Exhilirating venues to fulfill the need for speed!
Driving Country Clubs Bring the Autobahn Close to HomeBy Andy Mikonis, ForbesAutos.com
What's the point of having a turbo high-performance car if you can't play with it in full throttle? What's the point of having the ultimate driving machine if you can't have the ultimate driving experience? This is where one can satisfy ones speeding appetite to the fullest. "Private speedways" and "Country Club for Car Guys" are some of the descriptions given to the Motorsports Clubs sprouting in different parts of the US today. These membership-only clubs allow their members to fulfill the need for speed in their high-perfomance big-boy toys! They get to push the throttle with gusto and enjoy the countryside roadways without worrying about getting zapped by a radar.
There are only a few of these exclusive motorsports clubs and road courses in the US, and another few being developed. It is the goal of this site to provide information and links to these luxury facilities and help you fulfill your desire for high-octane fun.
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Motorsports Club Venues
VIR Motorsport Country Club is located in 1200 pristine acres of rolling hills in Danville, Virginia. The high-performance venue touts itself as a resort facility bwith southern hospitality and elegance. Club members get to drive all four of the VIRginia International Raceway's four challenging road courses. They have the historic 3.27-mile Full course; a fast 2.26-mile North course; a technical 1.64-mile South course; and a 4.2-mile Grand Course which is one of the longest racing road courses in America. Check out this members-only fast and fun racing club facility.
TheMotorsport Ranch prides itself as "the first of its kind-Country Club for motoring enthusiasts." This 304 acre sports car country club is located in Cresson, Texas approximately 14 miles south of Fort Worth, Texas. "The Ranch" has two courses winding roads with elevation changes, a 1.7 mile and a 1.3 mile race course, that allows its members to explore the full potential of their high-performance machines.
Autobahn Country Club in Joliet is a 2 year-old raceclub outside Chicago that lets passionate motor enthusiasts spend quality time with their family, friends and their cars, in a country club setting. This venue is undergoing major growth with additional resort-like facilities being added. "Drive fast, be safe" is their slogan. Find out why they are going through such rapid expansion.
See our list of Motorsports Club venues that are now operational at GoFastNow.
The Bluegrass Motorsports Club & Road Course is scheduled to break ground in Gallatin county, Kentucky in mid-October and open in summer 2008. The over $16 million project will have a 3.38 mile road course in 515 acres of Kentucky rolling hills. The country club is located only 25 miles from Cincinnati and conveniently close to more fast and fun entertainment - 4 miles from the Kentucky Speedway and 9 miles from the Belterra Casino. This much anticipated venue will attract auto enthusiasts from the Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Lexington and Louisville metropolitan areas.
Alpine Motorsports Club is a "membership-driven" private road course being planned in 360 acres of the Pocono foothills in eastern Pennsylvania. It will be centrally located between New York City and Philadelphia being 75 miles from either the Big Apple or the City of Brotherly love. The European-styled 4.2 miles of winding roads will allow its car lovers to appreciate the very reason why the have their high-performance machines. The Alpine Motorsports Club intices "diving-freedom" as one seeks to quench that need for speed.
More to come...