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    Wink Nurburgring Track Walk - Sunday 21st July

    Never done a track walk before, and this is the first time I've managed to book it before it's sold out

    Looking forward to this, anyone else?

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    Iíll be there too - did the last one in May and really enjoyed it

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    Weather forecast is looking particularly good

    Really irritating that I have to be back in the office on Wednesday morning

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKKid35 View Post
    Weather forecast is looking particularly good

    Really irritating that I have to be back in the office on Wednesday morning
    I know a few who have just driven back on the Tues eve & been in office for next day, esp if you cut yr day an hr short or so & on the tunnel it's possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizard View Post
    I know a few who have just driven back on the Tues eve & been in office for next day, esp if you cut yr day an hr short or so & on the tunnel it's possible.
    I've done it a few times. It's not my prefered way to do it but it's doable.

    Fingers crossed the track walkers get the bus driver we had :D.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brando View Post
    I've done it a few times. It's not my prefered way to do it but it's doable.
    Indeed, I did so after DN21, although that was cut short by the rain for me anyway

    I don't often have someone to share the driving, so that makes it a Red Bull event

    The other option, if I can get away with taking the morning off, is to leave at 4am, always good to get in one last trip to Pinocchio's

    It is easier for me being in London at least

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKKid35 View Post
    It is easier for me being in London at least
    Yes, the painful point for me is always the realisation that the chunnel is halfway and the last half is shitty awful road vs. the first half :D.

    DN21 was the first time I didn't drive all the way out and back :D. It's ace having a driver, even if you have to sit in the back of a 335d with your neck on the wonk.
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    It was all going so well, now waiting for a recovery truck

    Seems to be starter motor and weak battery, as engine cut and then starter motor did nothing

    With recovery man's battery, it managed to turn over enough for it to fire, but didn't catch, so thankfully not engine seized

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    Alternator?

    You don't have much luck do you Paul.

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    Hope you get it sorted 👍

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    After being recovered from the hard shoulder, we found a local EuroCarParts with an appropriate battery

    Once fitted the engine fired up, so the battery had collapsed, one of the problems with using a trickle charger is that you don't notice when a battery starts to fail

    Unfortunately when the engine started I found I had no power steering, and then I realised I had no oil pressure - Oil, Water and PS pumps are all fed from a single auxiliary drive shaft which failed on start up

    Perhaps since the engine was only running for ten seconds or so, and never under load, I haven't destroyed all the bearings

    However, as David Coulthard might say, if I didn't have bad luck I'd have no luck at all

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    10 seconds with no oil pressure!

    Obviously you won't be driving that until a proper inspection of the bottom end bearings.

    How did the secondary drive fail? I'm obviously missing something here
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    Water you can do without for a few seconds.

    Oil, not so much...

    What an arse
    Simon no longer owes me anything, Dave does though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nige View Post
    How did the secondary drive fail? I'm obviously missing something here
    It will be the Woodruff key at the chain sprocket end of the aux shaft

    On the plus side the 928 has been flawless so far

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    I couldn't recommend a Track-walk highly enough! It's the best way to really get a feel for the cambers, apexes and lines of the track!

    I've never partook in an official one, but it became a tradition of ours on at least 1 night on previous Ring-trips - Steak-on-a-Stone in the Pistenklaus accompaninied by a beer or 2 and then we'd walk the track (after dark). We used to join it from that slip-road behind the BMW showroom in Nurburg, jumping the barrier onto the quick left-hander @ T13, and walk various sections of the track.

    To date, I think the only section I haven't walked is Kesselchen, but I've cycled it repeatedly as part of the Rad am Ring 24hr Races I competed in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rory View Post
    I couldn't recommend a Track-walk highly enough! It's the best way to really get a feel for the cambers, apexes and lines of the track!
    Andy our guide was great

    Eventually I realised I'd had a PAX lap off him in an Aston GT4 a few years ago

    This is the video from when my mate was in the car, I didn't get a video on my lap, but I can't complain, it was all included in the DN event thanks to Darren

    https://vimeo.com/100704110

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