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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ELA wrote:
Ok G2, I'll try and get there for just after lunch. Looks like I'll be in a white 7.1RS. Last time I was in Belgium a few weeks back, my phone wasn't working so I'll try to resolve this issue tomorrow Wink


You need a parking pass to get into the circuit. I have one for you. Use the main paddock gate and buzz when you get here. I'll drive down with it for you. Left voicemail as well...
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A really enjoyable trip (thanks Terry) and I hope everyone gets back ok tonight. I will upload my best pictures and videos over the coming days.

Until then here is a video of Guy & Jerome @ Chimay:

https://youtu.be/qCkmxZAB0L4
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Long day puh but SO worth it Thumb

Thanks for the video . Sounds ok Bandit
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

T8 wrote:
My planned itinerary is as follows although I haven't booked shuttles yet.

Anyone that wants to tag along is welcome otherwise I'll see you in Spa on Sunday evening or at the circuit on Monday morning. Thumb

Given my reputation for getting lost I was really surprised that 10 other cars accepted the invitation. Smile
Sunday 10th September.

0800 meet in Le Shuttle car park for 0850 shuttle.

10/10 Everyone arrived in good time.


0850 Shuttle arrives Calais at 1025 European Time.

Despite everyone forming up in good time our shuttle was declared 'full' so we were bounced to the 0920 !!!


1330 (approx.) Lunch at Auberge de Poteaupre, Bourlers, Chimay (160 miles from Calais) and briefly visit the old Circuit de Chimay.

Table booked for 13.45 for the 16 of us. 1400 arrival caused by Le Shuttle.

After lunch. Scenic tour to Spa with stops TBC. NB: Direct to Spa from Chimay is 93 miles.

113 miles cross country done. Big thanks to 'longers' (FastTrack Tours) for advising that the 30 mile stint from La Roche-en-Ardenne to Stavleot was a 'must do' part of the trip.



Evening meal in Spa Town Centre

Dominos Steak House didn't know what hit them. Smile

Stay overnight. Several have already booked the Hotel L'Auberge de Spa in Place du Monument.

The only people there for breakfast were 911uk ers.


Monday 11th September.

0900. Depart Hotel in Spa town centre.

I thought I'd forgotten to put this on the itinerary as I was asked 27 times. Sorry to jonnny who was the 28th and (because I thought he was joining in with G2s joke) got a rude response from me as he was the 28th. Smile

0945. Meet the whole group at Spa Circuit.

All except pickse! Hope all's ok with you car Steve.


1000 - 1300. Backstage Tour of Spa and 2 laps of the Circuit.

11/10 from me.


Afternoon. To be discussed.

Too much discussion at the Shell fuel stop. Entirely my fault for not sticking with the 'fuel stop only' original plan.
NB: Direct from Spa to Calais it's 216 miles / 3.5 driving time for those that need to head home.

An excellent late lunch in the Grand Square at Mons. Unfortunately our tardy arrival time meant us leaving the town in rush-hour!


1850. Latest Check In at Calais for 1920 Shuttle.

Rush-hour out of Mons, loads of roadworks and some heavy rain meant post 7pm arrivals at Calais. Some got the 2020. Others the 2050 !!

I really hope that this last event didn't spoil what was otherwise a really brilliant trip.

1920. Shuttle departs and arrives in Folkestone at 1855 UK Time.


I can't believe we were only away for 2 days.

Thanks to everyone for making it such a fantastic experience. Really looking forward to sharing photos and to doing something similar with all of you in the future.

For those of you that are interested .. Our rote from Calais to Spa was 287 miles. From Spa to Calais (including the miles on track) it was 271.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Terry

It was a great trip - many thanks for organising this - you put a great deal of work into this.Thanks for booking the good weather for 90% of the event

The country backroad bits you took us on were very nice indeed.

The steakhouse was great - epic great - I do like good quality meat Wink

The Spa Circuit was fantastic

and yes I should have put some petrol in at the Shell garage before lunch - it would have prevented a splash and dash at a Q8 that was bloody pre-pay

I must also properly put the Tunnel as a saved destination on my sat nav and not just put Calais in. This will stop the waves of panic when I miss the Tunnel turn off Embarassed

Great bunch of people who genuinely seemed to get on really well.

