Thunderhill East May 16 Track Day

Registration is now open for our event at Thunderhill East on the Classic 3 mile layout. Enter early to get the nice discount.

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  • $205 for GGLC members and $225 for non-members.  You can join the club for $25 when you sign up and  take the $20 discount immediately.
  • Additional $20 off if you register by March 31.  Yes that’s right, total price is only $185 for members who sign up quickly.
  • Cancellations with full refund are allowed before April 30.
  • All brands of cars are welcome.
  • Each group is scheduled for 7 twenty minute sessions.
  • We have a few spots open for beginners who have never driven on a racetrack before.  We will pair you with a personnal coach.
  • Novice and Intermediate groups will have open passing on the long straights and pointbys required on the short straights and in turns.
  • Advanced group is open passing.
  • Open wheel cars are allowed in the Advanced Group only.

The Golden Gate Lotus Club has been running open track events for over 20 years.  We are a non-profit group and our goal is to provide low-hassle open track days for minimum cost with maximum track time. 

All brands of cars are welcome at our events.  Typical events are about 20% Lotus and 80% other cars.   Lemons-type race cars are allowed if they are in excellent mechanical condition (Lemons cars will receive a special safety inspection at the track).  Open top cars must have a roll bar with rear braces or factory installed roll-over protection (pop-up bars or similar).  Roll bars in open cars must pass the broomstick test.  (top of drivers helment must not be above the top off the roll bar and windscreen.  

Click here to sign up via MotorsportReg

Future GGLC dates:

July 7 Sonoma Raceway

September 2 Sonoma Raceway

October 15 Streeets of Willows at Willow Springs

GGLC @ Sonoma Raceway on April 10, 2022

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The GGLC has just secured a single run group at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday April 10, 2022.  We are sharing the day with LightSpeed.   This is for Intermediate and Advanced drivers only and you will be mixed in a single run group.  We will have open passing on most of the course with pointbys requried in the more tricky and high speed turns.  You must have 15 trackdays mininmum experience and be comfortable in a mostly open passing format.  Price is $285 for five 20 minute sessions and you do not have to be a GGLC member.  Go to http://msreg.com/gglcsonoma   to register.  Hurry up because this is certain to sell out fast.

Registration for March 27th GGLC autox will open this Sunday

Hope you all have been working on your cars over the winter break and are ready to start racing again! The GGLC will hold our first autox event of the season at the Cow Palace in Daly City on Sunday March 27th.

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The event will open at 8pm on Sunday March 6th:
https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/2021-gglc-autocross-event-1-cow-palace-golden-gate-lotus-club-autox-957649

Online waivers can be signed using SpeedWaiver. It’s best to use your phone as part of the signing process requires taking a photo of yourself:
https://gglotusax.speedwaiver.com/yekml

Passengers, co-drivers, and instructors will be allowed to ride together in the same car as long as both people are vaccinated or both are from the same household. Guests are also welcome as long as they are vaccinated. Please read the event guidelines carefully:
http://www.gglotus.org/ggcalend/covid.htm

The Cow Palace has been receiving noise complaints, so please note the following restrictions:

• Have a functioning muffled exhaust system
• Run adjustable exhaust systems in the quietest mode.
• Always follow local regulations when driving to and from the event.
• Accelerate slowly from lights. No “showboating” for any reason. Please report any violation to event management.
• Avoid extraneous revving of engines
• No heating brakes and/or tires by accelerating and decelerating off course
• Obey the 15mph paddock speed while on-site

Again, be sure to read the event guidelines. If you fail to adhere to them you will not be permitted to run and you will be asked to leave, forfeiting your entry fees.

Thank you,
Colm

Registration Open for Lotus Club Laguna Seca Track Day, March 29, 2021

Crossing the Finish

Come join the Golden Gate Lotus Club for an open track event at Laguna Seca Raceway on Monday, March 29, 2021.  This will be a 90dB event and all types of cars are welcome to join. 

Price is $250 for members and $270 for non-members.  You can become a GGLC member for $25 when you register and take the member discount immediately.

