Why locate Area 27 in the South Okanagan?
The South Okanagan is the warmest and driest climate found anywhere in Canada, and has become the premier resort destination area in the country. Members can enjoy a multitude of activities in the area and can count on a long, dry season to enjoy the track.
Who is behind Area 27?
Area 27 was founded in 2013 by Bill Drossos, Jacques Villeneuve, Trevor Seibert, and David King. Founding members include Les Cool, Daryl Carter, Gord Lindsay, Robert Sinneave, Robbie Dickson, Paul Neider and Brett Knelson.
How long is the season at the track?
The track aims to open by mid-March and is open until the first week of November, weather dependant.
When did the track open?
Area 27 opened as of September 14, 2016, and held the grand opening June 4, 2017.
How long is the track?
The track length is 4.83km, 3 miles. Which makes it the first and only track over 2 miles to be constructed west of Ontario.
You mentioned the track as Phase 1. What are the other phases?
As mentioned, Phase 1 is comprised of the track, a driving academy, karting centre, access roads, fencing and necessary infrastructure.
Phase 2 includes construction of an administrative building, on-site vehicle service, members amenities, on-site vehicle storage, and the karting center building.
Phase 3 planning involves future condominium-style arrive and drive suites.
Phase 4 will be for additional event related infrastructure such as grand stands, pit garages, and timing and scoring/media tower type buildings.
Will the track have multiple configurations?
The track features both a long and short track configuration, and is designed to run counter clockwise.
Is Area 27 able to host organized motorsport events?
Yes, the track will be constructed to modern safety standards. Our goal is to host vintage racing, sports cars, motorcycle racing, grassroots motorsports, and car shows.
How often do members get to drive on the track?
Members will receive a minimum of 15 member days per month.
What if I only have a (regular) drivers' license?
Members with only a drivers license are classified as novice drivers; after completing a 2.5 day course at Academy 27, they are classified as intermediate. Drivers may participate in an additional day of coaching on the full circuit to achieved advanced level certification.
Will members be able to use race or non-street legal vehicles at Area 27?
Yes, there will be designated times for various types of vehicles; however, all vehicles are required to meet or register lower than a predetermined sound output maximum level.
Will motorcycles be allowed at Area 27?
The circuit is designed to consider elements for both cars and motorcycles. Riders need to meet similar eligibility requirements as drivers (approved motorcycle racing schools) and will have separate designated sessions.
Does membership include any family members?
Yes, membership includes your spouse and dependents (up to and including the age of 27). Family members between the age of 28 and 35 may be added for an additional charge to the initiation fee.
Can members bring guests to Area 27?
Yes*, members can bring up to 15 non-driving or non-riding guests per month to Area 27. Members will also be entitled to a minimum of 3 guest drivers per calendar year. Please note that guest drivers must meet all eligibility requirments, including prior track experience, in order to drive the Area 27 circuit.
*Non-member guests may drive only three (3) times per calendar year on the full circuit and must pay the daily use fee of $100.00.
Can I sell my membership in the future?
Yes - providing your membership has been in good standing for at least 5 years, you may sell your membership. The transfer of membership is subject to an administration fee and SOMC management approval.
What is the target membership for Area 27?
The Area 27 Motorsport Club is limited to 300 individual memberships, and 10 corporate memberships.