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    The clay is here!  December 11, 2018

     

    I have waited for eight long years to see this event take place. The track surface is being installed!

    We started with a swamp that was covered with water each spring that will now be transformed into one of the most innovative race venues in Thunder Bay’s history. In size, composition, configuration and banking, we are unique. The muskeg base may yield some yet unknown benefits.

    From drones that will give us a unique perspective, to innovative people movers that can shuffle spectators from stations around the site to the front gate, we will not be outdone. Having partners such as Norm and Louie Nadin that are positive, experienced and innovative will be the key to our success. We can now start building a race program that is fan friendly and exciting for racers.

    Once the clay surface has been installed, the planning to make this track a reality will escalate. I worry that we might be missing something. Will the planning to encourage our fans to participate in the sport be enough? Should we focus on the spectator or the racer? How does the division of prize money affect our long term strategy? I believe a symbiotic relationship exists; in other words we are dependant on each other, from the fans to the weekend racer to the well equipped semi professional.

    Even though we have to entice new, and even some of our old race supporters to return to our sport, all is not lost and we are not singled out for this phenomenon. Every one of the spectator sports from football to baseball to auto racing are suffering from a weakening of attendance numbers. We all have to compete with on-line and telecast events and the fascination with personal devices that entice us all.

    I call it a challenge and we intend to integrate as much of this new technology as possible into our track. Stay tuned.

    From a racers point of view, I believe that all racers need to be part of the total race package.

    I wonder how they can sustain themselves considering a trend to have racers fund their own purse, paid out to the top few finishing spots. This has financial merit, but this option is expensive for the race teams. Should spectators’ co- mingle with the racers and their crews in the pits? Is it inadvertently ignoring safety concerns? Maybe, but in saying all that, let’s not just focus on the negative. Let’s get this thing built and get back to our passion. LET’S RACE THUNDER BAY, OLIVER PAIPOONGE AND ALL OUTLYING TOWNSHIPS!

     

    Richard

     

     

     

     

     

    RACETRACK PROGRESS       2018-JULY-08

     

    There is considerable speculation about our new race track but I can assure race fans that we have not stopped working on the site nor have we lost our enthusiasm. We are currently finalizing the engineering, surveying and planning for the various studies including the water management and flood control for the location. This management and flood control study has been forwarded to the MTO for their approval.

    We have been utilizing the concrete forms that I purchased from Brainerd International Raceway in 2016 that were built exclusively for race track use. They have one straight side to be placed next to the track with the other side angled for stability. In the two week period that we have been pouring concrete we have almost finalized our forming process and have completed a dozen twelve foot barriers. We hope to pour up to eight barriers per week if all goes well. Stripping the forms turns out to be the biggest challenge, even using the latest release agent on the forms.

    We are considering pouring step type seating areas with a three foot platform before a step up to the next three foot platform and so on. We would mount seats or benches on each level. This would be similar to the original spectator seating at Cedar lake Speedway in Wisconsin, near Stillwater and Saint Paul Minnesota. Aluminium bleachers could be placed above and beside this area as required.

    Still shooting for next summer but we are having some issues finding suitable clay for the track surface.

     

    OK back to work

    Richard

     

     

     

     

     

     

    November 28, 2017 

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    Auto Racing to Return to North of the 48 parallel

    In Thunder Bay Ontario we are about as far as you can get from the automobile racing circuits but we have forged a rich history of competitive racing. As early as the 1920s, almost 100 years ago, automobiles took over the horse tracks and amazed spectators with their speed and the daring of their drivers.

    In the fifties and sixties, one of the memorable periods of local competition, race drivers became stars in their own right and were as well known as the hockey heroes of the day. One of the legends of the time, known for his fiery personality was at some point presented with a tee shirt emblazoned with the declaration “If you don’t know Louie Tocheri you’re not from around here.” There was a lot of truth in that.

    Many American racers travelled to the cities of Fort William and Port Arthur prior to the 1970 amalgamation and becoming the City of Thunder Bay. They came to challenge local racers from small towns in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and the Midwest states. American racers were often very successful and helped to establish a huge local fan base.

    Through the years, interest and participation for the sport ebbed and flowed within the community. A high point was the opening of Riverview Raceway in 1967. This followed the closure of the track at the Exhibition grounds in the intercity area.

    It always intrigued me how the opinions of a few citizens could negatively shape the building of the sport that had such deep roots in the community. Possibly it was the use of mufflers, hours of operation and dust control efforts that finally gained their acceptance.

