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#141 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 07:48 AM

I would think that the simple test for street legal is whether a car has a license plate.

 

I'm not so sure.  If you live in Toronto and you store your car at the track only for racing, why would you insure it?


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#142 rjag

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 08:04 AM

Not sure if that was a legal requirement to obtain permission to open it....its private property and all sorts of test mules are run there. Its a training site for introduction of new manufacturer models where they bring in sales teams from all over the country and most of the cars used in that type of environment dont have VINs and are crushed after a year or so. 



#143 CowichanDude

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 04:58 PM

Thank you for the comprehensive write-up. I had a feeling that when noise complaints started to emerge, but which were quickly downplayed, that the situation would quickly escalate. Please keep us updated.

Will do. The municipality's written response to the court is due in ~2 weeks, then another ~2 weeks for the track (they get extra, being an out-of-province company). Will update as those come in.



#144 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 05:05 PM

I guess some might ask why any jurisdiction would take one of these.  It's not very environmentally friendly.  Can't virtual reality replicate the rush, without the emissions ?


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#145 Jason-L

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 09:24 PM

I guess some might ask why any jurisdiction would take one of these.  It's not very environmentally friendly.  Can't virtual reality replicate the rush, without the emissions ?

No.  Just... no.


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#146 On the Level

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 05:45 AM

I guess some might ask why any jurisdiction would take one of these.  It's not very environmentally friendly.  Can't virtual reality replicate the rush, without the emissions ?

You can have your cake and eat it too....

 

The EP9 electric set the record for the fastest lap on the F1 race track this past February.  It goes from 0 to 124 mph in 7.1 seconds.  If you want something faster, you need to ditch the street legal sedan and go with something like the AMZ, which goes from 0 to 60 mph in 1.5 seconds in less than 100 feet.  No emissions.  



#147 rjag

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 06:45 AM

Yup, some amazing times in EV's. Look at the car Richard Hammond crashed last week, http://www.rimac-aut...rs/concept_one/

 

Thats some serious specs. Way too much car for this small track. 


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#148 North Shore

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 10:14 AM

Electric motorcycles are catching up, also.  The fastest lap at the TT on an electric bike is 119.27mph - that speed (if it were sustained) would have put McGuinness on the top of the podium at this year's Lightweight..

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#149 CowichanDude

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 11:23 AM

A quick update on the legal action...

 

We're about a week away from when the first written responses are due from North Cowichan. They have asked for a 21-day extension to the deadline, as they are trying to sort out their legal representation. There's a bit more known about the "why" of that, but I'm not clear on what can/shouldn't/can't be shared, so I'll leave it at that for now. 

 

The track folks have an extra 14 days to respond, as they're Ontario companies (the track isn't island-owned). They have also asked for a 21-day extension, as they had not engaged legal counsel with expertise in municipal issues prior to the lawsuit being filed. Read into that what you will. :)

 

The plaintiffs have agreed to both extensions. 


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#150 Mike K.

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 12:13 PM

Great, thanks for the update.


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#151 shoeflack

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 09:54 AM

Not sure if we've seen this before. Someone on reddit has posted the expansion drawings.

 

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#152 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 05:39 AM

A company’s desire to expand a motorsport facility in North Cowichan has made enemies of neighbours.

It’s often difficult to tell who supports expansion of the facility and who doesn’t. But tonight — as residents file back into the 731-seat Cowichan Performing Arts Centre for Round 2 of a public hearing on a rezoning application that started on Tuesday — that divide will be clear.

 

 

https://www.timescol...rack-1.23965192



#153 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 08:18 AM

A zoning bylaw that would have allowed for the expansion of the Vancouver Island Motorsport facility in North Cowichan was voted down by North Cowichan council early Friday morning.

 

Two nights of public hearings drew hundreds of people to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Theatre on Tuesday and again Thursday night.

 

After more than nine hours of public comments, council debated past 1 a.m. before voting to not to proceed to third reading on the bylaw to rezone three properties at Cowichan Valley Highway and Drinkwater Road.

 

 

 

 

https://www.cheknews...council-610418/



#154 rjag

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 09:42 AM

yup, its bs, most of the opposition wasnt even from locals but the usual crew of SJW's complaining about it being a sacred mountain and a playground for millionaires etc etc.

 

The sound issues have been pretty well ironed out, the track stopped being a member club and reimbursed everyone in full and banned open header cars. They also dont allow track time before 9AM and after 4PM M-F and 11-5 weekends. They have built more berms, installed sound meters and are now using it as a combination of driver training, motor journalist reviews of new car launches and customer appreciation for all the GAIN operations. 

 

The offroad portion proposed was to demonstrate their new SUV's etc and not for mudders. The high speed portion was a long climbing straight with a sweeping right hand curve that only pre-qualified drivers could drive. This was designed to achieve speeds over 200kmh as the current front straight barely hits 130-140 for about 3 seconds.

 

I spent a day there last May and even in the pits the most noise was from logging trucks and big diesel p/u's flying along the highway as its a 100km zone https://www.google.c...!7i13312!8i6656

 

and look at this overhead shot...where are the neighboring residences?  https://www.google.c...1!4d-123.779721


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