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Gary Kinghorn
04-07-2006, 08:01 PM
Online Version (http://www.northloop.co.uk/reports_july06.htm)


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Friday
A reasonable hour to start the trip for Gary for a change leaving his brothers house in Gillingham at 5.45am. An interesting start to the day as Gary’s brother’s motorbike wasn’t in the garden where it should have been. A quick look through the gate revealed it 5 yards down the road burnt to a crisp. It’s a nice society we live in these days !
Gary and Simon made their way to Dover and waited for Nick, Jason, Pete, Uncle benz and the others to arrive. On the ferry they also met up with Steve (Hobgoblin) Chris V6 and his mate. The ensuing convoy to the ring was by far the largest Northloop gathering to date. Getting 10 or so cars to the ring without event was interesting.

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Arrive, sort out the accommodation and it was time for the guys to start putting a few laps in. It was hardly surprising the track was so quiet but with Germany playing at home the locals were downing the odd Bitburger or 10. Gary managed around 10 laps many of them on an almost empty track. Nick plagued with problems kept his record going by lunching a piston after 2 ½ laps. Exactly the same as the time before. Should have bought French :whistle: (note this was written on day 2 :angry: )

A few accidents including a biker who Gary helped who fell off at 7.30 while going round Gallgenkopff. Luckily he was ok, with just a bruised ego and bike.
After a quick change of clothes the gang headed for the Lindenhoff for a well earned beer and meal. Retired at around 1.30am.

Saturday
An early start to get to the track for an 8am start. Unfortunately Simon was so excited he got up at 6.50am. Gary was not impressed!!! 8.00am up to the track for some nice early laps. The track stayed clear for the next 2 hours. No accidents, no closures, must be a record? The stag party used their rentals to the best of their ability although there is only so much you can do with a 1.0ltr fiesta and a Touran. Gary took a few pics and received a call from Pete explaining that his 306GTi engine had finally let go halfway up Kesselchen depositing oil on the track. I guess that new engine will be going in sooner rather than later?

One of the best pics of the weekend.

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Gary’s brakes started making a pads gone kind of noise so this was investigated. It transpired that the pad retaining bracket had gone walkies meaning the rear pads were non existent. Lunch at Briedschiede and another phone call from Simon this time. He had an issue which he will explain shortly.
A chat with the mechanic at the Ring haus and Gary’s repair work was agreed. It would be finished by the time the England world cup match was finished.
Once again the guys had to endure the full time, extra time, penalty agony by watching England play. Oh well it was a good excuse to drink a beer or 6. karl called to say he had a pass out for the evening and was on his way to drink beer and talk shit, his chosen specialised subjects. Despite Gary’s best efforts Karl managed to find him so it was off the PK for a meal and to try a beer or two :ph43r:
On entering the PK Ed and ThorLeife :thumb: had already taken up residence at the bar and so the night began. At around 2.30am Simon and Gary staggered back to the Ring Haus despite Ed’s best efforts to get them to help him drink the 2 crates of beer he had in his apartment. Very drunk, very tired and with a couple of incidents the day was a mixed one.

Sunday
The 8am start was foregone due to the amount of alcohol consumed the night before. Gary arrived at the track for around 9.15 and decided it was best for him to refrain from driving the track for a while. He took a hike to Quidelbach Hohe with a large bottle of water and the camera. The first biker to notice him there with his camera popped the front wheel up. That set the pace for the others and for the next 2 hours a steady streaming of wheelie pics were taken.

