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Nige
14-07-2008, 08:00 PM
I started writing this and think I got carried away :whistle:

I booked this trip in Feb, evening flight to Dusseldorf, Hire car to accommodation then 2 days of ring action :thumb: That was the intention but as often happens, things didn`t go quite according to plan :whistle:

A couple of days before the trip, AGTLAW(Andrew) and TIG6 (Andy) contacted me and said they were coming too and could they share a hire car. Seemed a very sensible thing to do :thumb:

Ian rang me Friday morning with and was having some issues, it meant he wasn`t able to leave home when he`d planned and then his journey took longer than expected. Friday afternoon on the M6 / M62 isn`t the time to get a clear journey. I suggested he come off a few junctions early and drive the back roads. Time was ticking away and I started getting pretty apprehensive about missing the check-in :o .I rang Ian and we decided to try and check in online to save ourselves 20 minutes. I went through the online procedure, paid to reserve my seats only to then find as it was under 5 hours before the check-in closed, I couldn`t do the online check-in. Thats £8 wasted then :angry:

Ian arrived at my house at just after 4pm, I rang Andy who was taking a taxi from work to discuss options to enable us to get to the check-in on time. Ian drove as quickly as conditions allowed, but as I feared, once we hit the far side of Bradford, the traffic slowed to a crawl. We dropped off the car at a car storage place a couple of minutes outside the airport. Shuttle bus and then ran to the check-in desks which saw us checked in 6 minutes before the gate closed :blink:

The entire journey to the airport was a race against time, we both realised if we missed the check-in the weekend would be over before it started...

Met Andrew and Andy and went to queue for passport control. A lady came down the queue asking who was on certain flights, one was ours, so we ended up being fast-tracked through passport control into the gate area. :thumb:

This was the first time since 3pm I`d been able to relax. What did I need to calm myself down? a Pint of course :drink:
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Ian grabbed a bite to eat and a pint then we waited for the flight to board
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A few minutes later the flight was boarding and into Jo-Whiley we went :D
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The plane wasn't particularly full so we were able sit where we wanted :thumb:
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Sat on the plane and Ian and I decided the first watch shot of the trip was called for as we could start to relax :rolleyes:
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Wet and cold outside, we were pleased to be leaving it behind
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A few minutes later and we were airborne
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Spent the flight catching up, declined the expensive in-flight food/drink and discussed plans for the weekend
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The camera does seem to bring out the best in people :lol:
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Landed an hour later in Dusseldorf and Jo-Whiley`s flaps were on hand to slow us down :whistle:
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Landed in dusseldorf 1 hr 5 minutes after leaving Leeds / Bradford
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Sunny Germany
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Waited for the baggage to arrive, it didn`t take long at all, German efficiency at its best
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Andrew with his iPhone, he`d be lost without it :D
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There was a bit of a queue for the Car hire, but we just chilled whilst we waited
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Ian chatted to the nice lady on the car rental desk and we tried to speak a little german too
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We asked what our car options were, either 207 or Corsa. hmmm. what upgrade options were available seeing as there were 4 of us. She smiled and upgraded us 2 groups to a Meriva for no charge. Result :thumb:

Our chariot awaits
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Andrew had flown here before and within minutes he`d directed us out of the airport and onto the Autobahn
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Ah ha ! de-restricted autobahn. Lets see what this 1.4 Meriva, 4-up can do..
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As it turned out, 180 km/h or 111mph (indicated) was as fast as it would go.
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Sometime later, the satnav still hadn`t managed to lock on. Ian pulled over, I stuck my hand out of the window incase the screen was coated and had been blocking the signal.
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After a few minutes and still no lock we set off again using Andy and Andrew`s maps on their phone as a map substitute :thumb:

I even had time to play with the camera, although holding stead in a car for 1 second didn`t really give the sharpest photos I`ve ever taken...
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Dropped Andy off at the Blau Ecke. Whilst he was taking his bags out of the car, the satnav FINALLY got a lock
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Unfortunately, it was only 5 miles from our destination :lol:
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As the weekend was only a short trip we had wanted to maximise time on the ring with the opening times being 8am. The garage where I stored my car wouldn`t open before 9am Saturday. However, Northloop came to the rescue. Gary (GVK) very kindly offered to take time out of his trip on Friday morning to call and collect my car, park it in the Lidl carpark then I could collect it Friday night, ready for a 7am start to empty it and do some jobs that needed doing. :thumb: Massive thanks to Gary :thumb:

Dropped Andrew off in Herschbroich then drove to our accomodation. We wanted to see GVK and the others who were in the PK, so we picked up a key for the apartment and called in to see them at the PK for a quick drink and to collect the Golf keys. We dropped them off in Adenau and then I drove the Golf back to the apartment ready for an early start.

Nige
14-07-2008, 08:01 PM
Saturday morning and as usual, I woke during the night and before the alarm :whistle:

Downstairs for a typical German breakfast with our hostess. She only spoke German, as did the other guys who were staying there for the truck GP :o . I had to speak German to them all the time and managed to make myself understood all weekend B)

It was then time to empty the Golf of all our camping gear. The garage where I store it had storage for the weekend, but it would have been €10 per day plus taxes, their other option was they offered to let me put it in the garage Matti has for his 306. A fellow Northlooper had room for me and by just after 8am, the car was empty and the gear stored for the weekend. Thanks mate :thumb:

First job of the weekend. I had been told the Braided hose was broken, so got the car on axlestands, removed the front wheel and saw some fraying of the braid.
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I had a spare braided hose and 20 minutes later, a new hose was fitted, brakes bled and wheel replaced, saving me €150 in parts and labour :thumb: . There is a lot to be said for this DIY approach you know ;)
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Karl & Steve Gill called to see how we were all doing
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I had bought some new poly-exhaust bushes in the hope of fixing my ongoing exhaust saga. New bushes were fitted in 10 minutes and I was ready to go http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/4673d037.gif

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Arrived at the ring and did 2 back to back laps on the damp track with Andy alongside. No dramas, the car felt really good and everything was working as it should. Its a great feeling to be back, I still grin everytime that barrier goes up :D



It started to rain heavily so back into the carpark for a chat with fellow Northloopers
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Gary arrived feeling a little worse for wear from a good night out at the PK.
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Northloopers at the ring
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Another lap and I noticed a banging noise, hmmm, that sounds very exhaust-like. The new rubbers had burned through, which is exactly what GVK had happen to him :angry:
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Back to the accomodation and I secured the exhaust with some jubilee clips and galvanised garden wire. This exhaust is REALLY starting to annoy me. :angry:

The garage post-easter report said that "Both Rear Brake pads were down to metal". I had a quick look before doing any laps and they appeared ok, but as the car was in the air, I removed the wheels to check. As it turned out, there was plenty material left on them, they are just over half worn, so that saved me changing them :thumb:
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Another couple of laps then Andrew asked if I fancied joining them at the PK for the buffet lunch.
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It was a serve yourself buffet
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Started with a clear soup that I quite liked
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Main course was 3 meats
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And Veg
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We had chips instead :D
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Dessert was custardy stuff, I just nicked the strawberries and enjoyed them instead http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/coolio.gif
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For €10 it was good value and I`d have it again.

Dale was offering Andrew some tips on driving his GT3 RS
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Then the trouble started...

I took Ian (Pye21) out for a couple of laps, lap one was good, nearly dry track and good fun. Lap 2 and I had a `moment` at PF1 (AGAIN!!!) I went over the crest, braked then turned right as normal, the track was greasier than I had anticipated and we had a lovely 4 wheel drift, with a small amount of opposite lock to hold it then carried merrily on our way. I crapped myself http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/sweatdrop.gif .