    In 2011 during a low point in Thunder Bay’s love affair with the sport of racing, an opportunity to build yet another race track was realized and work began on a 3/8 mile clay track in Oliver Paipoonge Township. This site is located just two miles from the city limits of Thunder Bay. It is close enough to the 120,000 population base of the city to draw a respectable fan following. The intersecting highway network in that area is ideal for traffic flow accessing and exiting the site.

    A new track in Kenora Ontario and an existing track at Emo Ontario, along with the Thunder Bay facility offer racers the option of setting up a mini circuit within Northern Ontario. Conflicting race dates could be reduced or eliminated through scheduling.

    We continue to prepare the new site in Oliver Paipoonge with the hope of opening in late 2018 for the first race on the new track. However, this is a lot like a Florida analogy where the location is wonderful but you still need to drain the swamp.

     

    July 22/17

     

    Summer brings out the racing fever in all race fans. We’re no different. The track is showing a lot of changes and there’s a great feeling of accomplishment. Our current efforts are focused on working on the base layer of clay and starting to bank the corners. Norm Nadin has delivered a small set of bleachers that will be part of the pit viewing area.

     We are getting many visitors to the site which translates into a lot of interest. Rick Cox was out the other day and brought Ken Kelly out with him. We had a short but interesting discussion about classes of cars and shocks and crate engines which we should start to investigate. If a group of racers and fans are interested, we could set up a committee this fall to investigate the classes. We need to control costs to make racing affordable for anyone who is interested. Norm and my group could set this up after the construction season is over. I can see the start of increased activity and planning in the near future.

     If all goes well we are in our last year of building but the reclaiming of land area will continue for some time.

     

    More to come;  Richard

     

     

    Exciting Track announcement

    Jan 11/17

     It’s cold, really cold but we’re tough and can hold out till spring. New developments have me excited for the summer racetrack building season. The biggest news is that Norm and Louie Nadin of NADIN CONTRACTING are our new partners. I couldn’t be more pleased as they bring a wealth of knowledge and resources to the project. Their reputation for business dealings and producing quality products and completing projects on time are well known. As importantly Norm raced at Riverview raceways so you can’t pull the wool over his eyes!

    For those who have visited the track location, it just looks like piles of earth have been randomly dumped- but there is a plan. We have been pushing earth up to the back side of the corners in preparation for the clay that will show up next spring and will form the track surface. We have excavated an area sixty feet wide by the length of the straight stretches, removing twenty inches of the fill that had been previously placed to build up the entire area. The plan is to have a depth of twenty to twenty four inches of clay on the racing surface.

     We have purchased four- ten foot by four foot custom made forms from BIR which we will pour into concrete barriers that will ring the outer edges of the entire track surface. Each barrier contains two cubic yards of concrete. Hundreds and hundreds of these barriers have been used successfully at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota. We spent a couple of days in Brainerd learning the best way to build and fit the rebar frames, place the retainers,  preparing the forms, pouring the ready-mix and finally stripping and cleaning the forms.

     Our intent is to keep the race cars on the track and away from spectators. Most tracks now have concrete barriers for this purpose and allow the spectator area to be raised four feet from the track surface. Three inch tubes are formed into the top of the barriers to install fencing pipes (if required) and cabling loops are poured into each end allowing end -to -end connection.

     So welcome again to Norm and Louie Nadin and their crew to our Thunder Valley Development project.

     More information will follow

     Richard

     

     

    June 4, 2016

     

    It was a Long grind but we can finally see progress                  By Richard Schutte

     

    I have done some crazy things in my life but this new race track venture undoubtedly tops the list. Turning a thirty two acre swamp into a racing sport facility requires some dogged commitment.

    A way back In 1969 a friend of mine, Wayne Otway, found a wrecked 69 GTO Judge through an insurance write-off and along with neighbours and friends (many who have now passed) turned it into a late model stock car. The 400 Cu in ram air engine had enough power but we were short on mechanical skills, except what we had learned from a few years of hobby stock trials and errors. The setup of the chassis was our big stumbling block and it would be several years of mediocre results before I stumbled upon a complete used 72 chevelle late model stock car  being sold by Ed Sanger in Iowa. After forming a loose partnership with John Jones we bought the complete car and shared driving duties for the next year. To me; this car with its professional chassis set- up was remarkable, compared to our old Pontiac GTO. We purchased John's half of the car the next year and successfully campaigned it for the next two years. The Superior Wisc. track was my favorite and I loved the feel of the G- forces when you entered turn one as the flag dropped.

