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Blake Thompson Verified Driver
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Year : 1991
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This is a positive I assume?

New ownership for Blackhawk Farms Raceway
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> August 31st, 2007
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> Blackhawk Farms Raceway, a Stateline racing fixture
> for 30 years,
> changed ownership on August 31st, 2007. Paul
> Musschoot, owner of General
> Kinematics Corp. of Crystal Lake, Illinois, has
> purchased and will take
> over track operations from Raymond Irwin, current
> proprietor and
> facility operator.
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> Blackhawk Farms raceway was built in 1967 by Tito
> and Marcia Nappi on a
> 219 acre farm just west of South Beloit with the
> original track layout
> designed by local racing legend Jerry Dunbar. Since
> being built,
> Blackhawk has hosted events for sports cars,
> motorcycles, karts, and
> other racing venues. Although not a long track,
> Blackhawk is very
> challenging technically, and the "family" atmosphere
> of the facility is
> nationally known as one of its most endearing
> features. Since it was
> built, Blackhawk has challenged many of the most
> famous names in road
> racing: the Andrettis, Sterling Moss, Paul Newman,
> Walter Payton, Boris
> Said, and Alan Jones (F1 Champion) to name a few.
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> Mike and Raymond Irwin bought the facility from the
> Nappis in 1986 and
> made many improvements over the next 20 years,
> including renovating many
> of the buildings, and resurfacing the track itself
> several times. In
> 2005, Mike retired and Raymond assumed operations
> with the help of Paul
> Depirro and Cindy Robinson. Raymond Irwin also owns
> and operates
> Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kansas.
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> The new owner of Blackhawk Farms Raceway, Paul
> Musschoot, has been
> involved in the racing industry since the late 70's.
> Starting as a
> technical inspector for the SCCA, Musschoot went on
> to campaign cars in
> SCCA GT-1 and Trans-Am racing into the early 80's.
> Taking a break from
> racing, Musschoot helped build his current business
> into a global player
> in the materials handling industry, of which he is
> currently President
> and CEO. Returning to racing in the GT-1 class in
> the late 90's,
> Musschoot has spent a significant amount of time at
> racing at Blackhawk
> Farms. He plans to continue the family friendly
> atmosphere the track
> provides, while taking a fresh look at facilities
> and the overall track
> experience.
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> For more information, log onto
> http://www.blackhawkfarms.com

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DaveC Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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Region: Milwaukee/Midwestern Council
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Year : 1999
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Paul and I are friends. He has a passion for racing and Blackhawk. This should be a good thing.

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Steve Scheifler Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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I hope he keeps Cindy on, she's the best [thumbsup] . Does this mean we'll see the crumbling corners fixed sooner rather than later?

Blake Thompson Verified Driver
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Year : 1991
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I was impressed at the changes in the website and it looks like some major changes happened at the track. If the prices don't eat me alive this looks like a great thing!

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Lucky_Kid
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Looks like they are getting some venders in there. I think if they can work on that and keep some of the costs down like Blake said it will be a good thing. I went to Blakes license day at Gingerman and was very disappointed with the atmosphere. One thing that Blackhawk has is Character and I hope they keep it!

Blake Thompson Verified Driver
Now The Fastest "Blake" in Spec Miata

Region: Central
Car #: 97
Year : 1991
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well it turns out that there are less horrible bathrooms at Gingerman than what you and I found...

but for the record the city of Beloit has NOTHING on Grand Haven. mmmm, coeds.

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