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John Ramsay
post 22nd January 2010 15:33
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Hey guys, understand a few of you have been to the ring before, possibly in alfas. Just wondering if you've got any tips for a first timer, plan on going end of july for a week! Going to be taking my cloverleaf, estimating 700 quid in total for the trip!
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post 22nd January 2010 15:41
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sounds like great fun, wish i could do that one day smile.gif


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post 22nd January 2010 16:47
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QUOTE(John Ramsay @ 22nd January 2010 15:33) *
Hey guys, understand a few of you have been to the ring before, possibly in alfas. Just wondering if you've got any tips for a first timer, plan on going end of july for a week! Going to be taking my cloverleaf, estimating 700 quid in total for the trip!


Hi John,

Here's a thread worth reading... http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtop...;hl=nurburgring

I've been twice. First trip was in a 145 QV, second in my current 166 - both amazing experiences and both cars were standard spec (apart from a strut brace on the 145).

On any public day, the track is pretty quiet during the first and last hour of opening. To find your feet, so to speak, I'd recommend you drive your first lap during these times.

Drive as quick (or as slow) as you feel comfortable with. Try not to drive like a loon, you will be found out! Oh, and enjoy.

Any other queries, just ask!
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post 22nd January 2010 18:07
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Thanks guys,

Great info, what have you lot done about insurance? I'm tempted not to get any insurance and just not crash haha.
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post 24th January 2010 21:45
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Wondered where this thread moved to! Bumpity, just wondering if anyone has got experience of trackday insurance for it.
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post 24th January 2010 21:57
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yeah i moved it to the nurbergring subforum laugh.gif


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post 24th January 2010 22:12
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QUOTE(John Ramsay @ 24th January 2010 21:45) *
Wondered where this thread moved to! Bumpity, just wondering if anyone has got experience of trackday insurance for it.


I was with Direct Line and up until 2008 (the year of my last trip) I was covered. However, I'm pretty sure that no standard policies now cover the ring.

I know of some folk who've been with no added insurance, whilst taking a credit card to pay for potential armco damage - they returned in good order.

Have never asked for a trackday quote - have you enquired?
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post 24th January 2010 22:37
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Not yet, was hoping someone on here might have had experience! Will start the investigations...
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post 25th January 2010 07:08
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It might be worth dropping E500 TAT a pm. He's been several times.


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Try doing a search on Pistonheads about the ring. Theres a specific thread about insurance on there.

I was thinking of doing the ring too but bottled it when I looked at the cost of insurance, pretty sure the cheapest quote I saw was around the 80 a day mark. I think driving the ring without insurance is too big a risk for me....
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post 30th January 2010 01:13
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If you want any info on getting there try ben lovejoy's old site, not been updated properly for a while but very helpful.

Any other info try northloop as its very handy but dont get asking too many 'newbie' questions as theres a lot of pi55 taking on there.

Just take your time and enjoy it blink.gif

Its a brilliant experience.

As for insurance, if you have european cover, most policies allow you 90 days european cover you just have to tell them when and where your going, dont mention the ring specifically, when i call them i say i'm going to france, belgium, germany and holland, thats the countries you'll be going through (holland is close by and you may go through there or end up there from a wrong turning).

It is a legal requirement for your insurance to cover you whilst abroad, the nurburgring is a public toll road and as such you need insurance to drive on it like any other road in germany, what i'm saying is your insurance has to cover you.

In the past an insurance company might have put in clauses like "excludes toll roads" but there are other toll roads in germany/europe and you need to be covered for those so now they are not suposed to exclude this so your insurance cant stop you going over.

It is still a grey area in so much as until someone tries to make a claim and fights the insurance companies we might never know but a look around the northloop site (not a search, the search button does not work whistle.gif ) will show you the same results, there is a guy on there who's a motoring lawer and preches (sp) all the time.

What you've not got to say specifically to your insurance is "i'm off to the ring next week am i covered?" they'll probably say no and not offer you the insurance you should have.

Its not a race track when its "Touristenfahrten," so you dont need track day cover, your not on a track day.

Just a word of caution, in the summer months when you are planning to go, it does get very busy and gets closed when accidents occur, then people get frustrated at not being able to go out on the ring, then it opens after the mess has been cleared up and everyone goes mad to make up time, if its your first time dont go out at these times, let it cool down for 15 minutes and then go at your own pace, stick to the right and let the others pass you on the left (its germany, they overtake on that side) and the last 20 minutes/half hour it can get mad too, its open until 7.30pm at the weekends.

Keep an eye out on your mirrors those porsches (and local golfs) catch you up very fast and will be by you at speed, indicate right to let them know you've seen them and let em past.

If you can, have the weekend there and enjoy it but better would be staying on for a couple of days in the week, it'll probably be open mondays from about 2.00pm till 7.30 pm and this is a quieter time and better for someone going for the first time, tuesdays in the summer will see the road ope from say 5.00pm to 7.30pm and again these are the quietest times.

And don't put a sticker on your car until you've done the lap whistle.gif whistle.gif
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post 2nd February 2010 20:10
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This might explain it more legally blush.gif
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post 9th April 2010 14:33
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post 9th April 2010 15:55
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QUOTE(E500 TAT @ 9th April 2010 15:33) *


nice 1 with the pic laugh.gif laugh.gif roflmao.gif
i bet that hurt


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