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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 143
posted September 26, 2004 08:08 AM  
I know it's a long shot and people are going to think i'm crazy but I'm looking for any info on building a new track. I know that the noise concerns are the major issue but this track would be built near a major 4 lane divided state hiway. It's zoned for industrial and has good access in and out. There is a hospital about a mile away.
I know that i would first have to get it passed by the county commissioners but I want to give a good business plan. The local schools are in need of money badly and the county is looking for ideas to boost the economy and draw in people with some sort of sporting facility.
So any info on design for noise reduction, legal examples, etc...
Thanks for any advice.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 257
posted September 26, 2004 08:40 AM  
Thats quit the endevor to undertake.

I know a few things else you will hear people complain about, really if you are in "Farm area"....

Last year a guy in wisconsin wanted to build a track on HIS OWN land and the local people went crazy because the farmers were worried about pollution. They thought that oil and gas and anti freeze would get into the ground water.

It ruined the chance of this guy ever building one, and it was in a very secluded area.

Noise polution is really hard to do anything about unless you are all alone out in the middle of nowhere. Some sound deadening fence around the parimiter is all you can really do, but if your running mods or latemodels, its still going to be loud.

good luck, I hope you can do it. Sorry Im not more help.


Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted September 26, 2004 09:38 AM  
This is a major undertaking,several things you need to have solid info.on before presenting this to any board or financial backers .
1 How close to residential & how do residents feel about it,do the research.
2Talk to the Hospital & make sure they're OK with being that close to a race track ie.noise.
3Have a perc test on soil at the potential track site,this will tell you what needs to be done to control ground polution.
4 Trees and shrubery make the best noise control but they take time.just something as simple as facility lay out can help with noise control.
5 Take time to look at other tracks to see how they deal with these problems and to get ideas about how to design your facility.Ie.paved pits at Knoxville Ia.the grandstand at Echo Vally in West Union Ia.etc.
6 What is your competition? Other tracks or other entertainment venues within a 100mile radius and what is your potential fan base in that same area.
7 Talk to law enforcement;State,County,City&get their input
These are just a few suggestions some or all of which you may have already done.Good Luck!!

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted November 04, 2004 09:01 PM  
Your grandstands and anything that might be involved with people must be designed by certified engineers, and the limits be enforced.
You need to visit lot's of tracks before you draw up your 'as built' and go to the engineers.
Get lots of help and keep at it untill you either get a track built or get a Definate NO from the local Government.


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