Houston, Texas, has always been known for street racing for as long as we can remember. We’ve heard stories that date back to the 1970s about Rankin Road, where cars would go out to street races on the weekends and even weeknights. And while things might have changed over the years, illegal racing is still a big problem in Harris County.
TX2K is a massive event that takes place once a year at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas, right outside Houston. This event is known for both drag racing and roll racing, with some high horse-powered street cars. The only problem here is when the track closes; cars like to compete on the streets. And while we have no idea if it’s the actual competitors, locals, or out of towners, street racing, we know that Harris County has been trying to shut down these extracurricular activities for some time.
In March of 2021, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Vehicle Crimes Unit made over 100 arrests during a multi-agency task force focused on street racing. And now, it looks like the department is getting even more serious with the addition of a fleet of brand new Chevrolet Camaros SSs. At first glance, the Camaros look normal. There’s no lightbar, push bar or gaudy graphics plaster all over the vehicles. However, a close second look will reveal “ghost” Sheriff decals and subtle lights. The goal here is to make these vehicles less obvious in traffic.
While these ghost cars are not a new concept for the Harrison County Sheriff’s office (they were first introduced in 2013), it’s the first time they have adapted this idea to a sports car. According to the HCSO, the purpose of the ghost car is “to support our multi-pronged efforts to get dangerous drivers off our streets so that we might ultimately shed our region’s dubious distinction for having the nation’s deadliest roads.”
Let us know in the comments what you think about this ghost car concept, foul or fair game?