    After retiring from my racing career, due in part to the competition finding expensive new ways to lighten their chassis and developing engines that were smaller but still retained or increased horsepower, I went on to build a career in telecommunication and private business. I still remember the feel of competition and the rush as you overtook a competitor- especially if he had just passed you the lap before. That is in part, along with the desire to watch that adrenaline pump in other competitors that drives me to complete this new race track project. It is certainly not financial gain or recognition.

    I decided at the outcome that this track must sustain itself to be a solid part of our community well into the future. I have resisted calls to bump up the progress by infusing massive amounts of investment which could leave the track open to speculation if bankruptcy looms.  I have overlooked the snide remarks, such as "we should call this the 2025 racetrack" or “not in your lifetime” comments due to its slow progress and moved on. As progress continues more support is building. They can see I just don't quit.

     So here we are, four and a half years later still plugging away, but coming closer to our goal with every truckload of donated fill. This portion of our progress should be completed by late summer or this fall. The next step will be the clay for the track surface, then the grandstands, which incidentally is affected by the value of the American dollar

     It will soon be time to decide on classes and schedules, fan groups and volunteer recruitment. How to promote the events will soon be front and center. Even the spectator parking and flow into the venue is important. Lots to consider. I can feel the excitement build with each bit of track progress. 

    I would love to be able to just stay on-line and chat with interested fans,(as many have suggested) but until we are further along with the project, my time won’t allow me this luxury. I have found a likeminded group which will partner on the project. As soon as they give me the green light (or flag) I will formally announce them.

    This rainy day has allowed me to reflect and give fans some well-deserved information. Thank you for being patient, i believe it will be worthwhile.

     

     

    May 5, 2015

    RACE TRACK DEVELOPMENT BACK ON TARGET

     

    Thunder Valley Development is pleased to announce changes to their ownership structure that will allow the company to move forward with the site preparation and race track build on Highway 130 (old Arthur Street) near Twin City Crossroads.

     

    As of September 2014 Richard Schutte acquired 100 percent of the shares of the Corporation and will actively seek out new investors. This is exciting news for those who have been waiting for track development to move forward.

     

    “Since the spring of 2011 when we announced the purchase of the property, we have received unbelievable support from many contractors and independent truckers,” Schutte said. “We had originally believed that the black topsoil that covers much of the thirty two acre site had value that could be exchanged for more stable soil and fill” he added. “This has not proven to be the case, and to date the entire amount of fill trucked into the race track location has come from contractors and individuals who had clean surplus material to dispose of.” Schutte also advised that progress is now at a tipping point with 50% of the area that is needed for the track operation completed.

     

    “Fans and race car drivers and crews have expressed some frustration due to a lack of action in 2014 on this project. However after nearly three and a half years and a substantial investment, the magnitude of this project is well understood and I am steadfast in seeing it through to completion.” Richard declared. “Whether this site will host current or next generation racers will depend on the involvement of the race community, but we will be racing on this site in the future.” He added.

     

    The success last fall of the invitational at Mosquito speedway has reaffirmed Schutte’s confidence in the viability of local racing.

     

    Thunder Valley Development has received many offers of assistance from a variety of interested fans and supporters.  “Now is the right time to accept those offers and move the process forward” Schutte confirmed, and added “until such time as we have solidified our direction, we have set up an interactive forum and Twitter feed through letsracethunderbay.com to discuss racing and track issues with car owners, drivers and fans.”

     

    The Schutte family is active in several business ventures in Thunder Bay including the Dairy Queen Restaurants, Property Management, Security and home automation, Vehicle Tracking service and several other areas of interest.

     

     Race tourism is a recognized asset in many communities and brings an influx of spending to the race track communities. Although race teams may travel to our track from various North-Western Ontario and Manitoba locations, there is considerable interest south of the border.                                                                                                                                                         

    For further information contact Richard Schutte at 807 345 8551 or through our website letsracethunderbay.com

     

     

     

     

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    Welcome to the newest site for information on circle track racing in the Thunder Bay area.

