Nurburgring 19-22/4/2004 - Preparation
The Easter weekend is probably the busiest weekend in the Nurburgring calendar as the circuit is open to the public for the full 4 days over the Easter bank holiday.
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A few of us from the GT4OC are making the trip again aswell as a large number of owners/club members from Europe including ...
From the UK
and Jo - Lotus V8.
The intinerary is planned as follows ...
work, get home and pack car.
the 01:00 am Ferry from Dover to Calais.
We all intend to stay at a hotel bordering the circuit - more details to follow.
You can book on-line on the P&O site. Alternatively you can use Ferry.co.uk who offer good booking facilities and the option to use their "don't ask - don't get" service where you can make an offer for the tickets you want. Check out their site for details.
Typical ferry costs are around 100 - 120 GBP for a standard car and two passengers. Crossing times with P&O are flexible so even if you book specific times you can generally turn up and cross at any times on the given days - subject to availability. Ferries tend to depart every 30 minutes and you need to be there at least 30 minutes before departure - you have been warned.
Driving across Europe can be fun but also tiring. UK driving license holders don't get points for speeding offenses in Europe however fines can vary from country to country. Excessive speeding, especially over 125 MPH in France and Belgium, can lead to confiscation of your car. Speeds in excess of 100 MPH typically result in fines of upto £400. Best to stick to 99 MPH until you get to Germany - you have been warned.
The approximate cost breakdown is as follows ...
Trip - around £100 - £120 for the return trip including
the car and two passengers.
NOTE: It is best to think of this, and any Nurburgring trip, as a long weekend holiday. This way the costs are much easier to accept.
Don't forget the additional considerations such as ...
Cover - form E1-11 from the post office will provide free European cover.
offer good travel insurance for this and any other overseas trips you
may have planned.
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