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Gary Kinghorn
03-01-2007, 03:40 PM
Christmas 2006 trip report - PAGE 1

27th Dec
The decision was made on the journey from Hereford to Andover, Penny (Emma’s sister) wanted to come to the ring with Gary, Emma and Charley. Ok so the 8am start wa out the window. A detour to North London was required to pick up Penny’s passport and clothes.

28th Dec – Emma’s Birthday
4.30 am the alarm went off and and everyone was up and ready for the off. 5am the first part of the journey started, up to Tufnell Park to get Penny’s gear and passport. From there it was time for the trip across London and down to Dover. Luckily the gods were with them and the trip went to plan. The speed ferries crossing was on time and after a good run they arrived at Bren’s for 6pm.
The beer was already flowing, the honesty system working well. Gary managed to put every one of his drinks onto Ross’s bill, something he was proud off :lol: :lol:
11.30pm, fatigue set in and and they called it a day.

29th Dec
After a welcome English breakfast Gary, Euan and Grant made their way to Zakspeed to meet Steve and Deborah. After being dressed in some stupid looking clothes they were ready for the off on the quad bikes. A quick run round the car park for practice and it was off onto the main road towards RR ready to ‘’lets off road’’. There was no snow on the ring so driving on the track was out of the question. After a couple of K’s and a couple of very hairy moments Deborah decided that quad biking wasn’t for her and spent the rest of the lap on the back of one of the instructor’s bikes. To say the quads were hairy would be the understatement of the year. Icy tracks, sheet ice roads and sheer drops made for some serious fun and brown trouser moments. Around 2 ˝ hours later the guys and gals returned to Zakspeed, all deposits were returned, so no bad incidents had occurred. Gary suggested they probably travelled around 30-40km’s

Then it was time to hand the bikes over to the seasoned pros. Ross, Bren, Dale, Charley, Suz, Dave and Grant AGAIN :o . Within a few minutes Ross had been off track, into a tree and virtually down a revene. Bren laughing like a drain had his moment a few minutes later. Quads don’t go round corners simply by leaning, you have to turn the handlebars too :whistle: . The pace slowed slightly after those two incidents.

Gary and the others nipped to Adenau for some food, then round to Karl’s to deliver the shopping and a quick beer. The plan was that they would go for a walk on the track then. However weather conditions determined otherwise. The outside was very icy and making headway too dangerous with little Charley along. So it was back to Sliders for a beer and video evening, with a meal at a local restaurant in the middle. Gary called it a night at around 11.30pm

30th Dec
G + E + P + C were up and out for around 10am after a hearty sliders breakfast. Cochem was the destination of their choice. On the journey the outside temperature guage on the Mondeo began dropping and half way through the drive the roads had turned to sheet ice and the trees laden with ice. A very pretty picture indeed.

As usual Cochem didn’t disappoint. Penny was in high spirts having tried an extra strong brandy coffee ;) :lol: The guys took the time to visit the castle for the first time. They should really have taken the tour but time was against them so they moved on. They decided to drive a little further down the Mosel and look for a nice place to lunch. Penny chose the fitness salad, it sounded interesting. It was interesting alright, it was a bowl lettuce, walnuts, banana, apple, kiwi fruit and some kind of dressing :blink: Very odd.

An apt place name was seen

Gary Kinghorn
03-01-2007, 03:45 PM

Time was again against them as Gary had a pub to get to under Karl’s strict orders, now there was a surprise :whistle: . 3.45pm and Gary and Karl were sampling the delights of Karls local. A stranger pub you could not encounter, Karl fits in very well :lol: . The land lady appeared to be drunker than the punters, giving away schnapps and beer at the drop of a hat. Gary was starting to enjoy himself B)

The next guy spent ten minutes explaining to Gary how he was in a prisoner of war camp in Stalingrad for 6 years. Ten minutes later he changed his mind and said he was only 9 years old at the time :argue:
Gary and Karl left the pub a little worse for wear and headed back to Karls for something to eat. Gary wondered what was on the menu, but he needn’t have bothered worrying, it was Karl’s legendary and possibly ONLY meal :P

