NORRS, Antelope Valley & the Future

Scott Rehn

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May 27, 2009
For Immediate Release:

NORRS, Antelope Valley & the Future


First off, our apologies for not addressing this issue earlier than we have. It has been a trying last few days and to be able to answer a few questions with a clear mind and no hostilities, this time was needed.

On Friday May 22, sometime around noon, it came to our attention that the AV Fairground management was shutting down the event. Aaron Mortensen approached the management team and was told to cease and desist any and all actions involved in producing an off road race. Aaron then called for a quick emergency meeting with Billy Heandeges, Scott Rehn, and the Pollock Brothers to discuss options. We decided to ask for another meeting to convene at 2pm in the fairgrounds office. At that time, one at a time each of us brought up whatever issues that the AV management may have had. We countered with a solution to every one of their concerns, but all they could say in return was that it was too late. Aaron even offered to step-down and let the rest of his staff run the weekend. It even came to a point where the NORRS team offered to put up a 100,000.00 bond to cover the weekend so as to basically make it a “no risk” weekend for the AV fairgrounds. That was not even enough. AV did have a few valid points, but it should also be said that again, each and every one of the issues that AV had was addressed with a valid solution. It became obvious at one point that we were wasting our time when one of the NORRS staff looked out the window and the cancellation was already flashing on the AV Fairgrounds marquee while our meeting was going on! What makes it also interesting, is that the AV staff made the statement that they were going to cancel the event a week earlier, but never notified NORRS. “We wanted to see what was going to happen as the weekend got closer” they stated.

The Pollocks had built a STATE OF THE ART race track. Billy Haendiges had his entire camera crew there and ready. The TV compound was set up. The sound system was up, tested and ready to go. The race teams were beginning to trickle in. Everyone was getting ready for a fun weekend of racing. Unbeknown to NORRS, the AV Fairgrounds had also “double-booked” with another event utilizing the same parking lot that NORRS was going to be using as its pit area, but that is something that NORRS didn’t know anything about until notified by one of the race teams that was kicked out of the facility when told that they could at least spend the night.

Any fear that the event was to be a flop was reluctley addressed by NORRS when ticket sales were refunded to nearly 2,200 pre-paying fans for Saturday alone.

As for the future of NORRS, there should be some announcements possibly later this week. Aaron and his staff are aggressively looking at new venues and its long term viability in this unstable economic environment.

NORRS would like to thank ALL the racers that had committed to come to the first event and also the teams that couldn’t be there but called, emailed and text messaged us with support. It is because of you that NORRS is not throwing in the towel. It is also because of that support that we want to have an “open door policy” with the most important people in racing, YOU the racers. Please feel free to call, email, or even text message anytime with ideas on how we can make this sport grow. NORRS still has the TV package bought and paid for. Our goal is to bring what we think is the most amazing motorsport anywhere the attention that it justly deserves and with your help, we can do just that.
 

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Pops

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Something seems to be a-miss ??

There seems to be WAY TOO MUCH missing information in the press release.

It would seem that some serious litigation would be in progress already.

Just my worthless opinion.
 

amortensen

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Crandon has their 15 year exclusive with TORC and Bark River is 3 years, already looked into it. We are inquiring about the other ones mentioned.
 

Pops

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What problems would be anticipated in racing the "Quarry" in Chula Juana?
 

ryant35

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What problems would be anticipated in racing the "Quarry" in Chula Juana?
A whole lot of fees to the city because of environments issues based on previous posts here. I remember it was something like $30k.
 

diamondvisiondan

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NORRS should rent it from CORR so CORR can pay off their crew and such.....
 

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ryant35

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It was mentioned previously here that Jim Baldwin would allow LOORS to race at the Quarry, but the city makes it tough. It's hard to imagine an off-road racing event is worse for the local environment than actually digging in the quarry.
 

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I second Speedworld!!!
 
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