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Lajitas Resort proposes motor sports complex next to airportPublish Date: December 3, 2010by John Waters, PublisherLajitas Resort is considering building a new motor sports near the existing Lajitas International Airport.The resort’s newly-appointed Vice President for Sales and Development Gil Bartee told the Gazette a three-mile track is being proposed in conjunction with a country club for high performance car owners.Bartee said the complex would be patterned after the Motor Sports Ranch in Cresso, Texas, at which owners of Porsches, Ferraris, Shelby Mustangs and other performance cars pay a $3,700-$12,000 initiation fee and can either buy or rent homes designed to accommodate cars in garages on the ground floor and living quarters above the car space. Members can choose for one of three racecourses in which to exercise their horsepower.As described on its website, Motor Sports Ranch is the first of its kind, a country club for car enthusiasts where members can satisfy their “need for speed.”Bartee says that ideally such car enthusiasts would purchase homes in Lajitas—if such a country club-motor sports ranch were built. According to Bartee, a poll on the proposed venture found 80% of respondents who said they would buy property at the resort if such a motor sport complex were built. The idea of motor sports in Lajitas is not new; in 2008, the resort hosted the Shelby Bull Run event. Since that time, Shelby enthusiast David Elkowitz of Big Bend National Park has been coordinating the event; Elkowitz is president of the Terlingua Preservation Society, which recently raised $15,000 for local charities.According to its website, “The Terlingua Preservation Society is a 501 3(c) non-profit corporation headed up by a group of friends who share a love for Carroll Shelby-designed vehicles and the Carroll Shelby legacy, in particular the very special part of the world he would go for R&R in his heyday: the Texas Big Bend country.”Elkowitz said his participation in promoting the idea of a motor sports complex is limited to bringing tourists to the area and “getting more heads in beds.”Although acting as a private citizen, Elkowitz is also an employee of the National Park Service. When asked by the Gazette if he though it was incongruent for the him, Chief Naturalist of Big Bend National Park, to promote a motor race track on land adjoining Mesa de Anguila, part of the national park, Elkowitz responded, “The two are separate.” Plus, he added, “There’s already an airport there,” and commented that the track would not increase noise pollution. “Whether a loop or straightaway, it’s all the same noise,” said Elkowitz.Dave Durant, owner of The Stable Performance Cars in Alpine, is also on board for the project. Durant hopes to use his connections within the automotive community to bring more performance car owners to the region. Durant says the region’s beautiful roads are a lure to drivers.Bartee, Elkowitz, and Durant all emphasized the project is an excellent way to draw more tourists to the area, thereby benefiting the economy. In other Lajitas news, Bartee said the resort was near an agreement to create a “land bridge” across resort land to connect Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park.
Interesting. Wonder if it will be as huge of a success as the rest of the resort has been!
Quote from: MilesOfTexas on December 21, 2010, 06:22:51 PMInteresting. Wonder if it will be as huge of a success as the rest of the resort has been! Look, there is a place named after QS!!!what the hell does that mean! I hate motor sports! And I hate Lajitas after Steve Smith got his hands on it; and I hate the idea of motor sports in our desert paradise! we called it La Hideous! my friend, Rod Kelly, became their marketing director, and lost my respect.QS(maybe he means the Mariscal Mine (mercury, aka quicksilver))
Interesting. Wonder if it will be as huge of a success as the rest of the resort has been! Look, there is a place named after QS!!!
I thought this kind of crap left with the Smith regime.....I'm a bit surprised that Chief Elkowitz is involved as well. Awww hell....when are people going to learn that this corner of the world can't be tamed?
The NASCAR racing league is pleased by the appearance of a tax write-off provision for owners of “motorsports entertainment complexes,” who will be able to write-off the cost of their facilities on their taxes over seven years, instead of the standard 39 years for nonresidential property. That will cost taxpayers about $40 million in 2011, and benefit the companies that own the race tracks.It will also indirectly benefit NASCAR, which pays to rent the tracks for its races, and depends on access to cheap, high-quality facilities. "Allowing the track promoters to be able to spend capital to keep their facilities top rate is important to us, and to our fans,” said Ramsey Poston, NASCAR spokesperson.
Good lord, who is being snooty? Do you guys forget that Ft Stockton is the home of the annual Big Bend Open Road Race that has run each spring for many years? It is WELL attended and WELL received by the locals. It supplies a much needed infusion of $$ to the area.
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