At one time, I was interested in trying to get the car shipped out there. Not sure have is a financial viable plan anymore. September is pretty filled up for me, but its not out of the question.
In the nearly 30 years I’ve been going to LOGs, I know of many times people have looked, and been unable to get a good enough deal. You can possibly get a good deal to transport several cars out, because the truck and driver have a gap in their schedule. Then, when they realize you want to use the car for 4 days,and have it shipped back…they want you to pay for the driver’s food & lodging, and it’s unlikely that a ‘good’ shipper happens to have the ship-back days free.
About 10 years ago, LOG was in Vegas. A friend of ours scoured the internet, and found a good deal for a closed truck from Richmond to LV. They picked up his M100 Elan, and our friend flew out to Vegas with his wife. When the car didn’t arrive the morning it was promised,he called the trucking firm. After several tries, he reached them, and they claimed not to be able to reach the driver. A day or two later, that driver was stopped at the California border, after somebody reported their shipped car (on that truck) missing. The driver refused to open the truck. That stalemate lasted a couple of hours. My friend finally got his car back, but it could just as easily have been shipped overseas!
The moral: Cheapest ain’t necessarily the best. We are flying out to SLC, and spending an extra week with several friends from out west. I’m keeping an eye out – seems logical that Geely(who owns the SLC track complex) might bring in some Lotus cars for people to drive on track. I’m hoping!
Last Edit: Feb 10, 2020 18:49:40 GMT -5 by rcollum
We have an important message to share with you regarding the postponement of LOG 40 to 2021. Please reach out the Lotus Ltd. board members with any questions or concerns. Please see message below from LOG 40 Chairman Rich Sheya:
It is with great regret that I have made the extremely difficult decision to postpone LOG 40 until September 10-13, 2021. You are all aware of the events leading up to this decision but, ever the optimist, I pushed forward, hopeful. During the last two weeks I have contacted Lotus clubs across the country and universally they have told me their membership is highly concerned about making the trip to Salt Lake and most of them have cancelled their plans to come. The Golden Gate Lotus Club in California has shut down all their indoor events and cancelled large gatherings, e.g. "Cars & Coffee" and modified their track-day rules to allow drivers and instructors only. The Pebble Beach Concours and the The Quail have been cancelled. The Midwest and east coast Lotus clubs have indicated to me that their anticipated participation numbers are at, or close to, zero. The lockdown has had a severely negative impact on several of our sponsors' businesses and others have pulled out citing safety concerns. Our special guests from England, a few of whom are older, will not be flying out due to concerns about exposure on planes. As much as I hate to say it, LOG 40 for 2020 is now a non-viable event.
Lotus Ltd's Board of Directors and the hosts of LOG 41 (at an undisclosed location) are onboard with the one-year postponement.
The upside to all of this (if there can be an upside) is that our LOG 40 Committee is in place with a terrific group of enthusiastic people and we will not have to start over from scratch for next year. The hotel is being very accommodating and will move our registrations to next year and or provide refunds with no penalty.
I am extremely disappointed it has come to this but events far beyond our control have forced the postponement.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Yes - we flew to LOG, and we are enjoying it! Not everyone took the wimpy option of taking an airplane. That blue Elise was driven all the way here by NoVA Lotus' own David Wilde drove it all the way here from Maryland! One wrinkle added at this LOG - they have separate parking areas for each model of Lotus - there were more Evoras I've ever seen in one place!
Today was the day for the LOG panoramic photo, a highlight for participants of any LOG. Every LOG, we have a professional photographer (who happens to be a Lotus owner) Doug Chadwick, who takes a wide-angle shot of all the cars, with an interesting backdrop. This year, the mountain in the distance (though a bit obscured by smoke from West Coast fires) was impressive.
Here are a couple of interesting shots from the concours today... There have been a couple of disappointments at LOG this year - neither the Evija (which was promised), nor the Emira (which was hoped for) was here. It's probably a Covid SNAFU, but still, disappointing!
Well, let's be thankful we had a 'Lotus' SUV preview, of sorts...