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TomH
15-04-2008, 05:29 PM
Right where to start really, its been fantastic really really fantastic :D My first time ever driving abroad, Ok here goes.........

Put me light converters on before leaving

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then its time to sort me bits out

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2am Friday pick my mate up and off we go to Calais, get there earlier than the 10:05 we where supposed to be on but loads of space on the 08:05 ( bonus :D ), wait for this one to reverse out the road and off we go

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bye bye uk

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right munchies time, some grub and a 'costalot' coffee

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then up on deck seen as it was quite nice random boat in the middle of the sea

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and pic whore seagul

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again nowt really of interest so first stop was in France services, by now was quite warm, red bull was in order and a smoke for Paul

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Next morning we decided Luxemburg was not the place to be and headed of to Adenau which was the next stop

quick pic before we left 'car' shot at hotel

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oooooh getting close now

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woooohooooooooooo

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get our room sorted

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and by now the car park was filling up

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we then decided to take a drive over to the ring itself as there was the 'VLN' racing ( however trying to find the right part proved 'fun' in itself :( ) anyways stopped at one part of the track for some pics

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then some german pointed us in the right way for tourists laps, although it was due to open sat night it never so bought me 4 lap ticket and went back to hotel. But by now the car was looking in a sorry state and there just wasnt a jet wash :(

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so.....

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there was a casualtly from the car wash tho on my car :( ( you shall see ;))

anyways 13 euro later it was shiney again.

Not much happenend sat night but we had a excellent steak in the Blau Ecke.

Sunday morning came and i was nervous/excited about driving up there and the casualty from the car wash was apparent my reg plate had come off at one end :lol: asked the people at the ring for selotape and bodge job complete

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then there was this beasty

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so it was rude not to ;)

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Very first lap of the ring was then done in the ring taxi with 'Klaus' now given the track was wet / dry / damp / wet you get the idea it was a truley awsome lap :cool: 2 crashes we seen while in the ring taxi didnt fill me full of confidence tho.

We then met up with JF Cole who we'd met the night before and he had hired a Clio 197 for the day from RSR ring rentals, and he knows the circuit turn for turn :cool: so my first 2 laps where done like a rocket and how it should be :lol:

then hopped in the 888 and decided it was time :shock: now they say computer games dont even come close and boy are they right :lol: first lap was done slowly and with alot of caution ( smashed focus st was still on the track, and now there was also a BMW smashed up ) so lap 1 completed...........phew ! what a buzz tho. As we pulled in we decided to go straight out as it was very quiet, this time tho track was a bit drier and i know the limits of my car on the road but on the track it was just immense, the handling, the braking the lot was just awesome :D loved it, 2nd lap time i also reset my trip computer

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22mpg :lol: around the ring, dont forget this is a 200bhp diesel and its lowest is usually 40mpg vxr owners would be proud

after the 2nd lap the smell from the 4 pots was present to show they had done there job perfect and the squeel from my new tyres on track showed it was being driven, in the back of your mind tho you have to give the ring 150% respect at all time as it will bite back and hard as id already seen, there was a few 'phew' moments tho so after the second lap it was time for dinner.

oh and the amusing german sign pic :lol:

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anyways fun over back to the track for my last 2 laps, 3rd one the track was dry(er) and once again the car did me proud, so we decided straight out again even tho it was strating to rain again, but as i was driving to the barrier they stopped me :( as they thought i was filming, what they had seen was my phone holder that sticks to the window and thought i had a camera attached :lol: no issues so out for the 4th lap

link from ring mazda had my car on :D ( JF Cole )

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4th one complete and still buzzing it was time for some piccies

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TomH
15-04-2008, 05:30 PM
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then Paul said did i fancy another lap, so he paid and we did a 5th and final lap :D Michaela jumped in and i took her around :D

then it was last pics from there and back towards the hotel

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quick pic outside the hotel

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then another steak and a few more beers before turning in as we where leaving monday morn to head home.

Monday came said goodbye to Michaela who looks after the Blau Ecke who i cant thank enough for the hospitality :thumb:

into france somewhere was this ?

