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Gary Kinghorn
27-06-2007, 07:12 PM
It’s a family affair


A nice early start as usual.

Rob and Deb decided they wanted to fly so Lee and Laura (Debs son and girlfriend) were asked to drive the M3 over. Meeting at Gary’s house at 4.45am they were on their way. The first stop was Gary’s brother’s house to collect Simon who had made his way as far as there. Rob and Deb passed them on the way to the airport. The weather was pretty awful for the whole drive.
Down to Dover for the 8am crossing with Norfolk line. As usual they didn’t disappoint other than the fact that as usual there were no knives on the boat. Even though they were some of the first to get their food as had happened previously people were sat eating their breakfasts using forks and spoons. The drag from the ferry terminal to the motorway took a fair bit of time and Gary vowed not to use Norfolk line the next time he booked a trip.

A fairly quick and easy drive with not much traffic.
Nicks double was seen on the way

Another car the guys recognised was seen on the way too
On passing Ververies a large traffic jam held them up for a while. When they got to the front they could see exactly why this was. A section of the Armco around 40 metres long was missing from a road bridge at the bottom of a steep hill. On passing the commotion the road passing under the bridge could be seen. Blue lights everywhere and people rushing here and there. Whatever had gone over the bridge had obviously landed badly on the road below. Not a nice site.

A while later the guys arrived at the apartments where Rob, Deb and Nick had already turned up. There was a car test going on within a couple of hundred yards and the first chance to have a good look at the Audi R8 – Gary decided he still didn’t like it

The guys nipped to Winbach to collect Simon and Gary’s cars. On the way back there was a bit of a traffic jam.

Once at the apartments there was time to look at Rob and Nicks hire cars. Robs was a cracker, shame he couldn’t work out how to take the roof off.
Nicks was a little more grown up

Up to the track for around 5pm. The weather was dry but looked like changing so it was time to get a few laps before the rain came. Gary managed 3 in the dry before the downpour started. He then managed another 4 in the wet. On the first lap he hooked up with a local Opel

Gary Kinghorn
27-06-2007, 07:14 PM
kadett who helped him immensely by showing him the wet lines. This consisted of driving right round the outside of the bends and staying well away from the apex’s. It didn’t feel right to start with but there was more grip and therefore it was quicker.
Bren, Dale, Maddog and plenty of others were around so there was time for a chat and to shelter from the rain in the back of the transit.
Nick had a clutch cable issue but due to a stroke of luck a local Caterham racer brought him a new one meaning he would be ready to lap again in the morning.
When the track closed at 7.30pm it was back to the room for a well deserved beer. Rather than going out for the evening everyone decided to eat in the hotel for simplicity purposes.
Simon wore a different tee shirt for a change. Either that or he had dyed the other one.

A few more beers and it was time for a kip.


Gary was up at 6.45am and out wandering round with Charley.


By 8am the dry weather was being replaced by the first rain of the day. Up at the track it was no different so a couple of wet laps were once again in order. Pooky and Davecantdrive were about.

This guy had two Yorkshire puddings on the side of his face

Gary took James (handpaper) for a couple of laps.

These guys turned up, uploaded their cars, started doing their drivers briefing before being told they wouldn’t be allowed on track so they had to load back up and be on their merry way.

After a few wet and dry laps lunch was had in Adenau. The baby sitters were doing a grand job on their first visit.

Gary Kinghorn
27-06-2007, 07:14 PM
A few pictures at Breidscheide
Thorleif was in the neighbourhood
Then it was time to go back to the track and get a few more laps in. These guys were managing a solid 10mph up the hill toward the track

This little beauty was on the scene

A few more laps and the car park was getting fuller. Gary and Nick shared a space, come on back, further, further, further, come on, come on STOOOOOOOOOOP

Josh’s attitude hadn’t changed

A still working Caterham, with Andy looking very dapper

Graeme and the guys and gals from Jock land were in attendance.


Gary took Oggy out for a dry lap in the 205. Once he had regained his composure he was able to tell his friends how much he enjoyed it.

Gary Kinghorn
27-06-2007, 07:15 PM
Gary and Simon nipped to Pflanzgarten to take a few pics.

Dave had arrived too
On to Brunchen with Simon looking very camp
Some interesting parking was to be seen
Gary took Pooky (Dave) for a passenger lap, all was well until the final third of the lap where the car felt very unsettled. Gary put it down to him doing 4 laps on the bounce and over hot tyres. He decided enough was enough and headed back to the room at around 7pm.

A meal was arranged at the Chinese in Adenau. The cast list consisted of all those staying At the apartments plus Ed, Eds friend (the guy who did 54 laps in ONE day), Thorleif, Steve G, Jochen, Pooky etc etc.


