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Ring a Ring a rosie...

Last Thursday evening a small contingent of the F-Life community (myself and 575er) departed on a ferry from Dublin to Holyhead in search of the iconic Nurburgring. The mission, which we had accepted was to travel across the UK and Europe, to arrive at our destination, the fabled Nordschleife and to put our F cars through their paces on the 13 miles track of twists, turns, climbs and descents.

Our first challenge was arriving at the destination, and doing so in the shortest possible time Tanks brimmed, we rolled off the ferry at 00.05 hrs, cars gleaming in the port floodlights, and pointed their noses in the direction of Folkstone. 7 hours later a cross country, nocturnal dash completed, we rolled on to the Channel Tunnel in our salt covered, filthy and very used Ferrari's, tired and ready for the 30 minutes break before Round 2 commenced...
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Round 2

Round 2 saw us clear France, Belgium and Netherlands, cross the border to Germany and take on the autobahns as we honed in on the Nordschleife. Speeds increased, engines sang and drivers focused. After many motorway miles, the final 50km were carved through the Eiffel forests and hills and shortly after lunch time we arrived at our desitination. After 16 hours of non stop travel, a night of no sleep and an epic session behind the wheel of a Ferrari, we treated ourselves to a well deserved lunch and the F cars to an even better deserved wash!
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Saturday morning, saw us traversing the autobahns once again to meet up with Jeroen in Dusseldorf for a late breakfast, coffee and chat....

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Sunday was Nordschleife day, and out to the track we ventured. Being a relative Nurburgring virgin (only ever having driven the track by motorbike) I went as fast as I dared, but was never going to catch the blue 575 driven expertly by Michael.

Once again I realised that the 360 possesses far more skills than it's mediocre driver. And once again, I remembered how you can really only ever find out the true nature of a Ferrari on a closed track!!

More pics and stories to follow... I'm sure Michael will chime in some time soon...

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Great post and pictures. Cant wait to read more of y'alls epic trip!

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after 16 hours of non stop travel, a night of no sleep and an epic session behind the wheel of a ferrari, we treated ourselves to a well deserved lunch and the f cars to an even better deserved wash!
epic!

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epic!
The sun sets, as the 360 drives on into the night... we were still going strong at dawn.
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Hey Barry beautifully written and I have to say, your powers of recovery are obviously far greater than mine. I still can't see straight let alone write anything that makes sense after stepping out of the 575M on my driveway at 7.30am this morning. It was five days and 1838.5miles of high octane high speed Ferrarilife!.....when are we going again?

Of course I will contribute something more eloquent in the coming days but this will have to do for now

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What a trip. What inspired it?
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What a trip. What inspired it?
Gotta hand the inspiration to Michael. I merely turned up and followed his lead.

It's a pilgrimage he's been doing for quite some years now.
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Great write up Barry, Michael & Jeroen - look forward to seeing more pics once you've recovered & are seeing straight again Michael

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As usual I am very impressed, Barry!

Knowing about your cross continent blasts on a race ready Ducati I suppose this epic journey was your kind of dram!

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As usual I am very impressed, Barry!

Knowing about your cross continent blasts on a race ready Ducati I suppose this epic journey was your kind of dram!
Very much so Capo. But a far sight more comfortable than 3,000 km on a Ducati sportsbike. 1,500+ km in one sitting with just stops for petrol and I could have just kept on going, it was that much fun. But hey, I know I don't need to preach to the converted

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Very much so Capo. But a far sight more comfortable than 3,000 km on a Ducati sportsbike. 1,500+ km in one sitting with just stops for petrol and I could have just kept on going, it was that much fun. But hey, I know I don't need to preach to the converted
We need constant inspiration, thank you for it!

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Hi Boxer, like so many things it started with a throw away conversation between mates, turned into a challenge and eventually reality. For some its about the road trip with your buddies and others the challenge of mastering the Nordschleife in your own car. For me it's both and to do it in a Ferrari.

I was able to convince Barry he needed to hit the open road in his 360 and an epic trip ensued. The extra dimension of the run to meet up with Flife pal Jeroen and his son added a further dimension that now might have to become a fixture.

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Hi Boxer, like so many things it started with a throw away conversation between mates, turned into a challenge and eventually reality. For some its about the road trip with your buddies and others the challenge of mastering the Nordschleife in your own car. For me it's both and to do it in a Ferrari.

I was able to convince Barry he needed to hit the open road in his 360 and an epic trip ensued. The extra dimension of the run to meet up with Flife pal Jeroen and his son added a further dimension that now might have to become a fixture.

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I am vaguely familiar with these things. Had a similar situation many years ago that started off as a conversation at a party in NY which then led to a drive to West Palm Beach the next day.
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Thanks for sharing as it's an honor to be associated with such craziness!

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Craziness???!!!

OK - I'll admit at one point in the early hours just before dawn and in the lashing rain I did have a fleeting "what the f*** am I doing, and how far more do I have to go?" moment.

But then this came thundering past.... and I remembered what it was all about.
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Thanks for sharing as it's an honor to be associated with such craziness!

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Hi Doug, Mrs 575er has christened the group The Treehouse Club and calls the lads the Get-a-long Gang Craziness does happen if you let the boys and their toys hatch their own plans.

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One of the great things about trips like this, besides spending a bit of Man time with like minded mates, is that you get to try out other cars in real use case situations. It also lets you look at your own car being driven by others and compare different cars in action.

What was nice for me was to spend a long stint as co-pilot with Barry in his 360 F1 while my co-pilot took over at the wheel of my car. As we talked about all sorts of things (especially future Ferrari's which will form the seed of another thread), I got a real appreciation of how to drive the mid engined V8 F1. Truly a great car and I must say very comfortable on the long stints we were undertaking.

Now as some of you may know, Barry's car is running a custom exhaust (he can elaborate if needs be) which is loud to say the least, and there was no fear of loosing him as we could always hear him either coming or going. But what was interesting was that it wasn't overly intrusive in the cabin while providing the most magnificent soundtrack. I'll never get tired of dropping a gear and burying the loud peddle in that car

At our next pit stop, Barry took over in the 575M and I took the 360 F1. The next 300 miles were some of the best I have enjoyed in a Ferrari, really getting to understand the mid engined F1 while jousting with Barry who seems to be completely at home in the Maranello as soon as he hits the seat. It was really smile inducing stuff

The characteristics are very different in these two cars but what is interesting is that the GT which is a consummate long distance cruiser is still extremely capable on track (accepted that mine has been slightly honed) and the sports car which is so suited to tracks like the Ring is an absolute hoot to drive across Europe and back. I really think Ferrari was in a golden age in the early 2000's.

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