Have you GYLO'd?
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Northern Virginia
Attending a LOG (Anywhere!)
I am a big advocate of LOGs. Since my first LOG in 1993, I have been to 21 LOGs, and I chaired the one in 1995, in the Poconos. Of these 21 LOGs, I did not bring a car to at least 8 of these. While it is great fun to show off your car, sometimes it's just not feasible. In older cars, the driving distance might be a challenge. Old or new car, we have chosen not to drive to the two Colorado LOGs, just because we'd have to take an extra 4 days or more of vacation. The upside to not having you car there - less time spent fussing over cleaning the car means more time to ogle other cars, and talk to Lotus people.
Like so many hobbies, we have our share of very shy people. The antidote to that is that the group dinners put you at a table with 8 or 9 other people who share your passion - Lotus!
Don't short-change yourself by just showing up for a day. A friend of mine had only been to one LOG - Gettysburg - and he got there on Saturday, for the concours, and stayed for the banquet. He says he had a good time, but not a great time. This year, he came in for the entire weekend, and had a blast. He met Bob Dance, ex-Lotus F1 and current Classic Team Lotus mechanic. He met Arnie Johnson, the former CEO of Lotus Cars USA, who was instrumental in bringing the Elise to America. He met Elisa Artioli, the reason the Elise is named what it is.
Really, LOG is the cars, the people, and the atmosphere. I can (and do) go on and on about great experiences at LOGs with old and new friends.
One other important item - while I'm not saying driving all the way cross-country is for everyone, the fact is, if you have a problem with your Lotus, but it's still safely driveable, there are few places better than a LOG. You'll find a depth of knowledge (and probably spare parts) that would be hard to beat, outside of England. Mention a problem with your Lotus, and you're likely to have several people follow you out to your car to help diagnose it.
(I'll take this space to say, if you show up with wheels held on by a single lug nut, and laying down a mosquito-killing oil cloud, you might not get as warm a welcome...)
I'm already making plans for Birmingham, AL next May, and I suggest you do, too!
Pictures below - what to expect at a LOG (these are from the last two Birmingham LOGs)
1.) Famous racecar drivers - (this was Dan Gurney & his wife - different drivers every year).
2.) Lots & lots of Lotus cars - the track is hosting a historic race at the start of LOG, featuring historic Lotus race cars.
3.) Drive YOUR Lotus on the banked racetrack at Talladega.
4.) Brits - always a selection of Lotus-centric folks.
5.) The Barber Museum contains the largest collection of Lotus in the world. (Yes, the plural of Lotus is Lotus.)
Northern Virginia Lotus Club. Contact me to get on the mailing list!
Last edited by rcollum; 08-16-2016 at 05:00 AM.