• Apr 25, 2007
Yesterday, we got an impassioned plea from AB reader Ray about the upcoming hearing at the Alameda County Administration Building, where efforts to ban both drifting and overnight camping at the historic Altamont Motorsports Park are underway.

We've attended a number of events there, including the monthly Thursday night drifting event, where anyone with a helmet and a vehicle that can pass tech can enjoy all the powersliding mayhem they want in a controlled environment. We've only gone to observe, but have found the group to be a well organized, safety conscious band of enthusiasts.

A couple who moved into a house down the road in 2005 (and promptly built a motocross track on their property, by the way), formed a two-person organization called "Community for a Better Altamont", the goal of which is to reduce the impact of traffic and noise in the neighborhood. Our friends over at Jalopnik have an excellent commentary post on the matter that outlines the players, the facts and the hypocrisy.

[Source: Jalopnik, Community for a Better Altamont, Tracy Press]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      and the track and all surrounding communities are nestled between highway 5 and 580 and 205 which are filled with traffic so why not shut down the freeways to cut back on noise? these guys are truly idiots.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This isn't anything but a set of white homesteaders not liking the predominantly asian and hispanic crowds that frequent drift events.

      Screw the shrinking perimeter people. Anyone know where we can can contribute to the defense of drifting at Altamont?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The young gentleman who presents his side of the case is an outstanding spokesman for his sport. Both articles, however, overlook what appears to be her major complaint: people drifting on the street they live on. Its this sort of antisocial crap that gets everyones parade rained on. Of course, the answer isn't to ban drifting, its to enforce the traffic laws.
      • 7 Years Ago
      whats funny is that altamont track is on the complete other side of the freeway from these people. its an almost 1 mile drive just to get from their house/motorcross track to the altamount track. like others have said, how can they complain about noise when they are literally less than 1000 feet away from the freeway. you can see their house clearly just by driving by on the freeway. ******* douchebags
      • 7 Years Ago
      Y'know,this isn't the first time people have complained. Someone built a house next to the raceway, and then started the barrage of complaints about the noise. Dude... you moved next to the freakin' racetrack. That's like saying that the
      • 7 Years Ago
      I went to the betterhypocracy website.. emails are fun..... hope u all join in.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Altamont is an absolute armpit of a place. The only way to make Altamont better is to move out. It makes Benicia look like Beverly Hills. There, that is my ignorant comment out of the way. I'm sure the Altamontians love it there, next to the freeway, on the edge of the dust valley.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lets move next to a race track and then try and have it shut down because of the noise and cars. Stupid people should not be allowed to reproduce, they should be spayed and or nuttered.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Just because there are tire marks in front of their house doesn't mean someone is peeling out."

      You don't think they might hear it as well?
      • 7 Years Ago
      man ive passed that thing about a thousand times and i always thought it was some kinda destruction derby or something...
      • 7 Years Ago
      awww, man. that was the best track for drifting. where are we going to go now? someone get Talladega Speedway on the phone.
      • 7 Years Ago
      sounds like the problem will be solved if they put cops in the area during orgainzed events, like they do for every other organized open track day everywhere else. i bet they would get shown in a better light if they were a little more inteligent about what they lobbied for.

      they moved next to a racetrack and put a racetrack in their own yard and now they want the racetrack shut down citing enviromental concerns. what a bunch of a holes.
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