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leavingeasy
09-10-2006, 01:00 PM
Not really a Ring report, I'll leave that to Gary, but rather a hearty pat on the back to the builders of the K series engine cos I didnt break it!!

17 laps over a day and an evening including a brilliant lap with IanV in the passenger seat and us sat 2 inches off the Ring Taxi's bumper. Brilliant fun, shame we didnt have a video- Ring driver didnt best pleased tho :o

Weather was amazing, bit slippy in the morning (ahem Ross) couple of lengthy closures, lots of chatting, brilliant company, a lap in the Vantage S (hmmmm yum) couple of laps in a Boxster S and then the rest of the time taking people for passenger laps and having a ball.

Only overtaken by two cars all trip (the Ring Taxi-bloody fast in a straight line that and a GT3) two fabulous laps with Simon following and videoing :whistle: , lots of traffic but must have been in the 8:40's, then finished the weekend with my first ever sub 8:30 lap(could have been faster had it not been for the UberML at Wipperman!!)

Stunning company (thanks Juan and Ross :thumb: ), glorious weather, flat through SX and Pflanzgarten for the first time ever, on the limiter in 6th towards SX and foxholes, and not a good car for taking too much kerb.

Must get a big lazer thing for the rollbar on the Caterham, we got baulked (oh Christ IanV remember?), blocked and driven over all weekend and it was only when UB tried to run me off the track that I realised the car is so bloody small other drivers cant see it! :blink:

Anyways I'm off for a lie down. It's great to be back-cue Gary!

Big shouts to:

Gary
Simon
Ian
Ross
Juan
Big Jim
Weeman
Dutch reg'd Lotus chap (sorry forgotten already)
Tankman (good luck with the move back to Blighty)
and the rest of you top fellas.

And of course Uncle Benz.

Thanks for everything buddy! We did it at last! :thumb:

Oakie

leavingeasy
09-10-2006, 01:05 PM
http://images.mw-sportfoto.de/touri06/touri061008/images/1626-0273.jpg

A pic of me! Driving! Not broken down!

It only took 47 laps!

leavingeasy
09-10-2006, 01:06 PM
Dont bloody believe it!

Look at the lid- its not me driving!! BLOODY HELL!!

leavingeasy
09-10-2006, 01:11 PM
http://images.mw-sportfoto.de/touri06/touri061008/images/1767-0612.jpg

Paul (the stag) looks worried as we have a little dash up the hill!!

Andrew
09-10-2006, 01:14 PM
Nice report, and some interesting pics :D

Dave G
09-10-2006, 01:15 PM
Quality Nick, sounds like you had great fun.

Looking forward to seeing some vids/pictures!

10 days till it's my turn! :affection:

mckeann
09-10-2006, 01:19 PM
Originally posted by davetouring@Oct 9 2006, 02:15 PM
10 days till it's my turn! :affection:
only 3 days till i leave for my turn :affection:


P.S well done Oakie :thumb:

Nige
09-10-2006, 01:27 PM
Originally posted by leavingeasy@Oct 9 2006, 01:05 PM
A pic of me! Driving! Not broken down!

I still think its all a big con, you`ll tell us in a week that you werent really there...

You`ll ruin your image if people think you can actually have a trip with no breakdowns you know...

Good report :thumb:

Spoke to Ian this morning, he mentioned Ross :( but said the company was great :thumb:

Karl
09-10-2006, 01:29 PM
Originally posted by leavingeasy@Oct 9 2006, 01:00 PM
flat through SX for the first time ever,

on the limiter in 6th towards SX
:blink: :blink: :blink:

Nice read Nick, I only popped up briefly on Sunday but didn't have time to come and chat, I did shout at you as you came through AF whilst I was up there watching though :lol:

Nige
09-10-2006, 01:35 PM
Karl,

Didnt you tell me to NOT go that fast through SX, cos its very dangerous? :huh:

Karl
09-10-2006, 01:41 PM
Yep :thumb:

Maybe "on the limiter in 6th" in the Westie's 100mph? :D

Or maybe it has a nine speed box? :ph43r:

mckeann
09-10-2006, 01:47 PM
SX as in schwedenkreuz ?? Flat ?? IN 6th?? At 130mph??


