British Columbia wine country, the Okanagan Valley is about to sing with the sounds of racing.
We have to admit, this is a strange place for a race track. Area 27 is an hour and a half from Kelowna, BC, a city of only 100,000 people nearly five hours from Vancouver. But the long days of sunshine and a dryer climate that make the area fantastic wine country, is also what makes it well suited for racing.
Part of a multi-phase, multi-million dollar development, Area 27 will be be composed of the track, a karting centre, on-site vehicle service areas and storage facilities, a members clubhouse, and condominium style lodging for those with motoring in their hearts looking to stay and play in the Okanagan Valley.
At present, asphalt for the track has been laid and it’s already seen cars ripping around the corners as track founders and racers took to the track this past weekend for a trial run. Among them were Scott Hargrove (Porsche GT3 Challenge Cup Canada) and Stefan Rzadzinski (Nissan Micra Cup) who will be working as track instructors for Academy 27, the circuit’s official training school.
Inspired by the late Gilles Vilenueve with design input from his son Jacques, the track instructors will include legends like Richard Spenard and Patrick Carpentier. Designed to be driven counter-clockwise, the track features both a long and short track configurations. Once it is fully completed the track will be open to hosting vintage racing, sports cars, motorcycle racing, grassroots motorsports, and additional motoring events.
Now for the sticker shock. Those interested in a regular membership will have an initiation fee of $45,000 ($35,000 if you sign up before official opening date) and future annual dues of $3,000 - $4,000.
The Area 27 facility will officially open to members in the spring of 2017.
Photo: Area 27
Source: Global News