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GGC Summer 2021 Driving School

GGC Summer 2021 Driving School

BMW CCA - Golden Gate Chapter - HPDE

Friday, Aug 27 — Sunday, Aug 29, 2021
Thunderhill West, Willows, CA

Registration closed August 25, 2021 11:59 PM at 2021-08-25T23:59:00-0700 Registration ends August 25, 2021 11:59 PM at 2021-08-25T23:59:00-0700 Registration opens July 1, 2021 12:00 PM at 2021-07-01T12:00:00-0700 Registration runs from July 1, 2021 12:00 PM to August 25, 2021 11:59 PM

Thunderhill West Driving School

GGC Driving Schools are back!

Join the BMW CCA Golden Gate Chapter for a driving school on the weekend of August 27-29 at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, CA. This is GGC’s first trip to Thunderhill West, a great place to learn the art of high-performance driving from the dedicated team of experienced GGC instructors. Our HPDS and Advanced Data Coaching programs receive rave reviews from driving enthusiasts every year. You’ll go home with skills you can use on the roads every day as well as some great memories of laps at this twisty racetrack.

On Saturday and Sunday we are holding our traditional driving school. This is a true school. Every student (except those in Group S; see below) is assigned an instructor for the duration of the event. Our focus is on safety and learning. The price for this 2 day event is $700 for BMW CCA members.

On Friday, we are doing something new for GGC. This will be an open track day, not a school. Friday is open only to instructors and pre-approved solo drivers (Group S). The day will be conducted under BMW CCA rules, including the requirment for point-bys for passing. Drivers will have access to many hours of track time.

Group S is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a select group of enthusiasts who want to take the HPDS experience to the next level. This is a solo run group for the most advanced drivers. On Saturday and Sunday, Group S will work with instructors both in the classroom and on the track (with advanced driving exercises). The Chief Driving Instructors will review your qualifications for entry into this run group. Please ensure all relevant driving experience is noted in your registration.

The Advanced Data Coaching (ADC) option is available to drivers in A, B or S run groups. Data makes it possible to be objective about performance, stripping away what you think you’re doing to get at what you’re actually doing behind the wheel. Data and video systems are provided for each ADC participant, or you can use your own. Group A and B drivers in ADC will have some in-car instruction, but the focus will be on the data. Requesting ADC does not guarantee admission, so please ensure that all relevant driving experience is noted in your registration.

Important COVID-19 information:

All persons attending this event, participants, guests and staff alike, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in enough time before the event (typically two weeks for most vaccines) so that it will be at full effectiveness by the time of the event. 

You will also be asked to explicitly opt in for in-car instruction. Note that if you opt out of in-car instruction as a student, there will likely be difficulty accommodating your request unless you are in Group S.

Important information about the waiting list:

  • If the registration form indicates that the event is sold out when you attempt to register, please sign up anyway: you will be waitlisted automatically, but we expect to accept a large number of students from the waiting list. We start with a conservative student count, and pull students from the waiting list as more instructors sign up for the event.


  • You will always be waitlisted when you register. This is a temporary screening step, and doesn’t mean we’re full up. Your registration will be screened and confirmed by the Chief Instructors.