View Full Version : I'm not going this year ....

03-06-2009, 05:54 PM
Well, it all started with a message from Jim C. Would I like to go to some little track in the Eiffell region of Germany, the nuremburger ring or something. It would be in a Mazda MX5 Press Car and for the 20th Anniversary of the launch of the MX5 in UK.

Think, 1, 2, YES PLEASE.

Thought that this might already be too many words for Weeman so ...

A week later, the weekend after the 24h and I set off for Salisbury to meet up with Jim. Good drive down as all the traffic was going north. 7 or 8 mile queues on the M5. None going south. Happy days. Arrived at about 5.30 to be told there was no answer from Jims' house phone and I didn't have his mobile number on me. No entry without a pass or permission. "Will it take you long to drive home sir?"

Shortly after a strange man in a Red Peugeot Estate arrives at the gate. A funny looking bloke called KingPorn gets out and says he has no idea who I am and that I should not be let in. I am then allowed in. Pizza, and then bed. I like the direct approach. A few hours later and it is time to get up as we have a 4am sailing from Calais on Norfolk Line, so want to be there for 2am.

The next thing to do is to pack for 2 into a 100 litre boot. Soon done but not too much spare. The drive was spirited and included many sudden changes of direction without warning. I soon learned that if there was a side road that there was a strong chance that we might be taking it. The car is the facelifted Mk3 and is not yet released in Europe, so quite a coup for this weekend. It handled well on the roads and was easily pushed along both country roads and motorways.


10 minutes later we arrived at Dover, no joking, to see a whole group of MX5's in a line waiting to board. We all formed an orderly queue, except Al C who tried to use the 1 empty lane. He then reversed to the back of the queue as he was advised he is not a bus. :nono:

Trip over was good but should have had a sleep. 2 hours kip time missed. At the other end we stopped at the first services to agree the policy for the journey. The descision to form into 3 racing groups was abandoned and instead 2 'steady' groups were formed. This lasted until the first car left the car park and then it became 1 single line of MX5's with me and Jim following up at the rear to catch the stragglers.

We took France and Belgium at 70mph (WTF?) and had 2 short bursts up to 80. I know, scary stuff and I apologise to anyone who thinks we behaved badly. Finally we arrived at Eupen and proper driving ensued. There was a diversion en-route and this took us through some beautiful countryside and brand new lanes before finally dropping us back on the normal path.

We arrived at the Burgstube at mid afternoon and all unpacked. We then found out that the track was open and suddenly the hotel and car park was empty. The weather was very hot the track was superb. Most on the trip were newbies, so there were lots of worried faces and a lot of apprehension. Quite a few went out though just for a sighting lap or 2.

I jumped in with Jim for a test lap. Soft but fun would probably summarise the first lap. The 2nd was much better with the knowledge that it pulled through when pushed on and that when the back moved around it was readily caught and held. Great fun, good power and what a small sports car should be.

I then hopped in with a few of the newbies to give them a clue as to where the track went. A lot slower, but a lot faster than my first lap. I wish someone had sat in with me to tell me where the track went when I started. Think I did 5 pax laps altogether in MX5's.


Being the first night, apparently Mazda On Track (MoT), had arranged a BBQ at the hotel including a free safety briefing followed by a Track Walk with RSR. I knew nothing about any of this and only found out when many of the group arrived back at the track at 7.30 fully fed and watered. I had used my time wisely and had more laps with others including Ian from London in the CSL, etc. Shame he was held up by the 2 Ring Taxis!


Back to the hotel for food and the normal tall stories over a few beers with Martin and Andy C. The track walkers then arrived back and were suitably stunned by the rises and falls of the track.


Sunday am, most of the group were up for breakfast at 7.30 only to find out that it wasn't being served till 8. Thankfully Heidi had it all laid out by 7.35 so we dived in regardless. She advised the newbies not to go out until the track had dried out as it had just rained. No-one listened and all went down to the track for 8am. It opened at about 8.15 and then I had my 8.27 lap with one of the newbies. Followed by many more with others in the group, including a Porsche Boxter.


Quite a lot of closures during the day and the car parks were quite busy. Some of the decisions of when you are allowed to go into which car park made no sense whatsoever and some new marshals seemed to be enjoying their power and new whistles. It didn't help that the barrier nearest the kiosk was bust and that lane was only in use for JK holders. It was fixed for Monday.

