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Nige
22-07-2009, 09:11 PM
Time for our Summer 2009 trip. Intention is to update it if I get time through the holiday.

We leave Thursday as soon as I finish work, so the Golf needed to be packed and loaded yesterday as I am working Wed & Thu.

1 sheet of 18mm plywood.... :whistle:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0255800x600.jpg

Some tyres and a 2 drawer filing cabinet... I`m taking PLENTY of tyres, there are another 2 in the Golf..
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0258800x600.jpg

Cabinet (DIY tool chest) is FULL of tools, spares and camping stuff.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0259800x600.jpg

Even taking a couple of Bikes for Mat & Cat this summer :thumb: (No Mat doesn`t have a hunched back ! )
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0261800x600.jpg

The X5 is fully loaded too, we hooked everything up and went for a test drive, all secure so trailer reversed into garage, we`ll simply hook up the X5 to it tomorrow and we can be on our way. I can`t wait !!! :D

Shak
22-07-2009, 09:22 PM
And so it begins... ;)

Oh yeah, where's this year's shot?

http://209.85.48.8/2644/194/upload/photo-239.jpg

Hippychick
22-07-2009, 09:26 PM
Is there anything left in your house after you've finished packing???? :lol:

I'm planning to come out and visit you all at some point...it's likely to be around the 17th Aug for a week/10 days....I'm just trying to co-ordinate plans with my friend Katharine who's travelling round Europe in a campervan for a month

I'll keep you posted....

Bon voyage...have a safe trip :wave:

hartyb
23-07-2009, 01:24 AM
Guess what the Ply is for!

are you going to make a bed for your stay?

or a table?

Any other Guess

This could be fun

Dont tell nige till we get it right

thought the Box on the trailer was a Chest Frezzer at first :pokefun:

Will see you all Friday then

Chris
23-07-2009, 02:08 AM
you are officially my hero

Nige
23-07-2009, 03:40 AM
Originally posted by hartyb@Jul 23 2009, 02:24 AM
Dont tell nige till we get it right ..
Bruce, that could take some time.... A couple of people know and they laughed / thought it was a great idea. :D :whistle:

Helen, that will be a busy week !, plenty loopers out then :thumb:

Shak :P

leavingeasy
23-07-2009, 04:53 AM
Thursday, right got it.

Remind me, does your house have an alarm? :whistle:

Nige
23-07-2009, 05:02 AM
Originally posted by leavingeasy@Jul 23 2009, 05:53 AM
Thursday, right got it.

Remind me, does your house have an alarm? :whistle:
You raise an interesting point. Would you, in my shoes, wait until I get back and post a report then ??

Or, live in the view that its unlikely the local scum read Northloop and those who do don`t know where I live anyway ? :fish:

Obviously, I`m doing the latter...

Adamt
23-07-2009, 05:35 AM
Great stuff Nige, will be fun, looking forward to seeing you at the ring!

Floyd
23-07-2009, 06:57 AM
The plywood is for a snooker table.

Ian H
23-07-2009, 07:09 AM
There is no point breaking in as there is nothing left... Except the kitchen sink... That is what the plywood is for :D
Not sure you have enough stuff with you mate :P

Ian

Ps I know what the wood is for ;)

Tim in Yorkshire
23-07-2009, 07:20 AM
Looking forward to keeping up this thread Nige.

I presume the ply wood is for making a biodegradable and motorbike friendly (after copious sanding) aero package for the golf, it's the only obvious answer.

Duncan
23-07-2009, 07:21 AM
Have a great trip Pinders !

See you out there next week (barring disasters...)

:D :D

Simon
23-07-2009, 08:51 AM
Have a great trip :thumb:

dotty
23-07-2009, 10:24 AM
Originally posted by Duncan@Jul 23 2009, 07:21 AM
Have a great trip Pinders !

See you out there next week (barring disasters...)

:D :D
We are going to see them out there next week Dad.

Just keep working as hard as you are :thumb:

Armour
23-07-2009, 10:29 AM
Have a good trip Nige and family :thumb:

wrightyrs
23-07-2009, 10:42 AM
Have a great trip.

Hope to see you guys there over an August weekend we'll be camping so when confirmed i'll add to the spreadsheet.

Wrightyrs and Bruceloop(my brother)

Ben16v
23-07-2009, 11:40 AM
Brilliant, i can now fill my lunch hour with more 'ring related readings!! I look forward to this report! A crap day so far has just improved for seeing this! B)

Have a safe journey! :veryhappy:

Nige
23-07-2009, 11:47 AM
I scrolled down quickly and saw that photo, I didn`t even need to look who had posted it :loser:

Floyd
23-07-2009, 11:50 AM
The wood is the start of your Ark isn't it.

Jorg
23-07-2009, 01:38 PM
see you soon :D :veryhappy:

Nige
23-07-2009, 02:40 PM
Originally posted by Andrew Thompson@Jul 23 2009, 03:17 PM
oh dear... campsite webcam 5 minutes ago. :lol:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_oStXlAo_b7A/RqB_q98gK-I/AAAAAAAAAXU/dB3XGoXog98/s400/DSC03975.JPG

hope you have a good run there. see you on 19/8. :wave:
:lol: :thumb:

m3tom
23-07-2009, 06:15 PM
Enjoy Nige and Family :thumb:

JamesW
24-07-2009, 11:49 PM
nige you've missed something...











the kitchen sink

:lol: enjoy!

Stan
25-07-2009, 09:18 AM
I like getting wood :D

Stan
25-07-2009, 09:35 AM
The wood panel is for the bathroom floor. It will make it level so Nige can tile it.
Is that correct? :whistle:

AndrewH
26-07-2009, 09:09 AM
:( I am stuck in the UK :(

Ian H
26-07-2009, 10:29 AM
Originally posted by Andrew Hereward@Jul 26 2009, 10:09 AM
:( I am stuck in the UK :(
Not for long though Andrew are you???

Ian

Ian H
26-07-2009, 11:18 AM
Looks like the Track is closed and has been for a good 40mins :(

Ian

SimonP
26-07-2009, 01:18 PM
Hope you're having a great time, looks like the weathers ok :thumb:

http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd54/Pughie_2007/webcam-2.jpg

Nige
26-07-2009, 01:52 PM
Quick update.

Arrived without issue, X5 is awesome for towing.

Campsite is great, but too far away really. Met loads of Northloopers at the CC last night :thumb:

Golf has been behaving, done 20+ laps so far, lots of stoppages, but thats to be expected on a weekend. Had a small issue when I thought the front wheel bearing had failed, but it was the driveshaft nut that had loosened AGAIN :angry:

Anyway, gotta dash, lovely day, nice track awaits. :wave:

Ian H
26-07-2009, 02:48 PM
Good news Nige :thumb:

Ian

Stan
26-07-2009, 03:18 PM
Sounds great have fun :thumb:

dotty
26-07-2009, 03:18 PM
Awesome :thumb:

Am getting quite excited now :D

Ian H
26-07-2009, 04:48 PM
Originally posted by dotty@Jul 26 2009, 04:18 PM
Awesome :thumb:

Am getting quite excited now :D
How many sleeps Dotty :D

Ian

dotty
26-07-2009, 05:38 PM
ummm... 3 !!!

We might not make it out there on Wednesday for many reasons... but definitely this week so less than 7 :lol: :rolleyes:

Peach-uk
26-07-2009, 06:39 PM
Jealous......

Looking fwd to the monster updates Nige; if last yr is anything to go by it should keep me going at work!

Joel
26-07-2009, 10:52 PM
Nige in one-wheel-drive mode today:

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_BuK950enMLk/SmzHG5TSivI/AAAAAAAAHWQ/UthADq9pGUI/DSC_0659.jpg

http://picasaweb.google.de/danielspaar/Tou...880177566288626 (http://picasaweb.google.de/danielspaar/Touristenfahrten260709?authkey=Gv1sRgCI-GnLygqv2zYQ#5362880177566288626)

JamesW
27-07-2009, 01:43 AM
hahaha go nige!

andylaurence
27-07-2009, 09:31 AM
Originally posted by Nige@Jul 26 2009, 01:52 PM
Quick update.

Arrived without issue, X5 is awesome for towing.

Campsite is great, but too far away really. Met loads of Northloopers at the CC last night :thumb:

Golf has been behaving, done 20+ laps so far, lots of stoppages, but thats to be expected on a weekend. Had a small issue when I thought the front wheel bearing had failed, but it was the driveshaft nut that had loosened AGAIN :angry:

Anyway, gotta dash, lovely day, nice track awaits. :wave:
Those nuts are one-time use, Nige. You can stick 'em in a vice to make them off-circular, which is a good bodge to keep them on, or replace them. Alternatively, a piece of scaffold pole on a breaker bar :thumb:

Dave B
27-07-2009, 12:53 PM
Photo 399 .... :o :lol: loony

http://picasaweb.google.de/danielspaar/Tou...879426345661010 (http://picasaweb.google.de/danielspaar/Touristenfahrten260709?authkey=Gv1sRgCI-GnLygqv2zYQ#5362879426345661010)

Chris D
27-07-2009, 01:49 PM
We popped down yesterday for a few laps, saw nige out on track as well as in and around the car park before thinning out about 1830ish.

Was quite a few closures yesterday from what i saw, the last happening about 5 mins after my final lap. An S2000 apparantly dropped his oil at Brunchen and a biker went off in the spill. The missus watched the whole thing.

GVK
27-07-2009, 07:05 PM
Originally posted by Joel@Jul 26 2009, 11:52 PM
Nige in one-wheel-drive mode today:

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_BuK950enMLk/SmzHG5TSivI/AAAAAAAAHWQ/UthADq9pGUI/DSC_0659.jpg

http://picasaweb.google.de/danielspaar/Tou...880177566288626 (http://picasaweb.google.de/danielspaar/Touristenfahrten260709?authkey=Gv1sRgCI-GnLygqv2zYQ#5362880177566288626)
:veryhappy:

Gary Kinghorn
27-07-2009, 07:42 PM
Hope you're having a good time Nige :thumb:

andylaurence
28-07-2009, 07:59 AM
Nige,

My mate who owns the other half of our Mk2 has just told me that VR6 driveshaft nuts have a nylon section, so they stay tight more reliably. We've got them fitted now although I've not seen them yet...

sean
28-07-2009, 08:25 AM
Hi Nige

I am thinking of coming over on the 1st August arrive about 4pm and leave on the 3rd but looking at your previous post it looks as though no "ring time" to be had! Am I correct or will I be able to fanny about :)

Hope family are well

Sean :thumb:

welly gt
28-07-2009, 10:35 AM
Just got back from another awesome weekend, met up with nige and lots of other northloopers, lizard, craig cwt, cross?e the one with the red 106. Lots of fun on 2 and 4 wheels, took a few out for pax laps and had a fun lap leading and then following nige 4 up in the gt with plenty of sparks and kerbs ill try and find some pics. Also had a pax lap in a lotus 2/11 with mark but he hasnt done many laps but was still fun doing about 8.40s those cars are awesome and will be fantastic in experienced hands.
Called at spa yesterday on the way home there was a 2 day track day on but didnt have time to get any pax laps in but hopefully i fixed cross?e up with some laps in the 2/11 and noble, just wish id stayed an extra day.

