Waking up on the floor of the lounge, I went out to the track at dawn. There were many surprises waiting for me.
“Wait, I don’t see the car from XXX? Is it not on the track?? Oh man…they retired out of the race…”
The grid walk before the start is really a huge crowd. “Crowded” is an understatement really. I don’t think there is a grid walk in any other race in the world with such a high population density. But the operation of the organizers is very good, as they swiftly move this many spectators according to schedule.
At the Nürburgring 24 hour race, there are supporting events held before the final race, and the ADAC Classic where cars like the famous Opel Manta drives, is one of them. They drive by at speeds that defy their age, and in a sense they’re scarier than GT3 machines!
Before the free practice, there was a meeting between Schulze Motorsports, Polyphony Digital, and RS Nakaharu-a legend in Japan’s motorsports world. (ReadMore)
Hi, it’s been a while, but this is EXP again, I’d been busily chasing the car culture back in Japan since my return with a total disregard for the genre of cars, at Formula Drift Japan, Offsetkings, etc.
Though Shichisawa san already concluded his entries, I’m just now restarting my entry on the 24 hours of Nürburgring that I’d been sitting on for a while. (Sort of taking the EXP(ress) out of EXP but oh well…)
The machine was blue way back then… June 18 (Wed.)
It’s been 2 weeks since the end of the 24 hour race. In Japan, the steamy monsoon season ends in another 2-3 weeks, to welcome the full-fledged Summer reaching over 30 degrees C every day. Looking at the calendar, I notice that today is Friday, and the time is 2PM. With the time difference to Germany, exactly 2 weeks ago about this time, we were frantically repairing the car to make it into the Top 30 qualifier session.
On June 27, continuing from the Nissan booth of yesterday, there was another car under a veil in Goodwood. Aston Martin, the sports car brand of England was about to announce their DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo in their home country. From early in the morning, there was already a crowd gathered in front of the booth waiting for the unveiling.
Our travels continued from the Nürburgring 24 hour race. After departing Germany by plane to London, Heathrow, we drove an hour and a half south east to Chichester, West Sussex, , to the world famous Goodwood Festival of Speed. If you’re a GT6 player you’ll immediately recognize this as the actual location of the hill climb race in the game, to which you receive an invitation from Lord March, the host of the event. (ReadMore)
The lodgings from today, is at a long stay cottage: The Lindner Ferienpark Nürburgring
I started writing for the Pit Stop Blog in a very comfy room with its own bathroom. No A/C though.
Yamauchi san asks me “Why are you in short sleeves in this cold weather!?” but I’m fine in the cold. Though Yasukichi san before my flight told me “you need a good goose down jacket” … (ReadMore)