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Nurburgring 3rd/4th May 2008

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I have booked a trip to Germany around the May bank holiday weekend, so I'll be at Nurburgring Nordschleife for the Saturday evening session (3rd May) as well as all day Sunday (4th May). There's a few of us going this year (156/328i/RX8/R1 SP) so look out for us.

This will be my 2nd trip this year, and my 8th trip overall. 25+ laps.

See you there?

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Here's a guide

http://www.bmw.com/generic/com/en/fa...rdschleife.pdf
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Printed out & bound already - nice one

Leaving tomorrow morning, loaded up the car last night (full size spare, various tools (Gaffa tape if it comes off when it's not meant to, WD40 if it doesn't come off when it should), some CD's (JTD soundtrack not as interesting as V6's), and all the other junk they make you carry in mainland Europe.

Will post photos & a report next week - maybe even a lickle youtube video of a lap
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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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Re: Nurburgring 3rd/4th May 2008

I was there from saturdaymorning, but I only did 13 laps between 08.00 and 12.30 on sundaymorning. From what I have heard my timing was perfect. I managed to steer clear of all this trouble.

To bad we didn't get a guick "hello" in. Maybe next time.
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I was there from saturdaymorning, but I only did 13 laps between 08.00 and 12.30 on sundaymorning. From what I have heard my timing was perfect. I managed to steer clear of all this trouble.

To bad we didn't get a guick "hello" in. Maybe next time.
yeah, it's a pity we missed each other - again.

Colleague with the smashed car is back in the UK now, local garage made it driveable (for a price), so now it's back he'll repair it.
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how bad was it ?
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how bad was it ?
The driver & my brother were fine, he basically braked & swerved left to avoid a hard-braking car in front, got left 2 wheels on the grass, then spun hard right into the barrier! It's a Mazda RX8. Where he smacked the barrier, it pushed the fog light housing through his oil cooler, as well as squashing the front right hand side of the car.

So financially...
Barrier repairs & Ring costs: 625
Oil cooler & pipes 850
Labour to make the car driveable 600

It's still dented & broken, but it's at least driveable - and not his primary mode of transport.

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Looks a lot better than I expected... and he's still smiling!

Still you can't be too careful out on the track...
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I was tempted to go for trip to 'the ring', but then i had a look on YOUTUBE....................put me off for life, some nasty crashes to be seen...............what crash did you see? how bad was it?
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I was tempted to go for trip to 'the ring', but then i had a look on YOUTUBE....................put me off for life, some nasty crashes to be seen...............what crash did you see? how bad was it?
When the Ring is busy, it's an awful place. If you're a good driver & can get there when it's quiet, it's a great place

Sunday evening's accident involved a GB Jag S-Type, which dumped it's coolant all over the track in one hit. 911 GT3 coming up behind him skidded out, but no damage. Then a biker came over the crest, went down on the coolant, and ended up under the 911. next biker ended up in the barrier.

Last I heard was the Jag driver was being charged by the Polizei with causing an accident & driving a car not fit for use on public roads.
A car even dripping oil will fail a German MOT... one that causes an accident through mechanical failure... not looked kindly upon.
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