31st Dec
Bren was keen for everyone to bugger off out for the day so he could prepare for the nights activities. A trip to Altenaur and down the local wine growing region was decided upon. The first stop at Altenaur revealed an interesting menu

A great table decoration, which would be tried later in the day ;)

From Altenaur they took a trip down the wine growing valley with a couple of stops for a glass of vino. That’s where the text from Karl arrived saying the track was open. Gary was keen to get back but the girls were enjoying themselves and Gary was out numbered. Gary called the office to see how long the track was open for and the reply was 1pm. The time was already 12.45pm so driving on the last day of the year was out of the window :( (Dale later confirmed that he got the final lap of 2006 in the Carlton with Charlie). Back to Adenau everyone was hungry, the Chinese was open so in they went. The owner immediately recognised Gary and starting asking if he wanted a level 10 dish. Anyone who has been in there with Gary will know what this means :whistle:
After the meal it was up to Brunchen for a walk on the track. They got as far as Karousel before they got tired and decided to back track. Time was also marching on and they got back to sliders around 4.30pm.
The evening started around 6pm, all lap tops were turned off

Gary Kinghorn
03-01-2007, 03:52 PM

By 7pm which was when the NYE fun began. The drinking started slowly and was building up when in walked Karl, Claire and the kids (who weren’t supposed to be coming). Karl obviously thought it was a fancy dress party

A shout from Bren told everyone it was time to start the party games, beginning with a Nordschleife based drinking one.

At the end of the game everyone had consumed around half a dozen shots of the cheapest engine cleaner known to man.
Time then went by in a blur with drink and more food than you could shake a stick at

Just before mid-night the fireworks were being made ready. Gary knew this was the case as Ross was being manhandled in the other direction and Daisy was made to keep guard over him :lol: :lol:
Mid-night came and went and the fireworks began, to say Bren had bought a lot would be an understatement. Bren / Suz / Dale and Kamakaze Charlie were letting them off constantly for the next half hour and still there were loads left.

As 1am approached the second load of fireworks were ignited to bring in the UK new year

This about the time Euan decided the dance floor was too empty and decided to audition for Pams people :lol: It did the trick though and others followed suit

Euan decided that he would show off his break dancing prowess, no pictures of this though, neither is there one of suz flashing her top half. Sorry guys :whistle:
More drinking games were played, this time in the form of shot roulette. Someone had to drink one with a shot of nasty schnapps + horse radish :o
By 2.30am Gary, Emma and Charley had just about had it and slopped off. Penny did likewise at 4pm, Euan was still going strong at 6am and Bren was still up at 8am when Wes and Lynne left for their journey back to the states :lol: :lol:

Gary Kinghorn
03-01-2007, 03:54 PM
1st Jan
Gary was up and around at 10.30am. The dreaded hangover was nowhere to be seen so he decided to drive to the track and see if there was a chance of it being open. All the way the roads were fine but wet, until he got to Nurburg and then the dreaded ice could be seen in abundance :( . The gates at the ring were however open. One other car was in attendance a British Audi A3. Gary waited for a while and the ticket office opened, a good sign. He went and bought his JK and by the time that was done the track was open.
Gary got 5 laps in with the 205, he only saw one other car on track through all those laps. Next time keep an eye in your mirrors A3 man :whistle:
After a spot of breaky Gary took Penny out for her first lap of the ring in the Mondeo. That was to be her last lap as she felt so ill after the lap they had to call it a day :gayfight: . One memorable point was the rain being so hard and the wind so strong that the windscreen wipers would not move on the run up to SX in the 205. A hairy moment indeed :o
Back at Sliders there was just enough time to spruce up and have an hours rest before they were off again to Adenau for a NYD meal.

6.30pm Gary and Emma took Penny to the airport so she could catch her flight home, then back to Brens for the last couple of beers of the trip and chance to sit and relax.

2nd Jan
An early start at 7.30am for the journey back to good old blighty. They saw snow on the drive back, typical, bloody typical. Speed ferries were running a little late due to the stormy conditions but they still managed to get themselves back home by just gone 4pm.

A superb trip, loads of great memories, well organised, what more could you ask for?

Same time next year Bren?

Gary Kinghorn
03-01-2007, 04:04 PM
The cast of thousands

Bren and Suz (organisors extrordiaire)
Charlie (Rover with 27 litre tank engine fitted)
Dale (varying magazines jorno)
Karl, Claire, Kim, Karin
Euan (Pams people)
Grant ( Biking newbie)
Ross ( Need I say more)

03-01-2007, 04:13 PM
Sums it up very nicely Gary - ruddy marvellous it was :thumb:

Thanks again to Bren & Suz - a lot of planning and work went in, and everyone had a great time because of it. I wonder if they're out of bed yet....must be knackered!

03-01-2007, 04:17 PM
SUPERB report Gary, almost felt I was there with you.

But I wasnt. :angry:

Gary Kinghorn
03-01-2007, 04:20 PM
Wes and Lynne (From across the big blue wobbly thing)
AN other couple ( Didn’t get chance to speak to these)
Steve Gill and Deborah (sick note and the quad queen)
Gary, Emma, Penny, Charley

Gary Kinghorn
03-01-2007, 04:20 PM
Jochen and Sofia
Daisy dog (deserves a special mention)

03-01-2007, 04:28 PM
Looks as though you had a great time..... hell even Karl scrubbed up alright for a (surrogate) sausage muncher :P :lol:


ring leader
03-01-2007, 06:22 PM
:thumb: Sounded fantastic Gary great report mate!

I'll be there with a bit of look next year
if I can figure out an "Automated" booking service :D

and get my ass into gear!

I'll be out there in the "snow" gary the end of feb :whistle:

make sure you get the kettle on Suzy,I'll just turn up 1day without Warning :thumb:



03-01-2007, 06:28 PM
Absolutely great report :thumb:

Sounds like you had a blast, all that was missing was snow and it would have been perfect.

Gary Kinghorn
03-01-2007, 06:32 PM
It would have been good to have driven the ring on a quad in the snow but to be honest I think I enjoyed what we did more......We went so far and it was so unpredictable it was great. I would go as far as saying a little dangerous too.

I will do it in the snow one day though :thumb:

What we did cost 90 or 100 euros, for a good three hours and maybe 40k's good value for money too....I will be doing it again :thumb:

03-01-2007, 06:56 PM
Cracking report Gary bringing back loads of good memories from the last year :thumb:

I can just see the bloke in the Chinese now. Everytime we went this year & you asked for hotter each time he was in fits of laughter. He must think we are all bloody mad :lol:

03-01-2007, 08:16 PM
Hope it's alright to add a few more pics into this thread rather than start a new one.

Quad Biking

View from Flugplatz

Inspecting the Karrussel

Dale does last lap of 2006

03-01-2007, 08:19 PM
Next year....???????? jeeeeezzzz let us get over this one first.. ;)

have you uploaded the whole set of pics somewhere gary??? there qere loads taken, would ike to look through them....

we are glad that you all enjoyed yourselves.. we did... and any one want any leftovers... :D :lol:

03-01-2007, 08:19 PM
I am well pleased I went & so glad I don't have a 56k modem :lol:

03-01-2007, 08:20 PM
Lap completed

Charlie, Dale, Dave, Grant

Karting, Bren on the top step

Dave skating on ice at Quiddelbacher

03-01-2007, 08:22 PM
Originally posted by slidersguesthouse@Jan 3 2007, 10:19 PM
we are glad that you all enjoyed yourselves.. we did... and any one want any leftovers... :D :lol:
Not trying to say Suz cooked a fair bit up :D

Gary Kinghorn
03-01-2007, 08:25 PM
Originally posted by slidersguesthouse@Jan 3 2007, 09:19 PM
Next year....???????? jeeeeezzzz let us get over this one first.. ;)

have you uploaded the whole set of pics somewhere gary??? there qere loads taken, would ike to look through them....

