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Simon
17-05-2008, 07:11 PM
Not a lot to say as my trip was with a certain Mr Jim C who masquerades as a writer in his spare time so anything I write will be a shallow interpretation of his report :( Thats if he gets out of prison :lol:
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Had a great few days, arrived on Saturday and Jim took me up the castle :o to watch & hear the VLN.
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Met Martin (P1 Doc) as he arrived and 20 seconds later this happened.
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Did some running around, had a beer with Karl in the CC where Mav was with his trip lot as well. PK for the night with Tony, Monkey and a table full.

Sunday was very busy in the car park and the track was open & shut all day. The 1st stopage was 9:45 so Andy and I walked back up to the Hotel Burgstube (http://uk.geocities.com/martin.j.bird@btinternet.com/) and were met by Jim, Dave & daughter, Jon and his lot for a super full English breakfast. Well worth the €7 or so it costs :thumb:

Even with the stop start day I managed 10 laps and quite a few pax laps. Saw Davetouring on the naughty step with his 1 day ban for drifting :(

At 19:30 we did the track walk as organised by Dale at RSR. Well worth €49 as you really get an idea of track layout, dips, hills, ups & downs that you never thought there. Ron and Dale offered excellent advise during the walk and it something I would definatly do again :thumb: CC with for the usual excellent fare from Yorg closed an excellent day.

Monday morning and I spent some time at T13 taking pictures.

It was quite busy
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All sorts on track
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A few Northloopers B)
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9 laps and more pax laps including 1.1/2laps very sideways with daveT :thumb: . The evening meal was with Dave cant drive & Jim and Joel joined us as we retired for a beer or 2 at the Bergstrube. 04:30 saw us leaving Andy to clean the bar up :whistle: Well, I think that was the time :lol:

Tuesday and I helped Jim with photo taking driving the car whilst he hang out of it snapping George & the green machine. A photoshoot of 3 Lancias including a full rally rep & Andrews diry red 16V. Well, it was dirty until Dale & I were roped into cleaning it :o .Andrew, you owe us some beer tokens!

4 laps for the evening TF and a quiet pizza with Jochen at Pinocchio’s saw the day end. Wednesday and a day the ACS factory with Jim and we caught the 10:30 boat as the 9:30 was delayed :(. Home for 1am and work the next morning after waving Jim off on his East Anglian tour to return the press car.

Rest of my pictures can be seen here. Excuse the quality of some. I was playing with settings and the viewing screen does not show the changes to well in bright sunlight :(
Pictures from T13 (http://picasaweb.google.com/trackpicsnow/Ringmay2008)

Anyone wants a copy, just pm me :thumb:

pye21
17-05-2008, 07:28 PM
Nice report Simon.

Car looked and sounded ace, i particulaly like the Mahogany touches inside, cheers for the laps :thumb:

Nige
17-05-2008, 10:46 PM
Good report Simon, but what the hell were you messing with on your camera :blink: some weird white balance setting or what?

Jim Cameron
17-05-2008, 11:42 PM
OK...

This gentleman pointed out that he's utterly newsworthy, and that I should move heaven and earth to make him look good in print.

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Introducing Dave Boulder and Isabel, legends the pair of them...

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Nice car, and I've one a bit like it for the week

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Goes alright:

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So chase Dave... credit the ludicrously talented Belgian:

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Sunday night, someone else ludicrously talented gives others the benefit of wisdom

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The RSR trackwalk allows me to borrow a certain car for some pics

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Bear in mind I'm posting the shite ones...

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And Dale's lunacy results in some great - unique - stuff

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Mon, lots more laps, some in Porkers, some in Skodas. Ian Pye helps out being the wheelman for more chasing Dave, cheers mate

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Then Dave chases us...

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Tuesday... been let down for a planned article so sorted a piece for Saga magazine instead on the Millenium Falcon ;)

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George gave up his morning, Simon was the wheelman this time. I worked on the panning stuff

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Only in the Eifel... local octagenarian farmer turns up with a D80, all the jazz and we end up removing the front of the car to get it where he wants it...

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His farm, see, wanted the shot without the telegraph pole in it! Jochen, you've competition mate...

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George maintained humour throughout

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Then did a bunk for the airport

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Lunch with Micheala, then headed for RSR where they've sorted something really special

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Some sort of sexy wet T shirt carwash of some Harrogate bloke's car, with some other old Italian stuff

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Dale and I spot an opportunity, the RSR Eifel Rally School

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Needed a change of clothes after this though. Got everything a bit dusty...

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Evening TF... great fun and then off bright and early to AC Schnitzer in Aachen.

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The red carpet is out, with some great toys. Promised not to 'scoop' the new X6, sat there waiting for bigger wheels, such is their relationship with BMW. I won't but you can see their 135 saloon instead:

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This 40th anniversary celebration is available for employees to take out. Our host, Oliver, has a weekend in July booked for some TF action

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The place is just full of great stuff. Full city block full of ways to spend money...

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Design house, clay modelling, the works. Amazing place. Lunch is followed by toys, firstly a brown Mini Clubman.

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That was a little more special than it first sounded. Went like stink. It's brother does a full lap in a shade over 8.22

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Then more, with Simon getting a dab hand at having me hanging out of the window

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Stunning 135i cab. Played silly buggers...

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Jim Cameron
17-05-2008, 11:43 PM
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There are worse ways to spend a Wed afternoon I guess...

