Come join Audi Club Golden Gate's annual celebration of winter with our Winter Driving Event January 10th -12th.

If it is your first or your tenth time attending an Audi driving event we're confident that you'll have a great time. Beginners and novice drivers will spend a few hours on the morning of the first day in a classroom session, followed by car control exercises in where they will develop skills and learn the practical side of vehicle dynamics. The classes and exercises are designed to enhance your car control skills by applying them to your car, in a controlled and safe environment.

During all on-track driving activities students drive their own cars, and are accompanied by Audi Club instructors who sit in the passenger seat and assist the driver as they improve their driving skills. During the exercise session, students drive their own cars, and are coached by instructors that are observing their progress from outside the car during the exercise. This process provides each student with the foundational knowledge that they will need in order to get the most out of the event.

After the car control sessions, the balance of the learning is on the track. Students are aggregated into Run Groups which are established to allow students to be on track with other drivers of similar experience. Novice students always have an instructor in the car during on track sessions. 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. The race track does not have side streets, stop lights, pedestrians, or any of the other distractions that we must address while driving on public streets. Because of this, the time you spend on the track provides a great opportunity to safely learn advanced driving techniques and explore the capabilities of both car and driver.

Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, CA is the location of the annual Winter Driving Event. Thunderhill is a 3.0 mile SCCA track that contains all types of corners that you are likely to experience in your day-to-day driving. This track includes several elevation changes, short & long straight-aways, and a number of technical turns, yet it is considered to be one of the safest, and best tracks in America for drivers to improve their driving skills. This unique combination of safety and complexity create the recipe for a great driving experience. Leave the track on Sunday night with driving skills that will enhance and improve your daily driving experience.

Event Details:

The event will take place beginning in the afternoon of Friday, January 10, 2013. Check-in and technical inspection will take place at 4pm that Friday afternoon at the track, with registration continuing until 7pm, and technical inspection ending at 6:45. During the check-in process, a light meal will be served. Friday evening will also include a meeting for all 1st timers, as well as a mandatory meeting for all instructors, and a mandatory meeting for all registrants. Details about the times of these meetings will come in your welcome packet, but you should assume that the meetings will take place from approximately 7pm - 9pm.

The track will open early on Saturday morning and Sunday morning, at approximately 6:30am. Lunch will be served at the track, and is included in the registration price. The track will close at approximately 5pm each day, and we will have a banquet and raffle on Saturday evening. The banquet will take place at the track, within the main meeting center. Exact timing and details will be sent to you as part of the welcome packet, which will arrive by email, approximately 1 week prior to the event.

The headquarters hotel for the event is the Holiday Inn Express in Willows, CA.  Be sure to mention you're with the Audi Club to receive a room rate of $109/Night, for 2 nights. To obtain this rate, you must call the hotel directly, and book through the front desk. You can reach the hotel at 530-934-8900.  If you call early in the AM, the front desk agent might transfer you to the 800 number, and the 800 number will not know anything about the discounted rate, so if that happens, hang up, and call back later. There are only 30 rooms guaranteed at this rate, so act fast.

Costs and other details:

The cost of this event is $295 for students until and including Dec 1st, 2013, and $395 for students beginning on Dec 2nd, 2013.
The cost of this event is $125 for instructors until and including Dec 1st, 2013, and $175 for instructors beginning on Dec 2nd, 2013.

The cost of the event includes morning coffee and doughnuts/pastries and lunch as well as water for both days at the track.  Also included is the Saturday banquet dinner.

The event will also include a Fleece Jacket - so please take this into consideration when selecting the size.

Note: If you have any credits to be applied for this event, you must coordinate with the event master prior to enrolling in this event in order to ensure that your credits can be properly applied. If you are at checkout, and you do not see your credits, please cancel the registration, and send an email to Joe Lucchio.

Registration will end on December 31, 2013 at 10 pm PST.

Please NOTE - Registration MAY close earlier than this date if the event sells out early. So please do not wait until the last minute to register!