From The terlinguaracingteam Web site:
Terlingua Racing Team History
In the early sixties racing car legend, Carroll Shelby and an attorney from Dallas, Dave Witts, found themselves owning a small ghost town called Terlingua in Southwest Texas. The population stood at seven - not including nine goats and two Mexican burros. Nestled on the Mexican border between the Rio Grand River and Big Bend National Park, the pair hoped to parcel off the surrounding 200,000 acres to hunters and make a few bucks. But it was scorching, inhospitable land with nothin’ but rattlesnakes, a few mule deer and a whole lotta armadillos on it. So instead, several times a year Shelby, Witts and a few of their noted compadres ended up using it to have a good time. They’d load up in Shelby’s DC-3 and fly down to the tiny town to have a some fun hunting, riding dirt bikes and swapping tall tales.
Terlingua Racing Old Guys
Figuring they had something coming to them as legit owners of a bonafied town, they wasted no time forming a city council, handing out all the choice political positions to their drinking buddies: Witts elected himself mayor and Shelby named himself Social Director, alternating as the local dog catcher as well. Automotive artist, Bill Neale, became the director of the Museum of Modern Art and Tom Tierney was elected Chief Justice of the Municipal Court. Other members of the Shelby Rat Pack were doled out esteemed positions as Director of Sanitation, Director of parks and Recreation, Director of Urban Housing, Inspector of Hides and Commodore of the Terlingua Navy.
The stories of life at Terlingua are legend; these were good friends; tough, strong men who worked hard and took their partying seriously. But they also had kind hearts. They began thinking of how they might do something to benefit the Terlingua community. While tossing ideas around about putting together a school, Tierney, a P.R. man for Ford Motor Company, asked if Neale could come up with a logo. On a napkin at a local Dallas watering hole, the rabbit with the sun and three feathers was born and the Terlingua City Council had an official coat of arms.
Note: Date seen in the corner was said to be that of the firstmule-drawnraces
at Terlingua; Rabbit is actually a Hare, one of few hardy creatures
native to the area; Sun because it dominates everything over there;
Three Feathers represent three local indigenous tribes speaking three
languages"Tres lenguas" in SpanishAnglicized by
the non-native ear to "Terlingua". After spending some time
there in Brewster County, Texas, I'd suggest adding another symbol to
the crest: Something that shows the near-constant winds.)
Three current and active Facebook Groups pay attention and tribute to Terlingua:
Terlingua Preservation Society Terlingua Racing Team Fans Terlingua Racing Team
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