Lotus Owners Gathering 38

Cleveland, Ohio

August 10-13, 2018

Performance Drivers Education:

Nelson Ledges is one of the USA’s oldest road courses. It was constructed in 1958 on a small rural potato farm outside of Warren, Ohio. There was no design plan, no million-dollar study, and no million-dollar contracts with architects, engineers or planners. It was two men (Marvin Drucker and John McGill) and a bulldozer with an idea to build a race track. The original track was dirt and only 1 mile in length. Paving came next and then the addition of “The Carousel” in 1962. Later the bridge was added, the pit lane was extended and paved, and the tires were added for barriers around the track. It is considered one of, if not, the fastest tracks in the country.

Nelson Ledges is the location of this year’s LOG 38 Performance Driver Education Day. Sponsored by Lotus Ltd and the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, the intent of the Lotus, Ltd./MBCA’s Driver Education program is to teach you the skills to handle your car better. Besides having plain old fun with your car, the techniques you’ll learn will make you a safer, more aware driver on the street! Afraid to take your car on the race track because it might get damaged? That’s understandable, it can happen. However, it can also happen on the street. The race track is a controlled environment in which you have far more freedom to make a “mistake” than on the street. (But if you really want your car protected, read about optional track insurance coverage below)  If you are a novice driver, during our Performance Driver Education Day, you will have a seasoned instructor with you at all times to guide and teach you at a pace with which you are comfortable. There is no pressure and no trophies at a Driver Education day. It’s all about safety, fun, and car control! Yes, in that order.

The cost for this year’s LOG 38 Performance Driver Education Day is $250(US) when you register prior to July 13, 2018. After July 13, 2018 a $50 late registration fee will be applied without exception. The late fee is necessary because we WANT YOU TO REGISTER BEFORE July 13th so we can do the necessary planning to hold the event. Any registrations after August 1st will be accepted at the event chair’s discretion.

Novice and intermediate drives requiring instructors will be approved as we get an instructor for you and will be assigned on a first registered basis. So, register early to increase your chances of getting an instructor and into the event. All fees will be refunded if we do not have an instructor for you. If you are an instructor and wish to participate, then the registration fee is only $75 for the day.  Advanced drivers and Instructors will enjoy lots of track time. Contact David Nagler at Lotushack@lotusowners.com for consideration as an instructor.

Registration is open now at www.clubregistration.net. If you don’t already have a clubregistration.net account, it’s a simple, free signup on their website. It is VERY important that you create your profile and list your driving experience in detail.  This information is used in creating the run groups. The more we know about your experience, the more accurately we can place you in the appropriate run group. Even if you can beat Lewis Hamilton with one eye closed on a bad day, and you don’t put down your experience, you will be placed in the green (beginner) group.  If for some reason you cannot do that please let us know and we will make alternate arrangements but we prefer all to register on-line at www.clubregistration.net. Just search on Lotus after you register on their site to find our event on the www.clubregistration.net website.

We have also continued our relationships with Hagerty and On Track Insurance to provide coverage for your car should you desire. Rates are very reasonable (for example last year it was less than $200 for $30,000 coverage) with a reasonable 10% deductible. Please understand that neither club has any connection with either insurance company other than to let participants know that their coverage is available to those that wish to purchase it separately from the registration fees. Learn more at http://www.hagerty.com and http://www.ontrackinsurance.com

Some of things drivers will need to know before you arrive!

You are responsible for getting your car professionally inspected for safety and for bringing the form with you. All forms are available on our ClubRegistration.net page and will be attached to your registration confirmation letter. You will not be able to participate without the safety form. Cars are required to have equal seating and restraint systems for both driver and Instructor.  You will need a Snell SA2010 or later helmet. Snell SA2005 helmets are NOT acceptable anymore. Motorcycle helmets are also not permitted. Cars must be rollover certified by the manufacturer. Lotus Elise/Exige are okay as are the Mercedes-Benz SL’s and Cabriolet from 1990 on, and Porsche 911 and 914 targas, and 911 cabriolets from 1997 on. Other open cars must have at least a 4-point competition rated roll bar. Open cars will need arm restraints for both driver and instructor or the top must be in place. You must supply arm restraints for your instructor if you have an open car. Please contact Jim Roberts at jertoothsaver@bellsouth.net if you have any questions about the compliance of your vehicle.

Event Policies & Indemnity Policy

Participants acknowledge that Lotus, Ltd and The Mercedes-Benz Club of America driving events entail known and unanticipated risks which could result in damage to the participant, to property or to third parties, physical or emotional injury, paralysis or death. The participant understands that such risks simply cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the driving event. Participation in this event is purely voluntary, the participant expressly agrees to accept and assume all associated risks and elects to participate in spite of the risks.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received at least 30-days prior to the event will receive a full refund subject to a $20 per entrant service charge.

Cancellations received within 30-days of the event but at least 2 weeks prior to the event will receive a refund of 50% of their registration fee.

Cancellations received within two weeks of an event WILL NOT RECEIVE A REFUND. Event will be held RAIN or SHINE!!!!!!!


Nelson Ledges is one of the very few tracks of its kind left in the country. Most tracks today have changed and lost their original character. It’s a herald back to classic race tracks not cookie cutter designs that we see today. Bridgehampton, Stardust, and Meadowdale are long since gone but Nelson has remained Nelson, and will continue to be a Nelson forever.

Join us for a wonderful LOG 38 Performance Driver Education Day, you will have a thrilling time.

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