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05-10-2007, 08:32 AM
I wasnt going to post as many photos of the trip over, but as it turned out, the trip was a bit of a let down, so I need to pad out my report :D

Started well enough, Louise called home at lunchtime and dropped me off at the local train station.

Train was on time :thumb:

Short ride to Wakefield

Bought a coffee and waited for Bournemouth train (calling @ Derby)

This was a faster train :)

Arrived in Derby 1 hour later

Walked outside to find Ian Howell had driven over to take me to the Airport. Cheers Ian, it was appreciated :thumb: (otherwise I`d have gone on the airport transfer bus)

A 30 minute driver later, we arrived at East Midlands :thumb:

I had an hour to kill and as I had been organsied, I`d checked in online, so no need to queue to check in my hand luggage. I checked it was small enough to take onto the plane.

Dave and Steven arrived an hour later

Everything was going well, went to security, woman asked me "do you have any liquids ?" ah, that Single Malt whisky I bought for Manfred will be liquid then :shame:

Went back and queued to check in my hand luggage as hold luggage. Stupid mistake, I never even thought of it. Had to get a boarding pass like everyone else :(

Went through security with just my passport, boarding pass and wallet, seemed strange I was sure I`d forgotten something... Arrived to see Steven enjoying his first pint, looking after one of Daves brake disks...

Oh go, on, have another...

Our plane awaited, that was on time too :)

We were asked to move and site next to the emergency exit for take off, the plane was not full so we could move around after.

Dave sat to watch an episode of Desperate Housewives, Steven and I sat apart and tried to get a little sleep.

1 hour 5 minutes in the air and we`d arrived :thumb:

Next job was to get my luggage whilst Dave and Steven sorted out the hire car. Waited for my bag on the Carussel, it didnt take long.

Walked to the hire car section, asked the friendly lady where the cars were, after explaining my friends had already sorted the car and I was meeting them there, I started walking to the carpark, on my way I found Dave & Steven looking for the hire car desk :D . Went back to the desk, where the woman looked at me and I explained they had not actually got that far yet...

Our chariot awaits. A 1.4 Polo with 575km on the clock..

We managed a GPS verified 113 on the derestricted autobahn (NOTE Davetouring, TOMTOM set to DAYLIGHT scheme :lol:)

50 minutes later, we arrived at the Burgstube. Sat down for a pint and relax

Dave was impressed with the large beer glasses

Martin had stayed behind to sort us out.

We hadnt eaten since lunchtime, the kitchen was closed but Martin warmed up some rolls and brought out some cheese and meet, made 2 sandwiches each and they were BEAUTIFUL :) Thanks Martin :thumb:

Johannes was staying there too, so he joined us for a beer

The room was a triple, so no sharing beds :)

05-10-2007, 08:34 AM
Waited until it was pitch black, then took this with the flash..

Dave didnt move..

As usual I woke early after a poor nights sleep. I`m always the same when I go to the ring :P

Dave got up at 7am, we were going to collect the golf from storage, empty out all the camping gear, have breakfast and be ready for when the ring opened. Opened the door and were met with this view.. :(
FOG ! :angry:

Didnt think much about it, it usually clears so were were not too worried....

Returned and had a great breakfast, ready for a days driving.

Mr Teflon arrived to say Hi.

Wandered to the carpark, was still foggy and not open, you can see the fog in the background.

Had a chat with Steve Walker and wife, also a few English guys who`d driven over last night, ready for today. It was their first ever trip and they were returning that evening.....

After an hour, we realised it wasnt going to open soon, so I went back to the burgstube. I`d noticed a headlight wasnt working, wiring fault somewhere, so I ran a temporary feed to give me 2 lights, I`ll do it neater when I return home

I spotted Dales Handywork, I dont think Dave saw it :lol: (until now)

Dave did some modification to the Porsche.. Steven spent time with his best friend. The guy ALWAYS seems to be txt`ing ! :blink:

We all made us of the Burgstubes FREE laptop with broadband connection :thumb:

Johannes used their wifi and his own laptop

Dave tried to get his blackberry to use the wifi to connect to the internet, but failed.

Met up with Kenmg and had a talk, he is hoping to move out to Germany and was pretty excited about it :)

This is how foggy it was. Out of the ring carpark, up hill, just past the Ringhaus, instead of following the road to the left towards Nurburg, bear right (towards the Burgstube & Castle), stop after 50 yards, park up and take photo.. See the Forsthaus in the background? Me neither...

Decided nothing was happening anytime soon so drove into Adenau for lunch. IT WAS CLEAR :blink:

Had the usual Currywurst mit Pommes

Decided to go to view at Adenaur Forst, Karl had previously told Dave about another route that may be open, it was, although it was somewhat muddy....

