2017 Tire Rack Crows Landing Championship Tour: 5toGo

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The Championship Tour closes out the second weekend of national SCCA autocross competition on the expansive concrete runways of Crows Landing. If you are planning to make of week of it in Northern California, there are many attractions - Yosemite, wine country, and the charms of San Francisco to name a few. And you don't have to drive to Napa or Sonoma for wineries: nearby Livermore Valley is home to more than 40 wineries. A Livermore Valley Sauvignon Blanc captured America's first gold medal at the Paris Exposition in 1889.

More automotive in nature is the Cruise Route in Modesto - home to a young George Lucas and setting for the film "American Graffiti." See http://www.modestocruiseroute.com/about. Trivia item: George Lucas autocrossed in his youth with some success.

Northern California is still recovering from an unusually wet and stormy winter, but spring weather here is usually fine. Thankfully there was no repeat of the Great Flood of 1862 when 6000 square miles of the Central Valley were left underwater.

If you have not yet booked accommodations, the Best Western in nearby Patterson is the SCCA staff motel. More economical options can be found six miles north on I-5 at the Westley exit.

The course designer is Ben Martinez. Expect fun and challenging courses of the concrete runway persuasion. Access the event site using Ike Crow Road from Highway 33. We are not allowed to use Bell Road or Davis Road. These roads will be fenced off at the site.

Patterson is the "Apricot Capitol of the World." If apricots are in season, pick up some tasty treats for the event and the ride home. If not, a jar of apricot preserves will remind you of your awesome runs at the Crows Landing Championship Tour.