View Full Version : The Cheap Trip- apart from the Jahreskarte!

16-02-2008, 11:19 AM
Late Jan/early Feb and it was now long enough after christmas that i was getting the urge to head back to the Green Hell.

I was wondering how i could get there as cheap as possible, regularly checking flights, ferries and eurotunnel trains out of boredom and getting bloody depressed about not heading out.

Then JamieM put a post up on here asking if someone could take some tyres out and he would chip in for fuel.

I could immediately see a plan coming together.

I decided i could fill the company car up in the works yard and I should be able to do at least 550 miles on a tank if i could take it reasonably easy.

I could get a deal on Eurotunnel so that the return trip was only 42, so by my reconing, it would only cost another 100 maximum to get to germany and back :D

I spoke to Jamie, deal was done, tyres collected the week before, and I booked the eurotunnel for the following weekend.

I was supposed to be heading over with 3 mates, but one had a 4th birthday party to go to :blink: and another reconed he`d sent his passport off to get renewed. I think his mrs had put a stop to the trip :smack:

So it was just me and Steve forth is trip. I was expecting to be billy no mates, but he didn`t cancel.

Anyway, the following week, I couldn`t really concentrate at work, so after work on Friday, headed down to my sisters in Surrey.

Up at 5am, before my alarm clock! and we were heading for the eurotunnel. :D

I`d been constantly checking the european weather forecasts, and this is what sunrise was looking like pulling in to eurotunnel!


The train was un eventful, we drove off in France and deaded off along the E40.

Somewhere near Brussels we stopped for coffee/toilet and a rather attractive blond dutch girl asked if she could hitch a ride with one of her friends.

Steve immediately asked if her friend was another girl, but it was actually her boyfriend. Pity, we thought our dreams had come true :whistle:

They were heading to Maastrict so i said they could jump in and at least it would pass the boredom of the wonderful concrete roads.

As usual, they spoke perfect English and it was good craic along the way.

Me and Steve were p*ssing ourselves laughing when the lad replied to one question with "dat will be mosht exchellent" exactly how the Dutch lads speak on the Lock Stock programmes :lol:

We dropped them off, then headed for Adenau, arriving about 12.30.

Collected the car from Manfred, leaving the whisky and tyres, then it was up to the track to renew my Jahreskarte.

Whilst waiting for the ticket, we had a wander around the car park.

The fine weather brought out a lot of fancy cars :D

While we were waiting , a brand new UK Subaru came in on the back of a recover wagon, missing its front end.

It was the lads first ever lap!

Well, 20 minutes later it was track time!

I did a couple of steady laps just to see how slippery it was, miss-hi-miss and Berwerk up to the end of Kesselschen had just about no grip whatsoever :blink:

Still, we managed 6 laps that afternoon, spotting lots of soil on track where people where having near misses, then a German GT3 was towed in with damage to its rear end.

By tea time the sun was getting very low, so we decided to call it a day and find our B&B.

This was owned by Ken Harris who sometimes posts on here.

The lucky bugger has moved out there and we were his first B&B customers!

We chatted to Ken for ages, then it was time to head out for our evening meal, the usual steak on stone ;)

Back early and tucked up in bed by 10.30, I was knackered after all the driving!

I got up about 8.30 to be greated by this weather


and to be quite honest, to start the day off properly, Ken probably put on the best breakfast we have ever had in Germany, so reccommendations all round :D

After breakfast, it was out to the car.


After defrosting it was up to the track and it was already open.

There were quite a few nice cars in the car park, but until 12ish, there were only about 8 or 9 cars lapping :D

It was lethal in places, but everyone was sensible, apart from the GT3 RS that I cought spinning at Breidsheid :blink:

I passed him a few times later in the day :whistle:

We continued lapping until about 1.30, then off for lunch, then back on track




Back in the car park, the wonderful weather had brought out some exotics and classics




And some rather heavily modified machinery





And finally some classy '80s machinery ;)


I decided we had to leave by 4pm, so we dropped the car back at Manfreds and headed off.

We`d only been going for 15 minutes when we got stuck at road works for 1/2 an hour. I must not go back via Adenau next time!

So once on the autobahn, we ended up following a couple of "brisk" germans, 135ish for a number of miles :D

Near Brussels we hit another traffic jam, but decided to sit it out as we didn`t have a map and the sat nav didn`t have europe! :whistle:

I was a little bit concerned about missing the train, so followed a mental dutch woman in a TT, she was travelling rather briskly.

10 miles out of calais i think i set off a speed camera, but other than that it was rather eventful.

We arrived at the Eurotunnel about 40 minutes early, so managed to get an earlier train, meaning we were back in the UK for 8.45pm.

Only another 350 miles to go!

Again it was pretty boring, the A1 was closed at Grantham so we had to take a little detour, but it only put 15 minutes on the journey.

By this time i was knackered, so Steve actually drove the rest of the way home.

I was pleased about that, as the fog had started to close in and visibility was down to 20 yards!

We eventually got home, I dropped Steve off and i was tucked up in bed by 1.45am, with work the next day.


Total mileage for the weekend:

Exactly 1600 in the co car.
285 in the track car.

A fantastic weekend, if a little bit tiring! :P

Gary Kinghorn
16-02-2008, 11:57 AM
Enjoyed that, thanks for sharing it .........

16-02-2008, 12:13 PM
Originally posted by Sim+Feb 16 2008, 12:19 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Sim &#064; Feb 16 2008, 12:19 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>"dat will be mosht exchellent" [/b]
I actually said that out loud :lol:

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a brand new UK Subaru came in on the back of a recover wagon, missing its front end.

It was the lads first ever lap&#33;[/quote]
Blimey, first ever lap :o I went so slow on my first lap, there was no WAY I could crash :lol:

First report of 2008, thanks for writing it. :thumb:

Gary Kinghorn
16-02-2008, 12:21 PM
I love the 2-tone porsche :thumb:

16-02-2008, 12:57 PM
Nice little report there and some nice cars about :thumb:

16-02-2008, 02:23 PM
Originally posted by Nige@Feb 16 2008, 01:13 PM
I actually said that out loud :lol:

And me, several times :lol:

16-02-2008, 03:55 PM
Nice one Simon :thumb:

Jim Cameron
17-02-2008, 10:35 PM
Class trip, nice one :thumb:

Made me jealous&#33;

The 318 obviously going well then...

19-02-2008, 08:15 AM
I set off the same camera the other week Sim, checked on the way back, and the french have convienently forgot to put the usual "speed camera coming" sigh up on that side of the road for that one, so you cant be blamed.