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MINI Thunder II

Feb 20, 2011


Contact Information

  • Norman Nelson
  • 530-246-9943

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Aerial View of Thunderhill
An aerail view of the track facility
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MC2 Magazine MINI Thunder Cover Page
Last year's cover page of MINI Thunder event, plus the story
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MINI Thunder II Drivers Check List
This is a self'tech check list that will need to be filled out and presented at the even.
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MINI Thunder II Schedule
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Mini Thunder Story MC2 Magazine
Here is the four page story on Mini Thunder from last year.
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Thunderhill Club House
This is where we we have driver's meeting, critique after track sessions, registration,and meals
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Thunderhill Track Layout Map
This map shows the facility layout and track map
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Jan 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm
For those of you that have never taken your MINI/Mini our on the track, we welcome you to MINI Thunder II. Admission is FREE for those that want come out and watch, take some demo rides with instructors, and time permitting we will offer parade laps at lunch. Get a chance to visit with some of the top named Mini drivers, chat with the coaches/instructors, stroll through the pit & paddock areas visiting with other Mini owners and vendors. Explore the track from several vantage points and bring a camera. MINI Thunder II proves to be more than just a track day, we hope you will enjoy the social and festive atmosphere, while learning what a track day is all about. Walk the course, where permitted, and see how the turn workers keep an eye on thing and control and advise drivers of hazards ahead, note the two trucks and emergency crews that are there “just in case”, sit in on a classroom session and see how the instructors teach the techniques and critique performance. Track Day events are a “team” effort, with registration, communication, emergency, medical, food and beverage, on track workers, pre-grid organization, and much more.

We would all love to see you come out for the day and even for Saturday night’s dinner and casino night. The vendors will enjoy having a crowd of Mini enthusiasts, the coaches and staff will be happy to answer questions, other drivers will enjoy the attention, and you will see how much fun, safe, and educational this can be. The Thunderhill Grill will be open for food and beverages and we welcome you to join us for our meals. You can buy breakfast, lunch, or diner tickets at the track.

Best of all is to see the smiles on the faces of the drivers as they climb out of their Minis after a track session. As Jo Wattle put it last year “It’s going to take plastic surgery to wipe this smile off my face”.

Remember its FREE admission, FREE parking, so climb in your Minis and take a drive to Thunderhill Raceway Park, near Willows California. Feb 19-20, 2011
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Jan 11, 2011 at 3:17 pm
?7 Time SCCA National Champion, 24 hour Daytona winner, IMSA sedan Champion and founder of Comptech Machine (builder of Juan Montoya's 2000 Indy 500 engine), and many more accomplishments, Doug Peterson will be on hand at MINI Thunder II driving the Seven Enterprises Fortech Mini. Doug will be giving demo laps and driver instructing throught the day.
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Jan 4, 2011 at 11:33 am
Make it a 2-Dat Driving Event

Hooked on Driving is a valued supporter of MINI Thunder II and offering a $40 discount if you register for both MINI Thunder II (Feb 20) and HOD on Feb 19. Hooked on Driving will providing many of their experience and qualified instructors at MINI Thunder II. Hooked on Driving is also donating a Track Day door prize to be auctioned off after Saturday night’s Casino night, using your “play” money winnings.

You can register for HOD at , then give promo code: MINITHUNDERII to get your discount.

Hooked On Driving -
David Ray
9000 Crow Canyon Road
Suite S #225
Danville, CA 94506
Phone: 925-552-8112
Fax: 925-855-9415

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About MINI Thunder II


Mini Thunder II Registration is now open. This was a great event last year and proves to be even better this year.
Event website:

O2 Motorsports of Redding CA is offering free pre-tech inspections on Saturday before the event. That is about 1 1/2 hours before Thunderhill. So anyone coming down from OR or WA can do this on the way. If so, please contact Steve or Stacey at 530-243-3002 to scedule an appt. They will be providing a breakfast or lunch depending on what time is set.

Back by popular demand is MINI Thunder II. This event will be held on the 3-day Presidents Day Weekend. The track day will be Sunday Feb 20, 2011, leaving Saturday and Monday as travel days for those coming a long distance. Last year we had entrants from Southern California, Oregon, and Washington. for details and updates.
We will have three groups, Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginners. We expect to have 5+ 20 minute sessions, plus instruction, classroom, demo and parade laps. Entree for single drivers will be $199 for the day and include an event T-Shirt, breakfast, lunch, and sodas/waters during the day. If you made it to last years event, we figure you will return and if you missed it, shame on you, but you can make this one. For those that wish to share a Mini, the cost is $275 but you will have to run in separate groups.
The event will include a Saturday night BBQ dinner and "Casino Night" at Thunderhill Raceway Park. You will get a chance to meet some of the instructors and other drivers, learn the track, and socialize, before getting a good nights sleep. There will be camping available at the track and they do have electrical hookups, bathrooms, showers, and BBQ pits. Most will probably stay in Willows which is a short 7 miles way. They have several hotels to chose from.
You will need a certified helmet that meets the requirements of SA 2000 or SA 2005. The SA is for automotive and SM is for motorcycles. SM helmets are not allowed. You will be able to rent a helmet from the track for $30 for the day.
You will need to fill out the entry form and waiver, plus fill out the Safety Tech Sheet (attached) for your Mini.
Track Day will begin with the track opening at 7:00AM, we will have time for drivers to grab breakfast, rent helmets if necessary, attend a mandatory "all hands" meeting, with first Minis on track at 8:30AM. This is also a good time to empty out your car or ALL loose items, check your fluid levels, tire pressures and torque your wheels.
There will be complete personnel including tow trucks, turn workers, flaggers, grid-control, communications, ambulance and safety equipment.
Here are some links for further information and videos from last years MINI Thunder:
Facebook link to Mini Thunderhill website page.

Video links to Mini Thunder hill webpage.


Dennis Racine
Niello Mini

Looking forward to seeing you all. If you have any questions please contact me:

Norman Nelson

150 MINI Coopers expected

Date and Time

Sun Feb 20, 2011 from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm (PST)

Location and Map

Thunderhill Raceway Park
Highway 162
Willows, California
United States

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