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Renting Thunderhill West

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The development of Thunderhill West, the nation’s newest and most unique road course, will provide track opportunities for all who want to experience its twelve-turn, two-mile configuration as early as May 1, 2014. The new track has a number of unique characteristics including an eleven degree banked sweeper turn; a gutsy sharp left following a downhill run reminiscent of Spa’s famous Eau Rouge;  a very tight 180 degree switch-back and an abundance of ups and downs.  The track is FIA standard 36 feet wide and will offer a complete paddock, club house for class room and food service uses plus garages, decks and bathrooms with showers.

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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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Thunder On The Hill

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It was fun writing the history of Thunderhill these many past issues of the Wheel. I hope that you enjoyed them.  As I stated many times there was far more to the history of the track and a great many more people who did great things to make it what it is today than I could capture in my writings. Some people did respond to the stories reminding me of their contributions or some strange story that was most interesting but time and space were my limitations.
 

Thunderhill Park is a success story that the San Francisco Region of the SCCA can be proud of.  The best part of all that is we are just beginning. Motorsports in whatever forms it takes moving forward will always need some kind of venue. Clearly road courses are high on that need list as witnessed by the many new road courses that have been built since Thunderhill was a twinkle in the eye of Tom McCarthy and his visionary Club board of directors back in 1987. 

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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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SPEC MIATA DRIVERS – Effective immediately, the Toyo RR has been approved for SCCA SMT

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Good news for racers! The new Toyo RR will now be allowed in SCCA regional events. Previously SCCA Regional SMT competitors were required to use the Hoosier SM6 or the Toyo Proxes RA-1.This change will now give drivers more options with speed and price in mind. The new Toyo RR features a high grip compound tread design that is meant to be affordable to both the amateur and professional racer. After much speculation about the competitiveness of the Toyo RR, Ron Cortez was quoted as saying ” The Toyo RR is overall a more competitive tire than the Hoosier SM6″. Driver Tyler Vance brought a set of used Toyo RR to race at Cal Speedway after using the same set two weekends prior at Buttonwillow, and qualified on the pole for the Saturday race. Tyler went on to win Saturday’s race, ahead of many competitors who were running on new Hoosiers.

 

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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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