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Gary Kinghorn
19-07-2005, 12:49 PM
A few words from this past weekend.


Friday.

Gary left work at 1pm Friday afternoon and along with 4 of his Ďvirginí work colleagues started the long arduous trip to Germany. Not far along the way a potential M20 closure problem reared its ugly head. Luckily this didnít affect the trip to Gillingham where they met up with Dave who had a similar length journey.
With the M20 problem still looming the two cars, 2005 boxter and civic type R continued on their way. The going was slow but they arrived in Dover just on time. Unfortunately the ferry didnít, it was delayed for the best part of an hour so they had to wait it out.
Dave as always was doing mental calculations of times. It being Friday at some point in the proceedings he would HAVE to drink beer. This was not optional. It was looking like they wouldnít arrive at the Ďringí until 1.30am, so a beer was still a possibility. The journey didnít quiet go to plan and although several SMS messages to Euan showed the bar still open the guys just werenít close enough.
2.40am saw the tired crew arrive and although they were too late to go for beer Dave hadnít let that stop him having consumed 5 pints over the course of the journey.

Saturday

The cars were collected from Ring Racing at around 9am leaving 3 hours for Daveís broken suspension to be replaced. Quick work and a bit of bad language saw this finished in-time to get to Adenau for the VLN start. Gary nipped to Karlís house on the way to drop off some bits and pieces he brought over only to be told by Claire that Karl was still in bed having been somewhat poorly the night before. What that actually meant was that Bren and Karl had both been sick in the pub the night before.
The guys started watching the race at Wehrseifen and moved around the circuit finishing up in and around Pflanzgarten. Watching full race cars being dragged off the circuit and unceremoniously dumped in the public car-park was somewhat amusing.
A late opening due to scrapping more VLN cars off the track than expect meant only 45 mins of track open time, but that was enough for a sighter lap and a pax lap in the Type R. All in all not a bad day at the track.
Saturday evening started with a beer at the Lindenhoff and ended in the Pistenklause drinking even more beer with Eaun, Espen, Tor Helge, Jochen and Mickel.
The walk up the hill to the Jung Stroof was a long one and consisted mostly of aiming and trying to walk.

Sunday

Breakfast was duly consumed by Dave and the rest of the guys, Gary decided it was time to nip back to the room and visit the big white telephone. He explained his last pint of the evening had been a bad one !!
A trip to the track to see why it wasnít open and who was using it found a multitude of old time exotica. To name a few 16 De loreanís, around 10 GT40ís not convinced by the authenticity of some though, batwing CSL BMW, NSU race car, etc etc. It really was a site for sore eyes.
Back at the track for opening time and it was time for the fun to begin. Both the 205 and the 944 had busy days. They both had full passenger seats the whole day, fun in the most but every now and then its nice to have a quick solo lap. Tor Helge, Espen, Mickel all went in the 205 and enjoyed the experience. Dave was doing the same with the 944. Both agreed it was nice to now have a few return pax laps in their back pockets for later in the season.
As well as the more experienced passengers the guys also took out complete novices. The look on their faces when they exited the cars was great to see, a couple of them complaining bitterly of nausea.
Gary as usual was off talking to just about anyone, he also got some interesting pax laps. Being a TVR owner for 7 years in the past himself a trip in a new TVR T350 was a treat for him. He explained that the raw power of the car was impressive, but more so was the cars handling ability. A far cry from its older oversteer roots. How it will survive the test of time would have to be seen but for now it seemed a good quick ring car.
Dave had an interesting lap where Sabine in the ring taxi passed him on the entrance to Adenau Forst. She then proceeded to light the rear tyres up and drift the whole way through the complex, very impressive.
Gary had a short excursion to rescue Karl who had broken down on the road home. So for the second month running Gary found himself being dragged down the road by Karlís Mondeo. He is now wondering if Karl has some kind of strange fetish.
All too quickly the track closure time came around. The day had been good, clear and pretty quite. A couple of short closures hadnít spoiled the fun. The Porsche as usual had performed impeccably, Garyís 205 was smoking more than normal pointing towards a valve seal problem which would need to be solved during its Winter engine rebuild.
More beer was drunk at the Lindenhoff before ending up with steak on the stone at Pistenklause and some nice conversations with Tor Helge, Espen and Mickel.


Monday

The trip home was quite quick an un-eventful leaving Gary with a 6 week wait till his next trip and Dave having only 5 days to wait for his.

Fishy Dave
21-07-2005, 02:40 PM
Hi guys,

Good to have met you all on the Sunday, thanks to all for making myself and Clare feel so welcome.

I shall remember the pax lap with Dave in the 944 for some time :o , ah, and the 'steak on a stone' was pretty impressive too :D .

Clare and I only did the one lap in the Coupe at about 13.30 on the Monday, thankfully it was fairly quiet, with me overtaking an M3 and a 328i, and me being overtaken by 2 bikes. We passed one minor accident where a biker had slid off, but he was being attended, so pressed on.
We did time the lap thanks to the camcorder which must have been left on accidentally :whistle: , a very safe but pedestrian 10mins 18. I needed to keep the car safe, so ran at base boost, which in that heat felt very slow.

I now have the Clio, which to cut a long story short is now a 172, not a 182, but i'm happer with the deal i've got. The 'ring sticker now proudly sits on the boot. B) ;)

http://www.aqualifeleasing.co.uk/images/Cliofront.jpg

http://www.aqualifeleasing.co.uk/images/Cliorear.jpg

I will return later in the year I hope.

Cheers, Dave

Gary Kinghorn
21-07-2005, 02:49 PM
Nice to have met you both and we look forward to seeing you again later in the year


Gary

Dave Malings
22-07-2005, 07:10 AM
Originally posted by Fishy Dave@Jul 21 2005, 03:40 PM
I shall remember the pax lap with Dave in the 944 for some time :o
You're welcome B)

It was a shame the rear tyre had started to delaminate as this was playing on my mind a bit. As was the fact you had never seen the place before, and I though you might hurl ;)


Dave

VvrooomM
24-07-2005, 06:20 PM
Cheers guys for your advice and passenger laps in both the Pug and the 944, we all returned safely home on the tuesday in our convoy of 5 cars. Took the route via Brussels and think the Liege-Charleoi-Mons-Lille that we used on the way out was a much more enjoyable road.

Looking forward to finding some pictures of our various cars around the wed if you have any good links.

Thanks Graham M3 Silver, T350, Mini, P1 and yellow Integrale

Gary Kinghorn
24-07-2005, 07:27 PM
Originally posted by VvrooomM@Jul 24 2005, 06:20 PM
Cheers guys for your advice and passenger laps in both the Pug and the 944, we all returned safely home on the tuesday in our convoy of 5 cars. Took the route via Brussels and think the Liege-Charleoi-Mons-Lille that we used on the way out was a much more enjoyable road.

Looking forward to finding some pictures of our various cars around the wed if you have any good links.

Thanks Graham M3 Silver, T350, Mini, P1 and yellow Integrale
Nice to meet you guys too. I have a few pics I will post up ina mojo.


Gary

Gary Kinghorn
24-07-2005, 07:33 PM
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Gary

Gary Kinghorn
24-07-2005, 07:38 PM
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Gary

Gary Kinghorn
24-07-2005, 07:39 PM
You have to register to get into the photo section but its free and its worth it. Havent found any M3 pics yet but im sure there are some out there.


http://www.touristenfahrerforum.de/forum/


Gary

Simon
25-07-2005, 07:16 PM
I recognise the P1 :D . Old friends from the Cat rally a couple of years ago, Jon & Anna. How did they get on?

Simon