Freitag, 14. Januar 2011Save The Ring is just 5 weeks underway - the Petition even shorter - yet we have over 8.000 signatures and 40.000 Facebook followers to support the case. Now there is a Twitter account too.
Please stay involved, spread the word and think about possibilities how we could become louder.
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Here is another sample letter I'm allowed to share, which has been written to Joaquin Almunia, the Vice President of the European Commission:
Dear Commissioner Almunia,
I am sending you this email on behalf of the “Save the Ring” campaign. The main purpose of this letter is to request that the race track and the Leisure Park be kept separate. From my experience in Houston, Texas I believe the Leisure Park is going to fail completely, and soon. Here’s why.
Houston, Texas is a thriving city with a very diversified economy: oil and gas industries, the tenth largest port in the world, manufacturing, colleges, medical industries and hospitals, and construction. The economy has always been strong here and the standard of living is quite high. The area also has a very temperate climate with cold weather affecting only two months of the year.
In 1968 Houston had the opening of its own leisure and amusement park, Astroworld. This park lasted 37 years before it was demolished. In the beginning it covered 57 acres and over the years grew to 75 acres. During its lifetime, Houston’s population swelled from 1 million to 5 million people. Astroworld was sold 3 times in its life. As the decades went by, millions of dollars had to be poured into it to keep it fresh, yet attendance trends kept going down, hence, the many sales of it. The last 5 years of its life it was a virtual money pit with return on invested capital low or nonexistent. Astroworld being located next to the Astrodome, which has been referred to as a wonder of the modern world, did not help it one bit. The closing and demolishing of it had few mourners. Despite having every possible thing going for it, it failed.
The Leisure Park at the Nuerburgring isn’t quite as fortunate as Astroworld was. It is located next to a race track in a sparsely populated area that has a clientele of mature adults that have pure motorsports in mind. Anyone going to the Park at Nuerburgring will have to travel some distance to get there, as opposed to Astroworld, which was in the center of Houston. The climate in the Eifel area has about half as much time of temperate weather as Astroworld leaving it with a much smaller window of opportunity to rake in profits. I have read that the Park at Nuerburgring has not been producing profits, and by some accounts, actually going into debt as the months go by. I can’t think of anything that will change this. The fact is amusement and leisure parks are expensive to build and maintain and few wind up making ends meet. The leisure park at the Nuerburgring is fighting a much stiffer head wind than Astroworld ever did.
It is very important that these two entities stay separated financially. The Nuerburgring has existed since 1927 and is an iconic part of Germany. While it has managed to pay its way over the years, it will not support a money pit like the leisure park. To put it simply, if the two are kept separate and the Nuerburgring leisure park fails, you still have the track. If they are tied together financially and fail, you will lose both.
German cars are the best driving cars on the market and part of that comes from testing on the Nuerburgring. If a car is good on the Nordschleife, it can handle anything anywhere and that is part of the joy of owning a German car. If the track is lost over the failure of this leisure park, it will eventually show up the cars Germany sells. There is no other track German manufacturers could go to get the results the Nuerburgring gives. Please fight to keep our beloved race track a sovereign entity .
I’ll close this letter by asking you to let Joerg Lindner and Kai Richter go it alone on this endeavor; if they cannot profit from their venture at the Nuerburgring, let them go down by themselves and leave the track behind. Theme parks come and go, but the Nuerburgring can last forever if you keep Mr. Lindner and Mr. Richter out of its affairs.
Thank you for your time, xxx xxx