It will be 5 years since the GGLC hosted a UK Lotus Tour. Our tour leader was none other than Richard Parramint. Richards long association with the Lotus factory, the Chapman family and numerous Lotus collectors, enthusiasts and racing teams made for bucket list touring of historic Lotus sites, Factory tours and more.
Which got us and Richard to thinking, why not a virtual tour of Classic Team Lotus! While there’s no substitute for physically seeing, touching, smelling and “feeling” the history ooze from the cars of CTL’s collection of historic Lotus F1 and Racers, we thought there would be interest in asking Richard to present a live virtual tour of CTL.
Our FIRST ever LIVE GGLC Virtual Tour will be of Classic Team Lotus featuring Richard Parramint on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10:00am Pacific time (18:00 in Hethel).
To join the tour you will need the Zoom meeting app on your phone or PC and to register on MotorsportReg.com – msreg.com/GGLC-CTL-Tour. There’s no cost, but we are caping attendance to 90 attendees.
While this virtual tour isn’t a substitute for an in person tour (CTL in-person tours happen once per month at £45 per person) it may serve as a teaser and entice you to add a trip to Norwich and Hethel to your bucket list (believe me it IS well worth a trip to the UK and at least 2 days in Norwich!).
So, save the date, download Zoom (if you’ve not done so), sign-up on Motorsportreg.com and then log-in on the morning of Jan 23rd!
An overnight event in the Sierra foothills! We will start with an open house at Dave Bean Engineering in San Andreas on Saturday morning. Then it’s off to lunch the Pickle Patch deli. After lunch we find some scenic and “Lotus” back roads to Sutter Creek for a stop and then on to the historical and picturesqe town of Volcano.
Overnight in Volcano
12 rooms have been reserved for overnight accomodations in Volcano. You can select from:
2 Queen bed rooms at the Union Inn at $145/night (includes breakfast)
2 King bed rooms at the Union Inn at $164/night (includes breakfast)
6 rooms at the St. George Hotel at $98/night
1 Queen Suite at the St. George Hotel at $130/night
1 King Suite at the St. George Hotel at $140/night
The above rooms will be held until Oct 1st. To reserve a room call the Union Inn at (209) 296-7711 or the St. George Hotel at (209) 296-4458
Once these rooms are booked you will need to stay in Sutter Creek, about 30 minute drive. In Sutter Creek you can find the Days Inn (800) 225-3297 or the American Exchange Hotel (209) 267-0242.
Just Saturday or Just Sunday
You don’t have to do both days. You can join the tour on either Saturday or just Sunday.
If you want to do only Saturday, just meet the group at Dave Bean Engineering in San Andreas and then depart after arriving in Volcano.
Those joining the event on Sunday may meet overnighters for breakfast in Volcano on Sunday morning. After breakfast and some sightseeing in Volcano we’ll drive on some lightly traveled and scenic roads between Volcano and Somerset/Fair Play. In Somerset/Fair Play the group will visit one or two wineries with lunch at one of the wineries. Somerset/Fair Play/Plymouth is roughly an hour’s drive from Sacramento or about a three hour drive for those returning to the Bay area.
The event is designed so you can participate in both days or either Saturday or Sunday. RSVP is needed in all cases.
Stop by and hang with the Golden Gate Lotus Club for a pizza party at Dietsch Werks, located inside Club Auto Sport of San Jose, Friday, Sept 9th, the night before Round 5 of the Lotus Cup USA at Infineon Raceway!!. The pizza will be hot and the beer will be cold from 4-8pm
Dietsch Werks will be open all day long for complimentary pre-race inspections, brake checks, tire service, suspension checks, pizza and beer. All LCUSA drivers are welcome to attend
Registration is not required but much appreciated. No charge to attend, members and non members welcome!
Dietsch Werks is located inside Club Auto Sport of San Jose at 521 Charcot Ave. Race prep in Unit 251, pizza party in the 10k sq ft event center.
Sign up and reserve your place at the gala GGLC Holiday Celebration at Ristorante Don Giovanni in Mt View. Don’t miss out on the wine, food, door prizes and welcome the new president.
GGLC Gift Exchange
Everyone attending is invited to participate in the Annual GGLC White Elephant Gift Exchange. To participate bring a wrapped unwanted “gift” item from your garage to the dinner. Please make sure your gift is non-toxic and clean. Then at the dinner you’ll have the opportunity to exchange it for another “gift”.
Boardwalk Lotus is hosting a tech session for GGLC members on Saturday, April 24th.. Arrive at 9:30 for refreshment. Tech Session will be conducted by Boardwalk’s Lotus factory trained technician. The session will cover new development and changes in the 2010 Elise and Exige, prep tips for Track Days and Autocrossing and Maintenance tips for the Elise and Exige.
After the session we’ll take a short drive and stop for lunch.
Update on the Saturday drive before the BBQ and Open House at Dietsch Werks. We are expecting some rain tomorrow (Friday), but it’s supposed to blow out of here and Saturday will be awesome!
We have a nice route with twisties planned (map below). It will be nice drive taken at a conservative pace. With all the rain the roads maybe slick with run off and we want a fun safe tour. The drive will be led by Kiyoshi (Magnetic Blue Elise) and will be starting from Santana Row at 10 am.
The GGLC will have a drive (10 am) & BBQ (1pm) on Saturday March 13th. The BBQ is hosted by Rob & Jen along with an open house at Dietsch Werks.
The run will start at 10 am from Santa Row in San Jose and will end in Dietsch Werks at around 12:45pm. The barbecue and open house will start at 1pm. Bring your Lotus as there will be plenty of secure parking and it will be a great chance to check out each other cars. Rob will also be unveiling his “Mule 1” prototype at the event.
The run may be canceled in case of inclement weather.
With a wet ending to winter, how about a spring get together and drive?
Silicon Valley Auto Group
620 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA
April 11 (Saturday), 9am to 1 pm
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 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.