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Old 06-21-2007, 05:37 PM
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new colorado track

If it meets the fund raising goals we will have a new amateur track owned by member clubs by '08

http://hpr.lighthouseclients.com/

topo map of the track layout.

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Old 06-21-2007, 07:49 PM
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Pretty tight! Looks like they are trying to compete w/ Miller Motorsports Park here in Utah.
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Miller is a spectator track and for profit. So I don't know about competing. I'm sure we will get other SCCA divisions coming in for events outside their own area, just like we go to miller, sandia in NM and hastings in nebraska.

High Plains is strictly for amateur clubs and the event rentals for member clubs will reflect that.

Either way, if the fund raising goals are met and the track gets built, it will be a nice track for the whole area.

2nd creek was small but it did well for the time we used it. It was a very fun track. It only covered 60 acres. Houses started coming over the hill and pushed it out. The dirt oval didn't help with the noise complaints either.

Hope to see people come out for the opening season.
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schweet! I wouldn't mind playing around on that.
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Anyone coming down to the Western Sprints Revived at Sandia on June 30th and July 1st in Albuquerque? Let me know...Robert
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:57 AM
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The zoning change to allow amateur motorsports has been approved by a vote of 5-0. The Use by Special Review permit has been submitted. Once that has been approved we will close on the land. The building permits are ready to go once that happens.

So far we have raised $140K from 160 people. We want to raise at least $500K from member donations and commercial/advertising. The more we raise the better amenities and the lower the loan amount we would need.

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Old 08-31-2007, 06:51 PM
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As of 8-30 they have raised $220K from member donations. This is above the $850K that we started out with. That is with maybe 5-10% return from the mailings that were sent out to the car club members.

The USR application has been submitted and should be put on the agenda within 2 months for a public hearing and a vote will be taken at that hearing. So far there has been no opposition and every vote so far has been unanimous. I don't think the county will mess around since we are the reason they changed the zoning to allow amateur motorsports to begin with.
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Old 09-14-2007, 03:19 PM
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Fund raising is continuing and have so far collected $254K from 323 club members.
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:14 PM
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Another update, $302K and climbing. there is also added link to a contributor page.
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Old 10-22-2007, 09:10 AM
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Another update.

October 20, 2007 – HPR News Release What's Happening-Continued !

Well it is another weekend working in my home office and wishing I
was at the SCCA double Regional. I have just completed processing
this week's credit card contributions, which bring our total so far
in the member fundraising campaign to $346,682. That's an increase
of a hundred thousand over my letter of September 8th. We have now
reached 35% of our fundraising goal and are at 70% of the amount
projected to meet that portion of our construction release
parameters. To date we have mailed fundraising brochures to 4,573
members, with more planned. The response to date represents 426
generous members. While most contributors have opted for some level
of the brick recognition program there have been many who have shared
whatever amount they can spare. All levels are appreciated and
needed to have a first class facility. We have conducted four track
informational meetings at May Farms in Byers and at the Red Lion
Inn. Some of you have had the opportunity to walk the track. The
clubs have started a phone campaign soliciting support for the track
from the members who have not yet contributed. It is very
encouraging to see the excitement level amongst the membership as the
reality of HPR grows.

The legal documents for the loan program continued to consume much of
the CAMA representatives time the past few weeks. I am now pleased
to state that the Operating Agreement for CAMLC and the loan
documents to CAMA are now complete. The package has been turned over
to SEC lawyers to prepare the Private Placement Documents. We
anticipate that all the documents will be complete by no later than
Mid-November and we can begin signing up all the interested loan
participants. If you have an interest in the program please contact
any of the CAMA representatives or your club board.

Arapahoe County provided us with their first response to our Use by
Special Review (USR) application. The review thus far has not
identified any negatives and their questions related mostly to
requests for more details on the design, grading and drainage plans.
The design team is busy preparing responses and modifications to the
application and is giving priority to returning the package to the
County in a timely manner.

Speaking of the design team, in addition to Bill Howard (RMVR) of
Plan West who is handling our permitting & design along with Rick
Goncalves (RMR-PCA) of RG Consulting, our engineer, we have two new
key additions to the team. Matt Proehl (RMR-PCA) who is a Project
Manager for Haselden Construction has taken the duty of being the
Track Construction Manager. Also, we are very excited to have
entered a consulting agreement with Wilson Motorsport. Alan brings
many years of expertise and will assist us with construction
planning, asphalt specifications and track safety features. The
design team has been extremely busy preparing the construction
grading plan. Much time is being devoted to establishing spot
elevations and finished contours. The team's energies are focused on
the vertical & horizontal curves along with the angle of the verge
trackside and in run-off areas. I have been a participant in the
process and while I have been allowed some token input, I think they
just keep me around as the buffer to keep budget and reality in
harmony. Once the grading plan is complete Matt will be able to
prepare accurate construction estimates, timelines and start the
contractor bidding process.

