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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KJD wrote:
Had a brilliant time with the Spa squadron, what a great bunch of guys Grin

I was more pleased to see the AA man than Phil, even superheroes struggle with the pax window stuck down with a 200 mile hoon in the pouring rain .

The 12 hour 650 mile journey home back to South Wales had the added bonus of an airport run at 02:30 this morning Sad

Thanks to everyone that made this trip happen, absolutely brilliant. worship

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Thanks Phil and Longers for doing all the bookings and to everyone else who made it a great few days. Thumb

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks T8 and Phil for the enlightenment.

I obviously didn't read the bit in the invitation to Dinslaken which clearly stated 'Dress Code: Dinner Jacket, no you fool this isn't the Aston Group, it's Blazer & Cravat, no you double fool this isn't the British Association of Jaguar, it's NineElevenEnglander therefore it's Lederhosen. Erm, no actually it's Superhero this year'. Cool
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaxA wrote:
Thanks T8 and Phil for the enlightenment.

I obviously didn't read the bit in the invitation to Dinslaken which clearly stated 'Dress Code: Dinner Jacket, no you fool this isn't the Aston Group, it's Blazer & Cravat, no you double fool this isn't the British Association of Jaguar, it's NineElevenEnglander therefore it's Lederhosen. Erm, no actually it's Superhero this year'. Cool


Floor Floor Floor very good Max. look forward to getting you to one of these one year , I just hope for you its not the year we decide mankini is the dress code Grin Grin Thumb
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has it really been a week since I loaded the car , ready for my third Dinslaken trip !

Day 1
Terry (and son Matt), Marc , myself (and father Baz) met Sunday morning and set the sat navs for Cochem. Weather was ok, and made good progress . Had a lovely drive once we got off the motorways , found some great roads.

https://imgur.com/gallery/slqzJ2U

Cochem on the banks of mosel river is stunning . Glad to have finally made it , after getting lost on previous trip (don't ask Duh ) .

Took some photos, and headed for Nurburg on the "Twisties", the combined noise of two n/a 997s with PSE and X pipes Grin

https://youtu.be/CqKNvOKWfEw

Arrived at the Dorint hotel, via a quick stop at Nordschleife paddock (more on that later). The hotel car park was extra special , with several brand new 991s including GT3 tourings. Porsche were hosting the GT3 RS press launch , so these were "courtesy cars" for using on GP track.

Didn't have much time , as we had a 730pm table booked at the famous Pistenklaus to meet "Budflicker" Peter for dinner and few beers..

Very atmospheric place, with motoring paraphernalia adorning walls and ceiling. Can't be many restaurants with so few women in Floor hundreds of men talking cars and drinking beer, most eating the Argentinian steak on hot stone.
Back to Dorint for a nightcap(s) in the racetrack inspired "Cockpit" bar.,

reasonable time to bed as The Ring awaited early next day...

Day 2 AM

https://imgur.com/gallery/aHgswg8

At breakfast before 8am, woke to a grey overcast day, with rain overnight. Checked forecast, more rain due.... Surprised

We checked out, and drove to ring taxi office , where we had pre-booked a Renault Clio "trophy". Signed the very scary disclaimer, "don't break ze car ... It is almost new jah!! Ze excess is ten thousand euros...." Hand

The paddock car park is just amazing , Porsches, Ferraris, McLaren's , M BMWs and AMG Mercedes of every flavor and budget.
Was amusing to see a couple drive through in a one series with 2 kids in child seats behind !?

Matt, Marc and myself had 2 laps each , which we spread out across the morning. I'm unashamed to say I drove my first lap SO slowly as I just wanted to get one lap under my belt.

