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englebert
18-07-2007, 03:31 PM
Well, not quite our first trip but have only been to the Ring a couple of times, and only drove the one time which was 2 years ago!

Our driving coach in the UK is a journalist and had written about the '75 Experience' where you are tutored by Ron or his other instructors in a beat up old Alfa 75. This is reasonably expensive but it did include the hotels being sorted and Ron is one of the funniest character i've ever met!

We left early on Friday morning and got the Eurotunnel in my dad's Jag. It was an easy trip, as simple as going up to Silverstone!

Our hotel was the Agnesen-Hof, about 5 mins from the circuit. We arrived earlier than we expected, and seemingly before anyone else did as we couldn't find anyone to let us in! Eventually after walking round the place i found a bell, and the chef (who had just jumped out of the shower :lol:) let us in.

For 55 euros a night the place was pretty amazing. Photos of my room and the view:

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING6.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING5.jpg

We also had a development M3 parked in the carpark

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING8.jpg

We drove around a bit in the afternoon before going to the track, tripping up on a workshop housing a load of BMW driver training cars.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING12.jpg

We tried getting into the Jaguar development place but we got thrown out after walking in the door. We attempted to get in via the back gate but obviously we were being watched as the automatic gates closed on our approach! So we had a peek at the rather obvious BMW test centre instead.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING7.jpg

We then went to the 75 Experience workshop to meet up with Ron. We were amazed to see at least 50 Alfas parked up, not to mention a few Lancias they owned dotted all over the place!

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING14-1.jpg

We managed to get a few laps in the afternoon, the emptiest it was all weekend. With Ron being based at the track, the stewards let us do a lap by ourselves at the end of the day :thumb:

Friday night we were back at the hotel for dinner. I got to admire one of Ron's Deltas.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING10.jpg

Because of the cycle race on Saturday we didn't get to do many laps, but it gave Ron an opportunity to show us some of the major corners on foot. This truly gave the best impression for the immense gradients that the circuit has. It was also fun giving patronising suppport to the german cyclists as they struggled up the hills :whistle: Being completely retarded i forgot to bring the camera to take shots of the karussel on foot though :angry:

I did remember the camera for the muesum tour though!

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING13.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING24.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING26.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING28.jpg

Once the track closed later on we then waited for the NSX which was being brought over by Plans Motorsport. After jumping with excitement after each new car/bike came over the hill it finally arrived!

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING21.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING15.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING16.jpg

Sunday was a mix excitement and anticipation taking the NSX on track, i was slightly worried it would be too low but removing the front splitter was enough.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING19.jpg

It was nice to see the car getting some attention and even nicer to see that Weeman, JonR, TBR Tom and Chris who i know from Cliosport had made the trip too!

I normally take loads of car pictures but i was so busy either driving or queuing that i didn't get many in!

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING20.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING22.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING17.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING18.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING23.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING25.jpg

Despite the scorching weather we had great fun and should be back soon, but not n the NSX. I just want to get to learn the circuit and this is probably best done in a more comfortable car!

People who were there may of noticed a couple of incidents involving the car, which i'll clear up!

In the carpark my dad managed to run over a German girls foot. The silly bint initially got out of the way but didn't consider the rear wheels and simply turned back round. This resulted in the back of her ankle getting run over by a 265 Avon :unsure: We were actually blissfully unaware of this until one of the stewards said it had been reported and that the police could come. They didn't, but the girl's boyfriend did try having a go. After explaining that it was a CARpark and that once we had driven past her we could no longer seeing her the dude realised that perhaps it was her reponsibility :rolleyes: I did find it amusing that he was back at the track and had simply dropped her off at the hospital! :lol:

The second incident involved Ron and a steward who was on his bike. The NSX's blindspot was at fault again with Ron not seeing the biker behind him trying to overtake. The biker had to swerve and almost dropped it. He tried chasing Ron for the rest of the lap but with him having a fair bit of knowledge that didn't happen until they got back which promptly got everyones attention! The fellow Dutchman started shouting at the car, until Ron took off his helmet and it turned into banter instead after they realised they knew each other :hehegay:

Anyway, i had a really great time and would defo recommend the 75 Experience simply so you get a hot lap from Ron! He forced a Carrera GT into a spin and owned a few GT3 RS owners whilst waving at them... it was certainly nice to see our Honda was capable of doing quick laps even though it was without me driving it :P

Thanks for reading, that wasted a good 20 min of work :D

Nige
18-07-2007, 03:42 PM
Good report, sounds like you enjoyed the 75 experience :thumb:

Your first half is better where we dont have to click on the photos to view (we are lazy like that :lol: )

I think I passed your NSX at the end of the start straight, under braking, but not sure if there were 2 there this weekend? :unsure: .