ARE YOU FCUKING CRAZY?? :blink:

Dave Evans
09-10-2006, 01:53 PM
:o

Dave Evans
09-10-2006, 02:04 PM
Originally posted by leavingeasy@Oct 9 2006, 01:00 PM
Dutch reg'd Lotus chap (sorry forgotten already)

:wave:

Cracking day. By some accident my timing was perfect all day. Closures only happened just after I'd found myself a comfortable carpark, or gone for fuel etc.

Bob (the other Dutch elise) and I took off after the announcement the 5pm closure would remain until at least 6pm. When did the track open again? If it did open at 6 I bet that last 1.5hrs were fantastic. Dry but cool & mostly empty?

Gary Kinghorn
09-10-2006, 02:08 PM
uncle benz comment from the m2 on the way home.... Now we have to put a clutch in the fxxxxxxg thing. :jerk: great weekend guys

leavingeasy
09-10-2006, 02:08 PM
Originally posted by mckeann@Oct 9 2006, 01:47 PM
SX as in schwedenkreuz ?? Flat ?? IN 6th?? At 130mph??


ARE YOU FCUKING CRAZY?? :blink:
Actually it was nearer 120 mph. Loads of grip, but as I was explaining to Gary the problem is how fast you are then approaching the right hander immediately after, its quite hard to get to the left of the track for the turn in, the surface is really rough and I need to get down two gears as well.

Probably quicker to actually take SX a bit slower. You must remember it weighs 500kgs and only has about 150bhp, so places I was flat in that I wouldnt have dreamed of doing in anything else. I am not brave or anything its just a really forgiving complimentary car.

Oh and Karl, yes I heard you- something about ducking a punt?

Westfield- cheeky bastard!

Oakie

leavingeasy
09-10-2006, 02:11 PM
Originally posted by Gutmann pug@Oct 9 2006, 02:08 PM
uncle benz comment from the m2 on the way home.... Now we have to put a clutch in the fxxxxxxg thing. :jerk: great weekend guys
Would hate him to think he got away lightly!

Karl
09-10-2006, 02:14 PM
Those skateboards all look the same to me :lol:

mckeann
09-10-2006, 02:43 PM
Originally posted by leavingeasy@Oct 9 2006, 03:08 PM
Actually it was nearer 120 mph. Loads of grip, but as I was explaining to Gary the problem is how fast you are then approaching the right hander immediately after, its quite hard to get to the left of the track for the turn in, the surface is really rough and I need to get down two gears as well.

Oakie
I know how good caterhams handle and it always surprises me just how much better they are than my elise, but that still takes big balls. :thumb:

So, just to confirm (getting driving tips from Oakie is bound to end in tears :whistle: ) are you flat on the limiter along the straight and stay flat through the corner, or do you lift/dab brakes, to reduce speed slightly, then go flat as you turn in??

Floyd
09-10-2006, 03:03 PM
Balls of steel :blink: :thumb:

F

Nige
09-10-2006, 03:20 PM
or just a lunatic...

Andrew
09-10-2006, 03:25 PM
...or thought it was a different corner.... :unsure: :D

Darren Langeveld
09-10-2006, 03:33 PM
SX is pretty much flat - but not flat on the throttle (?) in an average Caterham as long as you stick to the middle of the track IMHO.

Gearing dependant of course.

I bet you ran out of revs all over the place Nick?

leavingeasy
09-10-2006, 05:01 PM
Whatever that straight is called before SX I had to lift going up the hill cos I was on the limiter in 6th, that equates to about 125. As I crested the hill into SX I could put the throttle hard on the floor and pull 7000 rpm all the way round. That's about 120.

Then had to fight may way to the left for the righthander, brake on the bumpy entrance and drop to 4th.

Was out of revs on just about every straight bit. Perhaps it needs a 3.62 diff?

Who knows- I'm not brave or talented, just the Caterham is fab.

Dave Malings
09-10-2006, 05:06 PM
Originally posted by leavingeasy@Oct 9 2006, 06:01 PM
Then had to fight may way to the left for the righthander
Shouldn't you already be over on the left?

