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autohabit
04-08-2007, 05:38 PM
My second trip of the year, however, the previous Easter trip I was just a passenger, this time it was time to dust off the silver machine.

I met with my friend Peter at the guesthouse, who took his Cecotto M3, we only live a few miles apart but Peter had taken the Calais route where I had gone for the Hull-Rotterdam ferry.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly2007.jpg


Friday evening and the track was opening for just a couple of hours, I spotted this example of East German engineering on the car park.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly20071.jpg


I later replaced it with my example of West German engineering :D

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly20072.jpg


The usual mad rush as the track opens, you could be forgiven for thinking we weren't actually in Germany, nothing but British number plates in sight!

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly20075.jpg


I don't know much about bikes, can someone please explain the cooling fans on this Benelli?

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly20073.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly20074.jpg


About an hour was lost on Friday evening track time due to this German Z4 getting into trouble. It was my girlfriend's first trip to the Ring and on seeing this car upsidedown during her first lap, well let's just say it wasn't the best start to the weekend.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly20077.jpg

autohabit
04-08-2007, 05:57 PM
Mini owners were in town.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly20078.jpg


My girlfriend's 15 year old son was with us on his first Ring trip which he was loving, we took him to the new circuit on Saturday for the Recaro Days event, this was a modified show which featured a drifting competition.

All sorts of stuff there, from the tastefully modified...

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200710.jpg

...to the not so tastefully modified

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200711.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200712.jpg


No, this car hadn't been in an accident :lol:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200713.jpg


Low Rider

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200714.jpg


At last, a bit of class :D

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200716.jpg

Complete with 3.0 litre E36 M3 running gear and a supercharger for good measure.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200717.jpg


Darkness fell and we were able to revisit the 'Recaro Days' night show. This 1983 Dakar winning Merecedes G Wagen was on display, seemed slightly out of place but I enjoyed seeing it.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200727.jpg


Time for the luvverly ladies, as Kurt was with us I had the devil's own job of looking after him, wherever he went I had to follow - Honest :D

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200728.jpg

autohabit
04-08-2007, 06:10 PM
Sunday was to be very wet, so we went to the museum, Kurt checked out the PlayStation simulator.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200729.jpg


Spotted this BMW powered quad.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200730.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200731.jpg


10 out of 10 for paint job, sadly it left little buget for a car - Dacia :huh:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200733.jpg


As the rain continued Kurt showed off his go karting skills, starting from the back of the grid he took the lead on the penultimate lap and won.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200732.jpg


An enjoyable trip, just want to get back again this year??



Alan

Nige
04-08-2007, 06:26 PM
Great report, when were you there?

autohabit
04-08-2007, 07:06 PM
27th - 30th July Nige.


Alan

IanHowell
04-08-2007, 11:50 PM
Good report :thumb:

The fans are for the rear cooling radiator iirc

Like the BMW Quad ;)

... and the after party looked good for the Recaro Days :D

We were out from 25th - 30th July, shame we missed out on meeting up.

Ian

autohabit
05-08-2007, 07:47 AM
Originally posted by IanHowell@Aug 4 2007, 11:50 PM
... and the after party looked good for the Recaro Days :D


Yes, that was the only photo suitable for this forum :lol:


Alan

Nige
05-08-2007, 07:49 AM
Originally posted by autohabit+Aug 4 2007, 08:06 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (autohabit &#064; Aug 4 2007, 08:06 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> 27th - 30th July Nige.


Alan [/b]
Shame we missed you, We were out for the same period :(


Originally posted by autohabit@Aug 5 2007, 08:47 AM
<!--QuoteBegin-IanHowell@Aug 4 2007, 11:50 PM
... and the after party looked good for the Recaro Days :D


Yes, that was the only photo suitable for this forum :lol:
Alan[/quote]

Feel free to PM any unsuitable ones to me for checking :lol:

autohabit
05-08-2007, 10:47 AM
Sorry I didn&#39;t catch up with any of you guys, I just seemed to be so busy over the whole weekend, so much to pack in when you take people with you who have never been before.

Here are a few more photos.

Drifting competition on one of the corners that had caused the F1 drivers so many problems just a few days before during the rain soaked Grand Prix.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200718.jpg


Furthest travelled car of the weekend? Kuwait registered Porsche. Anyone know what the 9ff refers to on the side of the car.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200719.jpg


Classic Alfa - Didn&#39;t the police use these to chase the Minis in the Italian Job?

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200723.jpg


This Honda rider had his own views on Yamaha I guess :D

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200720.jpg


Back at the Recaro Days event I spotted this unusual add on :huh:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly20079.jpg


Monday, one last quick look at the track before we leave, the circuit had been hired for a private track day, it was open to all marques, contrary to this photo&#33;

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200734.jpg


We arrived back in the UK to blue sky and sunshine, this visitor from mainland Europe had obviously heard that we had been having a few flooding problems and had come fully prepared :lol:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y100/autohabit/RingTripJuly200738.jpg



Alan

Biturbo
05-08-2007, 11:42 AM
Anyone know what the 9ff refers to on the side of the car.

It means that technically, it&#39;s not a Porsche&#33; 9ff Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH are a tuning outfit that make a living giving Porsches the bit of poke they so obviously lacked when they left the factory...

Under German regulations, these tuning companies have to be regulated as manufacturers, so they take the opportunity to rebadge the product as their own. Ruf is another famous example. Alpina and Schnitzer perform a similar role for BMW and AMG for Mercedes, but because of their ties to the manufacturers they don&#39;t go to the extent of pretending the car to be all their own work.

9ff have been involved in an arms race for speed records in their 911 Turbo upgrade (they have a video of it doing 350kph at Nardo on their website - www.9ff.de). One of the German car magazines, AutoNutter und Sport or something similar, took a load of the tuners down to the Nardo bowl to see who could go fastest. 9ff walked away with the prize, following some onsite final set-up involving gaffer tape, a hammer and a couple of planks of wood. Very hi-tech. Evo magazine did a profile at the time. They sound like a hilarious bunch of people to hang around with.

DAN THE MAN
05-08-2007, 08:10 PM
Nice report Al. Ill get to see the other gilr pics sometime ya?.. :)

well done kurt, sounds like a RIPPER (raoul stylee)