2018 Holiday Dinner

Sign up and reserve your place at the gala GGLC Holiday Celebration at the Four Points Sheraton in Emeryville. Don’t miss out on the wine, food, door prizes and the annual GGLC White Elephant Gift Exchange.

Our gala dinner at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel will be catered with a dilectable gourmet fare.

Cocktails will start at 6:00 with a no-host bar and appetizers.

Our Buffet Dinner will follow at 7:00pm with salads, entrees (chicken, beef & veggie selections) and dessert.

Following dinner we’ll introduce the 2019 President and officers and present awards to the GGLC’s 2018 Autocross champions. Plus there will be door prizes and of course the infamous GGLC Gift Exchange.

GGLC Gift Exchange
Everyone attending is encouraged to participate in the Annual GGLC White Elephant Gift Exchange. To participate bring a wrapped, unwanted “gift” item from your garage. Please make sure your gift is EPA-friendly, non-toxic and clean, (the “Barry Spencer” Rule). You’ll have the opportunity to exchange it for another “gift”.

Click here to buy your tickets on the GGLC website.

RSVP & SIGN-UP BY 6:00 pm Dec 4th, 2018!

Directions to:
The Four Points by Sheraton – San Francisco Bay Bridge
1603 Powell St.
Emeryville, CA 94608

PARKING: The Four Points Sheraton has a large parking lot.

Major upgrades coming to Hethel

Home to Lotus for over 50 years, development ensures Hethel remains the heart of Lotus. As the company prepares for the culmination of its 70th celebrations, Lotus has unveiled the latest stage in its investment plan, which will see the 100 acre site undergo extensive development and renovation work.


With a new Customer Experience Centre, Heritage Centre and Museum designed by architects Feilden+Mawson and submitted for planning, the British marque has outlined a bold vision for its future at the famous Hethel facility, its home for over 50 years. The plans were unveiled just ahead of the company’s 70th celebrations in Norfolk, marking the anniversary of the founding of Lotus by engineering genius Colin Chapman.

Combining the creation of brand new facilities and the renovation of some of Hethel’s historic sections, the scope of the work perfectly reflects the company’s ambitions going forward. The planning application also includes a spacious, modern new restaurant catering for all staff and visitors to the Lotus site.

Speaking at the unveiling of the plans, Group Lotus’ chief executive officer, Mr. Feng Qingfeng said: “The progress of these developments at Hethel demonstrates our commitment to Lotus and its bright future. Hethel is rightly the centre of the brand and what better place for customers, aspiring owners and staff to experience our values? Hethel is, and will always be, the heart of Lotus and our plans are the next step in readying the site for the next 50 years.”
The future of Hethel

Dynamic and modern in their design, the plans for Hethel are the next chapter in the story of the famous site. In 1966 Lotus’ founder Colin Chapman reimagined the old WW2 airbase as the company’s headquarters and manufacturing facility that have evolved into the Lotus of today, encompassing all aspects of the modern sports car company.


The new purpose-built Customer Experience Centre will be located alongside the pitlane of the famous test track to create a focal point at Hethel and afford fantastic views across the entire site. Showcasing the Lotus brand and its range of vehicles, it will provide a destination for customers as they develop the specification for, and later return to take delivery of, their vehicles. With a two-storey display area, the building will include private vehicle specification salons and delivery areas, as well as preparation and service facilities.


An impressive Heritage Centre and Museum will also be created, incorporating the site’s original main office and executive suites. This extensive renovation and conversion work will provide a modern space, fit to display a wide range of Lotus vehicles and exhibits. Bringing the original executive suite, including Colin Chapman’s office, to life, the Heritage Centre and Museum will allow visitors and staff to experience the history and heritage at the heart of Lotus.

    Alongside the Heritage Centre and Museum, a modern new restaurant facility will extend forward from the existing buildings to create an impressive, and uniform façade. With views over the garden areas of the site, it will provide hospitality facilities for a wide range of activities.

    The site’s existing clubhouse (the control tower of the former airbase) will be extensively renovated as part of the plans. Located near the test track, it will incorporate a new roof terrace and modern facilities for track-based activities and customer or staff events.
    As well as the new buildings, the development of Hethel will see extensive enhancements and the landscaping of the site, including improvements to access, parking areas for staff and security.

    (Press release from Lotus)

Registration Open for Lotus Club 2-Mile Thunderhill Track Day September 27th, 2018

Registration is now open for the Golden Gate Lotus Club’s 5th open track event of the year at Thunderhill Raceway Park on Thursday, September 27, 2018. At this event we will run the 2-mile West track in the standard counter-clockwise direction. All types of cars are welcome at our events.

Price is $155 for members and $175 for non-members. You can become a GGLC member for $25 when you register and take the member discount immediately.

