Laguna Seca registration is now open (11-Feb Event)

Come join the Golden Gate Lotus Club for this open track event at Laguna Seca Raceway February 11, 2013

You do not need to own a Lotus to attend this event. Price is $190 for non-GGLC members and $170 for members. You can purchase a yearly membership for $25. This event will be limited to a total of 3 groups of 35 cars each. Groups will be determined based on popularity. For instance, there may be two Advanced groups and one Intermediate if more people sign-up for Advanced. An email will be sent out once we have an idea of what the groups will be. Advanced Group will be with open passing and Intermediate Group will be restricted passing. The groups will be classified as follows:

Intermediate Group
You must have a minimum of 10 track days experience. Passing without a point-by will be allowed on the long straights and some of the short straights. Passing in turns will be allowed with a point-by.

ADVANCED Group
You must have a minimum of 20 track days experience. Passing without a point-by will be allowed everywhere except through the corkscrew.

Laguna Seca enforces a strict sound limit of 92 db.

This event will run rain or shine. There will be no money back cancellations. If you need to cancel and we can fill your spot by January 30th, then we will offer you a rain check for a future event.

We will not conduct a tech inspection on your car. You are soley responsible for the safety of your car.

Open top cars must have a roll bar. Factory installed roll bars are OK. Open wheeled cars will be allowed in the Advanced group

There will be no formal instruction offered at this event. You are always encouraged to ask more experienced drivers for help, advice, ride-a-longs, etc.

Click here to sign up using MotorsportsReg. We will close registration at 105 cars. We suggest that you enter early to ensure a spot. This event will certainly sell-out fast.

Laguna Seca track day (5-April-12) registration is open

Registration is now open for the Golden Gate Lotus Club’s second track day of the year at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. Please note that this event is not open to beginners. In order to maximize track time, there will only be two run groups – Open Passing Group and Restricted Passing Group. You must have a minimum of 20 track days experience to register for the Open Passing Group and a minimum of 5 track days (or equivalent – driver’s schools, etc.) to register for the Restricted Passing Group.

Sessions will be approximately 30 minutes long. Cost will be $230 for members and $250 for non-members. There will be no bridging of run groups. Also, be aware that there will be absolutely no refunds. If you cancel before March 21 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.

In addition, we currently have 5 track days tentatively scheduled for 2012. If you attend the first 4 track days, we will offer the 5th track day to you at $99.

Please sign up early to ensure a spot.

Last but not least, this will be yet another 92dB day at Laguna Seca. If you think you might be on the border, don’t take a chance, get your muffler fixed/installed/replaced, or whatever you need, ahead of time.

Click here to register via the MotorsportsReg site.

See you at the track,

John & Scott

Laguna Seca track day registration now open

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Registration is now open for the Golden Gate Lotus Club’s first track day of the year at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. Please note that this event is not open to beginners. In order to maximize track time, there will only be two run groups for this event – Open Passing Group and Restricted Passing Group. You must have a minimum of 20 track days experience to register for the Open Passing Group and a minimum of 5 track days (or equivalent – driver’s schools, etc.) to register for the Restricted Passing Group.

Sessions will be approximately 30 minutes long. Cost will be $230 for members and $250 for non-members. There will be no bridging of run groups. Also, be aware that there will be absolutely no refunds. If you cancel before February 7 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.

Click here to sign up, please sign up early to ensure a spot.

In addition, we currently have the 5 following track days tentatively scheduled for 2012. If you attend the first 4 track days, we will offer the 5th track day to you at $99.

Feb 21, Tuesday – Laguna Seca
April 4, Weds – Laguna Seca
July 6, Fri – Thunderhill
Sept 25, Tues – Thunderhill
Oct 23, Tues – Thunderhill

See you at the track,

John & Scott

2011 Monterey Motorsports Reunion

The GGLC is once again arranging for a Lotus Corral at the 2011 Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca Raceway on August 19-21, 2011. Purchase your Monterey Motorsports Reunion ticket and Lotus corral pass from the GGLC and for a discount. The GGLC must sell at least 25 tickets and get 25 Lotus cars in the corral. Please order early and reserve your spot in the corral. GGLC membership is NOT required, but you must drive your Lotus to the event to park in the GGLC Lotus Corral.

A few things to keep in mind.

  • The GGLC/Lotus Corral is available all 3 days!
  • A corral pass is $10 and is good for all 3 days.
  • You must purchase a ticket from the GGLC to be able to purchase a GGLC/Lotus Corral Pass.
  • We are offering “Priority Mail” delivery
  • GGLC/LOTUS CORRAL PASSES ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FROM THE GGLC AND PURCHASING A TICKET FROM THE GGLC!

