I`ve shared a couple of these reports before but had completely forgotten to post the more recent ones
If anyone want me to share my previous trips, let me know and I will do, but I'm not sure how much interest there is in the exploits of a MK2 Golf track car ? Most people seem to have moved onto the newer stuff
Hopefully this is the correct section ? If it should be somewhere else please let me know
Anway, here we go, Lets start with the trip across on Day 1
I have never been more prepared and confident heading across to the Ring for a trackday. I always set off with the Golf working but I've had a few annoying failures that need fixing whilst I'm in Germany. This time I was able to spend a bit of time tidying it up as there was nothing mechanical that needed doing. New splitter and bumper tidied up the front end nicely. It's almost looking presentable ! Loading the car up feeling happy with the preparation you've put into the car and it's readiness for the upcoming event is a great feeling and something I hope continues to be the case.
I`ve kept chipping away at the issues and not only fixing them but doing my best to engineer them out so they don't fail again. The biggest concern now are the CV joints but the last session on the dyno and the boost-by-gear settings on the ECU should reduce the chances of those failing.
The last problem that kept niggling away was oil surge. Since I fitted the 17" slicks I found the extra sidewall stiffness gave me a really nice and sharp turn in but that caused the oil to slosh around too much in the sump causing low oil pressure. I fitted an accusump and when I remembered to turn it on, it made a huge difference at Bedford the other week
Loading up onto the trailer is easy with the new tilt bed.
Cat's boyfriend Matt came with us to Spa Francorchamps last year but this was to be his first ever trip to the Nürburgring and he was pretty excited. (I'll call him MattC for the rest of this report, it saves confusion between him and my son Matt )
As usual we took the Hull to Rotterdam overnight ferry but this time they upgraded us to a Club cabin. Very nice it was too with a comfy double bed and more room to move around in. Same bathroom and I`m not sure that I'd pay the upgrade cost if there were just 2 of us.
The included mini bar was a nice surprise.
The Brasserie was fully booked so we ordered Pizza from Starbucks instead as we didn't fancy the buffet. They actually weren't bad at all.
The drive down to Nurburg was trouble free with only a single stop along the way for food. I've posted enough photos of driving across Europe in the last few years, you don't need to see anymore this time
We'd arrived a day earlier than usual and MattC was keen to see the circuit so for the first time in years we went and watched some Touristenfahrten. Pflanzgarten first then round to Brunchen 1 & 2. Then the track closed so we drove down to Adenau to watch Bredischeid and walk up to Weirseifen.
The accident that had caused the closure was bad enough that the track never reopened for the rest of the evening so after a few photos we headed back to the guesthouse.
As it was the Truck GP a lot of the restaurants were full but we'd called in to the Il Cavallino earlier and booked a table. What a disappointing meal that turned out to be . Not only did it take them 30 minutes to bring the beer, but when the food finally arrived another 45 minutes later they'd completely forgotten MattC's meal ! They were full, I get that but the service was particularly bad and the food average at best. A shame as we'd been before and had a good meal but I definitely won't be rushing back.
Sunday morning and we decided to do a bit more spectating, after a failed attempt to get to the Karussel and being shouted at by the Mayors wife in Herschbroich, we parked up and walked to the Mini Karussel and Schwalbenschwantz.
When watching TF it's immediately apparent from their lines who has done a lot of laps and who hasn't.
Then it was time to set up ready for the signing on and briefing. Darren had moved to the E-Sports bar opposite the huge Nürburgring sign. This was the first time we'd been based here but it worked really well, the large carpark meant the problems of parking we sometimes experience simply weren't an issue.
Darren explaining about the one-to-one briefings we give to drivers on these days. No mass briefing as on the DN events, just a quiet talk to every driver when they sign on. It works really well and the drivers feel more comfortable asking questions they wouldn't in a room with 100 people.
It worked out that the ladies did the paperwork and the men did the briefing. Nothing sexist about it, that's just how it worked this time !
By 18:00 everyone had been signed on and we then cleared everything away ready for the private track walk. MattC was very keen to see the circuit and this was a perfect opportunity so Cat and he booked on. The coach left from the Sports bar for the tour. I've walked the track quite a few times now so the rest of us didn't go.
The coach stopped at several places where they disembarked, had a beer if they wanted one and had the corner, lines and braking points explained in great detail by the Andy, the Nürburgring instructor.
Every person I spoke to afterwards said how informative it was and they highly recommended it.
The problem was the guide was TOO good. He spent absolutely ages at each point and the 1 hour trip took 2 hours. That's fine for those on the trip but less so for the rest of us waiting to go and have something to eat. They finally arrived back and we drove down to the Comfy Corner for a meal along with Alex, Rich, Nicola, Ant & Rich. Jörg messaged me a couple of times as he was finishing up in the kitchen and we were the last table booked but as it worked out we made it in time and had a very enjoyable evening.