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Race track draws crowds for Motorcycle Week

NH Motor Speedway drew 40,000 during week, concert was well attended, demo rides popular


LOUDON — New Hampshire Motor Speedway proved to be a destination point for motorcycle enthusiasts during the 93rd edition of Laconia Motorcycle Week, drawing 40,000 people over the 10-day event according to Kristen Lestock, the track's communications director.
"We had a very successful motorcycle week," said Lestock, who said that one of the highlights was Saturday's Loudon Classic, which was followed by a Jackyl concert. "Those who attended the Loudon Classic and concert enjoyed the day's races and had a great time rocking out with the band. This was the first time we have offered a concert during our motorcycle week and it was very well received by the competitors and riders in the area."
She said attendance figures for those events were not available as the Speedway is a publicly held company. Lestock said that during the week the track hosted a variety of on-track racing as well as demo rides, which proved extremely popular.
"All of the demo ride manufacturers were blown away by the numbers of participants that they had. In fact, many of their sign-up sheets for rides were full a day ahead. The display lot was packed every day as well, with riders checking out their booths, and motorcycles were lined up on every inch of our property."
She said that the Speedway's 7-mile demo course route, the longest in the area, took riders through an unmatched on- and off-property experience and featured seven manufacturers: Harley-Davidson, Can-Am, Yamaha, Ducati, Victory, Indian and Slingshot.
Lestock said that four years ago the track started adding other activities for riders and that more than 30 vendors displays were set up at the track this year.
"We're very happy to see this kind of growth and expect that it will continue in the years to come," said Lestock.

Counterfeit goods found at Motorcycle Week; two motorcyclists crash, one dies


LACONIA — Laconia Police arrested a Texas woman for dealing in counterfeit goods Sunday.

Marife Olaer, 44, of 4617 Weiskop Circle in Corpus Christie, Texas allegedly had 560 counterfeit items in her booth called USA Cool Hats that was located off Route 3 in the Weirs.

The value of the items was $19,600. Olaer was released on $1,000 cash and $1,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division in August.

Police said counterfeit items in plain sight were seized from three other booths for a total of about $2,500 in counterfeit goods.

In Gilford, police said a male motorcyclist was killed on Friday after colliding head on with a motor vehicle on the Laconia Bypass. The crash closed the bypass for about six hours while members of the Belknap Regional Accident Investigation Team investigation. No identification was provided by police.

In New Hampton, WMUR reported that a motorcyclist who was riding with his daughter collided with a bear on Route 104. The unidentified manwas taken by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with serious injuries. His daughter was reported to be unharmed.


Former swim club goes back up for sale


LACONIA — The former Laconia Athletic and Swim Club property is on the market again after some glitches in the foreclosure sale led the highest bidder to pass on taking over the property.

Coldwell Banker is the real estate company and the agent said yesterday the building is for sale for $1 million and it is assessed at $1.2 million.

Reed Heath said Monday that he understood there was a "cloud" on the title that allowed Optiline to get out of the contract and ReadyCap chose not to fight it because litigation was too expensive.

Heath said having a glitch or a "cloud" on a title after a sale is not that unusual in real estate and it was likely noticed by a title search company before the closing date for the foreclosure sale.

He explained that it's likely not anyone's fault but that as things got recorded on to computers from paper copies from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s there were oversights that can be easily corrected once they are identified. He didn't say what the glitch in the former LASC was but said it would be fixed.

Heath added that he has gotten four or five interested parties since word become known that it was going back on the market.

Michael Benton, the owner of The Executive Health and Sports Center, which operates health clubs in Hooksett and Manchester, said Monday that Optiline Enterprises, the Nashua construction company that planned on renovating the building and leasing it to him, let the bank keep the building, so Optiline wouldn't be responsible for additional liens.

The bank is ReadyCap Lending LLC of New Jersey, which held the primary lien on the building when the swim club was forced to close in late November of 2015 because it were unable to restructure its debt.

On April 5, Optiline purchased the building at auction for $735,000, but Benton said the company didn't adhere to the foreclosure rules in New Hampshire so the sale was nullified.

Benton also The Executive has not given up on Laconia or the "swim club," as it was commonly known.

"We don't want to leave anyone with the impression that we're not interested," he said.

Benton added that now that Optiline and The Executive have gotten the chance to really check out the building, he has realized that it is in far worse shape than they originally thought it was.

"It doesn't mean it's not salvageable," he said, adding that it's going to take a little more money to renovate it than they originally budgeted.

 06-20 LASC back up for sale

A sign outside the former Laconia Athletic and Swim Club makes clear the building is back up for sale. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)