GGLC LIVE Virtual Tour of Classic Team Lotus (23-Jan-21)

Lotus 49 R2
Lotus 49 Chassis R2, the first DFV engined car to win a race, race prepped at Classic Team Lotus

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. 

Ex-Fittipaldi Type 72 Chassis getting rebuilt
Ex-Fittipaldi Type 72 Chassis getting rebuilt at Classic Team Lotus

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 – 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 and then log-in on the morning of Jan 23rd!

Lotus 78
Lotus 78 undergoing maintenance at Classic Team Lotus

GGLC Meeting and FSAE Fundraiser

The Golden Gate Lotus Club and Dietsch Werks present the San Jose State University’s Formula SAE Team as they unveil their newly built 2012 race car at the GGLC April members meeting. Join us in the back parking lot of Club Auto Sport for a night of socializing, dyno-ing and hanging with racing enthusiasts.

In an effort to raise funds for their program, the FSAE Team has agreed to slave over a hot grill of cheeseburgers, hamburgers and sausages. also on the menu is salad, chips, veggies, beverages and cookies. $5 minimum donation per plate gets you a full meal, a tax deduction and gets the SAE Team the funds they need to get to their competition! DW, GGLC and FSAE will be selling t-shirts, cappuccinos and popcorn. 100% of the money made on t-shirts, food and services goes directly to the FSAE program.

What: GGLC Monthly Meet + SJSU FSAE Fundraiser
When: 6pm on 20-April-2012
Club Auto Sport
521 Charcot Ave
San Jose, Ca 95131

GGLC Meeting and Social (18 Feb 2011)

Dietsch Werks is hosting a special GGLC meeting and social at Club Auto Sport in San Jose. This event is open to all members well as folks interested in becoming members in future and includes dinner as well as special entertainment.

  • Get info on various club activities including track days, autocross and concours
  • Meet fellow Lotus enthusiasts and share technical tips
  • Trinity Racing Concepts will giving rides in their state of the art 3D racing simulators (includes a Lotus 49)
  • Dinner will be provided

RSVP is not required but would be appreciated. For more information including directions please check out the flyers below.

What: GGLC Feb Meeting and Social
Where: Dietsch Werks, Club Auto Sport (Suite 251), 521 Charcot Ave, San Jose, CA 95131
When: 6pm-10pm, 18 Feb 2011

GGLC Meeting, Drive & BBQ (19-June-10)

We all know how difficult it is to get to the East Bay for a club meeting on a Friday night, so for June the club meeting will be Saturday, June 19, in Danville with the extra added attractions of Mel’s fabulous BBQ and an optional fun run to Danville from Santana Row. The fun run will start around 10 AM, and the BBQ will begin around 1 PM (and who knows when the meeting will begin!). A contribution of a salad or dessert for the BBQ would be nice, but is not required. RSVP for the BBQ is required. Email for RSVP, address, questions, etc…

When: 19th-June-2010, 10 am (drive), 1pm (BBQ)
Where: Meet at Santana Row for the drive or directly come to the BBQ at Mel and Darlene’ place (Danville, CA)

2010 Election and November Meeting Report

At the meeting Friday the attending members were asked to raise their hands, which they did… and then it was announced that Dave Ellis was elected as the 2010 GGLC Prez!!! Congrats Dave!!!!

Next half the attending members were asked to raise their hands, to which about 1/3 did…. and then it was announced Rob Dietsch was elected the 2010 VP! Congrats Rob!!!

The election was followed by a few announcements which included:
1) Toy Rallye 12/5. I need 1 or 2 more people if possible
2) GGLC Dinner on 12/12. Please RSVP by 12/4. Reminder about white elephant gifts and new “Spencer Rule (non-toxic and CLEAN)” gifts pleazeeeee….
3) Evora tour comes to the bay area.

Report by Kiyoshi

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!