Then, last year, something truly unexpected happened. The CMC took over operation of Ryan Hughes' former Rynoland in Anza, California, renaming it The Ranch (www.theranchanzaca.com). Stu Peter's son Marc, an internationally acclaimed track-builder, armed with blueprints of the original Carlsbad Raceway and a topographic map, duplicated the original 1.5-mile USGP track in the hills of northeast San Diego County. The final layout is an almost exact replica of the original, right down to the clay dredged up from beneath San Diego Harbor that's slippery when wet and hard-packed when dry. Peters went so far as to dig deep into the earth where holes routinely formed at Carlsbad, so they would again form in the same places. The biggest difference is Rattlesnake Gulch, 15 feet shallower than the original because the bulldozers encountered a massive rock beneath the soil. Peters even tracked down old-school wooden snow fencing and is talking about replicating the old spectator bridges to make the track look authentic.