Re: Nurburgring 3rd/4th May 2008
Got back safe & sound yesterday, Alfa looks like it has collected a million flies en route, so must clean them off tonight. The Ring was the least enjoyable I've ever known it - busiest I've ever seen it, beautiful weather, lots of cars & bikes = carnage. The track was closed most of Saturday evening, and about 1/2 of the day on Sunday. Too many people there by a mile.
The Alfa did okay, but one of our group smacked his car into a barrier mid-morning on the Sunday, so the rest of the day was spent trying to sort it out - his car wasn't driveable, so he's still there, getting it fixed (poor guy). Even tapping the barrier on the Ring is an expensive business (as we now all know). Combine that with the worst accident many of us had seen on Sunday evening, and all in all it was a very sobering experience.
I will never go there on a May bank holiday weekend again - loads of GB & IRL folk, Germans driving like they were driving a GP, too many novices & unreliable cars... the place was a death-trap.
On the plus side, the Alfa performed well, no problems despite getting a new top speed out of it on the Autobahn ;-)
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