Thunderhill Track Day Registration (July 12)

Registration is now open for the Golden Gate Lotus Club’s 4th track day of the year at Thunderhill Raceway Park on Tuesday, July 12th. We will be running this event in the standard counter-clockwise direction with the Cyclone. We will also be running our standard three run group format which allows you to drive in two run groups for maximum track time.

The Early Bird cost is $145 for members and $165 for non-members. This price will go up to $165 for members and $185 for non-members after June 28th so sign up early to ensure your place at the lower price.

We are again allowing up to 3 first-time track drivers to join our event and get personalized attention from the GGLC staff. Please email events@gglotus.org if you would like to sign up as a first-timer. Everyone else, click here to sign up.

Remember that Thunderhill has a 103dB sound limit which they will strictly enforce.

See you at the track.

John & Scott

Track day #3 reg is now open (May 17, Thunderhill)

Registration is now open for the Golden Gate Lotus Club’s third track day of the year at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California on Tuesday, May 17th. Early Bird pricing is $150 for members and $170 for non-members. This price will go up on May 3rd to $170 for members and $190 for non-members so please sign up early to take advantage of the lower price.

This event will be run in the standard counter-clockwise direction WITH THE BYPASS. We will run our regular Lotus club format which allows you to bridge two run groups for maximum track time. You will be signing up for either Novice/Intermediate or Intermediate/Advanced.

We will also include 3 slots for beginner track drivers. Each beginner will receive all-day coaching from experienced GGLC drivers. These 3 spots are first-come, first-served and only offered to current GGLC members thru Friday April 20. To enter as a beginner, send an email to events@gglotus.org and include a callback telephone number. Non-newbies can click here to sign up.

The month of May at Thunderhill usually means good temperatures. And who knows, the grass may still be green – don’t miss it!

See you at the track,

John & Scott

GGLC Thunderhill Track Day (31-Mar-2011)

Registration is now open for the Golden Gate Lotus Club’s second track day of the season at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California on Thursday, March 31, 2011. We will be running the long course configuration in the standard (counter-clockwise) direction. We will also be running our traditional format where we bridge the run groups in order to provide you with maximum track time. You will sign up for either Novice/Intermediate or Intermediate/Advanced.

Note that we have introduced an early-bird pricing policy. Cost will be $150 for members and $170 for non-members, up until March 17, 2011. After this date, the price will go up to $170 for members and $190 for non-members. Please sign up early to ensure the lower price. Also, Thunderhill is reminding us that they will be strictly enforcing a 103dB sound limit. This should not be an issue for most cars but please be aware of the requirement none the less.

Click here to sign up at MotorsportsReg

See you at the track,

John & Scott
Track Day Chairs

Hooked on Driving Charity Event (Nov 12)

The organizers at Hooked on Driving have a VERY special day in store for all drivers and paid guests on November 12th, at Thunderhill Raceway. Event Chair John Edwards has been working feverishly and has put together an amazing experience with spectacular opportunities to enjoy driving this world class road course while benefitting the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The event honors HOD member Derric des Marteau, lost to prostate cancer last year and now painfully missing from our grid. The main features of the day will be:

• $100 of each registration is being donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation

• A silent auction will have cases of wine, dinners out, racing books, pro sports collectibles such as a Dusty Baker signed jersey, pro race corner weight set up for your car and TONS more great items

• A live auction – David Vodden, auctioneer, with a set of Pirelli tires, Maui Condo vacation, TW Steel Dario Franchitti edition watch, arrive and drive in the FFR GTM-R, a track day in a Spec E30 race car, sail the Bay on a 37 footer with you and 5 guests, Shasta and Lake Almanor getaways, a private horse sanctuary getaway, tasting for 6 at exclusive Delectus Winery, Oakland A’s Field Pass ticket package and LOTS more….

• Lifetime memories in special cars – paid “Rides for PCF” in a Terry Labonte Winston Cup car (raced at Infineon – #94 Sunoco), Porsche Carrera Cup race car, Ariel Atom, Miller Challenge Mustang race car, brand new ZR1 Corvette, Audi R8, and other race and exotic cars. At $100 for a full session riding in these cars, you will come away saying “PRICELESS.” Guests will be welcomed to participate in this program!!

In addition, Corvette Magazine will be there doing a comparison of the new Corvette carbon fiber Z07 package with a ZR1, and the BMW CCA Golden Gate drivers will be joining us to get ready for their weekend of racing.

REGISTER TODAY!! Look for the Nov 12 “Derric’s Day” event.NOTE: There is a separate guest registration for $25 that gets you a great lunch and bidder number for the auctions – invite your friends – WE NEED BIDDERS!!

