M1 Concourse Ribfest Photodump

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Taken with an old flip-phone.

M1 Concourse is a new facility on Woodward Avenue in Pontiac, Michigan with a 1.5 mile track. The place is still very much under construction, with several phases yet to be completed.

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But a track, a few garages, and an infield are all that’s needed to host this weekend’s Ribfest, which is as good an excuse as any to show off the site’s progress.

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Dirt everywhere.
Dirt everywhere.
Lots of tires, though!
Lots of tires, though!
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The infield, filled with vendors, entertainment and more.
The infield, filled with vendors, entertainment and more.
Completed phase 1 garage next to a phase 2 skeleton
Completed phase 1 garage next to a phase 2 skeleton
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More phase 2 garages yet to be built
More phase 2 garages yet to be built
Another view of phase 2 construction site
Another view of phase 2 construction site
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Unfortunately, the track itself is rather disappointing. I’m afraid it’s just a simple oval, with no banking, zero elevation changes, and an artificial grass surface. Oh wait, no, that was the Hot Dog Pig Race track:

Starting grid
Starting grid
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The view from turn 2
The view from turn 2
The “back” straight
The “back” straight
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Dachshunds in buns
Dachshunds in buns
PIGS... IN... A RACE!
PIGS... IN... A RACE!
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And speaking of porky things going ’round a track...

Challenger Hellcat
Challenger Hellcat
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The Charger’s a Hellcat too
The Charger’s a Hellcat too

Looks like Chrysler took the opportunity to be their fleet provider.

(At least) two ACR models to serve as pace cars!
(At least) two ACR models to serve as pace cars!
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Two more Vipers, GT models. No “M1 Concourse” labeling though. Maybe they’re not actually part of the fleet?
Two more Vipers, GT models. No “M1 Concourse” labeling though. Maybe they’re not actually part of the fleet?
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Some lucky guys had the fun job of driving around customers for $30 “hot laps”.
Some lucky guys had the fun job of driving around customers for $30 “hot laps”.
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Stacks of spare tires
Stacks of spare tires
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As Paul Hogan might say, “That’s not body roll; THAT’S body roll”:

It’s the Shell-Camino Team!
It’s the Shell-Camino Team!
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The folding ladder’s rungs read “student driver”
The folding ladder’s rungs read “student driver”
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I wish accessing MY spark plugs was that easy
I wish accessing MY spark plugs was that easy
I have no idea how much these tires cost; do really I want to know?
I have no idea how much these tires cost; do really I want to know?
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Rides in the bed of the front-engined Shell-Camino consisted of sharp turns dancing around this island of mashed cars
Rides in the bed of the front-engined Shell-Camino consisted of sharp turns dancing around this island of mashed cars
The rear-mid-engined Shell-Camino did the honors of mashing them some more.
The rear-mid-engined Shell-Camino did the honors of mashing them some more.
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Some visitors opted to pay extra for VIP parking, putting their cars on display (think cars and coffee, but with ribs):

“Which Ford is best Ford?”
“Which Ford is best Ford?”
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“My Ford is best Ford because...”
“My Ford is best Ford because...”
“...because NOS”
“...because NOS”
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Bowtie buddies
Bowtie buddies
And a mostly un-restored Biscayne with conspicuously inappropriate wheels
And a mostly un-restored Biscayne with conspicuously inappropriate wheels
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1967 ‘Vette, owned by a wonderful older couple. My camera does not do this beautiful car justice.
1967 ‘Vette, owned by a wonderful older couple. My camera does not do this beautiful car justice.
I meant to capture the red LEDs as they flashed across. I failed.
I meant to capture the red LEDs as they flashed across. I failed.
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User plate checks out
User plate checks out
YOU NEVER LET ME HAVE ANY FUN MOM
YOU NEVER LET ME HAVE ANY FUN MOM

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