    Click here to buy your tickets on the GGLC website. Typically the tickets are sent to the GGLC 2-3 weeks prior and we will then immediately distribute them to you. Expect your ticket(s) and corral passes approximate one week prior to the event.

    DEADLINE TO BUY TICKETS & CORRAL PASS: JUNE 25, 2011!
    We will not be able get tickets and corral passes after this deadline!

  • English Ford Reunion @ Laguna Seca (Apr 30 – May 1)

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    On Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st. The SCCA, along with HSR-West, will be holding their only “vintage” race event of the year at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca. In addition to some other featured races, we are gathering for a ENGLISH FORD Reunion featuring Anglia’s, Escort’s and the legendary Lotus Cortina.

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    There will be plenty of track time for all involved. Saturday will have a 15 minute warm up session, a 15 minute timed qualifying session and a 25 minute feature race. Sunday will have a 20 minute warm up and a 25 minute feature later in the day. Our cars will be run in a “small bore” production class with the exception of later model Escorts that have the option to run in “big bore production”. All this on one of the most beautiful and challenging world class facilities around.

    The SCCA has asked that all of the English Ford race cars park together in the paddock. Special parking for all street cars will also be available. SCCA is also offering a lap of the track and lunch for $20.00.

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    On Saturday night, we will feature a special dinner for all of you English Ford and Lotus fans out there. Legendary racer Bob Winkelmann will be one of our special guests, bringing along a ton of old race photos and the stories to back them up. Joining Bob will be former TEAM LOTUS mechanic, Syd Carr. Syd worked on the Team Lotus Cortina race team with Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart and a host of other hero drivers from the 60’s. Syd also worked on the Formula Two and Formula One race teams. Syd will also be sharing photos and stories. We are in the process of scanning all of these photos will use a LCD system to show them. Both will be open to Q & A during the evening. This is a night not to miss.

    The number of those attending will determine the venue. Most likely THE BAJA CANTINA in nearby Carmel Valley. Great mexican food and a new banquet room that seats up to 80. A great place that is very racer friendly.

    THE ORGANIZERS NEED TO GET AN IDEA ON HOW MANY WILL ATTEND. If you think you are attending the weekend please get back to them asap. We have had interest from New England to Florida to Washington State to Texas. Ross Bremer has inquired about bringing 4 cars all the way from Florida. Three Lotus Cortinas are coming down from the Pacific Northwest. Our own list master, Bob Woolner, will be in attendance. The Winkster, Syd Carr! There are no more excuses………..this is the event to attend.

    For you Lotus fans this is a chance to meet some of the folks who made history. We invite you all.

    Additional event info will be posted as it develops. This is also a “normal motel rate” weekend in Monterey. Nice places can be had for as little as $80 a night.

    For more information on the weekend please contact Mike Summers at bluesbrother30@yahoo.com

    Historic Formula 1 @ Monterey Motorsports Reunion (Video)

    The main feature race of the 2010 Monterey Motorsports Reunion celebrated 60 years of Formula 1 and had a grid featuring an incredible 24 F1 cars including 3 Lotus (Types 77, 79 and 81) and 6 championship winning cars (Lotus 79, Williams FW07, 2 Williams FW08, Tyrrell 006, Ferrari 312 T2). The following are some quick video snippets showing the action as it went down.

    The most iconic turn at Laguna Seca is the Corkscrew and we got this quick clip of the cars navigating it during the Sunday morning practice session. You can also see another video from a different angle here.

    This clip shows the cars lining up for the grid and labels them for the folks who don’t remember all their historic F1 liveries 🙂

    Unlike Europe, Historic Grand Prix racing in the US generally uses a rolling start. The Williams FW 07B and FW 08C make up the front row.

    A clip showing Turn 11 passing from lap 2. We have the two Williams FW 08C cars trying up and under moves while the Lotus 79 outbrakes the Penske PC4

    The final turn of the race featured a finish line drag race between the Lotus 77 (driven by GGLC member Chris Locke) and the McLaren M30.

    The full results and entry list are now posted on the official website.

    Evora Cup GT4 North American Premiere

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    While the Lotus Exos was deservedly getting all the press after the Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion, Lotus also held the North American Premiere of the Evora GT4 Cup car at the same time.

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    Developed from the highly acclaimed Lotus Evora sports car, the Lotus Evora Cup GT4 race car has been engineered to give drivers a competitive racing package straight “out of the box”. The car has been developed in conjunction with a number of prestigious technical partners and features a world class chassis, steering and brakes delivering exceptional ride and handling.

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    Photo © Jack Fried

    The Cosworth tuned engine is bored out to a 4 litre capacity and produces 360 bhp (Vs 3.5L and 280 bhp in the road car). Further upgrades include a six speed sequential paddle shift racing gearbox, full FIA specification roll cage, FIA-compliant 96 litre fuel system, FIA fire extinguisher system and kill switch. Unladen weight has also been reduced by over 200kg to just 1190kg.

