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Owners Hang a For Sale Sign on Willow Spring International Raceway in California

An enthusiast can dream, can’t he?

Owning a high-performance sports car like a Corvette is always an excuse to head to the nearest track and stretch its muscles a little.

Now, if you happen to have a few million bucks lying around, you could skip the lines and become the new owner of one of California’s most legendary tracks – Willow Springs International Raceway. Thanks to the favorable Southern California weather, the facility has operated year-round for the past 71 years.

The track opened in 1953, ironically the same year of the first Corvette, and Bill Huth took over stewardship of the facility in 1962. After decades at the helm, Bill passed away at age 91 in 2015, but his family has since continued to run things in his absence. Now, though, after 62 years of continuous ownership, the Huth family is stepping down and putting the facility up for sale. No asking price has been announced.

Owners Hang a For Sale Sign on Willow Spring International Raceway in California

Known as Willow Springs International Motorsports Park, the 600-acre complex located about an hour north of Los Angeles near Lancaster has grown under Huth’s watch to include eight racetracks embracing nearly every conceivable motorsports discipline.

The original track at the facility, Big Willow, is the oldest operating road racing track in the U.S. – a super-fast 2.5-mile/nine-turn road racing circuit patterned after the great courses and road racing traditions of Europe, unchanged from its original 1953 configuration.

Designated in 1996 as an Official California Point of Historical Interest, Willow Springs has been the home of many “firsts” in racing history – host of the first two NASCAR events west of the Mississippi, the first F.I.M. 500 Grand Prix motorcycle race in America, the first AMA events, the first 24-hour motorcycle endurance race, the first kart road racing in America, and the first California Sports Car Club racing on a purpose-built road course.

Willow Springs International Raceway has become known as “The Fastest Road in the West,” but despite its high speeds, has also earned a reputation as one of the safest road courses in the world. Cornering speeds range from 70 to 170-plus mph, and down the straights, the fastest cars and motorcycles can reach close to 200 mph.

Owners Hang a For Sale Sign on Willow Spring International Raceway in California

The raceway consists of three road courses, two paved quarter-mile oval tracks, a 3/8-mile banked dirt oval, a kart track, a paved drifting track, and an opportunity for drag racing.

The park includes dining and catering facilities, gift shops, on-site racing fuel and thousands of gallons of storage, racing schools, tire service, garage rentals, warehouse leases, water wells, several single-family homes and apartments, iconic hillside tower, administrative, press, operations and maintenance offices, and maintenance, facility and groundskeeping equipment and vehicles.

Willow Springs International Motorsports Park is one of the most photographed racing facilities in the world, appearing in thousands of magazine ads, television commercials and shows, and motion pictures in the United States and abroad. One of those more recent movies was Ford vs Ferrari:

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All of the tracks are spectator friendly with great viewing areas that offer a panoramic view of all the action, RV hook-up sites and rural sites. Open year-round, Willow Springs Raceway offers almost every type of racing for vehicles that run on wheels and use a track.

Source:
Motor1.com

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