Car #: 97
Year : 1991 Posts: 602
This is a positive I assume?
New ownership for Blackhawk Farms Raceway > > > > > August 31st, 2007 > > > > 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. > > > > 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. > > > > 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. > > > > 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. > > > > For more information, log onto > http://www.blackhawkfarms.com
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!