Proposed New Road Course in Southern California Needs Your Help!
by Jeff Naeyaert
Some of you SoCal road racers out there might have heard about the proposed Fairmont Butte Motorsports Park that Thomas Malloy wants to build on his land about 20 miles northwest of Lancaster. “This 3.6 mile Alan Wilson-designed race track will include a 30,000 square foot clubhouse, 45,000 square feet of garage facilities and overnight accommodations and other amenities, helping to make it a world-class racing facility.” Unfortunately, he’s getting some opposition from a few environmentalist weenies who are worried about noise at the nearby Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve. To quote Milt Stark, president of the Poppy Reserve/Mojave Desert Interpretive Association, “Visitors who come to see the poppies come out there to have peace and quiet.” When asked about the proposed racetrack, a recent visitor to the reserve added, “I think it would be a little weird.”
Hopefully they’ll come to a happy middleground. Perhaps the environmentalists haven’t considered how many wives and girlfriends bored of sitting at the track all day would to jump at the opportunity to picnic in groves of blooming wildflowers …quietly of course.
What can you do? If you’re interested in helping Tom bring another track to Southern California check out his letter on the following page for all the info, situation as it stands now and where to voice your opinion. All letters of support need to be RECEIVED by the county planning office by August 19th, so don’t sit on this!