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alclark
21-11-2009, 02:02 PM
Rather than write stuff, I'm going to tell my story in pictures and bulleted descriptions.

> Arrive at John's house to wash car pre-trip for an oil change.
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> John had had far too much caffeine.
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> Went back home, and packed 6 spare wheels and tyres into the car, plus endless tools and food and clothes for a 10 day epic.
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> The next morning, the 10am ferry. We were directed to the yellow car parking area.
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> Stopping for fuels in Calais.
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> A road.
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> Because we'd been leading a convoy of cars with no sat nav that were towing (and restricted to 70kph... argh) we arrived at about 8pm and headed straight to the Comfy Corner were it was Brens last night, and Karl, Jorg, Andy and everyone else was already wannied.
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> Andrew Hereward and Jon Lawes (our resident wobbly one legged nutter man), plus a chap called Ben Short (International Racing Driver from the Internet) and his lady Becky had arrived a few hours earlier in Andrews new S-Type Jaaaaag and were already all pissed too.
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> We also got drunk and pondered how fast the Datsun would break.
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> Daybreak, and people were still arriving, despite all being on 10am ferrys the previous day. These guys had gone to Nuremburg first, by accident, making their journey a 750 mile trip, instead of a 250 mile trip and spent 400 on fuel!!!!
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> The Datsun was looking very happy the next morning, and we decided to leave it there and head down in the Jaaag to the IDS Drift event on the GP track.
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> The IDS Drift event on the Mullenbach-Schleife where a car I sponsor was doing very well, making the quarter finals before a hydro-brake failure knocked him out:
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> It was good fun to watch, and some decent drift battles were taking place!
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>It was bitterly cold, and we decided to go and see the addmittedly impressive, if utterly pointless development fascination.
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> So then we thought we may as well catch some VLN:
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> In the Fox Hole
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> After we got bored eventually, we headed off to the Lindenhoff for a Grille-Haxe where Jon decided he was try and lick Andrew.
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> The next morning, we headed off straight away for Touristen Farting, and Andrew headed out straight away for a lap in the Jaaaaag.
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> Then I headed out. The car was brutally fast up the hill, easily sat on the tail of a GT3-RS up the hill, but the handling really left something to be desired.
Unfortunately, on the 8th lap, the engine went bang, with Andrew in the car. We got the car off the circuit and headed to RSR where a short aural inspection confirmed the bottom end had gone gay, and no one wants a gay bottom end.
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> So the car was left outside, abandoned.
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> At that point, Julian Smith arrived in his 4 door R34 Skyline for some 'drift testing' on the 'Ring.
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> This went on most of the afternoon until we were happy, and then we went off to get drunk.
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> John, Me, Andy, Dale from the Internet, The Captain, The Moff, and Julian Smith.
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> The next day was closed in the morning because these very rich fashionable chaps from London had decided to rent the whole Nordschleife for themselves. However, Julian took them out for full on drift laps of the whole track, and they loved that, so all was good.
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>TF re-opened in the afternoon.
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>Then Tim Hutton from Road Magazine arrived in the Aston which we were going to photograph and film over the next three days round the 'Ring.
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> Then we all went up to the FSZ Handling centre for a shoot where the instructors were telling us that the car might 'power over steer' or something like that. They were not expecting us to be drifting 80 metres before the corner.... However, the instructor was fascinated by it, and we stayed for about an hour just sliding around the place!
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More in a moment or three!!

Chris D
21-11-2009, 02:55 PM
Nuremburg FAIL :o :lol: :lol: :lol:

School Boy Error :nono: :lol:

Gary Kinghorn
21-11-2009, 03:14 PM
Originally posted by Chris Davidson@Nov 21 2009, 03:55 PM
Nuremburg FAIL :o :lol: :lol: :lol:

School Boy Error :nono: :lol:
I was laughing at that just now too :lol: :lol:

Dan
21-11-2009, 03:59 PM
Originally posted by Chris Davidson@Nov 21 2009, 03:55 PM
Nuremburg FAIL :o :lol: :lol: :lol:

School Boy Error :nono: :lol:
:lol: :lol: :lol:

alclark
21-11-2009, 04:45 PM
Damn it. Lost the second half! You'll have to all wait while I re-type it. Groan.

Mr Moffatt
22-11-2009, 07:11 AM
Was a epic few days and great to see you all :)

Nige
22-11-2009, 07:25 AM
Eventful :o

Didn`t know the engine had gone pop. Bugger. You need N/A...

More please !

Darren Langeveld
22-11-2009, 07:38 AM
WAITING!

crossie
22-11-2009, 09:36 AM
Great report

shame about the car.

is lizard bringing it back to the uk?

Dan
22-11-2009, 10:13 AM
Originally posted by Darren'Teffers'Langeveld@Nov 22 2009, 08:38 AM
WAITING!
*tapping fingers on keyboard*

The-Vee
22-11-2009, 11:47 AM
Bollo concerning the big-ends :( , but you'll get it fixed and be ready for some new epicness :thumb:

GVK
22-11-2009, 12:05 PM
Nice report Al - shame about the motor. Jap Clutter :shout:

driveforward
22-11-2009, 12:38 PM
Very entertaining report, well, other than the end of your bottom bit.

Simon
23-11-2009, 10:46 AM
Originally posted by alclark@Nov 21 2009, 05:45 PM
Damn it. Lost the second half! You'll have to all wait while I re-type it. Groan.
Chop chop.

