Willow Springs Motorcycle Club Closes Racing League

02/06/2012 @ 3:36 pm, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS

It is a sad day in Southern California amateur motorcycle racing, as the Willow Springs Motorcycle Club (WSMC) is closing its doors ahead of its second round of the 2012 season. Catering to amateur motorcycle racers from LA County and its surrounding areas for the past 21 years, Willow Springs owner Bill Huth has had no choice but to close the racing league because of its lack of profitability.

While this announcement in no way affects track days held at either Streets of Willow or at the “Big Track”, it does mean that amateur motorcycle racing at Willow Springs Raceway will cease to exist, at least for the time being.

Reportedly losing money with each event held, Willow Springs Raceway makes its real bread and butter catering to TV commercials (the track is ideally situated for filming from the Hollywood scene), with the occasional track day helping the balance sheet as well. Likely better off financially running no racing than running into the red with each race, the decision is still certainly a tough one for the family-run track.

At this time, it is not clear whether other racing leagues, like WERA or AFM, will be able to host events at Willow Springs. Riders signed up for the 2012 WSMC season will receive their racing license fees back, and the scheduled racing days will likely be converted into open track days for motorcycles.

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  • Sad day indeed. Bill Huth is a great operator and nice guy

  • Spamtasticus

    They should have CCS/ASRA run their events

  • Certainly tragic news. Last I had heard they were just cutting Streets out of the WSMC schedule. Bill and the rest of the family have been amazingly accommodating, and I hope that we can still enjoy some great trackday events out there in 2012. Does this open the facility to hosting WERA races for the 2013 season?

    Ti2TT’s season opener will be at Big Track Sunday March 25th. Hope to see you all out there, regardless of the racing scene. [shameless plug; thanks Jenny]

  • 76

    Sucks, hopefully in the future they can figure something out that works out. Racing in SoCal still has AFM, CVMA and WERA so hopefully those affected continue, I know I will.

  • Karl Lowry

    Really sad!
    We started our racing out there in 1990 and were there with many great riders on track over the years. Nicky Haden, Duhamel, Lawsen, Josh Hayes, Colin Edwards, the Bostrums, Chris Ulrich, Chuck Graves etc. etc.
    Great AMA races there and the thrill of Eddie Lawson doing laps on a 500cc MotoGP 2 stroke!
    It has and always will have big place in our hearts after 3 track Championships there and many years of fun!
    Hopefully someone will see this as an opportunity to step and revive the series!
    If only they could have run it seriouly indebt Obama might have bailed them out!