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#41 gwac

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Posted 31 March 2015 - 06:02 PM

Right location but a changed design.

Great for the cowichan area.

#42 Szeven

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 04:45 AM

I wonder what the fees will be like. I can't imagine letting anyone on the track for less than 100 bucks, regardless of duration. With wear and tear I would think any rental would be 300 to 500.  Drive a Porsche?  I don't see that being less than 500 and depending on duration, way more. Am I off base?



#43 Urbanistco

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 07:19 AM

I was gonna say, that initial drawing is a very boring track...high speed but that isn't exactly what you want to use in selling cars to people...



#44 jonny

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 08:08 AM

I wonder what the fees will be like. I can't imagine letting anyone on the track for less than 100 bucks, regardless of duration. With wear and tear I would think any rental would be 300 to 500.  Drive a Porsche?  I don't see that being less than 500 and depending on duration, way more. Am I off base?

 

In Vegas you can do a few laps in a Ferrari for $300 + insurance + taxes. When I say a few, I mean maybe a handful.

 

A motorcycle track day easily runs you $100-200 depending on the track. This is if you bring your own bike.

 

Superbike schools, where there are expert instructors and where they provide you with a bike, can easily be $1,000 a day. If you get into schools with real high end cars, I'm sure some of the prices are crazy.

 

There is definitely demand for this sort of stuff. From the kid with a souped up Honda Civic to the Porsche clubs to the motorcycle guys, people spend big money on track only vehicles, track day fees and schools. Is that demand enough to support a public or semi-public track on Vancouver Island? I'd like to hope so. People travel for this sort of stuff, so it could potentially be a good business for the island.



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Posted 01 April 2015 - 09:38 AM

I was sceptical at first about whether there is enough business for this.  This is not just about $ at the track, it is a marketing tool to help sell more German cars.  Hey you buy this car and you get x amount of time at the track. to drive 100 mph over the next 2 or 3 years.    I think it is a very smart marketing tool to their sales business.  If the track breaks even or loses a bit oh well.   Thinking outside the box in this competitive age. 


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#46 johnk

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 10:55 AM

How about adding a performance driving school?
Mt. Tremblant had the Jim Russell school for years teaching safety, handling, skid control etc etc.
Lots of fun and a great way to become a better, safer driver.

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 11:24 AM

How about adding a performance driving school?
Mt. Tremblant had the Jim Russell school for years teaching safety, handling, skid control etc etc.
Lots of fun and a great way to become a better, safer driver.

http://www.gain-vi.c...rmance-driving/

 

Well I think your wish may come through.  Same owners.


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#48 gwac

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 11:28 AM

Where do you think these will be held.   All about marketing.  Very cool this asset (the Track) they are adding to the overall experience.

 

 

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#49 Mike K.

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 01:29 PM

This will also be a huge draw for people all across the country. Just think that 90% of this country can't drive on a race track between October and April. And the owners have money, lots of it.

I actually like that the promotion of this track includes other wilderness excursion ideas. They're selling the Island and that's fantastic.
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Posted 01 April 2015 - 04:21 PM

Great story on Chek just now. They had the design that i posted. Weird. I guess they did not realize it changed. Going to be great for the area.

Property was purchased for 1 million. Council guy was very excited about the $ to the community.


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#51 jonny

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 11:31 AM

Construction on this is well underway. Their website has lots of information. This looks to be a pretty serious operation. Big coin is being put up for this. The designer of the track is quite famous and has designed numerous F1 caliber circuits.

 

So this is going to be a club track, which I gather means pretty much totally private. They seem to be selling memberships. They are planning on being open Spring of 2016.



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Posted 04 August 2015 - 01:27 PM

So this is going to be a club track, which I gather means pretty much totally private. They seem to be selling memberships. They are planning on being open Spring of 2016.

 

There will be opportunities available for non-members to access via track days as well as customers of any of the GAIN group


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#53 jonny

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 01:58 PM

That's good to know. Track days can be quite significant revenue wise, so that makes sense.



#54 Bingo

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 08:11 PM

Construction on this is well underway. Their website has lots of information. This looks to be a pretty serious operation. Big coin is being put up for this. The designer of the track is quite famous and has designed numerous F1 caliber circuits.

 

So this is going to be a club track, which I gather means pretty much totally private. They seem to be selling memberships. They are planning on being open Spring of 2016.

 

When will the neighbours start complaining about the noise the track will generate?



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Posted 25 August 2015 - 12:37 PM

World class racing track coming to Vancouver Island.   Speeds of up to 200 km/h will be reached on the high-speed sectors of the circuit in the first phase.
 
