F1 fuels entrepreneur offering rustic accommodations


by MORGAN CHESKY / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL


Posted on November 14, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 15 at 12:00 AM

ELROY, Texas -- It's a refreshing thought. When it comes to F1 weekend, there is a way you can leave the champagne and caviar back in Austin.

Let's not forget the actual race is happening in Elroy, where a racetrack is almost ready for the masses.

A mile down the road, last minute construction is keeping Jason Anderson busy too. 

"It's really hard to believe," said Anderson. "It's here, it's now and people are checking in, you know."
Now Anderson's cashing in on an idea just a few months old, all from overhearing a few F1 fans complain.

"They were saying that there was no tent camping close to the event and that the state parks were sold out," the entrepreneur said. 

So Anderson made a website, leased some farmland and watched the calls come in from all over the world for a chance to stay at the brand new F1 Nightly Campground and RV Park.

Four hundred dollars gets you a campsite, breakfast and ride to the track. For a thousand more, you can bring your trailer. 

"You get a great Texas experience," Anderson said. "You get to sit around a campfire. You don't get to do that at a hotel."

Those afraid of really roughing it don't have that much to worry about. Each shower in the brand new bathhouse comes equipped with its very own hot water heater.
"If I had my choice I'd stay downtown at the Hyatt," said California visitor Doug White. "But it's a little outrageous."
White sprung for great tickets instead, figuring he'd skip the traffic for a more peaceful approach.

"I bought the tent. You know it was $25, big investment," said White. "I had a great tractor driving next door and a beautiful sunset and I like it."
By this weekend, White will be joined by a few hundred more F1 campers, each carrying some F1 wisdom.

"You don't need a swimming pool or a hot tub really to have a great time," said Anderson.

It's living proof you can enjoy the fastest cars on earth to slow things down a bit too. If you're up for roughing it and a closer trip to the track F1 Nightly isn't booked up just yet.