Golden Gate Lotus Club Track Days
How to Enter
GGLC Track Day Rules
Track Day Car Prep
GGLC 2017 Track Days

Feb 24 Friday - Laguna Seca
May 3 Weds - Thunderhill
July 17, Monday - Laguna Seca
Sept 21, Thursday - Buttonwillow
Oct 23 Monday - Laguna Seca

The Golden Gate Lotus Club is pleased to announce another full season of Lotus Open Track Days in 2017! There are 5 GGLC Tracks Days are on the 2017 calendar and there's more to come! Join the fun!

GGLC Track Days are designed to allow the Lotus and sports car enthusiast enjoy driving in controlled conditions without random traffic and law enforcement. GGLC Open Track Days are not races, but allow the driver to run at their pace and enjoy the capability of the car.

At a typical GGLC Track Day event drivers will have too much track time, liberal passing rules in the slower group, and unlimited (safe) passing in the faster group.

The basic rules at GGLC Track Days are:

  • Drive within your skill and comfort level.
  • Pass only in designated passing zones.
  • Drivers are responsible for insuring that their car is safe. Learn about preparing your car: CAR PREP
  • Helmets are required on track and must be Snell SA2010 or SA2015 (see below).
  • Driving suits are not required, but wear cotton clothing that fully covers your arms and legs.
  • Have FUN!

Each of our events has a limited number of spots available for first time track drivers. These spots typically sell-out very quickly. Beginner drivers will be required to take one of our designated coaches as a passenger until they are approved to drive solo. A friend or professional instructor may also serve as your coach, but this must be approved with us beforehand.

Helmets: Drivers and passengers are required to wear a helmet that meets or exceeds a Snell rating of SA2010 or newer. Motorcycle and bicycle helmets do not meet Snell SA requirements for on-track use.

Apparel: Drivers and passengers should wear full length pants and shirts on track, preferrably made of cotton fabric. Closed toe shoes are required, no sandals or flip-flops.

"Thanks for the incredible day, you guys know how to do it right!" BM

"The GGLC track event was an absolute blast. Your events are the best I have attended. Tons of track time, great respectful people and a fair number of good drivers!" BM

"Thanks for putting together a great event today. Loads of fun and more track time than I knew what to do with!!!" BM

Typical GGLC Track Day schedule (will vary by event and track)

  • Gates open at 7:00 AM
  • Mandatory Driver's Meeting 8:15 AM
  • First Group Out at 9:00 AM
  • Morning sessions from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
  • Lunch Break
  • Afternoon sessions from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

    The GGLC Track Days are not a substitute for high speed driving instruction. For those new to track events and/or have limited experience driving at high speeds on track the GGLC usually has a limited number of spots. These spots are with a coach and will help those with limited or no track experience to become aclimated with on-track driving rules and technique. Contact the GGLC Track Day chairman to reserve one of these spots - email

    As an alternative GGLC suggests you consider gaining knowledge and track experience at any one of the many instructional track events or at a driving/racing school such as:

    Questions can be directed to or to

    For 2017 GGLC Track Days - GGLC - Dietsch Motorsports "ARRIVE & DRIVE" Program

    Do want to experience driving a race ready, standard or Sport Elise? Want to save wear and tear and tires on your car? What to feeling like a Pro-driver that comes to the track and their crew is there with the car 100% ready and prepped for the track?

    Then consider the GGLC - Dietsch Motorsports Arrive & Drive program at any of the 2015 GGLC Track Days!

    For details and information visit

    GGLC 2017 Track Day - Thursday September 21, 2017 - Buttonwillow Raceway

    Registration is open for the Golden Gate Lotus Club Buttonwillow Track Day on Thursday, September 21, 2017. This event is sponsored by Sports Car World and is an option event for the 2017 West Coast Lotus Meet in Solvang, California.

    At this event we will run the Track 13 configuration track in the clockwise direction and counter-clockwise in the afternoon! TRACK MAP

    You do not need to own a Lotus to attend this event. We run our events as close to non-profit as we can and you will not find a better price for a full day on the track. Price is $165 for members and $185 for non-memberes. Additional drivers sharing a car are $60. You can become a GGLC member for $25.

    This event will be divided into 2 different groups on track; Advanced Group for experienced drivers of 15+ track days/racing experience or equivalent and open passing, Novice-Intermediate Group for drivers with 1-15 track days experience and restricted passing If you sign up for a particular group and decide at the track that you are not comfortable, ask a GGLC official to switch groups and it will probably be no problem.

    We also have a very limited number of openings for Beginner drivers who will receive 1 on 1 coaching from an experienced driver. Beginner drivers will run in the Novice Group.

    The weather should be perfect for a track day so it is suggested that you enter early to ensure a spot.

    We will run the event run rain or shine. Cancellations before 09/15/2017 will receive a credit for a future track day which will be good for one year from the cancellation date.

    We will not conduct a tech inspection on your car. You are solely responsible for the safety of your car.

    Open top cars must have a roll bar with rear braces. No "style bars" are allowed. Factory installed roll bars are OK. Open wheeled cars will be allowed in the open passing group.

    Helmets are required and must be Snell SA2005 or better.

    Click the button at the bottom of the page to enter. Please use this website and your credit card to register and pay for your entry.

    The number of cars is limited to maximize track time. We suggest that you enter early to insure a spot.

    Questions can be directed to

    Information & Directions to Buttonwillow Raceway

    How to Enter


    On-line registration system!
    The GGLC is using for on-line registration. First register with (no-cost procedure) and then register for the track day (you can pay using your credit card). When you click on the button below you be taken to the registration page. Continue to the bottom of the page and click on the Registration button.

    GGLC MEMBERS: When you initially register with you be asked to "Enter your membership number for the Golden Gate Lotus Club or N/A". Type in "N/A" in that field.


    You can also enter via mail. Print a copy of the entry form and follow the mailing instructions. There is a $10 handling fee for mail-in entries, be sure to add $10 to the listed entry fee.