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autohabit
11-05-2013, 11:53 AM
After a very long winter, the M3 was dusted off ready for action.

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The overnight ferry entertainment was a little low on audience, due to a convention taking place on another part of the boat. "Hello Wembley"

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We arrived in Nürburg on Thursday (25th April) afternoon, temperature was 23°C, happy days. A large collection of my favourite marque had gathered outside the BMW M Testcenter

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autohabit
11-05-2013, 11:57 AM
Friday started a little overcast with the temperature still a respectable 12°C. VLN practice session was taking place at the GP circuit, this was the last VLN race before the 24 Hours takes place


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The Team Schubert Z4 of Dirk Müller and Augusto Farfus

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crossie
11-05-2013, 01:05 PM
your car looks very clean!

keep the photos coming!

Gary Kinghorn
11-05-2013, 03:43 PM
Great stuff chap :thumb:

Rory
11-05-2013, 07:20 PM
Yes, another Autohabit trip report!
I'm going to enjoy this, as always. :thumb:

autohabit
11-05-2013, 07:32 PM
your car looks very clean!

keep the photos coming!

It doesn't look very clean right now, covered in dead flies and brake dust!

autohabit
11-05-2013, 07:35 PM
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The circus that is motor racing!

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BMW - Ready to burn some rubber!!

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Team Audi

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Nige
11-05-2013, 07:36 PM
I shall keep checking this thread for updates :thumb:

autohabit
11-05-2013, 07:38 PM
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Marcel Fässler and Frank Stippler - Phoenix Racing R8

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My usual bit of truck spotting

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Another of those small capacity Mercs

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British privateers

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autohabit
12-05-2013, 09:55 AM
Stefan and Håkan had arrived at the guest house, after their very long drive from Sweden, Stefan was in an Opel Insignia OPC

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Saturday was VLN qualifying, the weather had taken a turn for the worse, the temperature had now dropped to 2°C. The weather can change fast in the Eifel mountains!

This Toyota was an early casualty during qualifying, the car was repaired, and started the race.

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Waiting for the start of the race, it was more like Jackie Stewart's 1968 'Green Hell' German Grand Prix. By now sleet was falling!

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As much of a motorsport enthusiast as I am, this was tough going for spectators

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We caught the end of the race at Brünnchen, by now the weather was improving

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texas2201
12-05-2013, 01:39 PM
Team Audi

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love the dustbin handles on the bonnet :-)

autohabit
12-05-2013, 02:52 PM
Saturday evening, the track was open for we mere mortals to try a few laps.

Classic Alfa Romeo

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Stefan took the Opel out for its first lap of the Ring

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There's a message there somewhere!

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Saturday night, time for some food and a few Viking stories from Stefan and Håkan! My friend Peter had also flown in from the UK and joined us, and my 17 year old nephew Joe, who was having to listen to stories from a bunch of old guys, about cars that were built before he was born!

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Ah yes.

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northernjim
12-05-2013, 03:03 PM
Excellent pics as usual :thumb:

I remember watching that race from my sofa and shivering :lol:

RichW
13-05-2013, 12:52 AM
Thanks for sharing :thumb:

autohabit
13-05-2013, 06:29 PM
Sunday, some interesting machinery in town

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Koenigsegg CCR

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Temperatures were not good for track driving

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china tom
14-05-2013, 05:24 AM
nice little report cant wait for next week!

the picture of the black bm above withj a white stickers on the styling lines?

they didn't happen to be white dots with a black outer did they?

if so they are markers for a 3d scanner - my line of work

autohabit
14-05-2013, 06:07 PM
nice little report cant wait for next week!

the picture of the black bm above withj a white stickers on the styling lines?

they didn't happen to be white dots with a black outer did they?

if so they are markers for a 3d scanner - my line of work


Best pic I can offer tom:

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autohabit
14-05-2013, 06:08 PM
Classic Munich metal

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texas2201
14-05-2013, 06:12 PM
Sunday, some interesting machinery in town




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my registration

Gary Kinghorn
14-05-2013, 06:48 PM
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Ah yes.