     The following includes a brief summary of racing at tracks in Thunder Bay and development activities for a new location. This information in its current form is not meant to be a comprehensive chronicle of racing in Thunder Bay but rather an overview of the types of race cars used over the years and a sampling of drivers and pit crews. We also try to focus on race facilities and detail our progress in returning the sport to prominence. 

    A large portion of this site is under construction and will be updated as additional information is received. We intend to include results from other racing such as motocross and drag racing.

    A future goal is to amalgamate all local racing into a seamless history that would celebrate and keep all racers who competed, regardless of time and era, prominent and respected for their contribution to the sport. 

    By Richard Schutte Apr 24/12 - Website Design and Build by Cam Arnold


    Early Days

    Racing in this region began almost as soon as the combustion engine became available in vehicles. However, the first record of an official track was at the old Lakehead Exhibition grounds in 1922.

    Of course in the nature of all things competitive, the stock engine had to be dismantled and rebuilt to give more; more power which produced more speed. Unfortunately it did not always improve reliability. The engines were tuned and honed to the highest possible degree (for the technology of the day) with metal cutting lathes, among other methods, used to balance and strip away excess weight from parts of the engines.

    I was told the machine shop of the old starch plant on Mission Island (then known as Island #2) was busy far into the night during race season. Except for the location, the late night component has not changed much for today’s racers.

    Most fair grounds had a horse track and in a lot of cases it was taken over by wild young guys in modified vehicles. Most of the modification had to do with speed and very little to do with safety (for either spectators or racers.) One image which comes to mind is a photo (long since lost) which included children swinging on the top rail of the track’s inner guard rail. At the same time, modified touring cars which were little more than open buckboards with engines, roared by at full speed. The track surface was often unchanged from the horse track days and was not usually banked. 

     

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    My grandfather Norman Durant was one of those racers who competed against others such as Bill Colosimo. (At the time of this writing, we are researching information to compile a more complete list of participants.) Over the years I was fascinated with his stories of these early days of racing and the lengths they went to modify their vehicles. The cavalier antics of the racers and the fanatic support of their fans were also spellbinding. The purse was often augmented through challenges in the form of a fistful of money, usually held above the head at arms length and waved vigorously by one of the contestants. The intent was to goad those in the grandstand as well as other racers to cover the wager with their own cash.

    In those days it was not uncommon to have to guard your car against dirty tricks before the race; or chance having it sabotaged (so I'm told) often with some foreign material in the fuel tank.

     

      Interesting tales of the 20/30s 

    Competition is well rooted in our city. 


    20's-30's Gallery


    Who knows what happened to racing in Thunder Bay in the 1940s?  We don't.  We can only assume that the Second World War that consumed half of the decade made racing impossible, or at least impractical.

     

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    Development Years

    The next era saw the open roadsters replaced with modified family cars with the latest innovation, interior roll bars for driver protection, and external crash bars. The front crash bars were intended, in part, to protect the front end of the cars and as protection between the driver and the wooden board fence that ringed the track. The fences were designed to control spectators who would try to avoid paying the price of entry. However, the crash bars quickly became battering rams to move the racer ahead out of the way. Roll bars and crash bars offered little protection to racers at the Lakehead Exhibition Track who ended up in the river at the north end or in deep pools of rain water in the infield, and in fact probably functioned better as an anchor. (Glen Kettering has some stories to tell.)

        

     

    50's Gallery 

     

     

    The Rock and Roll Years and Beyond

    Prominent racing names such as Tocheri, Dove, Kettering (Glen & barry), Massaro and Marsonet in the 1950s were slowly replaced with the newcomers such as Nesbitt, Young and Forman who made their mark in the 60s and beyond (not only in our area but some of these racers became well known throughout North America and even abroad.) 

    Tom Nesbitt gained prominence as the only Canadian inducted into the American Dirt Track Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Thunder Bay Sports Hall of Fame. He has over 600 feature wins to his credit.

    Tom Jones was one of those local racers who started at the Exhibition Track and went on to become internationally known as a rally driver. His family ties to racing, including Formula One are well known.

    The sixties also saw a brief period of competition at the Murillo fairground track, but its proximity to homes as well as its rock strewn surface, made its suitability for auto racing questionable. It was returned to and remains to this day a horse track.

