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Nige
02-08-2011, 01:52 PM
Its that time of year again ! :D

As with all these reports, I`ll update them when we get time, but as internet access isn`t available here on the campsite, the updates may be several days apart.

I`d done a trackday at Donington on Monday, the car ran well, but the rear wheel bearing stopped play, so I fitted the Pilot Sport Cups and put it onto the trailer. As I was working Tues,Wed and Thurs, I didn`t expect to have time to fix it. Ian Pye had pointed out my Electrix PAS pump should be mounted Horizontally, so I wanted to modify that.

Took the Golf off the trailer on Tuesday after work and cut off the old PAS Brackets

Quickly fabbed a modified one to allow the PAS Pump to be rotated and welded it into place, giving it a quick coat of paint for now.
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Whilst I was at it, I removed the rear wheel bearing, the inner was absolutely destroyed !
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Looking at the inside of the rear disk, it was obvious the outer race wasn`t held in place as it had worn away the seat on the disk, thats why it only lasted 2 laps... Fortunately, I had a spare disk so I fitted that, along with a new wheel bearing.
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Once that was fitted and the Golf was back on the trailer, it was time to load it up. Louise had laid everything out, which made loading much easier, if I had a gap, she`d pass me something the right size to fill it. Finished at 10pm Tuesday evening.

Thursday I was up at 04:45, worked all day and home just after 18:00, 10 minutes later we were on the way to Canterbury to stay in the Travelodge. Lou had called at Krispy Kreme for a box of Donuts.
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Cat sat in the front for the first time on such a long drive. Usually Mat sits here. I told her to get `plenty of photos`. She did certainly did that... :whistle:
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Quite a happyjourney.
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Cat, Flourescent Green socks, do we really need a photo of them ? :lol:
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Nah, I don`t like them.
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First time I`ve travelled late enough for the Bridge to be free.
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I was relieved when we finally arrived after 11pm ! Checked in, straight to bed and woke at 04:50 (10 minutes before the alarm went off) :whistle:

30 minute drive to the Ferry, the sun was just rising, the mist hadn`t burned off yet.
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THE SEA. Yeah !
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Where once again I was called through customs. I must look dodgy.. Onto the Ferry, SeaFrance this time. They are OK, but old.
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I usually take a quick photo of the parking deck / bay on my phone. Makes remembering where you left the car much easier. Something I started doing in Florida years ago, the car parks there are huge and at the end of the day, looking for your car is that thing you want to be doing. This was makes it dead easy.
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Parked with the freight meant we would get unloaded quickly. :thumb:
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Leaving the Ferry and taking the E42 route via Lille. Seeing over 5 hours journey time always makes me wish the speed limit when towing was that little higher...
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E42 all the way, misses the Brussels ring road too.
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Lou sat in the back, made herself comfy and read.
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Hi.
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Nice weather, quiet roads, but they don`t half go on and on and on...
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Called in Liege for fuel. Bloody hell, thats gone up a lot in the last few weeks :eek:
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Drove past Spa, cast a wistful gaze towards it as we passed..
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Time for another Krispy Kreme.
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Finally, A sign for the Nurburgring.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1100673Copy.jpg

I had to stop just after Gerolstein. It was only 30 mins away but I could feel myself getting tired. Rather than carry on, I always stop now. A 5 minute walk about was enough to freshen me up for the last leg of the journey.

Nige
02-08-2011, 01:54 PM
Checked in at the campsite, the usual pitches we stay at were full :( , so we drove around a while and found a decent one. Laid out a tarpaulin to some of all the stuff onto out of the Golf.
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The sheet of Plywood under the entrance always helps. I reckon some of the interlocking rubber tiles used for garage floors would be even better though.. Hmmmm.
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We hadn`t even finished setting up when Oakie arrived. I thought my journey was long, he`d been on the road for 12 hours. At least we get the ferry inbetween...
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Our plan had been to collect the M3 from the Burgstube for him, but I hadn`t had time yet. We popped up to pick up his car. Mat wasn`t there, he`d gone to the VLN to get some passenger laps with Steve Evans. Jammy sod ! A short chat with Alex, Martin and Heidi then back to the campsite. I drove the M3 back. Told Nick it sounded like a knocking at the back and a Flat spot on one of his rear tyres...
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Once he`d found the roofbox keys... :whistle:
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Ah HA ! A brand new tent.
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This looks confusing ! I just want to press Button #1...
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Yaay, all done.
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Up to the Burgstube for a meal. We didn`t fancy cooking this evening. The barstaff are getting younger.
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Alex was still there.
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He loves the camera..
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Nick arrived with Oliver, Sam and his mate Tony
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The evening was spent relaxing and talking rubbish. Business as usual then :lol:
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The boys finished with IceCream.
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They hardly fought too..
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Back to the campsite and bed at around 11pm. Straight to sleep and didn`t stir until 08:30 !

Nige
02-08-2011, 02:08 PM
Saturday 30th

There was an Open Day at Mikes work, so a trip to Spangdahlem Air Base was in order. Met Mike at the Burgstube for 10am after a shower and breakfast then Mike took us to the Base.
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After bypassing the long queue of Visitors, Mike soon had us signed in :thumb:
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First stop, much to Louises displeasure was the on-base scrapyard. When servicemen are leaving the base, or the cars are uneconomical to repair, they are scrapped onsite. The parts are ridiculously cheap ! Martin had bought a Bonnet, control arm, carrier and disk, all for €30 !! I`m trying to think what spares I can take home !!

There were several BMW`s
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A couple of MK2`s and half a dozen MK3`s.
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After driving around the Base pointing out the on-base Schools, Supermarkets etc we went to Rockers for lunch. We had quescadillas for lunch.
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The low cloud cover meant the planned airshow was much reduced :( However, all the static displays were still there to have a look around.

F15
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The all-new F35 Lightning II
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I WISH we had a small Northloop sticker handy, the opportunity to put one in the bomb bay was perfect, unfortunately, we didn`t have a sticker to hand :(

The fast jet for the top brass may have been fast, but it was flippin small !
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Cat in the large truck (unimog ?), the name escapes me now...
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Then Mike got in and showed us what all the buttons do and how the truck works. As we were going around the show, I noticed Mike knew a LOT of details about all the planes, capabilities, drawbacks and so on. I asked him about this, he explained thats his job, identifying aircraft and having information instantly to hand to enable them to make decisions about what to do. His detailed knowledge made the visit really enjoyable :thumb:
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Surprisingly roomy too.
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Cat in the HumVee command vehicle. They are surprisingly cramped !
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Now THIS would make for a rapid MK2 :lol:
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A10`s, among others.
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The event was well attended, I`m certain with better weather it would be much busier.
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The actual flying display was limited, but the sound of these, screaming overhead was impressive.
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:rolleyes:
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Mike then took us to his most favourite place in the whole world....
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Oh, and he lunged too...
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Nige
02-08-2011, 02:08 PM
Back to the Burgstube and we`d arranged to buy a load of logs from Heidi`s dad. Duncan and I collected a load the other year and it ended up being a 3 hour round trip, with the travelling and waiting, so we paid extra and he brought the wood to the Burgstube. I then towed that to the campsite.
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Where a human chain made short work of emptying the trailer :veryhappy:
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The small tent was FULL.
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Nick wanted to check the front strut bolts after running on slicks. Lou and Cat watched.
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Sam couldn`t push down hard enough on the jack handle, I had to add a bit of extra weight.
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Next up was a look under the rear for a knocking noise. There was a noise that Nick had heard before, I only noticed the flat-spotted tyre noise when I drove the car to the campsite.
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Once all the checks were complete, it was time to go to the ring for a lap or 2. As it turned out, it was one lap. The queues were huge, it opened then closed 10 minutes later, then opened half an hour later and was closed when we`d done our lap. However, neither of us had any drama and it is always nice to get that first lap of the trip out of the way :thumb:

We`d been about this close the entire lap :thumb:
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Backto the campsite and it was time for a fire, whilst Cat read.
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Last summer, we`d seen Bruce had put a Gazebo in front of his tent as a `porch`. It looked a great idea, so we`ve done the same. It works really well !
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Chicken marinated in Reggae Reggae Sauce. Lovely !
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The kids cooked marshmallows on sticks. More seemed to be set on fire than actually eaten.....
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The smoke followed Nick wherever he went, he couldn`t get away.
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Everytime Sam put on the head torch, it fell off. I reckon gaffer tape would hold it in place ;)
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Bed around midnight...


More WILL follow when we have time.

We are out here until the 17th August :thumb:

stevem
02-08-2011, 02:19 PM
:thumb:see you tomorrow afternoon , did you move pitch ?

Kev_G
02-08-2011, 02:19 PM
My summer has now begun with your report :thumb: always look forward to this time of year (as i think most people do secretly) Its interesting to see that diesel prices have gone up since i was there aswell in June, ive noticed that in the last 2 weeks that its gone up 3p at least here in the UK which isn’t good.

