NorCal Newbie/Novice Track Day

The Golden Gate Lotus Club (GGLC) and Hooked on Driving (HOD) have a special day set up for GGLC & Lotus drivers that want to get started or would like to more experience on track.

When: April 17th
Where: Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows CA

Novice and Newbie Lotus/GGLC drivers will be a part of the “A” group and a coach will be with you to help you through the day.

HOD is a great way to start enjoying Track Days and get enough experience to start doing GGLC open track days.

More advance GGLC/Lotus drivers are welcome, but can run in the more advanced HOD groups – B, C or D.

HOD has offered GGLC/Lotus drivers a special $50 discount. Click here to register for the event. See this thread for more details and discussion about this event.

Cheers,
Kiyoshi
GGLC Webguy

NorCal SVAG Meet & Drive (April 11)

With a wet ending to winter, how about a spring get together and drive?

Where-
Silicon Valley Auto Group
620 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA

When-
April 11 (Saturday), 9am to 1 pm

What-
Meet, Elise/Exige inspection, refreshments, sale- 15% off everything in the parts department. Good starting that day until the end of April (As of a month ago none of the autocross winners of the gift cert. have used them, a good excuse to pick something up). Refreshments and lots of cool cars to check out.

Weather permitting, at the end of the meet will lead a back road drive, with a stop at Alice’s for lunch.

Silicon Valley Auto Group will be helping us get ready for the spring and onward driving season. They will be offering a free Elise/Exige check up.

CHECK LIST:

Check oil level and condition.
Check coolant level.
Check transmission fluid level.
Check toe link torque. ___Were they loose?
Check washier fluid level.
Check all tire pressures.
Check tires for wear.
Check torque of wheel bolt.
Check operation of all exterior lights.
Check horn and hazard switch.
Check condition of brakes.
Check brake fluid level.
Check for any body damage.
Check for underbody damage.
Check all glass and mirrors.
Check door lock operation.

Check for service campaigns/recalls

We need to get a head count to make sure everyone is covered in a timely manner. Please RSVP either as a blog comment or post on the event thread at LotusTalk.


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GGLC Winter Karting Series – Race #3

Join us for the final race of the inaugural GGLC winter karting series on March 7th, Saturday @ 11:30am. The top 5 spots in the championship will be getting some nice prizes including a trophy for first place. Even if your not in the running, we will have a drawing to hand out a GGLC track day to a club member.

The series points are very close and there are plenty of folks in the hunt for overall win. The current standings are as follows:

  1. rnr (10)
  2. Ivan Bankov (10)
  3. BEANER (8)
  4. Soigne (8)
  5. JayG (6)
  6. Alexander (6)
  7. RED (5)
  8. SloDog (5)
  9. Wilis (4)
  10. kenl (4)
  11. Andrei Filimon (3)
  12. MaskMan
  13. Knucklehead (2)
  14. Rhodes (2)
  15. ace (1)
  16. Maria (1)

Format will be heats competition – practice, heat races, semi finals, top 10 to the finals. Be sure to give LeMans a call, if your plan on attending. Club members, guests or fellow Lotus owners are welcome.

Cost $50, per event. Additional $5 for pizza and soda.

Arrive at 11am for check in, lunch, first karts out by 12:30. Call LeMans Karting to reserve a spot(s).

Le Mans Karting
45957 Hotchkiss Street
Fremont, CA 94539
Phone: (510) 770-9001
www.lemanskarting.com

GGLC Autocross Series – Practice Date

March and spring is just around the corner, along with is the start of the GGLC Autocross season.

Registration for our March 29th Practice date, is opening Friday (Feb 27) at Motorsportreg website. Sign up at http://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.advert/uidEvent/9F940494-DEAC-3D09-60CC30847B85479D

It will be club members only for the first week. Non-members after that. Same format as we ran last year- mid 60’s max on the driver count and 10 or more runs for the day.

Silicon Valley Auto Group (Lotus of Los Gatos) is back as our sponsor. They will be providing their usual bag of goodies over the course of the season.

April 26, will be more of a pure clinic. Great for family and friends who are new to autocross. Also for those of us that want to work off some rust or get some coaching. Driver count will max out in the mid 30 range.

May 16, June 27, July 18, Aug. 30, Sept. 19 and Oct 17 will be points events for club members. Same classes and format as last year. We’ll score the best 4 of 6 events.

This season, we’ve got “official” numbers decals. If you’re interested in picking up a set, please visit Chuforia Graffix.

A Few Details:
Make sure your profile is up to date on motorsportreg. The club will be picking up a software package to handle the bulk of the scoring duties. In particular we’ll need to have your car details correct.

Assistance: putting on a autocross, is very much a volunteer effort. There are a couple of area, that we’d like a pool of helpers to cover. Two or three to get the equipment set up. Four or five to help set up the course. We will need you to be on site 7:15- 7:30, to get started.

