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day. As I got to the lower end of the park, I could see the noses
of a few cars parked at our site. It was a bit of a billy-goat climb
up to the site, but when I got there I was pleasantly surprised to see
the parking area packed with Lotuses! I was thoroughly impressed by the
number of people and cars that were there. It seemed like we had
one of each. We had several V8 Esprits, as well as John's new-to-the-road
Turbo S2 Esprit, a few Elans, Europas, Sevens, M100 Elans, and a Jensen.
We even had some non-Lotus cars present as well, the eye-catcher being
a TVR Cerbera!
Although I was late, I was still there in plenty of time to partake in
the Lotus-talk and check out a few cars. It was good to see some
people that I haven't seen in a long time and of course it's always a pleasure
to see the regulars!
chatted a while before being called to duty as one of the cooks for the
event. Now, over the years, I've hailed the GGLC members as a great group
of people, but this year, they have surpassed themselves. I now add
the word "brave" to the list of qualities they have. Yes, despite
the potential of the various forms of food poisoning that exist, they ate
the burgers I cooked! Perhaps they weren't aware of just how little
cooking experience I have? Perhaps they found out? But it must
have all worked out fine because I didn't hear of any complaints about
the cooking, and several people came back for seconds and thirds!
lunch, we had a short meeting and the announcement was made that there
would be short run through the hills above Huddart Park and down the backside
of Skyline. Since the Seven isn't exactly "dialed in" yet, I thought
I'd take up the rear and go at my own pace. Everything was fine until I
got down to the bottom of Tunitas Creek Road. I felt something funny
in the steering but couldn't nail down exactly what it was. I continued
on at a modest speed and caught up with a few of the others at the bottom.
At that point I decided to take the nose off and see what was going on
up front and was somewhat shocked to see that the steering rack had moved
in the mounts!