Gary Kinghorn
27-06-2007, 07:15 PM
There was some kind of festival going on in town. It appeared to be just another reason for the Germans to get very drunk.

Gary and Josh were up early to get to the track for 8am. Gary checked his car after the issue the night before. The passenger front wheel showed signs of grease so Gary took the car to Olly to see what the issue was. Once up in the air the drive shaft oil seal was seen to be split hence the grease on the wheel and brakes. That was game over for the 205 for the weekend.

Gary and Josh went to Hatzenbach to take a few pictures.

This car marked as a GT2 RS came by
Back in the car park Josh took his life in his hands and went out with ‘’Nicky long legs’’ as he called him. Josh said it was fun but felt so slow he thought he might have to pedal to make it more exciting.

One of Britains finest came and parked next to Gary. After chat Gary went for a passenger lap. He wondered if he might rue the fact that he wasn’t an ADAC member.

Lady luck was shining and he made the full lap. The TVR proved to be pretty impressive with good acceleration and the ability to go round corners too.
Gary took a stroll to quidellbach to take some more pictures.
Rob and Thorleif playing
Time for lunch at Breidscheid.

Gary Kinghorn
27-06-2007, 07:16 PM
Rob went to Karls to watch the moto gp, the girls went to Brunchen and Gary walked up to Weirsheifen to take yet more pics
The ring taxi past once saw Gary and from that point on put on a show with every pass.
The R8 was there, still ugly

Bad Roo was just toooooo fast to catch on camera

More taxi fun

The viper had a crack at drifting too
ONNO joined in
Gary had a call from Rob saying that he was going to have a look at Karl’s wet hole so Gary made the epic 300 yard journey to have a look himself

Gary Kinghorn
27-06-2007, 07:16 PM
Gary had a passenger lap with Thorleif. The CSL went well even on road tyres.
Late in the day Gary had a look at Gallgenkopf
An old friend made an appearance

Gary mucked about with the settings and quite liked this one of Maddog.

Gary Kinghorn
27-06-2007, 07:17 PM
The Pistenklause was the venue for the evening meal. The guys were joined by a few old faces again.
Charley held court as usual
Back at the apartment everyone went to bed except Gary, Emma and Laura who stayed up to get totally pissed. They managed it quite nicely

In the morning it was off to Cochem for a wander round. Rob wanted to order this off the menu but Deb wouldn’t let him.

Then a drive to the Rodelbahn. It was closed though probably due to the weather

Back at the ring there was time for a couple of hours driving, Gary managed 5 laps in the Mondeo.
A quiet meal in the apartments ready for the early drive home in the morning

12 hours door to door, HORRIBLE

A great long weekend

27-06-2007, 07:24 PM
Brilliant :thumb:

These things take ages to write up and you`ve done it well. I didnt know who handpaper was, Louise got some cracking photos of him at Easter, so I`ll PM him, thanks for saying who he was :) .

Gary, YOU TOOK A PAX LAP :o I thought you never did that !??

Gary Kinghorn
27-06-2007, 07:39 PM
I did two pax laps ........ One with Thorleif who I trust and one with a relative newbie in the TVR. I didn't think I was taking my life in my hands on either :thumb:

27-06-2007, 07:59 PM
Great report Gary, and I will try to put the foot down next time :thumb:

27-06-2007, 08:05 PM
Great report as usual, still reads a bit weird in the third person!!

Gary Kinghorn
27-06-2007, 08:11 PM
Originally posted by Thorleif@Jun 27 2007, 08:59 PM
Great report Gary, and I will try to put the foot down next time :thumb:
I will never admit to saying it was a quick lap either ;)

27-06-2007, 08:12 PM
Great weekend, never offered a PAX lap as I thought you wouldn't want one, would have been better than all this white CSL crap for fcuks sake.

Gary Kinghorn
27-06-2007, 08:15 PM
Just noticed your signiture Pooky :angry: :angry:

:lol: :lol:

Dave G
27-06-2007, 08:19 PM
Good report Gary. More pics than mine.

I had a brilliant weekend, the whole Northloop 'thing' makes it all the better. There was a whole community out there, would have been good without, but it just adds that extra 'je ne sais quoi' :gay: :whistle:

Funny that offering in Cochem, they had the same thing in Amsterdam. :whistle:

27-06-2007, 08:23 PM
Nice report - excellent pics :thumb:

27-06-2007, 08:33 PM

Sweet! I'm giving my mate Ivan a bit of instruction here on his third ever Ring lap. It probably didn't help that he's deaf in one ear, I'm wearing a full face and the inside of that car sounds like a tumble dryer full of change.