Great to meet some new faces and partners/friends of known faces.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I had a fantastic time.
I noticed that you missed out your demonstration of the Running Man through the Stavelot cobbles Dance Tap

Did anyone have a video of that?

A well organised couple of days away and just to reiterate Thanks a lot to Terry (and his Mrs for getting us unlost!!)
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

T8 wrote:


All except pickse! Hope all's ok with you car Steve.



Thanks for your thoughts Terry.
Unfortunately it is a Tip leak and from the top of the box, so requires an engine drop to see what's leaking.
With it up on the ramp in LMM Mecasport (nice operation btw lots of race car & track day prep going on) it was a more or less a drip a second with the wheels being driven.
Consensus was even if topped up I would not get far. So I came home today via Eurostar and the car will follow.

T8 wrote:

Thanks to everyone for making it such a fantastic experience. Really looking forward to sharing photos and to doing something similar with all of you in the future.


Thanks to you Terry for organising. I hope to come along on something similar in the future.

Cheers,
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pickse wrote:
T8 wrote:


All except pickse! Hope all's ok with you car Steve.



Thanks for your thoughts Terry.
Unfortunately it is a Tip leak and from the top of the box, so requires an engine drop to see what's leaking.
With it up on the ramp in LMM Mecasport (nice operation btw lots of race car & track day prep going on) it was a more or less a drip a second with the wheels being driven.
Consensus was even if topped up I would not get far. So I came home today via Eurostar and the car will follow.

T8 wrote:

Thanks to everyone for making it such a fantastic experience. Really looking forward to sharing photos and to doing something similar with all of you in the future.


Thanks to you Terry for organising. I hope to come along on something similar in the future.

Cheers,


Sorry to hear it Steve. Shout if you need recommendations on someone to repatriate it. Had a Range Rover so had to do this a few times.
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

G2 wrote:

Sorry to hear it Steve. Shout if you need recommendations on someone to repatriate it. Had a Range Rover so had to do this a few times.


Thanks but fortunately, and at the very last minute almost, I took AA single trip cover and they are organising recovery.
They also emailed me the Eurostar ticket valid from any station in Belgium.
I left at 07:45 and was home by 15:30.

Thanks again,
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RobIpswichUK wrote:
Well I had a fantastic time.
I noticed that you missed out your demonstration of the Running Man through the Stavelot cobbles Dance Tap

Did anyone have a video of that?

A well organised couple of days away and just to reiterate Thanks a lot to Terry (and his Mrs for getting us unlost!!)


That dash saved us a lot of 3 point turns, good job Terry Thumb


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A few pics from my go pro video:












I have one more video to process & will post some more pics later.
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The last set of pics from the track:









If anyone wants a higher quality image DM me.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great track pics Mark thumbsup

Good quality considering the speed we were doing. Wink

Also love the 'running man' clip. I can feel a new nickname coming along. Of course I knew all along that the 'no through road' sign a couple of miles before was just a hoax. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I knew all along that the 'no through road' sign a couple of miles before was just a hoax. Very Happy


A bit like the red light at the road works. Floor

I'd never been flashed by so many other motorists at the same time!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All,
Firstly, thanks to Terry for organising a great event, this was my first time away with the forum and I had a great time and looking forward to my next trip!
Secondly, a big hanks to everyone who went, I was made to feel really welcome, which only helped me enjoy the trip all the more.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

10 x 911s, 1 x indecently quick BMW 3 Series Estate and 16 people meet at the Le Shuttle Terminal just as the early morning fog lifts over Folkestone.



After a 30 minute delay, 35 minutes underwater and an 85 mile motorway cruise on a quiet Sunday motorway a leg stretch and p-stop was most welcome.




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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Following another 20-odd miles more motorway and 50-odd miles of cross country running through the flat but quite scenic Belgian countryside it was time for lunch at the lovely L'Auberge du Poteaupre near Chimay.



[As forecast earlier in this thread] Meatballs, pasta and blond beers featured heavily on our tables.



Even the man from the planet Vegan got fed. Thumb



As reported earlier, the 7 mile excursion to the now defunct Chimay Grand Prix circuit created plenty of smiles.





Anyone who's ever been on a 'Terry Tour' will not believe that all 10 cars arrived at our scheduled petrol stop, 61 cross-country miles later as a 'convoy intactus'.

OK, the last 2 miles were a bit messy as I'd told 'Helga' we were heading for 'Rue du Bastogne' instead of 'Route de Bastogne' but,,hey-ho, stories like that (and ones of accidentally ignoring red lights at road works) are what makes these trips even more memorable. Smile



Having experienced the delights of Chimay, Beraing, Rochefort and Marche-en-Farmenne we headed for the Professional Tour Guide's (thanks again Longers) recommendation of La Roche-en-Ardenne 10 miles away for the start of a brilliant 31 mile blat through the undulating forests to the original Spa Francorchamps circuit.

NB: I say '31' but due to a missed turn near Stavelot this actually became '34' and led to the 'running man' incident referred to previously. Grin

Whatever, then driving the roads that formed part of the old circuit seemed a fitting part of the final 11 mile leg of our journey to our hotel in the town of Spa.

Amazingly after a 287 mile from Calais we arrived only 30 minutes later than scheduled which, considering we were delayed 30 minutes by Le Shuttle, was [even though I do say it myself] pretty impressive. Where's the 'pat self on back' emoticon?

Big thanks to G2 and ELA for arriving ahead of us and sussing out where the private garage we'd booked was in relation to the hotel. thumbsup

For the time being I'm just going to add photos to illustrate the rest of the trip but I'll add some text later.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hotel in Place du Monument, Spa



Evening meal at Dominos steakhouse.






Snaps from a brief walk around Spa town.







The dungeon where the cars slept overnight - guarded by ELA's fire breathing* monster.

* slight exaggeration - but only slight.



8 miles from the hotel = a petrolhead heaven.



Our private guided walking tour started here:



Walk through the paddock and GP pit garages to here:



See what's happening on the track and get Envy



Upstairs to see where Lewis, Seb, Kimi etc have their drivers briefing.



Possibly the single biggest 'highlight' of the trip for me = The awesome 'Race Control' centre.



Onto the podium balcony for great views of the pit straight.



Up even more stairs to the 'best views in the house' and enjoyed a coffee on the roof top in the outdoor part of the VIP lounge.





Guided Tour over and back to the paddock to wait for the circuit lunch-time break and our turn on track.



Everyone discussing (a) whether T8 will go the right way and/or (b) will T8 be able to keep up with the pace car?



Ready to roll. T8 secretly relieved that (a) even he can't fail to notice the 'pace car' and (b) he should just about be able to keep up with it.



Discussing the events of the 2 laps, wondering how pickse is getting on and saying goodbye to Speedtrap/Danni, the BMW boys, ELA/Bruce as they head off to Germany. The rest of us are heading home.


26 miles up the road at Rue Basse Campagne Services on the E42 it's time for a fill up for the 205 mile journey to Calais via Mons. Including the miles on track we've only done 88 since we last filled up so cars with a c300 range* should be ok to not bother.

*NB: Grey 997.2 Turbo S cars don't fall into this category. Grin



An 86 mile motorway cruise and a 15 minute walk later we arrived at the Grand Place in Mons. A small version of similar 'places' in Brussels and Bruges it's well worth a short visit. At 3.15 pm we eventually found the only eaterie open and enjoyed a well earned late lunch.





For once it wasn't me that said "Smile please".



I had to get my camera back to record this rare moment though. I'd never seen an un-started plate of food in front of 'geez before. 3 seconds later and I'd have been too late.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks to everyone for making my first European tour with 911uk such an enjoyable event.

Special thanks to Terry for organising, planning some great routes (including the rally cross section) and then successfully managing to herd a bunch of 911 cats over two days
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Guy, did you have the dash cam on during the circuit laps? I'm guessing you got a decent close up of my number plate on the run down to 'double left'? I think we both had a Surprised moment at that point Floor
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