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June 13, 2014

Airport authority denies return of autocross event

CUMBERLAND — Despite the rich history of auto racing at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport, The Potomac Highlands Airport Authority voted Thursday to deny the members of National Road Autosport LLC to hold their annual autocross event on the airport’s operational grounds.

The vote on the auto racing event was held during a special meeting of the PHAA at the airport. The NRA has been holding races at the airport for the last 11 years until recent concerns over liability and the closing of the airport during the event arose.

Creade Brodie, PHAA board chair, made a motion to allow the racing association to use property outside the operational grounds.

“We let them run anywhere they want outside the fence, I will even further the motion that if they can make this work and they need additional blacktop the airport is willing to throw in $5,000 towards the existing blacktop with a percentage of them getting to race free. That is the fairest we can be. That way that cuts the FAA completely out and we ain’t got to shut down no taxiways. We can accommodate them and help them to grow,” said Brodie.

The motion passed unanimously.

The NRA representatives were clearly disappointed with the ruling.

 

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