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but 150mph down the autobahn in the world record holding gas powered AC Schnitzer GP 3.10 is outrageous.

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Don't want to consider what that's worth!

Short drive, bit of a ferry, we are back at Simon's by 1.30am... I'm not done though, back at Rossiter's I've more work

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Steinmetz - the Opel tuning wing of the ACS brand has made it across the channel

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Chris Rossiter's doing a fantastic job with the brand, more will come I'm sure

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I'm now knackered.

Huge thanks to:

Andy Carlile, for the lights on thread, and for being mates with an unknown German 'who knows the track like the back of his hand'
Dale, Ron, and the RSR crew
Chris Rossiter - AC Schnitzer UK, www.ac-schnitzer.co.uk
AC Schnitzer at Aachen - www.ac-schnitzer.de/en/
Martin and Heidi at the Burgstube, phenomenal hospitality, and full English breakfasts - www.Burgstube.com
P&O, priority loading, club lounge, only way to travel (PM Teflon!)
The Northloopers. There were a lot of you :thumb:

Mainly Simon - for that lap, and making it all so much easier...

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Diamond Hell
18-05-2008, 12:21 AM
Ummmmmm, not wanting to cause any trouble, or anything, but in this photo:

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Is the shell not twisting that much that the grille is actually on the p1ss?

Having read a load of stuff in PPC about how the Integrale suffers from cracks in the shell (etc etc - it's Italian, thus mostly made of pasta) this would suggest the shell in that car has had some of the newness worn off it.

I'm probably wrong and that grille's just fitted on the p1ss to catch goons like me out, but it stands out a bit in that picture!

:blink:

I do hope the Mini Clubman's mother loves it - it's THAT ugly I can't see anyone else loving it......

Edit - just looked through your photos - you SO didn't take a photo of me in my silver Golf :huh: . There's the Ferrari (that I passed), then the Lambo and the 911 (that took until Brunnchen to catch me) and no silver Golf.... Dammit, you even took pictures of some baggy old Fords - what did I do to not get shot!

I am SO offended.

:P

Simon
18-05-2008, 11:22 AM
Originally posted by Nige@May 17 2008, 11:46 PM
Good report Simon, but what the hell were you messing with on your camera :blink: some weird white balance setting or what?
Nige. I got lost in the settings tbh. On the camera view screen they looked ok :huh:. Back to stage 1 auto next time and try again :P

DH. Sorry, only stood there for 40 mins or so. Had driving & pax laps to do B)

Ian H
18-05-2008, 11:24 AM
Good report Guys :thumb:

How was the M3 Simon?

Brakes Ok?

Ian

karan
18-05-2008, 12:27 PM
i think its bent on this flat pic too... so just the grill

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Jim Cameron
18-05-2008, 03:51 PM
Originally posted by Diamond Hell@May 18 2008, 01:21 AM
Is the shell not twisting that much that the grille is actually on the p1ss?
No. Karan's right, wonky grille.

Don't believe everything you read in magazines ;)

Nige
18-05-2008, 04:17 PM
some great pics there Jim, I`m assuming the ones you are going to use are even better :thumb:

Pooky
18-05-2008, 05:22 PM
Simon, how's the car going?

Floyd
18-05-2008, 05:25 PM
Originally posted by Pooky@May 18 2008, 06:22 PM
Simon, how's the car going?
Good question!

It sounds like you had a fun packed few days - git :P

Jim Cameron
18-05-2008, 05:49 PM
Originally posted by Nige@May 18 2008, 05:17 PM
some great pics there Jim, I`m assuming the ones you are going to use are even better :thumb:
Yes, thanks, I've been swotting up and practicing. You are right about the good ones... but I can also show you a couple of thousand hi-res shite ones!

Gus
18-05-2008, 10:36 PM
Great photos and write up.

The Lancia's look amazing B)

Simon
19-05-2008, 08:35 AM
Originally posted by Pooky@May 18 2008, 06:22 PM
Simon, how's the car going?
Dave. Good thanks. Totally different to 4WD and this year is going to be a learning curve. Car feels great, needs a little fine tuning to the suspension as it is a little soft but a few clicks will sort that I hope. Not bothered yet as it is so forgiving in setup so don't want to change to much to soon.

Jim had a lap driving and went around in a 8:30 so it seems on the money already :thumb: . Russ was going to have a drive as well but he could not reach the pedals :lol:

Hopefully the car & my driving will evolve together. It will keep me interested for a good few years for sure. :thumb:

Pooky
19-05-2008, 11:41 AM
Originally posted by Simon@May 19 2008, 08:35 AM
Jim had a lap driving and went around in a 8:30 so it seems on the money already...


So after a bit of practice an 8 minute will be easy... :fishing:

Jim Cameron
20-05-2008, 09:43 AM
I reckon, in the right hands, it will be capable of time travel ;)

p1doc
22-05-2008, 08:47 AM
nice pics always liked the integrales mm
martin

texas2201
22-05-2008, 03:29 PM
eventually some photos

Sabine in attendance
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De Tomaso WOW one of my favourite 70's supercars
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Lagonda - what can you say :-)

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swedes come in style about 5 911's in here transported down while the owners fly in - one of them a yellow GT3 had impact with a barrier and went home looking sorry for itself

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Queues and more queues
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one for Gary :-)

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leaod
22-05-2008, 07:46 PM
Great pics. :D