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Drove the Nordschleife at the Nurburgring

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  1. B16

    B16 Super Moderator VIP

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    Well, I just got back last night from my euro trip. It was a great time. We started off
    flying into Frankfurt and picking up the rental car. It was a newer (04?) Mercedes E 220
    Turbo Diesel Wagon. They didn't have the A4 I requested, so they upgraded us. I must say
    the navigation was essential driving through the Rhineland of Germany, I was able to get
    everywhere with ease. The autobahn is quite an experience. Doing 140kmh is slow, fastest
    we got the wagon up to was 225kmh :). Roads are super smooth and nice, when you come to a
    section of the autobahn that is bumpy, they have signs saying so and requesting you slow
    down, top notch.

    The day going to the ring was quite the day. It started off with us heading to Burg Eltz
    where I proposed to my G/F of 5 years, Sabrina. After Burg Eltz it was off to the ring.
    Navigation got us right there with ease. On the way I noticed a house with an Evo 5 with
    roll cage sitting in the front yard, must be nice to live 10 minutes from the ring? hehe.
    So we finally find out where to get onto the Nordschleife (Northern loop) where others were
    just showing up to purchase their tickets for the day. Apparently, the ring is only open
    for a couple of hours during the week in the early evening. Weekends its open pretty much
    all day. I park in this parking lot near the toll gate as other cars such as a TVR and
    Ferrari F355 show up, along with some other golf’s. Another stand out car was this Ford
    Focus RS with a cage inside and big brakes. I proceed to the ticketing machine to buy my
    tickets. You can buy them one at a time for 16 Euro, or packs of 4-10 where you get better
    savings. Because of time constraints I decided to buy 2 laps. Sabrina hops into the
    shotgun seat with our new canon digital camcorder and we head up to the toll gate. They
    have 2 lines for cars, 1 line for bikes and another line for buses/taxi's. We pull up to
    the gate and I insert my ticket, the gate lifts and my heart suddenly starts racing as I
    realize I'm doing something I've only dreamed of for years. We head out onto the track in
    the uphill section of the enormous front straight going through an orange cone chicane
    before releasing you onto the actual track. Once out I got that heavy ass diesel going as
    best as I could. The car was quite slow, but was still able to get us moving. During this
    time me trekking up the hill bikes start passing me and heading up into the first set of
    esses. I have driven the Ring many times on PGR 2 and GT4. I must say GT4 gives the best
    real world simulation. However, the game being a great simulation, it cannot account for
    track texture and elevation changes. Other than that, I felt very comfortable at least
    knowing my way around the track before I got out there. The bikes were very quick out
    there. The rules of the track are you are not allowed to stop anywhere any time on the
    track (sorry brian, no hondaswap.com tag on the carosouel :) ). Also, you must pass on the left and when being passed, stay to the right. There
    were a few nice cars out there, Ferrari F355 for one and some TVR with a turbo 6.

    I must say that track is a blast. It was quite intimidating being on such an old track
    with the rails so close to you. :) The Benz held her own for what it was. I can't wait
    to go back again.

    Here are a few pictures I took with a video of my 2nd lap on the Nordschleife.



    The race car:
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    Me in front of the track map:
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    The gate onto the ring:
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    Sequence of me putting in my ticket and heading up onto the track:
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    Cars and bikes on the track:
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    Incar footage shot by my fiance, sorry for the shakyness. :p
    http://www.norcalmotorsports.org/users/vid...ngLetterbox.wmv
     
  2. reikoshea

    reikoshea HS Troll...And Mod Moderator VIP

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    thats freakin cool, you fianced yourself, you got to do something ive been dreaming about forever (nurburgring) AND your fiance was willing to ride with you.

    congrats all around. Ill watch the vid when my boss leaves, but damnit im jealous right now.
     
  3. E_SolSi

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    good video.... congrats on the engagement :thumbsup:

    i love at the end then your just standing there half speechless all happy and stupid [​IMG] i would have been the same way
     
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    aren't video cameras not allowed?

    not that it matters, but i was reading on some site that they aren't allowed

    Congrats though, i hope to one day make it there.
     
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    You are correct, they are not allowed. Please don't narc me out. [​IMG]
     
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    thats why she put the camera down about half way into it.
     
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    Hey was that a Caterham right there at 13:25?
     
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    awesome, that thing is sweet on GT4
     
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    You are one lucky man. At some point in my life, I'll need to drive the ring as well....ahh someday...
     
  12. pissedoffsol

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    Another one bites the dust. heheh... congrats :mrgreen:


    /// passat wagon passes....
    "He's using the line too!"

    she's a keeper. lol


    how was the bumpieness of the track? in the 190e, it pulls everywhere in gt4. i didin't see you fighting it though.

    you're fired.

    I told you to go at night.... wait until sun light, and tag it.

    bimmerforums is now > hondaswap beacause of you [​IMG]


    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] I was leanin' lol


    <-- jelous as fak
     
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    a tag like that for HS woulda been sweet.
     
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    Yes she is :)

    Some parts were kinda bumpy, but it wasn't as bad as i was expecting. I wasn't really pushing the car much at all since I didn't know the track very well, that was only my 2nd real lap. I was surprised how well the car did drive for how big, heavy and underpowerd it was. :)

    I was only there for a few hours. Funny, when I was driving through the carosuel i could see that tag and immediately thought of you. infact, in the first video (which i didn't post) i mention it. haha.

    :p
    I have now checked off one thing I needed to do before I died.
     
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