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Looking for ways to make Lime Rock Park a good neighbor

SALISBURY — Dicky Riegel, the new chief executive officer and one of the new owners of Lime Rock Park (LRP), gave the Planning and Zoning Commission an outline of future plans for the track at the commission’s Aug. 16 meeting (held online).

He began by saying that the new ownership team wishes to establish a good working relationship with the town and the commission.

He said LRP is addressing ongoing noise concerns from the Lime Rock Citizens Council. He also said LRP is working with the State Police and the town to address speeding on local roads.

Riegel said the new ownership wishes to expand the activities at Lime Rock Park, with an emphasis on the word “park.”

Riegel cited the 2022 Trade Secrets, an annual fundraising event for Women’s Support Services, as an example of an activity that is not related to motor sports.

He said the track will soon be applying to build an “events chalet” that will be better suited for indoor events.

Also in the works are plans to expand the infield kitchen, which will replace the outfield kitchen and eliminate the need to cook food in the outfield kitchen and then drive it around to the infield.

In the B paddock, LRP plans to build garages, which will reduce the number of vehicles arriving by trailer for racing events.

Further down the road are plans for a “hospitality area” in the outfield, with a hotel, dining and a museum.

Riegel said the ultimate goal is to make LRP a four-season tourist destination.

The commissioners were generally pleased with what they heard. Asked about a timeline, Riegel said he’d like to get the chalet, kitchen and garages done “within the next year if possible.”

Asked if the plan calls for year-round entertainment, 24 hours per day, Riegel said the plan is for year-round use but not 24 hours per day. He acknowledged that certain non-racing events, such as the Highland Games, will require special permits from the commission. The Scottish Highland Games have been an annual June event at the race track for several years.

Riegel, along with Bill Rueckert (who spoke briefly on Aug. 16) and Charles Mallory, formed the investment group that purchased LRP from Skip Barber in April.

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