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Pooky
05-05-2007, 08:23 AM
This report is picture light, as taking pictures meant not lapping or talking crap, so I didnít take many. So, plenty of words, not much interestÖ

My passenger pulled out the week before the trip which left me with one choice which was to go on my own and force myself onto people. Luckily for me they were all very accommodating with many trips around the ring with a variety of people and equipment.

The week before went badly when I discovered one of my wheels didnít fit. Having them for a month was obviously not reason in my eyes to try them on the car earlier. So the manufacturer came and got the wheel, told me it wouldnít fit, I thanked him for the advice and havenít heard from him since. Luckily for me a friend said I could borrow his, they were only 5mm a side wider in offset, and surely that wouldnít be a problem. Iíve since found Ďwouldnít be a problemí literally translates as Ďhit the front wheel arch on full lock pulling the roll of the arch out to make a big sticky out flap thingy that when you try to hammer back flat cracks all the paintí.

Friday

Friday night meant a trip to Essex on the way to the folks to pick up two wheels. Much jiggery pokery and everything went in, albeit with my two tyres on the front passenger seat, the mirror on that side is not used much anyway I figured.

Saturday

At 4.00 am the alarm went off and I wondered just why I decided to get the 6.00 am ferry. When I got there I was greeted with the sight of a bunch of young men discussing perms and colouring techniques, must be Al and his mates I thought.

http://www.bmwmovies.net/albums/userpics/10131/Copy%20of%20IMG_5792.JPG

So hooked up with them for breakfast, Alís mate Nige decided to try and sober up with a bottle of Pedigree.

On the other side I decided to go my least favourite Brussels way to see if I bumped into Tony. Going towards Brussels with the traffic I was plucked from the fast lane by an officer and a motorbike who informed me I had been caught on camera at 132 kph. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your point of view) Noel Edmonds didnít leap from the bushes with a Gotcha and I was escorted to the police station to stand in a queue with all the other English waiting to pay 50 euros, which I didnít have. That then meant a drive into some faceless Belgium town to the cash point, which then meant parking without a ticket. I felt lucky to escape the whole ordeal with my arse intact. Past Brussels I remembered why I hated that route so much as the worlds worst concrete surface pounded my ears and back. Later I learnt that Tony had ended up going a day early.

Arrived at the workshop for 2.00 pm and set about swapping my tyres onto the borrowed rims, setting the suspension and checking the car over. Also noticed a fly on the front bumper so it meant wash time.

http://www.bmwmovies.net/albums/userpics/10131/Copy%20of%20IMG_5803.JPG

Decided to drive up to Brunchenn for the F1 car thingmy and to see if I could find Euan and Ross. Getting there I realised I had no chance of finding them as everyone else had the same idea, they must be very popular I thought to myself. Parked in a dusty field and wandered down to the track to join the hoards of extremely large bellied beetroot faced Germans watching the VLN.

http://www.bmwmovies.net/albums/userpics/10131/Copy%20of%20IMG_5800.JPG

Looked out for a work friend who was racing his new Evo 9 and caught him on camera a few times as I wandered up to Hohe Acht.

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

Now waited for the main event: Heidfeld in the F1 car. Best thing about this was that you could almost hear him for the entire lap. Caught him on camera as I wandered back to Brunchenn. Ate a sausage with mustard and bread, yum.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W84QiaPky-8

Picked up my now brown car and took an hour to get back to the workshop for another wash, next stop was the tourist entrance for some evening lapping. Hung around with Al til 7.00 when they announced it wouldnít open. Then Tony turned up to see what was happening and I saw my opportunity to pounce, so after about 20 seconds introduction Iíd managed to invite myself along with his mates for dinner.

Had a nice walk in the evening air to the PK, eventually found Tony on the balcony with his mates already having had a few and we went into the restaurant. As Monkey was there the BMW GB crew were going to come over at some point for dinner, I wasnít sure what to do but by that time Iíd had two beers bought for me so didnít care.

The BMW GB lot turned up with Richard Meaden, we ate, drank, didnít sing, discussed the merits of the porn channels at the Dorint and were merry. Then the bill was paid by the PR guy and I realised it was going to be a top weekend.

Sunday

As the track wasnít opening til 10.30 I decided to have a lie in until 7.30. Right now Iím at a loss as to what I did for two hours but I decided to go to the track for 9.30 and have a wander.

The hairdressers arrived and I met Alís mate Andy who was driving a black CSL, took note to get a ride in that at some point. The track duly opened so it was my first opportunity to see what the winter mods had done. This year I had about 45 more bhp according to the dyno, negative camber on the front, proper diff oil, new trans mounts, new wheels and Kumho Ecsta V70a tyres. Iíd gone for medium fronts and hard rears from learning on my Yoko 48s which were hard all round, the fronts giving up all of their grip before there were close to wearing out. After Iíd bought them a friend said the fronts would be too soft for the ring, turns out he was right.

So first lap in I realised that the car absolutely flew and I overtook everything in site. Only thing to do was to go for an immediate second lap rather than check the car over. After driving round both carparks twice I ventured into the back field to find it just as busy and had to perform a 90deg turn at full lock over a couple of bumps. Wheel arch clearance turned out to be not quite what Iíd hoped. Went back to the workshop and used my ingenious and now patented wheel arch rectification tool comprising the wooden handle of a wire brush and a hammer. After this checked the tyres and realised that 280 quids worth of front tyre would only just last the weekend. Hards next time.

The rest of Sunday was spent lapping occasionally as it was ridiculously busy and chatting with Tony and his mates and Al and so on. One of Tonyís mates was on his first trip since binning his 968 CS with Sabine on board last November and was struggling for confidence and threatening to go home. Luckily for him he had discovered on the way to the ring that his newly acquired imported 350Z still had the 112 mph limiter, we did chuckle at that.

Took Al for a pax lap and we watched someone bin it in front of us at SX, donít lift off! Took his friend Nige out and on returning to the carpark rounded the ring taxi building to be confronted by my car. But I was in my car? This confusion lasted for a couple of seconds until I realised it wasnít my car, just the same colour, wheels, tyres, roll cage but it was German plated. He must have seen my car last year I reckoned, only natural.

http://www.bmwmovies.net/albums/userpics/10131/Copy%20of%20IMG_5808.JPG

Late on Sunday I ended up at the barriers at the same time as Meaden going out in the 997 turbo so we had a run together. I somewhat surprised him as he eventually got past on the climb up Kesselchen. I was on it for that lap, Fuchsrohre was harry flatters. After this I spotted the orange GT3 RS which each time I had encountered on track was a royal pain in the arse, he also tried to jump the queues. Owning one of these does not include ownership of the ring. Seemed heíd had a coming together with an Italian Porsche out on the circuit, what goes around comes around.

http://www.bmwmovies.net/albums/userpics/10131/Copy%20of%20IMG_5809.JPG

Sunday night meant more beers with Tony but sadly we had to pay this time. His mate also set out for me the future strategy we should be employing at work. Iíve obviously taken this to the very top since.

Monday

Monday was an early start as the track was due to open at 8.00 am. Met up with Al and we watched a guy trying to reverse park his Porsche in an empty car park. His passenger had to stand at the back and beckon but the driver obviously didnít trust him as he got out with it sticking into the road and over two spaces. Also witnessed full race suited Frenchman in a blue Porsche. Serious we thought, not so as he plodded round all day and eventually took it off after realising he looked a prat.

Did some early laps with the V-Box to get some geeky data that has been interesting and then spotted a blue 968 CS so stood next to it with Al discussing whether it was Euanís before Euan turned round and said it was indeed Euanís. Ross wandered over and recounted hitting a wall quite hard once. Did a couple of three car laps with Euanís mate in a yellow Carrera RS, Euan following him with Al as a passenger and me with Andy in his CSL. They were fun.

Then did two with Euan following a Seat Ibiza diesel with a surprising turn of speed and a mirrorless Exige for over half the lap. We came across him here:

http://www.bmwmovies.net/albums/userpics/10131/Copy%20of%20IMG_5815.JPG

He let us past at Brunchenn.

On the second lap a GT3RS came past and then held us up plus we were being chased by a white 968CS so Euan kept his foot in.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yJf-_ncTko

The track closed for a bit as a yellow E36 M3 had a big wipe out at Wippermann, Andy thought it was me when he arrived on the scene.