Gaute's car in the background

Screacher
14-05-2013, 07:25 PM
my registration
Your trouser size? 44 short? :whistle:

china tom
14-05-2013, 08:27 PM
Best pic I can offer tom:

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yep they are stick on the measure the car i.e 3d scan of optically track it in some way!

autohabit
14-05-2013, 10:05 PM
The E30 is becoming a less common sight at the Ring nowadays


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Gatebil M3, had a very turbo sound to it, I don't think it was running an S14

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E92 Alpina. The car rental market is certainly growing at the Nürburgring.

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texas2201
15-05-2013, 05:58 AM
Your trouser size? 44 short? :whistle:

take tomorrow off Stu :-) you got the short bit right - you been studying my inside leg :-)

autohabit
15-05-2013, 06:06 PM
The obligatory Ring Taxi shot

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The real Ring Taxis

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Off out for a lap

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autohabit
15-05-2013, 06:07 PM
Sunday evening, we drove over to Cochem

Spotted this classic Mercedes 190SL

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Simon
15-05-2013, 06:37 PM
Lovely pictures so far, Alan. Always look forward to your reports :thumb:

autohabit
16-05-2013, 02:46 PM
Monday, we continued our cultural tour of Rhineland-Palatinate, with a trip to Koblenz.

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Koblenz was an important military post established around 8 BC, this is the point where the River Rhine and River Moselle meet

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autohabit
16-05-2013, 02:54 PM
Koblenz was the host city of the National Flower Show in 2011, I guess these Triffids were left behind as a permanent reminder!

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Something useful the flower festival did leave behind was this cable car, it allows you to travel across the Rhine to the old fortress

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Well, it'd be rude not to!

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autohabit
16-05-2013, 10:00 PM
Artists against violence. As with all art, make your own mind up what it means.

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autohabit
16-05-2013, 10:15 PM
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, built between 1817 and 1832, designed to keep the French from invading, it apparently worked!

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All sorts of interesting history inside the fortress

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autohabit
17-05-2013, 04:23 PM
Time to head back down

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The former Prussian Distict President's Office

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The former President's lodging, pretty impressive buildings.

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autohabit
17-05-2013, 05:05 PM
Back in Nürburg...


Castle still in place

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World's most interesting fuel station

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The Porsche Club of Russia were back in town.

For some reason, they need a BMW support vehicle!

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Meanwhile, some other supercar owners had 'Rolled' out this luxury support vehicle

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Monday evening, nice and quiet, chance for a few final laps

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Gary Kinghorn
18-05-2013, 09:05 AM
The last shot is a nice one chap :thumb:

autohabit
18-05-2013, 09:30 AM
The last shot is a nice one chap :thumb:

Track photos in this report taken by:

www.highspeedfotos.de

www.nordschleifenbilder.de


http://www.northloop.co.uk/forum/images/smilies/thumb.gif

autohabit
18-05-2013, 09:33 AM
Tuesday, time to head home.

A few tasty short term mementos (The pink stuff is nothing to do with me!)

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Rotterdam Port, the big boat!

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This strange Dutch cycle was about to embark on a UK tour

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A bit of classic Swedish

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End of report. I did hope to have pics of Tourenwagen Revival, but it was cancelled :-(


Alan

Darren Langeveld
21-05-2013, 07:27 AM
Good work - lovely read as always :thumb:

Nige
21-05-2013, 07:39 AM
Enjoyed reading that. We don`t seem to have as many trip reports anymore, so the time taken to put this together is appreciated :thumb:

orsonbuggy
21-05-2013, 10:15 AM
Enjoyable report - plenty of variety - thanks for posting and it's good to read that you had a fun trip :thumb:

autohabit
23-05-2013, 06:20 PM
Thank you all for your positive comments http://www.northloop.co.uk/forum/images/smilies/thumb.gif

Stu
06-06-2013, 10:57 AM
Excellent report and photos, really enjoyed that :thumb: