turning part....and then doing it again and again, lap after lap....fortunately there are a lot of long straights to help cool the brakes!

What class / body did your uncle race in?

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1 hour ago, Captain Buddha said:

A LOT of folks love to go to COTA...me included - I like to go where the racing is! The entry fee is really one of the cheapest parts about racing...trust me when I say this...I'll be there this weekend competing in the Trans Am Series in the TA2 Class.

165 at Road America is easy/breezy....and fun....that's the easy part....it's the stopping and turning part....and then doing it again and again, lap after lap....fortunately there are a lot of long straights to help cool the brakes!

What class / body did your uncle race in?

HDPE only.  Instructor and usually followed the PCA club and Audi clubs.  The car still has a tech sticker from Audifest

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TWS was the first track I ever put tires on. It sucked me into this money pit of a hobby and introduced me to you crazy bunch. Still waiting for a circle track full of turn 7's. I'll be the first to sign up!

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Nice.  I clicked through that link and a few of the other images from that group came up.  Noticed in the background, Disturbed's cover of The Sound of Silence was playing.   very apropros given the stories created and told by that race track, now silenced and replaced with yet more suburban sprawl where neighbors don't know and hardly talk to each other.. More neon gods...    Conversely, the friends I made in my first few trips to TWS back in 2003 when I moved to TX are still the people I hang out with today, so while TWS itself is gone, the friends and memories are alive and well.

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I drive by there every week or so. Tunnel is gone and hill is coming down. They're leveling everything in preparation for what will soon be the front of the development, with commercial and possibly even an elementary school. Hard to watch but such is life. The challenge for us locals is that about 6 months after TWS died, the TAMU Riverside Campus also closed to autocross. It's all reserved for TXDOT type research now. So we've got nothing car-related within 2 hours (Harris Hill and MSRH are the closest). 3090 is still nearby and a good sunny-day drive, so at least we have that. Sure wish Bluebonnet had worked out.

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This thread made me nostalgic so I took my son out there today. Green grass as far as the eye can see. T2 on the oval is now a fun hill to climb. He loved it. While it made me a bit sad we did get to drive the country roads behind the track in our old 911 with the windows down which is always a treat.

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Wow that's a lotta green!   BCS area recovered from the storm very quickly.  everything is still dead and brown down here south of Houston.

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5 minutes ago, Matt93SE said:

Wow that's a lotta green!   BCS area recovered from the storm very quickly.  everything is still dead and brown down here south of Houston.

It’s all sprayed insta-grass laid out in perfect rows. Most areas are still fairly brown around town. The problem with this stuff is it hides a lot of construction debris, asphalt bits, and even rebar. That was all high bank not too long ago. So I had to be very clear with my son, no rolling down the hill! 

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Ahh good point.
wonder if I can buy that crap for the backyard since the dogs keep trampling stuff into a mudhole near the gates where they run and bark at passing traffic...

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