Page 8 • SUMMER FUN • Supplement to the Alvin Advertiser • July 31, 2019
The need for speed can be found at Motor Speedway Resort By Joshua Truksa Staff Reporter Summer is perfect for outdoor activities, but during the hot Texas summer months, many may wish that that summer fun came with air conditioning. Humans may be built for endurance to run longer than quadrupeds using nothing but our two legs, but what makes us the fastest animal on earth are the masterpieces of engineering we design for speed, all within the comfort of a climate-controlled interior — these are the cars that can be seen at Motor Speedway Resort outside Angleton. Founded in 2005 as a cooperative among committed racers, the facility came under the management of Romerica and has undergone expansion both in structure and in services provided, including a go-kart track that opened to the public in 2007. Though most races take place in the spring and fall, MSR never sleeps. “We’re busy all year long, basically. We have so many things going on. If it’s not race — races,
A Lotus Exige 360 Cup housed at MSR Houston in Angleton, one of only five in the United States. The other four are also at MSR Houston. (Photo by Joshua Truksa) we have corporate events. We offer experiences as well,” MSR’s chief financial officer Antonio Alvarez said. The track has a fleet of Lotuses with which it offers a “ride and drive” experience, where members of the public can learn firsthand what it’s like to zoom at over 150 miles per hour in a British muscle
car. “It was very big during Father’s Day and Valentine’s Day. Those days are good for us,” Alvarez said. Alvarez said the track is used by both professional and hobby drivers. Many professional teams will run their seasons on either the East or West Coast and travel half
the country, ending in Texas, and have their final races at MSR. Other professionals with primary residences in the north come to MSR for training during the winter because the weather conditions are favorable. Alvarez said Angleton is a good geographic location for a racetrack for other reasons, as well.
County parks fun for the whole family With great public beaches, 11 parks and more than 20 boat ramps, the Brazoria County parks system provides guests with comfortable, high quality outdoor recreation. Located a short, one-hour drive south of Houston, Brazoria County features beautiful landscapes of beaches, bottomland hardwood forests and relaxing rivers. Surfside Jetty Park, Quintana Beach Park and San Luis Pass Park offer fantastic saltwater
fishing for speckled trout, redfish and flounder, with access to the Gulf, a fishing pier, jetties, Christmas Bay, West Bay and Bastrop Bay. Quintana Beach Park and San Luis Pass Park also have full hookup RV campsites, cabins for rent and Wi-Fi for those looking for a night under the stars. The inland parks have hike and bike trails, picnic pavilions, cabins, dorms and freshwater fishing. Brazoria County is lucky
enough to have some of the best birding opportunities anywhere in the U.S., and the professional park staff hosts numerous familyfriendly events and activities all year round, such as paddling and fishing events and living history reenactments. Brazoria County is proud to present its parks as true examples of all that the Gulf Coast has to offer. Learn more on our website, www.brazoriacountyparks.org or call 979-864-1541.