Love the FAIL route as well :lol:

Dan
24-11-2009, 10:05 AM
Originally posted by Simon@Nov 23 2009, 11:46 AM
Chop chop.


+1

jon_r
24-11-2009, 01:09 PM
+2. This is great! :thumb:

Rory
24-11-2009, 04:11 PM
Cracking report so far :thumb:
Sorry to hear about the car though! Hope it's resurrectable in some way as it looked cool!

... joins the masses in anxiously awaiting more... :thumb:

Floyd
24-11-2009, 05:54 PM
Not epic enough. It's only half epic so far. More epic please.

Dave B
25-11-2009, 11:28 AM
their journey a 750 mile trip, instead of a 250 mile trip and spent 400 on fuel!!!!

Bloody hell..thats 8-10 mpg.... :o

Dave G
25-11-2009, 11:29 AM
The joys of drift. :thumb:

BCA
25-11-2009, 02:19 PM
...and....

alclark
25-11-2009, 03:45 PM
I'm on the case - not quite finished it yet!! :D

I'm including the car build in the finale.

Dale
26-11-2009, 09:21 AM
Get orrrrrrn withit! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KexudBb_oc&feature=PlayList&p=2E5533CF3DC76706&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=34)

Weeman
27-11-2009, 08:59 AM
Just seen this, crikey, sorry to hear about that Al :(:(

if you need any sort of bits bringing/taking i'll be back at xmas period :)

alclark
29-11-2009, 05:30 PM
I have begun re-writing this, so hopefully will have something up soon-ish!

Darren Langeveld
29-11-2009, 05:44 PM
Originally posted by alclark@Nov 29 2009, 06:30 PM
I have begun re-writing this, so hopefully will have something up soon-ish!
We've all been hassling him on Faceache :)

Neil Mac
30-11-2009, 12:44 PM
The epicness is draining away while we wait... :karl:

jon_r
30-11-2009, 02:57 PM
It's like waiting on a search function :karl: ;)

alclark
30-11-2009, 07:47 PM
I'm playing Forza. :D

alclark
30-11-2009, 11:01 PM
Right, after many days of not being here, and generally playing Forza 3 and stuff, here is the 2nd part of my woefully short coming report.

So we left ourselves at the FSZ Handling centre, where we were having far too much fun. Seriously way too much fun.

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That night called for more beers, and Julian left for the UK, happy and fully drifted.

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The next morning was the two day RMA track day. Not being much of a track day fan (despite owning a track day company) I had been really looking forward to it as I've never actually done a complete lap of the Ring. Sadly as my car had blown up and budgets didn't stretch to one of RSR's most excellent Alfa's, or indeed GT3-RS, I was going to have to sit this one out.

None the less, we managed to get some shots on the empty circuit. I did have to do much of the lap in a non-TUV approved seating position.

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Our next stop was down to Manthey were we were getting a full tour of the facilities, including the amazing rolling road rig, and most importantly the astonishing level of detail that goes into the tuning at Manthey. Everything is calculated carefully to each individual driver, car, and tracks / roads you drive - it blew me away completely. To give you some idea of the success these guys have had, Porsche actually asks them how to set up the 911's. Seriously.

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Our next stop was the Aston Martin facility, which to put it bluntly, was fecking swish. We were doing another article so got to chat to Wolfgang Schuhbauer in surprising detail about the facility, the test program and the direction of Aston.

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Lovely.

The next day we continued to have some awesome times - all the RMA customers had gotten scared of the water and leaves and either crashed or gone home, so Dale and Moff came out to play games. There WILL be a video on this, but work is pretty busy during the days at the moment....

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Dinner that night was at the Blauecke, the awesome / epic burgers are ace. Thanks Michaela!!

After some beers we went to sleep.

My car was loaded up onto the trailer belonging to a very kind chap called Ben who gave me a very good rate to take the Canary back home, and she was loaded up, and we headed home.

I'm putting the car rebuild in my other thread so I guess... herein lies the end of this chapter!!


Thanks from this trip go to:

Dale / Moff / Everyone at RSR who helped with ramps with the canary.
Martin and Heidi at the Burgstube for their awesome hotel, definitely the best hotel to stay at in Nurburg!!
Ben Short for taking the canary home
John Marcar for passengering!
And everybody else who I've not mentioned who I met up with / helped me!

Rory
30-11-2009, 11:15 PM
Clearly Aston Martin is trying to break into the MPV market but that must have been quite a pax lap! :lol:

Nice report Al and looking forward to seeing more footage from what must have been an incredible week over there! :thumb:

Tim
30-11-2009, 11:20 PM
Bit of an anti-climax that :whistle:

BCA
01-12-2009, 12:01 AM
Did the complete Aston Test Centre tour last trip too, have pictures but can't put them on the web as a close mate works there (Geeky young bloke, Martin) and I dont wish to get him into trouble.

It is a very nice place. :thumb:

jon_r
01-12-2009, 04:24 PM
Epic Al.

:thumb:

Looking forward to that video!

Adamt
02-12-2009, 04:25 PM
Good read, Al.

It was good to meet you as well.

a

Uncle Benz
12-12-2009, 09:48 PM
wonder

texas2201
26-12-2009, 06:53 PM
I did enjoy our joint drifting lap following you in the yellow peril in Dale's MX5 - 3/4 lots of smoke coming out from behind your car - gearbox, oil, turbo and tyre - I was tasting and smelling it all that day GLOL :lol:

Dale's MX made an unhealthy BANG as we drifted thro Kliene Karrousell - dont think he did his diff any good - in the car park it seemed to be leaking