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      04-11-2010, 07:02 PM   #1
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Best way to book time at Thunderhill?

Hooked on Driving and Your Private Track Day have programs that run around $300 a pop - have any of you northern CA types had experience with either of these two outfits? Are they good values? What is the best way to book time at Thunderhill, in your opinion?

Any other thoughts on this track? Might want to avoid it in the middle of summer one would think...

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      04-11-2010, 07:31 PM   #2
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Hooked on Driving and Your Private Track Day have programs that run around $300 a pop - have any of you northern CA types had experience with either of these two outfits? Are they good values? What is the best way to book time at Thunderhill, in your opinion?

Any other thoughts on this track? Might want to avoid it in the middle of summer one would think...

Appreciate any and all advice.
If you don't have track experience your number one concern shouldn't be value but instruction and safety. In my opinion BMW CCA events are the best way to get started. Some private events are rather loose with their rules and the result can take a bad turn. Getting back to the value, CCA may be a little more expensive than some private events, but it will be cheaper than most. Yes, thunderhill gets hot! It's a fun track though.
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Drey, you've got a PM.

Regarding Hooked on Driving, I've heard nothing but good things. BMWCCA gets high marks as well, but completion of a BMWCCA Car Control Clinic is required to qualify for a track event. The CCC in Norcal (Golden Gate Chapter) is in July in Monterey.

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I would recommend to start with BMW CCA.

Laguna Seca is in May, this would be a good place to start.
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Thunderhill is a great track, other than the location perhaps. A good variety of turns and lots of runoff room, so a relatively "safe" environment to push limits in.

Laguna Seca is not a very complex track technically (most of the turns are very straightforward), so it's easy to learn/teach. Walls and limited runoff do come into play in a number of corners. It's a "classic" track due to its history, though.

Infineon/Sears Point is the most technical track in NorCal, perhaps one of the most in the US. You won't have the steering wheel dead straight for more than maybe 10-15% of the time, with a lot of turns interlinked. Lots of walls and little runoff room.
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