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New Options At The Thunderhill Grill

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Jim Thompson and the Thunderhill Grill are making it even easier to focus on racing by ensuring that you and crew never run on empty. For the 25 Hour and beyond, the Thunderhill grill will be offering convenient box lunches that are ready for pickup whenever the timing seems right, and buffet style catering with options that fit any budget.

The Thunderhill food and beverage department is an in-house full service catering department, with grill and café options. We are here to serve the needs of teams, drivers and guests along with corporate and outside special events. We are committed to ensure that each guest receives prompt, professional, friendly service and of course always with a smile. We serve the best prepared food at a fair price using only quality ingredients. We may not be the most expensive but we are the best. We treat each guest with respect and dignity and make sure we thank them for the opportunity to serve them.

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Thunder On The Hill #2

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The sun is setting in the west over a beautiful day at Thunderhill Park. The carvings of the new track to be called Thunderhill West are clearly evident on the ridge shadowed by the sunset. SCCA members, including racers, workers and officials, are telling stories about the action on the track, there personal adventures since their last gathering and family tales of sons and daughters and others in their daily life. Beer, wine and snacks collect everyone under the canopy. This is the SCCA family doing what they enjoy at the track their leadership inspired. It is an October evening in 70 degree weather surrounded by the agricultural back drop of walnut trees, almond trees, olives, cotton fields’, and dry grass. It is a great scene to experience and an awesome experience to remember. It is Thunderhill Park, October 19, 2013.

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Thunderhill West Flyover

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20th Anniversary SCCA Championship Race Weekend a BIG Success!

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Willows, CA… The weekend racing program at the Thunderhill Park road course west of Willows was a huge success. Thirty two race classes competed on Friday and again on Saturday. Activity included practice, qualifying and then two big races for each of seven groups. On Sunday thirty plus entrants circled the track for four hours in the 54th running of the Illgen Classic Endurance automobile race. It was a busy weekend.
In between all the wheel-to-wheel drama track officials hosted a special celebration of the twentieth anniversary of Thunderhill Park. Dignitaries included: Chairman of the Glenn County Board of Supervisors John Viegas and his wife, District 3 supervisor Steven Soeth and his wife; Supervisor Mike Murray plus former Glenn County Supervisors Dick Mudd and his wife Rieta along with Marylyn Baker and her family. The California Highway Patrol was represented by Sargent Spiess. The City of Willows had councilmembers Gary Hansen and Terry  Taylor. Track founder and long-time SCCA member Tom McCarthy addressed the crowd along with current SCCA Regional Executive  Mike Smith. All present praised the presence of Thunderhill Park in the area these past twenty years and expressed optimism for the long term growth and development of the park including the latest addition to the track called, “Thunderhill West”.
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The History Of Thunderhill According To David. Part Five

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Over the last 20 years I have had the pleasure to meet many people who have contributed in one way or another to the success of Thunderhill Park.

On the top of the people list of Thunderhill Park is Tom McCarthy.  Born in Fort Dodge Iowa, Tom came to the South Bay in California to attend college and earn a degree in computer science. In San Jose Tom found racing with the SCCA along with Lucy and Du All Machine. Through many tasks, road races and hard work it was Tom who suggested the solution to the woes that troubled the San Francisco Region of the SCCA in the mid-80s, “Let’s build our own track,” he said. Wow! I still find that inspiring. A solution that was impossible - in California - in the 80’s. Tom led the way with fellow club members, a new track committee and anyone else that wanted to come along. He also dealt with the naysayers to see it through.  His reward was to retire from the track board in later years, become “Chairman Emeritus” of the company for life and be put into the SFR/SCCA Hall of Fame.  He is a good man who stands at the top when it comes to the people of Thunderhill Park. We reward his effort every day at Thunderhill.

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Thunderhill West

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Photo Credit: Andrew Bohan

Story Below By David Ray Of Hooked On Driving


David Vodden has asked me to recount some of the involvement that I had, including some of our HOD team, and the re-recruitment of Steve Crawford, as we envisioned a “West Side” of Thunderhill.
The property to the west of the main road course that was owned by San Francisco Properties was a best kept secret….we actually owned almost 200 more acres over the ridge to the west that was being used for nothing but grazing Thor Oden’s cattle. Some had expressed dreams of something on the west side, but nothing had been done   As I spent more time at Thunderhill and committed to Hooked On Driving as a full-time enterprise, I gained an appreciation for the track’s success, and was intrigued about this “other side.” I asked Dave to stay late one night after an HOD track day and walk the property up by T9 and explain what the fence lines meant and for him to get me oriented on property lines between SF Properties land and Thor’s. It was illuminating, but daunting at the same time. The rock ridge – almost a “devil’s backbone” that delineates the main section of the current track from the west side is a clear geological break, and made it look tough. I then asked to borrow the mule from Shannon for an afternoon and wandered about on this area, and I got hooked on the idea. As one looks at the land from Highway 162, you can see a natural flow of a roller coaster type of track with a gently bending straight coming toward the south.
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The History Of Thunderhill According To David. Part Four

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After the excitement and drama of the grand opening of Thunderhill on that Halloween weekend in October of 1993 the next task was to build the business and to put Thunderhill on a solid foundation for the years ahead. Sears Point and Laguna Seca were popular tracks with long legacies and lots of business. We were the new kid on the block. Could we compete? Could we rent enough days to pay the bills and keep the property open? These were all fair questions and the answers depended, to a large extent, on how we approached the task.

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Thunderhill AFM Championship

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Thunderhill  is offering to sponsor a special series for AFM riders in 2013!
What Thunderhill Will Do:
•           All SUNDAY classes (Expert and Novice) will be eligible, if there is a minimum average of FIVE entries at each of the four Thunderhill races in 2013. Classes not meeting the entry requirements will not be eligible for the series.
•           Points will be the number of points assigned from AFM in your respective classes, but only Thunderhill races will be counted over the course of the year (no Sonoma or Buttonwillow finishes).
•           The final Thunderhill event in 2013 will assign DOUBLE points to the Series riders (this ONLY applies to the Series points, NOT AFM points races).
•           Eligible riders must compete in at least 3 of the 4 Thunderhill events in 2013.
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MythBusters Comes To Thunderhill

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Kari, Grant and Tory drive Thunderhill in order to test whether a driver really loses 10 pounds worth of water weight during a race.




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A Message From Thunderhill

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If you need to leave a trailer or vehicle at Thunderhill Raceway Park, the fee will be $50 per week or $100 per month.Thunderhill encourages you to use this service, however prior to doing so you must contact someone from Thunderhill Management to pay the appropriate fee, and leave your contact information.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Thunderhill Management



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