AUSZUG AUS DEM VCA UK FORUM :flippin' heck i dont know where to start ! except that was by far the best car event i've ever been to, 1200 miles of door to door fun
Just about everything ran smoothly all the way through with the superb german track-like surfaced roads (off the motorways) and hardly any traffic, absolutely stunning breath taking scenery, i can see
why they picked that area and town to host the event. A brief desciption for those unfortunates who couldnt make it:
met VP and PDP cruise down to Dr.Bobs to collect the Pikey Ballast
then onto to Ashford for a nice hotel and overnight stop, meeting Paul,Barbs,Jenny and Andrew for tea
early breakfast and short hop to the tunnel to meet the rest of the thurs gang, except Graham who got stuck on the M25 after a lorry had over turned and closed the motorway, he took the next train. Quite
a bit of traffic out of Calais and loads of roadworks for the first few hours, a stop for lunch and fuel and we eventually met Graham in the afternoon about an hour short of the hotel. Check in, a quick
briefing off Max and his team then off in taxi's to a fab italian for some grub and beers
We had friday morning to ourselves, so a leisurely breakfast and quick scout around the town before the Fri UK gang arrived at around 3pm with the majority of the German VCA. At 3.45 we all meet for the
afternoon cruise, quite a sight snaking in a line for 70 miles around the Rhine, wow a real eye opener, amazing, castles everywhere perched on mountains, we park for a drink mid way for some group pics
before heading back to the hotel for a buffet, and a few more beers
breakfast and out early for the airbase day, we were split into x3 groups with 16 cars in each, rotating around the 1/4 mile, a small salom track around the cones and four laps around the perimeter (4
cars at a time) runway/taxi area with one timed lap at the end running on your own, more lovely food at lunch. Back to the hotel for an hour before we got on a huge river boat which moored up along the
car park we were using for a 5 hour trip, where once again we were fed, and trophies given out, well done Fishboy !! for collecting one in each discipline and a couple of speeches by Max and Paul, before
a firework display
a little surprize for me at breakfast !!! t'was my birthday and infront of the whole hotel it was announced by Mich, and that the UK club had very secretly arranged a extremely hot lap for me in the Zacspeed
Viper around the Ring with their pro-driver (Andy) so 30 miles and a slice of choc birthday cake i find myself sporting a balaclava and helmet getting strapped into the viper...
just as we pulled away he calmly told me over the intercom just the day before he was the driver involved in a huge, high-speed accident in their 'other' viper which was said to of been written off!! he
was the first around a bend and ran over some oil dropped by a 911, which sent him into a un-contollable spin, another six cars followed 200 metres of barrier destroyed, the track was closed for several
hours of clearing up and repairs.
As we touched over an estimated 120mph going by the revs (the speedo had been disconnected so not to scare people )darting in and out of 'slower' and lots of traffic Andy told me he had completed over
3500+ laps around the track, the car had a few mods, Move-it brakes which were proven by far to be the best, Stoptech wheels, the same racing gearbox as their 24-hour race car with dry sump for improved
life span, upgraded suspension, roll cage and harness's, the engine was standard, but boy did it move in his hands !
Quite an experience which ill never forget, awesome smooth driving skills
picking a route through the other cars we must of passed at least 20 other cars, hard instant braking that made you think your head will fall off, the extreme grip, high speed riding the curbs, ive been
in a few fast cars on quite a few tracks, but Andy was in an entirely different world of speed previously unknown to me, what a great birthday i thank you all !!!
pack up and head to the tunnel and a fantastic UK convoy passing the F1 circuit en route, more brill deserted roads and a bit of higher speed driving later on
I must applaud the German VCA, Max and his team for expertly organising a wonderful few days for us all, Mr and Mrs L once again for all their efforts, and everyone else their for making it such a memorable,
fun packed trip, how we laughed !