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For Sale: One slightly used Canadian race track, low miles, good condition

Driving.ca logo Driving.ca 2020-10-07 Matthew Guy
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We have a quick request for our gearhead audiences: please survey the average price of homes for sale in your area. Is it more than $199,900? If so, cast your eyes, and those of your mortgage broker, to this New Brunswick listing for a 1/3-mile racetrack.

Yes, this empire – including a paved oval, seating for 3,500 spectators, announcement tower, and pit area – can be yours for approximately one-tenth the cost of a house in major Canadian markets. We bet they’ll even throw a green flag or two in for free.

Located about 90 minutes north of Moncton and ( checks notes ) just three hours from your author’s doorstep, the track is also set up for figure-eight madness thanks to a neat ‘X’ in the middle. This also permits the rental of go-karts which are shown in the pictures but go unmentioned in the ad copy. Perhaps they’re holding them as a bargaining chip.

a train is parked on the side of a road

Racetracks tend to take up a lot of room, explaining why the entire parcel of land is listed at a vast 36 acres. Speedway Miramichi, as it is currently known, has gone through several owners since cars first turned a wheel there in anger over five decades ago. This past year has seen less action, as one would expect given the global pandemic, but Street Stock and Modifieds machines have been tearing around the bullring since mid-summer, with a few demolition derbies thrown in for good measure.

It’s worth noting a crop of new residential development has sprung up in the area, creating conditions ripe for folks who like to buy houses next to noisy businesses and then proceed to complain about said noise. Some world-class tracks have been the target of these NIMBYs, with racers enduring ridiculous sound-limit ordinances written by people who weren’t even born when the track was built.

But that’s minor, right? Right? And, hey, one can always rent out the ticket booth on airbnb for a bit of extra income. Now, if you’ll excuse us, the entire Driving.ca team is off to check all the couch cushions for loose change while setting up a GoFundMe account.

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