M1 Concourse is the place to be this year.
By Jackie Headapohl
Photography by Jerry Zolynsky
Gentlemen, it’s time to start your engines.
Car enthusiasts have been waiting for this day. M1 Concourse, which bills itself as a place to enjoy “your passion for all things automotive and motorsports,” will mark its official grand opening — and it will do it in style with a week of special events during Dream Cruise.
In early July, SEEN caught up with Brad Oleshansky, owner of M1 Concourse, who was overseeing the last parts of construction before the big event. The track is in. The garages from Phase 1 are built, and the owners are beginning their interior renovations. Next up is landscaping.
“All in all, we’re about two years ahead of schedule with more than 50 percent of the 250 planned units sold,” Oleshansky said. “By the end of next year, we should have our first restaurant and large-scale event venue completed.”
M1 Concourse provides private luxury “car condos,” where owners can store their collections. Many of the condos include a loft-style second floor that owners can use as an office or entertaining space. Prices start at $115,000. When all is said and done, the 87-acre site will hold 250 car condos ranging from 509 to 2,400 square feet.
“Anything goes with the interiors,” Oleshansky says. “Some owners have shared their plans with me. I expect them to be over-the-top.”
The track, the first one to be built in Michigan in decades, is ready to go. It will primarily be available for the private use of car condo owners who belong to the M1 Motorsports Club.
“We also will rent it out to automotive companies for testing, training and marketing purposes,” Oleshansky says. “It will also be home to a variety of driving schools, for winter, defensive and teenage driving — and, of course, for people who want to get the most from their performance vehicles.”
Can’t wait to take a few laps? Aug. 5-7, you can drive your favorite exotic cars around the Champion Motor Speedway through Xtreme Xperience super car program. Experience vehicles like the all-new Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 and McLaren 570S, Ferrari 458 Italia or Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 in high-speed experiences that start at $258. Visit www.XXSpeed.com to learn more and reserve your drive. NS
M1 Concourse is located at 164 South Blvd. West in Pontiac. For more information, visit www.m1concourse.com.
DREAM CRUISE WEEK:
M1 Concourse will be the site of a week’s worth of events for car lovers. The fun starts with the official grand opening on Sunday, Aug. 14. The day will feature a car show and more. “Keep your eye on our website and Facebook page to find out more,” Oleshansky says. The public is welcome at no charge.
The Corvettes on Woodward Car Show and Cruise returns to the M1 Concourse on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 2-7 p.m. “We’ll have more than 1,000 ’vettes here,” he says, “cruising Woodward and gathering together to form an American flag. We’ll have aerial pictures.”
On Thursday, Aug. 18, M1 Concourse will host the Optima Film Festival, a drive-in show of consumer-submitted short films from 4-11 p.m.
On Friday, Aug. 19, it’s Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge, a pop-up car festival and drag racing event. High-octane thrills include SRT Hellcat and Viper rides, show cars, celebrity appearances, live music, a food truck rally and more.
“For the first time in history, the city will be closing Woodward — north and south — for legal drag racing,” Oleshansky says.
Screaming fast eighth-mile times will be rewarded by TEN: The Enthusiast Network, which is giving away cash prizes to drivers of Dodge cars who finish in first through fourth places. Grandstands will be going up for spectators at M1.
Dodge will hang around M1 Concourse for the Dream Cruise on Saturday, Aug. 20. Dream cruisers can stop by to view the mile-and-a-half car show along the Champion Motor Speedway. If you go, stop by the Pontiac Power Week Classic Car Show in downtown Pontiac, both Friday and Saturday, for food and live entertainment.
The weeklong celebration of all things auto is part of Pontiac Power Week and is intended to showcase activity around the city.
For more information, visit www.pontiacpowerweekevents.com.