Founded in 1954 by a group of sport riding enthusiasts in Northern California, the American Federation of Motorcyclists is the oldest organization in the country dedicated soley to motorcycle road racing AFM, Inc.
395 Taylor Blvd. #130
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
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General Directions

Buttonwillow is located 1/2 mile west of Interstate 5 on Lerdo Highway, which is about 10 miles north of the I-5 Buttonwillow/Highway 58 interchange (about 28 miles from Bakersfield, 196 miles from San Jose, and 126 miles from Los Angeles).

From wherever you are: make your way to I-5 and head north or south (as is appropriate) towards Buttonwillow. At the Lerdo Highway exit, head west for 1/2 mile and the entrance road for the track will be on the left, across from the John Deere tractor factory.

Use MapQuest to get directions from your location to Buttonwillow.


Track Specifics

Buttonwillow is multi-configurational, with the longest track (Big Track) being ~3.0 miles. The AFM runs clockwise, using what Buttonwillow calls the #13 configuration. The course is in the flat cotton-fields but has some man-made elevation changes to make things more interesting and challenging. The overall elevation changes are small at around 10-15 feet. Almost the whole course can be seen from the pit area, which is well laid out and with excellent facilities. This is facility which will be evolving as time goes by. For a full-page map of the AFM configuration, visit the Forms section or click here to open the PDF.

Buttonwillow Track/Paddock Layout



Early Pioneer Descriptions of the Track

We have chronicled descriptions of the track from an early scouting party member and an open practice attendee. You can read them on the Racers Perspective page.

Local Accommodations and Resources:

There are a number of motels to choose from in Bakersfield, and off I-5 (at interchanges of Lerdo Highway, Stockdale Highway, Hwy. 58), as well as a number of (mostly) fast food restaurants, and gas stations. Bakersfield probably has the closest auto parts stores or motorcycle shops.For a list of local hotels, visit the Buttonwillow Raceway Lodging Page.

2018 Race Schedule

March 17-18 Buttonwillow

April 14-15 Buttonwillow

May 26-27 Thunderhill

June 16-17 Thunderhill

July 7-8 Thunderhill

Sept 1-2 Sonoma

Oct 20-21 Thunderhill

AFM Board Meetings

Board meetings are typically held the 2nd Wednesday of every month. General Meetings start at 8:00pm.

 Next Meeting Date:

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

 Meeting Location:

Looking Point
391 Taylor Blvd, Suite 120
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

2018 Rule Book

2018 AFM Rulebook is now available for download HERE

Club Sponsors

Pirelli - CT Racing
GP Suspension
Club Sponsor

Class Sponsors

Formula Pacific Class Sponsor
250 Superbike Class Sponsor
350 Production  Class Sponsor
600 Production Class Sponsor
Open Production Class Sponsor
Open Superbike Class Sponsor
Formula 1 Class Sponsor
Formula 1 Class Sponsor
750 Superbike Class Sponsor
Open GP Class Sponsor
Formula 3 and Lightweight Twins Class Sponsor
Formula 40 Light, Middle and Heavy Class Sponsor
Afemme Class Sponsor
AKTM 390 Cup and KTM Masters Class Sponsor
New Racer School Sponsor

Support Sponsors

Club Sponsor
Official AFM Beer
RAM Print And Communications
Axial Video Systems

Contact Info

AFM Inc.

395 Taylor Boulevard, #130
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Phone: 510-833-RACE
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