Lake whitney mx 6 years after closure!

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10/30/2016 10:19 AM

Well as curiosity started to build 6 years later, i have started to wonder exactly what was done to the historical lake whitney track after it was closed. Did it still exist, but abandoned? Was a nieghborhood built their now? I decided to google earth the place, and im quite sad what this place looks like now. Its all grass now but with decades of racing here, the visible trenches are still visible were the track once was! Whats really haunting is the start gate/canopy are still their, were thousands of races were started, also the old trophy area! ! Even the legendary hill is so green now, unless you raced this place before, you would never know this existed! Just curious, has anyone drove out their to see and take pictures in person? I am thinking of making the trip out their soon, think it would be fun to walk around were the old track was. It looks like the road is open to drive through 2 different ways, dont see any gates, looks like anyone could drive in. What do you guys think? [img][LINK TO IMAGE][/img][img][LINK TO IMAGE][/img]

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10/30/2016 10:22 AM

Sad, really. It was closed to become a hunting reserve.

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10/30/2016 10:51 AM

We had a lot of fun on that track. Some great memories and a few sad ones too. I have a freind of mine that lives 10 minutes from that track, we always stayed with him when we went there. The burrito place down the hill was our every day breakfast spot.

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10/30/2016 11:17 AM

Have heard about it turning into a hunting facility too, not sure if its true or not, but i heard housing was permited to be built around this facility. They knew it was inevitable, and would be a losing battle, due to the noise, so they sold it! Man could you imagine what you could find out their! Under that grass is probably millions of tear offs! And no tellin what else!

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10/30/2016 11:33 AM

Raced there a few times and always had a great time. The ruts made or broke your race there.

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10/30/2016 11:50 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/30/2016 11:51 AM

Ehopson wrote:

Have heard about it turning into a hunting facility too, not sure if its true or not, but i heard housing was permited to be built around this facility. They knew it was inevitable, and would be a losing battle, due to the noise, so they sold it! Man could you imagine what you could find out their! Under that grass is probably millions of tear offs! And no tellin what else!

It already was a hunting facility before they closed the track. They just expanded. Dont think it was a housing (think rifles) or noise issue, rather a business decision.

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10/30/2016 11:52 AM

This always kills me that permits for surveys and such have to be done when opened by a track bank t when left alone in 2 years you would never know a race was held.

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10/30/2016 12:10 PM

Abandoned places have always fascinated me. Disused hospitals, schools. theme parks that sort of thing. My brother was lucky (or unlucky depending on how you look at it) enough to visit Pripyat close to where the Chernobyl disaster happened.

Same goes for MX tracks that closed down but you can still make out the track layout, jumps & what not. If you don't know the history it makes you think, why did it close? when did close?

I remember they was a thread about the track at Troy, the track was still there but covered in grass.

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10/30/2016 12:32 PM

The best dirt in Texas is at that property. Riding the 'mountain' was always a thrill.

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"We don't rent pigs."

10/30/2016 12:48 PM

That track was magic.

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10/30/2016 12:57 PM

Took off from that starting line about 40 years ago. The track was certainly a national styled track. Hard to get a win from Lake Whitney... they didn't come easy.

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Just Old.

10/30/2016 1:02 PM

I have a few trophies from there

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10/30/2016 1:15 PM

So bummed I missed this track, never got a chance to race it, and all the vets I race with tell epic stories from there. What track would you all who have raced it compare it to?

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10/30/2016 1:28 PM

We lost our track at the end of 2015 out at the Barrabool Hills near Geelong, Victoria at the end of 2015. Flowing outdoor track through the hills. Steep history and I drove past there a few weeks ago, and if you didn't know what used to be there you wouldn't see it now. If you know you can still make out where the track was however with all the jumps gone it is just paddock now.

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10/30/2016 1:43 PM

I am so glad I got to roll my tires around that circuit at probably the last race that was ever held there. Lake Whitney. Check!

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10/30/2016 1:47 PM

Somebody has a Chuck Sun picture they could post about now!

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Just Old.

10/30/2016 2:25 PM

Lake Whitney will always hold a special plate in my heart.

Not only for the amazing layout with heavenly dirt, but that's the place I met a friend that introduced me to his sister, and 11 years later we are married with a little girl.

From what I recall, they were shutting it down so they could build hunting loges, but the above photo shows otherwise.

Can't understand how the town allowed that to happen. The amount of money the moto community would bring to that town was massive....

