Published Jun 4, 2013
Some nice people like to hike. Some nice people like to collect and race nifty cars.
This is America. We get to choose our sports and how we spend our time and money.
For a dozen years or so, proponents of the Alpine Motorsports Club sought to build a place for people to frolic in the mountains with their cars on a 354-acre Pocono Mountain property in eastern Pennsylvania.
Opponents included those who believed the location -- close to the Appalachian Trail, Blue Mountain and priceless wetlands -- was more deserving of preservation than paving.
Court decisions seemed to indicate the proposed race track was headed toward the finish line.
On May 24, 2013, however, the Alpine Motorsports Club posted this statement on its website:
"Dear Reservation Holders, Prospective Members and all other Alpine Stakeholders,
After many unsuccessful attempts to secure construction financing for the Alpine Motorsports Project, the Alpine property in Eldred Township, PA was sold this past Monday, May 20, 2013. The new owner of the property, the PA Game Commission, will not be pursuing a motorsports development but will instead dedicate the land to wildlife management.
Our sincere gratitude is extended to the many Alpine supporters over the past twelve years. We wish you all continued enjoyment of the automotive lifestyle.
Very truly yours,
Alpine Motorsports Club"
We are exceptionally grateful to hear that this unique property will be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.
We wish the Alpine Motorsports Club well in future endeavors to locate a dandy place to blast Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Veyron Super Sports, among others, around private tracks.
In the spirit of good will, we invite owners of such magnificent automobiles to share them with writers who represent, say, the Appalachian Trail. In the spirit of good will, this particular writer would be happy to bridge the cap between parties with differing opinions by driving other people's priceless (and insured) sports cars at speeds that exceed all reason and/or sanity.
Tags: Events, Tourism, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Hiking Gear, Camping Gear, Appalachian Trail Community, News, US Forest Service, and Appalachian Trail Clubs
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