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Gary Kinghorn
11-04-2007, 02:52 PM
The golfs first and last tour



Thursday

Gary knew Rob was due to pick him up at 4.45am, so why was he awake at 3am. The answer to that question is unknown but most people who go to the ring know what this means. So after posting on the net for an hour or so Rob picked Gary up and off they went.

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The only way Josh, Robs son would agree to come was if he got the front seat, so Gary and Mark had to suffer in the back of the M3. A quick journey to Dover was called for and that’s what Rob provided. Around an hour and a half later they arrived in Dover.

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Norfolk Line provided a good service and 2 hours later the guys left the ferry for the drive to Adenau. The drive was eventful with Rob passing Leavingeasy towing the Caterham and Simon at :o mph on the way.
The number of British cars on the road gave an idea to just how busy the ring was going to be. All was well until the guys came to the railway line crossing on the Gerolstein to Kelberg road. The road was closed with no diversion, no help no nothing. Just a barrier and a German wagging his finger in a ‘’your not coming through here’’ kind of way. After a bit of an eventful detour the guys arrived at Adenau to collect Gary’s car and drop off Karl’s chocky and cream eggs. As usual Sunny (Karl’s dog) humped Rob’s leg to within an inch of its life. I think he liked it though :lol: :lol:
Next stop was the beer seller for 60 euros of amber nectar. The fridge was to be well stocked.


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5.30pm and Gary with the 205, Simon with the dirty jap clutter, Rob with the M3 and Nick with the Caterham were at the track and ready to get amongst it.

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Even though the car park was full the track was pretty empty with some really nice laps being obtained by everyone. Everyone that is except for Nick. Once again the curse struck and after 3 laps the Caterham was running like a bag of nails, something was not right. More about that later. As usual old and new acquaintances were made in the car park. It was good to see Ed out and about, the new racing snake version is sure to be quicker by at least a second or two. A good long chat with Mav about stuff, he was out there on a busman’s holiday.
Rob picked up where he left off last year in his old M3 by putting in some very quick laps in his new E46. Just as the barrier closed Ross, Gemma, macks and tara arrived at the track.
The guys and gals got changed and decided the Pistenklause was the order of the day. With the number of people milling around it was probably be the only chance they got to eat there over the weekend. Steve Gill, Jochen, Matt etc were already there stuffing their faces. It was good to see Steve G sticking to just a couple of small beers ;) :thumb:

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Gary Kinghorn
11-04-2007, 02:54 PM
Friday


The usual early start saw Gary and Simon at the track for the early laps of the day. If they could have seen their hands in front of their faces it would have been ideal as things were still quiet. However the fog put paid to that and a long wait ensued. Around 2 hours later the track eventually opened. By this time the car park was full to the brim with people chomping at the bit to get out there. Nick returned to join the party with the Yellow Peril. The oil pressure problem was cured by using a slightly thicker oil (chip fat) rather than linseed :lol:
As usual the car park was full of some exotic, some unusual and some outrageous metalwork, and a little wood work thrown in for good measure

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Macks was in awe of things on his first visit

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Once on-track the laps were surprisingly quiet considering how busy the car park was. Gary found Mick Rainbird and his big bhp Cossie parked on the side of the track and stopped to help out. It was his first lap of the weekend and the office had to be called to get him recovered :( . Luckily Mike got it running again and later in the day he and Gary had some fun on track. Mike blitzed past Gary at the top of Kesslechen and Gary hung onto the back of him for the rest of the lap. It was interesting to watch the Cossie spitting flames out and scorching the front of the 205 :lol: :lol: :ph43r:
Ross’s car had an issue which rendered it sounding like a bag of spanners. After a telephone fault finding call to Uncle Benz and a chat with Arno it was diagnosed as terminal with a dropped valve or bearing issue. Not good after only 1 ½ laps.
Macks on his first trip with the ZX had an interesting moment when the heater matrix blew a hose and threw 3 litres of scolding water all over the passengers feet and immediately misted the windows up. A further clutch problem ended his dream of finishing at least one lap of the Nordschleife, at least on this visit. ;)
Gary followed the bike and sidecar out for a lap. After tucking in behind for a while the biker let him through and he gained a little ground. The bike passed him again up kesselchen and Gary passed again through Wipperman. At the end of the lap the thumbs up signal was shared each having enjoyed the fun lap.
The rest of the group began arriving late in the afternoon and managed to get a few laps in.
When the track closed everyone decided to go to the Chinese in Adenau as it’s almost the traditional thing to do. Shaun and Cheryl joined them. As usual the owner started the banter with Gary about the hotness level of the food he wanted. Gary went for level 8.5 and some of the others level 7. Rob regretted it as he sat sweating through the meal and couldn’t venture more than 5 minutes from a toilet the next day.
A couple of beers in the apartment when they got back and they retired around midnight.

Gary Kinghorn
11-04-2007, 02:57 PM
Saturday

A cold start to the day the guys were up the track for the 8am early laps. All except Rob who slept in late and then had an appointment with the toilet for a couple of hour’s :lol: . The manic business of the previous day wasn’t going to be repeated. The obvious reason for this was the very cold temperature with little or no sun.
During the morning session Gary got a phone call from Rob saying he had had a bit of a moment. On the run between Karousel and Hohe Acht the M3 had lost traction, spun completely with Rob managing to stop the spin with the car travelling backwards up the hill. When it came to a complete halt on the bank the embarrassed Rob was able to get himself going again. A lucky escape. :o
A break was taking from lapping to take some pictures around the track. Mini Karousel and Schwalbenschanz to name a couple.
Gary saw a personal plate made for Dave and it was on the right car too :whistle: :whistle:

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Some of the local loony Audi boys were in town again doing their stuff.

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A chat with Jochen and the photo shoot after the track closed was organised.

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Rob followed Steve G around for a lap and was able to hang onto the back of him. Although when he got back in the car park he decided maybe something better than the Kumho killers was needed to keep the M3 on the road.
Later in the afternoon the 205 started making funny noises so Gary decided to stop lapping, take more pictures and check the 205 over when the track was closed. There were some interesting cars on-track

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When Gary spotted Nick near the Adenau petrol station they decided to take a detour and see if the cause of the 205 noises could be found. A spirited drive up a back road ended with nothing found. When Nick tried to start the Caterham it blew a fuse rendering it useless. Gary took a fuse out of the 205 to get Nick back on the road again. The only issue was now he had no indicators or lights. Luckily Andre was open and sorted the guys out with new fuses.

Simon had yet more brake problems on the Subaru with a cracked disc meaning he couldn’t lap anymore.

Later 26 cars attended the Northloop photoshoot at Quiddlebach when the track closed. Jochen was there early to set up and managed to surprise a young couple playing hide the sausage near the woods ;) With the light fading fast Jochen got the cars and owners organised and did his stuff. The results will be seen in his section of the forum shortly

At the end of the day the guys went back to the apartment and decided that another trip to the Pistenklause was in order. Once again Shaun and Cheryl joined them. Another steak and a few beers later and the guys returned to the apartment. Luckily one of them had been on coke all night so he was able to drive the others home.
At around 2am they retired for the night.

Gary Kinghorn
11-04-2007, 02:58 PM
Sunday

With the 205 and Subaru inactive there was no reason to rush out of bed in the morning. The morning was a gorgeous one with a hard frost. The extra hours sleep was badly needed for one very good reason.

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Nick used his credit card to clean the Volvo so Gary and he could hunt down breakfast.

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The owners of the apartment gave the guys an Easter treat. Rob was gutted that the brightly coloured eggs were actually eggs and not made of Chocolate :lol: :lol:
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When Gary finally managed to drag Rob out of his bed a quick look at the 205 was in order. The car was jacked up and Rob checked the usual areas of concern and finished in his usual colourful way by saying ‘’It aint nothing major, stop being such a pussy, get back out there and rag it again’’ After hearing these words of wisdom Gary started lapping again.
Late in the morning the guys went to take some pictures and have a bit of lunch. When they returned Gary jumped into his car, put his helmet on ready to start lapping. A couple of the officials, not the usual crew, approached him and told him he owed 400 euros as a parking fine. Gary hadn’t parked in a designated bay in the car park but he had parked out of the way and left access clear. There were no NO PARKING signs. Gary pointed to the German cars parked in the same manner and asked why they weren’t hassling these owners, many of whom were leaning on their cars. Lots of muttering in German ensued with the word Englander used a lot in raised voices. Gary finally started his engine and drove away, obviously NOT having paid the 400 euros they requested. Was this some kind of scam? Who knows but it left a bitter taste in Gary’s mouth :angry:

Gary lapped again late in the afternoon when the track started to quieten down. He was pleased to see one of the Pulver E30’s catch him just after a hold up at Adenauer Forst. Gary hung onto the back of the 318is until Wipperman where an unfortunate incident with a biker split them up. It was a great lap with Christine and Gary chatting about it enthusiastically in the car park later in the day.

An early finish at the track for most and there was time to get showered and changed ready for the organised meal in the evening. Around 60 people attended with Jorg and his crew performing miracles with a well presented, speedily served meal :thumb: :thumb: . Karl, Nige and Jorg all deserve thanks for this.

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At around 2am the guys retired again.

Monday

An early start with the 205 being dropped off
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Then the guys were on their way for the long trip home. Rob, Gary, Josh and Mark in the M3. Simon, Ross and Gemma with Mr Teflon’s group, macks and Tara leaving earlier in the ZX and Nick starting the 700 mile trip to his parents in France.
The guys passed the ZX limping along and a quick thumbs up showed they were happy with their car and the progress. A series of hold ups however meant they missed the ferry. The fact the car made it to Dunkirk was a blessing though.
A phone call from Nick told of an issue back at the track. Nige had managed to put the golf into the Armco at Pflantzgarten effectively writing it off. After the time, effort and money put into the car this was a nightmare and everyone was gutted for Nige and his family.

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A great weekend was had by all. Once again there were plenty of ups and downs but as usual the guys and gals dealt with them in the usual shoulder shrugging lets have another beer way. Another great Northloop trip :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

Gary Kinghorn
11-04-2007, 03:03 PM
For those of you wondering, the wooden spoiler car is the one driving round the car park not the blue one parked behind it :lol: :lol: Only just noticed that :whistle:

Simon
11-04-2007, 03:11 PM
^^^
:angry: :lol:


Good report btw, & the frost melted so I deny all knowlege :whistle:

Gary Kinghorn
11-04-2007, 03:13 PM
Just added a couple of extra pictures ;)

jon_r
11-04-2007, 03:26 PM
A good read Gary, cheers! - the carpark bit is worrying. Wondering if this was something they brought in for the Easter weekend or if they will be a permanent fixture?

leavingeasy
11-04-2007, 03:56 PM
Top report Gary- now I have had two days sleep I think I have at last recovered from the deprivation induced by Simons instant snoring!

Will write my own report at the weekend adding a few minor points to yours!! :thumb:

Gary Kinghorn
11-04-2007, 04:11 PM
I didnt think I would ever say I couldnt wait to get home to Charley waking me up 2 or 3 times during the night so I could get a better nights sleep either ;)

leavingeasy
11-04-2007, 04:14 PM
His ability to start snoring before he finished a sentence needs to be experienced to be believed.

Glad you didnt mention that sad hour we spent discussing each gear/ bend/ line whilst Simon bellowed like an injured warthog.

Oh oops!

Bugelise
11-04-2007, 04:16 PM
Top write up! I met Mack, his friend in the stripped VR6 and their long suffering partners (by the looks of things) at a Belgium petrol station for a chat :thumb:

I later saw Mack at the side of the road as I past on the long uphill section (the name escapes me).

I was the guy in the Silver Elise. Nice to eet you lot :) Hope you got things sorted with the car in the end.

wrightyrs
11-04-2007, 04:50 PM
Very good write up,was a very special weekend with lots of ups and downs for everyone.

Was great to meet you Gary,although tracking down any Northloop members is very difficult as they are always going round!!!!

Gary Kinghorn
11-04-2007, 04:53 PM
Originally posted by wrightyrs@Apr 11 2007, 05:50 PM
Very good write up,was a very special weekend with lots of ups and downs for everyone.

Was great to meet you Gary,although tracking down any Northloop members is very difficult as they are always going round!!!!
Did I meet you :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I talk to so many people I dont know my arse from my elbow half the time ;)

autohabit
11-04-2007, 05:59 PM
Nice report Gary, love the local loony Audi photo :D

Jochen, can we see the hide the sausage photos, perhaps this could be the start of an over 18 section on northloop :lol:


Alan

Andrew
11-04-2007, 06:48 PM
Great report Gary :)

GVK
11-04-2007, 07:06 PM
Yep, enjoyed reading that, nice one :D

Sounds like Simon suffers from 'big snoring' the same as me :lol:

When me and ianv shared a room at Burgstube last August I woke up to find he'd been lobbing shoes, pillows, bedding etc at me during the night :lol: :lol: :lol: :whistle:

Uncle Benz
11-04-2007, 07:57 PM
I think Simon & V8muscle share a room next time, eh Gary??

Euan
11-04-2007, 08:00 PM
Excellent report Gary B) I gave Easter a miss this year as I had a feeling about it being total bedlam, but sounds like there were still some reasonable laps to be had, may have to reconsider for next year <_<

Simon
11-04-2007, 08:47 PM
Originally posted by Uncle Benz@Apr 11 2007, 08:57 PM
I think Simon & V8muscle share a room next time, eh Gary??
I&#39;m having my own one next time so that I can breath fresh air & not Gary&#39;s methane machine :thumb:

Floyd
11-04-2007, 09:40 PM
I love this too:
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:thumb:

I snore but the speed at which Simon drops off and gets going is breath taking :whistle: I had to throw pillows at him too (and not for chewing on either :gay: ) :D

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Duncan
12-04-2007, 04:32 AM
Great write up again Gary :thumb:

Do you always write in the 3rd person? :D

Gary Kinghorn
12-04-2007, 06:42 AM
Originally posted by Uncle Benz@Apr 11 2007, 08:57 PM
I think Simon & V8muscle share a room next time, eh Gary??
I am beginning to think your insistance on a single room isnt such a bad idea :thumb:

Gary Kinghorn
12-04-2007, 06:43 AM
Originally posted by dynamix@Apr 12 2007, 05:32 AM
Great write up again Gary :thumb:

Do you always write in the 3rd person? :D
and Gary replied yes I do ;)

Floyd
12-04-2007, 06:54 AM
Floyd did think it was strange too :lol: It took him a bit of getting used to but reads well all the same. :thumb:

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Ross
12-04-2007, 02:07 PM
Ross praised Gary for the great report, :thumb: but then unleashed some scorn for the drunken spoon picture of himself and Gem at the meal which he had forgotten about&#33; <_<

After this second trip in a row where Ross only managed 1.5 laps before a major problem occurred, and also had the boiling coolant from the ZX emptied onto his feet... he pondered whether Nicks minimal lap curse had somehow jumped onto his back... :unsure:

BMG
12-04-2007, 09:02 PM
Nice trip report of a great weekend. Here&#39;s a couple more of the Audi loon.

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pye21
12-04-2007, 09:17 PM
Excellant report as always&#33;&#33;&#33;&#33;

Matt A
17-04-2007, 11:37 AM
Great report as always Gary.

Didn&#39;t realsie how cold it was in the morning though :unsure:

JudeM
17-04-2007, 06:03 PM
Originally posted by MattS3@Apr 17 2007, 12:37 PM


Didn&#39;t realsie how cold it was in the morning though :unsure:
Those of us camping did :whistle:

Great read Gary

Jude

Gary Kinghorn
18-04-2007, 06:12 AM
Originally posted by MattS3@Apr 17 2007, 12:37 PM
Great report as always Gary.

Didn&#39;t realsie how cold it was in the morning though :unsure:
Maybe you need to get up earlier in the morning ;)