That was where I`d crashed last year, but discussing it after, the car was stable, controllable and I didn`t freeze, just reacted with small inputs, no panic and crisis averted. Still, I don`t want to repeat THAT again anytime soon :blink:

As we pulled off the ring, we saw GVK going out so decided to follow him. Barrier opened and I really struggled to engage any gear, but got 2nd and away we went, through the cones and I could not get it out of gear :o .Pulled over and jumped out. With the engine off, the gear selector was moving fine and the clutch cable was moving its full extent. It appeared the clutch had failed :(

Put it in 4th, started the engine and away we went for a lap of the ring stuck in 4th Gear. Once I`d got going, we actually passed some cars :lol:

Back in the carpark and I parked on the road outside pointing downhill. GVK had a look and confirmed my diagnosis, it was broken and needed a new clutch.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/angry.gif

Alex (lizard) arrived and had a chat with us, here he is chatting the GVK
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Ian and steph were deep in conversation
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Pye 21 (ian) had taken me out for a lap. That is a great handling car, smooth driving and very enjoyable. Well, apart from the seats that are designed for small children :blink: They are smaller than SteveW`s in the clio, I never thought that was possible http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/4d0fb896.gif
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Spoke to Das Chin who recommended a mechanic to repair my Clutch. Bruce introduced me and a deal was done. The golf would be repaired in the next 12 days, new clutch fitted, he will also fix the exhaust for me and do a few other little jobs http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/yahoo.gif

Nige
14-07-2008, 08:08 PM
It was time to nip back to the apartment, quick shower and Taxi to the Comfy Corner. The Taxi didn`t answer and the woman who ran the guest house asked her husband to run us into Adenau :thumb:

Arrived to see Karl in his usual spot
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He was trying on Steve`s hat (hobgoblin), we all agreed it looked better on Steve
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Simon and Russ arrived fresh from their flight
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The bar was filling nicely
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Jorg had printed a special Northloop Menu just for the occasion :thumb:
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We went to sit in the restaurant and order our food, Steve had not bothered having a shower :whistle:
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Northloopers filled the room and the atmosphere was buzzing http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/4673d037.gif

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Das chin told me it was 2am. Although he did show us a rather amusing thing with some tobacco leaves and a teaspoon...
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No Gary, it ISN`T 2am :whistle:
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I ordered the steak, I asked for it Medium Rare and as always, it was cooked to perfection.
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Frederique was enjoying her food
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Just to be awkward, Russ wanted 2 dishes mixed, the meat from one and sauce from another. We managed to explain this to the waitress and Russ was very pleased when it arrived as ordered
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Simon and Claire (GVK`s Partner) enjoying their meal
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His lordship made an appearance into the restaurant
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Some people can wear pink and still look manly. Some people (like Robinsons mate) can`t!! "well, you see, its like this....."
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Alex was having a good time, even though he had car `issues...`
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Crossie was there, he too had gearbox `issues` AGAIN :(
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Claire joined the well sozzled Mr Kesselaar
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Karl told me it was 2am, Ed was his usual cheerful self :thumb:
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Karl has been getting a reputaion for being grumpy with visitors to the CC (I know, its hard to believe but some people feel that way :blink: ) He decided to turn over a new leaf and greeted Jocke in a manner SOME may find disturbing !!
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As the evening progressed, the bar was full of Northloopers giving it a brilliant atmosphere :drink:
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Nige
14-07-2008, 08:09 PM
Karl pretended he didnt want his photo taking
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Alex (Lizard) had a quick drag of Mr Beans partners smoke. When confronted with this pic he said "I never smoke, but I really needed a drag tonight"..
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Jochen brought in his screen to show off his photos, as usual, he took some pretty good ones ;)
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GVK was enjoying himself
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The evening ended with Jorg singing away, really adding to the already good humoured atmosphere
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At 12:45, we were tiring so Jagoda ordered Ian and I a Taxi
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Arrived back at the apartment at 01:00
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Sunday and the alarm went off at 07:00.
This is when I realised I`d made a mistake last night.
Normally, when I`m at the ring, I limit myself to a couple of beers, then switch to a soft drink so i`m fresh for driving the next morning. I knew I wouldn`t be driving Sunday, so I`d had a few more than usual :drink: :drink: .I awoke feel slightly worse for wear.
Quick shower and downstairs for breakfast, I had a coule of coffees and something to eat and felt a little better.

