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    I did a report for scottish elises website, and i thought i'd copy it over here. Theres lots of names and jokes that you probably wont understand, but it saves me righting a full new report :shame:




    THURSDAY 12TH

    Robin and I left edinburgh at lunchtime to have a leisurely drive
    down to newcastle to catch the overnight ferry. It was largely
    uneventful, although our intended route was modified by roadworks
    diversion number 1. We arrived at the ferry terminal at 2.30pm and
    had a couple of pints with lunch to get us warmed up for the
    ferry :) We met Gavin, an Elise owner from newcastle who was also
    on the ferry, and who joined us for our evenings entertainment.
    This revolved around quite a few more pints, before moving on to the
    drink of choice for the night, Jack daniels and coke. Approximately
    a bottle was consumed by the 3 of us, and at 2.30am (12 hours after
    starting) Robin and myself were politely reminded to go to bed by
    the bar staff <BG>

    Kelvin&#39;s trip over was much the same and, although his ferry didnt
    leave until 11pm and therefore the drinking time was much less,
    Walshy was on board so extreme levels of drunkness were still met.
    He kept up the SE end so to speak by winding up all the english
    drivers on board, and in his own words, said he was lucky to get off
    without a punch in the face from 1 of them. Congrats Kelvin ;)




    FRIDAY 13TH

    Friday the 13th. Unlucky for some. In this instance it was unlucky
    for everyone. Me and Robin faced roadworks diversion numbers 2 and
    3, meaning our 10 minute journey from ferry to track took 40
    minutes, and we missed a little tracktime. Very annoying but no
    harm done. More unlucky for Kelvin, who suffered his first ever
    mechanical issue with his conversion. Not too shabby in 20,000
    miles of trackday abuse, and something that could be fixed given
    enough time and the right parts.

    Today was the day of the Zandvoort trackday, and the weather was
    perfect for it. Glorious sunshine and very mild. We all had a good
    time on track in the morning. Kelvin had a whole morning session
    before his thrust bearing started playing up. Robin played with all
    the standardish cars and overtook most of them. I decided to try
    and pick on Walshy&#39;s supercharged honda and we had a great battle
    later in the day. It made me see that above a certain point, more
    power is pointless, and that 220bhp is more than enough for the
    elise. I reserve the right to change my view on this when i am
    beaten by them in next years race series <BG>








    After the trackday, most of the LoT crew headed for amsterdam, the
    SE trio stayed in zandvoort and planned for an early night. This
    plan lasted until the first drink at the bar, where more JD and coke
    was consumed, and then a whole bottle of a spiriit called &#39;51&#39;
    The buying drinks system was simple, throw all your Euro&#39;s on the
    bar and keep drinking until it vanished :)



    SATURDAY 14TH

    Saturday dawned foggy. This was a god send, as bright sunlight
    could have killed us, as we were a touch fragile. The plan for
    today was to drive to Van Sten, a dutch lotus/honda dealer, to fix
    kelvins car and then head to the nurburgring to watch some of the
    VLM race. Unfortunately, the serious drinking had taken its first
    casualty, Kelvin, so Robin drove his car to Van Sten whilst Kelvin
    had another couple of hours shut eye. Funnist moment was when Robin
    tried to pour himself into Kelvin&#39;s bucket race seat, and managed to
    get his hips lodged about 2 inches up off the seat cushion. He
    managed to drive for 60 minutes but got out at the other end with
    numb legs. Also, as he couldnt sit down in the seat, his head poked
    up above the windscreen, so he was buffeted for the whole trip.
    Poor guy :) We also encountered diversion number 4

    Unfortunately, Kelvin&#39;s car problem was confirmed as the thrust
    bearing, and as the garage were busy, and didnt have any spares,
    nothing could be done. This would have ended his trip and track
    driving, but Robin and i volunteered drives in our car, so that
    Kelvin could finish the trip. SE spirit shines through once again :)

    We drove on to the ring, were Kelvin joined us later, and met up
    with all the LoT crew who had ventured to amsterdam the previous
    night. Stories were exchanged over alot more beers. We eat in the
    pistenklaus, and stayed there all night, drinking until well after
    midnight. I explained yet again why i had a WANK R sticker on the
    back of my car, and for some reason that i cant remember, robin&#39;s
    car was named EGO R





    SUNDAY 15TH

    I woke up, scared to look out the window. On every previous trip i
    have been to at the nurburgring, i have woken up to torrential
    rain. Surely, this would be my lucky trip. the forecast had been
    excellent, and surely i wouldnt be let down again. I wasnt :)

    We had a quick breakfast and drove to the car park. It was actually
    quite quite for the first hour or so and Robin, Kelvin and I shared
    WANK R and EGOR.

    It really started to get busy before lunchtime and a big accident
    involving a car and a bike caused the circuit to be closed for an
    hour. This brought grid lock to the car parks and surrounding
    roads. After the first red flag, someone went out and decided to
    bin it again straight away, so another hour of red flag was
    endured. After 5pm it started to quieten off, and a few more fun
    laps were had by all.

    My last lap of the evening was following a german registered yellow
    S1 Exige. I had the legs on him on the straights, but people had
    told me he was quick, so i decided to follow him and try and pick up
    a few lines. After sitting on his rear clam for 3/4 of a lap (until
    we passed another big accident and i backed off) he approached me in
    the car park offering instruction. Turns out he was an RMA
    instructor on ring days. How we laughed when he he told me i was
    driving too fast, and Kelvin proclaimed, its not that i was driving
    too fast, it was that he was driving too slow. <BG> <BG> <BG>

    We went into Adenau for a pizza that night, and had a 2 course meal
    and drinks for 15 Euro&#39;s. You cant help but love germany.



    MONDAY 16TH

    German exige guy try&#39;s to skin me 600 Euro&#39;s for 8 laps of
    instruction. I politely explained that he is perhaps a tad
    overpriced, as you could hire a personal instructor for a whole
    trackday in the UK for about half that.

    Car parks and surrounding roads were much quieter, as was the track,
    but what traffic that was out there was very bad at getting out of
    the way, so i never had a cleanish run all day.

    Robin took my car out for a spin with me as a passenger. I am too
    traumatised to talk about it, but suffice to say, it wasnt an
    enjoyable experience, and i ran accross the car park to Kelvin
    afterwards shouting "daddy, robin is a bad man" <BG>

    Did my best ever lap late in the day. As it had been so busy, i
    hadnt bother timing, but this one lap was reasonably clear, despite
    2 accidents, and i drove the smoothest i have ever done. I came
    into the pitlane with the biggest grin on my face, and i have to go
    along with the philosophy that it doesnt matter what the laptime is,
    its all about the satisfaction.

    We had an enjoyable drive to Spa that evening, despite diversion
    number 5 and were talked into having dinner at the Ronnay. It was
    as awful as i remembered and took almost 3 hours. I&#39;ll never go
    back there for a meal or a room.

    Went to our hotel, to find that it wasnt any better than the
    Ronnay. Hatched a plan never to stay in franchorchamp again



    TUESDAY 17TH

    Awoke to another clear, dry, sunny day. This couldnt be happening.
    Kelvin shot off home to drop his car in at MSC for repair. Robin
    and I went to Spa (with Bob and Crazy Dave of course). I have
    loads of video footage to edit, and i will post it up when i have
    time.

    Highlights of the day for me where only being overtaken by 2 cars.
    One was a 650bhp track spec EVO, the other a 911 GT3 RS on slick
    tyres. All the other porsche&#39;s and TVR&#39;s were overtaken by WANK R,
    and most were also overtaken by EGOR aswell. Good baiting skills by
    Robin and I.



    I ended up doing a full tank of petrol in one stint. 95 miles
    without a break took its toll on the car slightly and finsihed off
    my brake pads. Didnt stop me going out for a wee play with Mr Kell
    in his Supercharged honda S2 but after overtaking him and pulling
    away, i hit the brakes for the bus stop and the pedal almost went to
    the floor with no real braking force. Crappy pants moment for sure.