10 points for getting who stuck himself in the way of this shot.

The weather was truly fantastic, same as for 24h weekend. It didn't really help the standing around but it could have been worse. Managed to bump into a few folk I had met on previous trips and added a few more faces to names.

After lunch, with the track closed, yet again, so a few of us (5 car loads), took ourselves off to the castle for a pizza followed by a trip to Brunchen to spectate. No cars, still shut. Group photo. Then Adenau and a visit to Sonja and the shop. Called Michaela to find out it is shut on Sundays. She called Sonja who then came and opened up for us. Several hundred Euros later she happily waved us off.


Back to the track and a few more laps. Sunday evening was a meal in the Lindenhof along with a group of Italian MX5 owners, some of whom were petrol heads but others just along for a trip to the ring to tick it off the list of key places they had been too. Pork was off. Shame.

Me and Jim then dashed down to Adenau to the Blau Ecke to meet up with another group and then to Comfy Corner only to find out it was shut. Back to the Burgstube and more beers outside.

Monday saw another early start and a few more laps. It was at this point that Jim made a basic mistake when he let me do a single lap in the toy. To be fair I had said that I would be happy just to do a single lap. The first lap though didn't count as I had just been given a car with NO FUEL and a very bright yellow warning light. I came off at Briedscheid and the old guy kindly let me back on without charging me. Top man. I let out my passenger, one of the Italians, added 4 laps onto Jims' ticket and picked up one of the MX5 crew for another lap.

When I came back round I found out that the track was shut so dived into 4th spot at the on track barrier where my passenger got out. I looked for a replacement but couldn't find one. I set off again when the track was open again and then unfortunately missed the exit on my return. Damn! On my return to the car park Jim grabbed the keys and through gritted teeth saw the funny side of my minor misdemeanor.

While I was out Jim had a few laps in this


There were a few other nice motors out there.


I then did a couple of laps with Andrew in the AGT Law Car then we went off for lunch in Adenau where Jim had arranged to meet with Nick and Al. Great food and a well earned sit down. Then Ron came to share some of his woes. Wandered over to Comfy Corner to say hi to Jorg and to collect funds for Corner Names for HFH. 60, so thanks to Jorg, Michaela, Sonja and Michaela.

Then nipped round to say hello to Karl and Claire and have a quick shag off Sonny. Jim played skidding on the drive. Back to Bergstube, settled up and packed then set off home (about 3pm). JUST got onto the 8pm from Dunkquerque. Laid down under stairs. Asleep in seconds. Woke up coming in to Dover. Quick blast back to Salisbury. I stayed for the night, Jim set off for Yorkshire. I left at about 9am back home to Wolves.

Excellent company. Well sorted trip, very responsible group of friendly guys who all had a good time. Managed to drive 4 laps and pax for at least 22. Fastest lap in a CSL where we were held up by the 2 Ring Taxis playing around (but not as much as normal). Quick laps with Don in 964 RS and Andrew in GT3RS. Fun and fast lap with Al including drift BUT best lap was in this.


It is a T25 VW Camper van. Looks almost standard. Wheels from a porker. Oh, and engine from a 996 Turbo. Adjustable suspension and brake bias from within cab. Driven by a guy from near Dusseldorf who is in his 70's with great enthusiasm. On leaving the cones he had a drag race with an Audi R8. It JUST got past him by the kink left. Ha! Overtook loads of expensive stuff and little passed him. Absolute hoot. Best lap ever, not for speed or time but just sheer enjoyment.

That is what you get when you throw a lot of at a project and only use it for driving around the Ring. Excellent. Both me and Jim had a go in it and it was pure fun. The guy is there 4 times a year and if you ever see it say hi and ask for a ride.

Sorry this is so long. Someone go and wake Weeman!

03-06-2009, 06:29 PM
fantastic report really love the pictures aswell :)

Gary Kinghorn
03-06-2009, 06:47 PM
Excellent - enjoyed that Trevor :thumb:

Gary Kinghorn
03-06-2009, 06:50 PM
I'm sure Jim will be along soon enough to ask me to remove these pics as he is considering using them in some article which might come out in about 6 years :whistle:

I thought the car was a nice place to be, but that the engine did nothing to inspire


03-06-2009, 06:51 PM
Great report :thumb:

03-06-2009, 07:07 PM
I enjoyed reading that :D

Jim Cameron
03-06-2009, 07:19 PM
Already been sent a photo of the car by Mark...