Arrived at the ring for 08:00 to find several of last nights group already there
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GVK and Steve discussing the ring
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Ian was out quickly when it opened
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08:20 and the carpark was still pretty empty
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Gary went out for a lap, I then readied myself to go out for a passenger lap when he returned
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Oh look, a Subaru with the bonnet open :whistle:
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I had been out with Gary on my 2nd trip and remembered him being really smooth. Went out and had a really enjoyable lap, felt very safe and was really starting to see the appeal of the VR6. Pflanzgarten and I started feeling a little `hot and sweaty`. By mini karussel it got worse and as we exited Galgenkopf, I told Gary to pull over "RIGHT NOW ", lept out of the car the threw up http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/vomit.gif

I remembered to keep my camera in hand so Gary couldn`t snap a picture of me :lol:

Feeling somewhat worse for wear we returned to the carpark where I felt quite unwell... Russ came in having just driven Andrews GT3. He was grinning like a small child on Christmas morning
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This guy turned up in his RX8 and set about cleaning it until it gleamed...
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To be fair, he did take it on track.

At this point I realised I was not going to improve anytime soon, so I went back to the room where I fell asleep for 45mins and then threw up again when I awoke. http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/vomit.gif

I knew another passenger lap would just set me off so decided to take some photos. I`d taken the D300 to try anyway, I should have thought about it, but I soon realised this too was a mistake...

Went to Mini Karussel just in time to see Simon coming
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/_DSC5017800x600.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/_DSC5021800x600.jpg

Then MattX2C who I spoke to briefly in the carpark later drove past
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/_DSC5026800x600.jpg

pjlfc came by with his Son who looks a lot older than in the photo he posted the other week
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/_DSC5106800x600.jpg

Andrew was out checking his new suspension
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/_DSC5129800x600.jpg

I moved to Schwalbenschwanz but soon realised this was a mistake. Apart from taking phots into the direct sun, which caused them to be quite uninspiring, the panning to take them was making me feel ill again...

Mark White went past several times
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/_DSC5276800x600.jpg

GVK having fun
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/_DSC5312800x600.jpg

Took my last few photos and decided I really was feeling queasy. The photos were getting worse as I felt ill looking through the viewfinder and panning / zooming.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/_DSC5382800x600.jpg

Nige
14-07-2008, 08:10 PM
Back to Mini Karussel and took a few more
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/_DSC5753800x600.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/_DSC5786800x600.jpg

Gary took a great photo of this guy on 2 wheels last year. The height isnt quite as good this time, but I was pleased with the photo
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/_DSC6139800x600.jpg

I also got another of this 350Z being driven quite well. I wanted to get a passenger lap in one as there were 3 being driven round, but I never saw them in the carpark
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/_DSC6161800x600.jpg

Russ went round driving very quickly
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/_DSC6192800x600.jpg

Had a drink and snack, and felt a bit better. Arrived at the carpark and jumped in with Russ.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0693800x600.jpg

Had 2 laps which were brilliant, but on the 2nd lap, we were overtaken by a German bike out of flugplatz. This didn`t seem an issue until we realised he was slower than us and was holding russ up. He never looked in his mirrors ONCE from SX to the end of the lap, Russ was close the entire time wanting to pass but he was having none of it. That was quite annoying in itself, but approaching Breidscheid, we came across a UK MX5. It was slower than us but going well. Exiting Ex-Muhle, the lack of grunt from the MX5 was obvious. Instead of waiting, the Biker moved to the RIGHT and overtook the MX5 :nono:

When we returned to the carpark I went to the office and reported the Biker, he had been driving quickly so wasn`t a novice and should have known better..

3rd Lap and Russ was about to call it a day when we saw Simon in front. It was too tempting an opportunity to pass so we followed him.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0705800x600.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0709800x600.jpg

Simon had Ian as a passenger and we followed them until Kesselchen when Russ passed them. Simon was going really well, we both commented how stable his car looked and how well he was going. I`m looking forward to a lap with him in the summer :thumb: Unfortunately, the laps I`ve had with Pooky and Russ are making me realise why the M3`s are such potent ring weapons, when they are driven well, they are awesome...