Ian H
28-07-2009, 10:41 AM
Originally posted by sean@Jul 28 2009, 09:25 AM
Hi Nige

I am thinking of coming over on the 1st August arrive about 4pm and leave on the 3rd but looking at your previous post it looks as though no "ring time" to be had! Am I correct or will I be able to fanny about :)

Hope family are well

Sean :thumb:


Freitag, 31.07.09 17:15 bis 19:30 Uhr
Touristenfahrten, 31.07.2009
(Nordschleife)

Samstag, 01.08.09 08:00 bis 18:00 Uhr
Rad & Run am Ring
(Grand-Prix-Strecke/Nordschleife)

Sonntag, 02.08.09 08:00 bis 18:00 Uhr
Rad & Run am Ring
(Grand-Prix-Strecke/Nordschleife)

Mittwoch, 05.08.09 17:15 bis 19:30 Uhr
Touristenfahrten, 05.08.2009
(Nordschleife)

Sean, no there won't be any due to Radam Ring :(

Ian

Nige
28-07-2009, 12:09 PM
I`m liking the 1 wheel pic :thumb: Need to try harder and get all 4 off the ground though (or lose some weight . :lol: )

The sheet of plywood... We find the `kitchen` area is often used and when it gets wet, the ground under the groundsheet becomes `boggy`, to fix this we`ve put down some plywood under the groundsheet to give it a wooden floor :)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0285.jpg

Had some cracking laps first thing, followed a couple of CSL`s for the lap, they were only doing steady ones, but their pace started increasing the more I stuck with them ;)

Saturday and I had several laps with Alex (Lizard) and he did some with me. The track closed (again) so deciding to avoid the queues we parked up on the main straight.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0291.jpg

Stationary on DH
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0298.jpg

We just chilled and chatted. Turned out the closure was 1 1/2 hours and we just talked the whole time :lol: . As it turned out, the weekend was quite productive for Alex, there were a few UK people who crashed and he was able to sort them out with UK recovery at short notice.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0301.jpg

Thought the wheel bearing had failed, so drove at 15mph the 9 miles back to the campsite.

Went to the CC for something to eat, Ross was sat with all his friends whilst having his meal :whistle:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0302.jpg

Plenty of loopers were there, inc Hammerzeit and Crossie
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0303.jpg

Chris, Alex, Andy_C arrived along with Bren and a load from Sliders
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0304.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0305.jpg

Sunday morning, still misty
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0307.jpg

Set about changing the wheel bearing and found it was just the Hub Nut that had loosened, so squashed the end a bit more and refitted (it has been fine so far)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0309.jpg

Camp Pinder MK1
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0314.jpg

Closures on Sunday meant a trip to say Hi to Dale and John @ RSR, then up tot he Burgstube to watch the F1 and the MotoGP.

This guy turned up expecting to lap.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0318.jpg

He had to remove the bikes, whilst queuing for the barriers, he looked a bit stressed :loser:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0319.jpg

Inbetween the closures, I chatted and met lots of Northloopers, took a few for a lap or 2. Lou went to the Mini Karussel to take some pics
Bruce
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_8180.jpg

Matty and Me
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_8223.jpg

Crossie
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_8423.jpg

Mark
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_8571.jpg

Alex
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_8589.jpg

No idea who, but I like the photo..
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_8593.jpg

Gurds
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_9145.jpg

olly elworthy
28-07-2009, 02:45 PM
priceless pic!!

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0302.jpg

quit your jibber jabber fool!!!


:D

looks like your haviung a good trip,, hopefully track wont be plauged with so many closures on the midweek sessions, seems its turning into a carpark over there these days!!

Simon
28-07-2009, 03:46 PM
I've never met a nice South African. :lol: :lol:

Glad to hear that you are all enjoying yourselves :thumb:

Stan
28-07-2009, 05:33 PM
I love the Lupo pic, thats just about to be flung out of the Karussel. I did the same last year, far to fast :shame:

Chris D
28-07-2009, 08:33 PM
I've got some pics of you Nige, couple through Brunnchen overtaking a CSL, a few others from the car park and one or two going through wehrseifen.

Will post em up later in week.


Have the same tent as you too, but in green. ;)

Chris_S
28-07-2009, 08:43 PM
Originally posted by Joel@Jul 26 2009, 10:52 PM
Nige in one-wheel-drive mode today:

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_BuK950enMLk/SmzHG5TSivI/AAAAAAAAHWQ/UthADq9pGUI/DSC_0659.jpg

http://picasaweb.google.de/danielspaar/Tou...880177566288626 (http://picasaweb.google.de/danielspaar/Touristenfahrten260709?authkey=Gv1sRgCI-GnLygqv2zYQ#5362880177566288626)
That's me in the passenger seat :D

You said you thought we'd got air their Nige :lol: :veryhappy:

Nige
29-07-2009, 01:53 PM
An early night Sunday ready for Monday morning. alarm set for 7am and everything was packed away ready for moving to the campsite at Mullenbach where we will stay for the rest of our holiday. Arrived at the campsite and found someone else at the pitch we want (104). They were packing up after the Truck GP weekend, so we had a drive round and found Gurds and the other guys in the MK2`s and other cars that I`d taken for laps over the weekend. Gurds has a fab MK1, but was out the in Audi again. After a while `our` pitch was free so we parked up and started unloading.

The kids had a look round for chairs etc, they came back with a BBQ.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0333-1.jpg

Mat and Cat rode on the trailer and I took my kids around the campsite to get wood together.
We managed to aquire a few chairs but our target this year was wood, logs and pallets were the main goal. We didn`t do too bad.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0394.jpg

Nice Log pile
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0395.jpg

I even found a great stump to use as a splitting block.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0396.jpg

It took most of the day to move everything, but we were able to unpack everything. Camp Pinder MK2 is now ready !

Went to the ring Monday evening and after an absolutely glorious day, it started raining at 17:15 ! arrghhh. Did one lap in the wet but decided that was enough for the day. Met Juanjo and had a couple of laps with him, we had a far quicker lap than I`d have driven chasing a nice Ferrari. We then spent the rest of the evening setting up Racechrono on his PDA.

Tuesday morning, Matty and I went to Brens to help Andy replace the warped cylinder head with a replacement sourced from Steph and couriered over by Alex. The dissasembly went fine although we identified a couple of issues which may have contributed to the poor performance. The timing belt was a tooth out, but as we later found, that was an easy mistake to make...
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0348.jpg

The Pistons were all showing damage similar to mine and the head was also showing the same markings.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0342.jpg

Once I`d swapped the cams to the new head and we had refitted and re-torqued everything, Andy had finally finished tightening the exhaust manifold bolts, we were about to refit the cambelt when we spotted a problem. The camshaft was cracked around the keyway.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0361.jpg

This bit actually came off with no force.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0364.jpg

We reckon this contributed to the cambelt being a tooth out, there was play on the cam pully which meant a fixed datum could not be found. Bren is trying to source a replacement ABF Exhaust cam and I`ll go and fit it once it arrives.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0363.jpg

Whilst Mat and I were at Sliders, Lou & Cat spent a relexain day at the campsite, Lou did some washing and they went on a long bike ride around the campsite. They are getting into the Holiday spirit now.

The track opened on time and I went out for a lap with Mat in the Golf. We then took the X5 for its lap to earn a sticker. It wasn`t a quick lap at all, but we still passed 2 cars !! :lol: Lou said she felt sick in the back with the amount of body roll, the brakes are definately not up to the job for track driving and the pedal was getting pretty long by the end of the lap :whistle: Thats the last lap we aim to do in the X5 this summer. The rest of the evening was spent lapping, I managed 8, most were clear and I was able to take out Crossie, Matty, Heidi and Juanjo. The last 2 laps with Juanjo were pretty clear and although the tyres were getting a bit warm causing a few missed apex`s late in the lap, for the most part they were smooth and without incident.

Had a good chat with the Germans in the neighbouring tent over a few beers then called it a night.

Wednesday morning and I decided (with Mat`s help) to modify the large pallet into some more shelving for Lou.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0370.jpg

Split the pallet
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0372.jpg

Measured and cut then assembled.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0374.jpg

Moved into place.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0379.jpg
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0380.jpg

Once completed worktop later, we now have a solid worktop at the right height for working at in the kitchen :)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0385.jpg
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0386.jpg

Camp Pinder.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0392.jpg

Our neighbours spend all day talking and drinking beer :drink: Friendly bunch they are too. :)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0369.jpg

Mat and Cat went to build a Dam across the stream, cat worked, Mat `supervised`...
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0393.jpg

Tim in Yorkshire
29-07-2009, 01:58 PM
A great update! Looks like you have all got into the full holiday swing.

andylaurence
29-07-2009, 02:07 PM
Originally posted by Nige@Jul 29 2009, 01:53 PM
We reckon this contributed to the cambelt being a tooth out, there was play on the cam pully which meant a fixed datum could not be found. Bren is trying to source a replacement ABF Exhaust cam and I`ll go and fit it once it arrives.
KR cams will fit in quite nicely. We're running two KR exhaust cams (the one fitted to the inlet side has been chopped off to fit) in an ABF. It's making very good power.

Nige
29-07-2009, 02:17 PM
Andy, I have 2 KR cams at home that I plan to fit in the future, for the meantime, Bren just wants it running again, so a normal ABF exhaust will be fine.

slidersguesthouse
29-07-2009, 02:18 PM
cherrs for giving up your day Nige.. much appreciated.. fecking cars.-.. bollocks to this.. I am getting back on a bike.. :angry:

crossie
29-07-2009, 02:28 PM
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_8423.jpg

Thanks for the photo Lou.

dotty
29-07-2009, 02:54 PM
God, you're tent gets more high tech every day :D

What's next?

Dan
29-07-2009, 02:59 PM
Originally posted by dotty@Jul 29 2009, 03:54 PM
God, you're tent gets more high tech every day :D

What's next?
Sky + :whistle:

andylaurence
29-07-2009, 03:09 PM
Originally posted by Nige@Jul 29 2009, 02:17 PM
Andy, I have 2 KR cams at home that I plan to fit in the future, for the meantime, Bren just wants it running again, so a normal ABF exhaust will be fine.
How did I know you'd already know about that mod?!

Hippychick
29-07-2009, 03:59 PM
Originally posted by dotty@Jul 29 2009, 03:54 PM
God, you're tent gets more high tech every day :D


I believe the technical term is "glamping" (glamorous camping!) B)

Hammerzeit
29-07-2009, 05:33 PM
Hey Nige!

Glad you're having a good time out there :D Was good to catch up again and finally get a lap. I look forward to a quiet dry lap very soon :P

Appologies for the colourful language displayed by my group in the CC on saturday night, can't take a bunch of bognor regians anywhere :lol:

dotty
29-07-2009, 05:41 PM
Originally posted by Dan N+Jul 29 2009, 02:59 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Dan N @ Jul 29 2009, 02:59 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-dotty@Jul 29 2009, 03:54 PM
God, you&#39;re tent gets more high tech every day :D

What&#39;s next?
Sky + :whistle: [/b][/quote]
:lol:

Chris D
29-07-2009, 05:41 PM
Nige, are you still gonna be around come friday?

We&#39;re popping down to spend the weekend camping in Cochem. I&#39;m planning on doing some laps friday evening.

Some pics from sunday as promised.......

Brunnchen..

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/project_xr2i_trackcar/IMG_5710.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/project_xr2i_trackcar/IMG_5713.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/project_xr2i_trackcar/IMG_5715.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/project_xr2i_trackcar/IMG_5717.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/project_xr2i_trackcar/IMG_5718.jpg

Wehrseifen, you beeped at us coming through here..

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/project_xr2i_trackcar/IMG_5774.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/project_xr2i_trackcar/IMG_5776.jpg

Car park before your last run...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/project_xr2i_trackcar/IMG_5840.jpg

Simon
29-07-2009, 05:54 PM
Originally posted by Dan N+Jul 29 2009, 03:59 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Dan N @ Jul 29 2009, 03:59 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-dotty@Jul 29 2009, 03:54 PM
God, you&#39;re tent gets more high tech every day :D

What&#39;s next?
Sky + :whistle: [/b][/quote]
HD of course :lol:

Looks like you are all settled in for the Summer now :thumb: .

GVK
29-07-2009, 06:51 PM
Nige/Bren...I might have some 16v cams in the shed, IIRC all the exhaust cams are more or less the same, if I find &#39;em I&#39;ll let you know and get one to Lizard somehow :thumb:

GVK
29-07-2009, 07:29 PM
Had a look, must have sold them :loser:

AndrewH
30-07-2009, 08:44 AM
Love the shelf&#33;

i should be there now. :(

Duncan
30-07-2009, 08:54 AM
Originally posted by Andrew Hereward@Jul 30 2009, 08:44 AM
Love the shelf&#33;

i should be there now. :(
ditto

lizard
30-07-2009, 07:13 PM
Ref cams, I&#39;m back &#39;ring again now just time for 2 laps & a catch up with Nige, :thumb: was only home tues night&#33; :P so missed me this wk but if you can get some- im out again next wk, so get em to Newbury & i&#39;ll bring em out

slidersguesthouse
30-07-2009, 07:28 PM
any VW bits availalbe to make my POS run would be appreciated..