VANCOUVER ISLAND MOTORSPORT RESORT
 
Victoria, British Columbia, August 20, 2015.  Set in Vancouver Island’s temperate and scenic Cowichan Valley, the Vancouver Island Motorsport Resort (VIMR) is on schedule to become Canada’s premier, all-year motorsport facility.
 
Opening in spring, 2016, the resort will offer enthusiasts up to 350 driving days per year in which to enjoy the full potential of their performance cars.
 
Designed by internationally renowned design firm Tilke GmbH & Co, the circuit at the VIMR will provide the novice an opportunity to gain proficiency, while challenging the accomplished driver.
 
Phase One is comprised of 19 corners and elevation changes of over 25 metres. When Phase Two is completed, a total of 4.21 kilometres of track will be available. Speeds of up to 200 km/h will be reached on the high-speed sectors of the circuit in the first phase.
 
Driver safety is a priority. State of the art run-off areas provide an opportunity to make a correction, with tire barriers and guard rails in reserve, enhancing the protection of both car and driver.
 
Members travelling to Vancouver Island to enjoy their membership will be able to choose the convenience of leaving their car at the VIMR in a secure and temperature-controlled storage facility. With this add-on option, cars stored at the resort will be maintained to track-ready condition by specialists, providing the member full use of their car when their schedule allows, with minimal personal effort for repair and maintenance.
 
 
Factory trained technicians representing Alfa Romeo, Audi S-Line, BMW M, Mercedes-Benz AMG, MINI JCW, and Porsche will be available to provide the expertise in keeping modern track cars in perfect running condition. Repairs and maintenance will be completed in the time between member visits to maximize their time driving.
 
Members who enjoy vintage sports and racing cars will have the opportunity of having their cars maintained and repaired by Rudi & Company, a world-renowned specialist in the restoration and repair of the world’s great cars. Assistance with the delivery of a member’s car to the resort may also be arranged with trusted transportation partners.
 
An exclusive 14,500 square foot clubhouse will offer a complete range of services to its members. Members, and those attending larger functions, will enjoy a restaurant featuring the very best of Vancouver Island ingredients.
 
The clubhouse, which offers thoughtfully considered amenities, will provide a comfortable atmosphere in which to relax between driving sessions, and will become a second home for members and their guests. Well-appointed changing and locker rooms will enhance the member’s experience.
 
Members travelling to Vancouver Island will have the option of staying with our partner hotel, conveniently located equidistant between Victoria and the VIMR. The partner hotel is just a 25-minute drive to the VIMR, and the sights and attractions of Victoria. Members and their guests will enjoy the variety of activities available to them. Shopping, sight-seeing, local winery tours, and a variety of outdoor sports activities will provide ample choice to satisfy the interests and needs of individuals, couples, and groups.
 
Apart from booking traditional reservations with the resort spa and restaurant, the concierge service will be available to book VIMR driving sessions, rounds of golf at local courses, fishing charters, and any other arrangement that will enhance your stay on Vancouver Island.
 
VIMR members will receive enhanced Priority Booking Privileges, allowing for advance reservations.
 
Working in partnership with the ten performance automotive brands GAIN represents, their dealer networks, respective dedicated driving programs, and the partner hotel and spa, the VIMR will welcome enthusiasts from all over North America.
The Vancouver Island Motorsport Resort is a unique facility set in one of Canada’s most picturesque locations. Membership details will be presented in the next few weeks.
 
We’re building excitement. Join us…
 
Membership details will be presented in the next few weeks and can be found on our website at islandmotorsportresort.com 
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#56 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 12:37 PM

It really looks pretty awesome.

 

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#57 Mike K.

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 12:47 PM

That's impressive. Very impressive, actually.


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#58 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 12:53 PM

That's impressive. Very impressive, actually.

 

Like it or not, this is the kind of attraction that brings in big money tourists.  It's good.

 

Members travelling to Vancouver Island to enjoy their membership will be able to choose the convenience of leaving their car at the VIMR in a secure and temperature-controlled storage facility. With this add-on option, cars stored at the resort will be maintained to track-ready condition by specialists, providing the member full use of their car when their schedule allows, with minimal personal effort for repair and maintenance.

 

 

That's $$$.  "Ya, I keep a yacht at the mega-marina in Victoria, and my race-car is at the track in Cowichan Valley, and then really I just spend the rest of the summer at Tofino.  The helicopter service between all three is pretty decent".   That's the kind of tourist we need.


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#59 johnk

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 03:11 PM

Offering tea and crumpets in the clubhouse could capture another important market segment.

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Posted 26 August 2015 - 01:09 PM

I certainly hope they offer some track days at a reasonable cost for those who can't afford $30,000/year for the membership.  Would love to take my ride up there for a day.


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