Autocross at Thunderhill

August 16th, 2017 by Sherry Grantz

Thunderhill Report by David Vodden

Solo has landed at Thunderhill Park!  It was a great day in the history of the San Francisco Region of the Sports Car Club of America, Saturday July 22nd, when members of the Sacramento Chapter of the Solo world took to the new asphalt area that will be the site of a great-big Solo event before the end of the year.  Moving forward, the plan is to make the larger solo site available to our Club and other Solo groups who wish to combine their program with the busy schedule of track activities that occur simultaneously at Thunderhill Park.  “It’s great to be a part of the beehive of motorized fun that makes up a typical weekend at our Club track,” noted Regional Executive Dr. Gary Pitts. “I applaud our track President David Vodden for doing what it took to add the solo community to the vision and reality of Thunderhill Park”.

First cars take to the new autocross pad at Thunderhill

Solo Chapter officials Ken Yeo, Tom Smiley, Tom Nivison, Gale Smiley and many others were on site July 22nd to check out the layout. The test took place following an event for the Sacramento Solo Chapter that took place during the day on the park’s two-mile course. From my perspective, the new solo course designed for the demonstration was fast, fun and truly challenging! The Corvette I rode in accelerated like a rocket, stopped on a dime and cornered like a real race car. It was fun and it was great to embrace the Solo community and witness the start of a new chapter in our track that was built by racers for all members of the Club. This will be an important part of the future of Thunderhill Park.


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