For Sale by owner: Willow Springs International Motorsports Park – Mojave Desert News

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WILLIOW SPRINGS – Yes racing fans it’s true; the famous Willow Springs International Motorsports Park is up for sale according to owner Christopher Huth. The Huth family has owned Willow Springs since 1962 when Christopher’s father Bill bought the lease to the raceway for $116,000 then outright in 1980. The elder Huth passed away in 2015 leaving the motor park to his children. When Christophers brother and daughter passed away, he became to sole owner; in June, he made the heart retching decision to sell the raceway.

  Christopher told KERO 23 that there have been many breathtaking moments at the raceway and now he’s ready to say goodbye; “as much as I love this place, I think it’s the best idea”.

  We’re going to give you a bit of the history behind Willow Springs; for those of you who want to remember to good ole days and for those of you who don’t know about Willow Springs.

  Willow Springs International Motorsports Park or commonly referred to as Willow Springs is located in the small community of Willow springs near Rosamond about 80 miles north of Los Angeles and is the oldest permanent road course in the United States. Construction on the raceway began in 1952 and an inaugural race was held on November 23, 1953.

  Willow springs hosted two NASCAR Grand National races, one in 1956 and one in 1957 on the original course; these races were won by Chuck Stevenson and Marvin Panch. The track has also hosted five NASCAR Winston Western series events; the first two were held in 1955 in 1956 and the other three were held between 1984 and 1986. Willow Springs also hosted one NASCAR Southwest series race in 1986.

  There are seven tracks at Willow Springs; the largest and most well-known track is Willow Springs International Raceway or the Big Willow; other tracks include the Streets of Willow, the Horse Thief Mile, the Speedway at Willow Springs, Willow Springs Kart Track, the Playpen and the Walt James Stadium. The original intent was to create a replica of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval, but space constraints resulted in its final configuration. Ken Miles was among several people involved in planning the layout; the course was very fast from the onset and quickly earned the nickname” the Fastest Road in the West”.

  The racecourse was sold to Bill Huth in 1962 where he hoped to use the main straightaway for drag racing; he purchased the lease outright in 1980. Bill then expanded to 730 acres with the purchase of additional land; the second track was built next and the third was added in 2003.

  Willow Springs has been used in movies, commercials, music videos and television that include the 1969 movie Herbie the Love Bug, the 1966 movie Ford vs Ferreri (Le Mans), Wheeler Dealer’s, Top Gear, Jay Leno’s Garage, Best Motoring International, and Every Turn of the World. Willow Springs was also the place where Playboy photographed their centerfold in 2013.

  No one knows for sure just how much the Huth family is asking, but sources referenced the value of the motorsports park at just over $2.2 million. This doesn’t mean that the raceway will go away; it’s an out of the way location that isn’t conductive to development, but the listing encourages potential investors to pursue high end clientele and to increase gate fees and concession sales with additional lodging options and long-term garage rentals so new owners could change the character of the track and make it less accessible.

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