Bruce took me to look at a couple of places I`d been asking about and spent an hour of his Sunday afternoon ferrying me around. Really appreciate that mate :thumb:

Met up with Steph in the carpark. He hadn`t gone to bed until 06:00 and at 4pm was still looking worse for wear. He`d been on the Rodelbahn, fallen off and grazed both elbows
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0714800x600.jpg

Nige
14-07-2008, 08:10 PM
I even managed to get a lap with sixspeed in his white Z4 coupe. I`d been trying to get one for ages, his car sounded brilliant and he was a very smooth driver. I had suggestions for lines for a couple of corners which I hope he took in the spirit they were meant :thumb: After this lap I threw up AGAIN :shame:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0717800x600.jpg

Dropped the Golf and camping gear off at a garage who`ll be replacing the clutch, I`m back in a week and a half and it should be all ready to go :thumb:

We called at RSR to pick up Andrew who`d dropped his GT3 off then set off for the airport. When driving towards Adenau we followed a few Ferraris and the they stopped under Bredischeid bridge, the Testarossa then performed a huge burnout under the bridge... They pulled over to admire each others cars outside of town
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0721800x600.jpg

We ensured the SatNav was fully working before setting off this time, we didn`t really have time to mess around, but it worked fine
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0724800x600.jpg

I still felt unwell and nodded off a few times in the car, I am sure one of my fellow travellers has a photo of me asleep somewhere...

Filled up the car with petrol and found the drop-off point. Andrew had missed it before and made sure we got to it straight away
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0725800x600.jpg

A brisk walk to check-in and we checked in with 7 minutes to spare :o The gate closed at 20:20
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0730800x600.jpg

Dropped off the hire car keys then went for a McDonalds
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0732800x600.jpg

I was starting to feel better so ordered a Strawberry shake and Big Mac
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0733800x600.jpg

I`m not a fan of McDonalds, but their shakes are really quite nice
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0735800x600.jpg

Unfortunately, we couldn`t take drinks through passport control so I had to drink it rather quickly. I saved the BigMac until I was on the plane though :thumb:

After navigating our way to the gate, our plane was waiting.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0736800x600.jpg

We then had our names called and were almost the last on the plane :shame: :whistle:

The German sunset was the end of a glorious July day
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0737800x600.jpg

Fortunately, the journey back had no turbulence, I think I`d have struggled it we`d had a rough flight...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0739800x600.jpg

Landed at Leeds / Bradford on time to find it was a nice warm summers evening
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Cleared customs and said fairwell to Andrew. Went to the secure carpark to collect Ians Car
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0742800x600.jpg

Andy asked if we`d drop him off on our way, he could then get a taxi and it would save him half the journey. Dropped him off and said goodbye :wave:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0743800x600.jpg

Ian drove back to my house, dropped my off the made the journey back home.

I had a fabulous weekend, OK, I had problems with the Golf, but they are fixable and its just one of those things. This trip was never about the number of laps I could do, it was about meeting up with old friends and making new ones. That sounds cliched but I really did go with that intention and it was brilliant. :thumb:

I also decided I`d add up the costs :whistle:

Flight £ 80
Car Hire + Fuel £ 27
Accomodation + breakfast £ 55
Food & beer £30
Golf Fuel £40
Misc costs £10

Total £ 242.00

Laps 8
Cost per lap £30.25.

(If the Golf had been reliable, Laps would have been around 25, fuel £120 and cost per lap £12.88 )

A cheap, thoroughly enjoyable trip :thumb:

Thanks to:

Karl - His help on Friday
Mav - Accomodation
Gary (GVK) - Sorting out the Golf on Friday
Steve Gill - You know why
Bruce & Das Chin - For sorting me out on Sunday
Jorg & Jagoda - For putting on a great meal

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/cheers-1.gif

Weeman
14-07-2008, 08:30 PM
Throwing up, lmao kids belly, and your northern, the shame!! :lol:

lmfao at gay karl, I'm having that tatooed on my back for everytime he calls me a poof

:lol: :lol:

lol at jo whileys flaps, great report nige

Tom
14-07-2008, 08:36 PM
Sweet report Nige!, Seeing pics of golfs make me want one even more now my car has sold and I have moneys :lol:

pye21
14-07-2008, 08:48 PM
Excellant read as always, shame about the car, but the 2 previous laps where excellant and the 'moment' at PH didin't seem half as bad from my seat :thumb:

My seats are stupidly small, every who got in commented on it :whistle:

Stace
14-07-2008, 08:55 PM
Enjoyed that. Looked like you had an excellent time, and good value too :thumb:

Andrew
14-07-2008, 08:58 PM
Nice report Nige, the M3's look great too!

