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#1 MSwiss

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 07:42 AM

While the 90 second commute has been nice, my current location will never be longer than 64 ft., which prevented me from building a full-length drag track.
 
I've been lucky enough to get the opportunity to move to a larger, deeper location on super-high traffic Ogden Ave.
 
Yesterday afternoon I signed a three-year lease for a 4,800 sq. unit at:

17B West Ogden Ave.
Westmont, Il. 60559
 
The new location has two long spans which should allow me to build a 1/4 mile drag strip with plenty of shutdown along with, hopefully, a permanent gravity track for Pinewood Derby/Hot Wheels.
 
There might also be enough room for a small oval/rental track.
 
For local area racers, I'll be located north and east from my current location (approx. ten minutes) just west of Cass Ave., on the south side of Ogden, between Pizza Hut and Classic Kitchen & Bath.
 
I'm almost halfway between the Ogden exits at both I-294 and I-355, being a tiny bit closer to the 294 exit.
 
I'll be moving in mid-April.
 
Some series races will have to be moved back or cancelled.
 
Sorry for any inconveniences.
 
My new landlord and I reached an agreement, in principal, a few months back, but both of us have been real busy (she's an accountant), so the lease wasn't finalized and signed until yesterday.
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 07:45 AM

Wow. Good luck!


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:06 AM

Congrats.
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:12 AM

I love good news. A 1/4 mile drag strip will sure help business.


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:15 AM

Mike,
 
Congrats on the new location. I like the overview with the expanded business model including a drag strip and the permanent Pinewood Derby track. The more diverse the business model blend the more everything supports each other. Good move/smart thinking and a more solid future for a commercial raceway in the Chicago area. 
 
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:22 AM

Tickles me to death to hear of a raceway expanding, rather than closing!

That doesn't happen very often...

Great news, Mike!
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:39 AM

I like the overview with the expanded business model including a drag ship and the permanent Pinewood Derby track.


I've never seen a drag ship. Is that one of those gay Carnival Cruises?  :laugh2:
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:41 AM

Hey Mike,

 

Great news for a terrific slot car raceway! Ovals and dragstrips seem to be the mecca of the snowboarding generation and it will help get in more clients that will appreciate the talents of hardcore racers and innovators like you and your staff.

 

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:51 AM

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 08:57 AM

Ow, ow, ow... :laugh2:
 
Congratulations and good luck with the new facility!
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 09:12 AM

Go, Mike!

Sounds like a great plan and I wish you all the best of success with the move.
 
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 09:22 AM

Great news, Mike. :D :good: Good luck with the move and the larger location.
 
Now all we have to wait for is the range of Chicagoland drag chassis components. :D :laugh2:

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 09:45 AM

Great news... congratulations!
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 09:57 AM

Hey Ray,

How do you say that in banana language?  :laugh2:
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Posted 03 April 2014 - 10:06 AM

Mike is this the new location?


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 10:21 AM

Great news! Still close enough for me and the gang! And I do have some drag cars!

Hope you wont be closed too long, withdrawls will be painful.

See you Saturday! :)

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 10:38 AM

Tickles me to death to hear of a raceway expanding, rather than closing!

That doesn't happen very often...

Great news, Mike!

 

Mike, what Cheater said.


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 10:39 AM

Looking forward to seeing the new place. Congrats!

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 10:46 AM

Congratulations, Mike!

 

Ray, you gettin' a promotion to Vice-President of Chicagoland Raceway?


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 10:47 AM

Fantastic news, Mike, many congratulations! All of that hard work does pay off, doesn't it? Just awesome!


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 11:29 AM

Congratulations and good luck on the new location!! Awsome!! :)


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 11:36 AM

Wishing you the best of luck, Mike ...


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 12:07 PM

Mike is this the new location?



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Posted 03 April 2014 - 12:23 PM

:) Great news Mike!!   Good Luck  there!!


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 01:17 PM

While the 90 second commute has been nice, my current location will never be longer than 64 ft., which prevented me from building a full-length drag track.
 
17B West Ogden Ave.
Westmont, Il. 60559
 
The new location has two long spans which should allow me to build a 1/4 mile drag strip with plenty of shutdown along with, hopefully, a permanent gravity track for Pinewood Derby/Hot Wheels.

 

 

I just peed a little...


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