Sat, Sep 30 - Sun, Oct 1, 2023

GGC BMW CCA Fall '23 HPDS @ Thunderhill West

Thunderhill Raceway Park

About this event

Thunderhill West Driving School

Date: September 30, October 1st
Course: Thunderhill West at Thunderhill Park Raceway
Course Direction: CCW on Saturday, CW on Sunday
Early Bird Discount Available!

It’s time to elevate your driving on one of the most technical courses in the NorCal. Join your local Golden Gate Chapter and master your craft with our High-Performance Driving School (HPDS) partnered with our highly-reviewed Advanced Data Coaching (ADC). Spots are limited and can fill up fast, so sign up now to enjoy our early bird discount. Get an unbelievable value with two days of learning for $650 while spots last!

You’ll get the opportunity to try two different layouts: clockwise and counterclockwise which will completely change your approach to every corner. 

Single-day registrations are available to intermediate and advanced drivers. (Limited availability.)

Skills-focused Driving

Our focus is on safety and learning. Every student is assigned an in-car instructor or a data coach for the duration of the event. Classroom sessions feature presentations and discussions of vehicle dynamics, car control, and corner-by-corner track details.

Beyond in-car instruction, GGC provides coaching based on data acquisition. Data from your track session is captured, analyzed, and then turned into goals for the next session. Advanced and intermediate drivers can add on Advanced Data Coaching (ADC), subject to availability.

Our solo program, Group S, is available for a select group of advanced drivers. ADC is included for S drivers — your coach works with you in a classroom rather than in your car. Each day, Group S includes 3-4 laps of on-track exercises to build expertise beyond lapping. The goals include building the following skills:

  • being fluid in traffic
  • using the whole track
  • 360 degree situational awareness

D Group

C Group

A&B Groups

Group S



 Upper Intermediate
 and Advanced

 Expert driving skills

 In-car instruction

 In-car instruction
 Data coaching option

 In-car instruction
 On-track exercises
 Data coaching option

 On-track exercises
 Data coaching

Important COVID-19 information:

All attendees, staff, and guests are recommended to be fully vaccinated (including waiting time) before arriving at the event.

With the exception of Group S, all students should expect to have an instructor in-car at this event. Masks are encouraged indoors, including in cars with passengers (and required in car if either the instructor or student requests that masks be worn).

All attendees, staff, and guests are recommended to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including waiting time) before arriving at the event. Masks are encouraged indoors, including in cars with passengers (and required in car if either the instructor or student requests that masks be worn).

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please contact the event staff and refrain from attending the event. 

COVID-19 policy is based on currently available information and the policy may change at the time of the event based on prevailing public health recommendations.

Important information about the waiting list:

  • If sold out, register anyway! You will be waitlisted automatically. We expect to accept a large number of students from the waiting list. We start with a conservative student count, and pull students from the waiting list as more instructors sign up for the event.

Event requirements

You must be a licensed driver, 17 years of age or older, and you must be a BMW CCA member to be eligible for enrollment. Non-member registration includes a one-year BMW CCA membership. Please be sure to include or update your experience and your emergency contact info in your MotorsportReg profile when you register.

Car Control Clinic: Attendance at a GGC Car Control Clinic is strongly recommended. Working with a coach at a GGC autocross is another option. 

Waivers: We are using an online waiver system—Speedwaiver. You must provide a mobile phone number in order to receive SMS text messages from Speedwaiver that provide a link to the waiver to be signed electronically.

Minor Waivers: If you are under 18 years of age, you must fill out and sign a separate minor waiver and a parent/guardian must sign a parental consent form at check-in. If a parent or guardian cannot be present at check-in, the consent form may be signed ahead of time, but the signature must be witnessed by another adult. You can find the minor waiver in the event documents folder; it must be printed in color.

Helmets: Snell certified (M, SA or EA) helmets are required for all track events. We no longer accept Snell 2010-rated helmets; they must be 2015 or later. Please bring your helmet with you for inspection when you check in at the event.

Sharing a car: If you would like to share a car with another student, please contact the Registrar by clicking the “Send a message” to the registrar link at right before registering.

Tech Inspection: All cars that go on track must pass a tech inspection before the event. The inspector must complete and sign the Tech Inspection Form, which will be collected at event check-in. The inspection must be performed no more than 30 days prior to the event.

  • The sound limit for this event is 103 dB. Mufflers are required. 
  • Most convertible and T-top cars are not allowed. If you wish to bring a convertible or T-top, contact GGC to learn about the restrictions and the requirements. 

Additional important information, a FAQ, a program overview, and the required GGC BMW CCA tech form are available in the event document folder. [update link]



Thunderhill Raceway Park

Willows, CA
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HPDE organized by

BMW CCA - Golden Gate Chapter - HPDE

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