    Evora GT4 Cup Rear Wing
    Photo © Andy Kern

    While the Evora Cup looks quite similar to the road car, there are a number exterior changes to improve downforce such as the beautifully integrated carbon fiber rear wing and diffuser package above. Other downforce enhancements include the front splitter and wheel vents on all four corners. The body panels are also easily removable for easy access to various internals.

    Evora GT4 Cup rear bodywork
    Photo © Jack Fried

    Since the premiere event was being held a Laguna Seca, Lotus had test driver Johnny Mowlem on hand to give prospective buyers some “test rides”. The GGLC was able to speak to Johnny in this exclusive interview to hear his thoughts on the development of the Evora Cup GT4 and how it compares to the street car:

    Lotus Challenge Series racer and all around Lotus fan Andy Kern was one of the lucky few that got a ride and gave us this feedback comparing it to his Lotus 211 racecar:

    I first thing I noticed going down the pit-out lane was the seamlessness of the paddle-shift sequential box… and next I thought, gee… Johnny’s going to go around the pit out corner at T2 pretty quick, and he did: the car definitely has some serious grip. The next two corners, T3 & T4 are relatively flat; no camber… I usually ease into the brakes so I don’t upset the car too much, then transition into the turn. Johnny waited much later to brake and broke much harder, but it didn’t seem to faze the Evora’s chassis at all, the car just has great grip and poise during transitions. The rest of the ride was more of the same, as the tires warmed up and Johnny broke later and harder than I would have expected; but always completely smoothly. The shifts were so smooth I barely noticed them. The car has good acceleration too… better than my 2-Eleven everywhere with the possible exception of the steep rise from T6 to the corkscrew.

    As I’d said, it’s always tough to compare one car from the passenger’s seat with another from the driver’s seat… but the overall impression is that the Evora Cup is very much a Lotus… fantastic braking, tenacious cornering, great chassis dynamics… and maybe somewhat of a welcome surprise… very torquey.

    All in all the Evora Cup GT4 appears to be another fantastic race car from Lotus and should do well both as a track day car and as a competition GT4 racer. For more information about the car please visit www.lotusevoracup.com.

    For more pictures from the premiere event please use the slideshow below or head directly to our Flickr Set. We request blogs and news outlets that use our content, photos and video to please credit Rahul Nair and the Golden Gate Lotus Club as well as link back to this post.

    A huge thanks to our friends at Lotus Cars USA and Boardwalk Lotus for inviting us to the event. News

    Lotus Events during Monterey week

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    SATURDAY, AUGUST 7:
    9:00am – 5:00pm: Lotus exhibit in the four-bay garage under the presentation podium structure. North American debut of the Evora Cup GT4 race car and World Premier of the new Lotus T125 ultimate track/race car.

    12:20pm – 12:35pm: Lotus Evora Cup GT4 race car on track with Johnny Mowlem providing rides to seriously interested Evora Cup GT4 prospects.

    5:00pm – 7:00pm: Reception hosted within Lotus exhibit.

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 8:
    9:00am – 5:00pm: Lotus exhibit in the four-bay garage under the presentation podium structure. North American debut of the Evora Cup GT4 race car and World Premier of the new Lotus T125 ultimate track/race car.

    12:20pm – 12:35pm: Lotus Evora Cup GT4 race car on track with Johnny Mowlem providing rides to seriously interested Evora Cup GT4 prospects.

    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11:
    5:00pm – 10:00pm: Lotus T125, Evora Cup GT4, Evora road car and IndyCar display at the McCall’s Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center.

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 13:
    9:00am – 6:00pm: Lotus exhibit on Peter Hay Hill near The Lodge at Pebble Beach housing the Evora Cup GT4 track/race car and full array of Lotus road-going product portfolio.

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 14:
    9:00am – 6:00pm: Lotus exhibit on Peter Hay Hill near The Lodge at Pebble Beach housing the Evora Cup GT4 track/race car and full array of Lotus road-going product portfolio.
    12:00pm – 6:00pm: Lotus T125 track/race car displayed on the Concept Car Lawn at The Lodge at Pebble Beach.

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 15:
    8:00am – 4:00pm: Lotus exhibit on Peter Hay Hill near The Lodge at Pebble Beach housing the Evora Cup GT4 track/race car and full array of Lotus road-going product portfolio.
    8:00am – 6:00pm: Lotus T125 track/race car displayed on the Concept Car Lawn at The Lodge at Pebble Beach.

    We hope to see as many Lotus aficionados as possible throughout the week!

    Best regards,

    Kevin Smith

    Kevin D. Smith
    Marketing and PR Executive
    Lotus Cars USA, Inc.

    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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    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]