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Spare Few Million In The Bank? Mont-Tremblant For Sale!

To a man who owns all the toys he will ever need, apparently an epic race circuit isn't really one of them as Aston Martin team owner Lawrence Stroll has put up his Mont-Tremblant circuit for sale.

Once the home of the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix, Mont-Tremblant is one of those circuits that quite simply screams awesomeness at every single turn. Built into a stunning landscape and containing some fearsome and technical corners as part of the 2.65 mile 17 turn lap, the circuit has always been something of a favourite of drivers, despite recent years having seen less and less racing events and more corporate driving days filling up the yearly calendar.

Having been taken over by Canadian billionaire Stroll back in 2000 and subsequently going through a significant redesign, the track is very much in top condition from both a safety and driver perspective - although with his plate rather full thanks to Aston Martin road and racing commitments, and a son very much in the main throes of a Grand Prix career, it looks like this incredible venue can be snapped up by the right buyer, but you will probably need a few spare millions to get your own name above the door....

Onboard lap of Mont-Tremblant courtesy of Michel Fortin YouTube:
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It would be a shame to lose another older track, but as you can see, it's near a ski resort. It will probably be bought up by real estate developers. Hopefully Stroll will sell to race enthusiasts...........
 
The town nearby is a tourist trap. Mont-Tremblant is the ski resort with the highest elevation east of the Rocky Mountains in North America. There is a lot of nice restaurants and accommodations nearby. 90 minutes drive North of Montreal.
 
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Such a shame that covid is really hurting our Canadian tracks.

It doesn't help that our tracks are far outside of the only big cities that big series are interested in.
 
The reason the track is for sale is probably because of a pending lawsuit from local residents who complain about the noise. (It's ridiculous, if you ask me, because these people bought their properties knowing full well there was a race track close by. It looks like a legal shakedown orchestrated by some law firm.) If the residents win, the track will have to close. The same thing happened in St-Eustache, a Montreal suburb, a few years ago.

My guess: some real estate firm will buy the land and build expensive condos. (I completely agree with Michel Bélisle, Mt-Tremblant is a tourist trap...)

Mt-Tremblant is also a race track that inspired a novel, albeit only known to lovers of Quebec literature such as myself. I doubt it has been translated in English. It's set during the 1970 Canadian GP.

 
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What a diamond in the rough. Plenty of elevation change, blind entries, not a single 90 degree corner, out of place chicane or paved run off. The perfect track in my eyes. I agree this track needs to be preserved. Perhaps Ron Fellows would like a sister for Mosport?
 
It would be a shame to lose another older track, but as you can see, it's near a ski resort. It will probably be bought up by real estate developers. Hopefully Stroll will sell to race enthusiasts...........
The residents nearby do not want this area developed for housing so hopefully they can appeal to the politicians. It is a great track though but CTMP (Mosport) and Circuite Gilles Villeneuve are the dominant big event tracks...pity. It has a great karting track too which is where Lance cut his teeth in racing.
 
Thanks to those who invented sim racing, we can still keep racing at Mont-Tremblant. Doesn't cost millions, just a few mouse clicks (link in the discription):
(Assetto Corsa)
 
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The reason the track is for sale is probably because of a pending lawsuit from local residents who complain about the noise. (It's ridiculous, if you ask me, because these people bought their properties knowing full well there was a race track close by. It looks like a legal shakedown orchestrated by some law firm.) If the residents win, the track will have to close. The same thing happened in St-Eustache, a Montreal suburb, a few years ago.

My guess: some real estate firm will buy the land and build expensive condos. (I completely agree with Michel Bélisle, Mt-Tremblant is a tourist trap...)

Mt-Tremblant is also a race track that inspired a novel, albeit only known to lovers of Quebec literature such as myself. I doubt it has been translated in English. It's set during the 1970 Canadian GP.

That's too bad. My nephew works for the town that approves zoning such as commercial, residential, etc. When Ron Fellows, Canadian Tire and the developer bought Mosport the land on which it sits was zoned as a 'race track". It cannot be rezoned for the foreseeable future and sold for development as anything other than what it is. More tracks need to pursue this if they want their track to survive. They will need a big corporate backer though.

The part about the residents complaining is confusing as the article I read said they did not want the land developed for residential or commercial use. So what? Leave it as a track with no racing? Most of it is track day stuff anyway and I'm sure there are noise constraints for the evenings and early mornings.
 
That's too bad. My nephew works for the town that approves zoning such as commercial, residential, etc. When Ron Fellows, Canadian Tire and the developer bought Mosport the land on which it sits was zoned as a 'race track". It cannot be rezoned for the foreseeable future and sold for development as anything other than what it is. More tracks need to pursue this if they want their track to survive. They will need a big corporate backer though.

The part about the residents complaining is confusing as the article I read said they did not want the land developed for residential or commercial use. So what? Leave it as a track with no racing? Most of it is track day stuff anyway and I'm sure there are noise constraints for the evenings and early mornings.
The noise argument is becoming common place. There are people that complain about the noise at Laguna Seca as well. In both, Laguna Seca and Mont-Tremblant cases, what is maddening is that these tracks were in operation in the 1960's. So, if a developer built some houses next to it, well, buyers should have been aware.

I have heard the same kind of complaints about people that by residential properties near airports.
 
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AFAIK (and it's mostly from a Maclean's article from 15 years ago), the neighbours aren't complaining that there is noise coming from a race track per se, but rather that:

1) Helicopters are used very frequently, sometimes at night, by the track itself but also by Lawrence Stroll.

2) The number of active days has increased significantly over the years.

3) They didn't really expect unmuffled cars to be predominant.

I'm not going to guess who's in the right and who's in the wrong, but it's perhaps a bit more complicated than "Person buys property next to a race track, complains about the noise".
 

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