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Questions raised over North Tahoe sports-car drifting event

Vehicles like these took part in a drifting event April 16 at the Aspen Grove parking lot.
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — An IVGID-authorized event last week at the Aspen Grove parking lot not only pumped plenty of burnt-tire smoke into the air, it also raised some resident concern.

The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe hosted the April 16 event featuring high-performance sports cars “drifting” — in which the driver intentionally oversteers, causing a loss of tire traction during sliding turns — for Toyota-Scion.

The company paid roughly $5,000 to the Incline Village General Improvement District as a rental fee, Parks & Recreation Director Hal Paris said Monday.

That money will fund the lot’s resealing, a capital project Paris said was approved long before last week’s event.

“By doing this event, we saved property owners $5,000 … which will go into … the capital reserve (budget),” he said.

Some residents attended the event, posting videos of cars and plumes of smoke onto Facebook.

Others, including Margaret Martini, noticed the event’s aftermath — several rubber skid marks left on the pavement — while attending Sunday’s Easter Eggstravaganza at nearby Incline Beach.

“There were a lot of local people in that parking lot this morning for the egg hunt that were very curious about this damage,” Martini wrote in a letter to IVGID trustees and staff that criticized the event’s approval. “This is just another indication that staff is not protecting (our) investments in the recreation facilities.”

Paris said that while Toyota-Scion did not follow the entire rental agreement, the $5,000 will fully cover resurfacing.

“Yes, it was loud, and it lasted longer and they used quite a bit more space than was agreed … and there was a lot of burnt rubber smell, but the end result is there is no long-term damage, no long-term impact and it saves the district $5,000.

“Once it’s resealed, you’ll never know it was there.”

The project is scheduled for this spring.