It started as just a glint in the eye of one Valley businessman. But as WHSV found out, a new racetrack in Page County is a few steps closer to becoming reality.
Jeff Vaughn is the owner of KVK Incorporated in Page County. He's also a big racing fan, with a race shop at his house, and two trucks he races in the Carolinas.
"My game plan was to build and develop a motor sports park north of Shenandoah," says Vaughn. "And the Shenandoah Valley is virgin territory for asphalt racing so I wanted to be able to bring that to the fan bases in this region."
But the county didn't even have a motor sports ordinance. Once that was worked out, the Page County Board of Supervisors approved a special use permit for the park on October 14th. But not without some resistance from neighbors because of noise concerns.
"We'll require the vehicles that are operating at our facility to have mufflers," says Vaughn. "And then from there we'll have noise abatement whether it be trees, walls, whatever it may be around the perimeter to control the noise level to meet the county's requirements."
The property will encompass 111 acres. It's a large project, but one Vaughn is confidently he can do. He says the complex will bring much-needed jobs to the community. 150 jobs in the 150,000 square foot industrial park, 30 full-time racetrack jobs, and 30 more seasonal racetrack jobs.
"It's definitely going to have an impact on the County of Page and the tax base that's here," promises Vaughn. "So we're looking to pump revenue into this community that it badly needs."
Vaughn will submit soil and erosion plans for the facility next week. He hopes to break ground on the project by the end of January of next year, and have the facility in operation in spring of 2005.