Once again, Peter Blach and MVP Motorsports rolled out the red carpet for Supra owners and car enthusiasts at the TX2K12 event. This gathering is for the heavy hitters of the car world where 500 whp is laughable; you’ve gotta bring some serious power to keep up with the amazing machinery that attends this once-a-year occurrence.
The first day starts off with a full track day on the 2.4-mile circuit located at MSR Houston. This year’s First Place finisher was the Forged Performance GTR driven by Sharif Abdelbaset, who edged out the race-prepped Camaro driven by Paul Costas. Last year Sharif was the runner-up to Paul, but this year, Sharif got his revenge, edging Paul out by 43 hundredths of a second.
Friday’s Dyno Day overwhelmed both the two- and four-wheel dynos with 85 cars putting down just shy of 45,000 hp. With many Supra owners migrating toward more streetable 67mm-71mm setups and many of the serious drag racers saving it for the strip on the weekend, only three cars cracked the 1,000-whp mark. If you didn’t know better, you might think we were transported back to 2003. As usual, the car show running simultaneously was chock-full of beautiful cars as far as the eye could see.
Saturday’s test and tune brought a lot of great drag racing action, but the real action was on Sunday, with the eliminations and finals and the 60-130-mph competition thrown in between.
The 60-130 is where the GTRs really shone. Reza Korani’s T1 Race Development GTR 4.47-second run was good enough to win the competition over two other GTRs that ran respectable 4.72- and 5.05-second runs. It’s quite the feat when you consider a Veyron is estimated at 5.6 seconds.
The Drag Finals are always an amazing show of both performance and dexterity. With Boost Logic making the quickest pass of the meet at 188 mph, a blown motor put them out of the running. Other notable incidents were when Titan lost its carbon-fiber passenger doorskin and Big Daddy launched his Supra like the space shuttle and put the car into the wall at the eighth-mile marker, luckily without injury or significant damage. A 2JZ-powered S2000 also wowed the crowd with its monstrous wheelies off the line.
The Supra Unlimited Class trophy was taken by Jamie Carter with a 7.91 at 187.81 mph, the Stick Shift Challenge class was taken by former import model Jessica Barton with a 9.15 at 156.63 mph, followed closely by Augie Hidalgo running 9.18 at 145.40 mph. The GTR Unlimited finals saw Kenny Tran win with a 9.53 at 151.46 mph besting Tuan Ho with a 9.78 at 153.43 mph.
The night meet on Saturday ended up drawing a lot of attention from local authorities. One individual did such a big burnout it had him leaving the meet in the back seat of a different Ford than he came in. Separate from the 1,000-car melee that made the local news, the local highways were busy with a four-digit-horsepower Supras, Lambos, Vipers, and big-displacement bikes doing things we don’t dare talk about. It being Texas, numerous 240-plus-mph cars were in attendance, but judging from some of the stories, the Supra still remains king of the highway despite several Gallardos pushing the 1,500-whp mark in the running.
If you didn’t attend this event, you can always watch it from the comfort of your home thanks to the guys at 1320video who released a DVD that you can buy at MVPMotorsports.com. The unofficial event highway activity is worth the watch alone!