Looks like another race track is coming to the Northeast in 2013— maybe

Calling itself the “Alpine Motorsports Club,” it wants to offer “the ambiance of the Austrian Tyrol, the atmosphere of a traditional European road-course, and the challenge of a mountain pass in a magnificent and breathtaking setting” (that would be eastern PA, just south of the Poconos— not to mention Pocono Raceway).

Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately, depending on where you’re sitting), it looks like the owners intend to follow the Monticello Motor Club model of making it a track day “country club,” with only a limited allocation (15%) of days going to car clubs for HPDEs. Will this arrangement last? Only time – and the state of the economy – will tell.

In the meantime, here’s the executive summary:

  • Total of 4.2 miles, with the longest of the nine road course configurations being 3.2 miles in length
  • Low-to-high elevation change of 220 ft. with one lap total elevation changes of up to 580 ft.
  • Designed by Alan Wilson, the man behind Miller Motorsports Park, Calabogie, Barber, Gingerman, BeaveRun, and other North American road courses
  • Construction beginning early 2012, with completion projected twelve months later
  • Located in Eldred (Monroe County), PA— approx. 100 miles west of New York City and 90 miles northwest of Philadelphia
  • Individual membership (should you be so inclined) starting at $10,000 up front and $1,500 in annual dues (“pre-construction pricing”)

Apparently the idea has been kicking around for awhile now (check out this press release from 2006), but then the 2008 global financial crisis struck and it looks like there was a change in ownership at some point as well.

We will be following construction and other developments with great interest.

More here.

Edit: more back story over at Hooniverse.


~ by velofinds on October 8, 2011.

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