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ThunderDrift January 24/25 [message #41746] Thu, 08 January 2009 20:02 Go to previous message
ConePirate is currently offline  ConePirate   United States
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Registered: January 2009
Location: WAY-Nor Cal
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Ladies and Gentlemen! Presentinnnnngggggg.... ThunderDrift's 2009 Driftpad event plan!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with what ThunderDrift is, here's some history. Since 2006 ThunderDrift has been providing the Norcal area with monthly drift events on Thunderhill Raceway's Drift-pad (recently increased in size! 3rd gear time!). Events take place on one weekend a month (sat/sun) and have frequently included fun extras like competitions, birthday/holiday celebrations, and humorous technical challenges like parallel parking contests, cone-punting contests, etc...

Thunderhill Raceway is located in Willows, CA just a little over an hour north of the Sacramento area. The track has great facilities including camping (check on the specific event), nice bathrooms, showers, excellent food, a quickie-mart with race gear and snacks, fuel, and much more. The drift-pad is approx 500'x200' and on a slight incline, which is excellent for experiencing the difference between uphill drifting and downhill drifting.

So! Now that you're up to speed, I'll explain what TD has in store for you in the big 0-9. This year we're breaking the regularly scheduled drift-pad events into two alternating groups. One month we'll have an education-driven event lead by local pros Tomasz Olech and Rich Kong, and the next month we'll be hosting a skidpad competition event. Not only will we be holding a comp, it'll be a Norcal points series! 6 points events will round out the first season, there'll be prizes for top 3 at every comp, and something BIG for the season champion!

School weekends, and Saturdays on comp weekends will be open to anyone (IE if you don't want instruction, or don't want to compete). If you enter in a school event and just want to drift, tell me! We're happy to let you go out and slide on your own.

Tech limitations are REALLY simple for these events, all you need for your person is closed toe'd shoes and an Snell SA/M 95+ helmet. Your car's requirements are simple too.

- NO LEAKS! ABSOLUTELY NO LEAKS! If we find you leaking, you'll go home sore from the tongue-lashing.

- Battery must be tied down! No duct-tape, zipties, bungee chords, wire, or other non-solid mounts. If it's relocated, it needs to be inside a box. Preferably a plastic marine-style box.

- Driver/Passenger safety gear must be stock or better! This means seats and seatbelts! Nothing janky fellas, we're talking about YOUR safety here.

- All lugnuts must be present, and hubcaps are prohibited (unless they're REALLY cool spinners.)

That's it!

The next event will be held on January 24th/25th. This will be TD's first event of the year, so we're starting with a school event. Mark your calendars and come up for this event! It's going to be crazy in the paddock as Thunderhill will also be hosting it's annual AMA D36 Cross-Country dirtbike race that weekend. In other words, you'll have a crowd of dirtbikers who have never seen anything so cool in their lives hahaha

The entry fee for January's event will be $105 p/driver p/day. Registration is open now at Reg will close on Thursday the 22nd at 11:59PM so don't wait!

If you have ANY questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Contact, see, or call 530.559.2554 for more info.
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