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Old 12-10-2012, 03:33 PM   #51
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We can always hope for the best . I know this a thin skin board so i will keep my mouth shut.

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Old 12-10-2012, 07:41 PM   #52
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:49 PM   #53
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im lost... is island closed or are a bunch of old men arguing on the internet about whose cars faster?
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:53 PM   #54
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Problem is that the 300 or more houses that could be built on a lot like Raceway park or Island (if they were converted to residential lots) would be in the millions per year - maybe RP pays a good amount in property and sales taxes, but Island sure doesn't.

When enough people complain, things happen and that is a fact of life.

I mentioned LA earlier in the thread for a reason - that being a movement toward eliminating any sort of outlying non-residential, minimal tax generating properties. You can even throw farms on that list because they don't generate hardly any property taxes; so if NJ tracks go extinct, don't expect a new one to pop up somewhere out of a huge open field out in the sticks.

Flemington Speedway - remember going there quite a bit when I was younger before they closed...

Towns can and do use just about any means to close down unwanted businesses - EPA, illegal stuff, criminal activity, lawsuits, imminent domain - name it and they do it. As long as a court sides with them, it goes through.
RP is in Englishtown section of Old bridge township McMansions that complain are Manalapan Right next door different township. RP has done awesome job making sound deflecting walls and abiding to all issues complaints, including curfews. I worked at E town for a few years know most everyone there. They have solid good responsible owners please no rumors regarding E town.

As for Island I do not know anything, but there is just something cool about a throwback track that looks like it doesn't fit. If they do make it I will pay them a visit in the spring to boost their ticket sales by a couple. The racing community needs these tracks.

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Old 12-10-2012, 08:23 PM   #55
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im lost... is island closed or are a bunch of old men arguing on the internet about whose cars faster?
Apparantly you don't comprehend the meaning of "stay on topic" with a "please" at the end.

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Old 12-11-2012, 01:39 PM   #56
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A lot of farms in our area are preserved farmland/green acres. They are purchased by the municipalities and property owners pay for their taxes or something like that.

You would never see that for a racetrack.

And FWIW, here's another that went away long ago- Flemington Dragway:


True, there is a lot of green space in the area I'm in too. But not all open land is protected...

1962... That is a little before my time - but not much.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:49 PM   #57
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RP is in Englishtown section of Old bridge township McMansions that complain are Manalapan Right next door different township. RP has done awesome job making sound deflecting walls and abiding to all issues complaints, including curfews. I worked at E town for a few years know most everyone there. They have solid good responsible owners please no rumors regarding E town.
No rumors, my man - it was a big deal a few years ago and even landed on the front page of the Star Ledger. But the good news is that the problems have subsided and as long as the town knows they are following the rules, most complaints will end up in deaf ears...
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:54 PM   #58
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That sucks. Melissa was mad cool but tony was an *******. Hopefully it will reopen.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:55 PM   #59
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Ever heard of Flemington Speedway?

Municipalities care more about tax money and being able to charge more of it than they do about a race track.



Melissa is a member here, and is good friends with most of the OG folks on here. We would know straight up. Those YB guys are running their mouths. Some seem to know the real deal, others are spouting crap.
Flemington, East Windsor, Kings Fairgrounds and another one I'm trying to think of. Anytime a place like this closes it is another nail in our hobby. Hope this isn't true.
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Flemington, East Windsor, Kings Fairgrounds and another one I'm trying to think of. Anytime a place like this closes it is another nail in our hobby. Hope this isn't true.
There are lots of rumors and they are still working on it. Despite all the threads and articles written about it, it isn't dead yet. The track manager is the source of this topic being started so I wouldn't believe anything written referring back to management. Unless it comes directly from the owners, we should all have hope.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:30 PM   #61
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If i still had melissa's number i'd give her a shout, any of you guys talk to her recently?, i know after her family situation went down she kind of distanced herself, but its still in the family
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:55 AM   #62
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Just git the official word Island Dragway clised for good

Hey Guys, I just received official news from a very reliable source that Island Dragway has officially closed for good permanently. Island had their permit revoked for EPA and Tax reasons. Hot Rod magazine also confirmed it saying their website is down, and their voicemail says " It was nice having you race with us". They also say they are giving refunds to vendors. Sad day for all racers.

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Old 12-17-2012, 09:15 AM   #63
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Apparently there ar several factors causing the closing. The import show that closed hackettstown and independence due to way to many people coming backed up rt 80. State police were furious. That certainly didn't help. Also the family refuses to pay taxes is what a strong source told me
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:41 PM   #64
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If i still had melissa's number i'd give her a shout, any of you guys talk to her recently?, i know after her family situation went down she kind of distanced herself, but its still in the family
Haven't talked to her directly, she's posted about it a handful of times on facebook.

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Old 03-09-2013, 02:53 PM   #65
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Ahh the good old days.

Was looking for some old island photos(back when I was alive..right Justin? )..guess it was on another comp.

Well, heres to hoping they can reopen someday..if not..good memories!
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:39 PM   #66
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besides englishtown and atco whats the next closest tracks?
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:55 PM   #67
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Depending on your location, Maple Grove.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:01 PM   #68
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Your local Airstrip? LOL.

Anyway in all seriousness, I think all the Long Island tracks were shut down, there are a couple in Upstate NY, and a couple out in PA, but E town is one of the closest ones now. Still an hour and a lil from me. Out in PA you have Maple Grove and Beaver Springs. There is also Lebanon Valley up in NY.

Here is a list of more places to run. It also says whether are 1/4 or 1/8 mile tracks.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:18 AM   #69
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e town dropped there wednesday test n tune to $20 bucks. thats pretty good
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Great, so now you only pay $20 to run once and wait 3.8 hours while flocks of 23 second fart-can-exhaust cars dump oil and antifreeze all over the track.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:35 PM   #72
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Great, so now you only pay $20 to run once and wait 3.8 hours while flocks of 23 second fart-can-exhaust cars dump oil and antifreeze all over the track.
this. lmao. Import vs. Domestic day all the 16 second honduhs were exploding on the track... Ruined it for all the real nice built hondas and other cars
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R.I.P ISLAND DRAGWAY

whats even making it more of a bummer for me is that i just bought a house 15 min drive away from island and i used to be an hour away. i had planned on stopping by the dragstrip a couple times a month just to watch some cars tearing up the pavement. i guess not now though.
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Don't jump to any conclusions yet, I read a few rumblings that things may be happening. Might be BS rumors, but I'll continue to hope.
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