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Gary tried to acknowledge them all as they past. The most impressive was the guy who pulled a huge wheelie, had to time to look in his mirror and see Gary wave, and then return the wave whilst taking Flugplatz with a knee on the ground. A friendly lunatic for sure. :lol:
A quiet afternoon on track surprisingly for a full weekend. Gary’s tyres quickly beginning to resemble slicks, a testament to how clear the track was and how often the cars were being used. When the Pugs pads gave up the ghost Gary returned to the room to change them with the intention of giving up for the day. At 6.45pm with new pads and a clear track it would have appeared rude not to go for a lap or two. The first lap the car felt much better so Gary decided a second was in order. Coming out of the cones he fluffed a gear change, the car felt fine but within 20 seconds things changed. The result was catastrophic with a huge cloud of smoke in the rear mirror. The line of oil on the track resulted in the track being closed for the final 15 minutes. The resulting track closure bill was for 30 mins which Gary tried to argue with the management. They were having none of it and a 4 figure bill was handed over. The car was recovered from the track, so another 200 euro bill.

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A meal at the Italian in Adenau with karl and family. I don’t think Karl will be having the onion soup again :angry:
The rest of the evening was spent accruing a 175 euro bar bill in the ring haus bar. When it got to 3.30am it was decided that it was probably time to retire for the night.


Monday
Possibly the funniest event of the weekend was Cris trying to explain to the guest house owner that his towel had been taken from the room and he wanted it back. When he returned to the room later in the day he noticed all his clothes on the line having been washed and waiting to be ironed. Later that evening they were returned to an embarrassed Crispin immaculately cleaned and pressed.

Uncle Benz (Gareth) nipped to Adenau with Gary to try to diagnose the problem with the 205. The mechanical genius that is Gareth soon ascertained that the gearbox had probably chipped a tooth and lunched the box. Oh well shit happens.

With time on their hands the guys decided to take Nick’s car to Gebauer. In true Nick fashion it couldn’t be done simply, a plan needed to be devised. ‘’Why don’t we pushed it’’ he suggested, ‘’its only about 7 miles’’ So that was it. A tow rope was attached to the golf incase it was required and Nick was off and running. Dottinger Hohe was a bit of hard work with the car rolling to a hault a couple of hundred yards from the end. Nick managed to push it to the end though with a little help from Simon and cool dude Jason

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Then it was down the back road with all the hairpins. Nick was not happy to coast, he managed to get the golf running on 3 wheels on two occasions. Once down to Adenau it was a case of seeing if momentum would get them to Gebauer. The guys were laughing loads at the looks on people’s faces in the restaurants as the first wind powered VW golf passed them by :lol:

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Amazingly the Car made it without it needing to be pushed again. A top feat ;)

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With that done it was time for the track to open and the one remaining Northloop car to do a few laps in the hands of the blushing bride to be, Jason (Shergar).
A quiet afternoon again with some nice laps and a good number of pictures taken.

Cris, Shaun and Gary took a wander round the GP circuit and found an Audi TT launch going on. Very interesting with around 100 cars being driven on track by what looked look dealers.

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Another evening in the PK the guys were joined by ThorLeif with his kids and also Pete (northern monkey, Pete rallye) with his friends. A great last night which ended around 1.30am for most …. Leavingeasy slopped off at 9.30 :P

Tuesday
A good trip home in around 9 hours. Special mention to our new resident Ferry spotter :wave:


Another great trip with highs and lows but very special all the time……….

Thorleif
04-07-2006, 08:15 PM
Great report, and a super box :o , or not :fish:
The kids enjoyed the evening, and hope to meet you all again ;)

leavingeasy
04-07-2006, 09:02 PM
Spot on Gary- totally nails the feelings:

Personal highs:
8:47 in traffic on second sighting lap with the Golf sounding sooo good!
Running the kerbs with Simon in the Touran whilst being followed by a GTO "No Nick we don't take THAT much kerb"
The Uberbarge and Jimmy's passion for it
Tilling sleeping in the Touran cos Jimmy snores
Shergar, Sobio and I doing a filmed lap "dicing" well as much as you can in a Touran and Sigma
The great Golf hill run
Uncle Benz's little prank on Simon (which Simon will explain)
the journey back from the Italian ("HAIRPIN")
Westy's private texts :gay:


Personal lows:
Looking in the mirror at Brunchen to see a puff of blue smoke and knowing my weekend had just ended
Sabine being unavailable to take Shergar out on the promised lap in his Golf
Nobody wanting to come out with me in the Touran cos "your mental"
Getting home and my missus going straight out for the night!


