Re Richard Hogue's March 10 letter, "Racetrack closed; fight against noise
CSRA International Speedway, formerly Gordon Park Speedway, is not there to
only increase one man's wealth. There are quite a few of us who look forward
to a Saturday night of good, old-fashioned fun with our friends and
families, once a week from April until October. Six hours per week is not an
excessive amount of noise.
My uncle and stepfather lived on Parham Road for many years, and neither of
them were ever disturbed by the racetrack noise. As a matter of fact, the
train passing though several times per night is a much more offensive noise
and will practically wake the dead!
Regretably, there may be a few local residents who do have a problem with
the noise, but at the last race, there were 3,000 racing fans who had a
really good time. Also, during intermission, children of all ages played
games, had foot- and bouncing-ball races and won prizes. Contrary to popular
belief, we aren't all red-necked, beer-drinking, uneducated lowlifes.
As a matter of fact, quite a few people enjoy the sport of dirt-track
racing. This particular track has been in use since the 1940s. It closed
briefly but was reopened by Ralph Newman and the Weeks brothers. There is
nothing else like it in our area.
It's sad to think we may have to drive an extra hour to get to the Modoc
Speedway or an hour and a half to get to I-20 Speedway in
Batesburg-Leesville. It is also an unfortunate truth that the Augusta area
will lose quite a bit of business if that happens, because there are many
drivers who come from different areas to race here. Those people will rent
motel rooms and dine in restaurants elsewhere if CSRA International Speedway
There are many of us who will be disappointed if our track is closed, not
just the owner. Hopefully, we are not all ignored because of a few hours of
race noise each week. If the track disappears, there is no guarantee that
the local residents will be any happier. Who knows what would take its
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