Bob vanM
09-10-2006, 07:38 PM
Originally posted by leavingeasy@Oct 9 2006, 05:01 PM
Whatever that straight is called before SX I had to lift going up the hill cos I was on the limiter in 6th, that equates to about 125. As I crested the hill into SX I could put the throttle hard on the floor and pull 7000 rpm all the way round. That's about 120.

Then had to fight may way to the left for the righthander, brake on the bumpy entrance and drop to 4th.

Was out of revs on just about every straight bit. Perhaps it needs a 3.62 diff?

Who knows- I'm not brave or talented, just the Caterham is fab.
:wave: you passed me rather quickly (green Dutch Elise) in Hohe Acht, quite impressive to see how flat you went through there.
later in the parking I noticed your Yokohama A 048 R's........ that helps :whistle:

never got to say hello and ask you for a pax, but will do that next time :thumb:

Steven
09-10-2006, 07:42 PM
Well done Nick!!

Knew you'd get there in the end. :thumb:

mckeann
09-10-2006, 08:25 PM
Originally posted by leavingeasy@Oct 9 2006, 06:01 PM
Whatever that straight is called before SX I had to lift going up the hill cos I was on the limiter in 6th, that equates to about 125. As I crested the hill into SX I could put the throttle hard on the floor and pull 7000 rpm all the way round. That's about 120.

Then had to fight may way to the left for the righthander, brake on the bumpy entrance and drop to 4th.

Was out of revs on just about every straight bit. Perhaps it needs a 3.62 diff?

Who knows- I'm not brave or talented, just the Caterham is fab.
Good effort :thumb:

My car gets to 145mph along there, so i wont be trying it flat :whistle: but it'll be interesting to see what speed i normally take it at

Dan Lord
09-10-2006, 09:27 PM
Great picture(2nd one)how many of you missed the bike wheelying behind :ph43r:
Dan

Dave G
09-10-2006, 09:30 PM
Bloody hell! I missed that.

Last lap I drove in the Vectra there was a bike behind wheelying over every crest. :blink: Madness!

leavingeasy
09-10-2006, 09:52 PM
Originally posted by angry@Oct 9 2006, 09:27 PM
Great picture(2nd one)how many of you missed the bike wheelying behind :ph43r:
Dan
Yeah I never knew he was there even when he passed me!! :o

Thanks for the comments guys- this wasnt supposed to be about me being a great driver or anything, just a sense of sheer joy at having accomplished a decent weekend at last!

At last more than three fcuking laps! You have no idea how good that feels!!

leavingeasy
09-10-2006, 09:54 PM
Originally posted by Bob vanM@Oct 9 2006, 07:38 PM


never got to say hello and ask you for a pax, but will do that next time :thumb:
Defo! Sorry I missed you!

IanHowell
09-10-2006, 09:57 PM
Originally posted by leavingeasy@Oct 9 2006, 02:00 PM
Must get a big lazer thing for the rollbar on the Caterham, we got baulked (oh Christ IanV remember?), blocked and driven over all weekend and it was only when UB tried to run me off the track that I realised the car is so bloody small other drivers cant see it! :blink:

Anyways I'm off for a lie down. It's great to be back-cue Gary!

Big shouts to:

Gary
Simon
Ian
Ross
Juan
Big Jim
Weeman
Dutch reg'd Lotus chap (sorry forgotten already)
Tankman (good luck with the move back to Blighty)
and the rest of you top fellas.

And of course Uncle Benz.

Thanks for everything buddy! We did it at last! :thumb:

Oakie
Hi Nick,

Just had an Argentinian Fillet on the stone at the PK with Ross and Gemma washed down with a beer!!!

How did the TV shoot go?

By the way its actually IanH and NOT Ianv, he might wonder why he is being referred to in a trip report when he wasn't here.
As for the Ring Taxi, it was great fun following in its exhaust gases (yes we did get that close as it breaked for a car going off the track). Will do more of a write up when back but that seven of yours is great fun and I will vouch that it was here and went round more than 3 laps!!!.