This event will be divided into 3 different groups on track with 20 minute sessions. The three run groups will be as follows: Advanced Group for experienced drivers with 15+ track days/racing experience or equivalent, Intermediate Group for drivers with at least 7 track days experience, and Novice Group for drivers with at least 1 track day experience. Each group will have seven 20 minute sessions. Sign-up for whichever group is appropriate for your experience level. Open wheeled cars will be allowed only in the Open Passing Group.

We have a limited number of openings for Beginner drivers (zero days experience) who will receive 1-on-1 coaching from an experienced driver. Beginner drivers will run in the Novice Group.

Click here to sign up via MotorsportReg.

There will be absolutely no refunds and we will run the event run rain or shine. Cancellations before 9/13/2018 will receive a credit for a future track day which will be good for one year from the cancellation date. Cancellations after 9/13/2018 will receive a credit ONLY if the event sells out.

Open top cars MUST have a roll bar that attaches at four locations on the body/chassis. Decorative, or “Style Bars” are not allowed. Factory installed roll-over protection including pop-up bars are allowed. Drivers of open top cars must wear eye protection.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email within a week. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EMAIL, it has the general schedule as well as answers to commonly asked questions.

See you at the track.

Registration for Saturday September 22th GGLC auto is open for club members

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2018 Golden Gate Lotus Club Autocross season.

Our 7th event will be held on Saturday September 22th at the usual Marina location. Lunch will be our annual BBQ with a vegetarian option. Please remember that this is a full day event. Although unexpected situations do occur and drivers may need to leave early, please do not plan to only attend for a half day. Our events sell out quickly and you will be depriving another driver of a chance to participate.

Registration is now open for club members on MotorsportReg.

Registration will open for non-members next week. The entry fee is the same as last year, $65 for GGLC members and $75 for non-members. First time autox’ers (first time at a GGLC event) are eligible for a $10 discount, so invite your friends along too.

We have 6 classes that you can participate in, as well as a fun group. Please read over the details on the club autocross page.

For Lotus Elise/Exige/Evora drivers, please use the classification tool to calculate your index points and your class to participate in. For non-Lotus cars, please use the appropriate SCCA class.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this year’s events or any other autox topic.

You can like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GoldenGateLotusClub and check out our event videos at http://www.youtube.com/goldengatelotusclub

Registration for Sunday July 1st GGLC auto is open for club members

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2018 Golden Gate Lotus Club Autocross season.

Our fourth event will be held on Sunday, July 1st at the usual Marina location. Click here to sign up via MotorsportsReg

Registration will open for non-members next week. The entry fee is the same as last year, $65 for GGLC members and $75 for non-members. First time autox’ers (first time at a GGLC event) are eligible for a $10 discount, so invite your friends along too.

We have 6 classes that you can participate in, as well as a fun group. Please read over the details on the club autocross page.

For Lotus Elise/Exige/Evora drivers, please use the classification tool to calculate your index points and your class to participate in. For non-Lotus cars, please use the appropriate SCCA class.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this year’s events or any other autox topic.

You can like us on Facebook and check out our event videos on Youtube.

Thank you,
Colm

Registration Open for Lotus Club Laguna Seca Track Day July 15, 2018

Evora S through the corkscrew

Registration is now open for the Golden Gate Lotus Club’s fourth track day of 2018, which will be held at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California on Sunday, July 15th, 2018.

We will be running (3) run groups with approximately 20 minutes sessions each. Your options will be Advanced Group, Intermediate Group, and Novice Group. There are a very limited number of Beginner slots available. Beginners will run in the Novice Group and will be required to have a coach assigned to them to ride in the passenger seat in order to enter the track.

Price is $240 for members and $260 for non-members.

You can become a Lotus club member for an annual cost of $25 which entitles you to a $20 discount on all track days for one year. Click here to sign up via www.motorsportreg.com.

THIS WILL BE A 90 dB EVENT and the sound level will be strictly enforced! DO NOT RELY ON LIFTING AT THE SOUND CHECK – if your exhaust or intake is loud, take measures to reduce your level.

Crossing the Finish

Being a Sunday in July, this will be popular event so be sure to sign-up early to ensure you get a spot. There will be absolutely no refunds. If you cancel before July 1st AND we can fill your spot, we will give you a rain check for a future event. Only sign up if you know you can attend. We will run this event rain or shine.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email within 1 week. Read your confirmation email, it has answers to many questions that are asked on a regular basis such as the general schedule of the day. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 1 week of registering, check you SPAM folder.

See you at the track,

John, Scott and Rita

San Diego has it’s very own Lotus Club!

The San Diego Lotus Club is now live as the newest Chapter of the Golden Gate Lotus Club. SDLC is proud to join the Bay Area parent organization as well as the sister Chapters in Sacramento and Los Angeles (Lotus Club of Southern California).

