Since that time, Shelby enthusiast David Elkowitz of Big Bend National Park has been coordinating the event; Elkowitz is president of the Terlingua Preservation Society, which recently raised $15,000 for local charities.
According to its website, "The Terlingua Preservation Society
is a 501 3(c) non-profit corporation headed up by a group of friends who share a love for Carroll Shelby-designed vehicles and the Carroll Shelby legacy, in particular the very special part of the world he
would go for R&R in his
heyday: the Texas Big Bend country."
participation in promoting the idea of a motor sports complex is limited to bringing tourists to the area and "getting more heads in beds."
Although acting as a private citizen, Elkowitz
is also an employee of the National Park Service
When asked by the Gazette if he
though it was incongruent for the him, Chief Naturalist of Big Bend National Park, to promote a motor race track on land adjoining Mesa de Anguila, part of the national park, Elkowitz
responded, "The two are separate.
added, "There's already an airport there," and commented that the track would not increase noise pollution.
"Whether a loop or straightaway, it's all the same noise," said Elkowitz
, and Durant all emphasized the project is an excellent way to draw more tourists to the area, thereby benefiting the economy.