Looking forward to more updates and hope it all goes well this year :to be added again:

Are you there for a shorter time than usual this year as it just seems your not there long this time :chin:

Simon
02-08-2011, 02:31 PM
:thumb:see you tomorrow afternoon , did you move pitch ?

Ssssssh. Don't tell Helen :whistle::lol:

Great start to your 2011 trip report, Nige :thumb:

crossie
02-08-2011, 02:39 PM
what do you think about the M3 then Nige

enjoy yourselves!

Dan
02-08-2011, 02:49 PM
:thumb:

vw_singh
02-08-2011, 02:59 PM
:thumb: See you in a few days. Did Alex drop in lots of comments about Porn? I only met him once years ago at Bruntingthorpe and remember him talking about Porn.... lots! :lol:

Gurds

northernjim
02-08-2011, 03:53 PM
Great start to your trip Nige:thumb:


looking forward to the updates

crossie
02-08-2011, 06:15 PM
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Who is Pinder Claire??? - is this lou's real name?

Stan
02-08-2011, 06:19 PM
A great start as always Nige !

Rory
02-08-2011, 06:47 PM
Early days no doubt but it already looks like a smashing holiday.
That visit to Mike's office & car-park looked über-cool.
Off to a great start Nige, you never disappoint. :thumb:

texas2201
02-08-2011, 07:05 PM
that looked like Mike was wearing a Lotus fleece? has he joined the fraternity?

good report always enjoy reading them :-)

andyjeb
02-08-2011, 08:27 PM
Great read as always Nige. Looking forward to the next update already!

Peach-uk
02-08-2011, 09:29 PM
Wow - is it that time of year again?!

EXCELLENT. Great work as always Nige. Keep it up.

Armour
02-08-2011, 09:33 PM
Looking like a great trip already, have a good one Nige and family :thumb:

Stip
03-08-2011, 09:28 AM
Its that time of year again ! :D

Finally, A sign for the Nurburgring.
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I had to stop just after Gerolstein. It was only 30 mins away but I could feel myself getting tired. Rather than carry on, I always stop now. A 5 minute walk about was enough to freshen me up for the last leg of the journey.

Did you hear the horn befor you went over the bridge in Gerolstein??

orsonbuggy
03-08-2011, 09:38 AM
:wave: Nige & family :wave:Great start - looking forward to the latest news and catching up next time we're down there :thumb:

Pedro
03-08-2011, 09:53 AM
Why is everyone wearing jackets and sweaters during August?

Andrew
03-08-2011, 10:40 AM
:thumb:

mbayley77
03-08-2011, 06:34 PM
Caught you both on cam.... 1:46 I believe

You weren't kidding when you said you stayed close to each other

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md93GSZZCxw

Floyd
03-08-2011, 07:50 PM
Good work people:thumb:

Gary Kinghorn
03-08-2011, 08:19 PM
Good start you lot :thumb:

bimmer
03-08-2011, 11:18 PM
Excellent - looking forward to the next installment(s).

Hannah
04-08-2011, 07:58 AM
Caught you both on cam.... 1:46 I believe

You weren't kidding when you said you stayed close to each other

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md93GSZZCxw

No f***ing racing!

CaptSolo
04-08-2011, 09:05 AM
Awesome thread start, and let the real summer begin, as its finally warming up!

Das Chin
04-08-2011, 09:41 AM
2 things I can't get my head around really:
- Oakie slumming it on a camp site
- oakie doing some work on a car and it still runs.

whatever next!

Weeman
04-08-2011, 10:23 AM
I bet Gareth shook his head furiously when he saw those pictures, picked up the phone and texted " don't fcuking touch it you numpty"

JamesW
04-08-2011, 11:39 AM
Awesome, will be reading the updates :thumb:

Nige
04-08-2011, 01:30 PM
Sunday 31st July

Rear pads needed renewing. When I`d fitted the spare disk, I`d had to use wheel bolts, now I had time, I fitted a set of studs, makes life much easier.
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Nick asked if we`d like scrambled eggs on toast. Sounded good to me. I made te toast, he made the scrambled eggs.
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Sam then ate it.
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Whilst carrying out some minor clearance mods, Nick had a cuppa...
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Nick just chillin
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Oliver on his phone, nothing new there then :lol:
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We usually stay at pitch #104. Its much more secluded than most and tends to be a nicer place to stay. It was full when we arrived, so we`d stayed at #33, but that wasn`t as good. Nick and I had been lapping, but when we came back after a closure, Cat told us #104 was empty, so the decision was made to move everything. Nick managed to move the tent by unpegging it and putting it on the roof !
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We loaded up the trailer and the kids stopped things falling off
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Everything laid out ready to rebuild.
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Nick arrived with his 2nd tent, and an arm that was aching, lots...
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Back to the ring for some more laps, but it was really busy. Out on a lap following Nick, I noticed the AFR was super rich. Nick had commented my exhaust smelled strongly of petrol earlier. The laptop was back at the campsite so I drove back, plugged it in and it was immediately obvious the water temp sensor was at fault. The ECU thought it was -40 degrees C so was putting in a load more extra fuel.
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Removing the shrouding and the reason was obvious. Broken with to the sensor.
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Soon fixed and back out lapping. The track was emptying a bit now too so we could get some clearer laps in. Managed 7 overall. Nick had a datalogger running which he looked at back at the campsite, he did an 8.11 which he was thrilled with.

At the campsite it was time for a fire and beers.
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Soon giving out some heat.
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The Germans at the static homes were burning something that gave out quite a bit of smoke.
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As often happens on these trips, Lou `rested` her eyes.
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Same using his `poking stick`.
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Hannah
04-08-2011, 01:43 PM
Looks like you're all having a great time, thanks for keeping us updated Nige :D

Dan
04-08-2011, 02:31 PM
I bet Gareth shook his head furiously when he saw those pictures, picked up the phone and texted " don't fcuking touch it you numpty"

:lol::lol:

Nige
04-08-2011, 02:50 PM
Monday 1st August

Matthew first found out about Lion Cereal a few years ago. Oliver doesn`t normally have breakfast, so Lou took it as a challenge. He DOES like chocolate, so the Lion cereal was mention, he had a full Bowl !
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The fridge was too cold, it was freezing and expanding the beer.
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Today was the Combined Nordschleife and Full GP Circuit, Lou very kindly offered to take the kids to Rheinbach swimming for the afternoon so Nick and I could get some laps in. Sam can`t swim, but wears a buoyancy belt to help him.
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Oliver and Cat spent a lot of time with him in the small pool.
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Sam realised that if you pumps this handle hard enough, you could spray other people, he was a man possessed !
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The water was affecting Olivers eyes...
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Sam was happy to go down the slides if Cat and Oliver went with him in a train. They all enjoyed that.
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There is a rope swing from the side of the pool, Oliver couldn`t hold on..
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In the meantime, Nick and I had been lapping, I was still struggling to find the right line on some of the GP corners, but thats what made it interesting. Yet another closure at 3pm. I arrived to find Andy Carlile running back up the track at Brunnchen. I stopped to help Marshall. A Porsche had dumped a load of oil from Brunchen 2 to Eis Curve, 3 bikers on the floor meant a track closure. Fortunately, nobody was badly injured.

Lou and Cat arrived and had a talk with Andy.
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Bren and Simon had also comeup in the hope of getting in some laps of the full circuit. Unfortunately, the oil meant the track was closed to bikes for the rest of the day.
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After about 5pm, the track quietened down. Simon had asked if I wouldn`t mind taking some Bikers out for their first lap, I was happy to oblige. I`d do a lap, come into the carpark, swap passengers and go back out. I did 7 laps on the bounce and the car was faultless. Ended up doing 14 laps in total today, which considering the amount of closures was pleasing, the end of the day was definately the quietest.

Back to the campsite and Lou found her lenses had fallen out, fortunately, wine was to hand so it wasn`t too much of a crisis..
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After seeing Nick struggle with cooking on his knees, I knocked up a small table to bring the burners to a more useable height.
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We`d made a ROUGH count of the wood when moving pitches. That way I could get an approximate amount of wood to burn per day, ideally we`d use it all up on the last night, without having loads left or running out too soon. 10 pieces a day was the number we settled on. This meant the fires were plenty warm enough.
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Oliver spent most of the evening using his poking stick to make sparks.
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It was quite effective.
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It was the clearest night so far, not a cloud in the sky. This prompted the usual "I wonder what constellation that is...." Nick to the rescue with his App to identfy the stars.
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Cue lots of "which one is that, where`s Saturn etc..."
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Unfortunately, the stars don`t show up on this pic.
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Rory
04-08-2011, 02:58 PM
...I`d do a lap, come into the carpark, swap passengers and go back out. I did 7 laps on the bounce...
Obviously, the barrier marshals had no problem with this re.: 'taxi-rides'?
Did any of them even question it?

Btw Nige, ...<edit>... all sorted. :to be added again:

Nige
04-08-2011, 03:13 PM
Tuesday 2nd August.

On Sunday, Nick has been stopped by the TuV man. He`d been mostly happy with the BMW, but decided that in an accident, limbs hitting the cage would cause broken bones. Fortunately, he had a solution so hand. For only €10, he could supply 2 lengths of suitable padding. PIPE LAGGING !!!! Nick had no option but to comply and fit it.
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He`d asked if he could have some cable ties, I told him where they were and he wnet to get some, replying "Those are far too big..."
Nick, there are cable ties, and there are Yorkshire cable ties...
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Nick wanted to rotate the tyres front to rear, he has an impact wrench but it didn`t work. Stripping it down didn`t highlight anything. Then he checked the fuse..... Ah..
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Nick enjoys sitting and watching others work. I was rotating my tyres too (hence no axle stand before someone comments...)
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Nick DOES do work on his car !
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After seeing the state of his car, is was mentioned that UB would NOT be happy with the state of the car...
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When the tyre fitter had fitted the tyres to the rims, he`d also adorned Nicks car with a sticker for a different kind of rubber.
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Nick doesn`t mind where he puts his dishes. I`m just glad it wasn`t on a carbon Fibre roof, of say an M3 CSL....
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Lunchtime, hmmm, the weather is glorious, let go to the Ice Cafe !
Oliver with his After Eight
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Sam with his Smoothie.
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We chose from the seasonal Strawberry specials menu !
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Strange, but the sight of a load of fruit and icecream brings a huge smile to everyones face.
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A trip to the Burgstube for the chance to upload part #1 of my report and have a drink in the sunshine.
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Lou, Cat and Heidi chatted.
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Heidi happened to see the screen on my laptop "OH MY GOD ! Thats FILTHY !!" So she cleaned it.
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I sat back and watched a master at work.
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The track opened on a lovely summers evening. Nick and I saw Karl on track. He`d had his new tyres fitted. Knowing Karl, I thought it wise to check the tyre pressures. As expected, he`d set them for road use when cold and now they were hot, well, 48psi was the result.
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Had some fun laps with Nick following then me following him. I was very pleased to be able keep up with him through the twisties, he was held up on the 2 fast bits which let me close up. Nick had been running the datalogger and looked at it back at the campsite, to find we`d been doing an 8.26, with traffic was surprising to say the least :) He laster said, that he couldn`t close the gap to me on track, apart from ging up kesselchen which cheered me up no end. The Aero makes the car feel stable and gives me loads of confidence.
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It was Jorgs Birthday party, so we headed back and met at the CC at 7pm. Max was there and we were telling him what wonderful, clear laps we`d been having. The conditions were perfect, not just nice but absolutely perfect. Shame his GT3 was broken and had been at Manthey all day whilst they tried to diagnose the fault, so he hadn`t done a single lap. Did I mention the conditions were perfect for good lapping ? :whistle:
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Its no surprise to see everyone smiling, we always have a fantastic time at the CC.
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Mr Mulley on the phone.
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Max being told the track conditions were amazing.
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Cat and Karin.
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Oliver, on his phone.
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Sam eying up the 3rd beer of the night...
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Had a good talk with Jorg and then Andy Carlile, once again we were asked if we were Brothers.

Called it a night at about midnight, the hardcore stayed until 2am, but tomorrow is Phantasialand, so we wanted a reasonably early night.

maximtaylor
04-08-2011, 07:00 PM
Good to see everyone on Tuesday Night and nice to meet Nick for the first time.

I got a call at lunchtime Weds to say my car was fixed. It turned out to be a split fuel line hidden in the depths of the fuel tank. A failure that Manthey have never seen before.

Collected the car from Meuspath, popped over to annoy Simon and Andy in Dollendorf and then we went to the Ring for the evening session.

Just as i let the pressures down on my tyres the heavens opened, I had to laugh :rolf:

I was not to be defeated and proceeded to do a rain soaked lap on completely innapropriately worn Cup tyres. Not clever for sure, but doesn't half concentrate the mind.

Nige, we'll get out on track at the same time one of these days :shame:

dangerousbryan
05-08-2011, 11:45 AM
ace reporting as usual nige.makes me jealous. looks like your in for a good trip.

Nige
07-08-2011, 10:51 AM
Wednesday 3rd August.

Today is our annual visit to Phantasialand. We met at the Comfy Corner at 10am and then setoff in convoy. The weather was unpleasant to say the least.
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Karl stopped and showed us a car with a tree growing through it and a small Statue of Liberty at the side of it ! Very odd.
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The Petrol was rather pricey here too..
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The autobahn was even worse. Karl told me off for initally only having my sidelights on and Nick for having his front fogs on. He forgot to Chastise himself for driving too fast for the conditions and almost missing the turn off on the motorway ;)
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We arrived at Phantasialand, parked up and paid the ever increasing entry fee. The Pinders and some odd bloke.....
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We queued for the `tower of terror`. At this stage, Sam was blissfully unaware of what was about to happen. Once it was time to get strapped in, he realised what it was and bailed out.
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Jorg and Lou weren`t thrilled. I was told off for taking photos on the ride...
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We were all grinning afterwards.
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Clare.
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Lunch was in the Chinese section, obviously the only people working there were oriental... Noodles and Chicken. Yum
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Walking past a puddle, Kim thought it would be hilarious to jump in it and soak me. There WILL be payback...
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Cat & Oliver really enjoyed the Black Mamba.
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Jorg, Karl Kim and I went on the Log-Flume. It sat quite low in the water.

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The Boys enjoyed themselves too.
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Haven`t Cat & Kim grown since the first trip report !
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Mat & Oliver just chilling.
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It started raining. We all had hoods on our jackets, well, All apart Karl :lol:
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Nick filled the seats on Talocan
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Kim didn`t have enough confidence to let go and wave.
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Waffles, cream and fruit. Well, there is no other way to finish a day at Phantasialand
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Oliver bought some sugar on a stick.
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It was raining on the way back, so we stopped at Brunchen to watch for a while. I wasn`t bothered about driving when it was so wet anyway.
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Back at the campsite and Steve & Helen had arrived, they`d put up their tent JUST before the heavens opened.

Lou cooked a lovely meal and we sat around the campfire until midnight.
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It started raining again, Nick wore his fetching green bag.
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The Germans had a rather bright light.
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Oh look, more rain. In August.
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Cat & Oliver shared a brolly.
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Lou & I
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Simon
07-08-2011, 12:06 PM
Great update as usual, Nige. :veryhappy:

Next best thing to being there myself!

crossie
08-08-2011, 08:09 PM
come on Nige updates!

Nige
09-08-2011, 07:39 AM
Thursday 4th August.

As DTM weekend was approaching, we decided to pitch our `spare` tent to keep a pitch clear incase any Northloopers turned up and wanted to join us.
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Sam took Nick to show him the stream he`d been playing in.
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Sam was REALLY proud of his Lego Ship he`d built.
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We heard a girlie scream and Nick came out to show us the huge sting mark he`d received from a wasp.
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It was so HUGE, I had to enable Macro on the camera to photograph it.
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The continuing nice weather meant it was time to wash the cars. Using 2 buckets of course...
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Chris Joined us in the carpark and we noticed Steve and James were wearing identical `Dab of oppo` T Shirts.
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Nick had taken me out for a lap and the understeer hed been complaining about was very noticeable. We discussed stiffening the rear of softening the front damping to try and address it. He couldn`t easily change the front in the carpark, but could easily get to the rears. They were set very Soft and the Near side and offside dampers were nowhere near the same setting ! Once set to `Full Hard` (This is Oakie we are talking about ;) ) he said the car had much less understeer but was twitchier at the rear.
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Ian arrived with yet another bulge in his sidewall. The same thing happened at Easter. He was certain it was due to the tyre fitter.
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Lou had been out the other day taking some photos at Brunchen but as she had Cat and Oliver with her, she didn`t go to her usual trackside viewing point, she still took this good one of Nick and I.
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After some enjoyable laps, the ring closed. I rang Pinnochios to order some takeaway Pizza then Nick and I drove down to collect them. Lovely, as usual they were too.
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Sam was very pleased with his new `addition` to his Bike.
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The evenings campfire was once again interrupted by light showers. The did not stop us...
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Nick and Sam sporting their head torches.
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Arrgghh, I`m blind !
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Burning Pizza boxes had the usual result of removing the hairs from legs.
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Lou called me into the tent to remove a stray frog.
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The rain came.Again.
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Bed around midnight. This is fast becoming the usual `bedtime` as we all unwind and don`t wake up so early.

Kev_G
09-08-2011, 08:13 AM
fantastic report still :thumb: Shocked at the amount of rain tho so far this year. Is it still humid over there then aswell

crossie
09-08-2011, 09:30 AM
Nige is there only been rain at night??

I am now worried about cycling the ring in the rain!

orsonbuggy
09-08-2011, 01:42 PM
Great report, Nige - I really enjoy reading each instalment :thumb:

Peach-uk
09-08-2011, 09:13 PM
Excellent as always Nige! Thanks for making the effort and keep it coming!

Prawn
09-08-2011, 09:40 PM
Love reading the updates Nige, makes me SO jealous!

Do the vertical side sections to your diffuser carry on forward the whole length of the car?

Ian H
09-08-2011, 09:52 PM
Nice one Nige :thumb:

Really looking forward to coming over on Friday... except for the rain!

Karl
10-08-2011, 06:58 AM
No rain last night, Ian :thumb:

Lovely clear skies, that meant it was 4°c in Adenau this morning, happy camping :lol::lol::lol:

Chris
10-08-2011, 07:12 AM
Excellent, glad you're all happy campers :)

Will there be beer in the fridge on friday?

See you soon

Nige
10-08-2011, 07:28 PM
Love reading the updates Nige, makes me SO jealous!

Do the vertical side sections to your diffuser carry on forward the whole length of the car?

Yep, and it has a flat floor too :to be added again:


Friday 5th August.

Waking to a warm, but overcast day, time was taken to appreciate the often underrated art of sitting.
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Nick found the overlay feature on Harrys Lap Timer. He was surprised to find he generated as much G on the Kumhos as he did on Slicks at DN.
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I adjusted the front wheel alignment slightly.
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Nick softened the front dampers to try and further reduce the understeer
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I`d had a weird issue on track. The same thing happened at Donnington. I was on track at the time, the oil temp went up from 96 to 122 degrees. It NEVER goes above 110.. The water temp went to 3/4 and then the expansion tank spat a bit of water out. Shortly after, the temps dropped back to normal and stayed there all evening. Obviously, losing water is the last thing I wanted to do, so after discussion with Steve, we thought a likely culprit was the thermostat, possibly sticking. Front splitter removed.
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Nick took the art of Sitting to a new level.
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I removed the middle of the thermostat. Initially, I refitted the outlet pipe without it, but it wouldn`t seal, the 1mm or so thickness of the thermostat was needed to allow the O ring to compress.
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Well, Hello !
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Aftera short cloudburst, the chairs needed drying by the fire.
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DTM weekend. This means lots of campers. ALL these guys did was sit in their gazebo and drink, non stop for 3 days.
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Pitch 104 was filling.
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Due to the inclement weather conditions, Cat brought out her wellies...
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Gurds had phoned asking if I had any Brake Cleaner. He`d had a leak on the way over and although the leak was fixed, the disk and pads were covered in fluid. Nick drove the Golf to see him, it was interesting to hear his thoughts after all the development I`d done on the car. We had a really good look around Gurds`s very tidy MK1.

Nick and I went out for a few laps. The first lap was clear, very little traffic, nice steady laps as Nick found how the car felt with the new damper settings. The 2nd lap, just approaching Lauda-Links and we spotted a guy running into view waving a jacket. We both slowed instantly, still hitting the oil covering the track and having interesting moments at 40mph. The carnage on the approach to Bergwerk consistion of several bikes and cars, all in contact with each other. A car had dropped oil from just before Lauda-Links to the exit of Bergwerk where we saw him parked up. If the guy waving the jacket hadn`t run into view, Nick and I agreed we would most likely have joined the other vehicles. This was 17:20pm, the track never reopened that evening. It was the closest either of us had been a a `big one`.

Back to the campsite for a Fire.
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Lou relaxing.
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Oh, Pasta again.
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Helen wasn`t sure which sort of beer she wanted, so she opened one of each.
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The Germans were getting into the swing of some heavy drinking.
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Stars, I can see Stars ! Which one is that one Nick ?
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110188.jpg
The ladies wandered off giggling.
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Nige
10-08-2011, 07:42 PM
Posting from Michaelas super fast internet connection :thumb:

Saturay 6th August.

The first time I`d set an alarm since we arrived. The ring was opening at 8am so we wanted to be there ready for some laps when it did.

The campsite was almost full. People were camping alongside the roads.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110190.jpg

The carpark was nice and empty.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110192.jpg

After a few laps, I had to take Matthew to the Kesselaars, whilst there, Jim arrived. We had a chat for a while before I returned to the track.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110193.jpg

Nick rang just as I was about to go on at Breidscheid. He`d had a puncture, rear Drivers side, noticed going round SX !!! He limped to the ARAL at Breidscheid, but the air wouldn`t inflate the tyre.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110194.jpg

Steve brought down a jack, tools and spare road tyre so Nick could get back. The sidewall had a hole in the middle of it.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110195.jpg

As it turned out, the tyres were worn out anyway
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110197.jpg

Helen gave her car a 2-bucket wash.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110198.jpg

Then it started raining. again.
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I went out between showers, once the track was dry, but called it a day at half 5 as the rain closed in. Id been talking to plenty people in the carpark, had a Hot-Chocolate at the Burgstube and the day passed really quickly.

I cooked the evening meal, dropped the red hot shelf out of the oven and burned some holes in the porch groundsheet. Doh.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110202.jpg

There were plenty people staying at Michaelas so we popped over for the evening. Nick was stunned to find there were other foods, apart from Pasta.
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The start of a good evening.
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Tom on the PS3
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Mat had called earlier in the week and on his second lap had set the second fastest on the leader board.
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Chocolate !
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Michaela has a bookshelf for guests to choose books from. Lou donated the first English book. If any other people going out have some boks they`d like to donate for the use of other guests, they would be greatly appreciated.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110220.jpg

Cat and the boys played pool.
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http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110223.jpg

The PS3 kept the boys happy.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110224.jpg

I uploaded what Nick and I thought was a good lap on TF.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110226.jpg

I THINK, I`d fouled, then Nick had missed, Losers...
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Back to a campfire before bed. Well, it would be rude not to.
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Screacher
10-08-2011, 07:48 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen: this is your captain speaking.

Please sit back, enjoy the (relatively cheap) in-flight drinks and switch on your on-board entertainment system where you can view pictures of my recent holiday:

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I hope you will enjoy the rest of this relaxing flight in the company of your captain and his loopy crew.

Peach-uk
10-08-2011, 07:49 PM
Pretty sporty lap there Matty!

Excellent updated again Nige!:thumb:

Rory
10-08-2011, 10:20 PM
Pretty sporty lap there Matty!
Indeed, quite impressive. :thumb:
I'm out in Michaela's next week and I was hoping the benchmark wouldn't be quite so high. :to be added: :lol:

Thanks for the updates Nige,
I'm amazed and appreciative that you take time out of your holiday to give us semi-live updates every few days... most others (me included) wait until they're home.
Keep having fun and reporting as you do. :thumb:

Floyd
11-08-2011, 07:14 AM
Great report Nige :thumb:

Karl
11-08-2011, 08:09 AM
I uploaded what Nick and I thought was a good lap on TF.

I THINK, I`d fouled, then Nick had missed, Losers...

:lol::lol::lol:

Ian H
11-08-2011, 08:17 AM
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110149.jpg



Winning :whistle:
http://www.northloop.co.uk/forum/%20%20http://www.gossipcop.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Charlie-Sheen-as-Charlie-Harper-two-and-a-half-men-6432960-266-399-250x375.jpghttp://www.gossipcop.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Charlie-Sheen-as-Charlie-Harper-two-and-a-half-men-6432960-266-399-250x375.jpg


:lol:

vw_singh
11-08-2011, 08:41 AM
Many thanks for the brake cleaner Nige. Took another hour of driving and braking to get them working evenly again. Nice to meet Nick too, alothough he did seem abnormally tall to me. Standing in a ditch didn't help though :lol:.

Nige, found a pic of the pax lap you took me out on.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v463/vw_singh/Nurburgring%202011/touri046920110806.jpg

Gurds

Armour
11-08-2011, 09:52 AM
That's a brilliant photo of the Golf, looks hard as nails :veryhappy:

Great report Nige, looks like a great holiday apart from the weather.

leavingeasy
12-08-2011, 10:07 AM
http://www.tourifotos.de/media/img/gallery-2011-08-06/IMG_6794.jpg

http://www.tourifotos.de/media/img/gallery-2011-08-06/IMG_6796.jpg

leavingeasy
12-08-2011, 10:18 AM
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/tf_06-08-2011_time-1053__orderno-0520_20110808_2067480652.jpg

Rory
12-08-2011, 10:28 AM
Can you see my problem?
Perhaps a very flat-spotted rear tyre?

Nige
12-08-2011, 01:17 PM
Sunday 7th August.

Alarm an hour later today. The Mini drivers had the track for the first hour. Pedro and Jao had driven all night and had gone straight to the carpark
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The track hadn`t opened by 09:00 as planned and the carpark was filling quickly. George was there in the Porsche.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110253.jpg

Nick had fitted the road tyres and after a lap, thought it best to check the pressures. They `varied`...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110255.jpg

I`d followed Nick for a lap and noticed understeer. canvas, that`ll be why then.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110256.jpg

Gurds was having issues with the rosejoint on his ARB
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110257.jpg

I managed to get plenty laps in between closures. It was a glorious day and even though the carpark was fairly busy,the track was quiet, especially after 4pm. The queue for passenger rides was lengthening. Unfortunately a crash stopped play at 18:30, I was the 2nd car from the barrier when they closed it. Arrgghh.
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Every new person I take out comments an the car feeling `planted`. I`d showed Nick how I could still adjust the steering mid corner on Galgenkopf, having that in reserve makes TF lapping much more relaxing.

Had a good chat with some of the CGTi guys once it closed.
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Oliver almost smiled !
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ChrisP has let me drive his MK1 round Nurburg last year, it convinced me the electric Corsa rack was NOT for me. As I`ve gone down the Saxo pump route, I let him have a drive of mine to compare.
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Back to the campsite and it was almost empty ! Nick and the boys are now Pikeys, they spotted a Gazebo that had been left and brought it back to camp, its use as a garage tomorrow would be invaluable.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110274.jpg

Helen did her best to get every single drop out of the Cider bag. Her weeks allocation of `units` had been passed in only 3 days.
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Yaay, more wine.
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Steve lit a sparkler, Sam was most unahppy. We don`t think he`d ever seen one before and his most certainly did NOT want to hold one thank you very much !
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Nick and Cat wrote their names. No, really, thats what it says.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110284.jpg

No..... Racing.
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The opportunities for some proper writing, with sparklers will be explored in more detail soon ;)

Marshmallow time.
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Steve gave his honest view on another Lap in TF of Nicks and its suitability for uploading.
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leavingeasy
12-08-2011, 02:24 PM
^^^^^^^^^

Totally unsuitable!!!!

Is it still raining? I miss you all loads!

Kev_G
12-08-2011, 04:34 PM
i wondered where ChrisP had got to as hes meant to be doing some work for a friend :lol:

sparrow
12-08-2011, 06:24 PM
i wondered where ChrisP had got to as hes meant to be doing some work for a friend :lol:
Different ChrisP.

Prawn
12-08-2011, 07:21 PM
Your trip reports make me SO jealous Nige!

Only 3 weeks today and I'll be there too!

Seeing all your pics almost makes me wish I was camping again.

Dave G
14-08-2011, 08:13 PM
Great stuff Nige :thumb:

Nige
15-08-2011, 09:00 AM
Monday 8th August

A distinct lack of photos today...

Unfortunately, Keerat, a mate of Gurds had an off at Hockeichen :( His MK3 VR6 was a write off.He looked at recovering it back to the UK to break it, but after adding up the costs and factoring in his limited time, it simply wasn`t worth it. He had 2 weeks old BC Coilovers, with spring rates of 7kg/mm front and 5kg/mm rear. These are exactly the rates I was planning on getting in Autumn. Rather than letting the ever popular Geissen keep the car, I bought it off Keerat, then, with the Help of Steve we stripped the car as best we could. Salvaging the coilovers, hubs, ECU and engine. Rather than try and get the VR6 back to the UK (They are bloody heavy !), I`m hoping to find a home for it out here.
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A MASSIVE thanks to Steve for helping me strip the car on MOnday afternoon. :thumb:

Whilst we were stripping the car, Lou, Cat, Helen, Nick, Oliver and Sam went to Rheinbach and spent a very enjoyable afternoon at the pool.

Nick wanted to get home so packed up as much as possible then took us out for a meal at La Lanterna.
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Cheers.
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Steve and Helen
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Tim
15-08-2011, 09:04 AM
oo000 pictures now!

Rory
15-08-2011, 11:08 AM
:thumb:

Nige
15-08-2011, 12:04 PM
All sorted above :thumb:

Tuesday 9th August

I woke at 04:30 for some unknown reason ! Wrote up 4 days worth of reports, had a shower, breakfast then decided to go up to the Burgstube, have a coffee and go online. Whilst there, the heavens opened. This hapened to be just at the time Nick was packing the car....
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There was so much rain, the drain overflowed !
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Wet. In August, where the hell is summer !
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Bye.
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Always sad to see people leave. Nick appeared to enjoy camping far more than he anticipated. I have a feeling he was expecing a field with a tent in it, not the level of home comforts that we have when camping.
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We`d rescued these tents after the DTM weekend. THe same cant be said for the M3 ;)
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Andy Carlile had found a place local to Dollendorf where we could scrap the VR6, so we loaded it onto the trailer and drove it over.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110391.jpg

After all the hassle involded in getting it on the trailer, a forklift made getting it off much easier.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110393.jpg

One dead MK3.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110395.jpg

The weather was dry for once, so I enjoyed several laps with Matty. Halfway through the last lap, I felt the brakes going so backed off for the rest of the lap.

Lou bought a party portion of crisps.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110401.jpg

Matty was spending the night with us so Martin and Heidi could have an evening together.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110402.jpg

After sitting under umbrellas so often, we thought sitting under a gazebo, next to the fire was a far better solution
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110404.jpg


However, if the wind blew the wrong way, the top half of the Gazebo filled with Smoke :lol:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110406.jpg

Oh Dear. Lou and Hayley had found the Amaretto at Easter, Lou and Helen decided it would be rude not to have a bottle tonight.
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We could hear them giggling all the way back from the toilets
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No rain tonight !
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The silly grin should tell you all you need to know about how much amaretto had been consumed.
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By both of them..
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The ladies were having a fantastic evening. Mostly getting very very squiffy.
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Not quite sure why steve was squeezing Helens thigh.
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As the comments became lewder, Mat pretended he wasn`t listening.
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Oh dear, our glasses are empty.
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Those who know Lou will be aware that when she gets tired, she `rests` one eye. This is shortly followed by resting both of them. She was delighted to find Helen was also a member of the `rest one eye club`
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The Amaretto ran out, so the girls went to bed. A great evening.

tertius
15-08-2011, 12:41 PM
Excellent report ... it did make me smile.

:thumb:

vw_singh
15-08-2011, 12:59 PM
Flippen heck! You guys didn't hang about stripping out the VR. :shock:

Gurds

Nige
15-08-2011, 01:22 PM
Wednesday 10th August

Another sunny day in Germany ! About time too.

After the brakes didn`t work as well as expected yesterday, I checked them over. Ah, that`ll be why :whistle:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110441.jpg

Mat helped me swap the coilovers from my Spax to the BC Racing one from the MK3.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110447.jpg

Mat Chastised me for the state of the Compomotives and then gave them a proper clean.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110452.jpg

New coilovers fitted, Old ones removed
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After Ians discussion about Master cylinders, We carried out a scientific test to see which pushed most fluid out. To be honest, we couldn`t really tell any difference at all.
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With the new coilovers fitted, the ride height was higher than I wanted, probably due to being set for a VR6.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110469.jpg

The BC setup has so moveable parts, the spring base, allowing the spring pre-load to be set, then the lower part into the hub-mount for adjusting the ride height. This allows corner weighting to be done much easier. Undo the bottom castellated nut and move it up, the amount of drop required
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Wind the strut into the lower mount, once started, this can be done by hand, lock the nut when done.
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All finished.
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Had 3 laps with Mat, the car understeered on right handers FAR more than I`ve ever experienced before. If I added more lock, it started gripping which definately pointed towards an alignment issue.

Lou went out taking photos, this guy was flying.
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I`d had a good chat with this guy over the weekend, a really nicely prepped MK2.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/NLP_9298.jpg

Good effort.
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Mat and I were enjoying our lapping
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/NLP_9536.jpg

Approaching Miss-Hit-Miss, I heard a thump and the brakes were hardly working. I went all the way round the outside pumping the brake pedal and came off at Breidscheid. A quick look and it was obvious why. The dreaded CV-Shearing issue !
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110479.jpg

Drove back to the campsite slowly, with light brake application to keep the disk vertical.

Back at the campsite and Steve was still having problems with the Mazda. It had started misfiring just before he set off to do some laps and was still causing issues :(
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110484.jpg

The Girls were reading the report from the last few days.
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Mat ended up sitting downwind and in the smoke.
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We must be getting old, it was bedtime by 11:30 !

jon_r
15-08-2011, 02:56 PM
Top stuff Nige, a great read as always. I can't believe you bought and stripped a car whilst on holiday! Where on earth have you put it all?

Prawn
15-08-2011, 04:19 PM
Interesting about the CV sheering off Nige!

Have you had this happen before?

My CV's are near identical to yours, although my car is heavier with another 100lbft of torque. I wonder how long it'll be until I encounter these issues?

Can't believe you stripped a whole car, AND bought and fitted new coilovers to yours whilst out there on Holiday!

Why was the golf a write off? it didn't look 'that' bad?

Jim Cameron
15-08-2011, 04:35 PM
What effect did the storm, torrential rain and wind have in the campsite? It was enough to wake me up in the Bergstube:shock:

Gary Kinghorn
15-08-2011, 05:56 PM
Looks like a fair bit of rain :shock:

Peach-uk
15-08-2011, 06:30 PM
More excellent reading.

I'm also sure that Nige has some sort of store of photos of stuff he's done at home that he's using stock photos of to pass off as "improbable stuff to complete on holiday".

Rebuilding an engine last yr, now stripping a car AND replacing suspension in the middle of posting up the trip report?!

Lunacy.

Keep it up chap!:lol:

Tim in Yorkshire
15-08-2011, 07:39 PM
Great stuff, your holiday makes me seem lazy when at home!

Looking forward to the last instalments.

Sim
15-08-2011, 08:19 PM
Fantastic as always Nige.

That Raeder Motorsport Scirocco looks like it has lots of proper VW Motorsport stuff on it, so it should be quick!

driveforward
15-08-2011, 10:27 PM
:(

Sad face for not being out there.

:)

Happy face for Nige's reports!

Simon
16-08-2011, 07:54 AM
I so enjoy reading your trip reports, Nige. Cheers for taking the time to share it with us :veryhappy:

Rene Graff
16-08-2011, 08:10 AM
Fantastic as always Nige.

That Raeder Motorsport Scirocco looks like it has lots of proper VW Motorsport stuff on it, so it should be quick!

The owner is a total nutter - in a positive way. He drove the car from itīs delivering in Wolfsburg directly to Raeder Motorsport where it got itīs "upgrade".

crossie
16-08-2011, 11:12 AM
The owner is a total nutter - in a positive way. He drove the car from itīs delivering in Wolfsburg directly to Raeder Motorsport where it got itīs "upgrade".

Is there a project thread somewhere for the car??


Great report nige!

Nige
16-08-2011, 12:12 PM
Thursday 11th August

A steady start to the morning. Steve had been thinking and when comparing his ECU logs to mine, his crank signal was quite different. He believed the CAS was faulty, so we popped down to Adenau to the Mazda dealer to see if they had a spare. Unfortunately, they didnt. I`d been speaking to Chris Slator and he suggested Bren. I rang Andy Carlile and had did indeed have a spare engine, with ancilliaries ! Took Steve over to Dollendorf where he borrwed the CAS unit from that engine. Once fitted, it ran fine, until he stopped it, then it wouldn`t start again :(

I had a play with the suspension on the Golf, rotated tyres and did a few other bits and pieces. Helen had her first visit to the Ice Cafe ! Lou didn`t have our camera with her, but I`m sure Helen did.

After the CV had gone, I knew the wheel bearing would need replacing. This was one of the SKF ones supplied by SImon, it had been on for 2 years. The centre of the flange had worn and when I removed the brake caliper, the wheel fell off !
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110505-1.jpg

Flange attached to the disk but not the bearing.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110506-1.jpg

The actual race and balls were in perfect condition, very pleasing.
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Steve still trying to get the MX5 running.
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Whilst tightening a wheelnut, the thread stripped. Sheesh.
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Had a call from Andy, did we fancy a wander around the track once it was closed ? That seems like a splendid idea. We met up at Breidscheid at just after 6. The trackday was still going at 7. Ah well. Time for a hot Chocolate instead.
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Chris and Jill, who Lou had first met at Brunchen were passing and called in for a drink. THey live Local to me and we had a good talk about allsorts :thumb:

Walking through the woods and dropping down to just after Ex-Muhle.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110533.jpg

Andy saw a car coming down the hill towards Breidscheid, so we hid, like small children, neind the barrier.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110535.jpg

After several minutes, when it hadn`t arrived, we assumed it had turned off at Breidscheid. Walking towards Lauda-Links, the marshalls arrived.. "Hello chaps, all OK ?" `Yes thanks...`

Adele ?
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110537.jpg


Kesselchen, its a fair old walk.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110538.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110540.jpg

We`d been discussing lines, braking and turning points. Angstkurve was an interesting one. Somewhere, just after this photo, there is a bump that always sends a `bang` through my front offside. We looked, laid down and still couldn`t spot it. Very odd.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110542.jpg

A good likeness of the ring. Spot the glaring mistake.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110544.jpg

Yep, you are HERE, not at Bergwerk. Doh.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110545.jpg

I need a wide angle to fit it all in.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110547.jpg

Steve taking some pics.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110557.jpg

Andy and I were wondering how much slower the tarmac around the top is, compared to the banking. I tried it afterwards, its definately slower.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110558.jpg

Should be `That bloody hill`.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110560.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110562.jpg

By now, Dusk was approaching. Fortunately, we were on the `downhill` part.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110566.jpg

This looks like its had an annual refresh.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110567.jpg

As does this.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110570.jpg

Crossie, this you ?
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110572.jpg

Almost finished
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110577.jpg

It was almost pitch black by the time we`d made it back to the car. Back to the campsite for something to eat, a few beers and bed.

Nige
16-08-2011, 12:13 PM
Friday 12th August

We were going to go to Maastrict after Oakie recommended it. A poor weather forecast and Steve (understandably) wanting to get back to fix the MX5 meant that was put on hold until next year. We decided to pop down to Cochem instead. Cat, wanted photos with the Castle in them..
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110589.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110615.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110522.jpg

August on The Mosel. That`ll be 5 hot-Chocolate to try and keep us warm, coats and a smile for the camera. What is going on with the weather this year !
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110592.jpg

Steve and Helen
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110594.jpg

My darling wife and I
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110597.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110612.jpg

Helen was pleased (dunno why) to see a shell garage.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110607.jpg


Helen and Cat
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110609.jpg

Vineyards
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110631.jpg

Lou was frozen.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110633.jpg

I now know what Helen sees in Steve.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110637.jpg

Sat downstairs, Cat started playing with Camera settings.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110649.jpg

We get on well.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110672.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110673.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110674.jpg

Helen had kept going on about a small cafe that sold `proper` chips.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110682.jpg

"No Steve, you don`t want that, just order some chips !"
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110675.jpg

My first "Currywurst mit pommes` this holiday.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110679.jpg

Hi.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110681.jpg

There was a rumour of an ice cafe in Cochem. A quick call to Martin for directions and we spied it.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110683.jpg

Ooooh
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110684.jpg

"Can`t I have all of them?"
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110685.jpg

Yum
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110689.jpg

Back at the campsite and I towed Steve`s MX5 up the hill so he could freewheel back down and park next to his tent to work on it.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110691.jpg

Tom had arrived, along with Alistair and Sam.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110694.jpg

This is the angle of other people Tom normally sees ;)
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110700.jpg

Nige
16-08-2011, 12:14 PM
One poorly MX5
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110702.jpg

Spare Cas units.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110703.jpg

Don`t you just love working with an audience.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110704.jpg

Track was closed, so it was Beer-O`clock.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110706.jpg

Sparkler time. We still haven`t mastered the sparklers yet.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110707.jpg

Chris, Anka and Bas arrived (from Holland). We`ve camped with them for several years now. Chris brought plenty of wood. Its a good job, the campfire `circle` was growing.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110711.jpg

Saying `Chris` meant they both looked, so I thought `Thin Chris` and `Fat Chris` worked better. Slator didn`t think so.....
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110712.jpg

Fire !
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110718.jpg

Great evening, everyone got along and a leisurely day.

Nige
16-08-2011, 12:15 PM
Saturday 13th August

Spent a while trying to Diagnose Steve`s fault.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110720.jpg

ECU seems the culprit
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110721.jpg

The track opened at 11, but we headed up sometime later, after the rush had died down.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110722.jpg

It closed, again. It also started raining so we called it a day after 2 1/2 laps and popped into the CC. The electronic cigarettes are the `in thing`. Those smoking those horrible, smelly things have to sit at the end of the bar by themselves. Didn`t you Chris.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110724.jpg

Back to the campsite and Alistair and Sam were showing their student colours. Why have a wine glass, its extra washing up, just drink from the bottle...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110725.jpg

A brief respite from the rain.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110726.jpg

Cheers
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110727.jpg

Bas and his mighty 710. He was getting a load of grief about driving a small car, we did get the occasional `bite`.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110728.jpg

Bruce, Xanthie and Harvey arrived. Xanthie put up the tent whilst Bruce chatted. ;) They were going out to Chris`s 60th and revered up to the tent to minimise the time spent in the mud. Oh the Mud...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110729.jpg

Steve trying to master the art of opening a bottle with a lighter.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110730.jpg

Fire? you want a fire ?
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110731.jpg

That`ll be the cue to move back a bit then.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110732.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110733.jpg

Getting warm.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110734.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110741.jpg

Yeah thats warm.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110740.jpg

Time to move further back.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110746.jpg

The hottest fire so far. And it wasn`t raining.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110747.jpg

c_w
16-08-2011, 12:49 PM
I was half expecting the last photo to show that MX5 on the fire!!!

stevem
16-08-2011, 01:39 PM
I was half expecting the last photo to show that MX5 on the fire!!!

I'd only need to burn this bit

http://www.diyautotune.com/images/products/dp_seqmod-k/dp_seqmod-k-installed.jpg

jon_r
16-08-2011, 02:19 PM
I can confirm, the ice cafe in Cochem is lovely! :thumb:

Rene Graff
16-08-2011, 02:57 PM
Is there a project thread somewhere for the car??


Iīm afraid not.

Tom
16-08-2011, 04:35 PM
This is the angle of other people Tom normally sees ;)
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110700.jpg

Check out that chin! I look half awake for being up for 35 odd hours.

Weeman
16-08-2011, 04:52 PM
I really really admire the camping in such shite weather but why oh why you do it I don't know, you all look like you ain't shaved or showered in a month, have you seen that film "alive" about the plane crash in the Andes ? Lol

Screacher
16-08-2011, 05:04 PM
I really really admire the camping in such shite weather but why oh why you do it I don't know, you all look like you ain't shaved or showered in a month, have you seen that film "alive" about the plane crash in the Andes ? Lol
Indeed. They look almost as scuffy as you do on a normal day!

Great report Nige. Always makes me smile when I read these reports. Pretty gutted you din't rebuild Steve's ECU from discarded transistor radio parts tho. Or is that part of the report still to come?

sparrow
16-08-2011, 06:44 PM
Back to the campsite and Alistair and Sam were showing their student colours. Why have a wine glass, its extra washing up, just drink from the bottle...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110725.jpg

Makes perfect sense to me. :wave:

Floyd
16-08-2011, 07:35 PM
Great read :thumb:

renaud
16-08-2011, 09:27 PM
hello nige! Every year a lot of beautiful races! lol

orsonbuggy
17-08-2011, 11:21 AM
Just caught up on the last few instalments. Thanks Nige - it's a brilliant read and captures the atmosphere of the whole trip really well :thumb:

As I read about the write off/strip/dump the shell/use the struts, I smiled a wry smile to myself and thought "maybe next year, he'll build a car on site from scratch" :lol:

driveforward
17-08-2011, 07:57 PM
I smiled a wry smile to myself and thought "maybe next year, he'll build a car on site from scratch" :lol:

That sounds like a challenge...

stevem
17-08-2011, 08:49 PM
punt up for a westie kit and I'd call that a challenge.... :thumb:

driveforward
19-08-2011, 07:13 AM
punt up for a westie kit and I'd call that a challenge.... :thumb:

Lol, touché ;)

Nige
19-08-2011, 05:30 PM
I really really admire the camping in such shite weather but why oh why you do it I don't know, you all look like you ain't shaved or showered in a month, have you seen that film "alive" about the plane crash in the Andes ? Lol

You`ll never believe this, but we actually expected that the weather in August would be a touch warmer... ;)

Weeman
19-08-2011, 05:50 PM
I camped in august once it was 5 degrees I am sure I've told the tale before, I think it's time the pinders got a camper van, like meet the fockers lol. Glad your back safe a sound are you all excited about the prospect of going back to work? Lol

Nige
19-08-2011, 05:59 PM
I`m at work now. Home at 01:15 this morning, working nights this weekend :(

ANYWAY.

Sunday 14th August

We woke to rain. Again. This is getting tedious now.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110760.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110761.jpg

Helen & Steve took shelter from the downpour
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110763.jpg

Chris prayed for sun. Nothing happened.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110765.jpg

I don`t like driving the ring in the wet. The tarmac is very slippery when it does rain so I tend to avoid it. Today was different.
I fitted the wets and Chris and I went out for a few STEADY laps. We did 5 on the bounce, slowly increasing pace each time and looking for the right line.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/IMG_3435.jpg

Looking in the mirrors, we both commented on the huge amount of spray in the high speed section, the Diffuser was certainly throwing more water up behind me than before.

The track was almost empty and I started enjoying myself. After 5 laps, we popped to the Burgstube then went out for another before going back for lunch.

The track was drying so I started refitting the Dry tyres. A wheel stud sheared flush with the drive flange. Arrgghh ! Managed to drill it out to the edge of the threads and then run a tap down to clean out the threads. One of those `testing` jobs, hence no photos...

Went back out and did several laps on the dry tarmac. Really enjoyed myself and slowly increased speed as I got used to the new suspension and how it behaved. The damping needed a few adjustments to get it to a point where I was happy.

FINALLY took Max out for a lap. You know there are certain people you don`t want to make mistakes with, well Max was one of them. Locked slightly into Aremberg, so had to come off then back on the brakes, that was enough to run rather wide and brush the edge of the gravel trap. I spent the next several corners apologising... Whoops.

Nige
19-08-2011, 05:59 PM
Back to the campsite for a quick shower and change before going to the Comfy Corner for the meal Ian had organised.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110774.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110776.jpg

Matty didn`t sit with Lou and I, oh no, he chose a table full of Bikers instead...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110782.jpg

Finally met Shiyan, what a nice bloke he is too. Not quite sure why Ian is poking Mike though.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110784.jpg

Bren was sitting in Karls special corner, he tried to be insulting and abusive to everyone, but it just wasn`t the same.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110787.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110842.jpg

Mike bought Shots. This may not end well.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110788.jpg

James and Dave got on well. Izzy, you really need to practise your camera `smile` face ;)
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110790.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110799.jpg

Sonja was really getting into the swing of things
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110792.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110866.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110881.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110886.jpg

Xanthie, Bruce and Harvey
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110798.jpg

A great evening
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110832.jpg

`Its HIM !!`. "Please, no photos."
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110844.jpg

No, I mean it.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110845.jpg

STOP IT
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110867.jpg

Yikes
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110847.jpg

The evening went quickly, as they always do.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110851.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110852.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110857.jpg

A rather unflattering photo of the Best Chef in Adenau.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110862.jpg

Yoohoo.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110893.jpg

Called it a night around midnight, back for a fire and to let the drivers have a beer
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/P1110898.jpg

Floyd
19-08-2011, 07:41 PM
Looks like another great evening in the CC :thumb:

leavingeasy
19-08-2011, 08:13 PM
I feel replaced!

Nige
19-08-2011, 08:16 PM
I feel replaced!
Never replaced, only substituted....

stevem
19-08-2011, 08:30 PM
I feel replaced!

No, we had pasta in your honour.

Screacher
19-08-2011, 08:47 PM
Never replaced, only substituted....
Or pushed out the escape hatch without a 'chute?

Andrewt
19-08-2011, 08:54 PM
I'm enjoying this nige.

Screacher
19-08-2011, 09:00 PM
I'm enjoying this nige.
Sadist.

Nige
20-08-2011, 05:48 PM
Monday 15th August

Blimey, sunshine !

Helen and Harvey were doing something to Oakies M3...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1110899.jpg

Hmmm.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1110902.jpg
AH HA ! Sonja had made some stickers for Steve & Helen.. "Daadee !" :lol:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1110901.jpg

Tom and Co weren`t the earliest risers...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1110908.jpg

Unfortunately, it was time for Steve & Helen to leave :( A leisurely morning, letting the moisture dry off then packing away the tent.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1110930.jpg

Max joined us at the Ice Cafe. It was his first visit.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1110934.jpg

I know we keep posting photos of us eating ice-cream, but they are so bloody nice !
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1110933.jpg

Hi.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1110939.jpg

The track was open Monday evening and Matty jumped in with me for some laps. First lap was a good sighting one, then we pulled out of the cones just behind a German M3. What followed was a fantastic lap, hardly any traffic, but him getting baulked just where it meant I could reel him back in again (ie, on the run towards SX), it meant a VERY enjoyable lap. Going through Wipperman I saw Matty nodding out of the corner of my eye. He usually shakes his head when I miss an apex or screw up a corner, but here he was NODDING at me getting it right ! http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/shock1.gif
I must admit, I don`t think I`ve driven a quicker, smoother lap for some time. At the end both Mat and I thought it was probably the quickest I`ve driven, certainly the quickest he`s been in with me. I`m not datalogging this trip so don`t know what the time was, it doesn`t really matter anyway, it was just a very memorable lap. :thumb:

Heidi has never been out with me for a lap. Those who have taken her out come back shaking and saying "never again..." Oakie was unusually quiet after he`d taken her out. Her fearsome reputation for picking fault with the car or driver is well deserved.

She jumped in for a lap with me and as we appraoched the barriers, Bren and Simon pulled up alongside on their bikes and waved. Coming out of the cones, it was clear they were going to follow for the lap. Closely, very closely indeed ! Once I realised they were going to follow, I got on with a smooth lap, asked if Heidi was OK a few times, she just nodded.
At the end, once we`d slowed down she said, now are you sitting down for this ? she said "That was FUN, can we do ANOTHER !!! "http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/Thud.gif

Unfortunately, the track was closed so we couldn`t. I say unfortunately, I`d rather quit whilst I`m ahead...

Bren and Simon came over and were commenting about the Golf 3-wheeling all over the place, it even does it round SX. They also commented that when following me towards SX and up Kesselchen, the turbulence off the rear of my car was significant, much more than they usually get on this type of car.

Back for food and beer. Campsite `UNO !" passed some time.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1110946.jpg
Pallets, they start off slowly...
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1110948.jpg
But once going don`t half give off some heat !
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1110952.jpg
Can`t remember for the life of me what Chris said to make him double-facepalm himself. It was funny at the time though ;)
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1110953.jpg

Nige
20-08-2011, 11:12 PM
Tuesday 16th August


Another morning without rain. I could get used to this...

Before it dries, I thought I`d take a photo showing how bad the mud on the entrance to our pitch was. http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1110959.jpg

Chris left :( He took Oakies M3 back to the UK so it can be given a once-over by UB before Spa.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1110962.jpg

Yesterday, Chris had helped me get the VR6 engine onto a Pallet ready for collection, Bruce and Steve had helped, with some long lengths of wood and straight backs, the 4 of us were able to manouvre the engine and gearbox into place. It was palletised and wrapped ready for the buyer to collect.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1110982.jpg

Matty was kidnapped..
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1110986.jpg

I`d changed one crasked disk yesterday and found another cracked last night. Interesting that they both developed large cracks within 100 miles of each other. I had spares, so it wasn`t an issue.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1110989.jpg

Busy evening tonight. Not really sure why, but the carpark was heaving. A late opening didn`t help, it just meant the first few laps were really busy.
Thanks Karl :thumb:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1110996.jpg

VW Motorsport, my new overalls for working on the car :D
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1120004.jpg

We have Steve to thank for this bargain evening meal.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1120006.jpg

The other day, someone suggested we have a farewell drink in the CC. Sounds a good idea to us. On the drive down, it made a pleasant change to see a sunset.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1120008.jpg

I could find a trip photo of Bren looking like this from the last 6 years. :lol:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1120016.jpg

Poor Jagoda was worn out.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1120021.jpg

Steve had borrowed the CAS from Brens spare Engine. I gave him the part back so it could be refitted. He was initially confused as to what it was.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1120027.jpg

As happens every single time, the evening flew by
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1120029.jpg

Erin is really shy and self conscious.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1120038.jpg

Cheers.
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You can`t sit in Karls spot. "Karl who ?"
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1120046.jpg

leavingeasy
20-08-2011, 11:58 PM
I'm not sure if this is considered inappropriate but I'd just like to add a few extras pics from my perspective after a fab 11 days staying at camp Pinder.

Just quick memories that's all:

Whilst the Pinder famille were climbing all over American hardware at Military Base Solo, we were invited to the VLN race and more specifically the Frikadelli pits - Sabine's team- courtesy of big Tony Williams

Here's Tony scaring my children

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/8fb891e1.jpg

See that yellow line on the floor- the kids were not allowed to pass that according to German officials. I held them back......

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/06d21aea.jpg

That line was then moved back to inside the garage only

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/3a854d17.jpg

And then when Sabine pitted and Tony went to get us all introduced, the officials kicked us out altogether!

So I went here- the Bonk part sounded great, but I was worried about the Weeman bit

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/035a9a4c.jpg

On the ONE day the sun came out, weird men in bizarre clothing came out and stalked the Pinder children

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/9529da8a.jpg
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/e9578056.jpg

My son ran off and drew on the toilet walls

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/65100fb8.jpg

For those that don't read seven year old scrawl it says "Sam Aston Martin Really Fast"

He didn't seem to appreciate I was driving an M3.......

As Nige mentioned my youngest didn't much like the faster rides at Phantasialand- as a consequence I got to do this instead. Arghhhhhh the speed, the centrifugal force is ripping my limbs from my body.

Oh no wait, that's not happening.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/d2fe099d.jpg

When Jim arrived we took the whole clan to the Rodelbahn in the rain. They don't slow down in the wet. Cool!

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/5671a28c.jpg

Then it was off to make my car (ok my father's car) smell of wet animals and fill it up with corn

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/1e2aad72.jpg

Totally unimpressed with my efforts despite feeling horny?

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/3e647d2e.jpg

Jim made new friends

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/70df6cab.jpg

The kids were hungry so we took them for ice cream so that Jim and I could play

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/08f86d6f.jpg

Then it was off to Michaela's pad for an amazing curry and quality social time!

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/44ef4979.jpg

Time to get them all up the Castle

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/fee795c3.jpg

Oliver and Cat posed for next Autumns designer surfwear catalogue

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/32a61d69.jpg

And here is the full shoot including the trendy olds section

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/80737b41.jpg

On the way back to the camp site we saw this- Sam believed treasure lay at the end of the rainbow

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/54327b48.jpg

What we found instead was mud.

On the whole an absolutely brilliant holiday. I relaxed, managed 35 laps, the car didn't break, the company was exemplary, the kids haven't stopped talking about it and we all got home feeling bloody brilliant (helped by three days in a pool in Cuba for me to try and get rid of the trench foot.

My final memory of camping in the Eifel is summed up pretty nicely with this piece of video.

Thanks Nige, Lou and Cat. Steve and Helen. Great company. Great memories.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/th_5fca5abb.jpg (http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a397/leavingeasy/?action=view&current=5fca5abb.mp4)

stevem
21-08-2011, 08:17 AM
Excellent pics and it was great to see you and the boys Nick. :thumb:

leavingeasy
21-08-2011, 09:10 AM
Great times had by all Steve!

Thans for the tea!!!

N/B
21-08-2011, 10:31 AM
Wonderful report Nige, no shortage of excitement!

Worthy of a frame, is this;
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/IMG_3435.jpg
Hard as nails!

Definitely expecting a full re-shell on the Easter 2012 trip...

Nige
21-08-2011, 12:05 PM
Definitely expecting a full re-shell on the Easter 2012 trip...

I bloody hope not ! :shock:

leavingeasy
21-08-2011, 12:24 PM
^^^^^^

Although it looks like Sean's shell might be available soon!

Nige
25-08-2011, 05:10 PM
Wednesday 17th August

Last day so we went to the swimming pool at Rheinbach along with the Dave, Justine, Isabel, Erin, Bruce Xanthie and Harvey. I did NOT fall asleep on the sun lounger, I was just resting my eyes :whistle:

Back for a few laps, came on at Breidscheid with Cat, did 1/2 a lap then straight out for another. Then it closed. Spent the usual hour chatting in the carpark, then it started spitting. The track re-opened, but I`ve heard too many stories of people doing `just one more lap`, so I put on my sensible head, called it a day and parked up the car for the evening. Jumped in with Anarky for a couple instead. Enjoyable laps they were too. :thumb:

Back to the last campfire of the holiday. Called it a night at about 10:30, just as Mike Solo popped in to say Hi :wave:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1120062.jpg

Thursday 18th August

Put the clothes and duvets in the Vac bags, popped up to the Burgstube to use Heidis vac.
Before
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1120064.jpg

After.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1120065.jpg

3 weeks and the grass is already looking like it needs time to recover.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1120073.jpg

Popped in to the Burgstube to say bye, then set off at midday. Guess what, it was Glorious ! Typical.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1120076.jpg

Found another cheap fuel station, near Spa, just off the motorway too.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1120082.jpg

Before long it started raining. Lots.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1120126.jpg

Arrived at the Ferry port managed to get a great spot, we were the 4th vehicle off !
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/Summer%202011/P1120142.jpg

Good drive home, arrived back at 01:15. Had a beer then bed, car unpacked Friday and everything put away for another year.

We had a fantastic time. Great company always makes this more than just a trip to the ring, we have a lot of great friends who we either see out there or camp with us. We could stay in a guesthouse, a small flat would probably work out similar in cost, but we still find that camping with friends make a good holiday into a GREAT Holiday.. :veryhappy:

Rory
25-08-2011, 05:29 PM
No superlative will suffice Nige, simply top class work.
Really enjoyed the read. :thumb:

Antj29
25-08-2011, 06:08 PM
Looks a really good way of doing it all, not much you don;t do.

Its really funny as whenever we are over our groupd recognise the golf and as everyone says " Ray Mears is here again"

hats off to you as i can only evercamp at Le mans, muchos respect for Fires though, that surely is the only benefit of camping. FIREEEEE

Peach-uk
25-08-2011, 06:18 PM
I've said it before and no doubt I will say it again; another excellent read Nige. Thanks for all the effort that goes into writing these!

miller
25-08-2011, 08:08 PM
Your threads really do inspire me to go camp for a week or so! Maybe next year!!

Cheers for posting the story and the pics!


Mike

Kev_G
25-08-2011, 10:05 PM
fantastic report as always roll on next year already :thumb:

Simon
26-08-2011, 12:15 PM
Fanbloodytastic read, Nige :veryhappy:

Rene Graff
26-08-2011, 12:22 PM
Thanks for another fantastic report Nige! :thumb:

paulie
26-08-2011, 05:39 PM
Always enjoy reading these,thanks for another great report Nige

Gary Kinghorn
27-08-2011, 08:32 AM
Enjoyed that :thumb:

Terence Ledger
28-08-2011, 09:43 AM
Its reports like this that really make me miss the ring. However showed this to the wife and she has suggested we go to Germany next year for a holiday at the ring... I will ring the travel agent in the morning.

Dave B
28-08-2011, 10:45 AM
Result Terence, do the travel agents feature the campsite as a destination or are you going to have to book that part of it yourself......

Hippychick
31-08-2011, 08:41 PM
I've finally found the time to catch up on this...thank you for taking the time to write it Nige. It makes me feel like I'm back there again! :thumb:

Rich.
11-09-2011, 03:00 PM
Nige, just found these pictures of you whilst I was looking for something else:

http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/tt31/sniffdiesel/IMG_3242.jpg
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