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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.