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Shak
05-09-2007, 04:56 PM
I didn't want to take my car this time as I'm not sure whether to sell it or not, but still had a fantastic time, during my fifth visit!

So I was picked up at 6am on Friday 31st August, for the 8.20am train from Dover. We got to our hotel, 25 miles away from the 'Ring for lunch before heading over for a brief session.

The weather was pretty good throughout the weekend, with very minimal rain. We returned on Sunday evening and on our the way out for Calais, we spotted two E90 M3s heading in the opposite direction. Both had quad exhasuts and various parts of the car taped up. Though it was too late to catch any photos of them.

It was also great to finally meet some of the regular Northloopers! :thumb: It was quite surprising, but nice, that I was recognised! JudeM just walked upto me and asked if I was Shak! :lol: I was introduced to Ian Howell and Helen! :thumb:


I'll let the photos do the talking! B)

The "gang:"

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/other/images/DSC_0154.jpg
http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/other/images/DSC_0819.jpg


You couldn't miss us!

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/friday/images/DSC_0072.jpg


Who could these strangers be! :lol:

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/images/DSC_0958.jpg
http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/images/DSC_0960.jpg
http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/sunday_track/images/DSC_1132.jpg



These guys were out in force. One of the drivers looked like a spotty teenager but they were all quick!

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0092.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/friday/images/DSC_0092.jpg)


There were four orange 997 GT3 RS' in the same gang!

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0139.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/friday/images/DSC_0139.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0141.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/friday/images/DSC_0141.jpg)


This Pearl White Gallardo is a UK spec car on Italian plates; it's a press car which has yet to be registered here.

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0156.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/images/DSC_0156.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0170.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/images/DSC_0170.jpg)


EDO Competition made another appearance. They didn't bring their 996, but a 997, along with a 993. Apparently the 996 was too unreliable for them. A rather nice young lady was at the wheel of the 993! :eek:

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0158.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/images/DSC_0158.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0159.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/images/DSC_0159.jpg)

Everything about the car was Carbon Fibre, even this!

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0165.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/images/DSC_0165.jpg)


Due to a track closure, the officials had to stop letting people in, and the queue outside of the 'Ring car park didn't stop.

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0173.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/images/DSC_0173.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0174.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/images/DSC_0174.jpg)


The widow maker. The only one there, that weekend.

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0789.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/images/DSC_0789.jpg)


An extremely mint example of an E30 M3 engine bay:

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0791.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/images/DSC_0791.jpg)


This new 997 Turbo was still on trade plates.

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0792.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/images/DSC_0792.jpg)

Closed track again, so the wait begins. This time, four motorbikes had gone off at the same time, and we think one of the riders may have died. :( I saw all four motorbikes being trailered off after about an hour. :(

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0848.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/images/DSC_0848.jpg)


Who could miss Thorlief's CSL:

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/images/DSC_0950.jpg


AMG made an appearance with a few SLKs and a C-Class:

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0992.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/sunday_paddock/images/DSC_0992.jpg)


Didn't get a good look at what happened but a Zakspeed Viper left in not-so-great circumstances:

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_1016.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/sunday_paddock/images/DSC_1016.jpg)

Considering it was DTM weekend at the GP circiut, the Nordshleife wasn't as busy as we thought, so quite moderate:

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0944.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/images/DSC_0944.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0957.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/images/DSC_0957.jpg)


Various photos, trackside:

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0252.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_track/images/DSC_0252.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0330.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_track/images/DSC_0330.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0362.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_track/images/DSC_0362.jpg)


At one point, I had a great view!

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...e_trackside.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/other/images/me_trackside.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0459.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_track/images/DSC_0459.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0470.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_track/images/DSC_0470.jpg)


Notorious Adenauer-Forst. We saw quite a few cars go straight across the grass! Including a black Gallardo, immediately followed by a Mercedes!

