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Some interesting reading here: <A HREF="http://www.casc.on.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=16440" TARGET="_blank">http://www.casc.on.ca/forums/s...16440</A> And for those who don't know, Fort Erie is just across the Niagara River from Buffalo.
 

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It looks like this track is making some progress: <A HREF="http://www.casc.on.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=17705" TARGET="_blank">http://www.casc.on.ca/forums/s...17705</A> . The layout looks good, but as some posters in the thread above think, their website doesn't. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <A HREF="http://www.cdnmotorspeedway.com/index.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.cdnmotorspeedway.com/index.html</A> <p>There's also this piece on the Canadian Motor Sports History Group e-mail chat:<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Motor speedway's first lap approved after public meeting<p>Posted By Kris Dube<p>Posted 5 hours ago<p> <p>It's a well-known fact that auto-racing fans like a big crowd, and that's exactly what could be found at Town Hall on Tuesday for a public meeting about the Canadian Motor Speedway.<p>Emirates Consulting, a United Arab Emirates based-company has proposed to build a high-speed racing facility with plans to seat 65,000 with the potential of seating 100,000 on 821 acres of land southwest of the Bowen Road QEW interchange. McMaster University has also attached its name with plans for a research and development centre at the site.<p>Currently the land is designated as an agricultural, hazard and extractive industrial zone which requires a by-law amendment from both the Town of Fort Erie and the Niagara Region. After the meeting, council unanimously supported a staff report for informational purposes, essentially moving one of many steps ahead toward final approval.<p>Before any discussion from the mayor and council, the public was given an opportunity to either give comments of support for the project or to speak against it. Ten individuals stepped up to the podium from both sides of the argument.<p>First to speak were people in favour of the speedway. Bob Barnes, a relatively new resident to Fort Erie who moved here from Dunnville said this is exactly what he needs.<p>"This is nothing but positive growth. We can't turn this down," he said.<p>Ted Renshaw, a 2007 Fort Erie Sports Wall of Fame inductee for his career in auto-racing also spoke at the meeting, saying that Fort Erie will be a place people will travel to from all over when events are being held at the speedway.<p>"The population just grows and the impact is unbelievable," he said using other municipalities in North America with similar facilities as examples.<p>Arlene White, executive director of the bi-national tourism alliance said not only will it be a major tourist draw, but is a facility towns and cities across the continent dream of.<p>"This project would be the envy of communities across North America," she said.<p>Jim Puhl is the former owner of Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne. Knowing most of the project's opposition is concerned about noise in surrounding neighbourhoods, he said it is something people will have to become tolerant of.<p>"It's not like it continues all day…it's only for a few hours," he said.<p>Kevin Palachik, traveled all the way from Stouffville, a small town northeast of Toronto speak in support of the project as a lifetime auto-racing fan. He said he has visited several speedways across North America and has seen the economic impact they have on small towns.<p>"The amount of money a project like this can bring into this town is almost unfathomable," he said.<p>Sandra Vant spoke in opposition of the project, making several points about its environmental impact. If the project is approved, Miller Creek will have to be re-aligned to address storm water and sewage servicing issues, which is something Vant cannot support.<p>"The re-alignment of the Miller Creek will result in altering, disrupting and destroying the fish habitat," she said.<p>Richard Jukosky owns a farm on Gilmore Road in Ridgeway, claiming his property is often visited by uninvited guests who are interested in getting a closer look at his horses. If the speedway is built, he expects the quiet part of town he lives in to be a hotbed of activity and unwanted noise.<p>"The people that come to these events don't come for a long time…they come here for a good time," he said.<p>Azhar Mohammad, executive director of Emirates Consulting said after the meeting that people's concerns are legitimate, but they need to be assured that "the best of the best" has been assembled for the planning and construction of the facility, which is expected to be complete by 2011 if everything goes as it is planned.<p>"All our reports have been highly sophisticated and detailed to mitigate those concerns," he said after the public meeting.<p>He understands traffic, air quality and noise are the three primary issues when it comes to concerned residents, but those three things have been heavily addressed in the planning so far and will continue to be until it is approved.<p>"We have worked over the last two years with 85 different Ontario-based engineers that have done nothing but study the modalities of these kinds of speedways," said Mohammad.<p>In the proposal, there are also plans for a water park, retail outlets, restaurants and many other features.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>If this project goes through it'll be good for race fans in Southern Ontario and the Lower Great Lakes states. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Race track proposals in the Niagara Region (John2x240)

I assume you been to the Calabogie Motorsport Park?<p>Calabogie Motorsports Park - 11:13amCalabogie Motorsports Park Official Web Site. North America's Premier Driving Experience. Canada's Longest and widest road course located in Calabogie ...<br><A HREF="http://www.calabogiemotorsports.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.calabogiemotorsports.com</A>/ - Cached - Similar -
 

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Yup, been there. I haven't raced there yet, but I have been an instructor at the MCO race schools. A great track for lapping, but a bit too "busy" for racing in my opinion. Mosport is still my favourite track. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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No ice racing schools, but we do offer one day Winter Driving Schools to the general public. They're held on a winter track built on the parking area of Capital City Speedway.
 

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Wow I always wanted to participate in a winter driving school. However I did attend a winter skid driving test about 20 years ago which helped me on ice and desert sand in and around the 4 desert cities in California.<p>But getting back to the main thread topic.<p>Not to take away from building a race track in the Niagara Wine region. What is needed is a race track in the west serving both US and CDN.<p>Maybe Azhar Mohammad – executive director of Emirates Consulting, could persuade Kuwaiti-based investment bank Bayt Al Mal Investment Co. to build a F1 track - lets say Manitoba. Both Kuwaiti and Canada are energy producers. What better way to share a commonality and enjoy great beef all at the same time. <I>Imagine a racetrack shaped like a porterhouse steak. It could be called "F1 Steak Track"... lol</I><p>I just heard that F1 is coming back to Montreal for 2010. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by stev vanveit at 10:14 AM 9-18-2009</i>
 
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