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Old 05-25-2010, 04:39 PM   #21
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:42 PM   #23
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I bet Waco and Georgetown have their Revenue Rangers salivating with the prospect of endless citations.
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I bet Waco and Georgetown have their Revenue Rangers salivating with the prospect of endless citations.
No joke. That is probably how the State will finance the track. DPS speeding ticket surcharge
"Good morning Mr. Vettel. The reason I pulled you over today is you were doing 190 in a 70 MPH zone. Please step out of the car."
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This is ******* awesome!! You Texans are some lucky sons of bitches.
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Cool news.
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Excellent. I was just in Austin for some 6th street shenanigans. About 3 hours to the city for meeeeeeee.
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A Spanish sports paper is reporting it as a done deal: http://www.as.com/motor/articulo/for...sdasmot_5/Tes#
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Looks like the deal is further along in development than they first mentioned.

Land is under contract, permits have been permitted and track designer Herrman Tilke is already at bat.

Tilke designing Austin track, site already purchased


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I'll believe it when I see it. Otherwise, DGAF it won't happen
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It really would be cool to have one local, though.

The track that I referred to above, Monticello, is surrounded by at least 10 miles of buckboard roads, at best. The closest real decent highway is further. It would require a TVA-like project just to be able to get people in the ******, the eminent domain application would be ******* epic. It makes getting to the Glen look like driving a 6-laner.

You really need huge infrastructure to pull this type of thing off, maybe Austin could do it. Indy made grand prix weekend look like a day down at the cinema. The whole city changed flow morning and evening to get all the buffoons in and out of the track. I guess that's what happens when you've been at it for a hundred years.
Maybe if they hire vegetarian sherpas to pack in the cars part by part the hippies will either STFU or just not notice.
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Sounds like it may happen.

You guys local to the area, how is the infrastructure here: "Although Hellmund has yet to divulge details of what he calls a “killer location”, he confirmed that the site is to the east of the city, a few miles from the airport. It is said to be in hilly countryside that has provided Tilke with a good starting point for a design."

I hope that they "allow" clubs to use the site for track day events. If so, you guys are lucky, indeed.
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My money is on a site south of the airport between 130 and 183.


I already have a raging "clue" to drive an F1 track. Hopefully HHR will benefit from this in some capacity. I wonder if Eagles Canyon, who couldn't bring themselves to stfu about the possibility that F1 could go to that track, is on suicide watch? That track is a turd and if they don't grade the run-off, let them fail. I won't run out there again until they smooth it out.
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Raging clue?

Anyway. Sounds funny to me that we are already at the track layout planning stage when the people haven't been involved in the usual bureaucratic zoning and usage types of planning. Around here, this would get gummed up in so much red tape and appeal to a non-receptive public that it would never get in the hands of Tilke before the masses had already nuked the idea. It's hard to even get a cell tower approved in NY, wind farms, even small ones, don't get past the public outcry stage. An F1 track would be laughed at.
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Maybe if they hire vegetarian sherpas to pack in the cars part by part the hippies will either STFU or just not notice.
But only if the sherpas are wearing hemp clothing.
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From the article
"The German has been asked to create a fast circuit with challenging corners that resemble those of classic established circuits such as Silverstone, Hockenheim and Spa. It will be over 3-miles in length."

Hopefully that is not hype and the track is epic. Could you guys imagine doing HPDEs on an FIA Spec, more technical version of TWS? I think I just had an orgasm.

$200M (from the article) sounds much on the low side to me for the budget. The latest F1 circuits cost much more than that to build. Maybe they are planning on some huge 'donations' that are not in the bottom line cost. Either that or the close proximity to Mexico and the almost complete lack of unionized labor here will help with labor costs.

A lot of Texans have a git-er-dun beg-for-forgiveness-later stoic attitude so that will help. But that could be offset by whatever environmentally driven (or otherwise) intelligent people in the Austin area could throw in the way. Overall I believe construction here tends to be much less expensive and much less restrictive than other areas of the country.
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I still say this won't come to fruition.
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Its coming...
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Sweet.. I just found something to save up for.
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