Corvette Museum to Build Raceway
The National Corvette Museum has recently purchased an additional 70 acres of land off Grimes Lane, near Porter Pike where they intend to build a motorplex park. The park will include a 1.5 mile drag strip, autocross track and a road course that will be used for the NCM’s driving school as well as other events hosted by the museum.The BGDailyNews.com
reported that the cost of the land is being financed by the owners and construction of the estimated $2.5 million motorplex will not begin until the money has been raised and is in the bank. That’s good financial news considering the NCM is in the middle of a $10 million expansion of their current facility which will add a library and historical archives, meeting rooms and provide for additional parking.
One of the creative fundraising ideas is to allow the “purchase” of an acre with the buyer receiving a fake deed. Naming rights for the facility are also being considered.
Driving events at the Museum are currently coordinated with Beech Bend Raceway but due to the busy racing schedule, only about four NCM events are held there during the course of the year. NCM Director Wendall Strode says the new motorplex will not compete with Beech Bend.
The Museum also currently has a certified driving instructor on the payroll. Ray Linkov currently serves as Events Manager for the Museum and with the addition of the motorplex, a whole slate of new driving and track events will probably be in the works.
via Kerbeck Corvette Blog
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