• Jul 28th 2008 at 5:40PM
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Science-fiction writers have predicted this time and time again: one day mankind would discover Heaven somewhere in the vastness of Space. Nobody ever figured it would be in upstate New York, though. But so be it: the Monticello Motor Club, a seemingly heavenly combination of country club and racing track that just opened yesterday.

The concept is to provide a challenging circuit with the amenities and exclusivity of a country club. The track runs over four miles long with 22 corners and can be set up in any of 12 different configurations. Members can drive their own cars – at an hour and a half drive (or 25-min helicopter ride) it's the closest track to Manhattan – to the club, have them stored their, or rent from a fleet of sportscars (even a claimed F1 racer) on site. Advanced driving and racing courses will be on offer, as well as logistical planning for members' entry into racing events. And when the moneyed club member gets exhausted from driving all out on the track – or, as the club puts it, for accompanying spouses – the Monticello Motor Club offers a five-star club house, complete with spa and a planned luxury hotel. Membership, which is limited to a maximum of 500, costs $125,000 to join and $7,500 minimum each year, but with facilities like these and charter members including Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Glickenhaus and Jeff Gordon, you can bet New York's car-crazed elite will be lining up to join... and we'll be cozying up for a guest pass.

[Source: Monticello Motor Club]



Celebrating a Revolution in Automotive Lifestyle, Exclusive Track Club Just Outside Manhattan Offers Lavish Amenities, Full-Service Track, and Unparalleled Luxury

MONTICELLO, N.Y. - Completely revolutionizing the concept of automotive luxury by creating the first-ever country club driving resort, Monticello Motor Club will proudly celebrate the grand opening of its cutting-edge track Sunday, July 27.

Just a short 90-minute drive from Manhattan, the Monticello Motor Club not only delivers a world-class circuit with breathtaking thrills, but also offers a luxurious array of trackside amenities, vehicle storage, and a country club facility to impeccably meet any need. Nestled amongst breathtaking hilltops with scenic forests and a crystalline lake nearby, the Monticello Motor Club presents discriminating enthusiasts with a 4.1-mile track which includes 22 unique turns, 12 distinct configurations and over 1.5 miles of straights. Designed through the combined effort of Brian Redman, world-famous driving champion and winner of 77 races in 12 countries, and Bruce Hawkins, an established track architect and engineer of some of the best racetracks in the world, the Monticello Motor Club has some of the fastest track segments available anywhere.

"We have incorporated exciting elements from some of the world's most famous tracks while delivering a circuit unique in design and character," said Monticello Motor Club President Bill McMichael. "The goal of the Monticello Motor Club is to provide a completely new way for enthusiasts to conveniently experience the very best in automotive luxury and performance driving."

The Monticello Motor Club, at 67 Cantrell Road, Monticello, NY 12701, will mark its official grand opening on July 27 with a special first-class reception. Those invited will include founding members, local and regional dignitaries and several members of the media.

With a helipad on site, members can sprint from New York City to the private club in just under 25 minutes, or fly a private jet into the SullivanCountyInternationalAirport, just minutes away from the track. The highly exclusive resort will offer only 500 Resident memberships with an initiation fee of $125,000 (U.S.) and annual dues of $7,500. A limited number of National and International memberships are also available.

And for a limited time, the Monticello Motor Clubis offering a select few the opportunity to become Founding Members who receive additional benefits and privileges, including priority track reservations, preferred choice of locker, vehicle and equipment storage location, a custom Founding Member race suit and helmet, and an early license salability.

For its inaugural season, the Monticello Motor Clubis offering its members and their guests dining, a lounge, massage services, and a technical briefing room - all in a climate-controlled environment. Also available will be professional driving instruction, a secure, climate-controlled storage facility, general automobile maintenance services, and a fleet of rental vehicles.

Members' immediate families are allowed unlimited access to the resort and its amenities, while a cache of non-member guest passes are also available. The Monticello Motor Club's event staff is also available to plan special events for members.

Future driving seasons will offer a 20,000-square-foot Member's Pavilion complete with hot-pit garages, locker rooms, a full-service kitchen, conference rooms, and a four-story glass tower with sweeping views of the track. Plans also include the construction of a world-class, 30,000-square-foot clubhouse, where luxury amenities will be delivered for members and their guests. In addition, overnight accommodations and expanded fitness and spa facilities will become available.

For more information or membership inquires, please call 877-578-RACE (7223) or visit Monticello Motor Club online to a download membership application at www.monticellomotorclub.com .

About Monticello Motor Club
The Monticello Motor Club was founded as the ultimate private race resort for discerning enthusiasts with a passion for driving. Located just a 90-minute drive from Manhattan, the Monticello Motor Club offers a vast array of trackside amenities and up to 200 days of track time annually. For more information, please visit www.monticellomotorclub.com.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow! !! This has me sold im going to join... i happen to be in NYC right... now so.. tomorow... it's time to play if you know what i mean...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Try typing a comment without unnecessary ellipses.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It just one more pompous ,millionaire ,elitist toy! its very exclusiveness tell the peasants ,Go Away!

      In an age we are pressed to conserve gas,others,arrogantly, show contempt when it comes to conservation.

      Not unlike the Sullivan County International Air Port.

      Benefiting no one again.International is a real joke.There are no carriers to run scheduled flights!

      This currant site for Cars promenading, was Monticello's only true airport.

      Modest,accessible to all,provided a service to Sullivan County residents,and was the creation of Dr. Heines,of Monticello!A real country airport...gone!

      No, this car thing, does nothing for many here!.Unless it generates taxes.Of which our county needs.Our county has become a tax or tax assisted environment for many,except the local residents!..Tnx!

      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, $7500 per year and I can't imagine the New York State racing season is much longer than 7-8 months. I didn't expect something like this in upstate NY.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow. That's one impressive looking track.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's what I was thinking, some awesome swooping turns with elevation change throughout. Great looking stuff.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I live about 45 min from there. Ill definately have to check that out... now only if i had 125K... and a car worthy....
      • 7 Years Ago

      I dont know where you live in Quebec, but you might like to know about this place.

      • 7 Years Ago
      An hour and a half from Manhattan IS NOT UPSTATE. Its still downstate.
      • 7 Years Ago
      oh that is sooo nice... lets rip out the trees to make way for fun run day!! weeee!!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "...to the club, have them stored their, or rent from a fleet of sportscars... "

      Have them stored *there*. You guys are writers for a living right?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks better than the one in joliet, IL.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd like to point out that Englishtown is closer to Manhattan than Monticello.


      Doesn't take much to use google maps to check the facts.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Avant, you've got it right!

        Englishtown is the way to do it. Make a motosport complex encompassing the dreams of parents who want thier children to win! Give your kids the choice and see where they excell! It might be Motocross, drag racing, go carts, or road racing, you'll see! Give them a chance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i actually live in monticello and the track is located about 2 minutes from my house. the track is absolutely gorgeous and to think that it was completed in less than a year and a half. It great to actually hear the car zipping around the track while walking out your front door. saturday the day before the track opened the owner bill mcmicheal had his veyron there for testing.. i drove by on the way to work work and caight a glimpse but i had no camera. sunday i took a drive by to catch a glimpse of any cars running the track but i guess it was more for celebrating as they only ran maybe 10-12 cars but security was tight and i couldnt get a snap of anything good. i have a bunch of friends on the local police and sheriff departments and they work security there so ive been begging to get myself a glimpse of the inside and take some pictures and as soon as that happens you bet your ass ill be sending autoblog an email.
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