Historic former aircraft parts factory property in Jamul sold

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

By Rick Griffin

A 59.85-acre site at 3552 Fowler Canyon Road in Jamul, which includes a 38,000-square-foot industrial building where airplane parts were made during World War II, has been sold for $1.7 million. The buyer was Property Evolution LLC with Michael and Jacqueline Hancock of Jamul as managing partners. The Hancock family operates Mike’s Metal Works, a steel fabrication firm operating in El Cajon. The company plans to relocate to Jamul. The company specializes in stainless steel and aluminum fabrication, including structural steel architectural railings and stairs. The seller of the property was Fowler Canyon Limited Partnership, a California limited partnership with James and Judith Asbury of El Cajon as managing partners. Approximately 25.79 acres of the site will remain as open space. Mark Robak, senior broker with Pacific Coast Commercial, a San Diego commercial real estate firm, represented both the seller and buyer.
The property has a rich history. In the 1940s, the property was the site of airplane parts manufactured by the Fowler Aircraft Co., founded by Harlan D. Fowler (1895-1982). An adobe house where the Fowler family lived still stands on the property. Fowler, an aviation engineer, invented a lift enhancer called the Fowler flap around 1920. The flaps, located on the wings, deflect air downward on both sides of the airplane in order to increase lift and reduce landing speed, and are found on most aircraft today. Fowler built an aircraft runway on the property that is now part of the Steel Canyon Golf Course. In 1983, the property was sold by the Fowler family to the Asbury family, owners of House of Steel, an auto accessory manufacturing company. House of Steel is credited with helping develop a “Baja Truck” look made popular in the 1980s. House of Steel was later renamed Race Car Dynamics, Inc. and is currently headquartered in El Cajon at a facility previously occupied by Buck Knives, Inc. now based in Post Falls, Ida.