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What exactly is planned for the club motorsports park?
The plan for "The Ridge Motorsports Park" will include a 2.5
mile road course designed by world-famous automobile racer
Johannes van Overbeek, as well as a separate four-lane
quarter mile drag strip. The grounds will also include areas
for pits, staging, family picnics, and on-site vehicle
storage, mechanical and support services.
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The partners in The Ridge Motorsports Group were
born-and-raised in the area. As club racing enthusiasts with
life-long ties to Mason County, they are committed to
improving the area's long-term economic, social and
environmental quality of life.
Where will it be located?
Ridge Motorsports Park’s planned site is located outside of
Shelton on West Eells Hills Rd surrounded by the Washington
State Patrol Academy’s existing performance driving course,
a garbage transfer station, an auto salvage yard, and the
Washington Correctional Center. It is also close to
Sanderson Field regional airport. The location is a perfect
fit given the existing rural-industrial setting, the natural
sound barriers and the historical use of the area for racing
and high performance driving instruction for over six
What is the effect on the local economy?
While the land is perfect for a motorsports park, if not
used for this project, it has no future for being used for
any other purpose. In other words, it is the best use of
the property given the limitations of the surroundings,
and failure to go ahead with the plan will certainly mean
this large piece of land will produce no value for the
county for many decades.
Very conservative projections show that The Ridge
Motorsports Park will bring an additional $12 million
dollars annually to existing businesses in Mason County.
Similar facilities in like locations actually have attracted
over $18 million annually. Racers and spectators must eat,
fill up with gas, buy items from auto parts and grocery
stores, and often find places to stay the night.
What is a "club motorsports park" and is this like previous
plans to bring NASCAR to Mason County?
The Ridge Motorsports Park will also utilize local
contractors to construct and maintain the development, as
well as area residents to staff the business, which means
job creation during a much needed time.
Finally, the $12 million annually combined with the
revenues coming directly from the track's operations all
equate to increased funding for the County's schools, fire
and police departments, roads, public parks, and
The Ridge Motorsports Park is not even close in almost every
aspect from previous proposals to construct a NASCAR stadium
track. Whereas any NASCAR track would have required public
money to construct a stadium facility restricted to
corporate-sponsored professional teams for only
large-attendance events once or twice per year, The Ridge
Motorsports Park road course and quarter-mile tracks will be
entirely privately financed and open for use year-round by
car and motorcycle enthusiast clubs.
Who will get to use the facility?
Car clubs and driving schools rent the facility for
lapping events. Consequently, the track is designed for
safety, including maximum room for safe runoff.
Furthermore, spectator attendance at club events is small
– usually far outnumbered by racers and support crew.
The focus of The Ridge Motorsports Park is participation.
Organizations ranging from racing groups and car clubs to
driving schools will rent the facility, which will provide
professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts a place to safely
learn and enjoy performance driving together during daylight
hours. Area residents will be able to enjoy the facility in
many different capacities: as racers, performance driving
students, corner workers, vendors, and spectators.
What types of cars will drive there?
The overwhelming majority of cars that utilize club
motorsports facilities are licensed street legal cars,
meaning they have mufflers, headlights, wipers, bumpers, and
other familiar equipment. The most commonly used cars for
club road courses are Mazda Miatas, Dodge Neons, Porsche
911s, Corvettes, BMW 3-Series, and Ford Mustangs. The same
goes for users of the drag strip, where licensed production
cars like Camaros, Mustangs, Chevelles, Novas, Civics, and
Eclipses make the bulk of the passes.
What about safety?
Because club facilities such as The Ridge Motorsports
Park are not designed for large spectator gatherings, the
monumentally expensive to run, purpose-built vehicles used
in professional racing series like NASCAR, F1, IRL/CART,
NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car, and World of Outlaw racers
will find no economic or competitive reason to utilize the
Club motorsports facilities significantly increase the level
of safety in the community. First, the development will have
on-site fire and medical facilities. Secondly, unlike most
vehicles on public roads, any car attempting to use the
track must meet strict safety requirements. The track itself
will be designed to allow for maximum run-off room with no
possibility of injuring any spectators. The site will be
secured to ensure access to the track will be limited to
authorized participants and observers during business hours.
Finally, club motorsports facilities have been recognized
throughout the world for increasing the safety of
surrounding communities by training, educating, and by
providing an incentive for street racers to move their
activities to a purpose-built, controlled, monitored
What about the environment?
The Ridge Motorsports Park will be a showcase for
environmentally-sound development and cutting-edge green
energy technology. Great steps are being taken to address
runoff and native plant security. An exciting part of the
plan also includes leveraging the natural landscape to
harness wind and solar energy supplies, which can assist in
powering high-output electric vehicle recharging stations.
Unlike public roads, vehicles dripping liquids of any type
(oil, fuel, coolant) or producing severe tailpipe emissions
are not allowed on the track.
Will it be loud?
The common misconception is that club motorsports facilities
are loud. Unlike with stadium tracks for professional stock
car racing or Top Fuel dragsters, the overwhelming majority
of vehicles utilizing the track are street-legal, licensed
cars equipped with mufflers and catalytic converters
designed to meet the most stringent noise ordinances in the
country. The nearest residential units will be nearly two
miles away and separated by natural resonance barriers of
rock ridges and timber.
What will be the effect on local property values?
Sounds from the Ridge Motorsports Park should be far
lower than the existing facilities in the neighborhood:
Sanderson Field regional airport, the Washington State
Patrol Academy, Washington Correctional Center, and
garbage transfer station. The wildlife has long lived in
perfect harmony with sounds from motorized vehicles --
indeed many of the Northwest's greatest wild animal
treasures, including eagles and hawks, are actually
attracted to moving cars and can often be found perched on
trees and streetlights overlooking high traffic areas.
Homeowners within the general area will obviously be
concerned about the value of their property being affected
by a club motorsports park. All one needs to do is use
Zillow to see that property values around similar race track
developments have increased. Similar concerns were raised
when Thunderhill race track in Willows, CA was built, but in
the decade since its construction, all residential, farming
and commercial property values have increased, and not a
single homeowner has elected to place their property on the
market. Even at Pacific Raceways in Kent, WA, the property
and house visible from the track and grandstands has seen
significant increase in value -- far beyond the existing
values of property near the site of The Ridge Motorsports
The bottom line is that club motorsports parks are good
neighbors and great for increasing land and home values.