Jump to content
TrackJunkies.Org

GSS For Sale


Recommended Posts

FOR SALE - GrandSport MotorSports Park in Houston Texas

 

Yes you can own your own racetrack! Become a member of the exclusive club that few can enjoy and claim this level of motorsports success. Huge opportunity for the right party. Only 29 miles south of downtown Houston. Club racing, Track Rentals, Racing Schools, Motorsports Country Club, Garage Rentals, Car Shows, Exotic Supercar Lapping, Mud/Obstacle Runs, Color Runs, Harley Rallies, Concerts and so much more. Almost impossible to build or own a track this close to a major city. Also, an established racing school may be available on a separate purchase. More land that you can not see in this photo is also included to build another mile of track. Great for 10/31 Exchanges or EB1 Visas. Bring a real wallet or your very supportive banker... not your broke friends. Asking $4.5M. Some vendor financing may be available. Contact [email protected] information or grandsportspeedway.com for details.

Link to post

When was the last concert there. Where are the garages. It would have potential if they finished adding on to it. Not 4.5M potential. What is TWS asking price in comparison?

If memory serves I thought TWS was selling for the $4-5M range too. Then would be worth eleventy bazillion dollars once the housing development goes up... :rolleyes:

Link to post

Sorry, but GSS is a craphole.  It's a fun little track to play around on, would be a great kart track.  But a "race track" it is not.  Never has been, never will be.

I would laso be concerned about the zoning rules of the area.  The people out there call the cops on you if you put a wheel on the track before 8am or after 5am.  There's a reason for that, and I would assume that it's a noise/zoning thing preventing legal use of the facility outside those hours.   obviously this is rumor and innuendo, but for the way the folks out there act, I'm betting there's a pretty legit reason for the scrict enforcement.

 

If that's the case, that means the track really can't expand, can't host proper races, no nighttime concerts, etc because of noise ordinances and/or grumpy neighbors.  I'd never pay $1MM for it, let alone $4.5MM.

Link to post

It doesn't really make a great kart track either. When the Tx Sprints went there for the first time a few years ago the races were determined more by who drafted the best instead of who drove the best. Karts haven't been back since AFAIK. Not to say I wouldn't love to turn a few sub 1 minute laps in a shifter there. But I think the idea someone else mentioned to make it into a RallyCross track is the best one by far.

Link to post

gotcha.  I wonder about putting a chicane or two on the two long straights for the karts to reduce the drafting effect.

 

Not that I'd be willing to risk $4.5MM that I don't have to try it...  I would otherwise think it would be great for karts-- it's narrow enough that you can't get two cars around it easily, but wide enough that a couple karts could have fun fighting it out..  ???

Link to post

But I think the idea someone else mentioned to make it into a RallyCross track is the best one by far.

:cool:

 

Rallycross is the only way to go for that place.

 

Here are the steps:

- Prepare a draft of the project: the layout will have asphalt (already there) and dirt setup with jumps.

- Make a call to RedBull, Monster, etc

- Make a call to supermoto/motocross groups

- Make a call to the Austin group who does rally (Brianne something)

- Buy and build 4 Subaru STis (whatever 4wd car) in Rallycross spec

- Start a rental / school business (dirt fish school anyone?)

- Smoke a cigar.

Link to post
  • 3 months later...

What Tobey said.   And he's not joking about the WWII thing.  If you're not familiar with the track, the paddock used to be part of a Naval air base, built in WWII to house blimps that flew over the Gulf to search for German subs.. 

The mooring towers from the original hangar are still there on a warehouse/industrial site just northeast of the track.  The towers are HUGE and someone tried to 'decommission' them by placing a few tons of dynamite at the base of one tower.   the things were/are so strong, they couldn't even blow them up!  so they just left them there until Father time takes them down...

 

anyway, yeah.. the paddock area I'm told is like 4ft thick concrete, left over from when it was an air base.

https://www.bing.com/search?q=hitchcock+tx+blimp+base

http://www.texas-flyer.com/chambers/landmark.htm

Link to post
Guest lobster

What Tobey said.   And he's not joking about the WWII thing.  If you're not familiar with the track, the paddock used to be part of a Naval air base, built in WWII to house blimps that flew over the Gulf to search for German subs.. 

The mooring towers from the original hangar are still there on a warehouse/industrial site just northeast of the track.  The towers are HUGE and someone tried to 'decommission' them by placing a few tons of dynamite at the base of one tower.   the things were/are so strong, they couldn't even blow them up!  so they just left them there until Father time takes them down...

 

anyway, yeah.. the paddock area I'm told is like 4ft thick concrete, left over from when it was an air base.

https://www.bing.com/search?q=hitchcock+tx+blimp+base

http://www.texas-flyer.com/chambers/landmark.htm

that is fascinating thanks I had no idea! 

Link to post

If you're ever up in the Portland area, check out the Tillamook Air Museum. They have hangars there that would be similar, if not identical, to what was at GSS. Supposedly the largest clear-span wooden structure in the world. It is huge. Really amazing to look at.

 

http://www.tillamookair.com/hangar-b/

Link to post
Guest lobster

If you're ever up in the Portland area, check out the Tillamook Air Museum. They have hangars there that would be similar, if not identical, to what was at GSS. Supposedly the largest clear-span wooden structure in the world. It is huge. Really amazing to look at.

 

http://www.tillamookair.com/hangar-b/

 

Ive read about tillamook but haven't been, seeing that would be a site for sure! 

Link to post

Yes.   the articles I read while digigng up those links about the Hitchcock blimp base say Tillamook is basically the same design hangar.  

The one here was sold as surplus after the war and stored rice and other stuff for years.    the wooden structure was damaged in a hurricane in early 1960s and demolished.  the old photos on interwebs show it to be of OMFG size.

Link to post
×
×
  • Create New...