This event will be divided into 3 run groups running every 20 minutes. You will sign up for Novice,  Intermediate, or Advanced, depending on your skill level and experience. Advanced Group is for experienced drivers with 18+ track days/racing experience or equivalent. Intermediate Group is for drivers with a minimum of 8 track days experience, and Novice Group will be for drivers with at least 1 track day of prior experience.  Sign-up for whichever group is appropriate for your experience level. Since the group size is limited by Laguna Seca, it may be difficult to switch to another group if you feel uncomfortable or if you signed-up for the wrong run group.  Open wheeled cars will be allowed only in the Advanced Group.

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Be aware that Laguna Seca will strictly enforce the 90dB sound limit. If you have a loud exhaust or intake, you should take appropriate measures to ensure you pass the sound meter. 

Each driver is responsible for ensuring that his car is in proper track condition.  We will not conduct a regular tech inspection of everyone’s cars but we will take a close look at any car that appears to be poorly maintained or that we receive reports about. Any cars with significant body damage or missing paint are likely to be subjected to an inspection.  Lemon’s and similar race cars are welcome at our events, but if you bring one, then you should expect us to visit your pit and make a close inspection of your car.  Anything that we feel is unsafe or likely to cause your car to break on-track will be reason for disqualification.  BIG no-nos include sketchy fuel lines, any fuel or water leaks, moderate or larger oil leaks, loose parts, cord showing or nearly showing thru tires.  Of course there are many other issues that could disqualify you as well.

For drivers experiencing mechanical failures that result in dropping oil on the track, damage to track property such as broken brake markers, etc., and deployment of the fire truck which results in any additional charges to us for clean-up, repair to track property, etc., we will consider whether to pass on these additional costs to the responsible driver on a case-by-case basis.

Please note that we will be making some adjustments to our normal track day due to the Coronavirus. Also, be prepared to jump through some Monterey County hoops to comply with their Covid requirements. We will do our best to keep you up to date on what those are.

1. There will be no beginner spots available since this would require us to put a coach in your passenger seat.

2. There will likely be no type of in-person sign-up at the track and we will conduct a “virtual driver’s meeting” by email. 

3. You should expect to receive an email a few days before the event that will explain all the exciting stuff that you would normally hear at our regular meeting    
   and you are required to read the WHOLE THING. 

4. At the track we will also likely conduct a brief “meeting” over the PA system with some important details and updates that you must listen to.

5. We will not be supplying any coffee, munchies, etc. and we will not have our large shade structure for everybody to hang out under. 

6. Everyone must maintain appropriate social distance of 6’ from persons whom you don’t live with and/or didn’t ride up in the same car. 

7. Each person must bring a face covering so that it will be available in case they need to interact with others at close range. 

Click here to sign up via MotorsportsReg. Within a few days of registering, you will receive a confirmation email with some event details.  Read this email.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, check your SPAM folder.  Another email will be sent out a few days before the event with Driver’s meeting info and probably more Covid stuff.  Read it!

See you at the track.

Registration for ButtonWillow track day (May 29, 2021) is now open

Chasing the R500 at Buttonwillow

Registration to the GGLC track day at Buttonwillow Raceway on May 29, 2021 are now open at MotorsportsReg.  This event is open to all types of cars.  Open top cars must have a roll bar or factory installed popup bar/rollover protection.  Open wheel cars will only be allowed in the Advanced Group.  We will not conduct a tech inspection of your car unless its appearance indicates that we should.  Lemon’s type cars are welcome but we will likely take a close look at it before  we let you on track.  Any fuel or water/water leaks or loose parts are reason for rejection.  Small oil leaks are acceptable.  You are responsible for making certain that your car is track-ready.  All cars must have 6″ tall numbers on both sides.  Pick any number.

We are running BOTH directions at this event, going clockwise in the morning and counterclockwise in the afternoon.  We did this a few years ago at Buttonwillow and again last season at Thunderhill 5-Mile and it was very popular both times.

We are running 3 groups and each group will get 7or 8 twenty minute sessions.  

Advanced Group is for Drivers with 15+ track days experience or equivalent.  This group will be open passing without point byes.

