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      06-04-2012, 03:35 AM   #133
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I enjoy look at this thread bro. Looking forward in ED in 2014 on an M3/M4. I plan to do Germany, Venice Italy, Paris, Belgium and Netherlands for drop off. When we visited London/Paris and Rome in November last year, i noticed that its very difficult to drive there. Worst is Paris. Thoughts?
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Nice shots, funny how you think some of France landmarks can be offensive though

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D6-062 is a Puma SA330
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Nice shots, funny how you think some of France landmarks can be offensive though

D6-062: that's a Puma.

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I am French, so there isn't really anything offensive to me...
i dont care what can be offensive to myself...

... but living in the States, after a while,you learn to tone it down... because anything is offensive to everyone... people here are so neutered?!

too sensitive to anything... it's annoying... there is always that legal note to protect yourself against the lawyers...

Anyhow... you got it! It's a KA
I have a feeling you are not actually from China
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I enjoy look at this thread bro. Looking forward in ED in 2014 on an M3/M4. I plan to do Germany, Venice Italy, Paris, Belgium and Netherlands for drop off. When we visited London/Paris and Rome in November last year, i noticed that its very difficult to drive there. Worst is Paris. Thoughts?
Those big city: London/Paris/Rome... all three are bad... in that order.

Rome is still ok, because it's actually a smaller city than Paris or London...
As for Parking in Paris, it's terrible...
i have never driven in London so i cannot tell... but i heard it's expensive to go intra-murals... gotta pay tolls!

I would suggest you do your ED elsewhere and drive where there are less people and more of a scenic route...

you really dont want to waste your time in urban traffic...

My family lives there, so i had no choice.
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10th day: a Short day - Rest in Paris with the Family

Saturday in Paris was spent mostly to catch up with family members,
and so there aren't as many photos as in earlier posts:


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Having completed the grand tour, we wanted to give it a wash:

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seeing this car, i wished we could be on a highway instead of being stuck in traffic in front of the eiffel tower:

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a nice view out of my sunroof: one of the perks from having a hole in the roof:

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Not a bad place to be stuck in traffic :P

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Saturday dinner:

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Made it home after all this killing:

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Next Up: the Nurburgring...
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Day 11 - pilgrimage to the Ring!



Before a pilgrimage, you need to have energy:

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These two have been sleeping next to each other overnight:

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little comparison between e30 and f30

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The Big Yeti:

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While my parents are fullfilling their french civic duties:
i was outside clicking the camera:

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Which one do you prefer:
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beautiful under the morning sun:

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together with one of what used to be French top cars:

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which one do you prefer:
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What is it with me and this obsession with Audi?? am i secretly and denying my love for the four rings? especially this A5 sedan:

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Time to head to the track...:

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link:

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The real Distric 13 of Paris seen from the Periferic:

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i grew up in that building:
where my love for BMW started, when my dad first acquired the E21 316 !! My love for the propulsion was born here!

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Now Warp speed to the Ring:

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The new twingo has lost of bit of its original flavor, less funky to become more compliant

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The clio, about to be replace, is still my favorite french car:

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an old couple were driving this car, the husband must have loved this car when he was younger (15 years earlier)

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Fill-up, we should be arriving to Nurburg once the 4,000 kilometers mark is reached!

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Siblings:

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The trip officially starts now:

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to make the trip intesting, i rode shotgun and shot cars on the highway:

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this car was giving me my dad his run for the money:

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If it was me driving, That A1 would have been eating my dust:
Never mind, i was not mad or anything, just a playful rivalry..

to relieve the stress/ my frustration that my dad was driving the speed limit

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i found slower cars to shoot:

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a model i had no idea existed, what is this korean car??

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Arriving in Luxembourg, at our BurgerKing pit stop, this is what i saw, to my surprised, to see an american truck
and not just a simple one, the stock monster: what and how is it here ???

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Last fill-up before getting into Nurburg, putting in the best gas offered! Octane 102 or something...

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At the heart of the town:

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( do i really need to be in the picture:
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At this point, about 5pm, we had the choice to either: find our hotel, or go the the ring...

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Look who's joining us:

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i guess even the locals takes pleasures in stopping by the BMW window

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a display to be enjoyed by all,

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look what i see drive by, but where could they be going ?? :P

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A piece of history driving by: i thought i saw a mustache

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I better stop with the photos and start heading to the Ring now before it's too late:

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one more photo:

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Another intereting:

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After all those photo session:
the ring it is!! BUT we got here so late, i missed the Ring Taxi by only 30min!
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Do you guys think the Nurburgring qualifies as a Track ?

no

damn you!
you are right Svache… What was i thinking ?? I was driving on that piece of road, thinking i was on a track....

The Nurb'Ring is not a track, it's a privately managed public road!
Damn me, having too much imagination..

In trying to reach my hotel in a small town of Nurburg, we Somehow go lost and found ourselves on a very expensive 20 kms long toll road that was going no where....

Silly germans for doing a highway that takes you back where you started... i thought i was in some spatial/time warp hole...


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Just in case anybody "official" is reading this thread, I would never use my car in any way which might possibly violate the terms of the

warranty. This poll is all theoretical and for entertainment purposes only. End of disclaimer.
Here is my signature as well , i accept this disclaimer as well, that's why i also choose the : "I only drive enthusiastically my car on regular public roads."

what would my "Luxury" wink wink 4-door Saloon/Sedan do on a track...
worthless!




But it's ok, because this is my turn to drive now, to really drive in the real sense of it:
and My parents have no idea what they are getting into!
(neither would they if we were able to catch that fancy white taxi)
I dont know which would be worse for them:
- riding with a hardcore professional driver doing holigans stuff
or
- riding with their son trying to show off in his brand new car on a track they never knew about until today:

At this point: i made a quick run around the Ring, it was magical,
especially being the last few cars on the track for the day... it was empty, slightly wet, but trying up.
I couldn't believe i was driving on the NurburgRing, all my hours on the PS3 with GT5 had paid off!
all the turns were coming to mind, i knew exactly what to expect on the next one

pushing the car and pushing myself...
The car behaved very well! with 3 persons onboard, along with all the luggages...
(remember we still havent checked into our hotel yet)



This is the photos right after my very first run on this mythic / legendary track:
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I had to let the car breath a little bit,
even it really doesn't need to, Maybe the brakes, because and the transmission...
but what a great pleasure to be driving the car all day long on the freeway,
then take the very same car to the track

here you clearly see the size difference between the 5 and the 3:



The funny thing: is 2 mins after i finish the run:
it was falling down ice for 15-20 mins!!
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I was so happy and glad i made my run on time before this unexpected event...
imagine having to run the Nurb on this condition:

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waiting for that do die down:

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time to go home now, even tho i could have one last run for the day before the track closes,
i would rather not:

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I can tell you that This trip to Nurburg has marked my parents for life!

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The weather changes so fast here:

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time to go home now, even tho i could have one last run for the day before the track closes,
i would rather not:

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Arriving to our hotel and what do i see?

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For size comparison: (we, us, silly boys... always comparing sizes)

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something we dont have in the States, a beautiful sight:

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Looks like the convoy we saw earlier are here:

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My Love: One day i will get one like this!

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Having checked into the hotel:

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Proof that the weather changes quickly here:

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Parked at the HoteL:

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could help myself but had to compare the size.... size of the car of course:

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