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High Perfromance Advanced Driving Day at Watking Glen July 1

PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 5:47 pm
by tvacc
Hi all.

Lotus Ltd and the Mercedes-Benz Club of America are hosting a High Performance Advanced Driving Day at Watkins Glen on July 1. Below is what I posted on most of the lists. If you are interested in joining us, send me an email or just register at

Regards Tony

Your Lotus was designed for high performance driving. Wouldn't you like to learn to develop the driving skills to match it? That is the intent of Lotus, Ltd./Mercedes-Benz Club of America's Driver Education program, to teach you the skills to handle your car better. Our date is only 2 months away and we will be one of the last groups to use the whole course before it is shut down for repaving. The techniques you'll learn will make you a safer, more aware driver on the street as well! Afraid to take your car on the race track because it might get damaged? That's understandable, it can happen. However, it can also happen on the street. The race track is a controlled environment in which you have far more freedom to make a "mistake" than on the street. If you are a novice driver, during our High Performance Advanced Driver Education Day, you will have a seasoned instructor with you at all times to guide and teach you at a pace with which you are comfortable. There is no pressure or trophies at a Driver Education day. It's all about safety, fun, and car control! Yes, in that order.

As one of North America's oldest road courses, Watkins Glen Race Circuit at the southern tip of Lake Seneca in New York was home to the U.S. Grand Prix for many years. Lotus won several times with Innes Ireland, Jimmy Clark, Graham Hill, Mario Andretti, and others standing on the top step of the podium.

This year, Lotus Ltd and the Mercedes-Benz Club of America Finger Lakes Section will be hosting an High Performance Advanced Driver Education Day at Watkins Glen on July 1, 2015. The cost is a very reasonable $285(US), which includes a reception at the Corning Radisson, complements of the Corning Radisson. Garage space will be available for an additional $25 on a first come first served basis. Lunch will be offered at the Glen Club, within the track infield, also for an additional $25. While both can be ordered at the time of initial registration, you have until 2 weeks before the event to add them to your registration.

Novices and intermediate drives requiring instructors will be approved as we get an instructor for you. So register early to increase your chances of getting an instructor. All fees will be refunded if we do not have an instructor for you.

It should be noted that the Glen is being resurfaced this year and the "long course" will be closing late July and the whole track will be closing in early August for the rest of the year. We will be one of the last groups to use the "long course" this season.

We have two new items this year to inform you about. This year registration will be handled by If you don't already have a account, it's a simple, free signup on their website. If for some reason you cannot do that please let us know and we will make alternate arrangements but we prefer all to register on-line at . Just search on Watkins Glen after you register on their site to find our event on the website.

Second item is that we have arranged for our participants to work with to provide on track insurance for your car should you desire to have track insurance. I found their rates really reasonable (for example less than $200 for 30K coverage) with a reasonable 10% deductible. Please understand that neither club has any connection with them other than to let participants know that their coverage is available to those that wish to purchase it separately from the registration fees.

Our High Performance Advanced Driver Education Day is just under two months away and if you are an instructor and wish to participate and instruct two students, then the registration fee is waived. Advanced drivers and Instructors will enjoy lots of track time. Contact Dave Nagler at Lotushack*at*lotusowners*dot*com if you wish to be considered as an instructor.

W are very happy to have The Mercedes Benz Club of America, Finger Lakes Section join us for the second year in sponsoring this day at the Glen. We look forward to our continuing relationship with the Finger Lakes Section in future years so that we may bring events like this on a continuing basis.

You do not need a Lotus to attend the event, any make is allowed and you only need a street registered car if you are attending the Laps and Lunch. Race cars are permitted for the whole day track portion of the event.

We arranged for Tuesday night trailer and car drop off at the track. The track will be open for drop off between 6pm and 9pm. Even if you're not dropping a car off, we encourage you to come to the track between 6:00pm and 8:30pm for registration and tech to ease the rush in the morning.

Spectators are welcome for the event and there is no cost. However, Watkins Glen requires you to be preregistered in order to get into the track. If you would like to come, watch, and hang out with your fellow Lotus buddies, you must contact us so we can get you credentials and entrance into the event. Please email Tony at tvacc*at*lotusowners*dot*com if interested.

