They May Not Have Formula One Racing in Austin After All, But Dallas Did Back in 1984

Speaking of the Dallas Grand Prix at Fair Park ...

I see that someone has just posted 30 minutes' worth of highlights from that brutally hot July 1984 to the YouTube. And it's exceptionally classy footage too: It comes to us via the BBC with commentary by Murray Walker and James Hunt. As the poster reminds for those not in attendance, "This race was one of the hottest Grand Prixs ever, and due to the amount of problems with the track surface, the oppressive heat and the unpopularity of the whole affair with the drivers and constructors, this Grand Prix became a one-off." Dad took my brother and me; we recovered from our heat stroke in 2007.

And, whilst on the subject, it looks more and more like that controversial Formula One race down in Austin may not happen after all, and Comptroller Susan Combs -- its biggest fan -- is withholding taxpayer dough from the state's Major Events Trust Fund for reasons spelled out in a missive posted to her site last week. Writes Combs:
The recent announcement of an annual Formula 1 race in New Jersey is a concern, as additional races have the potential to reduce the number of attendees to a Texas race, thereby decreasing the economic impact. Additionally, the reports of a slowdown in construction at the Circuit of the Americas, and recently publicized disagreements between the race rights-holder and the circuit developers have prompted speculation about whether the Austin race will even occur. The ongoing controversies are a concern and we will continue to monitor them.
Now, for the flashback to '84: The highlight reel (long) follows.

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It sure would suck if Austin manages to gag away the F1 race. It sure seemed like it had all sorts of momentum.

I remeber the Dallas race quite well. My dad managed to scrounge up press passes for us for the weekend. I'd been following F1 vicariously through the random Wide World of Sports appearance and Road and Track magazine. To see those cars, the drivers I'd only seen in pictures, all of it, up close and persona, walking thru the pits and the garage - man, what fun!

Looking back on it, the whole thing was Amateur Hour. Whoever thought running a race, on temporary asphalt, in Texas, in July was a good idea needed to have his/her head examined. I'm surprised the drivers didn't stage more of a mutiny than they did - they complained, but they raced. Fortunately, no one was injured. Except for Dallas' reputation on the world stage.  But we probably would have managed that on our own anyway.

Still, it was a seminal event in my young sports life. Thanks for the video and the memories!


This is such an embarrassment for TX. We are worried because of a street race in NJ? Bullshit, I wish more people knew that our Comptroller has lied about this. She guaranteed the $25 million fee to Ecclestone before the race would occur. Actuallly guaranteed the entire $250 million over ten years. Its in the original letter agreement that she sent to him. Its all over the web heres one place to see it:

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Umm yeah..nice way to "steer" it back to Big D, Bob.

There's big time doings going on top of the hot stove Roberto..might even call for a post on the site that must not be mentioned because it's so awesome we only get one post a week. (Sportatorium)

Jon Daniels continues to be the smartest person in the room. I look for an extension of Josh next..and another pitcherman.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Yes, yes -- Joe Nathan signed as the Rangers' new closer ($7 mil, two years), with Neffy now in the rotation. Sigh. Trying, trying. Swear. Tone? Where's Tone? Sloppy, sic 'em.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Joey Two Tone and I go way back...and don't rattle Sloppy's twin bunk in his mom's screened in porch. We (the Sportatariet) require some maintenance a stupid Uptown Zen garten or somesuch. A Header that says "Sports Monday or Tuesday or Wedn" get the idea sir..would suffice...interaction and/or actual posts would be nice sir, but we're not mushrooms..whom would feel fine in a dark room covered in shi..welp, gotta go..that there stove is looking hot I reckon.

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