Mini Thunder II 2011

The date is Feb 20th, 2011. This is Presidents Day. It’s a three day weekend. This is the Sunday of that weekend. We will be holding a BBQ dinner at the track on Saturday night, before the event and perhaps a “casino” night, again at the track. For those travelling a long distance, this will give Saturday as a travel day to get there and Monday as a travel day to get back home.

There are several local hotels in Willows for those that wish to stay. We are making arrangements with Michelle, who is manager for all three. She will be able to book visitors into any of three hotels with prices ranging from about $59-$109 per night (still to be determined).

There will be three run groups (Beginners, Intermediates, Advanced). The schedule should be very close to what was done last year with 5ea 20 minutes track sessions (perhaps 6), followed by classroom sessions. These will alternate throughout the day. There will be instructors, and all the SCCA safety workers and equipment. The track opens at 7:00AM and we will start with registration, check in, breakfast, “All Hands” Meeting, car tech, empty cars, check wheels and tires, etc. First cars will go out on track at 8:30AM.

We are NOT planning a car show at this time, but things could change.

Guests are free but will need to purchase wrist bands for meals.

There will be free parade laps/ride alongs during lunch.

Sunday will include breakfast and lunch at the track.

We have an event webpage set up and will be adding information to it. Click Here to Registration.

We are looking for corporate sponsors as well, both large and small. MC2 Magazine will be running ¼ or ½ page ads over the next several issues. Mini Mania is on board, as well as O2 Motorsports, I hope to see Niello MINI back again, and we will be contacting many of the Mini performance shops. Corporate sponsors will help cover the costs for food, goodie bags, T-Shirts, entertainment, sodas & waters throughout the day, etc.


Update 1/11/11:

Here are some updates and news for MINI Thunder II


First we would like to make sure we welcome all MINI/Mini owners regardless of whether they are an entrant or not. Guests are free and time permitting we will offer demo rides and parade laps at lunch. They are welcome to join in for Casino night. We want to encourage Mini owners to come out and experience a track day. There will be vendors there to shop from, coaches, instructors, other drivers, to socialize with. We hope that the FREE exposure will encourage them to come back for future shop days. We will provide a parking area for guests. They can walk to portions of the track to take photos, meet some accomplished drivers, and see some very COOL Minis.


Doug Peterson to be on hand for MINI Thunder II

?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 throughout the day.


Jan Brueggeman of Revolution Mini Works will be on hand at MINI Thunder II, Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows CA Feb 20, 2011. He will be bringing Ian Stewart out from Florida to drive Revolution Mini Works 400 HP GP MINI. Ian Stewart is quite an accomplished driver with NASA National Championships (2009) Time Trial C Mini Cooper S (1st) and a long list of racing accomplishments. Ian will be doing demo rides and demonstrations for those interested in seeing what a 400HP GP MINI can do on the track with the right driver at the wheel.


Lyle Beckwith of Vinyl Styles will be at MINI Thunder II, Feb 20, 2011 doing installs of his custom vehicle wraps, custom vinyl graphics, decals, headlight and tail light tinting, and more.
Contact Lyle to set up an appointment. Check out his website to for products, photos, and testimonials.

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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.


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