    Robin changed my pads for me and we bled the calipers aswell. He
    acknowledged that i was more than capable of doing it myself, but
    that i may rush to get back out on track, and its best not to rush
    with brake components.

    We decided that our best plan was to cut our losses with the Hotel
    from Hell and just head for the ferry. We had previously changed
    our plans already to return home via dover ferry rather than
    newcastle, so we headed for the port and stayed in a cheap hotel,
    with a plan to blag our way onto the early ferry.

    WEDNESDAY 18TH

    Ferry home and robin and I headed our seperate ways. He was off to
    visit his family near london, and i was going to Mckeann it all the
    way home. (mckean is my name, but the term "to mckeann it" was thought up due to my tendancy to drive at double the speed limit and add 10 for good measure)
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    Audi A6 - boring spec

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    Nice one Neil, looks like you had fun, gutted I missed Zandvoort, Alex and Ian said it was cracking :angry: :( :(



    Awesome mate :thumb: :thumb:

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    great report. :thumb:

    So it was arrive, drink lots and lots, drive, drink lots and lots repeated for a weekend then was it ?

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    Great report, thanks for sharing
    I'm arresting you for murdering my car you dyke digging tosspot

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    Good report there. You do like a drink don&#39;t you :lol:
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    well, he is Scottish....

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    Nige, it was a bit like that. The elise trips usually are. I have really had to practice at my drinking though. Although i am scottish (therefore genetically capable of heavy drinking) and weigh 15 and a bit stone, i was actually a bit of a lightweight before. I blame no alcohol for 4 years whilst i was windsurfing at international level. Now i have turned my attention to driving cars quickly, i have started to re-learn my national drinking habit.
    MY GARAGE

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    Audi A6 - boring spec

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    Good write up. we had a little less time on track as we had an electrical fault with the m3, but managed to get it sorted at the Ring by the monday.

    First time at spa and it was an awesome circuit. Just need to get my car finished and back on the track.

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    Good write up Neil, Glad you got some dry weahter for Spa,
    i&#39;m gutted we couldn&#39;t make the Ring and Spa after Zandy.

    What was the hotel from hell in Francorchamps??

    i think we stayed at the best western in Spa itself last time which was alright, underground garage and only about 90 euros a night.

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    MONDAY 16TH

    German exige guy try&#39;s to skin me 600 Euro&#39;s for 8 laps of
    instruction. I politely explained that he is perhaps a tad
    overpriced, as you could hire a personal instructor for a whole
    trackday in the UK for about half that.



    Neil that Exige &#39;instructor&#39; guy is from Belgium ;)
    nice drinking report, but I must say you lost some considerate drinking time while on track :thumb: :thumb:

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    Whos that handsome devil in the Golf :whistle: :P :lol:


    Great to have a pas lap Mr Mcmad, diddnt realize you were a windyboarder too tho, me also, tho not even close to that level, tho did live in western Oz for a bit so used to proper high wind stuff, lived short while In Tobago too & did some in bits accross Pacific, nota patch on Poole tho :lol: did Vas last yr was planning Dahab this winter but its now not a goer unfortunatly. plus knowing my luck some bloomin&#39; raghead would only try & blow me up anyway&#33; :P
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    Originally posted by lizard@Oct 31 2006, 08:56 PM
    diddnt realize you were a windyboarder too tho, me also, tho not even close to that level, tho did live in western Oz for a bit so used to proper high wind stuff, lived short while In Tobago too & did some in bits accross Pacific, nota patch on Poole tho :lol: did Vas last yr was planning Dahab this winter but its now not a goer unfortunatly. plus knowing my luck some bloomin&#39; raghead would only try & blow me up anyway&#33; :P
    I windsurfed for Scotland and Britain at youth level, although i never really got to compete anywhere that exotic, money was always a problem, so i had to wait for the world championships to be hosted a bit closer to home. Never progressed in to the mens category, as it was at that age that i took a liking to cars and now i waste all my money on them.

    I did go to Dahab last winter and it was excellent. we were a bit unlucky with the wind tho

    I was in to Formula racing, rather than wavesailing. Was always a bit too heavy for that :whistle:
    MY GARAGE

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    Audi A6 - boring spec

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