Gary Kinghorn
30-07-2009, 07:37 PM
How small does the golf look compared to the E46 :o

crossie
31-07-2009, 02:33 PM
Nige do you have the GP photos online?

Can you let me know when they are.

Thanks.

steve G
31-07-2009, 05:31 PM
i think i have a pair of abf cams and im 100% that i have some 9a and kr cams you can have your choice of bren but im not out for another 5 weeks and am based in the south west.
steve

Joel
31-07-2009, 08:32 PM
What do you call "south west", Steve? I&#39;m travelling out there next week from Cornwall, so I could potentially take something out if you&#39;re not too far off my route. Just a thought.

steve G
31-07-2009, 08:34 PM
im about 15 miles from taunton in somerset,i live in a village near chard

Joel
31-07-2009, 08:40 PM
ok, that&#39;s not too far, especially if you could meet me near the M5/Taunton area. I&#39;m travelling on Tuesday evening if you do have anything that you want me to pass to Bren. Just let me know in advance if you do.

slidersguesthouse
01-08-2009, 07:28 AM
Cheerrs Steve... I think I am sorted out now... Bruce (hartyb) is bringing a set with him at the weekend.. but thankyou for the offer and to you Joel for the offer of transportation-

NL pony express is the best :thumb:

steve G
01-08-2009, 10:17 AM
no problem bren.if you get stuck give me a shout

Nige
01-08-2009, 02:34 PM
Called in to see Jochen and Sophias new house, lots of potential and what they have done already looks great. The kids had an enjoyable hour on the Wii. We then called into the Sports Bar for a Strawberry Milkshake. Dave (Welly_GT) had recommended them and we were all suitably impressed, will definately have those again &#33;
Back at the campsite and I gave the Golf a quick wash (1 bucket only....) Swapped the tyres around and setup the video ready for the GP TF session.

Called for some fuel and saw Juanjo who has had lots of bad luck this trip :(

Had the normal `briefing` ie, don`t crash. The first lap was pretty busy as usual.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_9366.jpg

Unfortunately, the areas Lou were able to access meant limited photo opportunities.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_9395.jpg

We did have a great time though &#33; Some people say its boring on the GP, but I had a great time and would do it again if it was open for TF this summer. More room to have a play or try different things.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_9521.jpg

This was a well prepped mini
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_9536.jpg

Crossie was on a different session to me and had some stonking laps behind this E30
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_9630.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_9757.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_9834.jpg

French clutter decided it didn`t like the abuse it had just been given.....
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_9849.jpg

Back to the campsite for beer and evening meal, once again, we had an early night :loser: although we are all catching up on our sleep and will probably start having later nights in future. Had an awesome storm through the night, lightning and thunder. The Germans in the small tents had to sit it out in their cars to avoid it, we were fine in our tent :smug:

Thursday was a day for exploring. Drove around the track on the small roads and had a very leisurely day. X5 was fine, surprisingly so actually, even went up some pretty steep, muddy slopes. Where was this photo taken ? :whistle:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_9858.jpg

Popped in to see Ralph & Freddie at Rent4ring (they rent out the swifts), they were their usual cheerful selves and I had a good talk whilst Lou caught up on her emails etc.

Back to the campsite and split some logs.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0415.jpg

Ended up with a decent pile to be getting on with.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0445.jpg

Dave Boulder arrived having dropped Chris Slator off @ Brens. Helped Dave put up his tent,
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0446.jpg

Went to do some lapping, did 8 trouble free laps, taking out various passengers again, took out Garry, Mike (HanSolo) and some other northloopers for a lap, which I think they enjoyed :thumb:

The bonnet wouldn`t stay closed on Juanjos Subaru :whistle:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0450.jpg

Back to the campsite for Bacon (fried Ham), sausage, beans, tomatoes and bread. Nice &#33; We then lit our first Fire of the summer.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0459.jpg

Dave had finished setting up camp.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0466.jpg

With assistance, we applied my sunstrip.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0470.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0482.jpg

Finished :thumb:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0499.jpg

Sat chatting around the fire until late.

Nige
01-08-2009, 02:36 PM
Sat chatting around the fire until late.

Friday and Chris Slator arrived at 8am &#33; Bren was doing some instructing for the RSR Lotus trackday and dropped chris off on the way. We had a steady morning then went to do some viewing at Steilstreckencurve. There were lots of marshalls around and we were unable to get close to the track in other places :(
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0143.jpg

Afterwards, we drove to the outside of Aremberg and took some more pics.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0401.jpg

Had lunch at the Imbiss at Breidscheid. Chris told us of an old `lumberjack-trick-of-the-trade`...
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0534.jpg

A short drive to AF and we watched some more lapping.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0467.jpg

Wondering what kept hitting me in the back, a quick turn around caught Chris is mid throw :angry:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0512.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0538.jpg

Friday and it was perfect conditions for lapping so I used the opportunity to get in some great laps, taking out Rory, Andrew (Stace), his dad Chris, Tim, Matty and had another passener lap with Alex who has really improved this last week &#33;.

The carpark was full of northloopers :thumb:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0557.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0558.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0559.jpg

Juanjo did his last lap in the SUbaru, his quickest ever, once again, the bonnet opened by itself :whistle:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0561.jpg

Ed, its called a Camera :loser:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0563.jpg

Juanjo texting Duncan about his lap, he was a little excited ;)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0571.jpg

Wear the T-Shirt, but ignore what it says eh ;)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0579.jpg

One dirty X5
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0582.jpg

What great Sunstrips B)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0527.jpg

Called at RSR to have a chat about the trackday, caught up with Bob Van M, Dave Evans, Dale, Ron and a few others at the BBQ.

Came back to the campsite and Alex joined us for some food and a few beers. We stayed up chatting until 2am :thumb:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0586.jpg

Adamt
01-08-2009, 04:06 PM
Originally posted by Nige@Aug 1 2009, 02:34 PM
Where was this photo taken ? :whistle:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_9858.jpg


Metzgesfeld II with the M3 driving backwards?

Joel
01-08-2009, 05:15 PM
Good call. I like the tyre tracks across the grass...

Juanjo
01-08-2009, 06:37 PM
... yes I was a little excited... after a difficult week I had the last lap of the last trip of the Subaru to leave my mark...

job done, now I&#39;m DEFINETELY an under 8 mins man&#33;&#33;&#33;

You cannot imagine how satisfied I feel&#33;&#33;&#33;

:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

I&#39;m gonna ask Gary for the special password now...

Floyd
01-08-2009, 11:15 PM
Good report, as always Nige. I thought you weren&#39;t doing one this year? :huh: Pleased that you are anyway :thumb:

Joel
02-08-2009, 12:59 AM
A nice shot from Friday evening :thumb:

http://www.uedn.de/nos/T31072009/Images/DSC_0204.jpg

http://www.uedn.de/showimage.php5?img=T31072009/DSC_0204.jpg

Hippychick
02-08-2009, 08:41 AM
That&#39;s a quality camp fire&#33;

See you in a couple of weeks :D

driveforward
02-08-2009, 05:02 PM
A great read as always.. I&#39;m looking forward to returning in 1.5 weeks :)

m3tom
03-08-2009, 06:07 PM
Originally posted by driveforward@Aug 2 2009, 05:02 PM
I&#39;m looking forward to returning in 1.5 weeks :)
+1 :thumb:

hartyb
05-08-2009, 05:50 AM
Nice to see you having a good time&#33;

good report&#33; "The Pinders" the Northloop Soap

Well One week to go and Not much to do now, Looks like we will be having an Exsended stay this Year so Camping is the way to go&#33;

So just got to Sort the golf out Finish the engine rebuild on My van sort Camping stuff out and Finish the Old XT250 MBike off that I picked up a few days ago

then we will be rady for the off H is looking forward to his first Camping trip&#33;
He wants to bring his Tramplen Do you think it will be alowed Nige Its A big one&#33;

See in a around a Week&#33;

Bruce

Joel
05-08-2009, 01:10 PM
Bren now has the cams for his VW, or at least Nige does. Guess what Nige will be doing in the next couple of days? :)

slidersguesthouse
05-08-2009, 01:58 PM
:thumb:

rossm
05-08-2009, 04:02 PM
Originally posted by Joel@Aug 5 2009, 02:10 PM
Bren now has the cams for his VW, or at least Nige does. Guess what Nige will be doing in the next couple of days? :)
Does this mean the Jetta is running?

Ben16v
05-08-2009, 04:58 PM
If nige is involved its probably already done 10 laps&#33; :lol:

Joel
05-08-2009, 07:40 PM
I had a good convoy lap with Nige and Matty this evening. My new tyres were all over the place, as were my lines, and the traffic did it&#39;s best to get in our way. I missed a few apices, and hit a few apices (literally, a couple of times) but we were pretty well matched for pace. I think the smiles in the queue to leave the circuit afterwards said it all. Try again tomorrow?

:thumb:

lizard
05-08-2009, 08:18 PM
Bugger arrive ring too late & missed tonights tf & have to scoot off before tf thurs so can&#39;t give that bathtub or yrs a spanking Joel.

Ah well will do in france next wk :P

Joel
05-08-2009, 08:44 PM
Looking forward to it Alex :lol:

:thumb:

Darran
05-08-2009, 09:28 PM
That answers my question; this is another of your around Europe in 80 track days, is it, Joel?

Joel
05-08-2009, 09:39 PM
Aye :thumb:

This year it&#39;s Le Mans Bugatti, Val de Viennes, Mas du Clos and Circuit Mornay, all in the space of 5 days, including hotels, all for less than the cost of a long weekend at the Ring (if you&#39;re a non-JK holder, and don&#39;t go camping) :D

Lotus On Track, non-Lotuses accepted ;)

Peach-uk
05-08-2009, 09:42 PM
Was thinking about that LOT lot... sounds like a great deal&#33;

Back on topic; as ever a cracking read Nige :thumb: keep up the cracking pics and banter&#33;

Joel
06-08-2009, 07:16 AM
http://www.martinstollenwerk.de/galerie/albums/Touristenfahrten/05082009/IMG_5895.jpg

wrightyrs
06-08-2009, 09:56 AM
Great picture,

has me thinking about coming over Saturday for one night and camping to keep the cost down&#33;&#33;&#33;

mmmmmm,decisions,decisions.........

Nige
06-08-2009, 10:36 AM
Pitch 104, feel free to join us :thumb:

Having an awesome time, a report will follow in due course, but i`m busy :wave:

Weeman
06-08-2009, 10:42 AM
Originally posted by wrightyrs@Aug 6 2009, 11:56 AM
Great picture,

has me thinking about coming over Saturday for one night and camping to keep the cost down&#33;&#33;&#33;

mmmmmm,decisions,decisions.........
Good luck

http://www.qwikcast.com/cgi-bin/forecast.cgi?zip=Nurburg,DE

wrightyrs
06-08-2009, 11:03 AM
Its only a bit of water&#33;&#33;&#33;

Weeman
06-08-2009, 11:36 AM
tell that to a drowning man :lol:

Dave B
06-08-2009, 08:05 PM
Family guy classic...can&#39;t find the clip on youtube..

Bonnie: Somebody save him, he can&#39;t swim&#33;
Peter: Oh, he&#39;s not even kicking. Kick Joe, kick.
Lois: Peter, he&#39;s a paraplegic&#33;
Peter: That doesn&#39;t mean he can&#39;t hear. Kick Joe, kick&#33;

:lol:

Ian H
06-08-2009, 09:12 PM
:lol: :lol:

love FG.

Ian

Dan
06-08-2009, 10:25 PM
Originally posted by Ian Howell@Aug 6 2009, 10:12 PM
:lol: :lol:

love FG.

