Would You Like to See Drag Racing at EPCAL?

One proposal being discussed would mean a private racing country club.

With an idea for a possible racing country club for Enterprise Park at Calverton suggested by Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter this week, what do you think? Would you be interested in a private facility, similar to a golf club, at EPCAL?

Walter said plans for the future at EPCAL include a racing country club, where members would pay to join and race on a quarter mile track. "It would be no different than a golf club," Walter said. "That's what we're studying."

But, the supervisor added, although  and  are two uses that have residents divided passionately on both sides, with some fervently advocating for a new drag strip and environmentalists decrying the possibility, the bottom line is that before any future use can be discussed, the subdivision process and environmental review by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation must be completed first.

What do you think? Take the poll and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Bob Mannara August 06, 2012 at 08:45 PM
OK fulcoy Why Not??
Bob Mannara August 06, 2012 at 08:48 PM
way to go Jerry
Anthony Agugliaro August 07, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I am a NY CITY Detective and have seen tooo many accicents of kids speeding on highways and getting killed....this I think would end most of that....They can go to a local drag strip and settle who is faster...
James Daly August 07, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Bring Drag Racing back to Long Island. We are ready. Enough taking it to New Jersey!
Terry Magioncalda August 07, 2012 at 05:48 AM
It's about time! We missed DRAG RACING, on L.I.
FRANKIE RUIZ August 07, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I'm from the BRONX & I approve for a DRAG RACING TRACK IN L.I. !!! That way there's a place to have fun besides E-TOWN & it will help bring money to L.I.
L.I.M.A. August 08, 2012 at 12:27 AM
And there is a program in place right now that affords the PD to combat street racing issues, that is called the beat the heat program, but without a track here there can be no such program, instead just more stricter laws which makes for more deadly accidents. The police do not want to be investigating this stuff nor see kids dead because of a FEW selfish people and a single town supervisor not willing to even TRY anything to save lives . . . . .
Matthew August 08, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Every Motorsport enthusiast wants a track on long island. I feel that we've been stripped of what we as drag racers love to do. None of us like paying 100s of dollars to go to new jersey to race our cars. It's time to bring drag racing back to long island.
Bob Mannara August 08, 2012 at 10:16 AM
I own a Commercial Roof Company "1800FLATROOF" in Calverton In EPCAL. I am about to start a huge roof project in Riverhead . This project will bring jobs to the local area,and will benefit the farmers as well.However the profits for this project will go out of State because I cannot enjoy a simple way of life here on your dead end island.Im talking about a race track..No race track No Money ...See you in the Sunshine State .(((stupid people)))
Bob Mannara August 08, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Did you ever drive sound Ave in harvest??We should outlaw the Vinyards
greg poppie jackson August 08, 2012 at 01:22 PM
greg [poppie] jackson ,it,s a shame that we work so hard on long island and have to play in other states. we need a track so that we can bring back money to long island ,and stop spending our hard earned money in other states. give our children a future on long island........
Jimmy Popp August 09, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Well said Mr. King.Thank you for your service to our country.
Jimmy Popp August 09, 2012 at 02:08 AM
What???? No response to back up your views fulcoy????
Jimmy Popp August 09, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Well said Steve...Been a long time buddy...How have you been?????
steve macioch August 11, 2012 at 01:34 PM
steve macioch lets go riverhead your burnin daylite and losing dollars
Argile August 11, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Glad to see people are still voting for the racetrack. Pass this poll around to all the car message boards.
Longisland Needsadragstrip August 28, 2012 at 12:55 PM
look at all the surrounding areas near or close to a motorsport venue ,, atco e-town .charlotte nc , daytona taldega , etc,,,, the privates business , food stores, resaraunts hotels are doing well ,, why people come to vist & spend $$$$ . i have lived on li all my life ,, we need a attraction !!.. at the same time wil get rid of street racing .. ... lets get some one at R.H.T WHO DOESNT HAVE A HEARING PROBLEM & understands Safety, Prosperity, motorsports @ calverton the pavement is allready there !. we dont have to cut down any trees :)
larryd August 28, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Id love to have a place to play here on li. Im tired of donating money to NJs taxes.
John August 28, 2012 at 04:04 PM
PEOPLE THIS IS TALKING ABOUT MAKING A PRIVATE CLUB they are proposing a track basically for the rich people. The track should be for all, the rich have enough clubs they could go and play with their snooty friends in. A private club won't bring money to LI either. Open a track to all and the local businesses will benefit from it also.
larry sumner August 28, 2012 at 05:31 PM
We need a public track. This country club thing seems like a way for the riverhead town board squash it before it even starts. Most drag racers are willing to spend a few hundred a weekend but we're not gonna pay thousands for an elite membership to a private dragstrip. Obviously like most government officials stupidity rules. We're sorry the indoor ski thing didn't work out but hey who would have seen that failure lol.You want to make money? Make the track public like everywhere else in the country. As for traffic it was never a problem at Long Island Motorsport park.
edward August 28, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Yes yes and yes! This a no brainer the county needs money and this a great way to bring it in. If traffic is a serious concern to some, then maybe long island is not the place for them to live. Let's keep hot rodding alive. If you build it they will come.
Chris August 28, 2012 at 08:31 PM
We need a track on long island!
Paul Mauceri October 21, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Paul Mauceri October 21, 2012 at 05:02 AM
MR WALTERS : you are the man that can help us. Please don't drag this out any longer. If one life is saved do to street racing won't it be all worth it Please look at the big picture. The economy boost would be increidible ..Local bussines food, motels auto shops so many jobs will be created. You and your staff must see this oppertunities. WE ALL NEED YOU TO ACT AND ASK FOR OUR SURRORT YOU WILL HAVE IT JUST LET US KNOW WHEN AND WERE. Paul Mauceri Pres.East Eoast Racing .We need your help and you will get all our votes
Bob Mannara October 21, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Vote Walters OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!! he is another Dinosaur and is extinct!!!No Track No Walters !!! get rid of this Bum!!!!
Mary Z January 19, 2013 at 07:49 PM
I pray your voice was heard. You will be so missed! Someday your sons will be able to race your cars on Long Island
James giacalone January 24, 2013 at 02:59 PM
We need a track on the island there are hundreds of racers on the island all going to a different state to race and spend there money as well . keep it in house we need it bad!! Jimmy G
Bob Mannara January 24, 2013 at 07:43 PM
The town complains about the effects a drag strip would have on the enviroment ...look at this place now!!!!.The world largest junk yard.Thousands of Toxic cars dripping a black goo all over the enviroment..Whats wrong with this picture?
A.N.Other January 27, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Bob, you're right all those cars plus the constant flow of trucks in and out on rt 25. I don't even like drag racing but I am for the proposel
Ernie Jensen February 27, 2013 at 03:25 PM
There is a need for all the reasons mentioned in the other positive posts. It is a shame that the local government can not put something together that could work for the public, or remove all the red tape and burocracy that makes it impossible for private investment to do.


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