Track is much narrower than I expected, significant changes in elevation , and it was not only damp and cold , but huge amounts of slippery pollen on track. We were told to try and stay off racing line and keep to middle, but with faster cars hammering up inside, and grass and high kerbs on right... Was a little stressful

Safety negotiated the 21km, 70+ corners and did break 200 km/hon home straight Grin what a buzz !! We all agreed the Clio was a good car, paddle shift, roll cage, very little sound insulation, and revved to limiter and popped and backfired on downshifts. In hindsight I found driving an unfamiliar car more of a challenge than the track ... left hooker , front wheel drive etc quite different to 911. Question

I then had the pleasure of a pax lap with Sundeep in his 993. Crash helmet on, hold on tight !!!! Wow , to go round with someone who knows the track well, and has driving talent was a different ball game. Hard on the throttle , dab on the brakes, turn in... Apex to exit , floor it ...(and repeat... A lot! ) worship could feel how balanced 911 is, and air-cooled engine note at high revs was a delight. Didn't feel scared once, just grinning beneath my crash helmet

Went out for my 2nd lap, didn't feel as nervous , and car didn't feel quite as "under steery" as before . Couldn't even tell you how long it took, just soaked up the atmosphere. Returned car in one piece , much to all our relief !
Timed perfectly as there was a crash and circuit closed.

Day 2 PM

after meeting up with ELA,Budflicker and Diverzusy at Adenau... We agreed to convoy to classic remise in Dusseldorf.

We pulled out of car park, and I was last out, and got stuck behind traffic puh

Wouldn't be a roadtrip without getting split up ! The others were out of sight, and I chased hard with a few banzai overtakes, but to no avail. Sods law our routes diverged, and I had a solo hour oop north.

As I got near Dusseldorf I spotted a few familiar cars queuing in the roadworks... I had found the "S H I T S" gang Grin
So had a few friends to convoy in for last few miles Thumb
(Arriving ahead of Terry and rest of my lot).

The remise is always good. Hard to beat the volume of quality cars under one roof anywhere I expect. Third time there , so just a quick walk around to look for any extra special gems.

Good to get up close to a brand new turbo s “exclusive” in lairy gold ...

https://imgur.com/gallery/4sYNUS6



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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

askgeez is telling our story very eloquently so I'll just chip in with a few 'Terry Stats' and extra pics. Very Happy

On Day 1 we travelled 299 miles from Calais to Wittlich by motorway with a couple of stops on the E42 before heading cross country for the final 34 miles to Cochem. The motorway miles were mostly pre-Germany so cruising was sub-90 mph but, as it was Sunday, we weren't hampered by lorries so made very good time. When we hit Germany we were able to gas it a couple of times but large chunks of autobahn were annoyingly down to one lane. A couple of short squirts allowed me to show my son what 150+ felt like for his first time.

The cross-country run to Cochem was great, especially being able to hear the noise of two sporty Carreras over the muted whoosh of my car.

The planned 45 minute detour to visit Cochem on our way to Nurburg proved worthwhile as our pictures of this beautiful place were framed with reasonably blue sky.






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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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....... Arrived at the Dorint hotel, via a quick stop at Nordschleife paddock (more on that later). The hotel car park was extra special , with several brand new 991s including GT3 tourings. Porsche were hosting the GT3 RS press launch , so these were "courtesy cars" for using on GP track.



I was pleased to note that Porsche still recognise that THE 911 colour is ....



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.......Back to Dorint for a nightcap(s) in the racetrack inspired "Cockpit" bar,
reasonable time to bed as The Ring awaited early next day ...





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Our very brief visit to the paddock at 'The Ring' on Sunday at least served one purpose. The Race-Taxi office located there on my previous trips had moved!! If we hadn't done the reccie we'd have been a bit stumped the next morning.

A bit of googling that evening showed that they had relocated to the Info-Centre next to the Grand Prix track - just 200 yards from our hotel.

So, on Monday morning, when all the others were still tucked up in bed, I took myself off to find out exactly where we were supposed to be picking up our Clio.

The Info-Centre was easy to find - even for me.Smile

As well as Race-Taxi relocating I also noted that the statue of Fangio now had a new home.



Unlike others on our trip I didn't have a costume but my own super-hero powers of deduction helped me to the conclusion that, whilst the office might be in the info-Centre, the cars would have to be kept somewhere else nearby. Very Happy

My eagle-eyed vision spotted the adjacent multi-storey car park and I wandered in to see if my suspicions were correct.

