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lsop
02-06-2008, 02:30 PM
We left on the Friday, RyanAir'd it to Hahn then sweet talked the Avis lass into giving us a Renault Laguna Estate...

We headed to Quiddlebach to meet up with Dad (www.nurburgmotorsport.com) who gave us our tickets for the weekend!!!

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These were going to make the weekend very very special and get us a front row seat on the weekends action.

Straight to the Supermarket for beer, disposable BBQ's, meat and bread... Oh and 3 banana's to help us with our 5-a-day!!!

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Back to Dads house then he kindly dropped us off at Brunnchen for our first night..

This usally desolate place had been turned into some kind of Nomadic camp.. People from all over Europe had descended on Nurburg and brought everything including the kitchen sink..

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Many had erected scaffolding, to make a vantage point and try to out-do their neighbours.. The music changed from each encampment and I have to say the atmosphere was amazing!!

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We walked as far as we could (with a crate of 30beers, load of meat and a BBQ) which took us as far as Hedwigshohe and we decided to have our bbq here..

After finding a space at the fence we cracked open the bbq and realised that we were in an encampment of Germans dressed in the PJ's.

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They were a great laugh and we had a bit of banter, fired up the bbq and drank!!

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Can anyone spot the mistake we made with the bbq?

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Me, Cheif chef!!!

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Beautiful!!!

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Ahhhh.. You have to take it out of the carboard thing to let the air in!!!!!

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No sauce just marinate it in beer!!

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Rolty met a nice marshall after scaling the fence in true Spiderman style!!

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Beer & uneven ground..Never a good combo..

By this time we were getting fairly "well oiled" and the FHM game of one of you shake your face and the other hold the hand to their face, then take a photo commenced with blinding results!!

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The music was pumping to some crazy Euro Rave Techno stuff!!

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We continued our party with the PJ wearing Germans and then had to make our way back to Brunchenn to meet Dad who was going to give us a lift back to his..

On the way back, more wierdness..

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Bish pulled..

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Brunchenn was alive! (btw, no flash, f2.8, iso 3200, lashed)
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lsop
02-06-2008, 02:31 PM
So it was off to the pits for a look.. We had got full access and were right in the thick of it.. Watching the teams patch up the toll the Qualifying had done to the cars.. It was going to be a long night for some of the teams..

Again the atmosphere was amazing..

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Bumped into Sabine who had just arrived back in the pits after a few laps.
Dad & Sabine
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Some of the cars were being worked on through the night
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Some had been put to bed, ready for tommorrow
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lsop
02-06-2008, 02:32 PM
Saturday

We parked the car at the rear of the BMW Motorsport place, after asking a lovely Policewomen (with lovely nice eyes eh bish) if it was ok and left to head to the pits to watch the start of the race..

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Nurburg was buzzing

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Dad wanted to start the race!!

We walked through the garages to see some of the teams
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Mr Colhouse's beautiful RS4
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We then walked to the grid to soak up the atmosphere and do some bird watching.

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P1
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Team Lexus
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Our new favourite team.. Livestrip Racing
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With no cars left in the Garages they started throwing everybody out for the start!
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We managed to secure a spot on the PitLane to watch the start of the race.

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First lap and the Manthey Porsche came in with a problem

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There was nearly a problem when the next group came through and a Civic did a spot of offroading

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More injuries.. Flat tyre and fire in the rear!

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Gumpert being brought in
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lsop
02-06-2008, 02:33 PM
After being here for a while we decided to head off to Breischeide for a bit.. We picked the car up and it was here things didn't go to plan...

To cut a long story, our car had been taken by the police after I parked the wrong way on the street!!!

105 Euros later we were back on the road and had to laugh!!

Back to another Nomadic encampment for a spot of viewing..

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Mini was going well
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lsop
02-06-2008, 02:33 PM
The Evening

The plan was to park at Quiddlebach Hohe and then walk to Flugplatz and drink.. Then to Hatzenbach have a bbq and then walk to the Pits for some night action and then kip in the car..

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Ready for stage 1

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No longer abandoned!

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Thats a tough walk with a crate of beers!!

We sat down and started to drink and watched some of the racing.. No telephoto taken with me..

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After drinking some of the beer we then headed off to Hatzenbach for part 2!

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It seemed Hatzenbach was another hardcore area for campers!

Had another well done BBQ !

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Scaletrix anyone??

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After eating more meat and drinking more beer, we continued through Hatzenbach up to T13 and fell on this place..

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You can imagine what came on stage but i didn't take any photos!! :lol:

After watching the show we continued up to the Pits and went into the Cafe for a doughnut?!

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It was then into the pits to watch some of the cars coming in..

lsop
02-06-2008, 02:34 PM
The mood changed from garage to garage.. Some teams slept whilst their cars were out and obviously ok while some were running round trying to patch up the car that had come in after being in an incident..

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Another broken one.
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While the driver has to explain to the TV
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Scirroco's going well

We stayed into the early hours then fortunately got dropped back at Dads house to sleep in a bed rather than the Laguna!!

lsop
02-06-2008, 02:35 PM
Sunday

We made sure the car was still where we left it (which it was.. I couldn't be doing with another run in with the local plod) and then went to Hatzenbach for a look in the daylight.

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Picking up the car we decided to head to the main carpark and watch the cars on full chat!

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It was then a quick visit to PF1 then back to the pits to watch the end of the race..

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We're stood there and then realise Heinz-Harald Frentzen wandering about.. We're in the Gumpert's garage!!

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Dad gives him some advice about his lines!!! :lol:

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and then it arrives..

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Exhausts are hot!!

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It leaves extrememly quietly... We then realise its one of the Hybrid cars and then the engine fires up and off!!!!

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10mins left, we find a space of the pit wall to watch

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Rolty's spider skills come in useful again!!!

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59seconds...

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They line up for a photo finish!!

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Mini completes the 24hr

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The winner completing 147laps in 24hrs

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Team VW

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Sabine and team come in 3rd

Champagne
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1st 2nd 3rd
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lsop
02-06-2008, 02:36 PM
We managed to walk through Park Ferme on our way back to car and saw the rest of the cars that finished

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Which left 1 quick photo on T13 before we left

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Made our way back to Adenau for a Chinese and then back to Hahn for our flight home..

I couldn't believe how quickly Nurburg became deserted.. Most of the campers had left by Sunday afternoon and everyone sorted out their rubbish into recyclables, waste etc and no rubbish was left in the campsites..

Great weekend with great people!!

Roll on 2009 :D

Nige
02-06-2008, 04:51 PM
now THATS a report :thumb:

I like.

jon_r
02-06-2008, 07:31 PM
Wow that looks like fun, I want to go!

Gary Kinghorn
02-06-2008, 09:12 PM
Northloop hoodie looked good :thumb:

Great report :thumb:

Simon
03-06-2008, 07:43 AM
Good to be in the thick of the action in the pits. Must have added to the weekends experience :thumb:

Diamond Hell
22-06-2008, 08:29 AM
If I can, I think I might try and make it out to the 24hr next year - looks a damned sight more fun and interesting than Le Mans (which I've done for a couple of years)...... I'm guessing cheaper, too!

Juanjo
22-06-2008, 03:17 PM
very good one!!