Assuming a positive response from the County, a successful capital
campaign this fall, along with a warm spring in '08, we are hopeful
to be racing at HPR next summer. The clubs are working together to
prepare a tentative event schedule for next season. Watch the
website for the announcement of that schedule. Don't forget that
contributions are deposited to a restricted account and will be
returned to you if CAMA has not reached the construction release
parameters by December, 2008. Keep the contributions coming and tell
your friends you are a `founding contributor' .

Sincerely,

Charlie Thompson
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Old 12-12-2007, 06:27 PM
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We broke the $400K mark from member contributions. Loan documents have been complete and people are starting to subscribe.

Total so far from starting capital and member donations we have $1,283,000.
Commercial advertising has not been counted yet, most likely they are waiting for the use permits to be approved. That should go before the county board early .08, hopefully in January.

Here is a simulated lap on the old configuration, new config should be done soon.
http://www.youtube.com/HighPlainsDenver
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Old 12-21-2007, 05:29 PM
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Minor updates for the capital campaign and also a better date when the USR goes before the county board for a vote.

$415K from members
$883K starting capital
$250K so far from the loan program. Maximum they are looking for in the loan program is $1.4 mil in $50K increments from track enthusiasts. They have verbal commitments for 3/4 of it and the rest are maybe.

What they have right now is half of what they need to break ground.
$1,548,000 we need $3 mil.

Once the USR is approved and they haven't seen any indication it won't go through, I am sure the capital campaign will have another influx of commiments from loans and member contributions. There isn't anything about advertising or commercial donations, I am sure those are mostly set up when the USR is approved.

The USR should go before the county board before feb. 15th.

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Old 01-12-2008, 02:49 PM
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Here's a vid of a simulated lap at the new track.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ8hb0ENSN4

$430K- individual member donations
$883K- starting capital
$450K- loan program

$1,763,000
goal $3,000,000
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Old 01-22-2008, 04:29 PM
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The USR for High Plains Raceway has been approved by a unanimous vote by the county. Closing for the land is schduled on the 31st.

This despite a land owner who lives 5 miles away and complains about noise from the semi trucks driving on us 36, and us denver drivers that aren't used to slow moving farm implements.
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Old 03-02-2008, 10:29 PM
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The land is ours, so the only thing holding the track back is money.

Here is the latest "whats happening" update.

March 3, 2008 – HPR What's Happening!

After all of the excitement of January with USR approval and the land
purchase, I expected a calmer February but it has been quite the
opposite. There are so many irons in the fire and little things
requiring attention.

The marketing committee sent out another great mailer announcing the
USR & land purchase. The YouTube videos on the website have created
a lot of excitement. Many thanks to Andy Labout (PCA) and Paul
Leonard (SCCA) for the authentic videos they have each created.
Watch the website for the availability of a game version. Harry &
Greg Mathews (RMVR-CECA), Rome Chelsi (CECA) along with many others
conducted a very successful fundraising dinner last weekend. It is
exciting to see that the energy around the track project is growing
daily!

The design team has been especially busy. The horizontal design of
the track is now complete and the computer calculations for the
vertical design are about to be finalized. Grading and construction
drawings are anticipated to be complete in three weeks and next week
we anticipate having enough details to start portions of the
construction bid process. The bids will give us a badly needed final
budget. My best estimate today is that we need $2.8 million to start
construction and another half million for a few of the desperately
desired amenities. The detailed budget will be released to the
website as soon as it is approved.

Which brings me to the heart of "What NEEDS to be Happening" in
March. The thermometer is currently at $2.3 million. This
represents $900,000 in loan commitments and $511,000 in
contributions. While these numbers are commendable, they represent
the efforts of only a portion of the active membership of the Clubs.
I have talked to so many people considering the loan program or
planning to buy a brick that state that they `just have not got
around to sending it in'! Well we are all racers who procrastinate
till the week before the race to get the car ready. Well March is
that window of opportunity to get ready! If we are prepared later
this month to start construction but are short on money, then we
could miss a lot of green flag opportunities. Now is the time to
send it in!

Your clubs' boards of directors, their CAMA representatives, our many
volunteers and advisors have nearly completed their task to make HPR
a reality. Now it is up to the club members. The future of racing
in Colorado is in your hands. As Harry Mathews stated at the
fundraiser, "You have to `Pay' if you want to `Play' and the survival
of the amateur clubs rests primarily in their ability to control
their own future". Even with tracks in Pueblo, Hastings & LaJunta
how will the clubs survive if they can't generate enough drivers and
workers to those locations to conduct events. All clubs are
reporting large drops in participation levels. The Denver area is
the major populous of Colorado and the future of our sport relies on
having a Denver area facility to draw new members and keep the old
ones active. We at CAMA hope that some of the other proposed track
projects are also successful as they will only enhance that growth.
Inscribe your `Brick' today and let's keep HPR on-track!

