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Thread: 2 Day Ring Trip - 21/21 Oct 2007

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    So the plan was to see Dad, who's currently buying a house in Bauler (about 5mins from the ring) and also to use up my lap tickets before the end of the season!

    My el cheapo RyanAir flight left at 0715hrs from Stanstead, so an early morning meant I had to leave mine at 0400hrs...

    A quick ontime flight and I had made it to Frankfurt Hahn and met Dad and off to Bauler to see Manfred @ AutegMotorsport, who's looking after the Golf for us.

    After collecting the Golf, we went to check in at the B&B in Nurburg and en route it started to rain... Snow had been forecast for that day, however it remained a few degrees over zero and was cold.

    I hadn't brought a coat so it was off to the museum to purchase an Offical Nurburgring Jacket and here we met up with Duncan, Rachel and Annabelle and had lunch.

    I had never driven the ring in the wet and on pulling out to go back to Ring, a brand new Aston Martin DB9 with severe front end damage passed us on the back of a recovery truck. A reminder that this place bites.

    The carpark still littered with autoporn despite the bad weather, we pulled out onto the track.

    The first section is quite easy and I made sure I was very slow going into the first major corner Tierarten. Complete understeer and I was only travelling about 20/30mph if that!!!! It was like sheet ice. This continued around the whole track and I wasn't going to be a hero, I just wanted to finish the lap safely!

    A few cars were still lapping hard and came flying past, however we managed to pass a few Elises that weren't taking any chances and also 1 Ariel Atom where the driver and passenger were soaked!!

    Some photos from another site :









    After finishing the lap we decided to call it a day, slightly dejected about the weather however met up with Duncan and went to the Paddock Bar to watch the F1 on massive screen :)

    It was then down to the PistenKlause for tea.. Its one of the main bars in town that do the famous PK Steak. Its basically a fillet of steak served on a baking hot piece of stone, that has been baked in an oven. You then cut the steak and cook it yourself on the stone!! To say its delicious is an understatement and always a treat in Nurburg :)





    A few beers and with Dunk talking rubbish :drunk: it was off to bed for some sleep. The highlight was Dad getting the poor old Golf up a hill to the Burgstube with us all in it!! Couldn't have you walking up there guys!!!

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    Day 2 - 22/10/07

    Ring open from 1300hrs-1800hrs today and the weather was promising from the off. Still cold (3/4 oC) but sunny.. Perfect conditions.

    We pottered about as Dad had some stuff to do and then met up with Dunk at the indoor Kart Centre. We had a 10min session which left us all with arm ache but is was a good laugh! Then off to the Grunne Holle for dinner.

    The car park not that busy due to it being a Monday however conditions we getting even better.

    As soon as the barriers were open we were getting ready, so as to miss the rush to get out there.

    We lapped pretty much consecutively and the Golf was on fire!

    Dad gives it some hard through T13 - Standard suspension makes all the difference!!


    Woo Hoo! T13 again, my turn


    A few more laps and I gave Dunk a pax lap so he could see how a standard Golf handles drives! I'll let him fill you in how he felt but the knitting jokes etc etc on the uphill sections were funny!! :roll: I did break the cardinal sin and time a lap on a stopwatch, only for curiousity and it was 10:46mins!!

    With the lap over, the tables were turned and i hopped in Dunks for my pax lap!

    I'd been out with Dunk last year and was impressed with the car and his driving, but this lap was on a different level. The car has totally changed and I couldn't get over the handling and power. A lap of hardly any traffic and roadworks at Aremburg (mini being recovered after kissing the Armco) and the Karussell with a 70km/h speed limit all the way around, he put in an 8:46mins Bridge to Gantry!!! His quickest to date and boy was it good fun!! Thanks again Dunk :thumb:

    Some more lapping and then off to take some photos as I hadn't taken many yet!!! I went to Brunnchen as it wasn't much of a walk from the carpark!!

    Got some great photos and then off to Pinnochios for dinner (big pizzas)



    After that Dad dropped me off at Frankfurt and the flight left at 2330 and took 1hr back to Stanstead!

    A great 2 day trip but when I do it next time, I'll be going out the day before!!

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    Some pics from Brunnchen

    Atom


    This guy was having fun, not sure the car was though!


    New audi


    Dad again


    These were very quick


    Pushing hard


    :notworthy:




    Dunk and Annabelle



    More of the pics can be seen at
    http://www.pc185.co.uk/pics/index.ph...r=nurburg21oct

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    superb Chris. :thumb:

    Lovely to see the Lambo on track - even if I did overtake him it was great to see him out there rather than leaving it in the car park with people taking pics of it all day.
    Duncan

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    Originally posted by pc185@Oct 23 2007, 09:16 PM

    This guy was having fun, not sure the car was though!

    :D Fantatsic, I am a long term lurker on this site, partly becuase I have an unworthy ring car, however I am pleased to find a picture of my shopping trolley sideways!!! And yes, i was having a huge amount of fun!

    I am now searching the internet to see if anyone got any clips/pictures of me on sunday, as my comedy thin cheap tyres and soggy suspension made me slide around many corners completly sideways :rolleyes:

    Was a fantatsic weekend though, saturday was great, sunday was damp, we also stayed on monday and had a hoot, I was visiting in Al Clarks group so i shall leave the northloop write up to him.

    great work :thumb:
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    Good report & some cracking photos :thumb:
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    Nice report, photos are good too :thumb:

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    As long as they“re reliable and legal, there are no unworthy ring cars :thumb:

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    I'm sure just about everyone there last weekend took away a pic or two of the Atom, the interest around it was insane :)

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    I enjoyed passing it in the Signum in the wet :thumb:
    Has left the building..................

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    Hey, give the guy credit for even taking it out in those conditions - the damn thing had semi-slicks on after all :)

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    It's not credit I'd give him....I said to my passenger that he was fcuking nuts!!

    I'm not brave (fcuking nuts) enough to even drive in the wet with cup tyres...not to mention how cold he must have been :lol:

    I had my heater on :whistle:
    Has left the building..................

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    Well I passengered in it on Saturday and it was cold enough then. Sunday was even worse! At one point Guy (that's Neil pictured driving - they were swapping twixt the Atom & CSL) did 4 straight laps in it!

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    Got a shot of me, and on my only lap of that day! :D

    Nige'.

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