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NewsCircuit Mont-Tremblant, World-Class Racetrack Built In 1964, Ruled A Nuisance

Circuit Mont-Tremblant, World-Class Racetrack Built In 1964, Ruled A Nuisance

Circuit Mont-Tremblant found guilty of being too noisy by surrounding real-estate development.

  • Mont-Tremblant, located 90 minutes north of Montreal, is one of the greatest tracks in North America.

  • The track is a favorite destination for racing enthusiasts and weekend track warriors.

  • The town of Mont-Tremblant is extremely affluent and the track sits in the middle of it.

This one hits close to home. The Circuit Mont-Tremblant (CMT) is in our backyard and members of Motor Illustrated regularly drive up to this World Class racetrack for various driving events and car shows. For as long as we can remember, CMT managers, organizers, and instructors have been mindful of noise levels but clearly this was not enough. Mont-Tremblant citizens have won a class-action lawsuit against CMT and the 56-year old track is going to have to pay.

We’ve admittedly not read the entire 115-page judgment (it’s in French) however we did peruse many sections of the document and found that the issue seems to lie with the fact that a previous track owner asked the city to re-zone portions of the land for housing development. At the time, the track’s use was in decline as was its condition and, apparently, the city assumed that track activities were to remain very limited.

By 2000-01 however and following considerable renovations, track activities took off. In the process, Mont-Tremblant became an even more desirable destination and resort. The increase in track-day events, racing weekends and racing schools was not appreciated by those who live nearby.

As far as we can tell, those that bought and built homes in the surrounding area between the late 80s and early 2000s are the closest thing to being victims, of some sort. It could be argued that they were not warned that CMT was to become as busy but they knew full-well they were moving next to a racetrack.

While we can almost mildly sympathise we these citizens, those who lived nearby in the 60s, 70s, early 80s and especially those who purchased a house after 2006 cannot possibly have any grounds to stand on – they knew what they were in for.

From the Tremblant Express report:

– The amount of compensation varies depending on the moment at which a resident arrived, to take into account their prior knowledge of the noise issue:

i) $750 / person / year if the person arrived before August 1964;

ii) $675 / person / year if the person arrived after August 1964 but before July 2001;

iii) $300 / person / year if the person arrived between July 2001 and December 2006; and iv) $150 / person/ year if the person arrived after December 2006 – with interest in all cases.

According to our preliminary calculations, the value of the award could reach $3 million, without counting interest.

Now, you may or may not know this but Quebec, much like other Provinces, are losing racetracks on a regular basis. With street-racing still very much an issue, dwindling numbers of venues for these kids to “get it out of their systems” can only mean that they will eventually return to the streets…

We are admittedly upset by this decision as the fact is that homes were built and bought alongside a racetrack. We wonder if citizens living nearby airports will use this judgment as a precedent to sue their towns because of the noise generated by increased air traffic over the last decade or so.

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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