Indoor 1/8 mile drag strip

by Samuel Espey | Feb 19, 2013
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The worlds only 1/8th mile indoor drag racing strip can be here in St. Paul with minimal construction. The old Ford Plant building is long enough to house a race track plus some and is about to be demolished. This project could save the City of St. Paul millions of dollars in demolition and redevelopment costs. An unnoticed benifit would be tons of debris kept out of landfills. Plus, it would add many jobs that would support racing events.

The legal race track would get illegal street racing off the streets and into a safe enviroment. The indoor aspect would allow racing to resume throughout the year, drawing racers and crowds from all over the world.

The facility is large enough to house 2 tracks (4 lanes total). Which would allow for 4 car racing excitement. Unknown at even most outdoor tracks. This would be a huge draw for tourists and income for the city.

There would be the opportunity to have a one location auto shop class for all St. Paul high schools. The shop would have basic instructions and an advanced certification after school program.

It would house a community garage where people could work on their vehicles and a indoor walking/biking path. Classes could be given at the community garage to help people who can not afford an education become certified in auto mechanics.

The facility also has another building on the property that could be turned into the world largest indoor mountain bike park. Another draw for tourists. Also, another warehouse could be turnied into a large community center.

Other uses are endless.

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Indoor 1/8 mile drag strip

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

The worlds only 1/8th mile indoor drag racing strip can be here in St. Paul with minimal construction. The old Ford Plant building is long enough to house a race track plus some and is about to be demolished. This project could save the City of St. Paul millions of dollars in demolition and redevelopment costs. An unnoticed benifit would be tons of debris kept out of landfills. Plus, it would add many jobs that would support racing events.
The legal race track would get illegal street racing off the streets and into a safe enviroment. The indoor aspect would allow racing to resume throughout the year, drawing racers and crowds from all over the world.
The facility is large enough to house 2 tracks (4 lanes total). Which would allow for 4 car racing excitement. Unknown at even most outdoor tracks. This would be a huge draw for tourists and income for the city.
There would be the opportunity to have a one location auto shop class for all St. Paul high schools. The shop would have basic instructions and an advanced certification after school program.
It would house a community garage where people could work on their vehicles and a indoor walking/biking path. Classes could be given at the community garage to help people who can not afford an education become certified in auto mechanics.
The facility also has another building on the property that could be turned into the world largest indoor mountain bike park. Another draw for tourists. Also, another warehouse could be turnied into a large community center.
Other uses are endless.

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This will be the only indoor drag strip in the world. It would be attempting something that has never been done before at this scale. An indoor drag race was held in the 1960s in Chicago but it was much shorter than 1/8 mile.

On top of that it is not just a race track but a community hub for a demographic that is being ignored. The car enthusiast community in St. Paul has 2 of the largest car shows in the world. But nowhere to test their cars potential.

It is important to promote the auto enthusiast community in St Paul because it is one of the most racially and economically diverse venues in the city, but doesn't have a location. It would be a place where a Honda Civic and park next to a Chevy Corvette and Hispanic, Asian, African American, and Caucasian men and women intermingle.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

The indoor drag strip will not be limited to only a race track. The buiding would also house a indoor walking and biking trail around the perimeter. People from all over the city could come and enjoy a warm walk indoor in January and even bring their dog.

Also, there would be a community garage where car enthusiasts can come and work on their own cars for a low cost are the price of volunteer hours. Volunteer hours could be gained by donated labor by fixing cars of those who can not afford it. The garage would have experts on hand to assist and also have lifts and tools to use by anyone.

The building is large enough to house a indoor parking area so those want a race car but have no place to store it could have the opportunity to do so at a resonable price.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

It would be the only indoor drag strip in the world. People will be coming from all over to see it. Kind of like the Mall of America. Its unique and will have a reputation like none other. Comparable to Dubai's indoor ski slope. It would be a location of pride for residents.

It will not need to be replicated anywhere else in Minnesota. However, other northern cities around the world may take a cue and put thier own old buildings to good use.

Your Heatlh said: That is a great idea. So that we can eliminate illegal street racing. - Dennis Wong about this Competition Entry. - 2608 days ago read more >

Samuel Espey updated this Competition Entry. - 2841 days ago

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