Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

June 18, 2014

Loss of autocross will end tradition, cut economic benefits

— I was saddened to learn that the Potomac Highland Airport Authority commissioners declined to take up the FAA’s offer to review, and probably favorably rule on, a plan to continue autocrossing at CBE (“Authority puts brakes on airport autocross racing, June 15 Times-News, Page 1A).

This terminates a flow of economic benefits estimated at $3 million annually, ends a successful decade-long run by National Road Autosport, and finishes a tradition of motorsports at CBE dating to the 1950s.

Most puzzling, I am told most of the West Virginia commissioners at the meeting voted to support autocrossing at CBE but that the commissioners representing Allegany County — to which almost all the benefits flow — unanimously voted the end the program.

It is hard to believe that the voters of Allegany County feel well served by this action. I do hope they are aware of it so that they can consider alternatives in the next election.

James W. Harris

Arlington, Va.

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