Thanks for taking the time to type your report, I know how long they can take to do :thumb:

englebert
18-07-2007, 03:51 PM
Sorry, it would only let me post a few images! There was an NSX there on Saturday when we weren't around... but it could well of been our one as we really had no clue!

I forgot to mention that i went out as passenger to my dad where we were following Ron as a pace setter. Little did we know his car had overheated and another 75 went out with a different instructor and a regular racer. My dad proceeded to try and keep up with the 75 (Ron had previously reassured us by saying to trust the pace he sets) who was starting to move away rapidly. Somehow, we survived a full on lap without knowing the lines well ending a little worse for wear. We were pretty suprised that Ron was standing there waiting for us at the end of the lap :D

Nige
18-07-2007, 03:53 PM
^^^
:lol: :lol:

found this of you.
http://www.motorsport-pics.de/Galerie/albums/Nordschleife/20070715/20070715_0450.jpg

You need to split your post into several parts to be able to add more photos, its just one of those quirks with the forum we use :( (ie reply to your first post)

jon_r
18-07-2007, 04:13 PM
Nice one Rob!

alclark
18-07-2007, 04:19 PM
Nice report!

Can anyone explain this Coupes funny roof?

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/robfenn/RING18.jpg

Dave G
18-07-2007, 05:45 PM
Nice NSX! What's been done to it?

The M Coupe....isn't it a 'sun' roof?

Nige
18-07-2007, 07:45 PM
Originally posted by Nige@Jul 18 2007, 04:42 PM
I think I passed your NSX at the end of the start straight, under braking.
Found it, good use of your mirrors :thumb:

Ian Howell was commentating, I muted it until after the cones :D

http://thumbs.vidiac.com/df42c8ad-d0f4-45d9-bd5a-996f01035826.jpg (http://videos.streetfire.net/video/df42c8ad-d0f4-45d9-bd5a-996f01035826.htm)the NSX (http://videos.streetfire.net/video/df42c8ad-d0f4-45d9-bd5a-996f01035826.htm)

Floyd
18-07-2007, 09:47 PM
Er plenty of swearing? :lol: Or something else? I hope you do the same to mine :whistle:

F

IanHowell
18-07-2007, 09:56 PM
Apparently talking shite :lol:

Ian

jon_r
18-07-2007, 10:16 PM
Rob was very honest when I saw him first thing on the Sunday, "We are definatly all the gear but no idea!" :lol: Made me laugh.

MrBean
18-07-2007, 10:22 PM
Originally posted by englebert@Jul 18 2007, 05:31 PM
The second incident involved Ron and a steward who was on his bike. The NSX's blindspot was at fault again with Ron not seeing the biker behind him trying to overtake. The biker had to swerve and almost dropped it. He tried chasing Ron for the rest of the lap but with him having a fair bit of knowledge that didn't happen until they got back which promptly got everyones attention! The fellow Dutchman started shouting at the car, until Ron took off his helmet and it turned into banter instead after they realised they knew each other :hehegay:

:wave: :whistle:

Was kinda pissed at Ron because he didnt see me overtaking, 3 times.
Didnt know it was Ron because of the (unknown) car.
Didnt try to overtake after H8 because it was too dangerous to me.
Ron has more experience than i, but the car cant match ;)

Sorry to have such an introduction, next time better.
Your own driving was reported to me to be good and polite.

Welcome :D

englebert
18-07-2007, 10:26 PM
Ooh, thanks for the video post! Nice to see it on the interweb... even if only travelling at a snails pace :lol:

The car has Nitron 3-ways, APs, rollcage and some Type R bits.

Floyd
19-07-2007, 06:49 AM
Originally posted by englebert@Jul 18 2007, 10:26 PM
The car has Nitron 3-ways, APs, rollcage and some Type R bits.
The Nitrons look like a good bit of kit?

F

Weeman
19-07-2007, 06:51 AM
haha Nice to see you Roberto, get yourself over and camping in september, and bring that Honda I want a wee go in it, :lol: :lol: I could of sworn I've met your dad somewhere before, but cant for the life of me figure out where or when

englebert
19-07-2007, 09:13 AM
Probably one of your dirty sex dreams...

Missed your post MrBean! You must be one hell of a rider - not to mention insane - to keep up with Rocket Ron! :thumb:

The Nitrons are good, they are starting to get well established now as a company. I think the new Caparo uses them... and being all aluminum they actually last unlike a lot of systems. They're also relatively good value, if not quite as good as, say, top Ohlins stuff.