Sat, Jun 17, 2023

Thunder Road 2023

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

About this event


THUNDER ROAD 2023, an SCCA National Tour Rally on Saturday, June 17, 2023, and TWO LANE BLACKTOP, an SCCA Diviisional Tour Rally, on Sunday, June 18, 2022.


We are proud that last year's Thunder Road 2022 was named the Best New National Rally of 2022 by the SCCA, and we are striving to make TR23 even better.  We take our responsibility to provide you with a fun and exciting rally very seriously.  We have searched diligently to find you the prettiest roads we could, and to get you out of civilization as much as possible.  We will be running the most scenic and drivable roads in the San Gabriel, Tehachapi, and southern Sierra Nevada mountains, and through the farmlands and open vistas of Kern County and the Antelope Valley.  

The Route Instructions for this event will use a simple Monte Carlo format, meaning you get turn-by-turn directions, AND you get your target time at each Checkpoint. All Timed Checkpoints are listed in the Route Instructions, and all are referenced by prominent signs on the course.  The rally is about 350 miles long and you will have about 8 and a half hours of driving nirvana with many breaks for gas, food, and rest stops.  Rallymaster is Joe Akerman. 

The object of this event is to enjoy driving sweeping, beautiful, challenging back roads at legal speeds while following simple directions in order to pass a series of Checkpoints at just the right time. 

There is no need for advanced math, no riddles, compasses, maps or gimmicks, just glorious roads to drive with a focus on precision and accuracy. This is a team sport -- driver and navigator must work together to get it right.  Only 2 people (driver and navigator) are allowed per car on SCCA NATIONAL rallies.  The rally will run rain or shine,

There are no preset average speeds, just run at the posted speed limits (rally is timed at least 2 mph BELOW those limits and has pauses where needed). If you reach a timed Checkpoint early, you can pull over, out of traffic lanes, and either creep, or stop and wait for your target time to pass by the Checkpoint.

We will be using the Richta GPS Competitor app for timing and scoring. This app is FREE and easy to use on any GPS-enabled smartphone or other device.  Go to the App Store or Google Play Store or and download it. There is no need for additional timing equipment; your Official Time shows in the app!

This event has been designed to be extremely EV friendly.  There are charging stations at the Start, at lunch, and near the Finish.

Please register online here at MotorsportsReg.  Registration fee is $93 per car. There’s a $15 discount for each of up to 2 SCCA members. When you check out, use the discount code SCCAONE if you have one SCCA member in the car.  Use the code SCCATWO if you  have two SCCA members in the car.  PLEASE USE ONLY ONE OF THESE DISCOUNTS.  (If the "register now" button doesn't work, please reload this page and try again.)

NOTE:  MotorsportsReg has just added a $2 "participant fee" that will be charged on top of the entry fee.  We were only recently notified, and it went into effect immediately.  Since we were not told before we began posting publicity with a $65 entry fee for this rally, we have decided to lower the entry fee for Thunder Road on MSR by $2 (to $93).

You may still register in person at the Start. (Sorry, but we will not be able to accept credit cards at Registration.  Please use the MSR website to pay by credit card.)  Rally day registration will be at the headquarters hotel, Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 27501 Wayne Mills Pl., Valencia, CA 91355, exit 170 off Interstate 5 at Magic Mountain Parkway.

This is an SCCA National Tour Rally sponsored by the Into the Night Rally Team and CalClub. Trophies will be awarded to the top teams in Classes E (Equipped), L (Limited equipment),  S (Stock), G (GPS driven rally computers) and N (Novice – 3 or fewer previous rallies).

More Info can be found at and on our Into the Night Rally Team Facebook page. For any questions or more detailed information, contact Joe at or call or text 310 350 1360.


To register for TWO LANE BLACKTOP, an SCCA Divisional Tour Rally on June 18, 2023, go to        



Event requirements

To simplify the registration process, only the person paying needs to register.  That person can be the driver OR the navigator, but you will need the name, email address, physical address and cell phone number for BOTH people in order to complete the registration process. Also, for SCCA Members, you will need the SCCA Member Number for the Driver and/or Navigator, if applicable.  By the way, the Driver and Navigator cannot be the same person.

All participants will be required to sign a waiver in person at the Start of the rally.  If anyone in the car is under 18 as of the Start of the rally, you will need complete the online SCCA minor waiver and parental consent forms in advance.  Go to for these forms. Please text 310 350 1360 or email immediately if you have any questions. (Note: you only have to complete these forms once each year.  If you do them for Thunder Road, you don't have to do them again.)

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Entries (10)

Barry Strattan
Lance DesBaillets
Bryan Yang
Joe Batwinis
Keith Amann
John Taylor
Karl Broberg
Bryan Weaver

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

Valencia, CA


Road Rally organized by

Into The Night Rally Team

Event over!