The Calgary Kart Racing Club and their many volunteers continue to make gains on the future new home of their kart club. After breaking ground in July, the activity has been non-stop on the land of their new facility, about 25 minutes east of the city of Calgary, and with it’s current state the laying of asphalt is just around the corner. Track officials have also announced the name of the facility, Pivot Field.
Pivot Field is situated right off the Trans-Canada Highway in Strathmore, Alberta, a city that boasts a population of 12,500 and all the necessary amenities including hotels, meaning karters won’t have to travel far when competing at the new track. The track has a length of 1300 meters on approximately 20 acres of land.
Plans were in place to lay asphalt this week, however a quick shift in the weather has put a delay with crews now on standby until clear weather is in the forecast.
“Building a facility of this magnitude by a club of volunteers is daunting to say the least. We have reached milestones in a fairly progressive manner and overcome a myriad of hurdles along the way. Just yesterday the weather dumped 10cm of snow on us after being 25 degrees on Sunday. Our plans for paving at the end of this week have been further delayed but we will use the time to complete more tire barrier shrink wrapping and further grading of the areas surrounding the track surface. We will need the manpower of the CKRC to step up more in the coming weeks along with members of the associate clubs that will also use the facility, Alberta Mini Roadracing Association and the Rocky Mountain Motard Club. Once completed and weather permitting of course we plan to run at least an enduro event and perhaps a club race before calling it a season.”
-John Kwong, CKRC President
From the initial land clearing, to draining working, laying gravel and much much, the track is taking shape. And for one member, they couldn’t wait for the asphalt to take a lap of the track, albeit for demonstration purposes. Watch the video below:
The club was even able to score some sweet overhead shots of the track layout courtesy of bike enthusiast with a quadcopter.
Work on the facility will continue until the season ends, with much more in store planned. The paddock will be paved, curbing will be put in place in early 2015 and much, much more.
Plans are in place for an enduro event and the chance for a double-header club race to officially announce the opening of the Pivot Field.
CKN will keep tabs on the progress of the facility and eventually give a full in-depth look once it is complete.