    60's Gallery 

     

    The 60's saw Nesbitt and other racers who returned to Thunder Bay to race at Riverview Raceway joined by others such as Stewart, Schutte (Richard), Jones (John), Hock, Bamford, Osborne, Timko, Nesbitt (Scott), Milne and Shedler to name just a few. Continuing into the 70s... Many of these drivers started out as Hobby Stock drivers and progressed to the Late Model division as the decade unfolded. Eventually a Super Stock class was included as well as Sprint cars that rounded out the invitational races, adding significantly to the popularity of the events.

    In 1976 John Jones made his mark by winning the Tri State Championship, a series of races throughout the central states. In that same year Richard Schutte won the Late Model track championship at Riverview Raceway.

    It is worthwhile to note that Riverview Raceway was built to a great degree by volunteer race enthusiasts. They spent many hundreds of hours moving clay and shaping one of the best natural sites into one of the most spectacular driver and spectator pleasing venues in the area. (Including the northern states)

     

    70's Gallery


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    Moving into the 80s and 90s the trend continued to shift to the next crop of racers who had honed their skills at Riverview and Mosquito tracks. Names such as Monteith, Polonoski, Helgate, Pero, Kettering then to Smart, Young and Owens to name only a few.

    Throughout these years and beyond, Nesbitt and Cryderman, continued to wrack up impressive wins and built solid reputations both at home and in the central states. These two drivers were the only ones considered "full time racers" and soon eclipsed the records of other excellent drivers such as John Jones.

     80's-90's Gallery

     

     

    The Demise of local tracks

    Sadly, all local tracks were closed by 2003 and for those who enjoyed racing it meant, and remains today, a long costly trek to weekend events in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and other locations south of the border.

     

      Lakehead Exhibition Track                     Riverview Raceway                            Mosquito Speedway

     

    Hope for a Revival

    Our journey to return racing to Thunder Bay began in the mid 90s with a proposal to purchase the idled Riverview Raceway. Several local investors met to formalize a partnership to finance the purchase and refurbishing of the track. At that point in time the track had been acquired by Avenor from the original owner but as plans go, it had become surplus to the mill’s needs.

    Public sentiment was not positive toward the project and after several open meetings with vocal neighbors and politicians; the offer to buy the property was rejected by the paper mill.

    Much of the problem for the public and surrounding home owners was the past issue of noise and dust. They had spent several years enduring these problems and would not believe that mufflers, repositioning and volume control of public address speakers and improved dust control would solve these issues. We were told that the topography of the area acted like an outdoor theatre, and amplified the noise throughout the valley the track shared. If a resolution was possible it still required a leap of faith that they were not about to take.

    In the years that followed our failed purchase of Riverview Raceway, several other attempts were made by different individuals to establish racing facilities in outlying municipalities as well as a First Nations site. Unfortunately they were unable to get approvals and the necessary zoning changes for their proposals and the projects were shelved.

    Yet Another Site

    During a period in 2007/2008 we had some preliminary discussions with the owners of a go-cart track on west Arthur Street, to partner or purchase the business and property. The back half of this site had been previously zoned for a “family motorsport facility.” We were very interested, but discussions could not lead to any formal agreement and the negotiations went cold. Shortly after that time the go-cart business came under financial collapse and the bank foreclosed.

    Our experience dealing with the bank, then through a real estate company, was frustrating. Not knowing their actual bottom line and looking at a number close to a million dollars as the original purchase price, certainly turned us off. After several price adjustments and one last attempt to reach an acceptable number, we were told the property was sold. Well we tried.

    Last Hope – Best Chance

    In an attempt to keep the project alive, in 2010 we contacted the new owner of the go-cart property with an offer to lease/buy the back portion of the property that had been previously zoned for a race facility. I felt this had to be done quickly before I lost the desire; or the drive, and settled into my semi retirement mode and spent more time in Florida. I believed this was a worthwhile project which would round out the entertainment and sports activity in our area. It was also evident that finding another location that would get support from the neighbors and community for rezoning would be difficult to impossible.

    Fortunately the new owners were receptive and extremely cooperative and by mid summer 2011 we finalized the purchase.

    We now have a track location that still requires some approvals, but the raw site is ours to build on.

     

     

                               Building the entrance to the property 

     

    This project is as much about our passion for cars, racing and competition as anything else. By controlling the property and involving the racing community and surrounding neighbors in a fair and equitable manner, it is our belief that this race track will endure into the foreseeable future.

