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Old 06-04-2007, 01:54 PM
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Took my M3 and M5 to Spa

Here is a small report from our trip to SPA a few days ago.

Woke up at 5:45 at Ringhaus to start driving to SPA - it was wet
The Ringhaus E30 can be seen - RIP:


The M3 and the M5 waking up:


Here you can also see how wet it was - we did not like the situation!!!


Here we are at Spa - driving under the track to enter the pit area:




Quite a group of cars - those 4 are over 2000hp combined


We rented a garage and here is the red M5 in place:


Here I am trying to clean most of the road dirt off the cars:


Our neighbours have arrived:


Still cleaning:


Itīs almost as if the red M5 is eager to get going on the track:


Shortly after driving started the first accident happened - a guy went off on Eu Rouge:


My friend Saemi will be happy to have this picture later - to be able to show
the beginning of his racing career


Here I had started driving the white one and I am here explaining to
a Porsche owner (the one in the blue shoes) why he was slower on the
track


Here is a pic from just before we left - there is the Honda that crashed
while trying to keep up with RNGTOY. He had been in my way, did not
let me pass, was much slower and was sliding the back end in the turns.
I waited behind him until the straight and the passed him while I was doing
200 km/h. I then watched him in the mirror in the fast left turn and saw
him slide outwards over the red/white edge of the outside of the track.
He then spun and ended on the wall on the inside of the track. He must
have been doing 160 km/h. As you can see the car is rather damaged:




One pic of the M5's:


Here we are on our way to get more gas - RNGTOY was running on fumes:
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Old 06-04-2007, 01:54 PM
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Here is the gas station that did good business that day - three very thirsty cars




Here we are on our way back to Ringhaus:


The M5 had so much brake dust it seems as if the wheels are gunmetal colored:




The white one was doing well after a difficult day:








Also, here is a video:
http://www.onno.is/thordur/almennt/e...SPA_290507.wmv
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SS Headers, SS race cats, TUBI Rumore, Brembo GT 4 piston brakes 14" f / 13.6" b, KWv3 coilovers, Hamann PG2īs,
UUC 11" V12 cerametallic clutch + flywheel, UUC EVO3 SSK w/DSSR, Angel Eyes w/Angelibrights, Phatbox MP3 player,
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Old 06-04-2007, 02:04 PM
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Wow.

Thanks for the pics!
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Old 06-04-2007, 02:04 PM
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Great photos! Thanks for sharing...
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Old 06-04-2007, 02:07 PM
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nice!!! :thumbsup!!

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Old 06-04-2007, 02:22 PM
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OMG!! That is AWESOME!!! Thanks for the pics. How about that video!!! WOW!!!!!

1 Question though.....
On your Blue M5.. Why is the brake dust on the rear wheels instead of the front?
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Old 06-04-2007, 02:25 PM
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Good photography.. nice job, pleasure to read!
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Old 06-04-2007, 03:01 PM
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Nice pics, I love your e30 M3.
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Old 06-04-2007, 03:04 PM
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Old 06-04-2007, 03:32 PM
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Very cooool.... most people only talk of the Nurburgring but Spa is also one of my favorites. This is the first time I've seen a writeup on it. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-04-2007, 03:38 PM
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Old 06-04-2007, 03:39 PM
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Amazing pics man. Sucks for the owner of the S2000. Other than that you guys must have had so much fun.
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Old 06-04-2007, 04:01 PM
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good to see the red m5 hanging its ass out..... Loved the video- wish i was there.
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Old 06-04-2007, 05:48 PM
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Ok im better now. Thank you for sharing. Ill be outside having a smoke if anyone needs me(and i dont even smoke)
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Old 06-04-2007, 07:58 PM
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That e30 is gorgeous!!!! Did you not race the blue m5 or did it just not make the video?
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s62...can i have that order with fries please??? man, i bet you guys had so much fun! +1 for Spa...I hear only fables about it since its always overshadowed by the nurburgring...but man, that track looks fun!
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exactly....always a pleasure to live vicariously through you......except in my fantasy there was a hot jessica in the passenger seat with me..
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Old 06-05-2007, 01:31 AM
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That e30 is gorgeous!!!! Did you not race the blue m5 or did it just not make the video?
Yes I drove the blue one also - itīs in the video blasting towards Eu Rouge in the wet
at approx 1:20, front/back shots.

It has more brake dust in the back for 2 reasons, the disks are more uneven and the
wheel spokes sit much closser to the brakes than the front ones.

Here are some more pics from the event:
http://www.vazily.be/jalbum/29%2005%...bum/index.html

There you can see some pics of an E60 M5 Touring that was driving very fast in the
morning while it was wet. I had to let it pass several times and it was as if I was
standing still

I later found out it was former F1 driver Nigel Mansell that was driving

I will hopefully go back to Spa on June 23rd - keeping my fingers crossed.....
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SS Headers, SS race cats, TUBI Rumore, Brembo GT 4 piston brakes 14" f / 13.6" b, KWv3 coilovers, Hamann PG2īs,
UUC 11" V12 cerametallic clutch + flywheel, UUC EVO3 SSK w/DSSR, Angel Eyes w/Angelibrights, Phatbox MP3 player,
Strongstrut, BMW fire extinguisher

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2417213/1

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great photos and info

more please!



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Old 06-06-2007, 02:56 AM
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great photos and info

more please!



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Here are some more:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sonusgr...7600314914549/
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Twin Rotrex superchargers, Front mount intercooler, Steel sleeved block, Forged CP pistons, 10.5:1 compression,
SS Headers, SS race cats, TUBI Rumore, Brembo GT 4 piston brakes 14" f / 13.6" b, KWv3 coilovers, Hamann PG2īs,
UUC 11" V12 cerametallic clutch + flywheel, UUC EVO3 SSK w/DSSR, Angel Eyes w/Angelibrights, Phatbox MP3 player,
Strongstrut, BMW fire extinguisher

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Awesome pics.

It's amazing how good the e30 M3 STILL looks.
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:00 PM
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Wow, that is crazy. I love reading your stories. Have you dynoed the m3? Do you have any idea how much hp it has? Great videos. You're a god.
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Old 06-06-2007, 09:14 PM
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DUUUUUUUUUUUDE Spafrancorchamps!!>?!!?!?!?! MY FAV F1 TRACK NEXT TO SUZUKA!!!

When I go to Europe. You and me. And a rental day with your E30. We need to have a French Breakfast and hang out.

If i ever get the chance to pull what Schumacher and Raikkonen pull on Eu Rouge....omg...the power the speed of that corner.
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Yes I drove the blue one also - itīs in the video blasting towards Eu Rouge in the wet
at approx 1:20, front/back shots.

It has more brake dust in the back for 2 reasons, the disks are more uneven and the
wheel spokes sit much closser to the brakes than the front ones.

Here are some more pics from the event:
http://www.vazily.be/jalbum/29%2005%...bum/index.html

There you can see some pics of an E60 M5 Touring that was driving very fast in the
morning while it was wet. I had to let it pass several times and it was as if I was
standing still

I later found out it was former F1 driver Nigel Mansell that was driving

I will hopefully go back to Spa on June 23rd - keeping my fingers crossed.....
The entire post leaves me gobsmacked! The photos, location, situation ...And being passed by Nigel Mansell??? How cool is that? Very impressive. I much enjoyed living vicariously through you.
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