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...gallardo_af.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/other/images/gallardo_af.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...ges/merc_af.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/other/images/merc_af.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0537.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_track/images/DSC_0537.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0540.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_track/images/DSC_0540.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0541.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_track/images/DSC_0541.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0606.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_track/images/DSC_0606.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0621.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_track/images/DSC_0621.jpg)


A bit more traffic:

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_0644.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_track/images/DSC_0644.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_1057.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/sunday_track/images/DSC_1057.jpg)


A bit of showing off:

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_1067.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/sunday_track/images/DSC_1067.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_1115.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/sunday_track/images/DSC_1115.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_1091.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/sunday_track/images/DSC_1091.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_1103.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/sunday_track/images/DSC_1103.jpg)


Sabine wasn't to be seen this weekend, but the 'Ring Taxis still made an appearance. Apparently, they now have to stick to certain speed limits. I don't know if there's any truth in that. We still saw some sideways action, but I didn't catch of that with my camera.

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_1106.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/sunday_track/images/DSC_1106.jpg)


There were two red E30 M3s there. One of them had made a hell of a (good) noise. It turns out, a E34 M5 3.6 engine had been fitted!

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_1113.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/sunday_track/images/DSC_1113.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_1149.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/sunday_track/images/DSC_1149.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_1184.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/sunday_track/images/DSC_1184.jpg)

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/...es/DSC_1517.jpg (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/sunday_track/images/DSC_1517.jpg)


A Gumbert Apollo:

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/sunday_track/images/DSC_1214.jpg


Well, I wouldn't!

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/sunday_track/images/DSC_1308.jpg


ALL my photos can be viewed on these pages:

Friday. (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/friday/index.html)

Saturday - Paddock. (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/index.html)

Saturday - Track. (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_track/index.html)

Sunday - Paddock. (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/sunday_paddock/index.html)

Sunday - Track. (http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/sunday_track/index.html)


Another great weekend, in all! I'm looking forward to making more trips next year! B)

IanHowell
05-09-2007, 05:41 PM
Good to meet you Shak :thumb:

Sorry never chance to catch up with you properly or take you for a spin in this


http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_track/images/DSC_0593.jpg



http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/sunday_track/images/DSC_1375.jpg



Maybe next time ;)
Ian

gobbo
05-09-2007, 06:37 PM
Now I know who the guy was taking photos whilst I was waiting to get onto the circuit!

(Black slaggy looking E30) :D

Shak
05-09-2007, 06:43 PM
Originally posted by gobbo@Sep 5 2007, 06:37 PM
Now I know who the guy was taking photos whilst I was waiting to get onto the circuit!

(Black slaggy looking E30) :D

Lol I wasn't the only one with a camera there.

Is this yours?

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/images/DSC_0822.jpg

gobbo
05-09-2007, 06:46 PM
Thats the one :wave:

Shak
05-09-2007, 06:52 PM
Originally posted by gobbo@Sep 5 2007, 06:46 PM
Thats the one :wave:
Ah cool! Shame we didn't have a chat; next time, eh! B) How obvious was I, then? :lol: :lol:

gobbo
05-09-2007, 06:56 PM
I managed to have a chat with a couple of Northloop guys. Strange chatting to Nige after doing a hot lap whilst exiting the circuit!

Nige
05-09-2007, 06:57 PM
ah ha, you were in that convertible were you..!.

A black Mazda pulled between you and the other UK BMW that was following you going through Belgium quite quickly...(I think it was belgium), we waved, but you seemed to be in a rush, so I pulled over and let your friend follow. I was in the Mazda on my way to Dunkerque, guess you went to calais, as we didnt see you later.

Its always good to meet fellow Northloopers in the flesh isnt it, sounds like you had a good time, hope to meet you next time. :thumb:

you got me too :D
http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_track/images/DSC_0529.jpg

JudeM
05-09-2007, 08:32 PM
I didn't realise I was sooo forward :shame:

Lovely to put another face to a name :D

Some great photos :thumb:

Jude

Hippychick
05-09-2007, 09:27 PM
Originally posted by JudeM@Sep 5 2007, 09:32 PM
I didn't realise I was sooo forward :shame:


...a true car park tart :D

JudeM
05-09-2007, 09:32 PM
Originally posted by Hippychick+Sep 5 2007, 10:27 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Hippychick &#064; Sep 5 2007, 10:27 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'><!--QuoteBegin-JudeM@Sep 5 2007, 09:32 PM
I didn&#39;t realise I was sooo forward* :shame:


...a true car park tart :D[/b][/quote]
Pot Kettle :whistle:

Jude

Hippychick
05-09-2007, 09:36 PM
ain&#39;t that the truth :lol:

Shak
05-09-2007, 09:50 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: @ Jude & Helen&#33;

Ah sorry don&#39;t remember spotting you. Next time, eh&#33; :thumb: We were going to try and get on an earlier train but we ended up waiting three hours at Calais for our booked train, anyhow lol. :lol:

Jude, it&#39;s no problem&#33; In fact I&#39;m too sociable that I can talk bo**ocks to anyone&#33; :lol: :lol:

I forgot to add these photos; our journey from Calais to the &#39;Ring:

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/other/images/DSC_0023.jpg
http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/other/images/DSC_0033.jpg
http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/other/images/DSC_0035.jpg
http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/other/images/DSC_0018.jpg
http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/other/images/DSC_0040.jpg
http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/other/images/DSC_0052.jpg

Hippychick
05-09-2007, 10:05 PM
Originally posted by Shak@Sep 5 2007, 10:50 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: @ Jude & Helen&#33;


:D

Good to meet you Shak. Sorry I had to dash off & make sure my man had got back safely...

Looks like you had a good weekend

JudeM
05-09-2007, 10:10 PM
Originally posted by Hippychick+Sep 5 2007, 11:05 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Hippychick @ Sep 5 2007, 11:05 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Shak@Sep 5 2007, 10:50 PM
:lol:* :lol:* :lol:* :lol: @ Jude & Helen&#33;


:D

Good to meet you Shak. Sorry I had to dash off & make sure my man had got back safely...

Looks like you had a good weekend [/b][/quote]
Check man got back or ...... get a Pax lap in something.... :D

Jude

alclark
05-09-2007, 11:08 PM
Awesome pictures there&#33;

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/other/images/DSC_0040.jpg

This guy made me laugh though, he spend all day putting tyre polish on his wheels&#33; :lol:

Gary Kinghorn
06-09-2007, 06:12 AM
Nice report and pictures Shak :thumb:

Das Chin
06-09-2007, 07:15 AM
good report shak and good pics

the Zak Viper ran out of petrol&#33; how embarassing&#33;

bad_roo
06-09-2007, 11:43 AM
The bloke in the yellow M3 was proclaiming to all and sundry that I was slow and that my lines were crap. The reason I was off line coming in to Wehrseifen was because I was forced to overtake his sorry ass. :jerk:

Floyd
06-09-2007, 11:59 AM
Originally posted by bad_roo@Sep 6 2007, 11:43 AM
The bloke in the yellow M3 was proclaiming to all and sundry that I was slow and that my lines were crap. The reason I was off line coming in to Wehrseifen was because I was forced to overtake his sorry ass. :jerk:
I believe you but any excuse has to go on the &#39;Just Go Faster&#39; excuse page :P

F

bad_roo
06-09-2007, 01:50 PM
Perhaps he would have preferred it if I&#39;d have stuck to the authorised line and rear ended him instead?

Plus I was on a sighting lap, the demister wasn&#39;t working properly, I was optimising my tyre pressures and, er, yeah, that&#39;s it, I had oil surge or something.

Jim Cameron
06-09-2007, 02:28 PM
:D

His talent and gob constellations obviously weren&#39;t in lunar alignment :)

steve_nurburgring
06-09-2007, 08:22 PM
Originally posted by Shak+Sep 5 2007, 06:43 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Shak @ Sep 5 2007, 06:43 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-gobbo@Sep 5 2007, 06:37 PM
Now I know who the guy was taking photos whilst I was waiting to get onto the circuit&#33;

(Black slaggy looking E30)* :D

Lol I wasn&#39;t the only one with a camera there.

Is this yours?

http://nurburgring.5h4k.co.uk/aug_sept_07/saturday_paddock/images/DSC_0822.jpg [/b][/quote]
a slaggy looking one :( , our car is great dude&#33; :D :D :D