Nice pics. I really like the drifting shots at Wehrseifen.

Ryan W
27-06-2007, 08:36 PM
Good report Gary, cool piccys too!

I really want a CSL :(

Dave G
27-06-2007, 08:38 PM
Originally posted by Ryhound@Jun 27 2007, 09:36 PM
I really want a CSL :(

After a passenger lap in Thorliefs car the noise and everything is amazing. :thumb:

graeme brown
27-06-2007, 09:50 PM
Good Report Gary

We all had a Great weekend, You had a lucky escape, as the scots mob where heading to PK for dinner on the sunday night, but did't make it past our hotel bar :whistle: :whistle:

Nice looking staff (ok trying to her to pool dance) :P :P

Cheers All

Graeme and the scotts Mob :thumb:

27-06-2007, 10:03 PM
nice report.

Just remembering the pistonklause did u manage to find any desent pictures of the X for me ?

Cheers. :thumb:

27-06-2007, 11:20 PM
Hello Gary,

nice Report. Missed some pictures. I thought you catched me on the Ring too?

Greetz from Robert

Gary Kinghorn
28-06-2007, 06:09 AM
I have pictures of both of you on track. I will sort them out later this evening

28-06-2007, 06:10 AM
As ever, superb report Gary :thumb:

Just a few more weeks till I get out there myself, these reports just remind me what it's all about.


28-06-2007, 06:45 AM
Nice report there, shagger ;)

28-06-2007, 06:51 AM
loving the pictures of karls swimming poolesque wet hole.

28-06-2007, 08:20 AM
Just thought I would save Euan some time.

Gary Kinghorn
28-06-2007, 09:04 AM
Cheers Karl .....

That made me chuckle Ed :lol:

28-06-2007, 09:37 AM
very good report ,sounds like a great time

28-06-2007, 11:16 AM
Nice report Gary. :thumb:

54 laps in one day? Bloody hell. :blink:

28-06-2007, 12:08 PM
Horribly off-topic Gary, but where is that Rodelbahn? It's not the one I know in Altenahr, different layout. The kids love those things; I'm resigned to spending a whole day at one again in July (as if I mind!)

28-06-2007, 12:12 PM
James, right next door to wildpark - Daun (http://www.wildpark-daun.de/). The kids might enjoy this as well, ours did & we will no doubt be visiting it again this year :thumb:

28-06-2007, 02:52 PM
Originally posted by jon_r@Jun 28 2007, 11:16 AM
Nice report Gary. :thumb:

54 laps in one day? Bloody hell. :blink:

I wonder what the cab fare is to the Northen Loop from enfield?

28-06-2007, 04:16 PM
Nice report, love the pics ;)

Patrick Mensink
28-06-2007, 05:19 PM
Nice report and great pics! Saw your car in the parking, but no sign of yourself so no shaking hands again.
Seems like you had a great weekend again, I've only been there for a day (sunday), but it was good to see many familiar faces and cars/bikes again. :thumb:

28-06-2007, 07:06 PM
Liked that :thumb:

It's really got me thinking I need to make another trip this year instead of renovating a house :unsure: :unsure: :ph43r:

Just need to buy a car :lol:

28-06-2007, 09:22 PM
Originally posted by Gary Kinghorn@Jun 27 2007, 08:15 PM
Just noticed your signiture Pooky :angry: :angry:

:lol: :lol:
Notice any others?

Gary Kinghorn
29-06-2007, 06:18 AM
Originally posted by Pooky+Jun 28 2007, 10:22 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Pooky @ Jun 28 2007, 10:22 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Gary Kinghorn@Jun 27 2007, 08:15 PM
Just noticed your signiture Pooky :angry: :angry:

:lol: :lol:
Notice any others? [/b][/quote]
Not yet, but I will find them and punish them ;)

29-06-2007, 07:59 AM
Absolute awesome report&#33;
It was my first time at the Ring, and hopefully going back for first
weekend in September. The whole atmosphere is electric, especially
with the Northloop community. Gary took me out for a passenger lap,
and haven&#39;t come back down to earth yet....my mates are sick of me
going on about it still&#33; Thanks Gary for that. Before i go, just wanna thanks
lads in black Golf R32 and Gold M3 who offered help in trying to find my
hotel when lost on first day,who promply laughed when they didn&#39;t know
either and BOOTED it off....it made me and mate chuckle.

Gary Kinghorn
29-06-2007, 08:12 AM
Glad you had a good time and look forward to you spending more time on here and at the ring :thumb:

29-06-2007, 09:34 AM
Originally posted by Gary Kinghorn@Jun 27 2007, 07:15 PM
Some interesting parking was to be seen

lol busted, thats my car in the foreground :)