When it comes to summer in the Okanagan, hot weather brings out some of the hottest cars and its not unusual to spot Lamborghinis, Ferrari’s, Porsche’s, and other high-end luxury sport cars cruising the streets of Kelowna. Car culture in the Okanagan is strong with plenty of car shows taking place all over the region, including the annual Boyd Autobody Father’s Car Day Show, Kelowna Fastest Street Car Shootout, and Instant Green Street Legal Drags in Kelowna. Now it’s about to get even better with the announcement that Area 27, a new world class motorsports facility and race track, has been given the green light.
Area 27 Motorsports Country Club will consist of a 4.9 Km driver’s circuit in the South Okanagan, situated on a 227-acre property. The development will also be home to the Driving Academy at Area 27, the Area 27 Karting Centre, and a Members Clubhouse with restaurant, private lounge, locker rooms, day spa, and pro shop.
The world class South Okanagan race track was designed by Jacques Villeneuve, a Canadian racing legend and one of the founders of Area 27. Villeneuve comes from a racing family and his father, Gilles Villeneuve, won his first Grand Prix in 1978 with a Ferrari on his home soil of Montreal. For his part, Jacques followed in his father’s footsteps and quickly began rack up his own accolades. In 1995, he won the CART Championship, and the Indianapolis 500. Then, in 1997, he took home the 1997 Formula One World Championship, becoming only the third driver to have won all three honours. This this day, no other Canadian has won the Indy 500 or the F1 Driver’ title.
When it comes to Area 27, Jacques Villeneuve designed the racing circuit to capture the experience of a Classic Grand Prix track; a true ‘Driver’s Track’ that rewards drivers of all skill levels. The track at Area 27 will be built to FIA Level 2 standards with modern features designed with safety in mind.
But Jacques Villeneuve isn’t the only well-known industry name to get behind Area 27. Other founding members include Bill Drossos, Trevor Seibert, and David King. To date, the driving coaches include Patrick Carpentier and Richard Spenard.
The team at Boyds Tire & Auto Service is looking forward to seeing how Area 27 impacts the local motorsports industry and we are excited to welcome the new development to the Okanagan. As car enthusiasts and industry professionals, Area 27 represents an exciting new chapter in the Okanagan auto industry and we look forward to servicing Area 27 members when they are in Kelowna.