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AO Nurburgring 2007 Checklist!

This thread is just meant to contain helpful practical information for AO'ers going on this years ring trip such as checklists, directions, resources etc.

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Lets start off with directions!

First here are three alternate ways to get to the Ring if travelling from Calais that I tinkered around with using the really excellent ViaMichelin route planning guide.
Dunkirk is just 30 min down the road so these apply to people arriving leaving from Dunkirk too.

It might be useful to pick one of these, familiarize yourself with it, and defintely print it out to bring with you!
It might be an idea to expand some of the salient map mini-segments.
(Each stage has a "display map" link which adds a neat little mini map which can be printed out.)

If you have a Sat Nav, it is very useful to examine its chosen route to the Ring and get the ViaMichelin website to print out the steps as a backup in case your Sat Nav/PDA stops working in low cloud/fog/electrical issue whatever.

To avoid clutter I haven't given links for the return journey, but the site is so easy to use I suggest you go ahead and also print out the steps for the return home.

1) Link for directions from Calais to the village of Nurburg following the "short cut" via Eupen recommended on Ben Lovejoys site.
You pass by the main public entrance to the ring before you get to Nurburg - which is actually a village inside the Ring itself.
Nurburg is where the Am Tiergarten hotel that the AlfaOwner group are staying is located.


http://tinyurl.com/2d956p

Ben Lovejoys site also provides a detailed picture guide to this route, and I have added
http://www.nurburgring.org.uk/direct...ais/index.html


2) Personally I found the above route with the suggested short cut via Eupen very slow, with some badly surfaced roads (albeit scenic ones) and would suggest staying on the motorways much longer as suggested by the via Michelin site, which also thinks it is quicker :
The first portion of Ben Lovejoys picture guide above applies to this route too.


http://tinyurl.com/ysc9td


3) A route through Charleroi which my own Sat Nav seems particularly keen I go!
It seems simple enough with staying on the E42 for 380km.
NB: Obviously stay on the E42 and don't go into Charleroi city centre :-)
I just added Charleroi as a waypoint here to force the Via Michelin to take the E42 route instead of the option 2) above.

http://tinyurl.com/2aru9e


I'm meetin up with Peter and Vamos a few days before the AO trip itself so won't be travelling in any convoy from the UK.
If people are travelling in convoy in the UK, and are using Sat Navs just check that the two Sat Navs have chosen the same route - probably a good idea to nominate a lead car or have some signal to indicate "my sat nav is fecked, I'm following you!"

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Re: AO Nurburgring 2007 Checklist!

Some stuff for a checklist:

Inform Insurance company that you are travelling in Europe beforehand. This will be no extra charge but may affect the quality of your cover if you do not.

Officially required things to bring:

Drivers License

Original vehicle registration document (http://www.aaireland.ie/infodesk/mot...s_doc_equi.asp)

International Drivers Permit? : I don't believe it is neccessary for travel in France, Belgium and Germany according to this link:
http://www.aaireland.ie/infodesk/mot...lsory_equi.asp
I have never had one, but the AA site says its a good idea generally so I might just spend 5 Euro and get one since I will be travelling to other countries later in the year anyway.

A Green Card? I'm not sure is this neccessary. It is compulsory for travel in Bulgaria, Poland, Romania and Turkey but the AA say it is no longer required for travel within the EU. If anybody knows different please shout! I have never had one.

Passport

A warning triangle (legal req)

A first aid kit (legal req)

Nationality Sticker? (e.g. "GB") : Irish cars have Europlates so don't need them, I don't know what the requirement is on UK cars?)

Headlamp converters for traveling on the continent are legally required. (Fiver at Halfords or so)

Spare front headlamp bulb (legal req)

Reflective Jacket for standing despondently at the side of a Belgium motorway (didn't know that until now - must get one!)

Car Stuff
HELMET!!
Spare front headlamp bulb (legal req)
Tyre pressure gauge!
Extra oil (4L for me!)
Spare brake fluid
Spare coolant
Spare distilled water
Spare front brake pads just in case


Other Stuff
Good Europe Maps plus printed directions (See above post)

Hotel address/phone number

Credit Cards + Beer Money

Transport Tickets (Channel Tunnel/Ferry etc)


Electrical stuff:
Phone, cameras, SatNav, plus chargers cables etc.
International Travel Adaptors

Phone Numbers
Store the Ring office phone number in advance case of an accident on the track +49 2691302215
http://www.nurburgring.org.uk/accidentproc.html

Store all the AOers phone numbers in your phone in advance


Hope this helps, chip in with your own suggestions!
TB

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Re: AO Nurburgring 2007 Checklist!

Very usefull TB.

My own version of the safety leaflet about driving on the ring and how to act in case of accidents:
http://www.147gta.nl/ringsafety1.htm

Another very important tip:

Don't trust your fuel gauge below 1/4 full. Since your enigne is using fuel so fast the meter won't show what's really left in your tank because it's just to slow.

Don't take any chance and fill-up well before you normally would.

You can use these:
Aral tankstelle in Breidscheid.
ED tankstelle at Dottinger Hohe

You don't want to run out of fuel half way up Kesselchen.

My placemarks (cornernames and petrolstations) for Google Earth:
http://www.147gta.nl/ringearth.htm

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A helmet is a good thing.
 
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If you are buying a reflective vest as per TB's comment (a legal requirement in an incresing number of European countries BTW) you might as well make it yellow. That way you can use it as an emergency flag on the Ring, in case you need to flag up an accident.
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Thanks Peter: Editted to include helmet!! (doh!)

Robert - good stuff

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Re: AO Nurburgring 2007 Checklist!

You might want to update a typo Robert

"If you notice a faster car(s): - indicate to the right

- move to the left side of the track

- do not accelerate hard until the faster car(s) have passed you"


i.e. move to the right when you indicate to the right
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Where did you hear that the use of timing devices is fobidden Robert,
as opposed to just not recommended?
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Thanks guys, got some shopping to do at the weekend

Regarding helmets, is this an actual requirement for the ring? I should have one to hand somewhere, assuming my head has not got fat LOL.
 
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No, not a requirement.

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Thanks guys, got some shopping to do at the weekend

Regarding helmets, is this an actual requirement for the ring? I should have one to hand somewhere, assuming my head has not got fat LOL.
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You might want to update a typo Robert

"If you notice a faster car(s): - indicate to the right

- move to the left side of the track

- do not accelerate hard until the faster car(s) have passed you"


i.e. move to the right when you indicate to the right
Oops. Probably makes more sense like you say it.

I'll edit it tonight. Sorry.
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Where did you hear that the use of timing devices is fobidden Robert,
as opposed to just not recommended?

I've heard that if you are in a crash and the police finds a running stopwatch in your car, you are judged to have been racing instead of driving like a tourist and are thus more likely to be held responsible for damages.

Don't know if the Stresi checks for them, but I find it smarter to call it "forbidden" just to keep people from using it.

Edit (found this http://www.nuerburgring.de/fileadmin...hrten_NS.pdf):
Section 3: Racing is forbidden. (Speed)record attempts are forbidden.

So I would say any devices used for timing any record attemps are also forbidden. But it's not a hard rule, I agree.

I changed the text on my site to: "strongly frowned upon".

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Thanks guys, got some shopping to do at the weekend

Regarding helmets, is this an actual requirement for the ring? I should have one to hand somewhere, assuming my head has not got fat LOL.
Defintely take one mate...I had a crash at a track 18 months ago and if I had no helmet on I would have split my head open against the door pillar ! It's not poncey.
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Eddie if you don't have a helmet there must be somebody you can borrow one from for a week.

If you are stuck let me know, and I'll bring a spare but its a bit old and tatty
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Oh yeh, I noticed there is no mention of handy wipes....fresh undercrackers, and balls of steel.
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Eddie if you don't have a helmet there must be somebody you can borrow one from for a week.

If you are stuck let me know, and I'll bring a spare but its a bit old and tatty
Thanks TB, will check if my Dad still has his from his biking days.

Also found a link to a table of what is needed in each country on AA. International drivers permit is not required for France, Belgium or Germany.

http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice...equipment.html
 
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