As you can see the highs massively out weigh the lows, it was a brilliant trip, I am missing the gang already! Shergar got off lightly tbh, but what the hell there's still a month til he gets wed- I will think of something!!

So looks like I am returning with a trailer in a couple of weeks when the schools break up. Me and my eight year old son on a boys trip to the Ring! If you need anything delivering, just let me know!

Thanks again guys for a great trip- the post holiday blues are already kicking in. I'm off to work now for a rest!

Oakie

btw- Thorlief, great kids and mean future thumb wars champions!

Gary Kinghorn
04-07-2006, 09:11 PM
I really felt for you with the golf problem again mate. I know how I felt when I couldn't drive for just one day. Would have been gutted if I only got 2 laps in.



ThorLief puts it very well when he says............''Its all about having fun for fcuks sake, go out and fcuking enjoy yourself, if it goes wrong what the fcuk, its only a piece of metal'' :thumb:

Its a shame the accent doesn't come across on here ;)

Gary

leavingeasy
04-07-2006, 09:13 PM
And his kids can swear in 4 languages- pretty impressive aged four and eight!

Dave Malings
04-07-2006, 09:18 PM
Originally posted by Gutmann pug@Jul 4 2006, 10:11 PM
ThorLief puts it very well when he says............''Its all about having fun for fcuks sake, go out and fcuking enjoy yourself, if it goes wrong what the fcuk, its only a piece of metal'' :thumb:

Its a shame the accent doesn't come across on here ;)
PMSL - In my head I can hear him saying that!

:lol:

Dave Malings
04-07-2006, 09:22 PM
Originally posted by leavingeasy@Jul 4 2006, 10:02 PM
So looks like I am returning with a trailer in a couple of weeks when the schools break up. Me and my eight year old son on a boys trip to the Ring! If you need anything delivering, just let me know!
Is that the weekend of the 22nd 23rd July?

Andrew
04-07-2006, 09:27 PM
Sound's like you all had a good time, despite the fact that most of the cars broke down !

Tony
04-07-2006, 09:36 PM
Great report Gary - sorry we weren't there too.

Pity about the two cars going tits up, but at least i wasn't somethiong more serious that let go at Schwedenkreuz.............

Glad you all had a good time nonetheless :thumb:

T

Ringumrundender
04-07-2006, 10:39 PM
:blink: :blink: :blink:

...that was quite an expensive trip...

The bill for the closure is sobering!

A very nice report though! :thumb:

Carsten

Nige
04-07-2006, 11:03 PM
excellent report. I read every word !!

Makes you miss not being there.

GVK
05-07-2006, 07:00 AM
Sorry to hear about the cars guys.

Here's an article about Nick's car...surely? :thumb:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/07/04/self_driving_golf/

Karl
05-07-2006, 07:45 AM
Nice report wankle, what are you going to do about the gearbox? Get one in the UK and bring it over when Gordon comes across with a trailer would seem favourite to me :thumb:

PS: Nice to meet you all :)

Gary Kinghorn
05-07-2006, 09:02 AM
Got to ring someone this morning about a recon box then if Gordon is coming over quick enough I will get it to him, if not I will look for other means of getting it there.

PMSL at the gordon comment by the way :thumb:

Karl
05-07-2006, 09:07 AM
Iisten carefully Gary, because I vill say zis only vonce, do not, and I repeat, DO NOT under any circumstances think it would be a good idea to have it sent to my work for me to take to Arno, I will not have my warehouse man unload it, you have been warned :)

Nige
05-07-2006, 11:33 AM
Originally posted by Karl@Jul 5 2006, 09:07 AM
Iisten carefully Gary, because I vill say zis only vonce, do not, and I repeat, DO NOT under any circumstances think it would be a good idea to have it sent to my work for me to take to Arno, I will not have my warehouse man unload it, you have been warned :)
I think he secretly wants you to do exactly that ... :whistle:

jon_r
05-07-2006, 11:36 AM
Fantastic report Gary!