Ian
+1


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Chris_S
07-08-2009, 01:14 PM
Originally posted by lizard@Aug 5 2009, 08:18 PM
...have to scoot off before thurs so can&#39;t give you that spanking in the bathtub Joel.

Ah well will do it in france next wk :P
WTF? You&#39;ve changed, man. You&#39;ve changed...

JamesW
07-08-2009, 03:09 PM
VERY jealous&#33;&#33; i want to be out there :( say hi to dave and bob for me if you get the chance :thumb:

Nige
07-08-2009, 06:32 PM
Time for a long overdue update &#33;&#33;&#33;

Sat 1st August. woohoo, The Graham family arrived. Smiles all round. :D
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0642.jpg

Time for Pinnochios. Duncan drove to Adenau in the Subaru. We were both grinning like big kids when he switched anti-lag on :D

Pizzas by the fire. Oh YEAH :thumb:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0648.jpg
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0652.jpg

ahhhhh.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0653.jpg

Duncan gave the car a clean, it hadn`t been touched since Ten Of The Best.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0656.jpg

Early night as we were all tired.

We had popped up to see the 24hr teams Sunday morning, it had been a LONG night..
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0658.jpg

Northloop.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0661.jpg

Ed was showing us the cause of his fall. He SAYS there is a mark here from a killer wasp.... :whistle:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0663.jpg

Some of Team Northloop. The guys did a simply astounding Job. I take my hat off to all of you, including Dave for the organisation, and Michaela & Sonja who helped the entire time.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0664.jpg

Sunday afternoon and Chris asked if we fancied a walk to help him and Bren shake off the hangover. Lou, Cat & I parked at the side of the track by Hatzenbach, walked to SX, across the bridge at Aremberg, around the outside of Flugplatz then back to the car, it was a long walk, but thoroughly enjoyable.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0667.jpg

Sunday evening and it was MY turn for the fire.

Mat and Dotty were enjoying themselves.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0670.jpg

THIS is how you have a fire. :smug:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0696.jpg

Monday morning and we called in at the Burgstube, Garry was trying to work out how to fit the extra bike into the car...
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0715.jpg

Rachel even attempted to use Heidis coffee maker :o
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0718.jpg

Nige
07-08-2009, 06:33 PM
We went to Cochem Monday afternoon.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0591.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0598.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0632.jpg

yup, still at it .
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0637.jpg

Went on the chairlift, Dotty didn`t like it, so Mat took great delight in pointing out the `sharp rocks down below...` :lol:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0650.jpg

Lovely view.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0708.jpg

So HAPPY.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0720.jpg

This kid ran past throwing the most amazing paddy :lol:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0736.jpg

Rachel enjoyed it on the way down...
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0777.jpg

Icecreams for dessert.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0789.jpg

Duncan and Annabelle
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0791.jpg

The Pinders.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0801.jpg

Monday evening and Stace and Jo joined us for a few beers and chat around the campfire.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0721.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0724.jpg

It was Duncans turn to tend the fire.. It wasn`t too warm
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0725.jpg

We knew it was bad when even Rachel Had to go fetch a blanket, if your wife admits the fire is cold, you`ve lost :loser:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0730.jpg

Duncans Fire, long exposure and it still looks pathetic
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0734.jpg

The campsite at night.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0738.jpg

Nige
07-08-2009, 06:34 PM
Tuesday morning and the kids washed up &#33;
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0739.jpg

Put a tarpaulin in the boot of the X5
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0741.jpg

Drove to meet a guy who Heidi had put us in touch with, to collect this..
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0743.jpg

Oh YEAH &#33; Heidi helped Duncan and Me get amazing WOOD :thumb:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0744.jpg

Drove back to an almost full moon
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0745.jpg

Wood of the highest order.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0751.jpg

That means good fires. The women made this one (puts Duncans to shame...)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0754.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0760.jpg

Hi :wave:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0576.jpg

We called to see Sonja for a sunstrip for the Scooby, The windscreen had been replaced and Duncan was missing the Strip.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0783.jpg

The kids filled the paddling pool, it was HOT
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0784.jpg

Karl and Jorg had a beer or 2...
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0789.jpg

Claire was having a good time
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0796.jpg

I`d fitted the set of Kumho V700`s, but they were rubbing slightly on right handers. I only did 2 1/2 steady laps, still had time to take Rachel for a PAX though :thumb:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0799.jpg

The arch had bent slightly and was catching
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0802.jpg

The front n/s was also JUST touching
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0804.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0805.jpg

Wheels off.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0821.jpg

Precision percussion tool Adjustment..
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0811.jpg
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0816.jpg

Nige
07-08-2009, 06:35 PM
Called to the Burgstube and Rachel had a read..
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0832.jpg

Cat had hot chocolate and Duncan Surfed
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0833.jpg

The Girls then played on the DS
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0842.jpg

Time to call at the Ice Cafe? I think it is...
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0880.jpg

"Mine`s healthy, its got Yoghurt in" :smug: ...
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0881.jpg

Mine wasn`t ;)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0882.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0885.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0889.jpg

Nice Car
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0893.jpg

WTF are those seat covers ?&#33;?&#33;?
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0894.jpg

Thursday evening and finally managed some lapping, even though it was incredibly busy.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_0835.jpg

A Northlooper?
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_1167.jpg

The Vee
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_1317.jpg

Duncan, he did his quickest ever lap, with bad traffic, a crash with marshalls and not even trying &#33; He`s chuffed to bits and knows there is loads more to come...
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_1379.jpg

Joel kindly took Matty for a lap :thumb:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_1386.jpg

Anarky
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_1431.jpg

The Vee called to the campsite for a talk after we`d been lapping Thursday evening
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0899.jpg

Duncan had high underbonnet temperatures.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0900.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0901.jpg

Removing the melted piece.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0943.jpg

Nige
07-08-2009, 06:37 PM
Guess what? ANOTHER campfire :thumb:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0905.jpg

Rachel and I discussing the orbit of the moon(bottle) around the Earth (plate) :D
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0909.jpg

My front nearside outer CV was grumbling, so I fitted a spare, only took and hour.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0939.jpg

Went to the Rodelbahn this afternoon (Friday 7th)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1024.jpg

First run.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0947.jpg

Rachel enjoying herself.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0949.jpg

Hi ...
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0950.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0951.jpg

eh ? :huh:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0955.jpg

Mat, Cat (just), and Dotty
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0970.jpg

Dotty
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1004.jpg

Rachel
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1006.jpg

The Grahams
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1017.jpg

Duncan.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1021.jpg

He`s Behind you... :wave:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1022.jpg

Now sat in the Comfy Corner, expecting a sing-along and a great evening :thumb:

JamesW
07-08-2009, 06:45 PM
fantastic photos guys, awww matty what a smooth player he is&#33;

Joel
07-08-2009, 07:09 PM
Originally posted by Nige@Aug 7 2009, 07:35 PM
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_1386.jpg
Schönes Bild :veryhappy:

Any chance I could have a full-size copy?

Hippychick
07-08-2009, 07:48 PM
That&#39;s impressive wood&#33; :veryhappy:

Who are your neighbours with the enormous gazebo?

driveforward
07-08-2009, 08:07 PM
Great update, see you in 6 days.. oh, er, maybe not :(

crossie
07-08-2009, 09:33 PM
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0670.jpg

Dotty showing her true eh dots&#33;

Screacher
07-08-2009, 09:38 PM
Pinderlicious&#33; :thumb:

wrightyrs
07-08-2009, 09:40 PM
Great pictures and a great update Nige

Andy C
09-08-2009, 11:06 AM
Originally posted by Weeman+Aug 6 2009, 10:42 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Weeman &#064; Aug 6 2009, 10:42 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteBegin-wrightyrs@Aug 6 2009, 11:56 AM
Great picture,

has me thinking about coming over Saturday for one night and camping to keep the cost down&#33;&#33;&#33;

mmmmmm,decisions,decisions.........
Good luck

http://www.qwikcast.com/cgi-bin/forecast.cgi?zip=Nurburg,DE[/b][/quote]
For info, it was lovely and warm last night. Great campfire and NO rain.

Weeman, weatherforecaster FAIL :loser:

bugger, Nige logged on as Andy :whistle:

Stan
09-08-2009, 04:29 PM
Great update Nige :thumb: Looks like lots of fun. Saving my dosh for a trip next year.

jon_r
09-08-2009, 07:02 PM
Great update Nige. Picture of Cochem are great&#33; :thumb:

pye21
09-08-2009, 07:34 PM
Excelent update :thumb:

Im really looking forward to getting out there in 3 weeks :D

Dan
09-08-2009, 08:47 PM
Originally posted by pye21@Aug 9 2009, 08:34 PM
Excelent update :thumb:

Im really looking forward to getting out there in 3 weeks :D
+1

Great report so far&#33;

Peach-uk
09-08-2009, 09:15 PM
Once again top holiday posting&#33;

:blink: Duncan&#39;s Fan&#33; looks like it could have been a bit dangerous :boom: :flamethrower:

Or was it just a campfire incident?

Simon
09-08-2009, 09:49 PM
Great fun had by all so far :thumb:

rednips
09-08-2009, 10:06 PM
Hi, Nige.Look like a good time is being had by all. Bet you can&#39;t wait to return home to do a bit of work&#33;&#33;&#33; E mail if you want picking up.

Weeman
10-08-2009, 09:13 AM
See you soon Nige, Will try and sort out coming on my Birthday :):) Be nice to be around friends instead of sat at home, feeling bad about getting old hehe

Ian H
10-08-2009, 10:46 AM
Originally posted by Weeman@Aug 10 2009, 10:13 AM
See you soon Nige, Will try and sort out coming on my Birthday :):) Be nice to be around friends instead of sat at home, feeling bad about getting old hehe
Exactly, better to go to The Ring and have the pi&#036;&#036; taken out of you all night by said friends :thumb:

Ian

Simon
10-08-2009, 11:50 AM
Originally posted by Ian Howell@Aug 10 2009, 11:46 AM
Exactly, better to go to The Ring and have the pi&#036;&#036; taken out of you all night by said friends :thumb:

Ian
:lol: :lol:

Dave. When is the happy day?

Dan
10-08-2009, 12:19 PM
Originally posted by Ian Howell@Aug 10 2009, 11:46 AM
Exactly, better to go to The Ring and have the pi&#036;&#036; taken out of you all night by said friends :thumb:

Ian
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Hopefully catch you out there mate&#33;

Weeman
10-08-2009, 12:56 PM
Originally posted by Simon+Aug 10 2009, 01:50 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Simon @ Aug 10 2009, 01:50 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Ian Howell@Aug 10 2009, 11:46 AM
Exactly, better to go to The Ring and have the pi&#036;&#036; taken out of you all night by said friends :thumb:

Ian
:lol: :lol:

Dave. When is the happy day? [/b][/quote]
19th buttercup

Simon
10-08-2009, 12:58 PM
:( . Not over till the 29th but I will have a beer for you :thumb:

Ian H
10-08-2009, 01:59 PM
Originally posted by Weeman@Aug 10 2009, 01:56 PM
Dave. When is the happy day?
19th buttercup [/quote]
How long are you staying Dave??

Will be over for early afternoon on the 21st.

Ian

Weeman
10-08-2009, 02:02 PM
I&#39;ll pass you on route then, as that day I&#39;ll be on my way to england I think LOL, Fail :(

Chris Ratcliff
11-08-2009, 11:42 PM
Originally posted by Nige@Aug 7 2009, 06:32 PM
ahhhhh.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0653.jpg
I know what we&#39;re all thinking....

























They paying Duncan to cut the grass for them or something? How&#39;d that ever get on and off a ferry intact??

Nige
13-08-2009, 08:44 AM
Update time again...

