Come join us at the 2014 Winter Driving Event at Thunderhill Raceway!
Come join the Audi Club with it's annual celebration of winter at our Winter Driving Event January 10th -12th. If it is your first or your tenth time attending an Audi driving event we're confident that you'll have a great time. The event is open to all skill levels from first timers to advanced drivers. First timers and beginners will spend a few hours on the morning of the first day in a classroom session, followed by car control sessions in where they will develop skills and learn the practical side of vehicle dynamics. The classes and car control sessions are designed to enhance your car control skills by applying them to your car, in a controlled and safe environment.
During all on-track driving activities, all levels of students drive their own cars, and are accompanied by Audi Club instructors who sit in the passenger seat and assist the driver as they improve their driving skills. During the car control sessions, first time and beginning students drive their own cars, and are coached by instructors that are observing their progress from outside the car during the exercise. This process provides each student with the foundational knowledge that they will need in order to get the most out of the event.
Students are aggregated into Run Groups which are established to allow students to be on track with other drivers of similar experience. First timers and beginning students always have an instructor in the car during on track sessions. Novice, intermediate and advanced drivers will be assigned an instructor. Depending on skill level demonstrated to the instructor during the event, these students may be signed off to solo in the car without an instructor. To ensure that the club provides each student with a safe and secure environment, passing is allowed only on designated sections of the course, and under controlled circumstances. The race track does not have side streets, stop lights, pedestrians, or any of the other distractions that we must address while driving on public streets. Because of this, the time you spend on the track provides a great opportunity to safely learn advanced driving techniques and explore the capabilities of both car and driver.
Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, CA is the location of the annual Winter Driving Event. Thunderhill is a 3.0 mile SCCA track that contains all types of corners that you are likely to experience in your day-to-day driving. This track includes several elevation changes, short & long straight-aways, and a number of technical turns, yet it is considered to be one of the safest, and best tracks in America for drivers to improve their driving skills. This unique combination of safety and complexity create the recipe for a great driving experience. You will leave the track on Sunday night with driving skills that will enhance and improve your daily driving experience.
The event will begin on Friday afternoon, January 10, 2014. Check-in and technical inspection will begin at 4pm at the track, and continue until 7pm. During the check-in process, a light meal will be served. Friday evening will also include a special meeting for all first timers, as well as a manadatory meeting for all instructors, and a mandatory meeting for all registrants. Details about the times of these meetings will come in your welcome packet, but you should assume that the meetings will take place from approximately 7pm - 9pm.
We will provide water and lunch at the track Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday night banquet and auction will also be held at the track. We will also provide coffee along with pastries or doughnuts on Saturday and Sunday morning . A light snack will also be provided prior to the Friday night drivers meeting.
The track will open early on Saturday morning and Sunday morning, at approximately 6:30am. Lunch will be served at the track, and is included in the registration price. The track will close at approximately 5pm each day, and we will have a banquet and raffle on Saturday evening. The banquet will take place at the track, within the main meeting center. Exact timing and details will be sent to you as part of the welcome packet, which will arrive by email, approximately 1 week prior to the event.
Costs and other details
The cost of this event is $295 for students until and including Dec 1st, 2013, and $395 for students beginning on Dec 2nd, 2013.
The cost of this event is $125 for instructors until and including Dec 1st, 2013, and $175 for instructors beginning on Dec 2nd, 2013.
The cost of the event includes morning coffee and doughnuts/pastries and lunch as well as water for both days at the track. Also included is the Saturday banquet dinner.
The event will also include a Fleece Jacket - so please take this into consideration when selecting the size.
Note: If you have any credits to be applied for this event, you must coordinate with the event master prior to enrolling in this event in order to ensure that your credits can be properly applied. If you are at checkout, and you do not see your credits, please cancel the registration, and send an email to Tom Lagerquist (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Joe Lucchio (email@example.com )
Registration will end on December 31, 2013 at 10 pm PST. Please NOTE - Registration MAY close earlier than this date if the event sells out early. So please do not wait until the last minute to register!
The headquarters hotel for the event is the Holiday Inn Express in Willows, CA. Be sure to mention you re with the Audi Club to receive a room rate of $109/Night, for 2 nights. To obtain this rate, you must call the hotel directly, and book through the front desk. You can reach the hotel at 530-934-8900. If you call early in the morning, the front desk agent might transfer you to the 800 number, and the 800 number will not know anything about the discounted rate, so if that happens, hang up, and call back later. There are only 30 rooms guaranteed at this rate, so act fast. There will be no event related activities taking place at the hotel.
Who are we?
The Audi Club Golden Gate is a chapter of the Audi Club of North America (ACNA), which is a 501c(3) non-profit organization with the purpose of educating its members in driver education, driver safety training, and education about the Audi brand. The Audi Club Golden Gate serves the members in Northern California, and Northern Nevada areas, but our events are open to anyone. To support the educational experience, Audi Club Golden Gate offers a variety of different types of events for our members. In addition to HPDEs, we also offer our members access to new product launchs at local dealerships, technical seminars, fun drives, social events, tours, etc. Audi Club Golden Gate enjoys an excellent level of support and participation in our events from our sponsors. We often offer special arrangements with these Audi dealerships, and well recognized private service centers around the geographic proximity to Northern California. Many of our sponsors offer discounts to club members.
As a member of ACNA, you automatically become a member of the Audi Club Golden Gate if you live in the two states listed above. You will receive a quarterly magazine from ACNA, as well as periodic emails from us to keep you up to date on all the scheduled events happening throughout the year. Mingle with other Audi owners and club members for new friendships and lasting memories.