:D

Sounds like you all had a great time, if a little expensive.... :whistle:

Karl
05-07-2006, 11:53 AM
Originally posted by Nige@Jul 5 2006, 11:33 AM
I think he secretly wants you to do exactly that ... :whistle:
He can secretly wish for his manhood to magically increase overnight in size to three inches for all I care, it still ain't gonna happen :lol:

Floyd
05-07-2006, 12:07 PM
Great report and pictures :thumb: Really wished I'd been able to tag along :(

Sorry to hear about the mechanical woe's though...

Must have been a laff pushing the Golf :whistle:

F

Gary Kinghorn
05-07-2006, 01:07 PM
No worries Karl I wouldnt dream of dirtying the back of your beloved Mundano :thumb:

Simon loved the onion soup by the way, but then he didnt have bits of Pizza in his :lol: :lol:

Dave Malings
05-07-2006, 01:08 PM
...where is Simon :whistle:

Gary Kinghorn
05-07-2006, 01:11 PM
having the day off work to sort a few things out

Karl
05-07-2006, 01:18 PM
I reckon the chef was pissed :angry:

Gary Kinghorn
05-07-2006, 01:31 PM
Did you see him :o He should have been working in Faulty Towers (Zurburg) not there :lol:

Simon
05-07-2006, 03:04 PM
Originally posted by Dave Malings@Jul 5 2006, 02:08 PM
...where is Simon :whistle:
:wave: been down the hospital all day with Jake. He had a tooth extraction under general that was booked for today. Got back 15mins ago.

Now need to catch up with all the postings, its busy here :o

Steph
05-07-2006, 04:33 PM
Good report, it sounded like you lot had a good weekend even though you had some problems.






Can you not claim those monies back for the recovery , I thought ADAC covered the track ?

pye21
06-07-2006, 11:15 AM
Good report, sounds like an expensive trip though!

Gary Kinghorn
06-07-2006, 01:05 PM
Originally posted by theshsa@Jul 5 2006, 05:33 PM



Can you not claim those monies back for the recovery , I thought ADAC covered the track ?
It does but im not an ADAC member

Karl
06-07-2006, 01:33 PM
No, Gary's a Country member, aren't you, dear :lol:

jamesmvass
06-07-2006, 01:34 PM
Hi folks, new to this forum (been lurking since its inception though ;) ).

Our group has just completed our fourth trip, and our best yet - the track was stunningly grippy this weekend, and the beer plentyful :D

Just wanted to say thanks to you Gary for flagging me down at the oil near Tiergarten on Sunday evening - I didn't realise it was your car that was in trouble, I thought it was the one parked further back. Gutted for you getting that daft bill - it was 20 past when we completed the lap, so 4 figures is totally unrealistic for 1 lap worth of closures in a near-empty car park.

Till the next time :thumb:

James

Gary Kinghorn
06-07-2006, 01:38 PM
Originally posted by jamesmvass@Jul 6 2006, 02:34 PM
Just wanted to say thanks to you Gary for flagging me down at the oil near Tiergarten on Sunday evening
I wasn't warning you about it, I just wanted to borrow some transmission fluid so I could finish my lap :D :lol: :D

Simon
06-07-2006, 02:07 PM
Originally posted by Gutmann pug@Jul 6 2006, 02:38 PM
I wasn't warning you about it, I just wanted to borrow some transmission fluid so I could finish my lap :D :lol: :D
lol :lol:

Any joy with a replacement box yet Gary

jamesmvass
06-07-2006, 02:16 PM
Originally posted by Gutmann pug@Jul 6 2006, 01:38 PM
I wasn't warning you about it, I just wanted to borrow some transmission fluid so I could finish my lap :D :lol: :D
PMSL :lol: 'fraid my slushbox fluid wouldn't have helped you out much though!

leavingeasy
06-07-2006, 02:29 PM
Originally posted by Simon@Jul 6 2006, 02:07 PM
lol :lol:

Any joy with a replacement box yet Gary
Boyz-

Just booked my tickets to the Ring, wont be going til 3rd August as my roster is packed. Will be three generations of Oak's in a Paasat as Daddy is coming too!