Charlie Thompson
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Old 04-08-2008, 04:03 PM
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The latest "what's happening" letter has been posted on the HPR web site along with an updated fund raising total. There is also a link for founding sponsor advertising rates flyer.

$2,574,000 has been raised so far.

www.highplainsraceway.com


http://www.highplainsraceway.com/pdf...sors-Flyer.pdf
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I "might" be in Denver for a business trip in the next week or two. If I go... I'll have to check this out!!!
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We haven't broken ground yet, but it is getting very close. It is so close that the track will be built. The founding sponsor program is underway, that should bring the balance what is needed.

Seeing the land from satellite images is one thing, standing on the land is totally different. The place is huge and we're only using less than half the land for phase 1.

pm to let me know if you're going to be coming out and maybe we could meet up.
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It looks like we will be able break ground on the track this year!!!

Although they are still waiting to get all the constructions bids sorted out, we should have enough money collected to build a usable facility.

The preliminary estimates called for $2.8 to build a usable facility. Our old track, 2nd creek was what I would call a usable facility and it worked well for 20 years although it was very small.

Construction release parameters--

That CAMA owns the land. DONE

That the needed zoning is approved. DONE

That the site plan is approved by the County. DONE

That firm quotes are in hand for the major cost items of this project. in progress

And last, but not least, that the Capital Campaign has raised enough money to at least pay for a "Useable Track." -- According to the latest tally we have $2,835,000 raised from members, commercial and individual loan program.

$601K- individual member and commercial sponsor contributions
$884K- starting capital
$1,350,000-- loan program
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Here's the latest update.

June 3, 2008 – HPR What’s Happening!


Where to start? There has been so much happening since my last letter.

First, when we received the approval of our Use by Special Review application (USR) from Arapahoe County, several conditions were listed which as of today have now been completely satisfied. Our use permit can now be signed. This will allow for the final negotiations to conditions and collateral assignments required to obtain our Grading Erosion and Seeding Control permit (GESC). This permit is necessary to break ground.

In the meantime CAMA has obtained and is analyzing several bids for grading and asphalt. Needless to say, with the current costs of diesel and oil, these bids are all higher than hoped. Your representatives have been working very hard to analyze these bids and find the right combination of contractors and options to ensure a raceable facility close to the available budget.

Speaking of the budget, CAMA selected to stop updating the thermometer until after current market costs could be better identified, however it will now be updated to reflect our current funding level of $3,024,000. This represents $1,500,000 in loan commitments and $640,000 in member contributions. While race clubs are generally not political, we do applaud Washington for their program of distributing Economic Stimulus checks. Please send your economic stimulus money to CAMA and we will ensure it is utilized to stimulate a deserving asphalt contractor.

CAMA’s negotiations with the Champ Car bankruptcy court resulted in nearly 1,000 Gran Prix concrete barriers being given to our organization. The move required 210 truck loads costing in excess of $80,000 however this investment will provide us with all the safety barriers and facility control we will possibly need. We even obtained enough of the 2’ pit lane walls to set up a safe car service and signaling area along the pit lane.

Track tours of the HPR site are becoming even more popular. Utilize the website, www.highplainsraceway.com , CONTACT US page, if you would like to do a walk-about. The Capital Campaign committee has expanded a program for first year advertisers called the Founding Sponsor program. Contact a CAMA representative if you or a friend has a business which could enhance our fundraising through advertising.

This unfortunately will be my last letter as other business opportunities are forcing me to step down from my Manager role. It would take pages to thank all of the members who have provided the support I needed to perform my duties. The timing is good as the HPR plan and funding are in place allowing me to pass the baton to a fresh set of legs as construction begins. All of the clubs, members, and race fans who have contributed to date should be very proud of what we have accomplished so far - - a spectacular achievement.

Inscribe your ‘Brick’ today and let’s keep HPR on-track!

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The web site has yet to be updated, but all the contracts are signed and the money is in place. Ground breaking should begin in the next week!!
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first layer of black top taken Saturday.

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wow. that is purdy. colorado? i could make it
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60 miles east of I-25 and I-70(mouse trap), 17 miles east of Byers on us 36.

The z car club of colorado is a part owner too.

btw, that pic is looking southwest.
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New ariel pics have been posted and here is a new speeded up video of a full lap.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4c7FJpCIp8

follow the url to the photo link.
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