South Okanagan Motorsports Corporation (SOMC) has signed a 99-year lease agreement with the Osoyoos Indian Band and Government of Canada, securing 227 acres to develop a five-kilometre track and facilities for membership-based motorsport club Area 27.
“We have been in negotiation with the Band and Canadian government for some time, and are happy to have them as partners in this capacity. Chief Clarence Louie and the Band members have been very receptive and welcoming,” said Bill Drossos, Area 27 president and co-founder.
SOMC begins construction Nov. 1. Their private circuit is designed to FIA-standards by Canadian motorsport legend Jacques Villeneuve, who Drossos met at Richard Spenard’s driving academy more than 25 years ago.
“Every race car driver dreams of having their own track”, says Drossos. “Many motorsport lovers have the same dream. We’re making it a reality.”
Funded by private investment and memberships, Area 27 welcomes members of all skill levels. They can book track time like setting a tee time at the golf club, except they are learning how to safely push their limits and become better drivers. The project stages include: a full-size five km road circuit, a clubhouse, industry-related businesses, and luxury on-site accommodation.
Area 27 is scheduled to have its track available to members by late spring 2016, with select events open to the public seasonally.