For our 14th Get Your Lotus Out event, we are breaking from tradition. We are still trying to get as many Lotus cars and people to show up, but we are moving the starting time to 11:00AM, holding the event in a park, and making it a cookout.
To do this, we have rented the park's shelter and two small grills. Turner Farm Park is off Springvale Road, near Georgetown Pike (193), just 1.7 miles from Katie's. We will provide the burgers and dogs. We ask two things of attendees -
1.) RSVP with your head count, when you know you will attend (so we have an accurate count for food). 2.) Bring a side dish or dessert to share with the group.
Turner Farm Park is a Fairfax County Park, so no alcohol is allowed. I will be sending out an email announcement, and you can respond to that with your RSVP. [If you are not on my email list, and would like to be, email me - robert(underscore)collum(at)hotmail(dot)com.
It’s September, with just over two weeks to our next event – Get Your Lotus Out. In a departure from previous GYLO events, we are starting later (11:00AM), including a cookout, and asking people to bring their families. We have rented a shelter with picnic tables at the park, and Mark Franke will be earning his keep, cooking hamburgers and hot dogs. Please check your personal calendar, and RSVP to this post (or email me) with your headcount – we need to know how many people to expect, to buy the correct amount of food. We will provide the burgers and dogs, and will have water for the group. We ask attendees to bring a side dish or dessert to share. (Note: Fairfax County Parks prohibit alcohol, so please bring soft drinks if you don’t want water.) This is a great way to meet other Lotus owners!
Note: I've been asked if there will be a drive as part of this event; I encourage the group to arrange one in this thread! Organize a drive, before or after GYLO, by posting here, looking for anyone interested. You will probably find like-minded people that will go with you.
Last Edit: Sept 4, 2017 15:25:44 GMT -5 by rcollum
It's time to start collecting RSVPs for our Get Your Lotus Out event! Our combination of cookout and Lotus event really needs us to have a good headcount, so we have adequate supplies of burgers, hot dogs and water. We ask that people bring a side dish or dessert, and any soft drinks they want, other than water. This event will start at 11:00AM at Turner Farm Park, on Springvale Road in Great Falls, VA. Look for the small silo on the park grounds - it's used by a local astronomy group. This park is a former Nike missile base!
Last Edit: Sept 15, 2017 6:40:47 GMT -5 by rcollum
It is starting to look more like we won't be able to make it :/ My parents will be in town, and I've had zero motivation for getting the car running.
Bring your parents! We have some people who will not be driving their Lotus - it happens! You can introduce your parents to your Lotus friends.
Wait a minute... are you EMBARRASSED BY US???
They came for the last two! My birthday is usually the weekend of the fall GYLO, so they've stopped by then. This time, though, the later time is the issue. They normally hit the road after GYLO when it was earlier, so I don't think that'll work this time. If we get rid of them early enough though, Jess and I may take her car since it is loud (audibly and visually) so it'll fit in, haha
The weather forecast looks tailor-made for our event: clear and low-eighties.
Feel free to post here if you want to organize a group drive, before or after the event!
So far, the RSVPs I have are -
Bob Collum + Debbie Mark Franke + Brenda Caleb Yow + Jessica -- ?? Annie Dalter Jeffrey Hammer Kevin McKracken Kevin McGovern + Denise Bill Orr + Bobette Greg Smoak + Thuy Victor Montes + Kathy Ivan Katz Gavin Slade Jenn Glann + Tim Ed Ellison + Bev Bryan Guziak + Nadine Ex-Londoner (Mick) Bob Bratti Alan Schulman Chad (CNW126) + 1
Bob Scates + Sharon
Please let me know, via email or reply to this post, if you are coming, AND what the head count is for you & your entourage.
Looking forward to a great get-together - it's been a long, boring summer! As always, we will have a popular-vote contest for favorite Lotus, with prizes.
