View Full Version : August 'Ring trip report

09-09-2007, 03:24 PM
Hi folks. NigeP read my report on another forum and asked me to post it up on here, so I hope you enjoy it:

Well, we're all back in one piece, and we all managed to drive home under our own steam, which is a relief.

The trip had a few dodgy bits, mainly with the reliability of the Impreza with us - at one point having a total brake failure on the nurburgring. More on that later.

Anyway, the trip started with myself and Martin - the VR6 owner - leaving Aberdeen to meet Ali - the Impreza owner - down the road in Dundee. Then to pick up Stuart, Ali's passenger. We left Aberdeen about 09.30, as our check in was in Newcastle at 16.30, so we left a bit of time for any traffic jams etc.

Just before we left:


This raised a few smiles over there:


The trip down to Newcastle was pretty uneventful, just the usual convoy actions.

Piss stop:


Ferry queue:




Ferry landed in IJmuiden, near Amsterdam. About a 4 hour drive to the 'ring ensued, some of which was done on the derestricted Autobahn. :-D Had the car up to about 145, very easily, but the road was quite busy, so didn't want to push it too much. Got flashed out the way by a 335D BMW. It was pretty damn quick!!


Only had a few stops on the way over, as we were all excited and just wanted to get there.

I can't say we had the most economical trip over:


The weather we were confronted with ;-) :


Finally got to our hotel:


09-09-2007, 03:25 PM
Have you ever had a room with such a unique view? Adenau bridge, quite a technically difficult part of the course. Steep in, and hugely steep back up and out of it! We woke to the noise of tyre screeching and engines revving with new cars being tested. Fantastic!


Having not seen many videos of the track before, I was in for a hell of a shock seeing that part of the course over Adenau Bridge. I couldn't believe how steep the track was. Excitement soon turned to fear when I saw that for the first time! lol.

Thursday was an evening session, so we made our way over to get some tickets and have a quick browse before going out.



At this point, I was fairly nervous about doing a lap. I really didn't know what to expect. I got speaking to a driving instructor, Eddie, who rents out Alfas, and he kindly offered to take my Volvo out to show me the track and some of the dodgy parts, lines etc. That was a huge relief, and was a great way of seeing what my car is really capable of. He was a bloody good driver, and made going fast look effortless.
Martin came with me, and we then got strapped into his car for a lap:


Didnt take too many photos, as I was just enjoying myself going out on the track. This evening Martin and I did a lap each in each otherís cars, and then swapped. It's surprising how much more confident you feel haing someone in the car. Especially on your first few laps, as this helps with the lookout for fast as hell bikers as you get to learn the track more.

The weather was great, too. This was a shot as we just left after the first time on the ring, all with a bloody huge smile on our faces. You couldn't ask for a better way to spend and evening.


That was Thursday out the way. Out for a pizza in the evening, then early to bed. We were all knackered!

09-09-2007, 03:26 PM
Friday was an afternoon session opening at 2 until 7.30, but new cars being tested on the track rudely awaked us. I guess a new Lambo isn't the worst way to get woken up though:

Track in the morning sun:


Found these in the hotel car park:


On the night before, Ali had heard some strange knocking. He took it to a local garage to have the CV checked. It wasn't looking good - the CV gaiter had split again - Ali had made a bodge repair - and we weren't sure how long the repair job was going to hold. The mechanic had it booked in for Saturday, but the CV joint didnít make any noise whilst lapping on Thursday, so he hoped for the best.

Being the Nurburgring, the local garage would have to have this sort of stuff in there:



Interesting cabin cooler:


Came across this place too in the middle of Nurburg:



Someone came out and started taking pictures of us, so we presumed security must be tight round there.

After that, we heard some major loud noise coming from the GP circuit. Being nosey buggers, we wondered what the hell it was.

We parked up in the grand prix car park, and had a wonder about:



It certainly was faster than me. 560bhp made sure of it:


09-09-2007, 03:27 PM
Anyway, we finally found some people who had passes etc, so we asked if we could walk in to the main bit. "No problem" was the reply. Don't mind if I do then...

It appeared there were some single seaters going round. They didnít look hugely quick though, and it turned out they only had Clio 197 engines in them. Still, they made some racket.

Didn't take too many photos as we weren't that close. That's the Nordschliefe in the background twisting round.



