View Full Version : The 'ring & Monza trip, Me & Steph

28-07-2008, 11:36 AM
Busy busy at the mo so will bang some pics up 1st & then more pics & wordage at a later date :thumb:

So for alpine driving music- need to ideally click the link below before viewing pics :thumb:

click me (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_z8aLdIejPs&feature=related)

'ring was 1st, the calamity with the Ian/Steph Golf was a right pain, hadnt planned on tracking the Bimmer there, was sharing Golf with Ian on the Sun then we had solo use on Mon & tues & if we fancied weds too.

Did a handfull of laps in the M3 in the end, but always mindfull I had another 2000+ miles to do & a bloody expensive trackday booked many miles away, that I really didnt want to miss by shoving it in the Armco.

Sure could have hired somat but more & hadnt planned on it budget wise.

Took a bit of time on Mon morn to nip to a guest house in Dottingen to help load up a truck I had coming out to take a customers smashed e36 back to UK

GVK being the top fella & evil genius he is :P let me have a couple of laps driving his VR, not tracked it for ages- Silverstone GP last time & she does go well Mr Blofelt :thumb: & thanks again for that mate

Had some ace pas laps with Northloopers :thumb: Das Chin, spot on lines learnt a lot, GVK, in the understeer wagon going v well, Dale- bloody loon :thumb: Ian H in rental Alfa, really decent smooth lap Ian, well except at AF... ;) :lol: oh and the daddy 2 flying laps with adamt, shit the bloody bed is he quick round the ring in the 997GT3 ! I'll not forget those laps in a hurry fella, bloody great & blast in the yellow bird ah what an animal it is B)

Thanks to all the above, was so miffed at not lapping my own car while there even if it was the sensible thing to do, you fellas were stars :thumb:

So some good nights out, old faces met up with, & lots of beer drunk, a great time.

The lack of Stephs golf to play in ment we ducked off a day early to play in the Alps- which was nota real chore :P .

Camped on route to save a pound or too, stayed at Lake Bodenzee, Lake Maggoire, Lake Como. Did some ace mountain passes, some of which I'd read about years ago & had logged to do sometime.

Most of the pics below are from the Klausen pass & the Spluga pass- they are smaller passes the latter was perhaps the best, damp of the way up so even better for slidey fun & was mega hairpin bend stuff, 1st gear drift it round, & snich 2nd the agin in 1st for the next hairpin feww hundred yards later, glorious.

Did so much of this that near the sumit we passed a bunch of workmen mending one of the tunnels & they had hurd my revvy antics up thr mountain & they gave us cheers & claps as we passed 'em :thumb: not quite like the UK eh!

Also did St Gothard pass (twice :thumb: ) St Bernardino pass & on retuning did Simplon pass

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Lake Como, on car ferry to Bellagio
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For another alps related tune-

click me (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=nF7obEuNcRs&feature=related)

Fancied a day in Bergamo- between Milan & Brescia

Bergamo upper town

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View of Bergamo city from the upper town

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Then onward to Monza, click below for some daft in tunnel vids & a couple of laps of Monza, fairly sedate pace given the company we were in!

Monza & tunnel vids (http://www.vimeo.com/1399555)

Monza wow what a track, more on this later but it was bloody epic & fastest track I've ever been to & was murder on the brakes, glad to escape unscathed, 5 GT3s in out group binned it! 3 did panel damage, 2 others just went gravel hunting.

Coming back through france-did a lap of Le Mans.... well almost :P

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Loads to add yet & Steph has tons more pics, but all in all 2600 miles, car was faultless, despite the heat- thnakfully I re-gassed the aircon before the trip- was very needed! got up to 35mpg cruising at 80 & 7mpg at Monza! :P legal 150mph on the Autobahn too & old girl still pulling hard, speedo only 5mph out at that speed vs satnav too

Jim Cameron
28-07-2008, 11:46 AM
:lol: :lol: A trip report Alex :thumb:

Whatever next? Good one mate, like the vids

28-07-2008, 11:55 AM
I looks shit there! :lol:

Anyway, 35mph cruising? Did you get done for kerb crawling? ;)

Why am I not doing this sort of stuff :angry:

Forgot to say that looks like a fantastic trip B)

28-07-2008, 12:01 PM
Pah edited my mpg now for floyd, heck just seen my spelling tho & it all needs editing oh well its almost readable anyway :P

28-07-2008, 12:01 PM
Looks like you both had a cracking time :thumb: . Love the mountain pass pictures B)

28-07-2008, 12:09 PM
Looks very romantic for the two of you. ;)

Very cool trip!

Dave Malings
28-07-2008, 12:22 PM
Great trip, looks lovely.

A few weeks time and I'll be in the alps...wooo :thumb:

28-07-2008, 01:03 PM
Nice one Al, looks great B)

Gary Kinghorn
28-07-2008, 04:11 PM
Good stuff winkle, enjoyed that :thumb:

28-07-2008, 05:21 PM
Great stuff, the mountain passes in particular look amazing! :thumb:

Ian H
28-07-2008, 05:54 PM
Looks fantastic Alex :thumb:

Spoke to Steph about it when he got back and was still in excitement mode about the Alps and Monza :lol:

Would love to do this myself one day ;)

Keep the photos coming guys.


07-08-2008, 04:39 AM
Lizardo - found a pic of you driving the blofeltmobile.

Must've been on that great lap late on Monday with Gary H in the old 911

http://www.nordschleifenbilder.de/go/thumb...lbum=182&page=8 (http://www.nordschleifenbilder.de/go/thumbnails.php?album=182&page=8)



You look like Chewbacca sitting in there :lol:

07-08-2008, 03:21 PM
Originally posted by GVK@Aug 7 2008, 04:39 AM
Must've been on that great lap late on Monday with Gary H in the old 911

Nice one Gary - good find :thumb:

07-08-2008, 03:51 PM
Doing something very similar in a few weeks. Can't wait! :thumb:

07-08-2008, 08:55 PM
I've ordered the files from that site, trouble is they don't 'do' paypal [belm]


I think the lap on the Monday evening with the Lizard driving my Golf was one of the most enjoyable 'ring laps I've had.


We let Gary H in his 911 pass us @ Aremberg and followed him the rest of the lap, caught up with him in the car park for an enthusiastic chat, that evening he was our new best mate having a meal in the PK - in true TF tradition!!