We were going to the CC for a meal and a Friday night sing along. Annabelle dressed up for the occasion &#33;
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1028Copy.jpg

The Girls ready to go.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1036Copy.jpg

I uploaded the last report update, Mat & Dotty had a good read of it.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1037Copy.jpg

As usual, great food and smiles all round :thumb:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1039Copy.jpg

Zoe and Steve brought a bottle of absinthe for Jorg
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1041Copy.jpg

Jorg thought it `ok`, Karl wasn`t so sure.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1047Copy.jpg

Karl and Bren decided they did NOT like it al ALL :lol:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1048Copy.jpg

I had a shot, not my favourite spirit I have to say...
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1052Copy.jpg

MaximTaylor talking to Steve
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1060Copy.jpg

It was then time for the guitar :thumb:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1064Copy.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1066Copy.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1071Copy.jpg

I appear to be boring Steve with my conversation :whistle:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1075Copy.jpg

Everyone having fun as usual. The guy in the white T shirt did seem to like his mate in the grey one...
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1080Copy.jpg

Yep, definately getting on well :blink:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1086Copy.jpg

These 2 were absolutely smashed and fast asleep, took Jorg ages to get them to wake up. The first thing the guy in the orange did when he opened his eyes was get his glass and drink some more :o
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1084Copy.jpg

Back to the Campsite around 1am.

Saturday morning and the ring wasn`t open until 11, it was foggy and actually opened later, staying open for only an hour until it closed for the day. Caught this guy before the Karussel, sat behind him indicating to pass until the Gantry, did he move over? did he heck...
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1089Copy.jpg

My CV rumbling from the other day was back and appeared worse than ever &#33; Back to the campsite and front suspension off.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1093Copy.jpg

The replacement CV was fine, so it HAD to be the wheel bearing, although it was a new one and had minimal play.

As often happens, one of the hub retaining bolts was a bugger to remove, a bit of heat and it was soon off.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1099Copy.jpg

Didn`t have a vice or bearing press, so used a chisel to remove the old bearing. Once out, the balls initially appeared find, the race was undamaged, then when I looked closer, I found 2 balls were badly damaged, I reckon it wasa manufacturing fault as the others were fine.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1105Copy.jpg

New bearing carefully fitted using a bit of wood and a hammer. Lots of copperslip and the bearing was in the hub :thumb: Refitted and went for a drive, NO vibration. yaay.

Karl
13-08-2009, 08:48 AM
Originally posted by Weeman+Aug 10 2009, 01:56 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Weeman @ Aug 10 2009, 01:56 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
Originally posted by Simon@Aug 10 2009, 01:50 PM
<!--QuoteBegin-Ian Howell@Aug 10 2009, 11:46 AM
Exactly, better to go to The Ring and have the pi&#036;&#036; taken out of you all night by said friends* :thumb:

Ian
:lol: :lol:

Dave. When is the happy day?
19th buttercup [/b][/quote]
20th here, slackjaw :karl:

Nige
13-08-2009, 09:06 AM
Guess what ? Campfire again :wave:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1107Copy.jpg

Is she laughing or crying :whistle:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1110Copy.jpg

Duncan may be crap at campfires, but he`s brilliant at BBQ`ing :veryhappy:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1114Copy.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1118Copy.jpg

Time for the marshmallows :thumb:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1123Copy.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1128Copy.jpg

We then moved onto to messing with torches and long exposures again...
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1130Copy.jpg

Rachel :blink: (it was her first attempt...)
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1132Copy.jpg

Dunk
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1133Copy.jpg

Better 2nd time.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1137Copy.jpg

I had a mess with the camera and long exposures, waving it around at the fire etc...
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1141Copy.jpg

Sunday morning and we went the Breidscheid until the ring opened. Met up with Mr Bean who is finally out of plaster and healing well. Anyone care to guess what colour Shirt Steve is hiding :whistle:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1143Copy.jpg

Max did a lap then bonnet up :whistle:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1145Copy.jpg

Lou was out taking some pics.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_1724Copy.jpg
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_2429Copy.jpg

Dunc
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_1906Copy.jpg

This idiot passed on the grass, the biker was NOT impressed and was shaking his fist at the Merc. The Bike had to veer to the left to avoid being hit :jerk:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_2083Copy.jpg

Ian
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/NLP_2336Copy.jpg

Track Closure to called to the Burgstube for a cuppa.

"O Matthew, Matthew &#33;, where fore art thou Matthew ?...."
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1146Copy.jpg

Duncan arrived with bad news. Cracked brake disk :boom:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1147Copy.jpg

These guys opened their bonnet as soon as they were in the carpark. They didn`t realise that NOBODY ELSE CARES &#33;
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1154Copy.jpg

Kayja (sp?) Sonja`s daughter had been asking for a lap, so as it was quiet, we put her Recaro car seat into the Golf and I took her out for a steady lap.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1156Copy.jpg

She appeared to realy enjoy it too
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1159Copy.jpg

Sonja asked if I`d mind taking some other people out for a lap, no problem :thumb:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1165Copy.jpg

I then took out Thorliefs youngest son....
"what sort of car is this?"
me "its a Golf"
"thats not a BMW is it ?"
me "No, a VW."
"I don`t like Golf`s, they are too slow..."
me "Don`t hold back, tell me what you REALLY think.." :lol:

Managed 17 laps in total, 7 back to back at the end of the day when the track was quiet and the car was fabulous :thumb:

I`d had issues with the Kumho`s vibrating badly at speed, they weren`t balanced and John @ RSR sorted them for me, took him a while as the worst needed over 100g of weights :blink: However, they are spot on now, no vibration at all :D

Weeman
13-08-2009, 09:07 AM
:):)

Nige
13-08-2009, 09:16 AM
Went to the Burgstube Sunday night for a meal and drinks, forgot to take any pics :shame:

Then the shots came out and Louise was happy again :drink:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1173Copy.jpg

Monday Morning and Duncan and I tried to source a replacement brake disk, but had no Joy, so it was game over for him :(

Monday afternoon and we went to the pool at Adenau. Got loads of photos, but I`ll not embarass anyone else with photos of them in their swimming gear.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1301Copy.jpg

Took Duncan out for a couple of passenger laps (he wasn`t too keen, it reminded him what he was missing...) He spotted a couple of bad habits I`d fallen into again, I used to do it when I started driving on track, stopped and had unknowingly started again (turning in too sharply into a corner), I didn`t realise I was doing it SO much, next time out I was much smoother. :thumb:

Had a great evening lapping, the car was simply brilliant, followed Adam for a while once he passed me up Kesselchen, couldn`t keep up with him (obviously), but kept him in sight for a fair while.
Went out by myself for the first time this trip :o By Breidscheid I knew it was a quick lap, then I met the marshall car at the crest after Eiscurve and followed it until they let me past by the crest at PF2. According to the datalog, I lost somewhere between 3 - 5 seconds in that section (depending on what lap you compare it to), yet still went over 4 seconds faster than I`ve ever done before. :D

Martin, Heidi, Andy, Adam, Dave (a guest), Duncan, Rachel, Annabelle, Lou, Mat, Cat and I went to La Lanterna for a meal, very nice it was too.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1415Copy.jpg

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1416Copy.jpg

Dotty showing how big her mouth is.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1417Copy.jpg

It was a bit chilly round the fire, so Rachel wore her fetching longjohns :D
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1418Copy.jpg

Just chilling.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1419Copy.jpg

Nige
13-08-2009, 09:27 AM
Steady day Tuesday, I called at Jorgs for a chat, spent the day around the campsite dodging the rain.

Lapping Tuesday evening, Matty spotted this fine outfit :blink:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1436Copy.jpg

Duncan sat in with Dave fora lap to try and offer some advice.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1437Copy.jpg

FINALLY managed to give Sonja a lap.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1465Copy.jpg

As usual, campfire again after a great Chinese takeaway.
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1502.jpg

Dotty
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1516.jpg

Cat
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1519.jpg

We started getting more adventurous, Duncan tried `sausages`
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1532.jpg

Then I had a go :smug:
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1533.jpg

Duncan`s Stick man..
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1541.jpg

The end of a subdued night as Duncan, Rachel and Annabelle were leaving in the morning. :(
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1542.jpg

Weeman
13-08-2009, 11:24 AM
Check out the six pack on Nige, I hate camping but thats made me tent&#33;&#33;&#33;

Dan
13-08-2009, 11:28 AM
Originally posted by Weeman@Aug 13 2009, 12:24 PM
Check out the six pack on Nige, I hate camping but thats made me tent&#33;&#33;&#33;
Ribena + Monitor + keyboard = fail

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Nige
13-08-2009, 11:28 AM
Originally posted by Weeman@Aug 13 2009, 12:24 PM
Check out the six pack on Nige, I hate camping but thats made me tent&#33;&#33;&#33;
:lol:

I stopped tensing a few seconds later...
http://edgewriter.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/fatbelly.jpg

Simon
13-08-2009, 11:38 AM
Originally posted by Weeman@Aug 13 2009, 12:24 PM
Check out the six pack on Nige, I hate camping but thats made me tent&#33;&#33;&#33;
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Maybe he can help with the sofa? :whistle:

Andrew
13-08-2009, 11:51 AM
nice update :)

Dave B
13-08-2009, 12:03 PM
Great Pic of Matty and the fire.. :thumb:

Is the campsite uber clean now as Matty bottom lip drags along the floor....?

dotty
13-08-2009, 12:05 PM
abstract :smug:

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_1516.jpg

Dave B
13-08-2009, 12:32 PM
I preferred Rachels first attempt....took me a while to suss out who Rod was.... :D

dotty
13-08-2009, 01:00 PM
You should have seen Cat&#39;s attempt at Sausages....

What was it again Nige?

m3tom
13-08-2009, 06:02 PM
Im out this weekend Nige so would be great to see you?
And hopefully i can jump in for a pax lap? :thumb:

Adamt
13-08-2009, 06:11 PM
Great update nige :)

Tim in Yorkshire
13-08-2009, 06:55 PM
I must visit camp Pinder in just over a week&#39;s time, great write up and pics as always :thumb:

Nige
13-08-2009, 07:14 PM
Originally posted by m3tom@Aug 13 2009, 07:02 PM
Im out this weekend Nige so would be great to see you?
And hopefully i can jump in for a pax lap? :thumb:
Not this weekend mate, I`m in the UK :(

Shame, would have been great to see you and give you a few laps too...

You camping Tim ?

Tim in Yorkshire
13-08-2009, 07:21 PM
Originally posted by Nige@Aug 13 2009, 07:14 PM

You camping Tim ?
Nope, Bob Bobbleton is along and prefer&#39;s hotels :fish: Something about holidays :fish:

But fancy catching a quick beer and some of that campfire smoke smell at some stage.

pye21
13-08-2009, 08:03 PM
Top report Nige, keep it up :thumb:

m3tom
13-08-2009, 08:12 PM
Originally posted by Nige+Aug 13 2009, 07:14 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Nige @ Aug 13 2009, 07:14 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-m3tom@Aug 13 2009, 07:02 PM
Im out this weekend Nige so would be great to see you?
And hopefully i can jump in for a pax lap? :thumb:
Not this weekend mate, I`m in the UK :(

Shame, would have been great to see you and give you a few laps too...

You camping Tim ? [/b][/quote]
:( Next time :D :thumb:

maximtaylor
13-08-2009, 08:20 PM
Nice trip report and nice to meet you last weekend. I should have known better than to do a &#39;bonnet up&#39; in the carpark :shame:

Nige
13-08-2009, 08:27 PM
Originally posted by maximtaylor@Aug 13 2009, 09:20 PM
I should have known better than to do a &#39;bonnet up&#39; in the carpark :shame:
B)

Ian H
13-08-2009, 08:48 PM
Great update Nige :thumb:

looking forward to getting over next Friday ;)

Ian

lance
13-08-2009, 09:10 PM
Great thread :thumb: Great photo&#39;s :thumb:

Looks like all have had a great time :thumb:

Thoroughly enjoyed reading all 12 pages.

Cheers
Lance

Nige
13-08-2009, 09:48 PM
Thank you.

Its always good to hear people actually enjoy reading this stuff :thumb:

ade_g
13-08-2009, 11:16 PM
Originally posted by Nige@Aug 13 2009, 09:48 PM
Thank you.

