[V8] Germany Trip

Kent McLean kentmclean at mindspring.com
Tue May 9 09:15:28 EDT 2006

S_Matus wrote:
> I was in Germany from April 27 to May 6th.  It was an 
> interesting experience. 

<most of great write-up snipped>

> Herman and Deman is quickly understood, 

Not to be confused with herren und damen. :)

> The BMW did do well on the Autobahn roads.  

I made a business trip to Germany a few years ago. My contact
picked me up in his BMW 7 series. On the way to his office,
we hit 200+km/h.  I was thrilled. He was talking business 
with the radio on low, like we were doing 55mph.  It's all
a matter of education, training, and expectations.

>   I held my own in these turns until in intermediate straight 
>   where I could let them pass. I was not going to let my time 
>   suffer because of them.  
> Laptime - 10:31

Top Gear did a test of hustling a Ford Transit diesel deliver van 
around the Nurbergring. They had a professionnal driver (female, 
who had hundreds of laps of the Nurbergring under her belt) drive.
Her goal was to break 10 minutes.  She couldn't do it with Jeremy 
(the host) and her on board, so he got out, then they stripped the 
seats and whatever they could. She got within about 10 seconds of 
the 10 minute goal.

"It ain't the car, it's the driver."

Look for:
Sabine Schmidt in a van at the Nürburgring

Thanks for the write-up, and the memories.

Kent McLean
'94 100 S Avant, "Moody"
'89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy" up in smoke

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