we are glad that you all enjoyed yourselves.. we did... and any one want any leftovers... :D :lol:
No I dont Ben, but I will post more up in the next couple of days:thumb:

03-01-2007, 08:25 PM
Party end


03-01-2007, 08:27 PM
Ross still looking a bit peaky from the night before, a beer will soon sort that out

Jochen & Sofia & a bottle of Cointreau

Brens new drinking game

New game proves a hit

03-01-2007, 08:29 PM
Originally posted by Euan@Jan 3 2007, 10:27 PM
Ross still looking a bit peaky from the night before, a beer will soon sort that out

Camera's are evil :whistle:

03-01-2007, 08:33 PM
Easy on the drink Bren!

Doggy Style

Out for the fireworks

Fireworks in the tree!


Few more from the weekend here if interested -

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v255/Eua...%20Trip%202006/ (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v255/Euan1/New%20Years%20Trip%202006/)

Dave Malings
03-01-2007, 08:41 PM
Now that looks like a new years party I feel I missed out on!

03-01-2007, 08:42 PM
Originally posted by Dave Malings@Jan 3 2007, 10:41 PM
Now that looks like a new years party I feel I missed out on!
You did :blink:

03-01-2007, 09:02 PM
Excellent report, wish my new year was as exciting as this!!!!

03-01-2007, 09:03 PM
http://img122.imageshack.us/img122/3149/ooohkarlgg8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

No wonder Karl went to bed early! He was off his tits!

03-01-2007, 09:07 PM
How can anybody forget Suze's 'shot roulette' game?


Or fireworks like these?


03-01-2007, 09:11 PM
Originally posted by Euan@Jan 3 2007, 10:33 PM

Doggy Style

My poor dog...... :o :o :o :o :huh: :huh:

04-01-2007, 06:52 AM
LOL, excellent report and some cracking pictures :thumb:

Guess who has Euan's break dancing on video? :whistle:

Gary Kinghorn
04-01-2007, 07:05 AM
Thanks for the kind words, as you guys know these reports take a fair amount of time to put together.

Thanks for sharing your pictures too Euan :thumb:

I will post more pictures on this thread over the next couple of days :whistle:

04-01-2007, 07:20 AM
Good report,

Looks like you had a great trip,the quads looked like great fun,far more fun than my New Year!!!

04-01-2007, 10:05 AM
An excellent report Gary! Sounds like you all had a great time. :D

04-01-2007, 10:18 AM
How could I forget DJ Gary! Sterling job!


04-01-2007, 10:30 AM
DJ Gary was not too far off having his fingers broken at one point

Gary Kinghorn
04-01-2007, 10:37 AM
There's not many DJ's who can seemlessly mix between the Buggles 'video killed the radio star' and Men without hats 'you can dance if you want too' :lol: :lol: :lol:

Both of which had Karl bouncing round like a spring lamb on steriods :lol: :lol:

04-01-2007, 10:52 AM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

04-01-2007, 11:46 AM

Thanks for the hard copy pics.. got em today in the mail... :thumb:

Are they up on the net anywhere???

04-01-2007, 11:47 AM
Originally posted by Karl@Jan 4 2007, 07:52 AM
Guess who has Euan's break dancing on video? :whistle:
I&#39;d rather forget about that thanks <_< :shame:

Dave Evans
04-01-2007, 11:54 AM
Originally posted by Euan@Jan 4 2007, 12:47 PM
I&#39;d rather forget about that thanks <_< :shame:

Another round of shots should help with that. :thumb:

04-01-2007, 11:58 AM
Not on the net anywhere Bren, no ;)

Euan, what&#39;s it worth? :lol:

04-01-2007, 12:53 PM
loving those pictures, karl looks positively dreamy in that tux , what a dish :gay:

Gary Kinghorn
04-01-2007, 06:36 PM
Another batch of pics for the thread

You might want to keep an eye on these Bren :lol: :lol:
I think maybe he has a drinking problem?
ahhh bless
Biggles and Magnum taking a wee turn round the dance floor
Have a close look at this one
Ten to twelve, time to get serious