Intermediate Group is for drivers with 5+ track days experience or equivalent.  This group will allow open passing on most short and long straights without a point bye and passing in turns and braking zones with a point bye.

Novice Group is for drivers with 1+ track days experience or equivalent.  This group will allow open passing on the long straights only and passing with a point bye in turns and braking zones.

Sign up for the appropriate group.  If you decide at the track that you should be moved to a different group we can normally accommodate this.  

At this time we are not accepting Beginners drivers with zero days track experience.  If Covid condition improve so that we can put a coach in the passenger’s seat then we will allow beginners to signup

Damage to the track, walls, facilities, etc may be charged back to the responsible person.  Special charges for fire crews, oil cleanup, etc  may also be charged back to the responsible driver.  We will decide this on a case-by-case  basis.   

Price for this event is $195 if you register by January 31 and $215 after this date.  You can also get a additional $20 discount if you are a GGLC member or purchase a GGLC membership during registration.    We do not offer money back refunds.  If you cancel by May 14 you will get a credit for a future event that is transferable to other people.  No refunds or credits will be offered after May 14.  If Covid prevents the event from taking place or the government prevents you from traveling you will be offered a full refund.

The Driver’s meeting may be online or in-person depending on the Covid situation at the time.

Waiver’s will likely be signed online through Speedwaiver and you will receive a notice about this later.

Click here to sign up via MotorsportsReg

We also have the following events scheduled:
February 27 at Streets of Willows – registration open
March 29 at Laguna Seca (registration will open soon)
July 17 at Thunderhill West (not fully confirmed yet)
September 17 at Laguna (not fully confirmed yet)
October 5 Thunderhill 5-mile (not fully confirmed yet)

GGLC autox Saturday June 27th at Cow Palace

Elises respect their elders

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2020 Golden Gate Lotus Club Autocross season!

Our first event of the year is scheduled to be held on Saturday June 27th at the Cow Palace, Daly City. Registration will open for members at 8pm PST on 7-June-2020.

Please note that this event is not yet confirmed and may be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Full refunds will be given if the event is cancelled due to COVID-19 related reasons. Please refer to http://www.gglotus.org/ggcalend/covid.htm#autox for the GGLC COVID-19 policy and guidelines. If you are not willing to follow the GGLC and local COVID-19 orders, requirements and guidelines, then do not enter this event. Additionally, due to COVID_19 restrictions, lunch will not be provided and, as instructors will not be available, unfortunately this event will not be beginner friendly.

Please use the following link to register: https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/2020-gglc-autocross-event-1-cow-palace-golden-gate-lotus-club-autox-410514

Registration will open for non-members next week. The entry fee is the same as last year, $65 for GGLC members and $75 for non-members.

We have 6 classes that you can participate in, as well as a fun group. Please read over the details on the club page at http://www.gglotus.org/ggautox/ggautox.htm. For Lotus Elise/Exige/Evora drivers, please use the classification tool at http://www.gglotus.org/ggautox/classify.html to calculate your index points and your class to participate in. For non-Lotus cars, please use the appropriate SCCA class.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this year’s events or any other autox topic. You can like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GoldenGateLotusClub and check out our event videos at http://www.youtube.com/goldengatelotusclub

Registration Open for Lotus Club Thunderhill 3-Mile Track Day, September 26, 2019

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Come join the Golden Gate Lotus Club for this open track event at Thunderhill Raceway Park on Thursday, September 26, 2019.

We will be running the 3-mile Thunderhill East track in the standard counter-clockwise direction WITH THE BYPASS. All types of cars are welcome at our events. Click here to sign up via MotorsportReg.

Price is $165 for members and $185 for non-members. You can become a GGLC member for $25 when you register and take the member discount immediately.

This event will be divided into 3 run groups running every 20 minutes. You will sign up for Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced, depending on your skill level and your experience.

Advanced Group is for experienced drivers with 15+ track days/racing experience or equivalent. Intermediate Group is for drivers with a minimum of 7 track days experience, and Novice Group will be for drivers with at least 1 trackday of prior experience. Sign-up for whichever group is appropriate for your experience level. If you sign up for a particular group and decide at the track that you are not comfortable in that run group, ask a GGLC official to switch groups, we can usually accommodate this.

Open wheeled cars will be allowed only in the Advanced Group.

Be aware that Thunderhill has a sound limit of 104dB and that limit will be enforced.

We have a limited number of openings for Beginner drivers (ZERO DAYS EXPERIENCE ONLY!) who will receive 1-on-1 coaching from an experienced driver. Beginner drivers will run in the Novice Group.

Within a few days of registering, you will receive a confirmation email with some event details. Read this email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, check your SPAM folder.

See you at the track.

Scott & John

Registration for Saturday August 24th GGLC auto is open for club members

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2019 Golden Gate Lotus Club Autocross season.

Our 5th points event will be held on Saturday August 24th at the usual  Marina location. Registration is now open. Please use the following link to register:

https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/2019-gglc-autocross-points-event-5-marina-airport-golden-gate-lotus-club-autox-913729

Registration will open for non-members next week. The entry fee is the same as last year, $65 for GGLC members and $75 for non-members. First time autox’ers (first time at a GGLC event) are eligible for a $10 discount, so invite your friends along too.

We have 6 classes that you can participate in, as well as a fun group. Please read over the details on the club page at http://www.gglotus.org/ggautox/ggautox.htm.

For Lotus Elise/Exige/Evora drivers, please use the classification tool at http://www.gglotus.org/ggautox/classify.html to calculate your index points and your class to participate in. For non-Lotus cars, please use the  appropriate SCCA class.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this year’s events or any other autox topic.

You can like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GoldenGateLotusClub and  check out our event videos at http://www.youtube.com/goldengatelotusclub

Autocross #3 registration is now open

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2019 Golden Gate Lotus Club Autocross season.

Our 3rd points event will be held on Saturday June 29th at the usual Marina location. Registration is now open to GGLC club members. Please use the following link to register:

https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/2019-gglc-autocross-points-event-3-marina-airport-golden-gate-lotus-club-autox-249801

Registration will open for non-members next week. The entry fee is the same as last year, $65 for GGLC members and $75 for non-members. First time autox’ers (first time at a GGLC event) are eligible for a $10 discount, so invite your friends along too.

We have 6 classes that you can participate in, as well as a fun group. Please read over the details on the club page at http://www.gglotus.org/ggautox/ggautox.htm.

For Lotus Elise/Exige/Evora drivers, please use the classification tool at http://www.gglotus.org/ggautox/classify.html to calculate your index points and your class to participate in. For non-Lotus cars, please use the appropriate SCCA class.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this year’s events or any other autox topic.

You can like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GoldenGateLotusClub and check out our event videos at http://www.youtube.com/goldengatelotusclub

Registration Open for Lotus Club Laguna Seca Track Day, June 24, 2019

Crossing the Finish

Registration is now open for the Golden Gate Lotus Club’s fourth track day of 2019 which will be held at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California on Monday, June 24th.  

We will be running (3) run groups with approximately 20 minute sessions each.  Your options will be Advanced Group, Intermediate Group, and Novice Group.  There are a very limited number of Beginner slots available for drivers with ***NO*** track day experience.  Beginners will run in the Novice Group and will be required to have a coach assigned to them to ride in the passenger seat in order to enter the rack. 

Price is $230 for members and $250 for non-members. You can become a Lotus club member for an annual cost of $25.  This entitles you to a $20 discount on all track days for one year. 

Please go to www.motorsportreg.com to sign up.

THIS WILL BE A 90 dB EVENT and will be strictly enforced!  DO NOT RELY ON LIFTING AT THE SOUND BOOTH – if your exhaust or intake is loud, take measures to reduce your levels before the event.

There will be absolutely no refunds.  If you cancel before June 10th and we can fill your spot, we will give you a rain check for a future event.  If we cannot fill your spot, there will be no rain checks given. 
Only sign up if you know you can attend.  We will run this event rain or shine.

Please read your confirmation email as it will include the general schedule. If you do not receive a confirmation email within a week of registering, check your SPAM folder.

This event is bound to fill up fast, so be sure to sign-up early. 

See you at the track,

GGLC Track Day Team

Evora S through the corkscrew