View into paddock area:


Walked round their, and there were Clio cup cars, fiesta ST cup cars, and some DTM cars all getting ready:



09-09-2007, 03:28 PM
More of the DTM cars:

Came with racing pipe and slippers:





After that, we went down to the petrol station to fill up. The 'ring kills you for fuel. I managed 108 miles out of one tank. Ooops. Ha ha.



Oh look what's arrived. These turned out to be ten a penny over there.



Then this:


Then an S5:


09-09-2007, 03:29 PM
Then, a standard looking 3 series beemers came in, but fully caged up, and the guy came out with race suit on. It turned out he was a continental tyre tester. We had seen him giving it beans round the track earlier. I think it's just fantastic how they go and fill up fuel themselves, in a public filling station.

We had a bit of time before the track opened at 2, so we headed back to Adenau Bridge to spectate for a while. There was a V10 S6 going round, it was massively quick, and was power sliding round the bridge. Brilliant to watch:

The exit of the corner is very steep. Third gear can get bogged down if you don't carry the correct amount of speed into it, which can then lead to you over doing it. That is also the half way entrance where the "7 second ring master" crashed his BMW.

We then made our way back to the track. The car park was filling up, and there was some fairly tasty machinery to be seen:






09-09-2007, 03:30 PM
Some more car park photos:

Ring viper:








Checking out Grandpa's car lol:


This was a chap called Steven who had come over in his TVR. Very nice chap, but I think he was in the same boat as I was on the Thursday. He was a little bit nervous about going out, so I took him out in my car to show him the track. It's amazing what you learn in 10 laps. He was very appreciative of this, just as I was the day before, and promised me a passenger lap in the TVR. He then followed me out a few times to try and learn the track and all the lines. It was great fun trying to keep a TVR off my tail, and I was succeeding quite well, but he was new to the track, so he was getting faster and faster each lap. I had to work quite hard.


Only two of these in the world, this one owned and driven by a lady called Jane who lives in Aberdeen:


09-09-2007, 03:31 PM
Lovely golf:



Friday was a very good day, but has a few crashes. One that really brought the dangers home was a lap I did on my own, I came over a crest to find a BMW upside down, facing me up the hill. It wasn't being flagged very well, but there were loads of people at the scene, so I drove on. Apparently a French driver got lift off over steer, hit the curb, rolled over the Armco, wiped out a fence, hit and tree then bounced back on the track, rolled a few times then came to a halt in the middle of the track. Thankfully he managed to get himself and his girlfriend out of the car with no injuries. Expensive crash though, we reckon all in he lost about EUR 20,000 from it. Not good.

Hereís the outcome:

## crash pic removed ##

Still got some excellent laps in, and I was really starting the learn the track.

Unfortunately for Ali, the Impreza owner, he had a bit of a scary last lap on Friday. We set off together with Steven in the TVR behind me, but he is a very good driver, and the scoob handles brilliantly, so he soon lost us. I got onto the back straight to find him limping along at about 40 mph. Thankfully Steven and I were the last out, so he had only us behind him. I slowed to make sure he was ok, and he waved us on, so Steven and I enjoyed the rest of our last lap of the day.

He went over the curb cornering hard, then on one of the corners just before Adenau bridge (maybe t-13, Iím not sure), he slammed the brakes on and the pedal went straight to the floor. Thankfully he managed to slow himself with the handbrake, but it wasnít really enough. He just went for the corner, and luckily the scoobs 4WD saved him big time here.

On the hard cornering, the Anti roll bar had a bolt sticking out of it, and this slashed his brake pipe, leaving him with no brake pressure. This was the garages fault in Britain since they put the pipe too low. They're bound to be getting a speaking to now he is home.

He dropped a few drops of brake fluid, but since it was the last lap, and only me and Steven were behind him, it would dry by the morning, so that was fine.
He limped back to the hotel, using handbrake and 1st and 2nd gear.

We them went out to the Pistenclause for tea. One that Ben Lovejoy raves about. I can see why!

Fillet steak on the hot plate:


Had a few beers there then got a taxi home. That rounded off Friday very nicely.

09-09-2007, 03:33 PM
Saturday was an evening session only, so we had a good amount of time to hang about during the day.

Myself and Martin went on a mission to find a bank. Contrary to what Mr Lovejoy says, we couldn't find a cash machine near the manufactures road down from the grand prix entrance.

Not to worry, we did come across this - an Audi RS4 owners club. Some fair beasts here, and seeing as the RS4 and RS6 is one of my favourite cars, not finding a bank didn't worry me too much:





20 inch rims:


Clearly not running standard power either!!


Lambo rims:



This dirty impostor was in here too. Get a boot or bugger off! Lol.



09-09-2007, 03:34 PM
I then went off on my own for a short while. I took some scenic shots. The setting is just fantastic. It's almost as good as the track itself.




09-09-2007, 03:36 PM
6) There was some racing on the Saturday too, so we met up again and went to some spectator points. I think the corner is called Brunchen. It was a 15 lap race.

Anyway, there was a whole load of different cars racing, ranging from escorts to Porsche cup cars. This is due to there being different classes, but they race at the same time. Led to some interesting photos.










Clio in front of Porsche:


09-09-2007, 03:37 PM



Slightly buckled looking Escort:

## crash pic removed ##

09-09-2007, 03:39 PM
After the racing, we went to the track for the opening time of 5.30. Unfortunately the racing earlier had taken it;s toll, and their was a fair mess to clean up.

The track was very late opening. Oh well, here's some car porn for you instead:




You reckon he has enough NOS?



Think you;d need them with all that NOS:






09-09-2007, 03:39 PM

The famous Mr Lovejoy's mk2 golf:


This was silly quick. Overtook on the outside of a tight bend. I felt as though I was going backwards.


The track finally opened, and I managed to get one lap. I went round a corner and found a few bikes on the track, and one guy at the side holdig his leg, looking to be in a lot of pain. Aagin, it wsnlt being flaggged that well, but people were running down the hill to start flagging, and loads of people were there to help, so I carried on. Word has it the bikers leg bone was poking through his boot. Oucha bugga!

Seeing these really does slow you down though.
I saw a few bikers down, and I'm just glad I didn't have to get out and help. I'm not much use with First Aid.

Anyway, a pretty rubbish lap that one, full of maniac bikers and faster cars, meaning I had little time to enjoy myself.

Went to the Pistenclause again for tea, and basically died from eating too much.

So that was the end of saturday. A pretty bad day track wise, but a brilliant day overall.

09-09-2007, 03:40 PM

(double post)

09-09-2007, 03:42 PM
Hi Mate,

Thanks for posting it here :thumb:, I thought it worth sharing, I`ve moved it into the reports section.

09-09-2007, 03:43 PM
Some more of us on the track.

Martin giving it some:



Afte the TVR lap, I took Stuart out in my car, and I alsmot lost the back end, but thankfully I managed to catch it before any damage was done.





I finally used all my lap tickets - I did 23 laps - so I went to get some pictures at the spectaotr points:

Ali on it:



Martin on it:




09-09-2007, 03:44 PM
Ultima being passed:


This guy was pussying it around the track:


I then got a concerned phone call form martin thinking I had crashed, since they couldnít find me i the car park. I forgot to tell them I'd already left.

09-09-2007, 03:45 PM
Since it was still light, we wanted to get some photos of us on the track. Here we are on the very steep hill down to Adenau bridge:

Me and my centerfold pose:




Looking up the hill:


Exit out of the corner. Well steep!!


We then headed out for pizza and some beers:

3 pinter of beeer:


2 pinter glass:


Rather large pizza:


Went out for a while after, but I returned home early since I was knackered.

09-09-2007, 03:46 PM
Monday was our departure day unfortunately. I could easily live in Nurburg. It's such an amazing place.

We just drove back to the ferry for a 16.30 check in.



A bit too much to drink on the ferry:


Getting a bit of a rest in the morning before getting off the ferry:


Back to reality:( :


And home:


Well, there you go. That's our trip. 1400 miles, about 6 or 7 tanks of fuel and a bloody great time had by alll.

I hope you liked the write-up. You asked for pictures, so I thought I'd go overboard with them :D

Overall, the Volvo stood up pretty well. The CV joints are knocking a bit, but apart from that, it is fine. The Koni FSD and Eibachs are good, but nowhere near stiff enough for the likes of a track. The standard brakes with Ferrodo performance pads did their job, but I now ave some severely warped discs. Ali's Impreza made it home all i one piece thankfully. His knocking turned out to be ball joint. His brakes got fixed whilst over there too, so he got some good lapping too. Martin's VR6 performed flawlessly, and it was a really good track car.

Thanks for reading.

Bring on next year's trip. :D

09-09-2007, 03:47 PM
Here's some more 'ring side shots of us on it:

"Hey Martin"
"Hey Stuart"
"How's it going?"
"Not bad"
"Cars go mighty fast on this road"


mk2 stig: Ali's obviously been taking tips from that sidecar that was infront of him. I think him leaning in there is helping his cornering speed. Ha ha.




"Don't crash this car, don't crash this car..."


Fastest wardbrode carrier on the 'ring...




09-09-2007, 03:51 PM
No problem nige. Sorry, I didn't notice the report bit. I thought you meant to pop it in the general section.

Cheeers for moving it. :thumb:

You got plans for a return trip any time soon?

I e-mailed your wife about pics. :D

09-09-2007, 06:29 PM
Nice report! :D

Those two photos of the crashed cars will be deleted; forum rules, etc.

We walked the track exactly where you did! :lol:

09-09-2007, 06:45 PM
Cheers mate. That bit at Adenau bridge is pretty awesome.

No probs about the pictures being deleted, but out of interest, why do they get deleted?

09-09-2007, 06:57 PM
Great report :thumb:

Addictive isn't it :D


09-09-2007, 07:29 PM
Originally posted by g-wagon@Sep 9 2007, 07:45 PM

No probs about the pictures being deleted, but out of interest, why do they get deleted?
Its just northloop policy that we dont show crash photos or videos. Please dont take it personally.
Nige. :)

p.s. never got an email..

09-09-2007, 07:44 PM
Originally posted by Nige+Sep 9 2007, 07:29 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Nige @ Sep 9 2007, 07:29 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-g&#045;wagon@Sep 9 2007, 07:45 PM

No probs about the pictures being deleted, but out of interest, why do they get deleted?
Its just northloop policy that we dont show crash photos or videos. Please dont take it personally.
Nige. :)

p.s. never got an email.. [/b][/quote]
No problem at all, every forum has their seperate policies.

However, I do feel as though crashes, or the wrecks after crashes should be shown publicly, so people who are new to the ring are aware of the dangers. Seeing them really brings the dangers home. But that&#39;s just my 2p. :)

I&#39;ll go double check the e-mail address and try to send it again. :thumb:

Jude: It&#39;s awesome. I can&#39;t wait to get there again&#33;&#33;

09-09-2007, 08:37 PM
Great read&#33; I like pictures, its like a comic book&#33; :D

09-09-2007, 08:52 PM
Cheers. I also like it where the pictures outweigh the writing.

09-09-2007, 10:13 PM
Great write, enjoyed that :thumb:

Be interested to hear more about the VR6 ;) :whistle:


09-09-2007, 10:30 PM
Cheeers Ian.

What would you like to know about the golf?

This might give you a bit more info on the engine transplant. Excuse some of the rubbish on the thread - the local website is like that. :D (Link contains language people may find offfensive. Don&#39;t read if you&#39;re offended by swear words :thumb: )

http://www.eastsidevw.co.uk/forum/viewtopi...der=asc&start=0 (http://www.eastsidevw.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5955&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0)

In short, Corrado 2.9 VR6 with Schrick Inlet, full polybushed, Koni coilovers, stripped out, half bolt in cage and recaro seats. 4 point harness and a huge amount of other stuff, plus a whole heap of body work; flared arcges, smoothed this and that etc.

He&#39;s got a whole load of other goodies to go on too - I think he was mentioning Schrick cams and head.

09-09-2007, 10:32 PM
Oh also Ian, he will be uploading some videos sometime soon of some tunnel blasts, fly bys etc when he gets the chance.

It only has 1 1/2 silencer boxes on it - it is bloody loud.

09-09-2007, 10:36 PM
Thanks for that....

You may understand why I am interested from my signature :D


09-09-2007, 10:49 PM
I did notice that. Lol.

Funnily, my mate uses his as a road car, even though it&#39;s fully stripped out, with harnesses. :lol:

10-09-2007, 07:40 AM
nice trip report,no helmets :blink:
more people from up my way :D i live just up the road in ellon newage scoobybut due to 5yr old daughter i am constantly at beach boulevard

10-09-2007, 03:31 PM
Aye, I&#39;m well &#39;ard, no need for helmets... :P

Na, just didn&#39;t have one. If I had an one I would have used it.

Gimme a flash if you see me about. I&#39;ve got the ring sticker on the back too.

What colour&#39;s the scoob?

10-09-2007, 04:37 PM
blue with grey wheels reg m333 tsl

12-09-2007, 10:15 AM
Nige, did my e-mail work? :)