Met up with a young
guy - John - and his female passenger in a 15-year-old
Honda CRX who had made the detour after visiting his
father in Belgium. Clare took his passenger out for
a lap in the 944 which she enjoyed immensely, while
Floyd took John out in his Impreza. Clare then had a
lap in John's car. He was going rather well considering
this was his first trip, until something didn't feel
right and he pulled over at Breidscheid for a quick
inspection. John assured Clare that he would make it
back to the car park which it did.
While talking about
the problem with the car, Bren mentioned that Achim
- of Ring-Mini fame - was breaking a CRX and may have
the part required to fix it. A quick call by Bren and
Achim appeared ready to tow the car and get it fixed.
John later informed the Northloopers that it was a broken
CV and Achim was able to repair it in under an hour
and for the princely sum of 60 Euros! The Ring is a
wonderful place, isn't it?
After a lap with
Clare driving the 944, Dave put a rather serious proposal
to her. Well, it had to happen in the car park of the
Ring didn't it? Clare said yes and promptly asked where
her very own 'ring' was. Dave said that she could choose
it herself when they got back to Blighty.
The evening meal
was at the Chinese restaurant in Adenau and again, Jochen
and Mark joined the four staying at Eddie's. Jochen
had been on numerous occasions, so it was left to him
to choose the dishes to share. Clare and Dave announced
their engagement and Clare was presented by the restaurant
manager with a pretty bottle of plum liquer to take
home, perhaps to be opened on the wedding night? Wonder
how long that will keep for.........?
Few laps in the morning
before going home, one of which found Clare giving Floyd
a lap in the 944 and Dave in Simon's Impreza. This lap
was promising to be a hot one, so Simon set his covert
recording equipment to the 'on' position. Remember Clare's
revenge from earlier? Well, it happened on this lap!
Kesselchen was taken
flat out by Clare and the 944 was pulling away from
the STi. (Floyd doesn't weigh much does he?) Just before
the start of the long left-handers, Clare slipped into
4th gear and gave it some welly. Unfortunately, there
was a flat-bed lorry doing about 30mph right on the
line she was taking. Clare lifted in order to slow down
but as it was a fast corner, the back end fishtailed
as the lorry came closer. Luckily she managed to pull
the back end into shape and continue the lap without
damage. Phew, that was a close one!
The journey home
beckoned and the tired foursome bid farewell to the
Nordschleife for another year. Simon and Floyd were
catching the return leg of their tunnels tickets and
Dave and Clare were booked onto the SpeedFerries sailing
from Boulogne - 20 miles further - so put the pedal
to the metal to make it in time. Fortunately for them,
the Belgian Police did not see them making very good
progress through their territory. Unfortunately for
Floyd, they did see him. The nice Policeman gave him
a lift to the nearest cash machine and a fine of 175
Euros was levied.
and Clare arrived back at Simon's house to collect the
Astra for the final stage of the journey. As soon as
everyone was home, the ritual trawling of the internet
started and pictures were found of all cars.