    Hedging our Bets

     

    What can we do to ensure or increase our chances of success on this project? Can we produce drivers who equal the records of our past winners? We think so; with some educational training and additional skills knowledge. (This is not to say our existing racers lack any of these skills, but this is a very demanding sport with changes and improvements an ongoing process.) Although a lot of specifications are mandated by sanctioning groups, it is the fine tuning, set up and weight distribution that is not shared openly.(Or at times, honestly)

    There is an old adage that proclaims that in every large group of spectators there are several individuals who could surpass the performance of those they are watching compete - given the right amount of opportunity for instruction and practice. How many in Thunder Bay fall into this category? We are only aware of those who either made the effort or were in the right financial position to participate, or both. How can we encourage more potential racers to test their abilities?

    Is it possible to tap into the knowledge base of some of our local racers, builders and setup people who took their racing to the top of their class? We believe with some exploration it could be possible and we may be able to give our racers an advantage and at the same time improve our local race events through programs such as:

    • Driving seminars
    • Chassis set up seminars
    • Car building seminars
    • Engine basics
    • Personal fitness
    • Interview skills seminars (Improved  public perception) 

     

    Specialized Web Broadcasts

    Through our website we will present video interviews with racers, knowledgeable fans and celebrities. These interviews will be conducted at tracks in Ontario and Manitoba, locations in the northern United States, and local venues. Another option would be interviews at our studio, which will be styled as a sports desk dedicated to auto racing. (This is currently available on a test basis as our "Race Desk" option.) 

    Other Possibilities

    • Set up a prototype of 4cylinder cars- supply plans free or build and sell cars at cost.
    • Form a volunteer build team
    • Ask for donations of certain models of small cars that could be modified for an entry class.
    • Develop outline for a race club to amalgamate various clubs -or affiliate (If beneficial)
    • support group for entry level drivers
    • Accommodate ice racers
    • Sanction a racing group or affiliate

     

    Computer Program

    We are developing a software program which would allow interested participants to match drivers - crew - car owners and sponsors. We feature several steps which would let these groups be formed based on mutual interests and requirements that include an approval process between individuals for matching these elements of racing to form teams.  Anyone interested?

    Team Sign Up

    Name race teams and promote them.

     

    What would speed the development of the track?

     

    • At this point we need to replace the top soil with sand or gravel.
    • Donations of uncontaminated fill would probably be the most valuable contribution.
    • We could also use equipment to speed the preparation of the site.

     

     

    What else are we considering to raise much needed funds?

    • Let interested fans purchase permanent plaques or markers, or use areas to honor development donors, or their choice of naming. E.g. KETTERING CORNER, JONES BACKSTRETCH, MCINTOSH GRANDSTAND, NESBITT PITS, TOCHERI or MARSONETTE SECTIONS etc.
    • Prepay for a private box seat.
    • Prepay for advertisements on our web site, track signage, or track LED board.
    • Purchase season tickets for opening year
    • Donate to funding for an  on-site museum

     

    Have a suggestion? Send us a message at info@letsracethunderbay.com or use our "contact us" option located on the right side of this page directly under our sponsors ads.

    Other examples of interesting additions to the web site.

    Salute to sponsors- past and current

    Pictures of race teams and possibly their sponsors 

    Pictures of past sponsors (we could inset sponsor pictures on car photos)

    celebrate unique sponsors

     

    The genetic race link  WHATS YOURS?

    Example

    Red Marsonet - Glen Godin

    Norman Durant - Larry Durant - Richard Schutte

    Glen Kettering -Don Kettering - Warren Kettering

     

    Armchair Track designers take note 

     This is your opportunity to influence the design of our track. Next spring we will layout the proposed track on our property. If you have some preference for one of the track designs listed below, or a track that we have not included, please E mail your choice to us using the "contact us" option. Listing your reasons for your choice would be interesting. A combination of several tracks may be possible. Interested racers have made comments such as "don't make it too big, it's hard on equipment", or "Not too small, its not great for spectators", "don't recess the front stretch too much, all you see is the tops of the cars," etc.

    You should keep in mind that the property is only 650 feet wide and 2000 feet long which includes a wet area closer to hwy 11/17. (The last 400 feet to the north are probably unusable.)

    The track will probably have to run north and south, so the 650 feet will have to accommodate an earth berm next to our neighbours to the west, bleachers and possible tower for announcements. A future area for concessions and washrooms should be considered as well as an access road to the north end of the track. We must also include a parking lot for spectators and a pit area. (This kind of sounds like a riddle doesn't it!) 

     Good luck and let us know.

        

     

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