Went for a bit of a drive and then as it was quieter spent the afternoon doing two lap stints just letting the front tyres wear out, which they did. Brakes went off too. Gave blue mini man a lap.

Al discovered his brakes werenít any more so I offered the best help I could think of by buggering off round the track again. Later on we had a meal of big knuckle of pork and I learnt various cutting techniques and the relative merits of Tresseme and Pantene.

Tuesday

Tuesday morning swapped the tyres back, loaded the car and simply drove home, got on ferry and all that jazz.

All in all top weekend as usual, glad I went on my own and networked so will do the same for future trips. Great to meet all the faces from here plus some more, roll on end of June.

Nige
05-05-2007, 08:57 AM
Great write up, sounds like you had a blast :thumb:

JudeM
05-05-2007, 09:04 AM
Great write up, and photos :D

Jude

Tony
05-05-2007, 10:05 AM
Originally posted by Pooky@May 5 2007, 09:23 AM
One of Tonyís mates was on his first trip since binning his 968 CS with Sabine on board last November and was struggling for confidence and threatening to go home. Luckily for him he had discovered on the way to the ring that his newly acquired imported 350Z still had the 112 mph limiter, we did chuckle at that.
:lol: :lol: I had forgotteen to mention this in my report....... oh how we laughed as we joined the motorway at Prum and the front three cars all set off at 150mph :lol: :lol:


His mate also set out for me the future strategy we should be employing at work. Iíve obviously taken this to the very top since.

I bet you have :P

Great report Dave/Poopy HH ;) :lol:

jon_r
05-05-2007, 12:16 PM
Great report! Nice to meet you Monday (?) as well!

alclark
05-05-2007, 01:36 PM
:lol: Haha, excellent report! Was good to meet you too, that Exige was a pain the whole weekend!! grr.

And you call me next time you need those sides trimming.

pye21
06-05-2007, 05:28 PM
Great report, good to see a solo weekend can turn out ok!!!

Euan
06-05-2007, 07:11 PM
Nice to meet you Pooky - and thanks for the lap in your car, lived up to expectations, really very good! Sounded fantastic from the passenger seat, and plenty of speed! I remembered you coming past me on a lap last year, and was looking forward to getting a lap in the car, looking forward to some more now B)

Pooky
07-05-2007, 03:01 PM
We'll do it again one day Euan.

GVK
07-05-2007, 07:06 PM
Dave, you mention 45bhp extra in your write up - what have you done to get that?

Pooky
07-05-2007, 07:10 PM
Originally posted by GVK@May 7 2007, 07:06 PM
Dave, you mention 45bhp extra in your write up - what have you done to get that?
It's had 3.2 throttle bodies, trumpets, air box and injectors to match the head plus it was then indiviually mapped to suit, both ECU and vanos.

Now pulls fifth gear up the back climb.

Fells a fair bit faster than when you had a lap last year...

bad_roo
07-05-2007, 07:52 PM
Wonder what sort of bhp/tonne it's making now?

GVK
07-05-2007, 07:57 PM
Originally posted by Pooky@May 7 2007, 07:10 PM
It's had 3.2 throttle bodies, trumpets, air box and injectors to match the head plus it was then indiviually mapped to suit, both ECU and vanos.

Now pulls fifth gear up the back climb.

Fells a fair bit faster than when you had a lap last year...
Sounds good! :thumb:

Felt fast enough then, I thought :blink:

Pooky
07-05-2007, 08:04 PM
It had 323 bhp on the dyno so I reckon about 248 bhp/tonne Andy.

Smitty
07-05-2007, 09:02 PM
like you I had to run to catch the F1...here is a pic of where I had to park in order to catch it. :huh:

http://www.b40huckers.com/pics/albums/userpics/normal_DSCN0300.jpg

alclark
07-05-2007, 09:39 PM
Love the large old school sticker on the side of your car... where's that from?

Smitty
08-05-2007, 06:16 PM
thanks, the Nurburgring decals were made by a friend in Holland. He has them for sale @ Ä80 each. He also does custom graphics, PM me for his contact info.