In advance of the the first public information session on the Rockyview Motorsports park, I got an opportunity to interview with Global TV on the benefits of a new race track near Calgary. Very good PR for the project and a good story.
Check it out on the Global Calgary website!
Also check out the information session in Airdrie on April 1, 2014
Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (brief presentation 7 pm)
Location: Airdrie Best Western (Regency Room)
More good news for motorsport enthusiasts in Southern Alberta as the Rockyview Motorsports Park has taken the first step in the approval process for their facility. Check the website for more information including the initial track designs and location.
On March 21, 2014, Rocky View Motorsports Park (RMP) reached another milestone to put the Rocky View County and Calgary area region on the world motorsport map with the submission of their and Land Use Amendment bylaw to Rocky View County. (RVC)
Some very good news from the Badlands Motorsport Resort and their planned track proposal for the area east of Calgary – This was posted to the site yesterday! Congratulations to all involved – we are certainly looking forward to this facility opening!
On December 4th, immediately after the public hearing, 2nd Reading of the BMR land use bylaw No. 1657 to allow the rezoning of lands from agriculture to Direct Control District was voted in favour by council.
Today, January 14th, 2014 at the regular meeting of the Kneehill County Council, the Badlands Motorsport Resort Land Use Bylaw # 1657 received third and final reading and was passed.
Our land is now rezoned to SPECIFIC DIRECT CONTROL DISTRICT DC4 that will allow development of BADLANDS MOTORSPORT RESORT.
There are no contingencies. We still need development permits, and to get those we need to complete a Environmental Impact Assessment (which is more detailed than the Biophysical Impact Assessment we have done) and a Traffic Impact Assessment, but this was planned all along.
We are pleased that the project is a go!
Road Course at Castrol Raceway, Edmonton
Get your cars ready (or your whites!)
This just announced by the Northern Alberta Sports Car Club.
We have a schedule for Road Racing this summer at the freshly finished Castrol Raceway Road Course, in Nisku, by the Edmonton International Airport.
This will be WCMA sanctioned, WCMA points races, organized by the NASCC and ARCA. We will run closed wheel, open wheel and vintage sessions, so long as there is enough registration in each category, and we will run lapping sessions. In about a month we will provide more information about advance registration, the Race School.
The planned schedule is below. Please contact the NASCC for further information.
Castrol Raceway -short track will be ready in late Spring, long track in mid summer.
- May 25/26 School Weekend. Short track
- NASCC Track nights Thursday, June 6 and 20 Possibility of more Thursday nights once we know what our numbers are
- June 15-16 Road Racing Events #1 and #2 (SHORT COURSE)
- July 13-14 Road Racing Events #3 and #4 (SHORT COURSE)
- July 27-28 Road Racing Event #5 and #6 (Possible LONG TRACK)
- August 24-25 Road Racing Events #7 and #8 (LONG COURSE)
- Sept 14-15 NASCC INTERNATIONAL GT CHAMPIONSHIP (LONG COURSE)
While returning from a weekend of race events in Edmonton I pulled into Castrol Raceway to have a look around – specifically to see the Road Course development. These photos show what I found and there is significant progress on the paving of the track.
CALGARY — The wheels are in motion to open a new, $27-million motorsports park in the Calgary area after the popular Race City was shuttered last year, creating a void for racing enthusiasts.
The proposed track, called Rockyview Motorsports Park, would operate on 1,200 hectares east of Airdrie and is being billed as “a world-class auto racing facility.”
If all goes according to plan, the new track — packaged with an executive airport — is scheduled to open one phase in early 2014, according to a proposal overview obtained by the Herald on Wednesday.
Ald. Shane Keating, whose ward includes the former Race City Motorsports Park, sat on a committee which was formed from interested parties shortly after the track’s contentious closure last fall.
The Motorsports, Arts Culture and Sports group (MARCS) approved the Rockyview Motorsports Park plan in late spring, giving the organization the go-ahead to find investors and set the bid in motion.
The parties involved have a news conference planned for Monday, according to Keating.
“There is a future for motorsports here and a very viable future,” he said Wednesday.
There is still plenty of work to be done, Keating said, including raising the money. “Now with plans for another track, we need the support of all the race organizations out there. We need everyone to come together so we can get this done.”
Keating said “thousands” of acres of land east of Airdrie has been “secured” for the development, which will likely include an airport, a go-kart track, a drag strip, car condos and restaurants.
The race track will be built on a 200-hectare parcel, he said.
“There has been a fair bit of money invested in securing the land so far,” said Keating.
The Herald was unable to reach anyone from Rockyview Motorsports or MARCS for comment Wednesday night.
Rocky View County’s reeve, Rolly Ashdown, said he has heard “rumblings” about the plan in recent months.
“Nothing official has been brought forward to us as a council,” said Ashdown, adding there will undoubtedly be public hearings held regarding the project.
“I look forward to what they (Rockyview Motorsports) have to say and also what the residents have to say,” he said. “Everyone will be heard, but we are not at that point yet.”
Shawn Bishop, who owns Rallysport.ca — a racing gear and equipment supplier — said he and others in the community are happy to hear racing might be revived in the Calgary region.
Bishop said his business has been negatively affected by the closure.
“The closing of Race City has affected my business as many racers have parked their cars until something new comes along,” he said, adding that a lot of drivers who would be racing legally in Calgary have taken their passions to other tracks, in B.C. and the United States.
Race City was shuttered last fall after its lease expired in December. It operated at 114 Avenue and 68th Street S.E. since opening in 1985.