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    The weekend started with a trip to Camberley to meet up with a mate who was towing his M3 out for the weekend - I had left mine at the ring three weeks previous.

    we were taking out a replacement diff 3.64 ratio to be fitted to my M3 - Olli was also fitting a new prop shaft and two driveshafts - Oh and a new starter motor spark plugs ........

    Olli fitted the Diff and I picked the car up at 330pm drove (gently) to adenau to book into the hotel and then drove back staright to Olli as there was a strange noise coming from the back :-(

    We got in the car for a run so he could listen to the noise - but we could not go anywhere as one of the new shafts had snapped!!!! Olli took them off and put the old ones back on :-( - so I did not get oon the Ring until 540pm so lost 20/25 minutes - did 4/5 laps - going well. Last lap and parked up to have a coffee - went back to the car and the battery was flat again.......?

    down Pistenklaus for dinner with the crew - no beers no wine as driving to Adenau - at the end of the night went out to the car - flat battery again - jump start and off to Adenau - pulled into the Aral garage and bought and fitted a new battery.

    Up in the morning and out to the car - guess what - flat battery..........................

    Lex at the enroadcafe jumped me and I was off down to the track few good laps and then up to Olli's to put the R888's on - noticed the cooling fan was staying on a long time mmmmmm Olli checked it out and found a loose wire - he sorted this and problem solved. However, all the jump starting had effected the ABS - i.e. it no longer worked - tried cleaning the sensors to no avail - so no ABS

    Did some fast laps and really getting into the groove - funny thing though all oour cars started running rich? nobody could work it out? Front nearside tyre was very worn by now so I went down to Olli's to change it but I missed him....damm - he had said he would be in sunday so I thought OK go down in the morning but sadly no Olli - he eventually turned up at lunch time with his Mum and Dad going to the DTM race but it meant I only got passenger laps in the morning. he fitted my spare R888 and I was off for some more laps

    I was being chased by a GT3 for most of a lap but the extra power of the GT3 on the straights meant I let him by :-) He came up in the car park later to say I was on goodlines but the car was doing a good impersonation of a flame thrower. LOL

    My brakes started to rumble badly again with pad transfer - I thought I had cured this with the new pads ....

    One of the guys who was in a 540 saloon ( he is rebuilding his M3) had a video cam in the car and followed me for most of a lap when I get it from him I will post it on youtube

    we were going out for a lap about 5pm with all the M3's in convoy I was behind Kevin at the front of the convoy and we were going strong but going down to Briedshied bridge the gear lever detached from the box and I had no gears - fortunately it had come out of gear and I was able to brake, put on the hazards and steer thro the gate into the car park at Adenau..

    Phoned ADAC and they cam and picked me up ( eventually - about 1 3/4 later) and took me to Munch where some of the damaged cars from the day were stored - the red swedish 911 RS 964 was particularly sad - I believe he came together with an Mitsibitsi Evo in Wipperman which spun him backwards into the Armco

    ADAC then delivered the car to Olli's in the morning and I went down to Mullenbach and they had a gear lever which Olli adapded and fitted to the car - works fine but it has changed the throw which feels odd because I have been driving it with the previous throw for 7 years.

    Drive home in convoy with a couple of mates - delays on the Brussels RO meant we missed the 2000 and had to wait for the 2200 - got home at 0200 knackered.

    Martin

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    Quite a lot of fixing going on :( and a big wait for the ADAC.

    Nice to get a chat with a close driver :thumb:

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    Sounds like quite an eventful weekend you had there.

    I was the one in the Integra that came over for a chat at the Brussels services on the trip down, good to meet you and Kevin both there and at the Ring.

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    Sheesh, and you were so confident everything would be sorted :( Thats a bad luck weekend, just hope its all out of the way in one trip....

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    in the words of Cream "if it wasn't for bad luck I would have no luck at all...."

    :huh:

    hopefully it will all be sorted soon - ABS sensor ordered, rad hoses ordered, expansion tank

    when it was going it was going really well and I enjoyed the 26 laps I got at the weekend and the 5/6 pax laps so not all doom and gloom

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    Sounds like an eventful trip, it will be the ABS ECU which has died, they often do when an e30 is jump started.

    I also managed to snap my gear linkage on a recent trip, allbeit 250 miles from the ring, just off the ferry :blink:

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    also while having a coffee and a piece of cake - a german asked me a question and I turned to answer and then took a bite of cake - something buzzed and stung the inside of my mouth - a f*****g wasp - i did kill it with my chewing :-(

    at this point I did think of flying home and leaving the car there :-(

    Martin

    one of the guys used a multi meter and it is one of the rear sensors

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    Originally posted by texas2201@Sep 4 2007, 03:21 PM
    ABS sensor ordered, rad hoses ordered, expansion tank

    Martin :D
    New rad hose ? What prompted that ? :whistle: :thumb:
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    Originally posted by texas2201@Sep 4 2007, 07:49 PM
    also while having a coffee and a piece of cake - a german asked me a question and I turned to answer and then took a bite of cake - something buzzed and stung the inside of my mouth - a f*****g wasp - i did kill it with my chewing :-(

    at this point I did think of flying home and leaving the car there :-(

    Martin

    one of the guys used a multi meter and it is one of the rear sensors

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    I wish they'd do something about those bloody wasps at the cafe - we can't get Martin to eat them all :angry:
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    http://photos.yahoo.com/martin_houston@btopenworld.com

    some photos of the trip I believe there is one of you Stuart at Briedshied

    Martin
    "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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