BlackHawk Farms May Track Time

I'm happy to announce that through one of our newest club members we've been invited to attend a track
event Monday May 17th at Blackhawk Farms
Raceway. While it's being held by Lotus Corps we have been invited to take part in the event
(from one English car to another heh?). If you're interested please respond in the
comments section of this post. Here's all the info:

LOTUS CORPS is proud to present their second annual Carl Grabowski Drivers
Education Track Day at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in Rockton Illinois on
Monday, May 17th 2004!!!

You can download the PDF file here with all the necessary information. It is open for ANYBODY driving ANY VEHICLE, not just a Lotus. My friend Phill (modified 89 Lotus Esprit owner) wants me to show up (stock '04 JCW Cooper S owner) for a showdown. He also asked me to forward this to anybody else who would like to go. My response was simple, “Anybody with a Mini would dive at a chance
to take it out on a track and push it to the limits!” So, I am inviting
anybody in the greater Chicago area to take a day off of work, and learn
more about the technology and limitations of their car. This is what the
Mini Copper was designed for!!

Scared to take your baby on the track? Good. I'm, not the only one. This is
my absolute first track event. I just bought my '04 black Cooper S with the
JCW kit from Patrick BMW in December, (honk if you see me on 90/94 doing the
reverse commute every day!) but I'm not passing up a chance to go through a
set of Yokohoma ES100's without having to dodge traffic out to Schaumburg.
There WILL be multiple cars on the track, but there is controlled passing.
Absolutely no passing in the corners!! And for the green group (that's me),
you can only pass in one place on the main straight. The track is very open,
the turns are surrounded by lots of grass, so if you were to spin out, it'll
be nothing a quick wash can't clean up. There is even an unposted speed
limit of 70mph on the track. (Amateur Speed demons – It is very obvious what
your experience level is when you are on the track. Although, it is not
uncommon for people to move up from the green group to experience a higher
level of racing, my plan is to start in the green, and go from there.)

Because this is a Lotus event, they will be showcasing the 2005 Lotus Elise.
A select few will even get to ride in one on the track with a professional
driver! There will be many different types of cars out on the track this
day. Word has it there may even be a new Lamborghini Gallardo owner there
putting his bull to the test!

Bring a helmet and a good attitude. The main purpose of this event is to
learn more about your car, and what it is capable of. Safety is the first
priority, but the second is to have as much fun as possible.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at any time at
Shawzie9(at) (due to spam please remove “(at)” with the normal “@” symbol when sending
an email)
. I hope to see you guys there. If not, I hope to see you
soon at the next Chicago Mini Motoring Club event.

Oh, the most important part – it is $175 for the day for us non lotus
members to get on the track, but invite your friends who don't want to race
too, because it's only 10 bucks to come and watch!!!


Jim Shaw
Fellow Chicagoan Mini owner

12 thoughts on “BlackHawk Farms May Track Time

  1. Sounds interesting, but I don't think I can swing it with my current shakey job situation.

    I did notice also on the application that a non-motorcycle Snell SA helmet is required.

  2. OK. I just picked my jaw back up off the floor. This is really great news. Monday is my nearly perpetual day off!

    I expect to see you there, Gabe!

  3. John and I will drive JoeGreen but to spectate only. We're not quite ready for the track yet … Thanks much to Jim for arranging a fun day!

  4. Steve – I'm glad you noticed… A motorcycle helmet unfortunately is not enough, remember it is for our safety. Now, there will be plenty of people there so sharing is expected, but to prevent a shortage it is recommended that everybody gets one. There are a few of us who are buying ours in a week or two. We have found a guy who will give us a break on shipping if we buy multiple helmets from him. He has quoted us full face helmets for 229.00, this is by far the cheapest I have seen. If not having a helmet is stopping you from going, or you are interested in getting them with us, please email me at Shawzie9(at) as soon as you can.

  5. Update – This really filled up fast!!! Lotus Corps is really surprised how quickly spots were taken, they have no official limit on cars, but to prevent it from being too crowded, I believe there may be only 5 or so spots left. The list has some ferraris, porsches, minis, a viper, an M3, a corvette, 17 loti, and thats all i can remember off the top of my head. It looks like there only a few in the green group and red groups. So it looks like the some people from the yellow will be shifted out to compensate. There will be a packet coming in the mail to all who have sent in money. So keep an eye out. Dave – get back to me about that helmet, the price went down again. In fact I think there is a new helmet rating coming out in '05, so maybe the more we wait, the cheaper these '00's will get. If anybody has questions please feel free to email me at Shawzie9(at)
    Motor On!

  6. It's almost time!!! I hope everybody got the email containing maps and track layout information. If not, let me know. Anybody have any last minute questions?


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