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.
Dozens of teens got a chance to hit the track at Thunderhill Raceway Monday afternoon. The track time was a reward for the hard work the young drivers put in at the car control clinic. The course, offered by the National Auto Sport Association, featured six drills meant to prepare the teens for some of the most dangerous situations they may encounter on the road. "When you are on the regular road, you never go to the cars full potential. So just seeing how it does that and how you handle that is really useful," Erin Kennedy, a 17-year-old driver said. Thunderhill Raceway will be hosting two more car control clinics this year on July 31 and November 23.
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?
05-15-2011 Snetterton, England: Fantastic Hard Earned Maiden Win For United Autosports After Dramatic British Championship GT Race! United Autosports scored a stunning maiden race victory today (Sunday May 15) when Matt Bell (GB) and Michael Guasch (USA) swept the #23 Molecule Audi R8 LMS to a dramatic, last-gasp yet thoroughly deserved victory in the third round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Snetterton (England). Click here for full story