Last Edit: Sept 16, 2017 18:37:19 GMT -5 by rcollum
Metrics - we see them in our daily lives: How are my annual review ratings at work? Where do I stand with my 401K? How fast is my car, compared to my friend's? Are my kid's SAT scores good enough? We measure so much, but sometimes lose sight of what is most important. I had an experience with this today. Having planned and executed 13 Get Your Lotus Out events over the last 7 years, I can get REALLY focused on 'how many Lotus showed up' and also 'how many people showed up'. For GYLO 14, I was looking at a lower turnout of both people and cars than we are used to. Mark and I had rolled the dice on some new wrinkles in the existing format - though GYLO 14 was held on a Sunday, as always, we scheduled it later in the day - starting at 11:00AM - and we centered the event around a cookout at a park. This is quite different than the 'early morning on a parking lot' model we have used thus far. Now that GYLO 14 is in the books, and I have had a chance to talk to the people who were among the last to leave, I think I appreciate the fact that fewer cars or people may not be the point. I think there were several positive outcomes. We seemed to have a lot more people, sitting and talking, savoring the food and the company. The excellent weather no doubt helped, but I heard several people say that having food and a covered sitting area really added to their enjoyment of the meet. Everyone still made time to go look at the cars, and we had several people going for rides in each others' cars. The cars were still a reason we came together, but the people are what makes the day memorable.
My thanks to the people who helped make this event possible. Of course, Mark Franke did his usual fine job of getting sponsors to donate gifts. Mark is invaluable for letting me bounce ideas off him, and he is usually right (but don't tell him). My wife Debbie German and Mark's wife Brenda Franke also helped with making sure we had all the food and other picnic necessities - thanks!
Sponsors - they make sure we have the goodies to give out for the traditional 'Favorite Lotus' contest, as well as the door prize drawing. Darryl and Renard, of Odds and Ends Detailing and Dulles Car Concierge, not only provided prizes, but showed up and brought side dishes for our cookout - thanks much, guys! If you have need of car detailing services, or short- or long-term car storage, these are your guys! Business cards for both businesses were in your GYLO envelope. www.oddsandendsdetailing.com/
NoVA Lotus member Jim Hurd has been providing goods and services to us for quite a while - my Seven's 'wind wings' were fabricated by Jim, and he once again provided several of his beautiful laser-etched pint glasses for GYLO prizes. You can order any of several styles of glasses, with pretty much any type of Lotus model laser-etched on them. Here's a link -
Robert Konick of British Racing Group is another friend of NoVA Lotus. He carries lots of Lotus parts -
Ray at RD Enterprises is a loyal provider of swag to our events, and a longtime supplier of parts for our cars - www.rdent.com/
JAE has been a generous benefactor of NoVA Lotus, and still another source of Lotus parts - www.jaeparts.com/shop/
If you attended the event today, I hope you had the opportunity to talk with Bill Orr and his wife, Bobbette. Bill is a former Lotus dealer (in the 60's and 70's), and is the resident eminence grise of NoVA Lotus. He contributed some books and articles of old Lotus models. Time spent chatting with Bill is always entertaining, and usually enlightening. This guy has 'walked the walk'.
Lastly, but most importantly, you - the members of NoVA Lotus. We share a common bond in enjoying those products of Hethel, but it's really more than that. Example: Chad and his wife came from a couple of hours away. Chad is just starting to look for a Lotus, and they came up to see some Elises, and meet the people in the club. Throughout the day, I saw people chatting with each of them, and I can't help but think of how proud I am to be associated with people that are so friendly and welcoming. I value the friendships in our group. Seeing how quickly people within the group fell into deep, animated conversations, I saw some real connections, and knew that GYLO 14, no matter the numbers of people or cars, was a success.
Thank you all!
The next GYLO will be in the spring. Please let us know if you have ideas for any of our events - either a new drive, destination, or any social event - and tell us what you'd like to do. It's all too easy to fall into repeating a formula for an event, but it's important to change details to see if another experience will work for the group.
P.S.: It must be noted that, even though he did not have a voting number on his windshield, Mark Franke got two votes for 'favorite Lotus', putting him in third place. Please don't tell him - he never reads down this far!
Last Edit: Sept 18, 2017 5:46:18 GMT -5 by rcollum
More from GYLO 14. If you were there, you helped make it a great day. If you missed it, check out and see us having fun! Gavin's red Seven was tied for first place in the Favorite Lotus Contest, with Tim & Jenn Glahn's Elan.