The Freaking Ring

Trip Start Sep 17, 2010
Trip End Oct 17, 2010

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Oscar's Apartment

Flag of Germany  , Rhineland-Palatinate,
Friday, September 24, 2010

Day 7 - Nurburg:
Got up at 8:30 to make sure I was in Nurburg on time. Oscar drove me to the ring and we got there around 11. We had to wait a couple hours before the tour, so we watched some of their ring videos. At around 1, we went on the tour. With Oscar as my passenger, we drove around the old ring, stopping at special places to discuss history and certain aspects of the ring. It was really interesting. People back in the day were insane. The Lotus I drove was pretty cool. It had a failing syncro in 3rd, but I guess that's pretty normal. Car has some serious balls. I had some issues finding 4th in that car on a downshift, but other than that it was pretty good. Wish I had driving shoes so I could actually heel/toe. We got back to the garage and got our suit and helmets for the lap. They drove us over to the ring and we all took turns riding with Ron. He really didn't hold back even though it was raining the whole day. We decided to take the Lotus out instead of the GT3 since they had full wet tyres and it handled better in wet. It was awesome! We were tailing a Porsche most of the time and the bastard wouldn't let us pass. He kept trying to take him on the inside, but was getting cut off every time. He even got a little squirrely a couple times. One time over the transition from left to right banking (turned too early over the crest and fishtailed a little) and another while trying to pass the Porsche. I probably had a huge grin on my face afterward. They gave us each a beer after we got back to the garage and we gave our addresses for them to send us the video. Oscar and I were starving at this point, so we asked the guys where to go eat. They pointed us to an Italian restaurant that was pretty good. I got tortellini with ham and a cheese sauce and a couple beers. We then drove back to Oscar's house. We had a couple more beers, I posted some pictures and went to bed.
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