You'll drive to portland but won't drive to Redding CA? How's that work out? Redding is a scant 420 miles, which at 80 mph, one gas stop, is less than 6 hours. Some of us californians have driving out to Phoenix from Nor Cal - a scant 1100 miles.
But really, can you pass this event up? between 30 and 40 cars (max!), all subaru, for a whole day with at least six sessions each. SOA, SCC, and Primitive Engineering will be there (hey, where's Paul E coming from??). Figure that at most there will be 13 people per run group on the 3 mile config of the track, there's TONS of room. If you've ever driven with NASA, you'll know how COOL this event really is as NASA usually has at LEAST a 25 car field.
As for Scoobys that have flipped or impacted a wall.. there's not a lot I ca say. I won't say that someone 'messed up'. It CAN happen to you, and you're not immortal. But you _can_ put your level of risk down. Driving at a limit in which YOU feel comfortable. Asking for instruction. Driving in a SAFE manor. Getting to know your car and how to control it - even when you have 'lost' control.
But to be sure, Thunderhill is a _safe_ and fun track. The audi club is able to run events without body contact, or flips. They have spins, but keep things safe.
Hope to see you all there.