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      04-18-2012 08:46 AM #1
      Here are a few pics (and videos this weekend) from the April 14 Langstrecken Meisterschaft Nürburgring (VLN) 37. DMV 4-Stunden-Rennen. Check out: http://www.vln.de/rennen.gb.php?id=2012-04-14 for the entry list and race results.

      For those of you not familiar with the VLN race series: It's a handful of races (11) that are only held at the Nürburgring. The competitors are everything from purpose-built racecars that you might also see in various events including the Nürburgring 24hr Race and LeMans all the way down to amateur teams fielding race-modified hatchbacks.

      We had a really fun time... €15 got us access to the grandstands as well as the paddock area... and the pits! We pretty much had full access and were only feet from the teams during pitstops. It was pretty awesome. We also got to meet some lady named Sabine Schmitz - you might know her from Top Gear appearances and the BMW 'Ring Taxi... Oh yeah, she also has about 20,000 laps under her belt.

      Here are pictures from the Tourist Drive and our dinner with atomicalex: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...ist-Drive-Pics

      Heico Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 going hot into the corner



      SLK, Z4, GT3 RSs and Scirocco entering the Castrol-S



      Scherer Audi TT-RS



      SEAT Cupra



      Honda Civic and a new Toyota GT-86



      Aston Martin Vantage



      Black Falcon Mercedes 190E



      BMW Z4 (GT3 Class)



      Porsche 911 GT3 (997)



      McLaren MP4 (GT3 class)



      Opel Astra GTC



      Porsche 911 GT3 Cup



      Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3



      Black Falcon BMW M3



      Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS



      Falken Porsche 911 GT3 R



      Toyota GT-86



      Porsche 911 GT3



      beautiful BBS centerlock wheel with rain tires



      Audi TT-RS



      Porsche 911 RSR



      H&R's Ford GT



      Porsche 911 GT3 Cup



      Frikadelli Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R (997)



      My brother, Sabine Schmitz, and Me - our long lost cousin



      BMW M3 GT4



      MSC Adenau's Porsche Cayman



      VW Scirocco 2.0 TDI



      Car Collection Motorsport's 911 GT3 Cup and the Paul Parey 911 GT3



      Tin Tag Ferrari F458



      Ginetta G50



      H&R Ford GT



      Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R and the Black Falcon MB 190E



      Gazoo Racing Lexus LF-A



      Audi TT-S and a VW Scirocco

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      04-18-2012 11:12 AM #2
      Damn nice pics. That's not the same Falken Porsche GT3 RS that runs ALMS, is it?

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      04-18-2012 11:16 AM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by C4 A6 View Post
      Damn nice pics. That's not the same Falken Porsche GT3 RS that runs ALMS, is it?
      Thanks.

      According to the entry list ( http://www.vln.de/includes/download....012-04-14s.pdf )the #27 Falken car was driven by:

      Dumbreck, Peter
      Asch, Sebastian
      Ordonez, Lucas
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      04-18-2012 11:29 AM #4
      Nah, it's not the same, just looked up pictures.

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      04-18-2012 12:32 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by C4 A6 View Post
      Nah, it's not the same, just looked up pictures.
      Yeah, looks like the other Falken 911 was at Long Beach this weekend.
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      04-18-2012 01:43 PM #6
      awesome!!! sabine seems like she'd be a lot of fun to hang out with. the GT86 looks tiny

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      04-18-2012 01:50 PM #7
      Looks like a fantastic time. Thanks for sharing the photos!

      I want to go to that event sometime in the future.

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      04-18-2012 02:26 PM #8
      Jeff I'm so jealous of your pics, mine didn't come out half as nice as yours. I'll be posting mine some time, but the internet in my dorm in Salzburg barely works and some stubborn Austrian won't let the cable company dig in their front yard to fix the cable....



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      04-18-2012 02:46 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by choochoo View Post
      awesome!!! sabine seems like she'd be a lot of fun to hang out with. the GT86 looks tiny
      She was awesome. I don't know if sharing the last name helps out, but she seemed like a genuinely nice, down to earth person. We told her that we were eating at her family's restaurant that night and her suggestion was perfect - Argentinian filet on a hot stone. YUMMY The Toyota engineer with Gazoo Racing was making fun of the GT86.

      Quote Originally Posted by phryxis View Post
      Looks like a fantastic time. Thanks for sharing the photos!

      I want to go to that event sometime in the future.
      No problem... Now I need to go through the parking lot and track pictures from the tourist drive sessions!

      Quote Originally Posted by ErikGTI View Post
      Jeff I'm so jealous of your pics, mine didn't come out half as nice as yours. I'll be posting mine some time, but the internet in my dorm in Salzburg barely works and some stubborn Austrian won't let the cable company dig in their front yard to fix the cable....

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      Well, you can get all the pictures from me when you're up here in June. Good luck with the internet!
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      04-19-2012 03:13 AM #10
      Look for a thread from the Tourist Drive...

      I was hoping this thread would generate some more interest - tough crowd I guess.
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      Quote Originally Posted by NoDubJustYet View Post
      Look for a thread from the Tourist Drive...

      I was hoping this thread would generate some more interest - tough crowd I guess.
      Yeah you would think a nicely composed thread with great pics from an amazing event would garner more than a few replies... yet, it's the threads full of complaining that last for pages and pages.

      I make a conscious effort to comment if I like something, especially good photo threads because I know what a PITA it is to post multiple photos I've done 100 photo threads in one sitting, and I always thank my lucky stars that I'm good at doing repetitive motions.

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      04-19-2012 05:04 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by phryxis View Post
      Yeah you would think a nicely composed thread with great pics from an amazing event would garner more than a few replies... yet, it's the threads full of complaining that last for pages and pages.

      I make a conscious effort to comment if I like something, especially good photo threads because I know what a PITA it is to post multiple photos I've done 100 photo threads in one sitting, and I always thank my lucky stars that I'm good at doing repetitive motions.
      Thanks... This only my second big go around with the new camera - first major use was in Rome a few weeks ago. Still learning all gee-wiz-bang features. I was playing around with shutter speed a lot, that's why some of the wheels look damn near stopped.

      I would have assumed that a picture thread from an obscure race series at the Nürburgring of all places would have brought more interest.

      Oh well.
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      04-19-2012 08:43 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by NoDubJustYet View Post
      Thanks... This only my second big go around with the new camera - first major use was in Rome a few weeks ago. Still learning all gee-wiz-bang features. I was playing around with shutter speed a lot, that's why some of the wheels look damn near stopped.

      I would have assumed that a picture thread from an obscure race series at the Nürburgring of all places would have brought more interest.

      Oh well.
      I like it!

      Can I post some of your pics on the CNCpics Facebook page?

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      04-19-2012 09:04 AM #14
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      I like it!

      Can I post some of your pics on the CNCpics Facebook page?

      PM sent.
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      04-19-2012 09:21 AM #15
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      My brother, Sabine Schmitz, and Me - our long lost cousin

      Let me guess... you are on the faaar left bombing the photo?
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      04-19-2012 09:28 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by KrautFed View Post
      Let me guess... you are on the faaar left bombing the photo?
      LMAO!

      I saw that after I uploaded the pics...
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      04-19-2012 09:32 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by NoDubJustYet View Post
      LMAO!

      I saw that after I uploaded the pics...

      Wow, I didn't even notice that . Jeff, my internet is working better now. Mind if I post my pics here too?



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      04-19-2012 09:55 AM #18
      Have at it!
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      04-19-2012 09:58 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by NoDubJustYet View Post
      Have at it!
      Awesome, until then I'll leave this here http://www.vln.de/fotoalbum.de.php?rennen=2012-04-14


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      04-20-2012 03:14 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by SVT2888 View Post
      I like it!

      Can I post some of your pics on the CNCpics Facebook page?

      Make sure you check out the Tourist Drive pics... You know, from when people actually drive their cars - unlike those fancy schmancy CNC cars.
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      04-20-2012 03:43 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by NoDubJustYet View Post
      I was hoping this thread would generate some more interest - tough crowd I guess.
      Nah - we are just speechless!

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      04-20-2012 05:02 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by feels_road View Post
      Nah - we are just speechless!
      That's how we felt! I was under the impression that our admission (15€) let us into the grandstands and gave us access to the paddock before the race. We got in a little late, checked-in at the hotel, and headed to the "ringwerk" area. We hit the gift shop and grabbed a quick bit to eat - but we were too late to get in before the race started. We decided to pay admission anyway (even though you can go just about anywhere to watch the race for free). The grandstands were pretty much empty and the tickets were general admission, so you could go anywhere. We were amazed when we walked out the door right to the straightaway. It was pretty much amazing...

      We hung out there for a little bit and then decided to take the tunnel over to the paddock area... We noticed people just waltzing in and out of the actual garages into the pits - people that were obviously not affiliated with the race or the teams. So, we played the "act like you know you're doing game" and headed into a garage... right into a pit stop. All of the teams were really cool and gave everyone heads up when a car was going to be coming in for a stop. Otherwise it was a free for all. It's hard to put into words just how awesome the experience was.

      Meeting Sabine Schmitz was just icing on the cake.
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      04-20-2012 07:10 AM #23
      Being in the pits among the mechanics as they rush out to the car with new tires, fuel etc is unlike any thing I could have imagined. It really puts you in the race, the only thing that could have immersed you more was riding along with the drivers lol. I feel like watching any racing on TV from now on will be extremely boring until they find a way to transmit the smell of burning rubber, hot brakes, and race fuel along with the normal TV broadcast. Anyway, here's me with Sabine Schmitz, as Jeff said meeting her was icing on an already awesome day. It's funny how it happened, I was taking a video of some GT3R in the pits when I noticed a familiar face on the other side of the car that was none other than the Queen of the 'Ring. I don't think I realized until then I was even at the garage of her team.




      The #72 S Pole Racing 911 GT3 leaving the pits.

      A MP4-12C that we saw in the paddock area. This is the first one I've seen in person and it looks a lot better in person I think. Pictures don't do it justice.

      These guys had an LF-A and the GT-86.


      Ronal Turbo's on a Miata? TCL approved?


      Apparently the driver of this RCZ has a stock RCZ as well and was tearing it around the 'Ring during the Tourist Drive, it was something else. I thought for sure the car had to be modded but it was just impressive driving

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      04-20-2012 07:33 AM #24
      Thanks for posting more, Erik.

      I need to start a YouTube account to get all of my videos posted... Maybe this weekend.
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      04-20-2012 10:10 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by NoDubJustYet View Post
      Make sure you check out the Tourist Drive pics... You know, from when people actually drive their cars - unlike those fancy schmancy CNC cars.
      Well it's not like the cars teleport to CNC

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