Lastly – if you would like more information about this cause, please visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

British Racing Group and GGLC car control day at Laguna Seca

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Conducted by the Skip Barber school in Skip Barber Lotus & High Performance cars A day of hands on training behind a Skip Barber Exige with Skip Barber instructors at the world famous Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey! The day includes classroom orientation, skid pad, autocross, track skills and more. 10% discount for GGLC members.

A very special event! SPACE IS LIMITED! Visit the British Racing Group to sign up and for more details

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GGLC Thunderhill Track Day (13-July-2010)

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Come join the Golden Gate Lotus Club for this open track event at Thunderhill Raceway on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

This event is not open to first time track drivers. You must have at least 2 prior track days experience, racing background, or completed a racing driver’s school before you can enter this event. There are a number of track day organizations that are designed for training new drivers. Hooked On Driving is one group that we recommend for beginners to gain experience. There are others as well.

You do not need to own a Lotus to attend this event. We run our events totally non-profit and you will not find a better price for a full day on the track. The price for this event is $150 for GGLC members, and $170 for non-members. Additional drivers sharing a car are $50. You can become a GGLC member for $25.

This event will be divided into 3 different types of groups on track; Novice, Intermediate, Advanced. The Novice and Intermediate sessions will have passing restricted to certain areas. The Intermediate passing rules will be slightly more liberal than the Novice rules. The Advanced sessions are open passing.

Each driver can sign up as either Novice/Intermediate or Intermediate/Advanced. Novice/Intermediate drivers will not be allowed in the Advanced sessions. Intermediate/Advanced drivers will not be allowed in the Novice sessions. If you sign up for a particular group and decide at the track that you are not comfortable, ask a GGLC official to switch groups and it will probably be no problem.

You must have a minimum of 2 track days experience to sign up for the Novice/Intermediate sessions. You must have a minimum 15 track days experience to sign up for the Intermediate/Advanced sessions.

This event will be run in the standard counter-clockwise direction WITH THE BYPASS.

Click here to sign up for the event.

Lotus Challenge Series @ Laguna Seca

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The Lotus Challenge Series will be having a 2 day event at Laguna Seca on July 10 and 11th. They will have their own LOTUS-only run group both days. There will be a Time Trial competition and wheel-to-wheel race on Sunday. This LCS event (and run group) will be capped at 23 participants. The 92 db sound limit be enforced by the track for this event.

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New members are welcome to run as long as safety/driving experience requirements are met. The LCS organizers have extended a special invitation to GGLC members and Northern California Lotus owners to participate in the event. Please visit the Lotus Challenge Series website for more information.

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Spectators are cordially invited and there may even be some VIP surprise guests in attendance. The LCS participants had a blast last year at this historic venue, so don’t wait too long to sign up — based upon preliminary indications of interest, this event looks to be a sell-out.

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Click here to sign up for the event. Garages will also be available to the competitors for renting.

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[via Lotus Challenge Series and British Speed]

GGLC Thunderhil Track Day (May 18, 2010)

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Registration is now open for the Golden Gate Lotus Club’s open track day at Thunderhill Raceway Park on Tuesday May 18, 2010. We will run this event with our usual three run groups in the regular direction (counter-clockwise). Weather should be good so make sure you get a slot by signing up early. Cost is still $145 for Lotus club members and $165 for non-members. You do not have to own a Lotus to become a member and yearly membership dues are $25.

Click here to sign up.

Thanks
John & Scott
GGLC Track Day Chairs

GGLC Laguna Seca Open Track Day, March 23, Reg is Open

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Registration for the Golden Gate Lotus Club’s first track day of the year at Laguna Seca is now open. This event will be Tuesday, March 23. We will have only two run groups to maximize your track time, those groups will be Intermediate and Advanced – run every 30 minutes. There will be **NO** Novice Group. Cost is $270 for non-members and $250 for members. Both groups are limited to only 30 cars each (Laguna rule, not ours), and as usual at this venue, sound is an issue. So, start working on your exhaust system now and sign-up early.

Click here to register for the event. See you at Laguna Seca.

Brought to you by your Golden Gate Lotus Club Track Day junkies, John & Scott

2010 GGLC Track Days

The Golden Gate Lotus Club is pleased to announce another full season of Lotus Open Track Days in 2010! There are currently 4 GGLC Open Tracks Days are on the calendar and there’s more to come! Join the fun!

March 23 – Laguna Seca
May 18 – Thunderhill
July 13 – Thunderhill
Sept 28 – Thunderhill

GGLC Open Track Days are designed to allow the Lotus and sports car enthusiast enjoy driving in controlled conditions without random traffic and law enforcement. GGLC Open Track Days are not races, but allow the driver to run at their pace and enjoy the capability of the car. Click here for more info.