Thanks and see you at the autocross,

Larry and Alex
Event Chairs

GGLC Winter Karting Series – Race #2

Join us for race #2 of the inaugural GGLC winter karting series on February 22, Sunday @ 11:30am

Le Mans Karting
45957 Hotchkiss Street
Fremont, CA 94539
Phone: (510) 770-9001
www.lemanskarting.com

Format will be heats competition – practice, heat races, semi finals, top 10 to the finals. We’ll score the best 2 of 3 events and award medals and prizes to the top 3 and a random drawing (club members only).

Be sure to give LeMans a call, if your plan on attending. Club members, guests or fellow Lotus owners are welcome.

Cost $50, per event. Additional $5 for pizza and soda.

Arrive at 11am for check in, lunch, first karts out by 12:30. Call LeMans Karting to reserve a spot(s).

January Meeting Report

January’s meeting at Tom and Cherie Carney’s home has been a tradition in the GG Lotus Club as long as most of us can recall. It is one that many of us anticipate all year long. This year’s event was long on tradition and one big surprise.

It was easy to find the Carneys’ address on Palm Drive in Burlingame. Drivers could see it from three blocks away because it was still lit with Christmas decorations that served as a beacon to the festivities. The ornament-bangled, major-fire-hazard that stood in the front window was, yet, another element of the charm and tradition that we have come to love and expect.

Then there’s the food. Cherie, a splendid cook, has catered professionally, and again this year she offered a astounding array of delicious treats including ribs, shrimp, dips, cheeses, deli-meats, breads, salad, a mountain of seven-layer dip and brownies for dessert. Seriously, there was an insane amount of food available for the grazing guests, and no one left hungry!

For entertainment there was drag racing in Tom’s (new, mega) garage that now features an hydraulic hoist. Throughout the evening, there were at least a dozen spirited discussions at any given time ranging from tall tales and dirty jokes to useful, technical help. Meanwhile, many of the ladies gathered in the kitchen to commiserate.

The meeting was led by our newly elected officers Rob Deitsch (and First Lady Jennifer) and VP Dave Ellis. Another successful (traditional) Toy Rally was reported, and a drama-free, Laguna Seca track day took place under clear skies and a relatively dry track on December 26th.

There was talk of the new Evora, the LA Auto Show and the 2009 West Coast Lotus Meet. The event this year will be especially significant in that LCU wishes to launch their latest model to the West Coast at our event. It will likely take place in September. Details for time and location will be made shortly. Now, there’s a good reason to block-out your calendar!

Rob and Jen offered to host the February meeting at their home, which would be extremely exciting and a GGLC-first if Jen’s pregnancy came to fruition a tad early. The GGLC is soon to expand it membership by one (note: since then, Brandon/Susan stepped up to host the meeting).

As the meeting came to a close, an announcement was made as Cherie and long-time member Betty Nester colluded to spring a surprise, Beehive birthday cake on an aging member who reached sixty years on January 15th.

Traditions are especially great when they include such excellent friends!

An Elise on a Go-Kart track

One of the highlights of the 2008 West Coast Lotus meet were the time trials that were held at the go-kart track of Jackson County Parks facilities. You often hear that the Lotus handles like a go-kart but this was the first time that I got to drive my Elise on an actual go-kart course. Our run format consisted of running 3 back to back laps on the outside of the track to count as one single timed run. It was an interesting day and we got to to run the first session in the dry before the rain came down creating a very wet second session.The following video combines in-car and external footage of my first wet run of the afternoon. Major thanks to Rob and Jen from Dietsch Werks for taping the run from the outside.


Lotus Elise on a Go-Kart track from rnair on Vimeo.

Since my R-compound tires were completely slick I had to swap to my AD-07 street tires for the first time in six months. The combination of skinny tires, street compound and wet surface meant that I had no grip and I almost went off while braking for turn 1 (I was later riding with someone who shall not be named when we actually went off at the same spot :-)). I make the turn with about six inches to spare and am pretty cautious and slow waaaay down for turn two only to find the rear end wants to fishtail on the exit. Turn 3 went much better but the lack of front-end bite at turn 4 lead to a few NSFW comments. At this point I slowed down even further and tiptoed my way around the course for the rest of the run. We later found out that the county had repaved about half the track which meant that the course had sections with both old and new asphalt which account for the wide variance in the grip levels at the turns. Turns 1 through 4 had the lowest grip and you had to tiptoe through them before getting on the throttle for the rest of the course.

The next video is incar from my final run in the dry. The lap is much better and doesnt have too many mistakes apart from a missed shift on the start of lap 3 – I believe it ended up being the second fastest Lotus time of the morning.


West Coast Lotus Meet: Time Trials from rnair on Vimeo.

Welcome to the Chapman Report Online

Welcome to the Chapman Report Online, the official blog of the Golden Gate Lotus Club. Through this blog we plan to share with you what we’re up to: club events, track days, autocrosses, drives, etc… We also hope to introduce to some of our members doing the things they love the most. Additionally we will keep you up-to-date with all the latest Lotus news, stories, videos and articles.

In the meantime, keep on driving and dont forget to “add lightness”