Ready to Kick Some Asphalt?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 REB 0788845

Ready to Kick Some Asphalt?

Those who have lived in and around Wallingford for any length of time have probably heard of Willy D’s Photo T’s & NASCAR Collectibles, a racing themed apparel and collectible shop located at 106 South Colony Road in Wallingford. Owners Bill and Barb Doucette are going into their 18th successful year with the store and have recently decided to take their love of NASCAR one step further: to the track!

CT Motorsport Park karts

Having already run a successful indoor go kart track for several years, Bill and Barb began research into the possibility of bringing outdoor performance karting to Wallingford. They were unable to locate any other tracks of that type in Connecticut, so they set out to make plans to open the first one in the state. They secured a location, designed an outdoor track that includes a road course as well as a traditional oval course, and submitted plans for the operation - to be called CT Motorsport Park - to Wallingford’s Planning & Zoning Board for approval.

CTMotorsportPark

One of the criteria for approval was a sound test to ensure that the noise levels from the karts were within acceptable levels. This test was done in early June and passed with flying colors (see a short video of the test here). The P&Z Board then reviewed the proposal in its entirety and about a week or so ago, the proposal got the P&Z stamp of approval.

CY Motorsport Park test race

Situated on nearly 2.5 acres in Wallingford’s Silversmith Park, the track layout will accommodate 4 different courses, including a 1/4 mile oval and a 1/2 mile road course. Bill plans to operate with about 10-15 carts that can negotiate the track in about 50-55 seconds, covering about 4.5 miles in their 9-lap race. There are just some final details to work out, and then the track will be ready to open to the public. More info about CT Motorsport Park can be found at their website, or you can contact Bill Doucette by email at doitoutdoors@ctmotorsportpark.com, or by phone at (203) 269-6802.

Life is a game...racing is serious!

Watch for more info about the opening, pre-opening specials and more, and get ready to kick some asphalt!

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Comments (5)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

How cool is that. I an recall doing go karting as a kid, and can even recall a track down in North Haven near the 22 connector, but this sounds like a fun trip. Do you think there will be an age limit?

Jul 30, 2010 03:42 AM
Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

Ed: Yeah, it should be a blast! The track in North Haven is different from this one because North Haven is considered a "family fun" track, as opposed to a "performance" track (there's one in Berlin, too). I think the major difference is the performance karts have more HP and go faster, and the body/chassis construction is different. I'm not sure about the age limit but I emailed the owner to find out so I'll post it here when I get it. He's my wife's cousin so we should be abale to get info pretty quickly.

Jul 30, 2010 04:27 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Pat and Wayne, I agree with Ed, this sounds like a blast.  Ed must have a great memory if he can remember back to when he was a kid ............... LOL

Sorry Ed I could not help myself :)

Jul 30, 2010 10:49 AM
Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

George: uh-oh, Ed, you gonna take that? (Did they have go karts back in the Dark Ages, Ed??) Personally, I can barely remember what I had for lunch, so good for Ed if he can remember his childhood!

Jul 30, 2010 11:11 AM
Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

Ed: here's the answer to your age question:

"16 years and up, with a drivers license, to prove age, and parent must sign waiver if under 18. we will let under 16 race under 2 conditions 1- must be able to reach pedals, gas and brake. 2- must have current karting license from a karting assosiation"

Let me know if you have other questions!

Jul 31, 2010 01:42 AM