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Old 11-01-2011, 04:07 PM
 
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I was browsing around on Google Maps today, and came across this place:

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To me it looks like some sort of racetrack. I drove by the building and it's hidden by huge oleander plants along the roadside.

Now my curiosity has me wondering what the heck is back there?

Sort of looks like part junkyard, part construction, part race track? The road condition is horrible, so it's obviously not used for that..anymore?
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Biltmore area of Phoenix
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To judge by the various facilities and the lack of any grandstands, I would say it's an old auto proving ground. I can't find any information on Google about it. Thanks for posting this. I've lived here most of my life and didn't know about it.
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:35 PM
 
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To judge by the various facilities and the lack of any grandstands, I would say it's an old auto proving ground. I can't find any information on Google about it. Thanks for posting this. I've lived here most of my life and didn't know about it.
That is what I was thinking, it looks similar to the Chevy proving grounds I have seen before.

Also there seems to be some diagonal track in the left side of the complex, that has me even more curious now.
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:32 PM
 
Location: East valley
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I think its a heliocopter landing pad.
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:55 PM
 
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Some kind of proving grounds or testing grounds. Oval, that diagonal is a crash catapult, circular pad is lateral g testing I think. Lots of smashed vehicles in the East end.
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:14 PM
 
Location: In the Deem Hills of NW Phoenix
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The "dots" on several of the junked vehicles on the NE side of the grounds does suggest a proving ground. Interesting to look at. Wish the sign at the entrance could be made out.
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:59 PM
 
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Testing grounds,cars.I remember them even testing plane cockpits.Its been there a long time i used to ride my mini bike there as a kid before they even put a fence around deer valley airport.And it was there.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Waco, TX
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That is a company called Exponent, they do crash analysis and other similar research. I have delivered to that facility numerous times.
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Biltmore area of Phoenix
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That is a company called Exponent, they do crash analysis and other similar research. I have delivered to that facility numerous times.

Thank you, Sir!

Component Testing | Capabilities | Exponent

Edit: This link is even better: http://northphoenixblog.blogspot.com...thbusters.html

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Old 11-02-2011, 09:43 AM
 
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Awesome work finding out info on this business! Thanks guys.
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