By Lyonel Doherty
The Area 27 racetrack in Oliver is expanding with the construction of an 11,000 square-foot multipurpose building.
The motorsports park has officially started working on the 10-month project that will provide office space, state-of-the-art classroom, a change area for members and a snack bar. The two-level building, a first of several, will be fully operational by spring of 2019, says Area 27 president and co-founder Bill Drossos.
The building will feature more than 3,000 square feet of event space overlooking the circuit.
The classroom will enhance Academy 27, the racetrack’s driving school where top coaches and instructors teach people how to drive fast but safe.
Over the next two years Area 27 also expects to complete a refuelling station, a karting facility, on-site storage and paddock garage facilities.
Drossos said the karting track will be open to the general public by next summer if all goes according to plan.
He noted the karts will likely feature Briggs and Stratton spec engines (six or 11 horsepower) that can reach speeds of 70 to 100 km/h.
All of the equipment will be supplied, Drossos said, noting a karting session will likely last 15 minutes.
“It will be a lot of fun. This makes it easier for someone to get into motorsports (without the big cost factor).”
Drossos said this modern karting facility will give members of the public more speed and challenge than they would experience at your standard amusement park track. For example, people won’t have to worry about getting a slow kart or one that doesn’t perform as it should.
For spectators who like to watch the action at Area 27, stay tuned for a club racing event in mid-September and a vintage car event in early October.