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AudiFest 2016

Audi Club NA - Golden Gate Chapter

Friday, Oct 7 — Sunday, Oct 9, 2016
Sonoma, Sonoma, CA

Registration closed September 24, 2016 11:59 PM on September 24, 2016 11:59 PM PDT Registration ends September 24, 2016 11:59 PM on September 24, 2016 11:59 PM PDT Registration opens July 15, 2016 10:00 AM on July 15, 2016 10:00 AM PDT Registration runs from July 15, 2016 10:00 AM to September 24, 2016 11:59 PM


AudiFest 2016 at Sonoma Raceway

Welcome to the registration for AudiFest 2016.

What is AudiFest?

AudiFest is the Audi Club Golden Gate Chapter's annual high performance driving school (HPDE) at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.  With record attendance each year, we are anticipating another sell-out for driving enthusiasts who will enjoy the 12 turns and over 200 feet of elevation change offered by this internationally famous track.  We welcome all marques of automobile to join us at at the AudiFest HPDE which we are combining with a fun drive in the Sonoma and Napa valleys on Friday Oct 7th and an open-to-all "quattros and coffee" car show at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday Oct 9th (see details below).

No matter your skill or confidence level, you will certainly have fun at this event.  First timers and beginners will spend the morning of the first day in an initial classroom session followed by car control exercises during which you will develop skills and learn the practical side of vehicle dynamics before heading out to the track after Saturday lunch. Intermediate and advanced students (after your first, brief classroom session) and our seasoned instructors will head out directly to the two miles of tarmac awesomeness at Sonoma Raceway Park starting on Saturday morning.

During the car control sessions, first time and beginning students drive their own cars, and are coached by instructors who observing their progress from outside the car during the exercise.  This provides each student with the foundational knowledge needed to get the most out of the event.  During on-track driving activities, all students drive their own cars, and are accompanied by in-car Audi Club instructors who are there to coach each driver to improve and hone their driving skills.

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. Since the race track does not have side streets, stop lights, pedestrians, or any of the other distractions encountered while driving on public streets, the time you spend on the track provides a great opportunity and safe environment to learn advanced driving techniques and explore the capabilities of both car and driver.

Classroom Sessions

This is a driver's education school and all participants are required to attend interactive classroom sessions designed to teach vehicle dynamics and driving techniques. These sessions will continue throughout the day to help participants understand the fine art of precision driving.

Event Date & Time

Tech Inspection and Registration Check-In: Friday Oct 7, 2016 beginning at 4:30 pm
Location: Sheraton Hotel Petaluma in the main lobby.

Drivers' and Instructors' meetings on Friday evening at the Sheraton Hotel (details will be provided in a welcome email you will receive a couple of weeks before the event).

HPDE: Saturday Oct 8 - Sunday Oct 9, 2016 - Gates will open at 6:00 am
Location: Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, CA

quattros and coffee car show: Sunday Oct 9, 2016 - 9am (open to all; no registration required)
Location: Sonoma Raceway Paddock, Sonoma, CA

Event Cost

The event registration fees are:

$650 for students and $250 for instructors. 

Your registration fee includes: snacks and soft drinks prior to the mandatory drivers' meeting on Friday night, two days on track at Sonoma Raceway, event swag, all the water you can drink and the sumptuous Saturday night banquet and auction. 

Lunches are not included in registration fee but will be available at the Raceway Cafe at Sonoma Raceway.

Additional guest banquet places may be purchased for $75 each.

20 garages at Sonoma Raceway are also available at the cost of $200 each.  Each garage can accommodate up to 4 cars so they can be shared.  Please note that they sell out quickly!

Hotel and Accommodations

The headquarters hotel for the event is the Sheraton Hotel in Petaluma, CA.  This hotel is approximately a 20 minute drive from the track.  We recommend that you make your reservation at the Sheraton in Petaluma ASAP since rooms are in high demand at this time of year.  Sheraton Petaluma is a beautiful facility with all newly renovated rooms for 2016.  We have arranged reduced room rates and have reserved the banquet and meeting rooms at the hotel so all meetings, the banquet, and even tech inspection, will be held at the Sheraton and not at the racetrack.  

Go to the following URL to reserve your room at a special Audi Club price:


Alternatively, call 888-627-8458 and request the rates for this event.

Room Nightly Rate*
Deluxe King $289
Deluxe Double Queen $299
Club King $259
Club Double Queen $259
Superior Corner King $299
Junior Suite with Balcony $319
Suite $349
* Room rates do not include applicable taxes; check with the hotel.  


Who is the Audi Club Golden Gate (ACGG)?

Audi Club Golden Gate is a chapter of the Audi Club of North America (ACNA), a 501c(3) non-profit organization with the purpose of providing to its members: driver education, driver safety training, and education about the Audi brand. ACGG serves the members in Northern California, NW Nevada, and Hawaii areas, but our events are open to Audi Club members, and we encourage you to bring your friends and family. To support the educational experience, ACGG offers events from new Audi introductions, technical seminars, fun drives, teen driving clinics, social events, tours, and high performance driving events throughout the year. Due to our good standing in the community, ACGG is able to take advantage of relationships with dealerships and well recognized private service centers in Northern California. As a result, many of our sponsors offer discounts and special promotions available only to our club members.

Special offers from Audi and Audi Club North America

As a member of ACNA, you automatically become a member of ACGG if you live in our service area. As a member, you will receive a quarterly magazine from ACNA and regular emails from ACGG to keep you informed and up-to-date on the scheduled events that happen throughout the year. We are also fortunate to receive significant discounts on the purchase of any new Audi, plus discounts from many of our fine sponsors.

Refunds & Cancellations

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Audi Club NA - Golden Gate Chapter is offering a separate cancellation policy directly: $100 event cancellation fee up to and including September 15th. No refunds for cancellations after Sept 15th.

Additional (Special) Events

Fun drive through the Sonoma and Napa valleys on Friday October 7: 

  • Please join us for a driving tour of the area to see some of the magnificent country that surrounds us in Sonoma & Napa County.   Our plan includes leaving the Sheraton Hotel between 10:30 and 11:00 am, at which time we will drive 30-40 minutes north to Calistoga, enjoy a great barbeque lunch (at your cost), and go about discovering the sights of the local back roads.   We should return in plenty of time to complete Tech Inspection and participate in the meet-and-greet activities preceding the evening's schedule.   There is no fee for this activity.  Lunch will not be extravagant, and the budget for sightseeing is completely voluntary.  Please sign up to help us be aware of those who wish to join in, and then be at the front of the Hotel in time to leave as a group.   Questions?   Please connect with Larry Whitney 

"quattros and coffee" car show: Sunday Oct 9, 2016 - 9am (open to all; no registration or Audi Club North America membership required)

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