Golden Gate Lotus Club Track Days
How to Enter
GGLC Track Day Rules
Track Day Car Prep
GGLC 2023 Track Days

Feb 4 - Streets of Willow
Mar 2 - Sonoma Raceway
Apr 23 Sunday - Chuckwalla Valley
May 22 Monday - 5 MILES of Thunderhill
June 30 - Sonoma Raceway
Oct 3 - Sonoma Raceway
Oct 30 - Laguna Seca Raceway
Dec 30 - Buttonwillow Raceway

The Golden Gate Lotus Club is pleased to announce another full season of Lotus Open Track Days in 2021! There are 3 GGLC Tracks Days are on the 2021 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. Be courteous and responsible!
  • 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.

The Golden Gate Lotus Club may ask the driver that has a mechanical failure or damages to track property (on or off track) that results in additional costs charged to the GGLC by the track, to either pay the track directly for the costs or reimburse the GGLC.

The GGLC recognizes that unfortunate things happen at the track that are outside of the driver's control. As a result, in the event that the track applies any additional charges to us for any clean-up, damage to track property, etc., we will now consider whether to pass on these additional costs to the responsible driver on a case-by-case basis.

The GGLC prices our events with the intent to break-even and any additional costs we incur come straight out of club funds which ultimately has a bearing on our ability to host these events.

"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

    GGLC Track Event - June 30, 2023 - Sonoma Raceway

    Registration is OPEN!

    Entry Fee: $330 for GGLC Members and $350 for non-members

    We will run 8AM to 5PM with one hour for lunch.  Each Group should get one 20 minute session every hour for a total of 6 sessions per day per group.  

    4 Run Groups - Advanced Group will have open passing with no pointby required. Intermediate and Novice Groups will have open  passing on many of the straights, and passing with a pointby on the rest of the course. 

    The groups will be classified as follows:

  • Novice Group - You must have a minimum of 1 track day or equivalent previous experience. Passing without a point-by will be allowed on the long straights only. Passing in turns will be allowed with a point-by.
  • Intermediate Group - You must have a minimum of 5 track days previous experience or equivalent. Passing without a point-by will be allowed on the long straights and some of the short straights. Passing in turns will be allowed with a point-by.
  • Advanced Group - You must have a minimum of 15 track days experience or equivalent. Passing without a point-by will be allowed everywhere including turns and braking zones.

    Passengers will be allowed if both the driver and passenger are vaccinated or from the same household.

    Any damage to the track, markers, walls, etc or incidents that cause excess charges for fire, safety, tow, or cleanup may be charged back to the driver who caused the problem.  We will decide this on a case-by-case basis.

    Helmets must be certified SA2010 or later.

    All cars must have numbers on both sides for Identification. Pick any number. Digits must be 6” tall minimum.

    Open wheeled cars will be allowed in the Advanced Group only.

    Money back cancellations will be offered before June 16. After June 16 money will only be refunded if we can sell your spot to someone else.

    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. Factory installed roll bars and hoops are OK.

    How to Enter

    Questions can be directed to

    GGLC 2023 Track Day - May 22 - 5 miles of Thunderhill Raceway

    Registration is OPEN

    Registration is open for the Golden Gate Lotus Club Thunderhill Track Day on Monday, May 22, 2021 in Willows, California. We will be running the 5-mile long, Thunderhill track, 27 turn track with the Turn 5 By Pass in the counter clockwise direction. This is guaranteed to be an awesome day of track fun!

    We price our events as low as possible with the intent of breaking-even for the season. Be aware that additional charges we incur for incidents such as major oil loss/track cleanup, damage to crash barriers, etc., may be passed on to the responsible (or irresponsible) driver.

    2 Groups, Restricted Passing and Open Passing depending on your skill level and your experience. Open Passing Group is for experienced drivers with 15+ track days/racing experience or equivalent. Restricted Passing Group is for drivers with 1-14 track days experience.

    Due to the Coronavirus, there will be no GGLC-provided coach for Beginners since this would require us to put a coach in your passenger seat.  However, if you are a Beginner (zero track days experience) and would like to join, and you can find a qualified (GGLC-approved) coach from within your own family, then you may join by contacting the GGLC and we will add you to the Restricted Passing Group.  Note, we will still be limiting this to only 3-4 Beginner slots.

    All types of cars are welcome to attend. Formula cars will be allowed in the open passing group only. Convertibles must have roll-over protection which mounts at four points. No "Style Bars" will be accepted. Factory installed roll hoops are acceptable.

    Thunderhill Raceway strictly enforces a 102dB sound limit.

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

    Helmets are required and must be Snell SA2010 or better.

    We will run the event run rain or shine. Cancelations before Nov 2 will receive a credit for a future track day which will be good for one year from the cancelation date. Cancelations after Nov 2 will receive a credit ONLY if the event sells out.

    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.

    All cars must have numbers on both sides. Pick any number. Digits must be at least 6 inches tall.

    Questions can be directed to

    Information & Directions to Thunderhill 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.