2006 Kawasaki ZX-10R at Autopolis, Nippon
In the late eighties a group of investors, flush with capital from the engorged Japanese real estate market, decided to build a race track near Kumamoto Nippon. They reportedly spent the Yennish equivalent of $300 million dollars to purchase property and construct what could only be described as a magnificent race track. When it was completed in 1990 it had glass VIP buildings, 48 garages, world class run off, challenging layout, on sight hotel and massive grandstands.
And then the Japanese economic bubble burst. And the money dried up. And the on sight hotel was never staffed. And the world championship races were never held. And the fences began to rust, grass grew up in the seams in the parking lots and the track was, for all intents and purposes, abandoned.
Last year, Kawasaki bought the property for $10 million. Approximately 3% of its original value. Keep that in mind when some real estate agent tells you that a 750 square foot condo for $500,000 can only appreciate in value.
The rusting grandstands watch over turn one while the never used luxury hotel slowly decomposes in
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