“Community Futures has been an instrumental part of the business. Their team saw the vision we saw for the business.”
Doug McLean and Norm Spann
Fast Time Grand Prix
Doug McLean and Norm Spann’s dream race track took 7 years to plan, and 75 days to build, persistence and the support of Community Futures Central Island. The two former Saratoga racers’ dreams materialized in 2015 when a 35-turn road course with 1,600 feet of outdoor track to accommodate 21 carts opened its doors. The functioning outdoor track employs 12 people to serve the heavy traffic during the track’s peak season,
Doug and Norm met in 2008 at Saratoga Speedway in Black Creek, BC. and their mutual passion for the sport sparked a friendship and a vision for a joint business venture. “We saw what we wanted and felt strongly that the people around us would come and play.” Fast Time Grand Prix attracts corporate groups, individuals and large parties, and offers reservations up to 2 months in advance or drop-ins. They are geared towards providing participants a fun, authentic experience.
When resources were tapped, the duo reached out to Community Futures Central Island for financial assistance, where Keith Orieux, CFCI Business Analyst, acted as a coach and a mentor in the early stages of the business and its proposal. The most challenging parts of entering into a new business are its political constraints and the demands of the administrative process.