VIR - The Cow Pasture Years 1975-99

Article on track closing

After the track was closed in 1974, it reverted to farmland for almost 25 years. A number of people tried to put together the funds and a deal over the years, but nothing came of these efforts until developer and vintage racer Harvey Siegel struck a deal with the Foote family in 1998. Today, Siegel and his business partner Connie Nyholm have created a beautiful facility hosting constant racing activity.

1980's proposal
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After 1974, the track surface remained in remarkably good condition as trees grew up next to the track and cows roamed over the area. In 1998, it was still drivable (not at speed of course).

Video lap taken in late 1998 by Don Sanders just after renovation started


Photos taken by Mike Rand September 1998 before any restoration work began.

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Photos taken by Mo Overstreet in early 1998 before any restoration work began.

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infield from Oak Tree turn
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infield from Oak Tree turn
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entrance to Oak Tree turn
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entrance to Oak Tree turn
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Oak Tree turn
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Oak Tree turn
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exit from Oak Tree turn
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back straight
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pedestrian bridge
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toward auto bridge
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road to spectator hill
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road to spectator hill
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road to spectator hill
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road to spectator hill
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spectator hill
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spectator hill
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spectator hill
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spectator hill
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Back straight - restoration started 11-28-98

Video lap taken in 1998 by Don Sanders just after renovation started


Photos from late 1998   
Restoration is just getting under way

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Pagoda
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Snack Bar
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Snack Bar

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Uphill esses
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Pit lane - Sunoco sign
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Rollercoaster / Hog Pen turns
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Me on the old vehicle bridge
Coke bridge is in background

Me in March 2000 heading toward new driveover bridge 
(driving yellow Fiat 850 spider)