Langford’s Western Speedway is coming back for its 2021 and 2022 seasons with a brand new name: Westshore Speedway.
The announcement of a new name comes after the 81-acre property home to the speedway was purchased by a new owner towards the end of last year.
The popular attraction is currently allowed to race on-site until September of 2022 and, prior to this date, the new developers of the property will contribute $2.5 million to help Westshore Speedway organizers find a new location.
While the racetrack will remain at its current location for the next two summers, fans will have to adjust to a slight change in name.
Western Speedway is set to become Westshore Speedway as a result of a legal hiccup.
In a press release, Westshore Speedway said the new name stems from the previous owner’s lawyers notifying them the continued use of ‘Western Speedway’ would suggest an improper association with an existing business, Western Speedway 1966 Ltd., and cause extensive financial damages.
“Although we believe the support of the fans and racers over the years of the speedway have given meaning to the ‘Western Speedway’ name, we have been given no choice but to change the operating name of the speedway in order to avoid litigation,” the statement reads.
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All of their social media pages, websites, email addresses and company branding will be updated to reflect the change.
“Western Promotions would like to thank the community for their continued support,” the statement said. “Our goal is to continue to provide an excellent opportunity for family entertainment in the Westshore.”
The new owners, who acquired the property last year, have been approved to turn the existing track into a business park, which will include 60 small residential lots.
Previous staff reports surrounding the property indicate that the owner may have intentions of building a future film studio on the lot.
The 81-acre property was part of the estate of Vera E. Wille, who died in 2017. Terms stipulated that the track must be sold after her death.
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