Skills and Knowledge
Willow Springs Raceway Track Guide
Address: 3500 75th St W, Rosamond, CA Website: willowspringsraceway.com Track Length: 2.5 miles Big Willow (9 turns), 1.6 miles Streets of Willow (13 turns), 1 mile Horse Thief Mile (11 turns)
Slightly north of LA, Willow Springs is the oldest operating road racing course in America. It has a few different variants, but the Big Willow and the Streets of Willow are two of the most well known.
Big Willow has a variety of high speed straights, faster corners, and elevation changes that mimic the backdrop of the California foothills. The turn 8 right sweeper is a crowd favorite for being extremely fast and borderline terrifying. This track is very suitable for fast cars and fast drivers.
On the other hand, Streets of Willow is very technical, great for slower cars and fast hands. Horse Thief Mile is higher up on the hill, so its elevation changes make it feel almost like a roller coaster.
Fun fact: Willow Springs has appeared in many movies and TV shows because of its proximity to Hollywood. For example, Ken Miles raced on it early on in Ford v. Ferrari.
How do I get here?
The main entrance of the track is at the intersection of Rosamund St and 75th St. The signage to the right will be highly visible. Drive down 75th and soon you'll arrive at the main gate to Willow Springs.
Once past the gate, you can make a slight right for the paddock of Big Willow, or you can make a sharp right onto 75th St which takes you to the Streets of Willow.
Tips from Track Manual
- Facilities are not the best here compared to other tracks, so if you're looking for a luxurious track getaway, Willow Springs is not for you.
- Lots of harsh gravel and rocks surround the track, so if you run off track at speed, we pray for your underbody. For this reason, folks often tape up the front of their cars.
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