Registration Open for Lotus Club May 16th Thunderhill West Track Day

Come join the Golden Gate Lotus Club for an open track event at Thunderhill Raceway Park on Thursday, May 16, 2019. We will be running the 2-mile Thunderhill West track in the standard counter-clockwise direction.  All types of cars are welcome at our events.

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Price is $165 for members and $185 for non-members.  You can become a GGLC member for $25 when you register and take the member discount immediately. If you are a Lotus owner registered for the West Coast Lotus Meet, you can take an additional $15 discount when you register.  

Lunch will be provided from the Thunderhill Grill for all registered drivers. 

This event will be divided into 3 run groups running every 20 minutes. You will sign up for Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced, depending on your skill level and your experience. Advanced Group is for experienced drivers with 15+ track days/racing experience or equivalent. Intermediate Group is for drivers with a minimum of 7 track days experience, and Novice Group will be for drivers with at least 1 track day of prior experience.  Sign-up for whichever group is appropriate for your experience level. If you sign up for a particular group and decide at the track that you are not comfortable, then ask a GGLC official to switch groups.  We can usually accommodate this.  Open wheeled cars will be allowed only in the Advanced 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.

Be aware that Thunderhill has a sound limit of 104dB and that limit will be enforced.  

Because the West Coast Lotus Meet is being held in conjunction with this open track event, run groups could fill up quickly, so sign up early to ensure you get a spot.

Within a few days of registering, you will receive a confirmation email with some event details.  Read this email.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, check your SPAM folder.

See you at the track.


Registration for Sunday April 7th GGLC autox

Hi everybody, welcome to the GGLC 2019 autox season! 

Our first event, a non-points morning-only practice event will be held on Sunday April 7th. Registration will open at 11am on Sunday March 17th. So don’t forget to register before you go out to celebrate St. Patrick’s day!

www.motorsportreg.com/events/2019-gglc-autocross-practice-event-marina-airport-golden-gate-lotus-club-autox-346504

GGLC TO MAKE HISTORY

You’re likely wondering why the April 7th GGLC Autocross is a half day practice. It’s because the GGLC will be facilitating an autocross wedding in the afternoon! (Might be the first ever autocross wedding.)

Who are the nuptials?  Linda and Gerry. Linda has been with the GGLC for over 10 years driving her silver Elise. The past few years she started sharing the car with Gerry. 

What: Linda and Gerry will be wed on site at the GGLC Autocross

First Dance: Actually, witness their first run as a married couple

Who’s Invited: Any friend of the couple, fellow autocrosser or GGLC member is welcome. Please RSVP by email to autocross@gglotus.org

Dress: Dress is what you’d wear to an autocross (Casual)
Gifts: Please no gifts, the nuptials will be delighted to be surrounded by friends and family

WEDDING SCHEDULE (estimated)
12:00 – Morning practice sessions ends
12:15 – Lunch (again please RSVP)
1:15 – Ceremony
1:45 – Cake & Toasts
2:15 – First Run (dance)

NOTE: We need volunteers to help with set-up for the wedding and working the wedding autocross. Please email autocross@gglotus.org to volunteer.

Thanks,
GGLC Autocrossing

The 2019 West Coast Lotus Meet is a Go!

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The dates are set! The hotel is set! We just need to add a group of rabid Lotus enthusiasts!

The 2019 West Coast Lotus Meet (WCLM) is set for the scenic Sierra Nevada foothill and California Gold Country just east of California’s State Capital, Sacramento California.

The 2019 WCLM will be hosted by the members of the Sacramento Chapter of the Golden Gate Lotus Club. They are excited to invite the members of the GGLC, Lotus Club of Southern California, San Diego Lotus Club as well as the Evergreen Lotus Car Club, Lotus Owners of Phoenix, Lotus Colorado, Southern Nevada Lotus Club, Club Lotus Northwest and the Lotus Car Club of British Columbia and Lotus Enthusiasts from every corner of the globe.

Lotus everywhere

The WCLM will be five days of total Lotus celebration starting Wednesday, May 15 and ending Sunday, May 19.

2019 WCLM Chair, Mike Tatro, “The GGLC-Sacramento is excited to host the 2019 West Coast Lotus Meet to welcome Lotus enthusiasts from across the globe to celebrate everything that is special about Lotus.”

“Our 2019 WCLM Committee has planned a fantastic series of events that include a WCLM Casual Concours, amazing scenic drives in the California Gold Country, the WCLM Banquet, the WCLM Autocross, an optional Lotus track day at the Thunderhill Raceway. In addition, there will be great awards, dinners and more!”

For more info please visit the WCLM website. You can also get regular updates on the WCLM Facebook Page.

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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