'I think that's you'

I'm in the photo alright, but I'm not in the MX-5, and Trev's just seen me, closing fast! :lol: :lol: :lol:


Jim Cameron
03-06-2009, 07:21 PM
Gary, quite happy with you posting them, it's the out-of focus ones, I'd have been upset about ;)

03-06-2009, 07:21 PM
Nice write up that, Thanks :thumb:

The guy in the in the black T25 is called Alfred and is in his 70's!! (must be the German air I guess). He took me for a pax last year and was awesome. B)

03-06-2009, 07:25 PM
Originally posted by Bigend@Jun 3 2009, 07:21 PM
Nice write up that, Thanks :thumb:

The guy in the in the black T25 is called Alfred and is in his 70's!! (must be the German air I guess). He took me for a pax last year and was awesome. B)
That makes sense. Jim said he was called Alfred and he said he had been driving for 50 years. I just didn't believe that someone could be driving a T25 round like that at that age. Top man. really warm and friendly. Liked him a lot.

03-06-2009, 07:30 PM
It didn't help that the barrier nearest the kiosk was bust and that lane was only in use for JK holders

A lane dedicated to JK holders ! What a flipping BRILLIANT IDEA :veryhappy: :wave:

Really enjoyable report Trevor :D

oh, by the way, thats got to be Jochen....

03-06-2009, 07:32 PM
Jochen it is.

03-06-2009, 07:41 PM
After what he did to your car I'd of told him to feck off, until he comes back with tickets for two weeks in the maldives.

03-06-2009, 07:46 PM
Pleased you enjoyed it in the CSL, Trevor

Nice report, see you later in the year

Jim Cameron
03-06-2009, 07:55 PM
Originally posted by Nige@Jun 3 2009, 08:30 PM
A lane dedicated to JK holders ! What a flipping BRILLIANT IDEA :veryhappy: :wave:
It was hopeless, you couldn't get near it for the queues.

03-06-2009, 07:58 PM
So who's in with the Major then? Great write up of the weekend :thumb:


Jim Cameron
03-06-2009, 08:09 PM
Originally posted by rossm@Jun 3 2009, 08:58 PM
So who's in with the Major then? Great write up of the weekend :thumb:

Nice one Ross :thumb: I'll have that :thumb: Any others?

Looks like Dan - Giddyup :D

03-06-2009, 08:22 PM
Originally posted by tankslapper@Jun 3 2009, 07:46 PM
Pleased you enjoyed it in the CSL, Trevor

Nice report, see you later in the year
Cheers Ian. Finally got to do a lap with you. Really impressed. You certainly know how to take that CSL around the Ring. Our lap out behind the Ring Taxis was fairly unusual as they were going for it pretty well full on.

For those who weren't in the car with us, there was a closure and immediately after the break we were the 3rd car out on track following 2 Ring Taxis. There was no playing at Hatzenbach and the first drift that I saw was at Briedscheid bridge. I suspect that they had to get back to take the next load of customers out.

By that time they were clearly holding you up. They then did so until the end of the lap. At Steilstreke they swapped places and the rear beemer blocked you from passing while the front car drifted the whole bend, always looks good though. The only other drift was at Brunchen.

We still (sorry YOU STILL) did an 8.12 lap and it was fun, easy and well driven. If we had let them go at the start and then caught them up it could well have been a sub 8 lap. Certainly close.

Look forward to seeing you again soon, possibly not at the Ring this year though. Mind you, that has been said before. Watch this space.

03-06-2009, 08:25 PM
Originally posted by Jim Cameron@Jun 3 2009, 07:19 PM
Already been sent a photo of the car by Mark...

'I think that's you'

I'm in the photo alright, but I'm not in the MX-5, and Trev's just seen me, closing fast! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Just thought I'd post this one again cos it is Me driving.

Can you get me a copy of this pic off Mark please .... This was my 2nd lap. Took jim AGES to catch me up. I was just after the 11 Sign when he went past. Mind you, he was going twice as fast as me by then.