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shit'll buff out

10/30/2016 2:59 PM

Really sad. As others have said it always fascinates me to find old tracks like this and check them out. There's a few over here I have heard a lot about and gone to have a look at, love to think of all the memories and people ripping around these awesome tracks back then. Majority could be re opened without anything too major aswel

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10/30/2016 3:10 PM

Loved this place racing in the 80's and 90's. Still the best 125 race was 83 National with Ward, Lechien ,Omara and Barnett. The place could still be racing today if Bruce Whitehead had not shut it down. Sad for all the memories we had that the track still sits idle.

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10/30/2016 3:14 PM

My first time at lake whitney showed me i wasnt nearly as fast as i thought i was. Place was jammin in the early 90's. Just epic weekends every time

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10/30/2016 3:17 PM

Anybody else remember Langford and Emig chasing each other through the big right handed sweeper, both standing on the pegs, wide open on 80's?

Both had open faces. Langford, goggles only, with mouth open and Emig with the Venturi mask. Would make epic pictures!

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10/30/2016 3:34 PM

Never thought getting 8th place overall was that great
Until I raced there and the place was wall to wall motor homes from all over the country
Rv2 won all the 80cc class and dungey got 5th
I was sandbagging in the 250 beg class with the other sandbaggers
Track was awesome

One of the best places I have ever raced at

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10/30/2016 3:37 PM

That place was without a doubt the best track in Texas. Before going there, people would describe the dirt in the morning as gooey brownies. Being the first practice and just holding it wide open down the start is a memory I will never forget.

First race there I ran up front all weekend. Next race was the Amateur National, and I could only muster mid pack. My eyes were opened wide that day, and it made me quickly realize this would be just a hobby for the rest of my life. The braking bumps for the second motos were like whoops all over the track, and no matter which rut you chose going up the faces of the jumps, each of them would have massive kickers in them.

My dad and I tried to sleep in our enclosed trailer without heat, and that didn't last but two nights. Luckily Ozzy Barbaree and his dad were next to us, and they let us sleep in their RV. Perfect way to say thank you at the end of the week was for my dad to break the fold out cot...haha! Will never forget that week!

Sorry for being long winded....that place was truley a special place!

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10/30/2016 4:02 PM

I raced an AMA national there in 1983. What an epic place. It happened to be my best national finish. I went 6-8 for 7th overall in the 125 class. It was very hot and after the second moto I chugged two Coca Cola's and jumped in the river. Then went back to my hotel and puked it all up before I made to the room. It wasn't pretty. Ah the good ole days.

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10/30/2016 4:06 PM

Muscle-Milk-KTM wrote:

Abandoned places have always fascinated me. Disused hospitals, schools. theme parks that sort of thing. My brother was lucky (or unlucky depending on how you look at it) enough to visit Pripyat close to where the Chernobyl disaster happened.

Same goes for MX tracks that closed down but you can still make out the track layout, jumps & what not. If you don't know the history it makes you think, why did it close? when did close?

I remember they was a thread about the track at Troy, the track was still there but covered in grass.

Things like this fascinate me too! I live an hour away and am thinking of making the drive out to check it out and take lots of pics. Think it would be cool to take my old lake whitney trophy and take pictures of it with the place like it is now. Im just afraid if i drive all that way, they might try to run me out. Looks like 3 houses are on the brazos right behind the start area so im pretty sure i can drive in, just may be eerie walking around if bullets could be flying around! Im dying to go take pictures of it the way it looks now!, and walk the once rippin track that i could walk around with my eyes closed!

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10/30/2016 4:09 PM

Still to this day, I remember where Glass' Surf box-van was parked.

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much ty. How to spot a paid forum poster/artificial forum traffic producer (see list of actions/phrases below):

Copius pattern amounts of phrases like “Anyone have”..., “Anybody know?”.... and their variations.

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10/30/2016 4:22 PM

My Avatar is finish line corner... 1987! Great memories which help me put a lot of things in perspective today!

wb173

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10/30/2016 4:23 PM

It's painful to look at now. I was just talking to somebody today about how great that place was. I have so many memories from that place. So many memories from Mosier Valley, too. Both long gone now. sad

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10/30/2016 4:32 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/30/2016 4:33 PM

731chopper wrote:

It's painful to look at now. I was just talking to somebody today about how great that place was. I have so many memories from that place. So many memories from Mosier Valley, too. Both long gone now. sad

My buddy said Mosier valley actually is an abandoned ghost track now! Says alot of people ride their bicycles on the old deminished jumps. Think he said only half the track still their? Not eactly sure. been wanting to check mosier out too, do you know mossiers address? Curious to google earth and see, even though it might be hard with all the tree cover!

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10/30/2016 4:32 PM

Lots of memories from that track over the years..... GNC Finals, Good Time Nationals and many Texas Series races. You really had to bring your A-game, be in shape, and get ready to hang it out. And the locals really had an advantage on the concrete starting pad. Great track!

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