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If you need an excuse to exercise your Lotus before her winter nap, or perhaps you have some fiberglass questions and couldn't make it to the last workshop. Or maybe you have a pesky misfire and not sure what is causing it ? Well no matter what then, you should mark your calendar for the Lotus fun Day at Mike Ostrov's shop on October 27th. 
One of the last Club happenings of the year is somewhat of a wildcard event; what we do depends on who RSVPs and what folks are interested in doing. At around 10am  on Saturday, October 27th, Mike will open up his shop to most whatever strikes our fancy, provided it has to do with "Lotus" and "Fun". Some possibilities include the "standard" drive about the reservoir and down into Port Costa, or possibly even a longer drive up through the Delta. Tune ups, suspension examination to compression testing and even leak down tests could be performed. Who knows, we might even finish working Daren's horrible engine cover. 
No matter what though, if you plan on attending please RSVP to Mike by Oct 25 to (5l0) 232-7764 or, and be sure to let him know what type of Lotus activity  you'd be interested in.

Directions to Mike's
1.  Take Hwy 80 to El Sobrante and exit on San Pablo Dam Rd
2.   Bear right on San Pablo Dam Rd and go about 2 miles
3.  Left on Appian way (light).
4.  Right onto Santa Rita Road.
5.  Shop is on left about 40 yards up.

In September, Justin Gross and I ran the 30th Hillclimb at Virginia City, Nevada. This was my first hillclimb in many, many years and my first time @ Virginia City. On the other hand, Justin has run the event for quite a few years. His Elan and my Esprit were the lone Lotus entries among a sea of Ferraris and Shelbys.
The course is a 5.2 mile stretch of Highway 341 that climbs 1200 feet from Silver City to the outskirts of Virginia City with the finish line conveniently located outside the Storey County's Sheriff's office. It's a public road 361 days of the year and is closed-off to traffic for 2 week-ends of the year for the two annual runs at the hill: the Quattro Clubs' in June, and the Ferrari/Shelby Clubs' in September.
The course has 2 hairpins, 21 turns, but, overall, is very fast indeed, with the record held by a Porsche RUF in 3:12, good enough for an average 97 mph. It and a Ferrari F40 have been clocked going UP 138 mph into Turn 8. As a newbie, I had to settle for an average speed of 73 mph and top speed approaching only 120. My excuse for this year, I'd appreciate it if you stopped laughing, was that my brand-new slicks didn't make it in time for Saturday's practice and that even on Sunday, it took a few runs to scrub them and give them grip. I'll have to try to top this next year, and 
I mean speed, not excuses !!!
In the "most excitement" award category, a 308 spun in Turn 16 and it took a fortuitously placed bush to stop it from rolling off the cliff. Over the years, a few guardrails have been added to the course but not in that section. Someone owes the Lord big time.
All in all, a most excellent way to spend a weekend with a lot of social time to enjoy the friendly rivalry between Ferrari and Shelby drivers. I'm already making plans to return next June.

~ JC

The Toy Rallye will again start at the Warm Springs
Dist. Round Table Pizza in  South Fremont, on Mission
between 880 and 680 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sunday, December 2nd. This toy collection rallye is sponsored by Golden Gate Lotus Club and Fremont T. C.
Entry is an unwrapped, brand new toy worth at least
$12. Participants will receive special awards and some
nice door prizes, too. There will be five classes (First Timer to Expert) with some special awards. Flyers are available - just ask. Help spread the word please, for this benefit event. Many thanks!

For info. call 510/793-2514.

Harriet Gittings

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