Autocross Registration Now Open

For the final event Oct 17th, the paper work is signed and we’ll be trying out a new site. The Centennial parking lot at Great America, in Santa Clara. Where the 49er’s hope to be playing in a few years (and right across the street from their HQ and training faculties).


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Courtesy of our sponsor, Silicon Valley Auto Group, we will have a nice BBQ cooked on site (tri-tip and chicken and garden burger for the veggies) along with all the trimmings, heck we’ll even have chairs and tables so everyone can sit down and enjoy it. Also thanks to SVAG we’ll have the trophies to give out to the season winners. Both Andrew and Jordan will be there. I’ll let Andrew address it the day of but they are planning a unveiling of the Evora shortly.

Registration is now open at:
http://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.advert/uidEvent/A9E96E5E-C771-7F8E-FBB23B03B928E9F1

Thanks,

Larry & Alex
GGLC Event Chair

GGLC/Lotus Talk South Bay Lunch (Mountain View, 14-Jul-2009)

Its time for another GGLC/LotusTalk South Bay lunch. Meet us on July 14 (Tuesday) for some excellent Mexican food at Vive Sol in Mountain View. There is a plenty of parking in the rear of the building and if we get enough people I’ll see if I can get a section of the lot reserved for us.

What: Lotus Talk South Bay Lunch
When: 11:45 am on 14-July-2009
Where:
Vive Sol Restaurant
2020 El Camino Real.
Mountain View, CA 94040
http://www.vivesol.biz/

Please RSVP before July 7th by either leaving a comment below or by posting in this thread on LotusTalk. I will update this post with an attendee list and more info as we get closer.

Registration for GGLC Autocross Points event #3

Registration is set to up open first thing tomorrow (June 18) for the July 18th, Saturday points event #3 (of 6) autocross.

http://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.advert/uidEvent/EB52BFDE-B462-4DC9-E41A05DD70AF48DA

The usual drill. Club members only can sign up in the first week, then it opens up to everyone. Limited car count and at least 12 runs for everyone with lunch being brought on site. Coaches available for pretty much every session to help out if needed / wanted.

Running in the points series is not required, you can simply treat this as a excuse to take your car out for a *spin*.

Photos from the May event can be found at:

Tony L:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lint666/sets/72157618300061170/show/
Marc:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/terra-incognita-pics/sets/72157619175050016/

And a video clip, from a couple of earlier autocrosses:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o07e7lyVhwI

Thanks,

Larry & Alex
Event Chair

Registration for Autocross Points Event now open

Registration for the May 16th (Saturday) GGLC autocross is now open. It is a full points event and registration will be restricted to club members only for the first week. Click the following link to sign up: http://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.advert/uidEvent/6FB47AE4-B961-A2CE-2F39ABAA19A997AE

We have also added a sign up option for setup (unloading equipment and setting up the course). You will need to be on site and ready to work by 7:15-20. And I will hold a drawing for the setup crew. For the winner, we will open a spot, so they can have double runs (at no extra cost).

Autocross Clinic Registration now open

Registration for the April 26 (Sunday) GGLC autocross is now open. It will be a practice day (50 spots) and clinic (10 spots). Club members only for the first week. Click the following link to sign up: https://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.advert/uidEvent/5ACA3B0F-A561-14B7-0CC88C59E54B8980

We have also added a sign up option for setup (unloading equipment and setting up the course). You will need to be on site and ready to work by 7:15-20. And I will hold a drawing for the setup crew. For the winner, we will open a spot, so they can have double runs (at no extra cost).

For those of you who made our March event, times can be found at:

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd7xn2fv_4dj25vjfx#fun

We should have photos up by this weekend. Once done you can find them at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/88898787@N00/sets/

Thanks,

Larry & Alex

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 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

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!

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”