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but time was not on our side :( we had been driving since 10:30am it was now 16:00 and just not enough time to get to Paris so sat nav dropped me in it and sent me across all sorts of fields and everywhere :lol: stupid thing.

Back to Calais at 19:30 and we was ready for home

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Home 01:40 having covered 1610 miles

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front wheel this morning once id slept :lol:

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so its had a wash and earned its badge :D

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Will be going again without a doubt, and staying at Blau Ecke :D

Tom
15-04-2008, 06:46 PM
good report Tom, and I love the look of your 888

Michaela
15-04-2008, 07:15 PM
Nice report and nice to hear that you enjoy your trip and the stay in "my" small hotel...

Thanks for the lap...

And I hope to see you soon...

Say hello to Paul..

Grahame39m5
15-04-2008, 07:28 PM
That Grey M5 is a bit special :lol:

Like you guys I had a great weekend


Cheers, Graham

TomH
15-04-2008, 07:35 PM
Originally posted by Michaela@Apr 15 2008, 07:15 PM
Nice report and nice to hear that you enjoy your trip and the stay in "my" small hotel...

Thanks for the lap...

And I hope to see you soon...


:whistle:

Anytime for the lap :D and yep ill be back and i passed on my recomendations for people i know who will be heading over :thumb:

Michaela
15-04-2008, 07:40 PM
Originally posted by TomH+Apr 15 2008, 07:35 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (TomH @ Apr 15 2008, 07:35 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Michaela@Apr 15 2008, 07:15 PM
Nice report and nice to hear that you enjoy your trip and the stay in "my" small hotel...

Thanks for the lap...

And I hope to see you soon...


:whistle:

Anytime for the lap :D and yep ill be back and i passed on my recomendations for people i know who will be heading over :thumb: [/b][/quote]
:rolleyes: Thanks :rolleyes:

TomH
15-04-2008, 08:54 PM
Originally posted by Ethro@Apr 15 2008, 06:46 PM
good report Tom, and I love the look of your 888
thanks mate :D really enjoyed it

Alex
15-04-2008, 10:32 PM
Nice report&#33; Saw you going around a few times, and in the car park. :)

Karl
16-04-2008, 07:03 AM
Good report, I love these "first time ever" reports, you can really sense the excitement :thumb:

Weeman
16-04-2008, 07:33 AM
Your car was parked next to my mate chris 172 cup, we were in 303 saturday night LOL

Michaela took one look at my bme on saturday and said " ermmmm I dont think i&#39;ll have that lap" :lol: cheeky.

Good report, glad you had a nice time

Dave B
16-04-2008, 07:55 AM
Great write up Cheers. :thumb:

Mark White
16-04-2008, 09:22 AM
Nice report,

Thats my yellow Elise under the photo of the Lambo, oh thats also the Lambo that dave cant drive and I slayed at Wipperman&#33;

Mark :thumb:

Weeman
16-04-2008, 09:29 AM
I think just about everybody slayed that lambo, I think he was too busy being sick looking at that awful blue coloured merc he was following :lol:

chris172cup
16-04-2008, 11:13 AM
ooh you can see my car in the carpark :D

good write up

carwash? :nono:

TomH
16-04-2008, 11:32 AM
Originally posted by chris172cup@Apr 16 2008, 11:13 AM
carwash? :nono:
i searched and searched for a jet wash :( it was a last resort :shame:

wish id spoke to a few more people aswell :D roll on the next one :lol:

Gary Kinghorn
16-04-2008, 11:57 AM
I enjoyed that, thanks for sharing it with us :thumb:

Alex
16-04-2008, 12:33 PM
Here&#39;s one of mine...

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TomH
16-04-2008, 12:35 PM
Originally posted by Alex@Apr 16 2008, 12:33 PM
Here&#39;s one of mine...

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you have just made my day :D anyway i can get that full size ( im more than happy to contribute ;) )

Alex
16-04-2008, 12:43 PM
Don&#39;t be daft, I&#39;ll give it you for free. Drop me an e-mail and I&#39;ll sort you out.

