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Old 01-13-07, 11:53PM   #16
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Naw,
Never made it there.
We came up from San Diego County to live in LA / Orange Co. from 65 to 70.
We always ended up at Lions & a few times over at OCIR.
Hate to say it but I 've only been to the Winters @ Pomona once about 14 years ago.
Carlsbad Raceway ,in San Diego County , closed in 2004 after 40 years of continuous operations.
No big fanfare celebration where all the greats turnout,No ABC ,No ESPN,Local paper picked it up because they have a guy on staff that covers motorsports, Local TV was MIA for the whole weekend, figures.It was just one last bracket race on a summer Sunday with the all the locals showing up to make that "last pass".

Now we have two 1/8 mile tracks that are keeping the locals busy.
Better than nuthin' .

No more 1/4 mile dragstrip in "AMERICA'S FINEST CITY"(yeah right!) as the chamber pot of commerce association and welcome wagoneers like to claim.
Welcome to Scam Diego

LA still has a couple of good strips and there's the new one in Fontana at the speedway.
There is a guy trying to build one in Banning since 1999 but so far no track yet.

Yeah ........cubic inches and cubic money.

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Old 01-15-07, 10:46PM   #17
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I heard a rumor that the Palmdale strip might be closing. Does anyone know?
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Old 01-16-07, 05:42PM   #18
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This is what I read last year on another site.
It could be just a lot of gossip for all I know.
It goes something like this:
Bernie Longjohn ,the operator of the LACR track, leases the property from a company that is in the business of mining sand and rock for building materials.
Their operations are adjacent to the track.
The land the track occupies is sitting on choice material that could be ,and is probably slated to be ,mined in the not to distant future by the owners of the property.He is triying to work it out.

The LACR track is still open for business and there have been no official announcements by the track operator that he is gonna cease operations any time soon.
End of story.

My speculation:
This puts any track on shakey ground (no pun) if the operator cannot negociate a deal to keep the business where it is for awhile longer and lease a different parcel from the owners or land somewheres else close by at a rate and term that would be beneficial to a race track operator and be able to relocate / rebuild operations . If a deal works out that is good for both sides ,great.
If all the track operator can get is a month to month deal and a 1 year conditional use permit it is not worth it to sink the money into the existing location or a new one.
That sort of situation is what has led to the demise of so many racetracks over the years.Carlsbad Raceway hung on for years in that kind of limbo and finally closed with nowhere else to go.
Makes it tough to run a business that requires a long term pay back.
Land costs/development costs / loan costs / operating costs / time it takes (#years) to get initial investment back + profit.

Not quite like building a baseball park in a cornfield for a Hollywood movie.
"If you buid it they will race"

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Old 02-07-07, 10:23AM   #19
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See! Even ol' Chip smells the celebrity money.
They paid him so much $$ to capitalize on his name to sell a product.
I guess if you can get it .......take it!

Hope they straighten it out for you.
Well tools replaced and just to make it even better the man himself was in the UK last week and my box is now signed for real 1of 150 in the UK and now 1 of 8 personaly signed

Will post pics later
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Old 02-08-07, 06:02PM   #21
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That's a happy ending for sure.
Now you gotta convince him to 'jack your ride.

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That's a happy ending for sure.
Now you gotta convince him to 'jack your ride.


When he was signing my box he was at another workshop and one of the guys there had a new mustang so foose did a foose sketch on the dash and signed it he also did a sketch on the MAC van.

When i get the pics i will post them up
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