Lotus, Ltd. has arranged a discounted hotel rate of $129 per night at the site of LOGs 19 and 33, the beautiful Radisson in Corning, NY. There are also wonderful scenic drives in this beautiful area. Contact information for the Corning Radisson is listed below. You may also make your reservation at Radisson Hotels - Great Hotel Deals, Rooms & Services - for the special rate by using the code LOONYS. If you are making your reservations by phone, please tell them you are with the LOONYs or Lotus group.

Radisson Hotel Corning, 125 Denison Parkway East, Corning, NY 14830-2786. Tel: (607) 962-5000

Laps and Lunch at Watkins Glen
As we are renting the track for the entire day of July 1, 2015, we might as well make the most of it so we are having a Laps and Lunch for those that want a little bit of time on the track! The Laps and Lunch starts about 11:30 am and consists of 3 laps of the track behind a pace car, with a stop at the start finish line for pictures at the end of lap 2. Then it's off to the Glen Club for a sandwich lunch. Cost is $45 for the lunch menu and the 3 Laps. If you have a passenger then add $25 for lunch per passenger. If anyone is interested in doing this, please let us know. We will be able to get more exact pricing once we know the total interest. We need at least 35 participants to meet the Glen minimums. Your car must be street registered. No helmets or roll bars are required for the Laps and Lunch portion of the event. You do not need a Lotus for this. Any street registered vehicle is welcome!
Please email Tony at tvacc*at*lotusowners*dot*com if interested in the Laps and Lunch.

Please join us for a fun and Sports Car filled day at Watkins Glen. It will be fun!

Joining us for the Advanced Driving Watkins Glen on 7/1?
See Below

If you would like to join us for this fun filled and educational day, you can register at . To find our event just search on "Watkins Glen" once you complete the simple and easy registration on their website. If for some reason you are unable to register for the event this way, please contact me and other arrangements will be made.

Lotus, Ltd. / Mercedes-Benz Club of America Watkins Glen High Performance Advanced Driver Education Event - July 1, 2015 more information.

Some of things you need to know before you arrive!

You are responsible for getting your car professionally inspected for safety and for bringing the form with you. All forms are emailed to you after you register. You will not be able to participate without the safety form. You will need a Snell (SA) 2005 or later helmet. A motorcycle (MA) is not acceptable. Cars must be rollover certified by the manufacturer. Lotus Elise/Exige are okay as are the Mercedes-Benz SL's and Cabriolet from 1990 on, and Porsche Cabriolet from 1997 on, as well as Targas. Other open cars must have a 4-point competition rated roll bar. Driver and Instructor will need arm restraints or the top must be in place. You must supply arm restraints for your instructor if you have an open car. If you would like to be an instructor, please contact Jim Roberts at jertoothsaver*at*bellsouth*dot*net or David Nagler at lotushack*at*lotusowners*dot*com.

Event Policies & Indemnity Policy

Participants acknowledge that Lotus, Ltd and The Mercedes-Benz Club of America driving events entail known and unanticipated risks which could result in damage to the participant, to property or to third parties, physical or emotional injury, paralysis or death. The participant understands that such risks simply cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the driving event. Participation in this event is purely voluntary, the participant expressly agrees to accept and assume all associated risks and elects to participate in spite of the risks.

Refund Policy

Cancellations received at least 30 days prior to the event will receive a full refund subject to a $20 per entrant service charge.

Cancellations received at least 2 weeks prior to the event will receive a refund of 50% of their registration fee.

Cancellations received within two weeks of an event WILL NOT RECEIVE A REFUND. Event will be held RAIN or SHINE!!!!!!!

In addition, NO REFUND WILL BE MADE FOR NO SHOWS. If garage space is full and you have paid, your $25 will be refunded.

Re: High Perfromance Advanced Driving Day at Watking Glen Ju

PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 7:46 pm
by pharriso
Tony, Just signed up to attend with my Evora.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Re: High Perfromance Advanced Driving Day at Watking Glen Ju

PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 8:37 pm
by tvacc
Great. It will be a great time.

I would love to get a bunch of Lotus Owners there that cannot make it out to LOG this year.