Arrived to find a group of Germans set for the day, large fire, BBQ and lots of beers, just no cars to watch :(

Watched the ring taxi and Viper go round for 30 mins or so...

The new fencing `hinders` photography somewhat... I`ll start another thread about that later... :angry:

Nature calls :whistle:

Called in for a chat with Claire and Karl. Had a talk about the house and caught up, as we wont be seeing them for another 5 months... :(

Karl then went to the Comfy Corner, I went with him to have a chat with Jorg :thumb:
Went to the ring to see if there was any news, this says it all... I think the translation is "the ring will not be open until 17:15 Thursday", this was taken mid afternoon Wednesday :(

Returned to the Burgstube, Dave and Steven were on their 2nd beer by now. Had a talk then they set off to drop off the Porsche and go to the airport for more beers..

05-10-2007, 08:35 AM
I put the road tyres back on the Golf.

Loaded up all the camping gear so I was ready to go in the morning

Gave Jochen a call to see if he fancied a meal, he did, so we went to Pinocchios for the usual huge pizza.

I drove a lap of the ring :) , only on the Playstation though :(

Had a go on Colin Mcrae Rally on Jochens PC, I kept crashing, lots...

Back at the Burgstube, Andy Carlise and I were discussing the new fences and lines on the ring...

Called it a night and went to bed around 11 ish.

View next morning? still foggy... although not as bad as yesterday

Had breakfast, Martin and Heidi were cheerful as always :thumb:

Left the Burgstube at about 08:15, called in Adenau for some bits from the REWE.

It was still foggy driving out towards Althenahr

Went my now usual route via Antwerp

Does this mean Leavingeasy cant go this route? :whistle:

Had a great drive, non stop to Dunkerque. Called at the BP garage to fill up.

Arrived at the ferry terminal in 4hrs, not speeding particularly, just non stop without delays

Explained to woman on check-in that my car was LOW and I ground out on the ramps. She finally understood, got on the walkie talkie and explained to the loading staff that I should go DOWNSTAIRS. Boarded and was told to go UPSTAIRS. Stopped. Explained that I would hit the slope and wanted to go downstairs, drive slowly was the reply.
:angry: After trying in vain to convince him to let me stay on the lower deck, I was sent upstairs, guess what, the spoiler hit the ramp :angry: :angry: . NOT happy.. Snotty letter on its way to Norfolkline.

Had lunch.

Crossing was calm and event free

05-10-2007, 08:36 AM
Nice calm sea.

Welcome back to England...

Uneventful drive home, stopped once for a coffee but no major holdups, just slow in places. I went via the A1 as the signs said the M1 was closed between J16 and 18..

Arrived home 5hours after leaving the ferry.

House in darkness, Catherine had gone to a school open evening for the High school. Matthew had moved our `emergency hidden key` earlier in the week, so I had an hours sleep in the Golf while I waited for them all to return :)

05-10-2007, 08:59 AM
Nice one Nige, shame about the lack of laps though, that must have been gutting!

When you write that letter to Norfolkline shout, as I have a similar complaint!

Das Chin
05-10-2007, 09:03 AM
nige the trick is to put the hazards on when you board and refuse to go upstairs....I told the loading moron he can pay for a next exhaust and spolier then if he fancies the jobs worth!!?? seemed to do the trick!!

Nige, first picture at the train station is a bit 'ello sailor! :gaypride:

05-10-2007, 09:10 AM
how on earth did you manage to make report so long considering you never did a lap-v.impressive
shame no lapping though :(

05-10-2007, 09:13 AM
Originally posted by Das Chin@Oct 5 2007, 10:03 AM
nige the trick is to put the hazards on when you board and refuse to go upstairs....I told the loading moron he can pay for a next exhaust and spolier then if he fancies the jobs worth!!?? seemed to do the trick!!

Nige, first picture at the train station is a bit 'ello sailor! :gaypride:
If anyone remembers, Mav posted a few months ago saying that unless you warned them at time of booking that your car was to low they would shove you upstairs.

Looks like they are true to their word.

Nige, excellent report considering you did not get a lap in :thumb:

05-10-2007, 09:15 AM
I insisted to the guy that i wanted to go downstairs as the car would ground going up the ramp. I even had "Low car" written on the thing you have on the mirror after the guy at the desk said it was fine to go downstairs. Its always on the return leg i seem to have the problem.

Maybe i need to be more persuasive!


Edit: was also booked as a low car Simon :(

Dave Malings
05-10-2007, 09:21 AM
Made for a good read :thumb:

Das Chin
05-10-2007, 09:24 AM
be forceful and stand your ground as they won't send you back!

plus the people at the check in do not talk to the loaders and even the HQ so stand your ground.

otherwise it takes an age to get out too!!

05-10-2007, 09:36 AM
Originally posted by Das Chin@Oct 5 2007, 10:03 AM
Nige, first picture at the train station is a bit 'ello sailor! :gaypride:
It was on the timer :lol: I know what you mean though..

I told them at time of booking, as Mav said, then at check-in then when loading, he would not budge. He was English too, so understood exactly what I meant. :angry:

It happens everytime, I`m in the process of drafting a letter anyway.

05-10-2007, 09:38 AM
If that is the case then P&O from now on, Nige. I decided earlier in the year to avoid NL as the few quid you save is lost in the hassle of loading / unloading and the Dover - Calais route is quicker because of this.

Gary feels the same as does Darren iirc.

05-10-2007, 09:43 AM
This was my LAST trip with Norfolkline. Every time its hassle, it took us FIFTEEN minutes to leave the ferry, P&O or Seafrance are much slicker. I hate the fact that you can be there very early and one of the first on, but the unloaders seem to let people off in random order and you can be last off :angry:

Then there is that long, slow drive from the ferry to the motorway in Dunkerque, thats takes ages too.

In my opinion, it just isnt worth the small saving you make.

05-10-2007, 09:50 AM
Good report - too bad you guys couldnīt do any driving on the ring :(

05-10-2007, 05:18 PM
Good report!

I laughed:

Frau Teflon
05-10-2007, 06:07 PM
Originally posted by Simon@Oct 5 2007, 09:38 AM
Gary feels the same as does Darren iirc.
Yup :P

Nice write up Nige - you and I are true pioneers!

You write a ring report with no laps.
I write a Ring report with no words.

Art is beautiful

05-10-2007, 06:13 PM
Glad you enjoyed it Maddie :lol:

Darren Langeveld
05-10-2007, 06:20 PM

That's one more for her post count :lol: :lol: :lol:

Gary Kinghorn
05-10-2007, 06:50 PM
Black number plates on the 944 ....what's that all about? :whistle: :whistle:

Jim Cameron
05-10-2007, 07:06 PM
Like them, a lot. That looks nails!

05-10-2007, 07:52 PM
Originally posted by Gary Kinghorn@Oct 5 2007, 07:50 PM
Black number plates on the 944 ....what's that all about? :whistle: :whistle:
we had a discussion who`d spot em first :lol:



Steve Gill
05-10-2007, 09:22 PM
Great report Nige, shame about the lack of laps :(

Great number plate :thumb:

05-10-2007, 09:41 PM
Originally posted by Nige@Oct 5 2007, 07:52 PM
we had a discussion who`d spot em first :lol:

Will bring my ticket book when I come over!! :D

Great write up Nige! You met Dad in the carpark i think :)

05-10-2007, 09:42 PM
You must tell brilliant bed time stories :D

Great report :thumb:


05-10-2007, 10:17 PM
What happened to the German woman who ran the Burgstube? She was a bit odd when ianv, myself, jude and ian stayed there last year... :lol:

Good report considering no laps Nige.

Dave G
05-10-2007, 10:20 PM
Good report Nige. :thumb: You certainly love a picture. You must have had people thinking you were a train/plane/car spotter! Excellent work!

The pictures of the general area just make me miss it. :ph43r: :(

Daves Porsche must have been built before 1973!

Nige - keep that TomTom away from me! :P

05-10-2007, 10:36 PM
Wheres the Burgstube? Never heard of it before....

Weird the problems you're all having with Norfolkline, last time I went (granted it was over a year ago) I just said my car won't make it up the ramp and the guy just let me park on the lower deck, although my car was very very low. Maybe they've changed there policy or something?

Pic's make me miss it too, I'd spend a weekend there quite happily without my car, although knowing my luck the track would be empty!

05-10-2007, 11:01 PM
Pete, you know the little road that 'forks off' near Hotel Zurburg and leads up to the castle, the Burgstube is up there.

06-10-2007, 07:38 AM
Originally posted by pete_rallye@Oct 5 2007, 11:36 PM
Wheres the Burgstube? Never heard of it before....
Definately worth a stay. Local to the ring, friendly staff, good rates and beer :D



I did have a good chat with him, he seems pretty excited about moving out there, cant say I blame him either :thumb:

06-10-2007, 07:36 PM
Nice story Nige :thumb: I saw the plates too but have only seen the report just now.


09-10-2007, 11:04 AM
Very good report as always, Nige :)

A boring day that was <_<

Bye, J.

10-10-2007, 06:59 PM
Excellant as always Nige, shame about the lack of track action&#33;&#33;

11-10-2007, 07:58 AM
Originally posted by GVK@Oct 5 2007, 11:17 PM
What happened to the German woman who ran the Burgstube? She was a bit odd when ianv, myself, jude and ian stayed there last year... :lol:

Good report considering no laps Nige.
Still works at the Grunholle I think Gary :thumb: