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Anyone going to the Club Lotus track day at Goodwood ?

PostPost by: Baggy2 » Thu Apr 25, 2024 9:47 am

I would have included the date - 27th of April - Saturday. But it was too long for the title.
I'm going just as a spectator - maybe see you there?
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PostPost by: 661 » Thu Apr 25, 2024 10:03 am

I'll be there. Baby blue S2, #261. Say hello!
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PostPost by: Baggy2 » Thu Apr 25, 2024 11:14 am

Hi Graham
Great - I'm in a silver +2
I get a different weather forecast every time I look - hope it's OK
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PostPost by: DamianB » Thu Apr 25, 2024 1:52 pm

Thanks for asking, ..
I am planning to be there, holding you up at every corner, in my baby blue S3
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PostPost by: Stevie-Heathie » Fri Apr 26, 2024 7:01 am

Yes! After missing last year due to engine failure the week before (l :shock: )l I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

In all the years I’ve been going it’s been fine but it’s looking like sunshine and showers tomorrow. I really don’t think I’m going to fit with the roof up and a helmet on so I’m hoping it’s more sunshine and fewer showers

Come and say hi!

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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Fri Apr 26, 2024 7:49 am

I live quite close and would like to come down, but I am not a club member - are there any details anywhere of timing, cost for entry to spectate (if any) and so on?

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PostPost by: JonB » Fri Apr 26, 2024 8:52 am

I think it is free to spectate. I snuck into the paddock early and parked my +2 in one of the bays, thinking it was public parking. Only to later find the proper parking was a bit further along - oops.. And there were a lot of Lotuses in that car park, which weren't participating in the track day. I did ask if I could go on track, but they couldn't accommodate me due to needing to know the numbers / participators beforehand for insurance purposes, or something like that.
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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Fri Apr 26, 2024 11:38 am

Thanks.

Do you know what time it kicks off?
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PostPost by: JonB » Fri Apr 26, 2024 12:58 pm

I got there at 0830. But, it was some years ago.
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PostPost by: 661 » Fri Apr 26, 2024 1:05 pm

Track day starts at 0900. Most will be there from about 0800 fiddling.
Can't recall lunch, probably 1230 -1330. Finish probably 1700, but it looks like rain later in the afternoon.
Entry free to spectate.
Drive through the main gates like you are His Grace, carry on straight ahead and go under the track through the big tunnel. At the far side bear left. Those competing will be in the middle of bay 1, just park anywhere around the outside in one of the shelters.
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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Sat Apr 27, 2024 11:33 am

I showed up around 9:00, there was a good selection of very nicely presented Elans and a bunch of modern stuff. I would guess 1 Elan for every 3 modern Lotus. I had the opportunity to speak to a couple of owners, and watched the cars lapping for a few sessions. Fastest lap I saw for an Elan was 1:44 which was a GTS prepped Elan, with most in the 1:50s. What was noticeable was that the modern stuff, particularly the bigger newer Lotus barges we no faster and in many cases slower than the Elans. Well worth the 30min drive it took to get there. Thanks to the OP for mentioning the event.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sat Apr 27, 2024 12:44 pm

Things seem to have changed from the past about 40 years ago when no racing or timing was allowed.
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PostPost by: Stevie-Heathie » Sun Apr 28, 2024 5:21 am

Thanks for posting the photos, Andy. That’s me in the white S3.

Another wonderful day on the hallowed tarmac yesterday (apart from a mercifully brief period of two wheels on the hallowed grass :shock: ) and always great to chat to other Elan owners. Great to see three beautiful S3s this year on the track and get to know their owners.

See you next year!

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PostPost by: DamianB » Sun Apr 28, 2024 7:06 am

Thank you Chris for organising a terrific track day at Goodwood. It was great to meet more forum members in person and to confirm that you are as friendly and fun in person as you are helpful here online.
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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Sun Apr 28, 2024 9:57 am

alan.barker wrote:Things seem to have changed from the past about 40 years ago when no racing or timing was allowed.
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The same is true now. I think it is in part an insurance / liability thing, and dictates what level of track marshals, safety services, medical support and so on are required. Non-competitive un-timed track days require far less cover, and as a result are much cheaper for a club to put on.

I was standing on the pit roof and timed the cars as they went past with my phone. A couple of the race prepped cars did appear to have lap timers in them.

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