SDLC is dedicated to the enjoyment of, and enthusiasm for, one of the world’s great automotive Marques: Lotus. The club serves as a satellite chapter of the Golden Gate Lotus Club (GGLC) as a convenience to residents of San Diego and Imperial Counties as well as nearby residents of the greater Temecula Valley area of Riverside County. San Diego Lotus Club is open to all who have an appreciation for Lotus cars, Lotus’ rich history of motorsports competition and technical innovation. The San Diego Lotus Club exists to promote interest in Lotus cars by bringing together Lotus owners and interested people to engage in club events for the exclusive enjoyment of members that center around the usage of members cars.

The new SDLC organizes weekend drives to enjoy the beautiful back roads of Southern California as well as any other activity that provides for the enjoyment of our cars and things automotive. Our “fun runs” are generally scheduled on Saturday or Sunday mornings and usually include a stop for breakfast or a snack along the way.

Our inaugural event will be a San Diego County back country fun run/morning drive on Sunday 1 July.
Check out the Events page on the SDLC website to sign up / get the details.
http://sandiegolotusclub.org

Wanna join the club?
Visit the SDLC website to to learn more. Click on the membership button to join in on the fun!

We look forward to sharing our enthusiasm for the Lotus marque with you.

GGLC Clothing

All too frequently the GGLC has been asked by members about the availability of GGLC clothing like, shirts, tees, caps and such. And, our common answer has been that:

  • Ordering in bulk and handling inventory and sizes would be a P-A-I-N. The inventory would never be right, we’d always end up with the wrong sizes and leftover inventory.
  • There was never consensus on what make/carry
  • And all of the other excuses like who would manage all of the above

The answer seemed to be in finding an on-line retailer that could handle custom orders for custom designs and produce the merchandise for individual orders (no inventory). The answer to this was, “yes…but…” Yes, there were such on-line shops, but most had merchandise that did not meet our quality standards. So, we passed and waited. That was until last summer…

Those Chapman Report readers who attended the 2017 West Coast Lotus Meet are likely still enjoying the WCLM Tee-Shirts. We had two designs, one with silhouettes of classic Lotus cars and the other with post 2000 cars. The shirt for the WCLM entrant was of their car’s era with the silhouette of their model highlighted in the color of the car! Each shirt was completely customized just for them!

The success of the shirts got us thinking about expanding upon the combination of unique Lotus and club related designs with the ability to produce items on an as ordered basis and overcome all the objections that prevented the GGLC from making club regalia available in the past.

Thus, the GGLC has partnered with Berm Designs (owned and operated by Jen Dietsch) to offer GGLC wear (shirts, caps & more)!!!

Starting May 1st you will see GGLC items featured on the GGLC’s web site and Facebook and on Berm Designs.

A few important things to remember and disclose

  • The designs and artwork will be unique to the GGLC and created by either submissions or the GGLC/Berm Designs
  • Items and designs are on a limited release. Once the production period ends the item will go on hiatus and may possibly return (buy don’t count on it!)
  • Berm Designs is handling orders and financial transactions. A portion of the price is shared with the GGLC.

The GGLC is VERY EXCITED!!! Our first item is a T-shirt emblazed with the “Windy Lotus Road” (see photos). It’s something fun and relatable for every Lotus enthusiast.

Order today at https://www.bermdesigns.com/golden-gate-lotus-club

Registration for Saturday May 5th GGLC auto is open for club members

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2018 Golden Gate Lotus Club Autocross season.

Our second event will be held on Saturday May 5th at the usual Marina location. Registration is open for both club members at MotorsportReg.

Registration will open for non-members next week. The entry fee is the same as last year, $65 for GGLC members and $75 for non-members. First time autox’ers (first time at a GGLC event) are eligible for a $10 discount, so invite your friends along too.

We have 6 classes that you can participate in, as well as a fun group. Please read over the details on the club AutoX page.

For Lotus Elise/Exige/Evora drivers, please use the classification tool to calculate your index points and your class to participate in. For non-Lotus cars, please use the appropriate SCCA class.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this year’s events or any other autox topic.

You can like us on Facebook and check out our event videos on Youtube.

GGLC Autox Sun Apr 8 is open for registration for club members

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2018 Golden Gate Lotus Club Autocross season!

Our first event will be held on Sunday April 8th at the usual Marina location. Registration is open for club members at MotorsportReg.

Non-members will need to wait until next week to register. The entry fee is the same as last year, $65 for GGLC members and $75 for non-members. First time autox’ers (first time at a GGLC event) are eligible for a $10 discount, so invite your friends along too.

We have 6 classes that you can participate in, as well as a fun group. Please read over the details on the club autocross page.

For Lotus Elise/Exige/Evora drivers, please use the classification tool at to calculate your index points and your class to participate in. For non-Lotus cars, please use the appropriate SCCA class.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this year’s events or any other autox topic.

You can like us on Facebook and check out our event videos on Youtube.