03-06-2009, 08:28 PM
http://www.e40racer.be/php/nurburgring-31-..._dsc4379_wm.jpg (http://www.e40racer.be/php/nurburgring-31-05-09.php?image=/_dsc4379_wm.jpg)
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If you want high res sent me an email.

03-06-2009, 08:34 PM
Thanks Mathias. If the driver is wearing a red top or has a white helmet it is Jim driving. Otherwise it could be me. These are not me.

03-06-2009, 08:36 PM
Originally posted by Jim Cameron+Jun 3 2009, 09:09 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Jim Cameron @ Jun 3 2009, 09:09 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-rossm@Jun 3 2009, 08:58 PM
So who&#39;s in with the Major then? Great write up of the weekend :thumb:

Nice one Ross :thumb: I&#39;ll have that :thumb: Any others?

Looks like Dan - Giddyup :D [/b][/quote]
Nope only that one,it should be in your yahoo account by now :thumb:

Jim Cameron
03-06-2009, 08:36 PM
Mathias, star...

Now who the feck is this?


03-06-2009, 08:38 PM
Originally posted by Jim Cameron@Jun 3 2009, 09:36 PM
Mathias, star...

Now who the feck is this?

Dunno, red cross of death? :loser:

*edit* pants you edited it :lol:

03-06-2009, 08:39 PM

03-06-2009, 08:39 PM
You leave the keys in it perhaps?

Jim Cameron
03-06-2009, 09:45 PM
:lol: Yup, must be Nick :thumb:

Went alright, the 5 ;) :


Jim Cameron
03-06-2009, 09:48 PM



03-06-2009, 10:28 PM
Looks like that red one is catching you up Jim. Good video. Nice to see Al taking Brunchen in such a responsible manner. Took a Porker on my lap, one just before and then one just after Brunchen.

Jim Cameron
03-06-2009, 10:31 PM
Your &#39;lap&#39;? You had so many, I&#39;m amazed you can tell &#39;em apart&#33;

03-06-2009, 11:05 PM
Great report there Trev :thumb:

04-06-2009, 08:57 AM
Good report there, Trevor :thumb:. Really enjoyed reading that.

The new MX5 looks rather good as well B)

04-06-2009, 10:05 AM
Everyone loves Magical Trevor
&#39;Cause the tricks that he does are ever so clever
Look at him now, disappearin&#39; the car
Where is the car heading right now?

Taking a bow, it&#39;s Magical Trevor
Everybody seen that the trick is clever
Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip&#33;
It&#39;s made of magic, and with a little flip

Yeah, yeah, yeah, the car is back
Yeah, yeah, yeah, the car is back
Back, back, back from his magical 4 lap journey

What did he see in the parallel dimension?
He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans. Oh, beans lots of beans lots of beans lots of beans.
Yeah, yeah&#33;


04-06-2009, 10:07 AM
I love you too Al. Thanks for the post.

04-06-2009, 10:09 AM
Originally posted by Jim Cameron@Jun 3 2009, 09:48 PM



No videos in the press car though... hoot to drive / slide :thumb:

04-06-2009, 10:19 AM
Press car returned, broken, abused and tired. :lol:

Jim Cameron
18-06-2009, 02:46 PM
PH Article (http://www.pistonheads.com/roadtests/doc.asp?c=47&i=20126)

18-06-2009, 02:50 PM
Nice write up there Major. :thumb:

Neil Mac
18-06-2009, 02:54 PM
Nice one Jim.

Turns out that I read slower than Weeman. Must try harder.

18-06-2009, 03:08 PM
Photographer Trevor, &#39;who is my partner and also my partner&#39;. No mention of the mpg then Jim&#33; Good write up buddy.

18-06-2009, 03:24 PM
Nice little write up about a nice little car :thumb:

18-06-2009, 06:43 PM
Just got round to reading the trip report Trevor&#33;&#33;&#33;

Top write up, some nice pics as well :thumb:

18-06-2009, 06:58 PM
Originally posted by Jim Cameron@Jun 18 2009, 03:46 PM
PH Article (http://www.pistonheads.com/roadtests/doc.asp?c=47&i=20126)
Nice write-up that Jim.

The new car seems to look very much like a S2000 from the rear, or is it just me? :fish: