View Full Version : autohabit's Easter Trip

15-04-2007, 12:50 AM
As was the case in Easter 2006, I had the chance to ride alongside my American friend Jake, this year he had traded his 540 Touring for a recently acquired 320is, if you are thinking 'What is a 320is?' then See here (http://www.bmwmregistry.com/model_faq.php?id=10)

Jake had spent countless man hours preparing the car, all with his usual attention to detail.


He had fitted a carbon airbox and full stainless Supersprint system, so the sound of that S14 engine would be heard well before the car came into sight!


We met up with Jeremy at 3am on Thursday morning, Jeremy was making his first trip to the Ring in a US spec Integra Type R


We arrived in Nurburg mid afternoon on Thursday and were soon joined by BMG in the ebay special 540 saloon.


Jake took the car out for a few shakedown laps on Thursday evening, he was fairly happy with the way the car was running and handling.


15-04-2007, 12:52 AM
We woke on Good Friday to perfect weather, this was to continue throughout the weekend.


Some rather more modern Munich metal was to be seen in the car park.


Jake decided to go for it and buy a year pass to the Nordschleife, no soon had he done this than the marshalls pulled him in for a noise test, the result was 104dB, the official limit for tourist days being 95dB, Jake was feeling a little knocked back at this stage, not to be beaten he headed off to Ring Racing to have them make a modification, 2 washers and a few spots of weld later......


Meanwhile BMG was rehearsing for the latest Guy Ritchie movie "Just put the money in the bag and don't be an 'ero"


Some rather tasty machinery was to be seen.


The crowds were huge over the Easter weekend, anybody would think it was the 24 Hour race or something.


Jake was back out lapping, his mod seemed to have had the desired effect.


Our friend John from Munich had a last miute delay preparing his M3 for the weekend, so he showed up in a hired E36 325, he took me out for a few laps, all I can say is the driver was better than the car, and that is no way a slur on the 325, it was a good car but John has been laping the Ring for 10 years now, lets just say he can pedal a bit.


15-04-2007, 12:53 AM
A bit of Aussie V8 Ford power, nice to see something a little different.


Kevin took me out for several laps over the weekend, I felt completely safe with Kevin driving, that is until I got home and saw this photo, Kevin, explain yourself :lol:


Next problem for Jake was cracked discs, Kevin was good enough to come up with some genuine BMW (non-drilled) items, this cured the problem.


I grabbed a couple of laps with Steve in the CSL, a very effective car, the gear change on the SMG at full setting is quite brutal, very nice car Steve.


15-04-2007, 12:54 AM
"Marshalls say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away"


The Duke boys have had a makeover for 2007


Everything's bigger in America


The fashion in the UK for fitting German style plates caused a bit of head scratching for some onlookers.


Flamin' eck!


Coolest bus of the weekend must be this Mercedes transporter, it brought in four Mk.1 Golfs



Tuesday morning and our weekend was all but over, Mr Schmitt who is the owner of our guest house told us he had a key to the new circuit and would we care to take a look round, of course we jumped at the chance. A driver training course was taking place.


Note the height of the pit garage doors, this is to accomodate the trucks at the Truck Grand Prix each summer.


A fantastic weekend, thanks to Jake and everyone else who took me out for laps. Jake did approx 90 laps over the weekend!

I now have to adjust back to life as an Englishman, having spent almost a week with my American friends, I am starting to say things like 'Parking lot' 'Gas station' 'Cell phone' The UK and US, two nations seperated by a commomn language :lol:


15-04-2007, 06:47 AM
Great report ALan and good to meet you briefly over the weekend.

Would have like to look around that 320is, but it was a straight choice- fight the car park or stay on track, as such I didnt really see anybody!

15-04-2007, 08:45 AM
Yes, good to meet you also Nick, I'm afraid I hardly managed to speak to any nortloopers all weekend, I said hello to Dave for 2 seconds and that was about it, the weather and track time were just too good to miss.


15-04-2007, 10:38 AM
A few more pics:

Spotted this Mosler on Brunchen car park


Can anyone explain this to me?




SLR, although not sure it went out on track



Carrera 993 Bus, followed this whilst sat alongside Kevin, it shifts :o


Interior shot


Another interesting VW, good to see they sprayed the wooden effect on to save weight :lol:



Patrick Mensink
15-04-2007, 02:32 PM
Great report! And thanks for the compliments on our Mercedes bus and the 4 Mk1 Golfs :P

15-04-2007, 04:01 PM
Thanks Patrick, how long have you had the bus?


15-04-2007, 04:36 PM
Nice write up - I was really impressed by the IS too. Spent all weekend explaining it to the cossie boys I was with :D

Patrick Mensink
15-04-2007, 08:09 PM
the bus is ours now for four years, and is an old city bus from Essen, Germany. The last Golf (the fourth one with the white rims) was build last winter. In Holland the bus is known by the Ringers as the U96, and the Golfs are know as the Smurfs :rolleyes:

15-04-2007, 09:39 PM

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Gary Kinghorn
16-04-2007, 08:42 AM
Nice report and pictures there Alan.

Nice 320is by the way :thumb:

16-04-2007, 10:51 AM
AAAhhhh! Its got an M3 engine!!! It all makes sense now, I was trying to work out why I was having so much trouble keeping up with you! :lol:

Great report, and very nice car! :thumb:

16-04-2007, 10:56 AM
lol Tis the italian M3 Al, some reason why they had a different model down there. I think they are nicely understated, but i'd still choose an m3 for the flared arches, lol

16-04-2007, 03:19 PM
Ah yes, read the link on it, looks like a nice car to source if the residual prices are alot lower...

16-04-2007, 06:13 PM
Originally posted by Weeman@Apr 16 2007, 10:56 AM
lol Tis the italian M3 Al, some reason why they had a different model down there. I think they are nicely understated, but i'd still choose an m3 for the flared arches, lol
The reason they had a different model for the Italian market is something to do with car tax over there, if a car is over 2 litres out there then you pay much more tax, the 320is has a 2 litre S14 engine where as the M3 was 2.3 and a few 2.5's, Jake would concede that the 320is is no M3 but he turned it into quite a good track weapon.

This was only the second time Jake had taken a car to the Ring, last year he took a 540 Touring and did 30 laps, so he was lapping quite impressively by the end of our trip, especially seem as most Americans don't even know what a corner is! - but Jake has lived in the UK for 10 years now, he doesn't know if he will be in the UK for much longer so this could have been his last trip to the Ring, hence the amount of laps he got in. Imagine if it was possibly you last trip to the Ring :( , what would you do?


16-04-2007, 09:49 PM
I'd probably go a bit mad to be honest... I think everyone would within reason!

18-04-2007, 11:38 PM
Guess the 4444 motion has something to do with reg plate?

It's an R32 with a HPA motorsports/HGP bi-turbo conversion :thumb:


19-04-2007, 12:24 AM
So it probably had 530bhp :blink:

Like the 320iS Alan - 192bhp from 2 litres is still pretty impressive now let alone 17 years ago :thumb: E30 325i pace (or more) without the nose heavy handling - I bet it's a peach B)

19-04-2007, 06:30 PM
Originally posted by Tony@Apr 19 2007, 12:24 AM
Like the 320iS Alan - 192bhp from 2 litres is still pretty impressive now let alone 17 years ago :thumb: E30 325i pace (or more) without the nose heavy handling - I bet it's a peach B)
Yes, that is an impressive bhp figure for back then, and you're right about the engine being in the right place (Speaking from experience of both cars!)

530bhp Golf :o


19-04-2007, 08:05 PM
I like that report. Good interesting pictures B) I'm more interested in the Golf rather than getting a damp patch in my pants over a 320 :rolleyes: ;)


19-04-2007, 08:29 PM
Good report that!!!!

I have always wanted a 320is since i first heard about them years ago, wolf in sheeps!!!!

19-04-2007, 09:39 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@Apr 19 2007, 08:05 PM
I'm more interested in the Golf rather than getting a damp patch in my pants over a 320 :rolleyes: ;)


Alan asked the question, yeah? :unsure: