GALVESTON — There once was a time when Frans Gillebaard was the fastest man on four wheels on Galveston Island.

On July 6, 1963, Gillebaard was entered in a Sports Car Club of America race at Scholes Field. In front of a reported crowd of 8,000 people, he pushed his 400 horsepower, fiberglass Chevrolet Kurtis to 107.9 mph, breaking the speed record that had been set a year before.

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Terry Moore

I hope this does NOT happen. We have a traffic nightmare every summer as people spill out at Jones Drive and Heard"s Lane as it is from the water park and Moody Gardens. Also the noise from there would filter out through the neighborhoods. Why put something like this in a corner of the island that has no roads to get the masses out as it is?

Robert Buckner

The idea of auto racing in Galveston does sound exciting but, Hud Hopkins is right. Scholes is an airport. Maybe if normal operations were closed for a few days or just a weekend, a deal could be reached but to shut down as an airport for three weeks is asking quite a lot. Is anything taking place on the east end flats?

Island Lover

Dumb! Hotels are already filled in the spring and summer and traffic would be a nightmare.

Marine One

I agree with both posts. The east end flats have been a wasteland ever since the Army Corps of Engineers waved their magic wand and took it. That place is the next oasis for this city if we're going to move forward. To delay, impede or refuse to make that usable real estate for all Galvestonians is a farce. We're talking hundreds of acres on a sand bar - that's an incredible piece of land just walking distance from downtown, UTMB, the ferry landing, etc...
If our city, GEDP, chamber of commerce and elected officials were to put this to vote, I think the realists would triumph over the migrating grasshoppers that use the area...

Zen Sailor

Vroooom Vroooom- sputter sputter-choke

Mojo Boogie

A racetrack would be a wonderful addition to the island. But I agree with y'all, the East End flats would be a better location. I have been to the racetrack nears Baytown, it is way too loud to be at the airport.

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