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      03-18-2013, 05:19 PM   #243
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Why the Nürburgring camera ban might be 'relaxed'

I sure hope so, especially since this might be the last tourist season before new ownership...
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Just incase you guys have not seen this video before... it gives you an appreciation for hot demanding the "Green Hell" can be. This VHS video was produced in the mid 1980's ('88 - I think) when RUF's CTR "Yellow Bird" was the fastest car in the world as tested by Road & Track at VW's test track in Ehra-Lessien near Woflsburg. RUF's test driver's nickname is "sideways Stefan" and supposedly the car could only do four laps before one of the rear tires would blow!

Lets not forget this RUF yellow bird was teh first production car with: super low profile tires of 17's inches, 450 HP (& 2400lbs!!) and the first car with a production MT6! Boy how times have changed!


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Absolutely love that video. The Yellow Bird is amazing and a death trap in its own right. Gotta love them running with zero safety gear on that vid! lol
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amazing video and it really shows how restrictive but much more composed our modern cars are comparatively...I'd love to have driving instructions with this guy...
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      03-19-2013, 09:02 AM   #246
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Anyone here intending to go to the ring on Carfriday?
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What's car friday?

Excuse my ignorance.

- How the technology has changed (tires especially). I bet a 1M can turn a lap time as fast as the Ruf could back in the day. This driver is really hamming it up for the camera kicking out the tail at every opportunity with a simple flick of the wheel and a healthy application of throttle.
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Car Friday is for car enthusiasts what Good Firday is for people that believe in God. It is one of the most packed non event days ever. Just google or youtube carfriday and you will see. Better yet...........Here you go. This is some of the antics from last year.

Literally the first day of "open season"

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...How the technology has changed (tires especially). I bet a 1M can turn a lap time as fast as the Ruf could back in the day. This driver is really hamming it up for the camera kicking out the tail at every opportunity with a simple flick of the wheel and a healthy application of throttle.

The driver of that Ruf ("yellow bird") was nicknamed: "sideways Stefan". Supposedly bc he could drive that 911 turbo so sideways he had more dead bugs on his doors than the windshield!! Also... he could only do about four laps of the 'Ring driving sideways like that before one of the rear tires would blow out. And I mean BLOW OUT! I remember reading this UK car mag where they talked about just such an event. Two lucky readers won a ride in it. As I remember one of the passengers got sick afterwards too.


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http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthre...407501&page=92

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"The RUF video is awesome. I had it on VHS about 8 years ago. It was a RUF promotional video called "Fascination on the Nurburgring" Stefan Roser aka "Sideways Stefan" is an amazing driver.

I was reading one of my british car mags before I got the video (where I found out about it) and they had a contest and two lucky winners got to ride in that very car with him around the Ring. Needless to say they were scared. IIRC on the second lap taking one of the winners around, he had a blowout on the rear tire at about 130mph, which completely destroyed the rear fender and body work. The passanger said it didn't even phase Stefan, he just calmly brought the car to rest on the side of the track."

And again, if RUF is not premium in GT5, I will be a sad panda!





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Car Friday is for car enthusiasts what Good Firday is for people that believe in God. It is one of the most packed non event days ever. Just google or youtube carfriday and you will see. Better yet...........Here you go. This is some of the antics from last year.

Literally the first day of "open season"

So... Anyone planning on going?

Btw... I know this weekend's VLN race was canceled due to this weeks(Tuesday's) snow fall at the Ring.
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This is the 29th correct?

There is potential for me to go.

Ill be taking my wife and daughter to Ramstein next week sometime and probably leaving there on thursday or something. If others go then maybe ill just stay another night in the cheap lodging at Ramstein and go up there Friday morning.
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29th you say?....
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is it open for tourist driving?
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      03-22-2013, 06:46 PM   #254
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On easter-friday? Yes, at least according to the current official schedule. Thats what makes it so "special", for many that is the start of the season. Track will be quite full, hence I am considering getting my photo-gear to a nice spot (Adenauer Forst i.e.) and spend a few hours there bursting away pictures.
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Easter Friday might be furlough Friday....maybe i'll make the drive up thurs night from Wiesbaden and test out the new brakes...but then again it looks super crowded on the track and way too much potential for some yahoo to hit me......
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Easter Friday might be furlough Friday....maybe i'll make the drive up thurs night from Wiesbaden and test out the new brakes...but then again it looks super crowded on the track and way too much potential for some yahoo to hit me......
^^Yup. IF I went to Car Friday... it would be only to watch ppl get sideways, or go crop dusting in Brunchen.

How about we plan on a little meet once the Tourist Drives start back up? Maybe when it gets a little bit warmer in a few more weeks.
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On easter-friday? Yes, at least according to the current official schedule. Thats what makes it so "special", for many that is the start of the season. Track will be quite full, hence I am considering getting my photo-gear to a nice spot (Adenauer Forst i.e.) and spend a few hours there bursting away pictures.
+1 I am itching to try my Sigma 70-200. Got a great deal on CL
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A 2.8 OS HSM? You basterd . I got myself a used Sigma 100-300/4 HSM 2 month ago but have yet to use it. But weather is not playing along.. grey almost 24/7 . Just snowed again today after we had some sun yesterday.. god damn winter!
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A 2.8 OS HSM? You basterd . I got myself a used Sigma 100-300/4 HSM 2 month ago but have yet to use it. But weather is not playing along.. grey almost 24/7 . Just snowed again today after we had some sun yesterday.. god damn winter!
agree... Snow in october Snow again towards the end of March.

Curse you Al Gore
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Curse you Al Gore
Al Gore controls the weather now? I guess that's his new "job" now that he out of office. And here I thought... Al Gore only invented the internet!
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Wish I could make Car Friday next weekend but I'll be working. Make sure you guys post up your schedule, if you guys are still around in the evening maybe I can meet you guys for dinner.
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Furlough is postponed 2 weeks so I doubt we'll be on unpaid leave by then. I will be off work though, so if I don't have to pick up my repaired wheel in Kaiserslautern I'll swing by the 'Ring for this.
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Al Gore controls the weather now? I guess that's his new "job" now that he out of office. And here I thought... Al Gore only invented the internet!
No...Al Gore is a GOD
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2013 schedule...lots of days to meet...

Originally I pasted all the dates the ring would be open in 2013 but that was pages long so here is an PDF that we can save to our smartphones and iPads etc... all 2013 dates for easy reference.
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