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Honda Proving Grounds | For Sale

Honda Motor Company

The Honda Proving Center (HPCC) that consists of approximately 4,255 acres, including the former American Honda motorcycle and automobile test tracks, related facilities and other improvements located in Cantil, Calif. is for sale.

CB Richard Ellis, has posted this opportunity to acquire the Honda testing center on their website with full details but without a selling price.

The property is located in an unicorporated area of Kern County, seven miles north of California City, and the main site (~ 3,797 acres) is improved with specialized test tracks, support facilities and infrastructure, designed to implement a broad range of automobile, motorcycle and ATV vehicle and product evaluations.

The recent closure of the facility and sale offering has provided a rare chance for one lucky buyer to secure the extensive facility that would be cost prohibitive to reproduce or duplicate today.

The main Honda site (~ 3,797 acres) has completed all the requirements for the Desert Tortoise Habitat plan, allowing a "fast-track" approach to potential development for solar farm uses, should an interested party (hopefully not) desire to change the use of the property.

The main site is improved with the former Honda Proving Center, which was specifically designed as a vehicle testing facility.

Located within two hours of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the Honda site offers on-site paved test courses including a 7.5 mile oval track and 4.5 mile winding road, modeled after common North American public roads, dirt roads, gravel roads, motocross / supercross race tracks and natural desert terrain for a full range of test conditions.

The main site has perimeter fencing and a private 1.5 mile asphalt driveway leading to a security office, gated access, and the office/warehouse buildings. Privacy is achieved with man made berms and selective plantings of non-native trees. Also included are the out-parcel land sites totaling an extra ~ 457 acres.

Motor journalist and other interested parties have tested the secrecy of the Honda site and found it difficult, whether by land or air, to catch a glimpse of a new Honda motorcycle or car in the testing site’s heyday.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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