Well... the weekend was awesome. Hopefully you already saw the pics from the VLN Race ( http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...il-14-VLN-Race ). The weather on Saturday was sunny and in the high 40's. The race ran from noon to 4pm and then they began cleaning the track up. The tourist drive started around 6pm. We hung out in the lot and checked the cars. As always there were extremely rare, extremely expensive cars being used for their intended purpose! Saturday night was pretty crowded on the track, unfortunately.
Saturday night we ate at Sabine Schmitz's family's restaurant with atomicalex and her son. When we met her that afternoon she suggested the Argentinian filet served on a hot stone - it was awesome. There are a couple shots from dinner thrown in the mix.
Sunday morning was extremely foggy and quite cold (mid to high 30s)... Fortunately the track was completely dry. I only did one lap Saturday night because it was crowded, so I had three more to go. The track wasn't very crowded so you could really focus on your line and hitting the apexes. It was a blast. This is my third time driving the 'Ring (I now have nine whole laps under my belt) and I've become more and more comfortable each time. I really wish I lived closer, but that's okay - I could see lots of added expenses to the car!
The Car Lounge get-together kind of fell apart. I really only hung out with atomicalex... The rest of the gang came up from various USAF/USA facilities late Sunday morning it seemed, so we didn't hookup unfortunately. Next year we need to plan the meeting point a little better!
The best part of the tourist drive was that we were driving the VLN course which includes the normal 20km Nordschleife coupled with a part of the Grand Prix course! It was awesome tearing down the straight and going around the Castrol-S!
I hope you guys enjoy the pics.
Saturday after the race
Our trusty steeds
Porsche 928... That I passed!
911 GT2 - quite commonplace
E46 M3 CSL - there were at least two others in the lot
Opel Speedster - by Lotus
Renault Clio Sport V6 - I've only seen one of these in real life once before - really cool stuff
Gallardo and Murcielago
One lap down, three to go! Daily driver is still in one piece!
Dinner at the Schmitz Family's Pistenklause
ErikGTI drinking wine out of the decanter... classy. That's atomicalex to the left...
Früh Kölsch - one of Sabine Schmitz team's sponsors
More of the restaurant
The next day
Our very own beer truck
911 GT3 RS 4.0
F10 Ring Taxi
atomicalex's MkIII Golf variant
Me driving down Brünnchen
And up to Planzgarten
993 Turbo and Ring Taxi
911 GT2 RS (there was at least one other there... with NORWEGIAN plates!!)
Rent4Ring Swift that my colleague rented - surprisingly quick and nimble - lots of fun!
My buddy in the Swift... beating a Porsche!
Sacred Disorder's badass MINI Clubman S