My clutch held out in the end, even chasing Juan round in the STI with 4 up for my last lap before one of the red 360 ferraris closed the track by stacking it into the armco just after the mini karousell!!

Anyway about that next beer....


Ian Howell (IanH)

leavingeasy
09-10-2006, 10:07 PM
Hey Ian,

Yes was just re-reading my post and noticed my mistake-but you beat me to it! Guess I was still dreaming of a lap in a Golf!

Anyways, lets do it again sometime and this time you can scare the feck out of me!

Oakie

IanHowell
09-10-2006, 10:11 PM
I wasn't scarred....



.......well only a little when we were going 3 abreast leading upto SX!! :o




Really good to meet everyone this weekend.

Ian

leavingeasy
09-10-2006, 10:12 PM
Originally posted by IanHowell@Oct 9 2006, 10:11 PM
I wasn't scarred....



.......well only a little when we were going 3 abreast leading upto SX!! :o




Really good to meet everyone this weekend.

Ian
You were scared??

I had my eyes closed! :o

IanHowell
09-10-2006, 10:15 PM
I was just glad you had plastic easy wipe seats :blink:


Ian

leavingeasy
09-10-2006, 10:16 PM
with practical drain holes!

IanHowell
09-10-2006, 10:25 PM
I was more worried about being suction onto the seat, my sphincter was twitching that much!

Joking aside it was one of the highlites of the weekend, apart from the Aston V8, so thanks for laps, will sort out the Nissan for a fast lap next time we are over togehter. Was getting more confident by the end of today...

with more boost, a clutch that will take it, some decent tyres and a recirc valve should go very well,

not sure of ant times until i check the videos when i am back though.

Ian.

Weeman
10-10-2006, 07:08 AM
Nice to see everyone and finally meet you all this weekend, That caterham looked very rapid everytime i saw it.

Simon
10-10-2006, 07:56 AM
Cracking weekend with friends new & old :thumb: It was fun following you for those 2 laps Nick, will try & have a look at getting the footage to you asap.

Weeman, good to meet you, I should have some photos of some of your Clio mates, will have a look tonight.

Had a good 1/2 lap following Juan & Rachel even with his 'rally driving' corner cutting :whistle:

Gary Kinghorn
10-10-2006, 08:29 AM
I have plenty of Clio pictures too

leavingeasy
10-10-2006, 08:52 AM
come on Gary-where is the report??

Gary Kinghorn
10-10-2006, 09:03 AM
It will be posted tonight ........... when I have written it ;)

Simon
10-10-2006, 09:09 AM
Originally posted by leavingeasy@Oct 10 2006, 09:52 AM
come on Gary-where is the report??
Yes, hurry up, i want to see what we did :whistle:

Dave G
10-10-2006, 09:11 AM
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Genius!

Weeman
10-10-2006, 09:14 AM
Any chance Karl can do one, that fills in the three hours i cant remember on friday afternoon/early evening haha

Gary Kinghorn
10-10-2006, 09:14 AM
Your bit is already written Simon ........

Quote......

''The pedal went long''

un-quote

Nige
10-10-2006, 09:48 AM
Looking forward to your report Gary.

Did Dave ever do one for last weeks visit?

Dave Malings
10-10-2006, 09:57 AM
Originally posted by Nige@Oct 10 2006, 10:48 AM
Did Dave ever do one for last weeks visit?
:whistle:

Broken PC, Kitchen refit, lazy

Simon
10-10-2006, 10:01 AM
Originally posted by Gutmann pug@Oct 10 2006, 10:14 AM
Your bit is already written Simon ........

Quote......

''The pedal went long''

un-quote
& it still is :( Bleed twice in the week before I went & I recon it still has air in it. Slowed me down a little as I was test braking on the big braking parts but not to much :whistle: Hand brake has gone long since the rear wheel bearings were changed as well :( so could'nt use that to stop :lol:

Uncle Benz
10-10-2006, 06:39 PM
Christ Simon, its all gone long......................

Simon
10-10-2006, 07:38 PM
Originally posted by Uncle Benz@Oct 10 2006, 07:39 PM
Christ Simon, its all gone long......................
misses will be pleased then :o