Its always good to hear people actually enjoy reading this stuff :thumb:
great report&#33;

:thumb: :thumb:

Stu
14-08-2009, 07:09 AM
Excellent read, keep it coming :thumb:

Andy L
14-08-2009, 09:24 AM
Always enjoy reading your reports, keep the pics coming :thumb:

Duncan
14-08-2009, 09:38 AM
Nice updates Nige :thumb:

TC17
14-08-2009, 09:56 AM
Hi Hige

Great read and great report as ever &#33;

I follow your trip reports often as they capture the real spirit of a weekend (weeks in your case) at the Ring.

Did Duncan sort his disc problem ?

TC

Rene Graff
14-08-2009, 10:38 AM
:veryhappy: Really enjoy reading your reports Nige&#33; Keep on going&#33;

paulie
14-08-2009, 11:23 AM
Excellent reading nige :D

Ollie_247
14-08-2009, 11:57 AM
Great reports as allways Nigel, I realy am pissed i cant go this year :shame:

dangerousbryan
16-08-2009, 04:38 PM
great report as usual nige. looks like matt and dotty are still getting along famously.
so jealous i can&#39;t get out this year. i am aching to get out there and bring the family too.

bimmer
16-08-2009, 07:13 PM
The Energizer Bunny of trip reports&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33; :thumb:

JudeM
16-08-2009, 07:29 PM
Great update Nige, looking forward to seeing you all on Friday :thumb:

The-Vee
16-08-2009, 08:19 PM
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn170/nurburgringphotos/Summer2009/IMG_0899.jpg

I love the way the phonebooth cameleoned itself into my car :lol: . Was nice meeting you again. Dave (friend who was with me) was impressed by your character, friendly, not arrogant, humoristic and good to talk to, which I can vouch for myself :thumb:

See you next week fri/sat/sun :thumb:

Chris Eyre
18-08-2009, 12:19 PM
Hi Nige, a pic from when I took Mat out in the Golf last weekend:

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i273/Chris_****/Nurburgring/2009/DSC_0370.jpg

We missed you this year&#33;

tallchap
18-08-2009, 07:40 PM
Great to read the Pinder family adventure, as always.

Pleased you&#39;re having a good time&#33;

TC.

Weeman
19-08-2009, 09:02 AM
I&#39;m not going to make it over tonight Pinders :( Gotta do stuff for the house, and look at a new one tomorrow :(

leaod
20-08-2009, 11:47 AM
Looks like you had such a good time Nige. Great report. :thumb:

I&#39;m working my ars* off to get a new car for the next trip.
:smug:

Tim
20-08-2009, 12:11 PM
Originally posted by leaod@Aug 20 2009, 12:47 PM
Looks like you had such a good time Nige. Great report. :thumb:

I&#39;m working my ars* off to get a new car for the next trip.
:smug:
He&#39;s still there .. :angry:

Simon
20-08-2009, 12:14 PM
Originally posted by Tim+Aug 20 2009, 01:11 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Tim @ Aug 20 2009, 01:11 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-leaod@Aug 20 2009, 12:47 PM
Looks like you had such a good time Nige. Great report. :thumb:

I&#39;m working my ars* off to get a new car for the next trip.
:smug:
He&#39;s still there .. :angry: [/b][/quote]
He did come home for a week to go to work mind :whistle:

driveforward
20-08-2009, 05:35 PM
Originally posted by Simon+Aug 20 2009, 12:14 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Simon @ Aug 20 2009, 12:14 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
Originally posted by Tim@Aug 20 2009, 01:11 PM
<!--QuoteBegin-leaod@Aug 20 2009, 12:47 PM
Looks like you had such a good time Nige. Great report.* :thumb:

I&#39;m working my ars* off to get a new car for the next trip.
:smug:
He&#39;s still there .. :angry:
He did come home for a week to go to work mind :whistle: [/b][/quote]
Then he went back out to fix my car :rolleyes: :whistle:

Mark
20-08-2009, 07:30 PM
Cracking report so far Nige :thumb:

Itching to get out next weekend now B)

Nige
20-08-2009, 07:59 PM
Sorry for the lack of updates, having an amazing time, I WILL update it later :thumb:

simon_davis
20-08-2009, 08:56 PM
Nice report buddy,

Looks like you&#39;ve had a great time so far - your reports remind me why I need to work 60 hours a week&#33; :lol:

I miss the smell of cooked brakes in the NS car park...

Have fun&#33;
:wave:
Si

Mark
20-08-2009, 09:00 PM
Originally posted by Nige@Aug 20 2009, 08:59 PM
Sorry for the lack of updates, having an amazing time, I WILL update it later :thumb:
*Checks watch*

It&#39;s now later... :whistle:

base-1
20-08-2009, 10:03 PM
Even later now.... :whistle:

leaod
21-08-2009, 09:24 AM
Can&#39;t believe he still there.

There is something wrong with my life. :D

dotty
21-08-2009, 02:13 PM
Originally posted by base&#045;1@Aug 20 2009, 10:03 PM
Even later now.... :whistle:
Nige... we&#39;re waiting... ;)

Simon
21-08-2009, 02:24 PM
Originally posted by driveforward+Aug 20 2009, 06:35 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (driveforward @ Aug 20 2009, 06:35 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
Originally posted by Simon@Aug 20 2009, 12:14 PM

Originally posted by Tim@Aug 20 2009, 01:11 PM
<!--QuoteBegin-leaod@Aug 20 2009, 12:47 PM
Looks like you had such a good time Nige. Great report.* :thumb:

I&#39;m working my ars* off to get a new car for the next trip.
:smug:
He&#39;s still there .. :angry:
He did come home for a week to go to work mind :whistle:
Then he went back out to fix my car :rolleyes: :whistle: [/b][/quote]
& mine :lol:

driveforward
21-08-2009, 07:06 PM
Originally posted by Simon+Aug 21 2009, 02:24 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Simon @ Aug 21 2009, 02:24 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
Originally posted by driveforward@Aug 20 2009, 06:35 PM

Originally posted by Simon@Aug 20 2009, 12:14 PM

Originally posted by Tim@Aug 20 2009, 01:11 PM
<!--QuoteBegin-leaod@Aug 20 2009, 12:47 PM
Looks like you had such a good time Nige. Great report.* :thumb:

I&#39;m working my ars* off to get a new car for the next trip.
:smug:
He&#39;s still there .. :angry:
He did come home for a week to go to work mind :whistle:
Then he went back out to fix my car :rolleyes: :whistle:
& mine :lol: [/b][/quote]
:lol:

Excellent&#33;&#33; He&#39;s done mine, how about yours?&#33;

Nige
27-08-2009, 07:02 AM
Wednesday 13th Aug and I had to return back to the UK for a few days. I am able to get a lot of time off in the summer, I work extra hours in the winter for colleagues who go skiing and they then work for me in the summer, but the weekend of the 15/16 was one where I couldn`t get cover. I drove the Golf to Dusseldorf Weeze, parked it there, flew back to Manchester then caught the train home, the last part was a nice walk from the station. Louise, Mat & Cat stayed in Germany..

Now sat in the Comfy Corner, expecting a sing-along and a great evening :thumb:
Chris P from ClubGTi and his wife were over that weekend and as it was DTM weekend, Lou reserved them a pitch near us. When they arrived, Mat & Cat helped put up the tent.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1557.jpg

It started raining..
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1565.jpg

Chris had a few tweaks to make to his MK1.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1578.jpg

Lou went with Claire and the Girls to Trampolino land.
Karin
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1589.jpg

Cat
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1617.jpg

Mat
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1684.jpg

Bruce (hartyb) also arrived with his family and they brought a Trampoline form home &#33;
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1700.jpg

Lou sat in the Sun and read.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1703.jpg

Sim was having diff / wheel bearing issues on his 318 and borrowed our blowtorch to loosen a particularly stubborn nut. Matty lent a hand.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1712.jpg

Burgstube for lunch &#33;
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1718.jpg

Lou went to Ice curve to take some photos and Weeman arrived &#33;
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1728.jpg

I rang to see how Lou was doing and he answered the phone, I recognised his voice immediately though :lol:

Nige
27-08-2009, 07:03 AM
Matty was out lapping with a lot of the ClubGTi guys :thumb:

Chris in his MK1
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/NLP_3052.jpg

http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/NLP_3919.jpg

Steve in his GTR being followed by Sim, Matty had a lap with Steve too &#33;&#33;
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/NLP_3908.jpg

Whoops.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/NLP_3095.jpg

Chris Ayre in his MK1 in front of the ClubGTi Logo that appears freshly painted :whistle:
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/NLP_3935.jpg

Gurds?
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/NLP_3199.jpg

Alex (Sparrow)
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/NLP_3458.jpg

Another of the ClubGTi group.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/NLP_3970.jpg

Steve_R
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/NLP_4109.jpg

Harvey cooled in the paddling pool.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1731.jpg

It was a very hot weekend and at the kesselaars, the sprinkler kept the kids entertained..
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1732.jpg

http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1739.jpg

http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1741.jpg

Even Sunny joined in the fun.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1756.jpg

Missing you...
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1763.jpg

Claire pumped up the tyre while Karl `Supervised`...
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1765.jpg

A BBQ using Karls NEW BBQ &#33;
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1773.jpg

Make sure you don`t burn them :karl:
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1781.jpg

Kim felt strongly about something...
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1811.jpg

Karin REALLY enjoyed herself.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1813.jpg

Monday morning and after all the DTM guys had left, Bruce took his car and Lou took our trailer and car and they all went scavenging around the campsite.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1823.jpg

Bruce and Xanthe tried out the new airbed..
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1824.jpg

Nige
27-08-2009, 07:04 AM
Mon 17th
I had been working nights over the weekend, so when I finished at 6am on Monday morning, I drove home, picked up my bag and walked to the station, caught the train to Manchester then found a seat in a quiet corner and promptly fell asleep for a few hours. Chris Slator caught the plane from Norwich to Manchester and then we both caught the plane to Dusseldorf weeze. Drove back to the campsite and Lou had prepared something for us to eat &#33; It was good to be back, I`d missed my wife and Kids.

Obviously, it was immediately `beer-O`clock`
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1830.jpg

Chris found a new friend.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1832.jpg

An early night, I was shattered and managed to stay up until just after 10..

Tues 18th
Ian (driveforward) had an issue with a broken CV, I offered to change the CV`s and front wheel bearings. He thought the clutch was failing so Chris and I were going to change that too, although I suggested to Ian it may be the pedal box and he sent me some details of what to check to see if that was the problem. Car collected from the Burgstube on my trailer
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1833.jpg

Seat out, lower dash removed.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1834.jpg

The pedal box had indeed split, you can JUST make out the tear in the metal in the highlighted area. It meand a pedal box change, instead of a clutch.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1849.jpg

Chris TRIED to sit in Ians seat, as those who have had a lap with him will know, the seats are built for small children and 9 stone drivers, suffice to say, Chris had NO chance of fitting :whistle:
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1852.jpg

Removing the front suspension
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1855.jpg

One CV with the end sheared off..&#33;&#33; (Later diagnosis found that the driveshaft flange and OSF wheel bearing were worn, this allowed the wheel to wobble slightly putting extra strain on the CV thread)
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1858.jpg

Bruce chopped some wood.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1862.jpg

Went to Brens to fit his new cams and get the Jetta back on the road. Failed Miserably. :(
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1864.jpg

Harvey was put in the cage when he misbehaved.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1872.jpg

He escaped.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1878.jpg

Arosa + Oettinger.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1880.jpg

Wonderful sunset.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1893.jpg

The fire was impressive. Duncan says you don`t need flames for heat, after this inferno, I disagree :lol:
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1907.jpg

Marshmallow time &#33;
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1924.jpg

Chris hadn`t put up his tent and was using the large tent Bruce found, on our old Airbed, with a small popup tent on top.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1934.jpg

Nige
27-08-2009, 07:05 AM
I aquired another set of A048`s. Part worn, but that doesn`t matter.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1940.jpg

Collected Simons M3 to do a few jobs on.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1943.jpg

