This is the latest thread for all Ring 2012 posts. There is no point in rewriting the bible, so I've just copied and pasted Mikes great work. Let me know if I've left anything out!
You can find the whole thread over at Clio197.net forum. Everyone is welcome and you don't have to have a Clio (but it helps).
- Depart Friday 29th
- Return Tuesday 3rd
- 30.06.2012 (Sat) 08:00–19:30
- 01.07.2012 (Sun) 08:00–19:30
It's your choice on crossing, but the Norfolkline cost seems to have doubled, making the tunnel viable. The ferry also took 3 hours to arrive in Dunkirk so imo you may have a better time of it on the chunnel, especially if, like me, you have 3 hours to drive in the UK. Please make a post with your preferred crossing before you book, so we can all get an idea.
Sailing out Friday morning on the 06h00 sailing for Dunkirk or the 07h42 crossing for the tunnel to ensure we arrive in Dunkirk about the same time.
- Norfolkline - £97, plus card charges between £0 - £6, Dover/Dunkirk(Price updated as of 10.01.12)
- P&O Ferries - £90 (1.5 hour crossing) Dover/Calais(Price updated as of 10.01.12)
- Tunnel - £90 Folkestone/Calais (Price updated as of 10.01.12)
If we take different crossings, the logical rendezvous is the BP garage on the A16 outside of Dunkirk at 10h30 - 11h00 local time. http://g.co/maps/tchvf
Return crossing is back on the Tuesday. Expect to be back 16h00.
We will be staying in Adenau in the Hotel an der Nordschliefe.
The hotel site is here: http://www.hotel-an-der-nordschleife.de/hotel/index.php
I’m checking with Eddy about vacancies right now. I would suggest you book now to avoid disappointment.
The breakfasts are amazing! Lots to eat!
The cost of the hotel are as follows:
- Single room including breakfast buffet € 45,00
- Double room including breakfast buffet € 75,00
- Triple room including breakfast buffet € 105,00
- Apartments including breakfast buffet € 45,00 pp (4 -15 people)
£200 in the Clio - from leaving the midlands, to Germany, two laps, some fun driving, Autobahn 100MPH+ driving etc.
Fuel was 1.349 for 95 RON last year, so it will hopefully be cheaper this year. In Adenau there is a BP (Aral) station just down the road where you can get 102 RON liquid gold for a couple of cents more. This stuff is amazing!
Breakfast is included, but lunch and dinner are reasonable - the cafe right outside the hotel does fantastic foods, all kinds, steaks, würst, pasta, salads etc from €4,50, awesome pizza place within walking distance, and even better steak house even closer. One table with all of us on is no problem too.
I understand most of you are utter p*ssheads, so drink is no problem there 500ml glass bottled coke was €1,20 & a bottle of beer was €1,40 from the cafe out the front. Pubs are slightly more expensive. Steak house: €26 for steak, chips, 4 cokes and ice cream
Laps of the Ring
€26, €95 for 4 laps, €490 25 laps
You won’t get any so don’t ask (unless your Breamy or have his insurance policy). Your insurance company will not cover you unless specifically stated in your policy documents. If you go on the ring and crash you can expect the mother of all bills, including but not limited to, your car, their car, hospital bills, track closure time, track repair time, etc, etc.
If you do take your own car on the circuit, you have been warned. If you're worried please consider the Rent4Ring link below or something similar.
BMW run their ring taxi. Last year the price was €180 per lap, which you can split 3 ways.
Sabine runs her own lap taxi now at around €450 per lap.
It’s worth while bringing your own helmet with you if you have one. Chances are very good you’ll be offered passenger laps if you show an interest in peoples motors and they’re more likely to offer if you have your own helmet.
Rent a car
Sorry this is not Avis or Hertz – thank god! There are loads of companies around the area like Rent4Ring that will hire you a track prepared car for as long as you require.
What else is on?
This weekend also has the Renault World Series on at the Nurburgring GP track. Lots to do and see all weekend long! It was free entry last year.
This is a list to help you plan on what to get before the trip.
You MUST have in your vehicle:
A warning triangle - FR,BE,NL,DE
A spare set of bulbs - FR,BE,NL,DE
Hi-Vis vests for EACH passenger (MUST be easily accessible) - FR
A First Aid Kit that conforms to some DIN standard - DE
Advisable to carry a copy of you Insurance Certificate, and your V5.
European Breakdown Cover: http://www.european-breakdown-cover.com/
E111 medical card
Driving Licence (Both parts)
Don't forget your Passport, credit card/debit card (Don't forget to tell your bank that you are travelling abroad, to the following countries: France, Belgium, Holland and Germany - the first three we will be passing through on the way there), otherwise you may find your card is blocked.
You may need to tell your phone company you are roaming, and REMEMBER to turn off all internet applications when abroad otherwise you may be in for a shock.
Buying CASH Euros is not a good idea, YES get some, but don't get ALL of your funds in cash.
If you get a PRE PAY Euro Card, the rate you get will be MUCH better than the post office. (If you find a good rate or card, please let us know).
All major currency retailers now supply prepaid cash cards. Money saving expert will list the best deals you can get.
I also understand that 95% of the people who say they'll be coming, won't, so please, only if you are seriously interested!
Still to book Hotel and Travel:
- Webby (Hotel booked)
*Remember you don't need a Clio to come on this trip. It helps, but we're all for equal opportunities here. So please tell your friends.
- Paul? (you know you want to!)
- Piers (Non 197.net member)
- Gary (Non 197.net member)
- Dom (Non 197.net member)
- Sam (Non 197.net member)
We do however reserve the right to scowl at you if you come in a Vauxhall.