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    autohabit's Nürburgring trip June 2018

    Well, the first half of this year has been pretty miserable for me, I had a back operation and was unable to drive for two months. Thankfully the op was a success and I am getting back to full strength. Still under doctor's orders to avoid long distance driving, I had no choice but to fly out to Germany this year and take in an event.

    The event we picked off was the Nürburgring Classic.


    Kurt and myself flew into Cologne Bonn Airport on Thursday and drove the hire car to the Ring.


    We had booked a lap with Dale Lomas in the Jaguar Ring Taxi. The car was a Jaguar XJR 575, a V8 Supercharged, long wheelbase, 2 Tonne performance luxury barge. As the name hints, it has 575bhp.




    The Ring Taxi business is now a competitive game, although BMW officially withdrew their taxi service in 2016, there is no shortage of choice.

    Choose your poison!










    I took the back seat, absolute luxury back here!




    Dale is now a full time Jaguar employee, also doing test work for them at the Ring.




    Do you know the one by Talking Heads "And you may find yourself, behind the wheel of a large automobile"




    I cannot recommend a ride in this car highly enough, it was awesome, we were doing over 160mph at Schwedenkreuz, this huge car just brakes and turns in like it's a GT car! Thanks for the ride Dale, was a pleasesure meeting you.


    If you fancy booking a ride yourself, here is a link, very good value if split between 3 people.

    https://www.bridgetogantry.com/racetaxi/



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    A quick look round the tourist car park, good to see the old BMWs still out there lapping







    Ford Taunus GT







    A GT3RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company?)




    Martin was out helping a newbie learn the track (Hope it went ok Martin)




    Time for a drink of the local brew


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    Friday, we headed off to see what the Nürburgring Classic had to offer.


    Aston Martin




    One of my Pre War favourites, an ERA







    My usual "I like trucks" pics







    Back to my overall favourites, the classic touring cars







    I still have no answer as to why the entire grid in the Tourenwagen Classics display a Bradford City Football Club decal - Anybody?







    Vink Motorsport in the Netherlands will build you a very nice replica Group A M3








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    Rover - DTM Championship winning car from 1986




    A few famous names from the past







    And one of those famous names was back behind the wheel




    Gianfranco Brancatelli, up until last year he had not raced since 2000, but the New Zealand based owner of this car asked him if he would like to race it again




    Now 68 years old, the 1985 European Touring Car Champion seems to have lost none of his flair for racing!


    (Photo credit to Tourenwagen Classics - Was too good not to post).

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    Awesome write up and pictures as always. Thanks for sharing

    To my eyes that Jag looks blooming horrible by the way
    I'm arresting you for murdering my car you dyke digging tosspot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Kinghorn View Post
    Awesome write up and pictures as always. Thanks for sharing

    To my eyes that Jag looks blooming horrible by the way
    I have to agree with you Gary, I am not a big fan of the current XJ's looks (Being a former owner of a classic XJ8 myself), the XF and XE are much nicer looking cars, but it's great that Jaguar are producing some decent performance cars again under their new Indian owners. It's a nice car from the inside, and that's all I saw on our lap!

    More pics to follow.

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    Excellent report & photos Autohabit (as always).
    Thoroughly enjoying it and looking forward to more, thanks for taking the time to do it

    That photo of the Bastos Sierra Cosworth spitting flames is very cool.

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    Great report so far...as we have come to expect.
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    More classic touring cars

    Audi V8







    I wonder if this nifty rear wing was on the road cars?








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    Opel Ascona 400







    DKW







    Something not normally native to Germany














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    M1 - Perfection.







    The famous weight saving BMW Roundel decals!








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    That M1 is just magnificent.

    I particularly like this video of one driving through Nurburg on the way to lap the 'Ring,
    the noise is just delicious! -



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Oc-sSdUAHM

    Great stuff Autohabit, keep it coming.
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    Some very nice ex DTM M3s



























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    And another one!







    Porsche were celebrating 70 years in the business




    American muscle




    Italian style


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    great photos and report

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    This has to be world's best filling station




    A bit of heavy haulage!




    Out for some more spectating. Whoops.










    Most Pre War cars are lacking in brakes, but by the end of a lap of the Ring, for sure, they'll have none


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    And the prize for the world's second best filling station goes to....




    Those bloody Vikings were in town again, apart from my friend Stefan, who couldn't make it this time










    Saw this rather cool Saab transporter







    Complete with air suspension!

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    A now rare Fiat 128 Rally







    Lovely Capri RS







    Still at least one CSL out there that's not a garage queen




    Our wheels for the trip (Sadly it was the Ford)




    The now traditional huge pizza was consumed (almost)


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    A car that was here on my very first trip to the Ring in 2004, still lapping, now running a 2.7 litre S14 lump, it's a s close to a DTM car as a road legal car can be, weighing just over 1000kg. The Jag we did our lap in weighed two of these!!














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    Jägermeister!














    Turbomeister!!


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    Supra owners were having a meet




    2nd, 3rd & 4th generation models were in attendance (but no 1st generation that I could see).







    VW Scirocco (1st generation!)







    Can somebody explain what this is?


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    http://www.jesterstrickbits.co.uk/pr...ost-makes.html

    As you thought it may have been....

    I loved the mark 2 Supras when they came out. Still look good.
    Some amazing cars pictured.


    Oh...and where’s the “my new car” thread....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave B View Post
    http://www.jesterstrickbits.co.uk/pr...ost-makes.html

    As you thought it may have been....

    I loved the mark 2 Supras when they came out. Still look good.
    Some amazing cars pictured.


    Oh...and where’s the “my new car” thread....
    Thanks for filling the knowledge gap Dave, I knew a biker out there would know.

    The "my new car thread" - Give me chance! Will follow soon.

    Gen 2 Supra, those of us who are old enough will remember Barry Sheene racing one.
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    Back to the classic event




    For any tractor fans, this is a Allgaier











    From the days before safety belts, this is known as a Le Mans style start











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    BMW 6er














    Alfa Romeo 155 DTM. This model won the very last DTM race on the Nordschleife in 1993




    All I can say is, it looks highly complicated!













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    A long way from home, British double decker bus




    2002 Turbo




    RUF Turbo







    GT Turbo








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    More TF spotting




    There's always one, this car tried to get through the barriers with no front or rear plates, fail.





    Wide bodied ABT S2




    R33 Skyline GTR




    Currently the fastest FWD car round the Ring. I'm sure someone will be along soon to beat it.





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    102 yeas old!




    Otherwise known as 'no brakes'










    Early BMWs







    A small gathering of McLarens were allowed out on track at the end of the day, they were joined by a few 911s and an Audi R8







    It didn't go so well for the R8







    Finished the day off with a meal at Comfy Corner




    Nightcap, I tried to look this up when I got home, but I kept finding references to roof sealant, it tasted ok


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    Sunday morning, we went out for some more classic spectating




    Isle of Man Wedge (TR7)




    Lovely Merc Evo II




    Time to fly home, hopefully I'll be back with my own car again next time.

    Very enjoyable trip.


    End of report.


    Alan

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    Thanks a lot for taking time to post everything Alan, so cool.
    As much as I love a W201, the W202 DTM cars are insane - and that Alfa 155 shows the same level of advanced construction versus the E30/190 era. Amazing things.
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    Fantastic report Alan, thanks for sharing.

    Great cars and photos

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    Great report as ever Alan

    That jagermeister e36 looks fantastic, and I'm jealous you got so close to my favourite touring car, those 155's are amazing, the sound they make is just 😎



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    I enjoyed that, thanks for sharing
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    Alan I had one of those Audi V8's 3.7 - the road cars did not come with the spoilers. predecessor to the A8, great car but heavy
    "brakes are no good they just slow you down" Fangio. - 330 KW CS V2 fitted ST220 DE registered TUVed, Elan did Bilster Berg great track

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    Great report and pics - love the 80’s and 90’s stuff.

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    Yet again you come up with a great report and fantastic photos.

    Thank you.

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    Thoroughly enjoyed that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by texas2201 View Post
    Alan I had one of those Audi V8's 3.7 - the road cars did not come with the spoilers. predecessor to the A8, great car but heavy
    Martin,

    I did a bit more investigating on the Audi V8 rear wing





    It looks like they homologated the wing at the end of 1991. Audi built a total of 21,565 V8 models, so not hard to imagine they ran a batch of 500 with the rear wing on.

    Homologation papers:





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    Very Cool - Thanks Alan

    Quote Originally Posted by autohabit View Post
    Martin,

    I did a bit more investigating on the Audi V8 rear wing





    It looks like they homologated the wing at the end of 1991. Audi built a total of 21,565 V8 models, so not hard to imagine they ran a batch of 500 with the rear wing on.

    Homologation papers:




    "brakes are no good they just slow you down" Fangio. - 330 KW CS V2 fitted ST220 DE registered TUVed, Elan did Bilster Berg great track

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    Superb report and photos, thanks for posting, Alan
    Too many cars...

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    Quote Originally Posted by texas2201 View Post
    Very Cool - Thanks Alan
    And here it is, a road going Audi V8 'EVO'








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