50 Years Forward: Rick & Bubba Show, Steven Hoyt, and Honda Indy Grand Prix

Alabama

Final Update: The Birmingham City Council has approved $300,000 in funding for the Honda Indy Grand Prix:

“BIRMINGHAM, Alabama –The Birmingham City Council has approved $300,000 in funding for last weekend’s Honda Indy Grand Prix event at Barber Motorsports Park, ending a protracted disagreement over city support.

The council, unanimously and without debate, approved a one-year agreement following a three-week standoff over the major sporting event.”

In other words, Steven Hoyt and his allies on the Birmingham City Council got their way, and the original 4-year-contract was scrapped in favor of approving $300,000 for this year’s race, but there is no long term contract between the City of Birmingham and IndyCar to keep the race at Barber Motorsports Park:

“While Hoyt voted for the today’s allocation, he defended by his earlier statements.

“I stand by the issue of inclusion, and my comments referred to the Barber Sports complex, notwithstanding Zoom, that they consider inclusion when it comes to senior management,” Hoyt said from the dais during his public comments at the end of the meeting. “I’m going to continue raising that issue.”

In related news, the St. Petersburg City Council unanimously approved a three-year-contract extension with IndyCar to keep the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area through 2017:

“ST. PETERSBURG — The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will roar on despite complaints about barriers and fences on city streets.

The City Council unanimously approved a three-year contract extension with race officials Thursday that will keep the Grand Prix here through 2017. …

The bickering, council member Bill Dudley said, sends a bad message to race officials.

“Indy Car is watching,” he said. “There are people in line waiting to take our spot. … Forty-five days is very reasonable.”

What kind of message has Steven Hoyt and the Birmingham City Council sent to IndyCar? More importantly, what kind of message was sent to anyone who might consider doing business with the City of Birmingham?

Note: Birmingham was recently ranked the 4th worst city for business in Alabama. In the Milken Survey in which Birmingham was ranked 197 out of 200 metro areasTampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater was ranked #138 in that survey.

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5 Comments

  1. The last time I as in Birmingham was to take my wife to the medical center there . I took my brother because he had lived there for a couple of years. He knew what area to avoid. The hospital area was like a little oasis surrounded by chaos. You can quickly end up somewhere dangerous to whites.

    I would think people who know the area may feel the race track is too close to Birmingham and maybe a dangerous place as well.

    On a different note. Airbus is coming to mobile. On their news channel, I saw a huge group filling out job applications. The crowd appeared to be close to 95% black. It wa good to see blacks lining up for work instead of a hand out, but how long can a company run in a black majority setting? Will there be lawsuits claiming discrimination? I would never place my business in an area such as Mobile.

  2. I reckon the negros will be janitors, porters and the like while they bring in White men to do the more technical stuff required to assembly the modern marvel that airplanes are

  3. While Hoyt voted for the today’s allocation, he defended by his earlier statements.

    Excellence in writing – this defines al.com.

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