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Gary Kinghorn
25-10-2006, 07:00 PM
Before you leave home

Itís worth spending a little time making sure you are ready for a trip to the Nurburgring, it may be a toll road, but itís a toll road which is going to test you and your car to the limit. The following is a guide to help you prepare yourself and your car for the trip.

First things first letís make sure your car is in the correct condition to get you to the ring and back let alone do any laps.

Tyres Ė The pressure should be checked before you leave home and before you drive on the track. Donít forget your spare too.
You should also check the condition of your tyres, they will be used hard, so donít leave home with just legal thread.
Oil Ė Check the level before you leave home, before you go on track and take a couple of spare litres too.
Brake pads Ė This is a must, check your pads before you leave home and take a spare set of Ďget me home padsí with you too. Brake wear will be high. Do not be caught with metal to metal brakes and no spares. It can spoil a trip and make the drive home difficult.
General Ė Check all other fluid levels on the car before leaving home. Make sure you check all known issue areas. If the car isnít running right a 1000 mile trip isnít going to make it better. Itís a long journey home at 50mph on the back of a breakdown truck.
It is your responsibiltiy to ensure your car is in good and roadworthy condition, if it is not you could be asked to leave.

There is just one thing you should not leave home without, itís a crash helmet. It may not be mandatory on the ring BUT it is extremely important and may save your life.

The following is mandatory, either for the journey or to drive on the ring itself.

Driving licence
Certificate of insurance Ė ring them before you leave and make sure you have Euro cover.
V5 registration document
If in a hired car the rental agreement
All these documents MUST be kept in the car at all times including when you drive on track.

Recommended documentation.
You can leave home without thes but itís not recommended

Breakdown recovery. Make sure it includes Euro cover and that the company does not exclude the Nurburgring and surrounding area.
E111 Health insurance card
Travel insurance
Travel tickets.

Other stuff
In the unlikely event that you have an issue at the ring, close the track due to an oil drop, hit Armco and have a bill to pay ensure you have a means to pay this bill on the spot. A 30 minute closure will cost you around £1,000, a medium - hard Armco contact between £2K and £5K.

When travelling through France ensure any speed camera detectors are removed and hidden. If the police find them, they will be confiscated and not returned.

A small selection of tools may also be handy, enough to change brake pads and do up the odd screw or two. A roll of gaffa tape is also very handy.

Make sure you have your jack with you too.

Finally take the directions from this site, chill out and enjoy the trip.

25-10-2006, 07:13 PM
You should add that you shouldn't bring a car here that has ANY kind of fluid leak.. no matter how slight...

It kills

25-10-2006, 07:43 PM
I would also add aswell as checking fluid levels, that if your car has ANY fluid leaks of any kind .. get them sorted before coming or DO NOT bring it over

as they KILL

25-10-2006, 08:49 PM
Keep speed sane through France and Belgium as they are getting very hot on Brits going fast and you'll get a big fine like me :( If you try hard and go above 30mph beyond the limit they will borrow your car...forever :angry:

When you ask for Euro cover for insurance they will ask where you are going. Tell them the truth - touring through France, Belgium and Germany with friends on a long w/e.