circuit hawaii

January 18, 2020 /// issue no. 18

aloha readers,

“real racing in paradise”. the Hawaiian island of Oahu is getting a new FIA Grade 3 motorsports facility called Circuit Hawaii. if you’re on the way to Disney’s Aulani resort, hang a left at the Costco and the track will be down by the water. i’m impressed that permitting has gone through just a few miles from Mickey Mouse, but thrilled that it has. the site was once home of the rather interesting looking Hawaii Raceway Park that shut down in 2006.

24 lucky people that can pony up $50,000 have a chance to buy in to a lifetime membership at the track’s Hawaii Drivers Club. assuming a track day cost of $250 you would need to have 200 days on track before this becomes a break even investment. that cost, however, is the cost on the mainland. there are no road courses on the Hawaiian islands and the nearest drag strip is on Maui. the HDC follows the model of other “automotive country clubs” that seem to be thriving on the mainland.

if you’ve ever visited Oahu you will know that the “import scene” is booming. the major import show circuit events Hot Import Nights, SPOCOM, and Wekfest all have annual shows in Honolulu. hopefully the opening of a legal racing venue will be a boon to car culture on the island. given the state of a planned motorsports complex in Silicon Valley i’ll believe it when i see it.

kona kope time,

daily automotive addiction.