New CV on the Arosa
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1944.jpg

Andy & Haley arrived. My trailer was where Andy wanted to put his tent..
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1946.jpg

Chris
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1947.jpg

Karin was staying the night at the campsite.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1948.jpg

I fitted some new Yellowstuff pads to Simons M3. The HOPE is that the bedding in compound on the pads will clear up the deposits on his disks from the Ferrodo DS2500`s he had on before. They were juddering badly so we had nothing to lose. The pads were easy to swap.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1950.jpg

My new Shockproof gearbox oil had arrived, so we drained the old oil out.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1952.jpg
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1954.jpg

An old tent pole, bent at the end fitted into the filling hole nicely &#33;
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1955.jpg

Concentration was required.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1953.jpg

Went to the Rodelbahn, Andy`s car had little ventilation and at every opportunity, he opened the doors to try and cool down. I had to lower the aircon in the X5 as the girls said it was too cold :loser:
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1957.jpg

A visit to the Ice-Cafe helped us all cool down.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1969.jpg

Dave enjoyed his
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1970.jpg

Hayley had Hot Chocolate sauce on hers.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1971.jpg

Andy saved some for later :lol:
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1975.jpg

Men + wood + Large Axe = who can split wood the best competition..
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1979.jpg

http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1984.jpg

http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1988.jpg

Bruce was great &#33;. He fetched a LARGE tree trunk, then cut it up with the chainsaw :thumb:
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1991.jpg

Nige
27-08-2009, 07:07 AM
BBQ Time
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1986.jpg

Took Simons M3 for a drive to bed in the pads. Deposits almost all removed &#33; Only 1 or 2 remaining, the disks were covered in them before. The brakes were great, hopefully they will be good on track too.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1992.jpg

Andy & Hayley had brought a large pack of sausages with them.
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Dave Boulder and Family joined us for a BBQ and Dave soon got stuck in cooking the food &#33;
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Bruce tells a story whilst the Ladies drink wine.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1995.jpg

Who`d have guessed it ? Dave Boulder, secret SUN reader :o
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1996.jpg

Loads of Northloopers round campfire. Ace :thumb:
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1999.jpg

Erin & Harvey got on REALLY well ;)
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My chair collapsed&#33; I didn`t spill a drop :smug:
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_2004.jpg

Chinese Whispers, with people who`ve had lots to drink, what could possibly go wrong ???
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_2008.jpg

More Marshmallows.
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http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_2016.jpg

http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_2017.jpg

Campfire + Beer
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_2019.jpg

Well, I know what I was doing :lol:
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_2023.jpg

"Hey, Chris, what will happen is we jump on the airbed together ???"
"I dunno Andy, shall we try ?"
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http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_2026.jpg

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Erin and Harvey in Andy`s 325.
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Large Dragonfly in the tent..
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Nige
27-08-2009, 07:08 AM
Went to the new complex at the GP Circuit as it was throwing it down &#33;
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_2050.jpg

The kids went on the high ropes.

Cat & Erin
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Mat
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Mat & Cat
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Ian & Jude arrived &#33;
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Tent set and we went to the ring. Andy & Hayley
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Erin & Harvey had a table to themselves..
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A couple of random French guys joined us at the campsite.
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I dropped Chris off at Frankfurt airport, we found a great road there, through some really twisty roads, the X5 wasn`t really the car most suitable for getting the best out of them though...

Saturday morning and an early start.
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Had some amazing laps on a quiet, dry track. Matty went back to Dave`s apartment for some breakfast whilst I lapped.

Northloopers in a surprisingly empty carpark. Considering the ring was Open Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday from 08:00 > 19:30, I was amazed how quiet it was &#33;&#33;&#33;
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I took Isabelle out for a lap. She enjoyed it (I think &#33; )
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Ian broke his seat mount and called at RSR for some new bits of steel, we drilled them back at the campsite.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_2134.jpg

If videoing was allowed and someone had videoed their lap, that is what we`d have been watching :whistle:
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_2140.jpg

Cat & Hayley in Pyjamas round the campfire.
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Chatted to some Germans in the carpark with a 1.8T MK2. Pointed out some plastic on the grille they could remove to aid cooling.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_2145.jpg

Not only was Karl Lapping :o , but he was still having overheating issues. I took a hacksaw blade and cut out some of the solid plastic on his grille, it dropped the temps 10 degrees &#33;
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_2152.jpg

Did a LOT of laps on Saturday, car was perfect and I had a great day giving lots of laps to fellow Northloopers and having laps with them. :veryhappy:

Nige
27-08-2009, 07:09 AM
Back at the campsite and the fires were starting to get a little bigger than necessary...
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Helen and Ian watched the Frogs progress with interest.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_2170.jpg

A Frog.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_2173.jpg

Andy was `relaxed`
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_2174.jpg

Star Gazing
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_2177.jpg

A VERY HOT fire.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_2182.jpg

Tuesday was Phantasialand &#33;

This report will continue later, WHEN I get time ;)

Duncan
27-08-2009, 07:44 AM
Not jealous at all when I am having so much fun back in the uk





grrr


Looks like the fun is continuing Nige :thumb:

And that last fire looks much hotter ;)

driveforward
27-08-2009, 08:06 AM
Originally posted by Nige@Aug 27 2009, 07:05 AM
Collected Simons M3 to do a few jobs on.
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1943.jpg

New CV on the Arosa
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1944.jpg

Many thanks once again to yourself and Chris for sorting the Arosa :thumb:

Looks like you had quite a joblist at Camp Pinder&#33;

I look forward to the next update B)

Stan
27-08-2009, 08:12 AM
Some great car pics&#33;

The-Vee
27-08-2009, 08:30 AM
Good read, was nice meeting you and I will forever honor you for the Approach-SX-diagonally-tip :censored: :thumb: :D

Simon
27-08-2009, 08:55 AM
An excellent update :thumb: . I can&#39;t wait to catch up with everyone this weekend B)

vw_singh
27-08-2009, 11:01 AM
Wow&#33; Everyday is a Holiday&#33;

Yea, thats me in the Red mk1.

And looking carefully at Sparrows mk2, thats me in the passenger seat on our crash lap :o

Gurds

jon_r
27-08-2009, 12:00 PM
An epic update Nige, thankyou&#33; :thumb:

I found myself chuckling at the amount of cars you have parked in that campsite :lol: They must love you&#33;

Gutting that I can&#39;t get out there for a month or so. :angry:

Dan
27-08-2009, 01:08 PM
Great update :thumb:

Chris_S
27-08-2009, 01:09 PM
Top stuff as always :thumb:

Peach-uk
27-08-2009, 06:45 PM
Been said plenty of times, but this really is a good read :) Great to see you&#39;re having fun and piling on the laps&#33;

driveforward
27-08-2009, 06:56 PM
Originally posted by Nige@Aug 27 2009, 07:04 AM
Chris TRIED to sit in Ians seat, as those who have had a lap with him will know, the seats are built for small children and 9 stone drivers, suffice to say, Chris had NO chance of fitting :whistle:
http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/IMG_1852.jpg
I can&#39;t think what you&#39;re on about...

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll196/crispy8v/summer09/DSC_038.jpg

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll196/crispy8v/summer09/DSC_039.jpg

:whistle:

Chris D
27-08-2009, 07:41 PM
I read this everytime its updated. Great report Nige :thumb:

See you at the weekend, might even pop to camp pinder and offer some bushcraft advice :lol:

pye21
27-08-2009, 07:46 PM
Great update :thumb:

How was Hockenheim?

crossie
27-08-2009, 08:29 PM
Super update Nige.
Everyone looks to be having a great time as normal.

Might have to camp next year&#33;

simon_davis
27-08-2009, 10:30 PM
A great update to your ongoing report Nige. :thumb:

You don&#39;t know what effect you have on people when you don&#39;t do your daily updates....life in the office is rather dull. :lol:

Looking forward to the next episode.

Take care mate, Si
:veryhappy:

Nige
28-08-2009, 04:13 PM
Originally posted by simon_davis@Aug 27 2009, 11:30 PM
You don&#39;t know what effect you have on people when you don&#39;t do your daily updates....life in the office is rather dull. :lol:
Thats a good thing.... I think :lol:

Next update will be in a few days, pretty busy out here..

We are only here 3 more days :( , but I will still have a weeks worth of updating to post, I`ll spread it out over a few days so it gives you something new to click on :lol:

Hockenheim was as good as last time, got lots of video and pics. Will post in due course.

We`ve had a brilliant time, done lots of things, met and spent time with great people and can`t believe its almost over &#33;&#33;.

Floyd
28-08-2009, 10:13 PM
I saw the incident at the top of the picture too :blink:

http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/MattyPinder/Summer2009/NLP_3970.jpg

You seem to have a really good time Nige. No wonder you get sad coming home.

Karl
31-08-2009, 07:59 AM
So another mammoth Pindertrip draws to a close :(

Great to see you all again, and have a good trip home, until next year :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

And this time, I&#39;ll be ready for you, I&#39;m speaking to a man :smug: :whistle: :fight:

Chris D
31-08-2009, 06:11 PM
Many thanks for the pax lap Nige :veryhappy: .

White spots FTW, they made a massive difference later on :thumb: I even remembered most of the other tips too.



Glad that i was paxing during your fuchsrohre experiment..............

&#39;I&#39;ve been told you can go flat out through fuchsrohre, I&#39;ve never done it before but i&#39;m gonna try it now........&#39;

:o :o :o

:lol:

Karl
01-09-2009, 07:17 AM
Originally posted by Chris Davidson@Aug 31 2009, 07:11 PM
&#39;I&#39;ve been told you can go flat out through fuchsrohre, I&#39;ve never done it before but i&#39;m gonna try it now........&#39;

:o :o :o

:lol:
LOL, Nige, you naughty boy :nono: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Nige
01-09-2009, 10:47 AM
Originally posted by Chris Davidson@Aug 31 2009, 07:11 PM
Glad that i was paxing during your fuchsrohre experiment..............

&#39;I&#39;ve been told you can go flat out through fuchsrohre, I&#39;ve never done it before but i&#39;m gonna try it now........&#39;

:o :o :o

:lol:
:whistle: :lol:

Kinghorn did it first, but I think its a great line :lol: :lol:

Chris, I`ve been Flat through there for over a year now, but your face was a picture :whistle:

Simon
01-09-2009, 10:54 AM
Originally posted by Karl+Sep 1 2009, 08:17 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Karl @ Sep 1 2009, 08:17 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Chris Davidson@Aug 31 2009, 07:11 PM
&#39;I&#39;ve been told you can go flat out through fuchsrohre, I&#39;ve never done it before but i&#39;m gonna try it now........&#39;

:o :o :o

:lol:
LOL, Nige, you naughty boy :nono: :lol: :lol: :lol: [/b][/quote]
+1 :lol: :lol:

GVK
01-09-2009, 11:00 AM
You git Nige :lol:

Chris D
01-09-2009, 03:28 PM
Originally posted by Nige+Sep 1 2009, 12:47 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Nige @ Sep 1 2009, 12:47 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Chris Davidson@Aug 31 2009, 07:11 PM
Glad that i was paxing during your fuchsrohre experiment..............

&#39;I&#39;ve been told you can go flat out through fuchsrohre, I&#39;ve never done it before but i&#39;m gonna try it now........&#39;

:o* :o* :o

:lol:
:whistle: :lol:

Kinghorn did it first, but I think its a great line :lol: :lol:

Chris, I`ve been Flat through there for over a year now, but your face was a picture :whistle: [/b][/quote]
:o :jerk:


:lol:

Nige
02-09-2009, 08:13 PM
Right, before everyone gets confused, WE ARE NOW BACK IN THE UK &#33;

However, the report is still continuing, this update is from 25th Aug. :thumb:

Decided to go to Phantasialand, the weather was awful, one of the 3 days we had with rain for the entire holiday. Drove steadily on the motorway, aquaplaning in a 2ton X5 isn`t my idea of fun..
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2265Copy.jpg

Karl txt`d me to let me know there was a bad storm between Nurburg and phantasialand. Thoughtful of him, but by then, we were in the middle of it...

