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WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER – is a phrase I like to use when talking to the folks who rent Thunderhill Park. Occasionally some one will ask what I mean by this statement. Here is the answer.

Thunderhill Park was built to provide a long-term future for recreational track users. In the late 80s and early 90s, clubs that rented the available road courses were not the focus of the tracks that existed back then. Professional events were the bread and butter and dates and resources were distributed accordingly. When Jack Williams turned Sears Point over to his then partner, the price for track usage for clubs doubled. When Laguna Seca was transferred to Monterey County from the federal government things changed there as well. At the same time that oldnemesis, land value, was consuming Riverside Raceway in Southern California. Ontario Motor Speedway had already failed financially. What was a recreational track user to do?


WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER – is a phrase I like to use when talking to the folks who rent Thunderhill Park. Occasionally some one will ask what I mean by this statement. Here is the answer.

Thunderhill Park was built to provide a long-term future for recreational track users. In the late 80s and early 90s, clubs that rented the available road courses were not the focus of the tracks that existed back then. Professional events were the bread and butter and dates and resourceswere distributed accordingly. When Jack Williams turned Sears Point over to his then partner, the price for track usage for clubs doubled. When Laguna Seca was transferred to Monterey County from the federal government things changed there as well. At the same time that oldnemesis, land value, was consuming Riverside Raceway in Southern California. Ontario Motor Speedway had already failed financially. What was a recreational track user to do?

The solution was to build a track exclusively for recreational road track activity. This included the amateur racer as well as the recreational street vehicle user.

The San Francisco Region of the SCCA had the vision and the resources to embark on this lofty mission and so they did. Enter Thunderhill Park, a three-mile, fifteen turn road course built by racers for racers. I have said this line many times and it is true but what does it mean? Simply that Thunderhill Park exists for you, the track enthusiast who wants to get on track, experience
the three-miles of adrenalin and learn skills that may or may not advance you to some higher level in the sport. Without Thunderhill the choices for people like you would be far less. The prices would likely be far more and the prognosis for the long term would be tentative at best. So what? Why should you care about the long term future of Thunderhill Park? Good question.


Consider the following.


Track time, on any track, is a unique and very special experience. Those who engage in such activities are generally very passionate about what they do. Anyone can do this. Most people want to get on a track even though very few ever figure out how to do so. The pro tracks are increasingly focused on professional, spectator events. As they become more reliant on spectator revenue their economic survival becomes more tenuous. It is unlikely that there will be another recreational road course built in California. If you want to continue to experience the thrill of driving a road course and if want your kids to know the same experience, Thunderhill Park is vital to that mission. You have a stake in Thunderhill Park!

We are all in this together – the mission of making Thunderhill Park a successful venue that meets our needs today, tomorrow and for years to come. Your contribution is coming to thetrack. This is the main ingredient of a successful recreational raceway. Come when you can, with whatever group you enjoy the most and reinforce all those feelings and experiences that make you the best possible investor in Thunderhill Park. Say good things. As an investor in the long-term future of recreational road track fun, sell the benefits to who ever will listen as often as you can. Spread the word!

Be a friend of the track. No one is perfect and every day here may not be better than the lastone. If your day is not perfect, help because you care. Tell those who need to know what they could have done to make your experience better. Don’t go viral on the internet just to get even or hurt someone. Build on the good and help correct the bad.

Tracks live and die on their reputation and no track is without its mistakes, bad decisions and occasional ill temper. Cut some slack if you are a friend of the track and build on the good stuff. Promote and support and help solve problems.Over all things at Thunderhill are pretty good but they can always be better. Be a part of the better. Be part of building a better Thunderhill Park and do whatever you can to assure that this track, built exclusively for your interest in this sport, is strong and vibrant and able to survive the unavoidable challenges that will come.

We are in this together and together we can work to assure the long tern growth and survival of Thunderhill Park. Why? Because of the return on investment that each of us will realize today and for years to come is both personal and real!

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