New motocross track in works
February 17, 2014
Negotiations are under way to establish a new motocross track on Washoe tribal land across Vista Grande from the Topsy Lane Walmart.
Former Nevada Motocross Track operator Steve Brown said he and the tribe are in talks for the site, which overlooks Clear Creek Canyon.
"We're very hopeful everything will work out," Brown said. "It's a dream come true."
The Washoe Tribal Council passed a resolution in January to develop a Washoe motocross center on 80 acres of the tribe's lower Clear Creek parcel.
Under the resolution, Brown will develop the track, manage it and provide the working capital.
The resolution foresees having the track ready by April, but Brown said it would take 60 days to construct a track.
"It's been a pleasure working with the tribe," he said.
He said the Washoe toured the 240-acre Pala Tribe motocross track in Southern California, which was built in 2009.
Brown operated the Nevada Motocross Track on Dump Road next door to the Douglas County Animal Shelter in 2009 and 2010.
Ruhenstroth residents opposed the track and in 2010 county commissioners refused to extend the track's lease for another two years.
In the intervening time, Brown said he has been looking for a new location for the track.
He said the site behind Walmart is ideal.
"When we open, we want to open full throttle," he said.
The Record-Courier has sought comment from the tribe on the proposal.
Several proposals for a location for the track have been explored by Brown, including Topaz Ranch Estates. There was even a proposal for a track to be located south of the airport.