Thats prob to late for you Gary but if u need my boot space just let me know.

Nick

Simon
06-07-2006, 02:38 PM
Originally posted by leavingeasy+Jul 6 2006, 03:29 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (leavingeasy @ Jul 6 2006, 03:29 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Simon@Jul 6 2006, 02:07 PM
lol :lol:

Any joy with a replacement box yet Gary
Boyz-

Just booked my tickets to the Ring, wont be going til 3rd August as my roster is packed. Will be three generations of Oak&#39;s in a Paasat as Daddy is coming too&#33;

Thats prob to late for you Gary but if u need my boot space just let me know.

Nick [/b][/quote]
Fcuk&#39;n excellent Nick as Torleif would say. I am there with the family from 2nd - 10th.

Might have to have a night on the beer at the least i recon :thumb:

Gary Kinghorn
06-07-2006, 03:01 PM
Simon, I spoke to your man yesterday, he is away now until Monday. Uncle benz is going to give him a ring when he gets back (i hope). All being well I will pick the box up sometime next week.

Nick, no problems matey.

Gary

leavingeasy
06-07-2006, 03:55 PM
Originally posted by Simon+Jul 6 2006, 02:38 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Simon @ Jul 6 2006, 02:38 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
Originally posted by leavingeasy@Jul 6 2006, 03:29 PM
<!--QuoteBegin-Simon@Jul 6 2006, 02:07 PM
lol* :lol:

Any joy with a replacement box yet Gary
Boyz-

Just booked my tickets to the Ring, wont be going til 3rd August as my roster is packed. Will be three generations of Oak&#39;s in a Paasat as Daddy is coming too&#33;

Thats prob to late for you Gary but if u need my boot space just let me know.

Nick
Fcuk&#39;n excellent Nick as Torleif would say. I am there with the family from 2nd - 10th.

Might have to have a night on the beer at the least i recon :thumb: [/b][/quote]
Oh that&#39;s great news- someone for the boy to play with whilst we indulge in a few beers&#33;

The old man fancies a crack at the PK, fancy getting the families together for some knife melting?

Simon
06-07-2006, 04:36 PM
A plan is being hatched I recon :thumb: We can definatly sort something out.

Nige
08-07-2006, 09:45 PM
can i come along too???

leavingeasy
09-07-2006, 09:12 PM
More the merrier&#33;

I will be in a Passat Estate and Simon will be in a Renualt Scenic. If you think you can stand the pace- welcome along&#33;&#33;

Oakie

Simon
10-07-2006, 07:14 AM
^^^
Correction, Grand Scenic don&#39;t you know :lol:

Nick, btw, your trailer is empty on the way over? Would a little Subaru fit on it if required?

Simon

leavingeasy
10-07-2006, 07:31 AM
Originally posted by Simon@Jul 10 2006, 07:14 AM


Nick, btw, your trailer is empty on the way over? Would a little Subaru fit on it if required?

Simon
Yeah that can be arranged&#33;

You will have to get it down to me but I can certainly drag it over if needed. :thumb:

Nick&#39;s haulage at your service&#33;

Simon
10-07-2006, 07:35 AM
Cheers Nick :thumb: Just a pipe dream atm but thinking about getting it over then picking it up a month or so later ( an other trip don&#39;t you know ;) )

Will see how it goes as I have a bit of work to do first :o