The property was purchased by MMC Club Co-Founders John Barker and Paul Queally, and two developers associated with the local Concord Hotel property, Michael Kaplan and Henry Zabatta. In May 2006, their “Drive and Race Club” site plan was approved for development by the Town of Thompson, and several Founding members joined. In 2007, two current members, Bill McMichael and Ari Straus, purchased Michael Kaplan’s and Henry Zabatta’s positions in the Drive and Race Club. In 2008, the Club was renamed “Monticello Motor Club.”
MMC has continued to expand to serve the 500+ individuals and family members who enjoy exclusive membership privileges. Since its launch, MMC has completed several major construction projects, including a member clubhouse, bridge, several private garage facilities, service center, fuel pumps, karting track with kart service and storage, a wet skid pad, an off-road campus, and a family center overlooking the karting facilities. While several race tracks have mimicked MMC with their own “Driver Club” offerings to complement their primary business as public rental facilities, MMC is proud to be recognized by enthusiasts, racers, race track designers, and fellow track owners as the World’s Premier Automotive Playground.
Today, Paul Queally serves as MMC’s chairman and principal partner, and Ari Straus continues to serve as its CEO and managing partner. Paul and Ari intend to continue growing MMC to its cap of 750 membership licenses, and anticipate their children, respectively Brian and Aurora – both motorsports enthusiasts and racers – to continue the dream for generations.
Brian Redman is a world-famous driving champion and winner of 77 races in 12 countries. He is one of the racing world’s most accomplished and respected figures, and a Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee. Mr. Redman has competed in Formula racing, open-wheelers, Can-Am, IMSA, and FIA. He has driven for a wide variety of famous factory teams including Aston Martin, BMW, BRM, Chevron, Cooper, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, Lola, Mazda, McLaren, Porsche, Shadow, and Surtees.
A preeminent architect of next-generation race tracks, Bruce Hawkins is the senior vice president of the Civil Engineering Department at Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor, LLC (PS&S), an architecture and engineering firm based in Warren, N.J. He has been with PS&S since 1980, and has contributed to high profile projects including the Bridgewater Promenade, Borgata Hotel & Casino, and Arm & Hammer Park – home of the Trenton Thunder.