TomH
16-04-2008, 12:46 PM
Originally posted by Alex@Apr 16 2008, 12:43 PM
Don&#39;t be daft, I&#39;ll give it you for free. Drop me an e-mail and I&#39;ll sort you out.
cheers :thumb:

Weeman
16-04-2008, 12:46 PM
pmsl at his email name

I have non of the bmw this weekend :( never mind I have a few already :lol:

Michaela
17-04-2008, 06:07 AM
Originally posted by Weeman@Apr 16 2008, 07:33 AM
Your car was parked next to my mate chris 172 cup, we were in 303 saturday night LOL

Michaela took one look at my bme on saturday and said " ermmmm I dont think i&#39;ll have that lap" :lol: cheeky.

Good report, glad you had a nice time
I said "Im not sure if I can trust that car" :rolleyes:

But Im not a chicken... Next time you be here we go out :thumb:

Weeman
17-04-2008, 07:25 AM
Ok M, next time hehehe :lol:

Your not getting entertainment in that car of Gills, You&#39;ve not seen real power till you&#39;ve seen my 318&#33; :lol:

jf_cole
17-04-2008, 08:06 AM
Originally posted by Alex@Apr 16 2008, 12:33 PM
Here&#39;s one of mine...

Any pic of a black clio sport per chance? New version with White sunstrip?

Weeman
17-04-2008, 08:09 AM
Jeff my boy, my mate steve was stood at eschbach for ages sunday, and is a clio driver so I&#39;ll bet my bollocks to a barn dance he has some, I&#39;ll ask him when he&#39;s planning on hosting his pics, It pains me to say it, as he takes a million pictures of me eating chips and annoys me, but he&#39;s pretty handy with the old picture box thingy

TomH
17-04-2008, 09:19 AM
Originally posted by jf_cole+Apr 17 2008, 08:06 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (jf_cole &#064; Apr 17 2008, 08:06 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Alex@Apr 16 2008, 12:33 PM
Here&#39;s one of mine...

Any pic of a black clio sport per chance? New version with White sunstrip? [/b][/quote]
Jeff do you know the owner of the Silver Irish Porsche ? We met him on the sat while cueing for a ticket and got speaking, then only seen him once or twice on the sunday. He said he wanted to see my car as he hadnt seen one before, but i just never got chance :(

jf_cole
17-04-2008, 12:26 PM
@ Weeman, Cheers, would love to see a few pics of the noble steed. Twas a brilliant little car.

You asked somewhere when the big day was earlier, but cant see where now. Its on 6th August.

@ TomH, Dont know him, he could have been a mate of Gary&#39;s as there was a few lads there with him with Irish reg cars. Was hoping to get a lap with Dave in his Black GT3 but saw it being towed off around 10am.

Dave Evans
17-04-2008, 01:17 PM
Tom, I wish I&#39;d checked who had trips planned so I would have known to say hi. Seeing you were in the BE and probably having a beer right next to us at some stage is a bit of a Doh&#33; now :rolleyes:

Cheers for the write up, reading trip reports never gets old.

TomH
17-04-2008, 02:22 PM
Originally posted by jf_cole@Apr 17 2008, 12:26 PM
@ Weeman, Cheers, would love to see a few pics of the noble steed. Twas a brilliant little car.

You asked somewhere when the big day was earlier, but cant see where now. Its on 6th August.

@ TomH, Dont know him, he could have been a mate of Gary&#39;s as there was a few lads there with him with Irish reg cars. Was hoping to get a lap with Dave in his Black GT3 but saw it being towed off around 10am.
yeah seen that, no damage so i suspect engine issues on the black porsche ?

dave_cant_drive - i know mate, next time i hope to get to know a few more :D

Alex
17-04-2008, 08:46 PM
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Here&#39;s one of mine...

Any pic of a black clio sport per chance? New version with White sunstrip? [/b][/quote]
Not that I can find, sorry.