Low and behold ........ a corral of 'Race-Taxis', including a McLaren, a GT3RS, a couple of 991 Turbos, several Cayman and loads of other, more humble, track-prepped beasties.


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After my early, cold, morning walk along the Nurburgring Boulevard I returned to the hotel for a hot shower and joined the others for an excellent buffet breakfast before checking out and making our way back to the Signing-On Office.

My travelling companion for this trip was my son, Matt, who the week before had celebrated his 30th birthday. The roadtrip - his first ever - was my present to him and it wouldn't have been complete if I hadn't also helped him place a big tick on his bucket-list next to 'Drive a car around The Ring'.

Marc and Guy hadn't taken much persuading to share the cost of the 6 laps minimum I had to pre-book. I'd been around before in my own car so wasn't too upset when I was told that whilst extra laps were possible I couldn't extend my contract to include a 4th driver.

Matt took on the responsibility of delivering the car to the circuit - 3 miles away - and the rest of us followed on, arriving at a very chilly and slightly damp Nordschleife at 08.45.

Matt took first drive, with me as an excited and slightly nervous passenger. As it turned out my only regret from the whole session was that I didn't nip to the ticket office, pay my 25 Euros, and take my own car out. My biggest concern with driving at The Ring is getting in other peoples way. On that first lap we didn't catch another car and only saw two others as they gassed past us on a straight. It would have been bliss in mine. Oh to have 20/20 hindsight Rolling Eyes .

Matt did really well and thoroughly enjoyed himself before handing over to Marc (tordofm) to lose his Ring virginity. I jumped in with him too. It was a bit busier on track but still very quiet, as it was when Guy (askgeez) went off to do his first one.



Half an hour later ( Floor ) Guy returned. The smile on his face just as big as the ones the previous two virgins were still wearing.



By the time all three had done one lap each the paddock was getting busier and some of the serious Ringsters - including 911uk himself - had arrived.

We quickly decided that it would be best to get the second tranche of laps in quickly, giving time to relax and to savour the atmosphere before taking the Clio back to base.

Whilst there Marc and Guy were also treated to a flying lap each in the passenger seat of 911uk's trusty 993 and, as you've read in their posts, were suitably impressed with both the car and it's expert driver.





Sadly, whilst out on a lap with Marc, 911uk witnessed a BMW run out of talent and crash causing the track to be closed for over an hour. We'd already completed our laps for the day but it was a shame for all those that had only just arrived and/or were planning to get away early.

It might not look like it from this picture but we all had a fantastic morning. The straight faces were more to do with the fact that (a) it was all over and (b) it was still bloody chilly. Very Happy


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A few more pics of us on our way to the eurotunnel to meet the rest of the Spa group
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Skeletor Floor

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think skeletor was cold that morning , he needs some meat on those bones Floor Floor Floor
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for a great weekend and good to meet everybody.

I had a blast at Spa, really need to get back there and give it a proper crack!

The Dinslaken show was great too and the night time dinner festivities Smile

Alas i will be back in Australia by this time next year so this was my one and only Dinslaken journey, but i'll keep an eye on the site and live vicariously thru you nutters.

cheers,
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thanks for a great weekend and good to meet everybody.

I had a blast at Spa, really need to get back there and give it a proper crack!

The Dinslaken show was great too and the night time dinner festivities Smile

Alas i will be back in Australia by this time next year so this was my one and only Dinslaken journey, but i'll keep an eye on the site and live vicariously thru you nutters.

cheers,
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good to meet you Mick, it was a good few days Grin Thumb
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Worth a watch for a laugh if your bored

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu5aDNi-xeI
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Worth a watch for a laugh if your bored

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu5aDNi-xeI


Haha, my stalker! Floor
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looked a good trip lads, hopefully I can tag along to the next!
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Phil 997 wrote:
Worth a watch for a laugh if your bored

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu5aDNi-xeI


Haha, my stalker! Floor


Floor Floor I hadnt realised he was following you everywhere Jimbo clearly a banana perv Grin Grin
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Looked a good trip lads, hopefully I can tag along to the next!


maybe mankinis next year mate Floor Floor Floor
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