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post #1 of 90 (permalink) Old 10-21-2016, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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Cool Lotus Owners Gathering 37 May 19-22, 2017 - Birmingham

I am so looking forward to this one! Close to me and a chance to drive Talladega AND Barbers Motorsports track in the same week!

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Yes, it will be a great time. I missed it that past two times LOG was down on Birmingham. I can't wait to drive the banking.

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Groups of us in the NYC area are already planning to caravan down. On the route agenda are some of the great driving roads in the Appalachians.
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Registration is open and the schedule of events/costs are up too.

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Anyone from Cali contemplating the trek?
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Anyone from Cali contemplating the trek?
Maybe... still very undecided. Will likely tow and try to bring my Seven. Although it would be fun to return to Barber with my Elise. The last time my Elise was at Barber was in 2004 with less than 300 miles on the ODO.

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Groups of us in the NYC area are already planning to caravan down. On the route agenda are some of the great driving roads in the Appalachians.
I cant wait to drive that with the Lotus on a trailer behind my truck and your luggage loading me down . Should be a classic drive Cant wait. I'm registered
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Groups of us in the NYC area are already planning to caravan down. On the route agenda are some of the great driving roads in the Appalachians.
I cant wait to drive that with the Lotus on a trailer behind my truck and your luggage loading me down . Should be a classic drive Cant wait. I'm registered
I'm planning on driving down from NY area. Pls keep me in the loop re plans. Thanks.
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Registered today! Signed up for everything - Autocross, Talladega Speedway, Barbers, Skid pad - I'm in!!!!!!!!

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Im signed up for Talladega & Barbers
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I was on the fence about going for a couple non-Lotus reasons but I think I'm in at this point. I booked my hotel a while ago and looks like we need to get the paperwork sent in the next few days to get the cheap rate, so now I'm looking at that.

My question is - is Talladega worth it? What kind of "laps" do you get? It's quite a bit cheaper than a normal HPDE so I assume you're not out there all day, and as someone who doesn't give a fig about oval tracks, I think that, high speed or not, driving in circles would get pretty boring pretty fast. I also assume you do the autocross or the laps, not both.

I mean, I'll probably do it, but I'm just curious what to expect. Skipping it would mean taking one less precious day of vacation from work, though! I am planning on doing the HPDE at Barber.

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is Talladega worth it? What kind of "laps" do you get? It's quite a bit cheaper than a normal HPDE so I assume you're not out there all day, and as someone who doesn't give a fig about oval tracks, I think that, high speed or not, driving in circles would get pretty boring pretty fast.

It's your call on the vacation time. Don't you have a sickly friend or relative who is liable to take a turn for the worse about that time?

As a participant in 2009, I'd say that Talladega 'parade laps' are a worthwhile endeavor (we have signed up again). They have two categories of participants, one fast (left-turning) group, and one slow (right-turning) group. The turn direction is how you need to steer to stay on the track.



The NASCAR Hall of Fame museum will fill out the rest of your day even if you don't partake of the autocross.

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It's your call on the vacation time. Don't you have a sickly friend or relative who is liable to take a turn for the worse about that time?
Too many vacations (not that that's possible) last year and brain surgery for my wife at the end of 2015 meant I had two years in a row where I was really overdrawn on vacation - I'm trying to get back on track, though I'm sure I'll go over a little.

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As a participant in 2009, I'd say that Talladega 'parade laps' are a worthwhile endeavor (we have signed up again). They have two categories of participants, one fast (left-turning) group, and one slow (right-turning) group. The turn direction is how you need to steer to stay on the track.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame museum will fill out the rest of your day even if you don't partake of the autocross.
I'm still confused on the laps concept - what do you get when you sign up? One session on-track driving behind a fast pace car? Two sessions? With the autocross going on at the same time, I'm not sure how you'd do both, especially if you have to work a corner during your off sessions during the autocross like usual.

As for the hall of fame keeping my interest - not likely. My interest in NASCAR begins with the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona and ends with the 1970 Plymouth Superbird. Everything else I either don't care about or actively disdain! I did get a ride (since I had a deal where it was free) in a NASCAR car (probably detuned?) at the now-gone Richard Petty experience at Walt Disney World, and those things do get impressive stick through the turns, but I just have no interest in 'em.

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If it's organized properly you should be able to do both the autocross and the talladega laps. I can't imagine doing an hour's worth of laps - It's not a race and I would think there would be a no passing rule to keep things safe. I expect a couple of 20 minute sessions at speed would suffice be enough for me and then I'd be off to autocross.

To me, the banked track is something I'd like to do - the opportunity to drive your road car on one doesn't come often and the entry fee is well worth it.

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I totally agree with James33, I almost passed up on Bristol back at LOG 34, sure glad I didn't!
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I just mailed my registration for this event. This will be my first time. Do I need a helmet for the Friday Talladega or the Autocross at the Tallagega Superspeedway? I know for sure we need one for the Monday Driver Education at Barber Motorsports park on Monday but I can't stay till Monday for the event.
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I was planning on attending this until a race was scheduled for my modified at Bristol on the same weekend. Having raced Bristol a couple of years back, I'm not going to miss this one.

I run at Barber a couple times a year so I'm only going to miss seeing all of the Lotus cars.

As far as Talladega goes, if you have never driven a car on a high banked circle track, it is an experience you do not want to pass up. I will agree, that after several laps you will have gotten the extent of the experience.

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When we did this at a prior LOG, I got stuck in a "slow heat" which barely hit 100mph. I heard from others they faired better.
Hope they can run that slow pickup truck pace car faster this year.

Is the skid pad also part of Talladega, or Barber?
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I just mailed my registration for this event. This will be my first time. Do I need a helmet for the Friday Talladega or the Autocross at the Tallagega Superspeedway? I know for sure we need one for the Monday Driver Education at Barber Motorsports park on Monday but I can't stay till Monday for the event.
They should have loaner helmets. If that's the case I recommend some sort of head sock as loaner helmets can be kinda of icky. But you will need a helmet for the autocross and I'd assume the Talladega laps as well.

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There will be laps at speed in the morning before lunch, probably getting in 2 runs of 5 laps each. After lunch the Autocross will start.
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