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Nurburgring Trip Report, I will be back for sure!!

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    Though I would shove this in here as its just a pretty S3 and you lot are the ones I talk to most.

    Just wanna say a big thanks to Prawn for helping get everything in place for a good trip and giving me advice! Your a top man I owe you a drink at least Saturday!!!

    As some of you may know this year was my 1st trip the Nurburgring. Not that I was excited or anything, its something I have wanted to do since I could drive, done hundreds of laps of it on the forza and needed to go and live the dream. Happened like all good things, mentioned it to a mate in the pub, he was up for it. Got a couple of others involved and off we went.


    Didnt take us long to get it booked up, just looked on the internet for the touristenfahrten date, chose a weekend and book accommodation and a boat.


    The date we picked didnt have alot of track time, we booked it knowing that it might open up after VLN Saturday evening but would be open all Sunday. This was on purpose, the idea of this trip was to get to know the area, and find out how it all worked, without feeling the need to put the car through huge amounts of laps on the track.


    So this is how it all started out:


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    4am. 2 Cars 4 people loaded up for the ring, to be at the ferry port for just before 7.
    Packed included clothes obviously!! trolley jack, some tools, helmets, oil and brake fluid.
    Also had European break down cover just in case!!


    Chose the ferry as it was cheaper than the tunnel, had food and a chance to kick back and relax.


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    Got to the other side around half 9 local time and drove on down the E40 all the way to Nurburg pretty much. Once you get to the final hour you come of the motorway on to B roads, loads of great bends, hairpins and views!! Winding you down into the forest.


    We rocked up around half 2 at our hotel, Burgstube. Great owners Martin and Heidi welcomed us, we were told to make ourselfs at home and then come back down when we were ready for a saftey briefing as we were 1st timers.


    Burgstube Nürburg - Hotel at the Nürburgring - +49 170 8080256


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    So after we got ourself settled we went down for the safety briefing, now this wasnt some causal chat about the do's and don'ts out there it was serious. We were sat down to watch a video of a lap, showing us where it all could go wrong so easily (every coner and straight). Each time Martin would stop the tape point to his "crash map" on the wall to talk us through some else's miss fortune. Then he went into liabilities the fact your not insured going to jail yada yada yada. This killed the mood well and truely, I already knew the risks but this brought it home. This was a no messing brief, shock and oar style. Martin is now known as the fun sponge!!


    We then moved onto talking about the VLN race the next day, basically a 6hr endurance race where lots of difference classed car compete, from clio 182' to le mans group B style cars. He talked us through where was best to go watch round the track, going down to the paddock and looking and all the necessaries bits. Then his mate who was competing walked in moans about binning the car during practise. Brilliant!!!


    Then came some good news "touristenfahrten days after a VLN is when the track is a its most grippy, however if it rains after the race the track is a its most slippy, like ice" wise words. Sun was shining so great!!


    That even we went for a walk and then back up to a restaurant by the hotel for food this is where we also discovered bitburger beer. If you take nothing away from this report, try some of this next time you find it on tap its amazing. After a few to many we went to bed for VLN the next day.


    VLN next day was great to watch although there is alot of walking to get to the good spots round the track and these are not well made foot paths. We stopped of at a few spots to watch.


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    after this we went and explored a bit more around the area.


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    Then we went back for food, for dinner we went to Sabine Smit's ( one off top gear on anything ring related) parents Pistenklause Restaurant. We had steak on the stone, was recommend to be by a friend so had to try it.


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    I would recommend it to now!!!!
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    I had a coke as I wanted to chuck my so called "petrol head" friends who were scared to be driven fast round the local roads out of the car and I went for blast.


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    This went well hammering round the twisties and hairpins coming out hairpins in 4wd drift ;). Also definitely found a local in an arbarth 500 that was racing me up the hill side fast and furious style, hit 130 on a straight road that runs parallel to the ring main straight. Then slowed up and had a look at the ring car park, he pulled in and complimented me on my flames from the exhaust and asked a few questions.


    I then shot of to the hotel to catch up on some bitburger before bed and the big day. ;)


    Woke up to find rain, the words of martin ringing in my ears about the track being at its slippiest if it rains after VLN, made me feel **** and scared haha. Went down for breakfast for Hiedi tp start telling us not to bother going out and go back to bed. So what did we do??


    My mate not driving, went down and hired a swift, we bought some laps and headed on out. Him in the Swift with passenger and me in the TT with passenger.
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    Yes it was slippy but the just mean we slowed down and took in the track. Only had one nutter in a Clio RS come past other than that no cars on the road! I was very glad I had played it on the xbox to know the ruff layout, but did not expect the gradients there mental.


    After completing a lap and looking around the car park the sun came out and we went and watch for a bit, and during the course of the day headed back out to completed a few more DRY laps between ring closure's due to accidents.


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    Some finally of me out on track :D


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    And some shots of the track:
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    Dry laps were great fun, except when the following happens:
    Ibiza curpa R nearly rear ends you twice because hes a ****.
    Compete 911 GT3 club of 6 cars comes fly past through high speeds bends not waiting for you to move out the way and the come either side of you.


    Out of my own interest to see how easy this 10 minute lap was I timed using a GPS app my 1st dry lap was a 10.52, not to bad. Martin was expecting 1st timers to be more into the 13 mins. This only improve around half a minute as there was a lot of cars on track and I kept coming across safety cars and accidents. That time may sound slow to you, but for me a time of that kind of pace meant a fun safe lap without me taking any risks more that already being there.


    After this we left a 7pm to be back at the ferry for midnight. This made it along day!! Very glad to get back to bed!


    I will do this again but next time I will do 4 days, bring chairs to sit and watch the action on, and make sure I have decent shoes to walk miles in. haha


    Anyone fansy another trip let me know!!
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    Steak on the stone at Hotel Pistenklaus!! Happy memories.

    Glad you had a fantastic time mate, photos tell a great story!!
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    Looks like a brilliant trip. Something I've always wanted to do.. if not just to say that I've done it!

    Doesn't seem like it'd cost too much for a weekend either?
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    Around £400 all in based on 2 sharing a car (not that you can get anyone else in a TT). Cost will go up alot the more laps you do! Your looking at 26 euro for a lap ticket, and over a gallon of fuel for a lap I would have thought!!
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    AWESOME :)
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    Glad you had a good time mate, and very glad indeed that it all went well for you.

    Just seeing those pics of your car under the big sign makes me tingle, I want to be back there so much, but it'll be a long time for me I think!
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    We can do one end of September or early next year??? I need to go back!!!
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    German beer and steak on a stone..can't beat it!
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    [Aug 21, 2012]
    It was going well 'till I read that :noway: you're the reason why there's often police presence in the local villages as you're the type of person who drives 600mile to the Ring to drive 130mph on the roads around the Ring and not the track itself.
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    He started it haha! In my defence I wasn't pushing that hard, on the twisties and when we put our foot down I could see the whole length of the road! Yes it was silly but kids just wanna fun! And for reference I only saw one police car in the whole trip outside England!
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    [Aug 21, 2012]
    Great write up, looks like you had a fun time. Reminds me of my first time a couple of years ago.
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    Yes but it may be spoils it for the rest of us. A bit like the Skyline owners that generally thrash their cars in the surrounding small villages and then crawl round the track. It's serisouly uncool to drive over there and race round the local roads when there's a track to use and usually you just know he's gonna be slow on track. Don't be that guy is all I'm saying.
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    To be fair Rich, the speed limit on that road is 80km, so only 50mph, and the police camp out in the layby opposite Eds a LOT!

    c_w of NL fame?
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    awesome write up! just found this thread on a search as I'm in the a4 section (looking to buy first audi ;) ). Glad you had an awesome time! Safety briefing sounds intense!...but then again with the volume of accidents they have I'm not surprised.

    Once I have my audi I'm planning a road trip to visit some friends in the Netherlands around sept/oct 2013 time and we were thinking of a day trip to Cologne or something..... but after seeing a thread about the Nurburgring on another forums I googled it as I didn't know where in germany it actually was and it's only a bit further down than Cologne!!! so dabbling with the idea of making a day(poss 1 night stay) of it and get a few laps :D

    got a lot of googling to do though about insurance/breakdown/etc etc regarding it though!

    Pics are awesome too! only had a quick glance as in work ;) but shall take another look later!! any vids? :D
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