Dave G
14-07-2008, 09:12 PM
Good report Nige.

I'm looking forward to getting out there next month!

Couple of things:

1) Not enough watch shots
2) Taking photos making you feel sick :lol: :D
3) TomTom -------- NIGHT MODE!

:P :P :P

Robert
14-07-2008, 09:50 PM
Hello Nige,

Very nice report. And what you all did to avoid pax lapping with me. :whistle: :whistle:
See you in two weeks.

Greetz from Robert

Mathias
14-07-2008, 09:57 PM
Nice trip report :)
This must be you?

http://www.e40racer.be/images/ring/120708/007.jpg

Russ_F
14-07-2008, 10:39 PM
It was a great weekend, and a very impressive turn out from Northloopers :thumb:

Baz
15-07-2008, 12:31 AM
Nice report, good read! :thumb:

Dave Malings
15-07-2008, 07:28 AM
LOL - read it twice :lol:

Simon
15-07-2008, 08:05 AM
Great read Nige:thumb: . What an excellent weekend and I am glad that Russ & I managed to get a short notice pass out each so that we could be part of it :thumb:. Caught up with loads of friends, new and old and really enjoyed myself.

Door to door 5 - 6 hours allowing for a meal on the way back as well. Budget flying is great when it all goes to plan :thumb: Also thanks to Michaela at the BE for her usual excellent hospitality and allowing us to check in online while lazing about for 2 hours in the bar while the track was closed. The live webcam link is rather handy :D

Nige, our Renault Modus hire car managed 180kph as well :whistle:.

Duncan
15-07-2008, 08:46 AM
What a lightweight :lol:

Good read Nige, you didnt say about you chucking up all weekend when we spoke yesterday :D

Simon
15-07-2008, 08:52 AM
Originally posted by dynamix@Jul 15 2008, 09:46 AM
What a lightweight :lol:

Good read Nige, you didnt say about you chucking up all weekend when we spoke yesterday :D
GVK was gutted when Nige kept hold of the camera :D

Ash Mitchell
15-07-2008, 09:08 AM
Great read!!! Ian your 106 Rallye looks proper smart :thumb: , really want one to replace the GTi but all the ones i find are high miles and doing 50miles a day will soon mean a new engine :( !!!!!

Weeman
15-07-2008, 09:22 AM
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0638800x600.jpg

CROQUETTES!!!!!!!!!!! MINT. :lol:

Ian H
15-07-2008, 09:31 AM
Great read Nige, brings it all back :thumb:

Had an interesting weekend to say the least :whistle:

Will get round to doing a write up soon ;)

Thanks for a top weekend :D

Ian

pye21
15-07-2008, 10:10 AM
Originally posted by GTiMitch@Jul 15 2008, 09:08 AM
Great read!!! Ian your 106 Rallye looks proper smart :thumb: , really want one to replace the GTi but all the ones i find are high miles and doing 50miles a day will soon mean a new engine :( !!!!!
Thanks, it did get rather a large amount of attention when parked up :D

Its for sale now if your interested ;) Ad will be going up in a few days once i have sorted the details out.

Ian H
15-07-2008, 10:11 AM
Ian, your signature is looking like Autotrader now :lol:

Ian

DAN THE MAN
15-07-2008, 10:17 AM
enjoyed that report :)

crossie
15-07-2008, 12:16 PM
Originally posted by Ian Howell@Jul 15 2008, 10:11 AM
Ian, your signature is looking like Autotrader now :lol:

Ian
Lmao


Great report as always Nige.

Gearbox is not off the car and going back to the person that fixed it last!

pjlfc
15-07-2008, 12:23 PM
Hi Nige,

Great report.

Josh had just turned 12 with the original photo,he's now 15,difference a couple of years makes!!

Have you got anymore pics of me and Josh on track?

Going back again for the TF on the 9th August(I think!)got the rest of the family in tow this time,staying at CenterParcs this time

Cheers

Pete & Josh

Stip
15-07-2008, 12:48 PM
Great report Nige :thumb:

Karl
15-07-2008, 02:13 PM
Great report Nige, not sure about the man kissing though, it was Jocke and he's actually a girl with a beard :shame:

Good to see you all again, I've nearly recovered already :D

Robinson
15-07-2008, 02:33 PM
Good report Nige!

Nice to meet you finally, you were very welcoming :D

Cheers for sorting the meal at the CC, everyone who attended enjoyed it, especially the pink t-shirt contingency!

See you there soon no doubt ;)

My report will be up over the next few days.

Nige
15-07-2008, 02:59 PM
Thanks for the replies guys, it was a great weekend :thumb:

Karl, so you are Scottish and you felt bad the morning after? That makes me feel better :lol: . Even Steph, the hardened Scottish drinker he is looked like death at 4pm Sunday afternoon :P

Pete, i`ll PM you. Got several. Alex, let me know how much stick the pink-T Shirted guys get ;)

Oh, and by the way, my trip report from 24th July onwards will NOT be anywhere near as detailed as this one. Just incase you were coming out in a cold sweat at the thought of reading through ANOTHER of them :whistle:

pjlfc
15-07-2008, 03:21 PM
Cheers Nige

Pete

Nige
15-07-2008, 04:03 PM
Originally posted by Mathias@Jul 14 2008, 10:57 PM
Nice trip report :)
This must be you?

http://www.e40racer.be/images/ring/120708/007.jpg
It is, but I`m struggling to recognise where on the ring that was taken :huh:

BCA
15-07-2008, 04:12 PM
Originally posted by Nige@Jul 15 2008, 02:59 PM
Oh, and by the way, my trip report from 24th July onwards will NOT be anywhere near as detailed as this one. Just incase you were coming out in a cold sweat at the thought of reading through ANOTHER of them :whistle:
I cant be there, so I'd like detail please. :thumb:

Mathias
15-07-2008, 04:42 PM
Originally posted by Nige@Jul 15 2008, 04:03 PM
It is, but I`m struggling to recognise where on the ring that was taken :huh:
Hohe Acht :)

crossie
15-07-2008, 05:13 PM
Originally posted by pjlfc@Jul 15 2008, 12:23 PM
Hi Nige,

Great report.

Josh had just turned 12 with the original photo,he's now 15,difference a couple of years makes!!

Have you got anymore pics of me and Josh on track?

Going back again for the TF on the 9th August(I think!)got the rest of the family in tow this time,staying at CenterParcs this time

Cheers

Pete & Josh
I think I have a photo of you.

am uploading them now - next few hours will post it once I have look.

http://www.e40racer.be/nurburgring-12-07-08//dsc_0414.jpg

some good photos of the weekend about!

Weeman
15-07-2008, 06:42 PM
Rare pic of Niges car with the exhaust still on it :lol:

Darren Langeveld
15-07-2008, 07:20 PM
Looks like a great weekend had by all :thumb:

Floyd
15-07-2008, 07:51 PM
Good report :thumb:

Rady beer?
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/July%202008%20ring%20trip/IMG_0624800x600.jpg :whistle:

Hippychick
15-07-2008, 08:59 PM
Looks like you all had a great time :thumb:

Nige, have you not learnt anything in the time we've known each other? It's NEVER the a hangover that makes you sick....it's always something you ate!!!! :D

I'll remember this next time you're taking the mick out of me for being squiffy :drink: :drink: :drink: :lol:

GVK
15-07-2008, 09:56 PM
Originally posted by Simon+Jul 15 2008, 09:52 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Simon @ Jul 15 2008, 09:52 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-dynamix@Jul 15 2008, 09:46 AM
What a lightweight :lol:

Good read Nige, you didnt say about you chucking up all weekend when we spoke yesterday :D
GVK was gutted when Nige kept hold of the camera :D [/b][/quote]
I was harnessed up so couldn&#39;t reach my own camera too - Nige gave me some tips on lines which was handy after our lap . B)

Nige no problem - anytime mate :thumb:

bimmer
15-07-2008, 09:59 PM
Excellent report Nige as usual - keep em coming :thumb:

hobgoblin
17-07-2008, 03:19 AM
great report nige really enjoyed meeting you and so many other northloopers on sat

great turnout :thumb:

Trevor
17-07-2008, 07:40 PM
Great report Nige. Wow, you had time to take photos of everything&#33; Glad you enjoyed the lunch at PK. I think it is great value. The Skyline group ate at the hotel, similar cost for shite. Should have walked down to PK. Good to see all the names as I only got to meet some of the guys ... Can&#39;t see, but I was out with Russ, DVK, Hobgoblin and Andrew M.

Dale also took me out for a spin in the Caterham. Wow. Fasssst and fun.

Suspect as a non-drinker, the alcohol might have had something to with your qweezy feelings.

Trevor
17-07-2008, 11:16 PM
The guy in the RX8 (Toastie) was with the SKyline Owners Club. He only drove 1 or 2 laps himself. He let his mate Stuart drive it and Tetley (another Skyline owner whose car was left at home). Stuart thrashed the arse off it several times and thoroughly enjoyed driving it, shilst carefully leaving his own car in the car park.

Stuart had a drive in the UK next year, in a Seat Leon Cupra after winning at Brands Hatch recently. He had 10 mins practice then qualified 1 second off pole. They then put some better tyres on and he won. Not bad. Both he and Ian are ex-carting guys with lots of experience.

Ian is now claiming 7.52 on the Skyline site. I&#39;ll wait to see the lap video. :whistle:

Mav
18-07-2008, 08:21 AM
Nige great report mate, just pulled into the parkplatz and Ian said i just missed you guys&#33;

next time eh?

cheers
mav

alclark
18-07-2008, 09:57 AM
Really really enjoyed that report&#33;

Sorry you felt a bit iffy&#33;

TheJoker
18-07-2008, 10:11 AM
Originally posted by Karl@Jul 15 2008, 02:13 PM
Great report Nige, not sure about the man kissing though, it was Jocke and he&#39;s actually a girl with a beard :shame:
Jeez Karl... completely different tune the day after... :( And tell Mrs Karless to stop sending Rumanians over with death threats... I won&#39;t be doing it again, she can keep you...

Good read Nige&#33;&#33; :D

Karl
18-07-2008, 10:15 AM
It was only ever going to be a one night stand mate, live with it :lol:

TheJoker
18-07-2008, 10:21 AM
:smug: :pokefun:

Simon
18-07-2008, 10:42 AM
Originally posted by TheJoker@Jul 18 2008, 11:11 AM
Jeez Karl... completely different tune the day after... :( And tell Mrs Karless to stop sending Rumanians over with death threats... I won&#39;t be doing it again, she can keep you...

Good read Nige&#33;&#33; :D
Sure the threats are if you did not take him :whistle:

Gary Kinghorn
20-07-2008, 11:51 AM
Just got round to reading this. Good stuff Nige :thumb:

Good job it wasn&#39;t a British Rari doing burn outs else the brits would have been in bother again :whistle:

karan
25-07-2008, 12:20 PM
hi nige...with regards to exhaust rubbers.... try these:

http://www.driftworks.com/catalog/products...ust-hanger.html (http://www.driftworks.com/catalog/products/uprated-exhaust-hanger.html)

i use them and they dont burn through...and mines turbo so you should be fine with them&#33;

Floyd
25-07-2008, 12:25 PM
Originally posted by TJW964@Jul 18 2008, 12:16 AM
Ian is now claiming 7.52 on the Skyline site. I&#39;ll wait to see the lap video. :whistle:
You won&#39;t let it lie will you ;)