Gary Kinghorn
04-01-2007, 06:40 PM
And then I lifted this 400KG weight above my head like this
Are you game?
&#39;H&#39; out of steps wasn&#39;t the only one to come out recently :lol:
Not a bad spread, well half of it
Daisy considering her options

Gary Kinghorn
04-01-2007, 06:46 PM
Ice skating in the &#39;ring&#39; car park
Stephen Fry, on Karls book shelf, the plot thickens :lol:
Pikey with his wares

05-01-2007, 06:40 AM
Love the Pikey with his wares one :lol:

Not too sure about the coming out and Stephen Fry ones though :unsure:

05-01-2007, 08:00 AM
9 bob note, and bottle of crisps, spring to mind with karl now

05-01-2007, 08:08 AM
That one of Karl & Ross - classic&#33;&#33; :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :gay:

05-01-2007, 09:56 AM
Looks like you guys had a lot of fun&#33;

One other car was in attendance a British Audi A3. Gary waited for a while and the ticket office opened, a good sign. He went and bought his JK and by the time that was done the track was open.
Gary got 5 laps in with the 205, he only saw one other car on track through all those laps. Next time keep an eye in your mirrors A3 man a_whistle.gif

I was in that car with 2 of my mates. All first time Ring virgins :P. My mate was driving and he didn&#39;t see you in his mirrors. Too busy focusing on the road.

http://z8.invisionfree.com/Northloop/index...?showtopic=3072 (http://z8.invisionfree.com/Northloop/index.php?showtopic=3072)

Such a small world :)


Gary Kinghorn
05-01-2007, 10:11 AM
It sure is a small world :thumb:

05-01-2007, 10:36 AM
Quality write up Gary&#33; and some top pics :D

Gary Kinghorn
05-01-2007, 05:34 PM
Originally posted by Andy@Jan 5 2007, 11:36 AM
Quality write up Gary&#33; and some top pics :D
Cheers Andy, few more to come this evening ......


Gary Kinghorn
05-01-2007, 06:20 PM
New Years Day lunch
DJ Jazzy G
Karls tribe
Mr bashful

05-01-2007, 08:50 PM
Goddam, that New Years lunch was fantastic&#33; The Germans sure know how to do proper meat, gravy, and their Yorkshire Puds ain&#39;t bad either :thumb:

Couple of beers on top and Helmut&#39;s your Uncle&#33;

05-01-2007, 08:53 PM
Was Karl&#39;s face like that becuase of where he was &#39;Resting the Roast&#39;? ;)

05-01-2007, 08:56 PM
Originally posted by Euan@Jan 5 2007, 10:50 PM
Goddam, that New Years lunch was fantastic&#33; The Germans sure know how to do proper meat, gravy, and their Yorkshire Puds ain&#39;t bad either :thumb:

Couple of beers on top and Helmut&#39;s your Uncle&#33;
Fair play to Joerg(sp?) the food was great

05-01-2007, 09:27 PM
Looks like a few of us are having a quiet Friday evening in this week - wonder why that could be? :whistle:

05-01-2007, 09:59 PM
I dont think thats a roast in Karl&#39;s baking tin&#33;

06-01-2007, 04:50 PM
Looks good fun :thumb:

08-01-2007, 10:20 AM
Originally posted by Euan@Jan 5 2007, 09:53 PM
Was Karl&#39;s face like that becuase of where he was &#39;Resting the Roast&#39;? ;)

08-01-2007, 10:22 AM
lmao at karl

19-01-2007, 02:49 PM
One for you Gary ;)


Gary Kinghorn
19-01-2007, 06:25 PM
You been doing your research Euan ;)

Root admin
31-01-2007, 03:49 PM
Great read Gary&#33; Sounds like mucho fun.... Next year maybe?

Gary Kinghorn
31-01-2007, 04:15 PM
you only just read it :lol: :lol: :lol:

we should update the main site with stuff like this?