The rain started easing by the time we arrived, but some still took the precaution of wearing waterproofs, traffic light coloured in some cases..
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2269Copy.jpg

A few rides were still closed, but as we passed the Black Mamba, it opened, so we were a few of the first on, deciding it was an opportunity too good to miss, several of us queued for the front row &#33;

After that, we went on Talocan (the long bench like ride that spins you all over the place, no pic of the ride, sorry). Anyway, Lou didn`t like it too much...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2272Copy.jpg

Jude, Hayley and Mat thought it was great &#33;
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2273Copy.jpg

We then wandered towards the water ride, I think the bag suits Andy :whistle:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2274Copy.jpg

ANdy ensured he didn`t get his hair wet.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2276Copy.jpg

9 people per ride.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2277Copy.jpg

Hayley, Andy & Cat
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2279Copy.jpg

Ian & Jude
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Mat, Lou & me
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2281Copy.jpg

Part of the ride takes you in a lift, disconcerting at first &#33;
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2283Copy.jpg

Hayley saw the downhill slope ahead.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2284Copy.jpg

Some just laughed
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2285Copy.jpg

Having fun &#33;
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2287Copy.jpg

Hayley thought she was about to get wet..
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2289Copy.jpg

She was right &#33;
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2293Copy.jpg

Andy thought it was awesome.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2294Copy.jpg

poor cat was soaked :o
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2295Copy.jpg

:huh:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2298Copy.jpg

The girls dried out afterwards.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2301Copy.jpg

no comment required for this one.
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We then wandered around going on several rides, queues were minimal so we were able to get on whatever we chose
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2308Copy.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2312Copy.jpg

We went on a `scary` ride, the girls were watching closely.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2325Copy.jpg

All they saw were some plastic bones
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2326Copy.jpg

and crappy `monsters`
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2327Copy.jpg

It was probably THE worst `ghost train` I`ve ever had the misfortune to go on.

Blimey :blink:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2333Copy.jpg

There was a long queue to have your photo taken with this `dragon`. Erin ignored it and walked straight to the front, getting some angry looks from those who were still queuing. :angry:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2340Copy.jpg

Last ride of the day was the fear and force, a reasonable queue but great fun, Hayley screaming when she saw what was about to happen was hilarious..

Nige
02-09-2009, 08:15 PM
After we had the obligatory waffles..

Erin
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2343Copy.jpg

Jude wore the icing sugar
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2344Copy.jpg

Cat, Izzy & Mat
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2345Copy.jpg

Lou
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2347Copy.jpg

Me
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2348Copy.jpg

`Nige, I BET you can`t fit that in your mouth in ONE go..."
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http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2350Copy.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2352Copy.jpg

I CAN :smug:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2353Copy.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2354Copy.jpg

Hayley didn`t want a waffle
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2351Copy.jpg

Andy did
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2355Copy.jpg

Then Hayley decided to `share` Andys..
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2358Copy.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2359Copy.jpg

As always, we had a fun day out, some only went on a few rides, others went on them all.

Drove back to the campsite, the X5 managed 126MPH on the GPS, then the A1 started going uphill towards the junction near dollendorf and the speed fell to 115 flat out :loser:

Unfortunately, Andy & Hayley had to leave when we returned, so they packed up whilst we went on track then said their goodbyes :wave:

Hayley didn`t know if she would like camping, but we think she is now converted ;)

Time to go :(

There is a downside to staying out there for so long and its having to say goodbye to friends when they return home, it was bad when the Grahams left, then Chris and was just as bad with Andy & Hayley..
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2366Copy.jpg

crossie
02-09-2009, 08:47 PM
Great update.

simon_davis
02-09-2009, 09:24 PM
Nice continuation Nige....

Keep it up&#33; :whistle:

:thumb: :thumb:
Si

Dan
02-09-2009, 10:19 PM
Nice update Nige :thumb:

Stan
02-09-2009, 10:38 PM
Nice update Nige

claire
03-09-2009, 06:51 AM
looking forward to the next installment. :thumb:

The-Vee
03-09-2009, 09:30 AM
Get some Turtle Clear View or Rain-X stuff for this, I did and it works a treat. We&#39;ve been to Phantasialand a week before you I think and it was also showering so we swapped the tickets back in and got refunds, yaay :D

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2265Copy.jpg

Nige
05-09-2009, 08:39 AM
Getting ahead of myself here. on MONDAY we went to the Schumacher Karting centre.

On the way, Cat showed Helen how to play `thumb wars`
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2189.jpg

We went, along with Ian & Jude, Andy & Hayley, Dave Boulder & Family and Daves mate & Family & his friend Simon and his family.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2196.jpg

Hayley tried to get her hair under the balaclava..
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2197.jpg

Kids signed on and ready to go
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2199.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2202.jpg

and they`re off...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2206.jpg

Mat
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2212.jpg

Cat
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2213.jpg

Mat was leading the laptimes until the very last lap when William got a faster lap in.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2228.jpg

Adults went next and that wasn`t competitive in the slightest :whistle:

Afterwards, we went along to Subway for lunch. Blimey, sometimes people can have too many choices :whistle:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2242.jpg

Once lunch had settled we were back for a go on the outdoor track.

Kids first again and Matty was determined to be faster than William in this session. Unfortunately, his kart was very slow, he was about 8km/h slower down the straight than anyone else.
His frustration was so obvious, we could tell he was angry from just watching. NOW he knows to come in and get a different kart, but at the time he didn`t know that and he was gutted to not have a competetive kart. :angry:

Ready to go
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/NLP_6123.jpg

Spectating in the glorious sunshine &#33;
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/NLP_6126.jpg

Katy
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/NLP_6140.jpg

Erin
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/NLP_6141.jpg

William
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/NLP_6158.jpg

Cat even had time to wave after she passed mat :wave: :whistle:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/NLP_6155.jpg

We thought we`d got the next session to ourselves, but a couple of germans joined us..
Hayley & Jude
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/NLP_6180.jpg

Hayley, Andy & Me and the German in the red T Shirt. He shot up the inside of me...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/NLP_6247.jpg

...and span :loser:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/NLP_6252.jpg

Hayley, Andy & I then had a cracking race where we were 3 abreast at times &#33; Really great laps. :veryhappy:

Justine
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/NLP_6264.jpg

Jude
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/NLP_6300.jpg

Ian & Andy were battling the entire race
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/NLP_6305.jpg

Lou
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/NLP_6282.jpg

Isabel who joined the adults for this session....
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/NLP_6353.jpg

Ian, Andy & Me.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/NLP_6442-1.jpg

Really enjoyable time, all (aprt from Mat) had great fun &#33;&#33; , Karting is such a laugh when you are with friends, not racing each otherat all. :whistle:

Back to the Campsite and Andy & Ian asked if they could chop some firewood.

WAIT until I`ve moved my hand...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2249.jpg

hmmm
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2250.jpg

Yeah, not bad I suppose...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2253.jpg

It then started to drizzle, so we moved to Gazebo to the edge of the fire.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2261.jpg

We ate under shelter whilst the fire was in the rain :lol:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2264.jpg

alclark
05-09-2009, 09:11 AM
Really enjoyed reading this&#33; Such a shame I&#39;ve not been able to get out there&#33;&#33; :(

Armour
05-09-2009, 11:46 AM
Great updates Nige, really enjoying the report :thumb:

Dan
05-09-2009, 11:46 AM
:thumb:

JudeM
05-09-2009, 11:51 AM
Thank you so much for this Nige, as I used it to show Laura and Charlotte my holiday :shame:

Jude

Hippychick
05-09-2009, 02:24 PM
Reading this is like being on holiday again...thanks for doing it Nige :thumb:

For anybody who&#39;s not seen the full splendour of Camp Pinder, here it is...

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t300/hippychick_H/DSC00778.jpg

p1doc
05-09-2009, 03:54 PM
thanks for pax lap and good to meet up with the northloopers with my new scooby lol
martin

Ian H
05-09-2009, 06:46 PM
Originally posted by p1doc@Sep 5 2009, 04:54 PM
thanks for pax lap and good to meet up with the northloopers with my new scooby lol
martin
Cough.... Diesel WRX... Cough..... :D

Not the Kit car :lol:


Good to see you Martin :thumb:

Ian

sonja
07-09-2009, 10:11 AM
Originally posted by Hippychick@Sep 5 2009, 02:24 PM
Reading this is like being on holiday again...thanks for doing it Nige :thumb:

For anybody who&#39;s not seen the full splendour of Camp Pinder, here it is...

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t300/hippychick_H/DSC00778.jpg
haha, thats cool.

@ nige, didnt you pay dubble price using all that space? ;)

p1doc
07-09-2009, 12:19 PM
Originally posted by Ian Howell+Sep 5 2009, 06:46 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Ian Howell @ Sep 5 2009, 06:46 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-p1doc@Sep 5 2009, 04:54 PM
thanks for pax lap and good to meet up with the northloopers with my new scooby lol
martin
Cough.... Diesel WRX... Cough..... :D

Not the Kit car :lol:


Good to see you Martin :thumb:

Ian [/b][/quote]
IVA tomorrow third time lucky lol
diesel wrx is a very nice car-check out facebook pics of stelvio mmm
dont annoy any bikers ian :fishing:
martin

Ian H
07-09-2009, 01:48 PM
Originally posted by p1doc+Sep 7 2009, 01:19 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (p1doc &#064; Sep 7 2009, 01:19 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> diesel wrx is a very nice car-check out facebook pics of stelvio mmm [/b]
Will do ;)


<!--QuoteBegin-p1doc@Sep 7 2009, 01:19 PM
don&#39;t annoy any bikers ian :fishing: [/quote]
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Ian

Nige
07-09-2009, 05:54 PM
Wednesday was a bit of a steady day after the previous few. I had an issue where the steering wasn`t centered and the car was pulling to one side under braking, a bit of investigation revealed one of the strut bolts had moved slightly, changing the camber quite drastically and thus affecting the alignment

Used the trailer ramps to get the front off floor and level so I could sort it out
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2384Copy.jpg

Used the `string` method to setup alignment after the camber had been reset
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2391Copy.jpg

Whilst checking, I spotted a cracked front brake disk. I had changed the pads a few days before, normally, I would have changed the disks at the same time, but Andy Jebson had arrived with a cracked disk and had used my new spares to get him away. This meant I needed to order some from the local motor factors.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2408Copy-1.jpg

Ian had an issue where he could only select certain gears, the plastic clip that connects the cable to the shifter mechanism had borken. a long 6mm bolt, numerous washers and locknuts and it was better than ever &#33;
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2409Copy-1.jpg

I had an issue where the towball on the X5 was higher than the mazda. This wasn`t an issue when going to UK trackdays as the Golf wasn`t as loaded, but travelling to Germany, we noticed the back of the trailer was very low. After discussion with Duncan, we spotted his trailer had a `spacer` between the hitch and trailer frame. I brought over some box section from the UK to space mine the same amount.

Before
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2405Copy.jpg

After
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2406Copy-1.jpg

much better, the trailer now sits horizontal when attached to the X5 :thumb: As we were going to Hockenheim tomorrow, it was a good time to put the car on the trailer after fitting the new disks ready for the drive.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2411Copy-2.jpg

Helen enjoyed the sunshine and sat reading her book
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2385Copy.jpg

I had changed the front pads on Simons car and was also raising the rear ride height (it was FAR too low) as it had been bottoming out in the compression and karussel.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2395Copy.jpg

Couldn`t work out how to easily get to the adjusting nut. A quick `help` to John @RSR and he told me I needed to disconnect the bottom of the shocker, this allowed us to move the suspension and easily set the ride height :thumb:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/summer%202009/IMG_2402Copy.jpg

Usual beer and campfire before retiring for the night.

Hockenheim next.. :D

Rene Graff
07-09-2009, 06:14 PM
You´re a (Oops I said the F word)ing legend Nige. I´m very sorry I didn´t find the time to pop over and meet you after all. But I´m sure next Pinder Summer Camp will surely come. :thumb: