The Nürburgring and Top Gears Respect for Sabine Schmitz

top-gear-logoYou don’t have to watch the UK’s Top Gear motoring show for long to realise that beyond the all too typical male bravado, there is one person whom stands head and shoulders above the prideful presenters tgteamsmlof Clarkson, May and the Hamster. This person is their nemesis, more highly skilled than all of them put together and frankly they love and respect her. That person is Sabine Schmitz. The fastest drcropsaiver of the torturous Nürburgring in Germany.

And this is why; Sabine not only out drives just about everyone, she set the lap record at Nürburgring at the age of 19 at 8 minutes 16 seconds in a Ford Sierra Cosworth. In October 2008 she set a new lap record for a non-turbocharged car at 7 minutes 07 seconds in a Porsche 997 RSR (Frikadelli Racing Team).


Nürburgring History and F1:

gp-track-copyNürburgring is not the little track you may have seen and possibly will see later this year in Formula 1 – no, it’s huge!!  It’s 13 miles long, it’s a mountain race track and has 147 corners!

With steep inclines, descents and hairpin bends, it is not only a formidable test on the skill and stamina of any driver irrespective of skill level – but the car itself. Simply put, if the car is not in 100% top shape, it will not survive this assault.

Back in the 12th century Count Ulrich probably never imagined that one day, anurbergring-copy1t the foot of his time-honoured Nürburg, the queen of racing courses would attract people from all over the world. After the Ring opened on 18th June 1927 it soon became clear what a great economic force this early form of the leisure industry was going to become in the entire region. Restaurants with guest rooms turned into hotels, meadows into car parks and the races were a blessing for what was one of the poorest regions in Germany. The story of the Nürburgring goes back eight decades – a period in which it has produced many stories, has thrilled many generations of racing drivers and fans and has become the economic powerhouse of the Eifel region.

Part of the track called the ‘Nordschleife’, still in use today was nick named ‘The Green Hell’ by Jackie Stewart. It is widely considered the toughest, most dangerous and most demanding purpose build race track in the world.

Sabine History:

Born to the neues-bild10local hotel and restaurant owning Schmitz family, Sabine and her two elder sisters grew up in the “Hotel am Tiergarten”  in Nürburg within the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Sabine came to mass public attention driving one of the two BMW M5 Ring Taxi around the 13 mile long race track in an entertaining manner. As she once put it “Anyone can drive fast on an Autobahn, but drifting a car sideways around a bend at 140 is different”.

Conservative estimates say that Sabine has driven around the Nürburgring no less than 20,000 times, and she has become known as both the “Queen of the Nürburgring” and “the fastest taxi driver in the world”.  Her company, Nürburgring – based Sabine Schmitz Motorsport, offers advanced driver training and a “Ring Taxi” service for passengers.img_0016

Her list of achievement is simply staggering by anyone’s account. She has raced for companies, driven all over the world and even put a Main Battle Tank through its paces. Furthermore she is an accomplished helicopter pilot. Ironically, Top Gear once raced an AH64 Apache Longbow, yet none of them could actually fly one – they might want to think about that.

Sabine is known worldwide, her Television career has brought heSabine Schmitz 8r global attention putting her all too familiar smile, style and highly entertaining skill into our homes.

Basically, if you ever wanted to see men put in their place, then not only can this lady do it – but the sheer intimidation of such an amazing race track, simply destroys them. And lets be honest, Clarkson deserves it.

First up, to explain what Sabine is all about The BMW M5 RingTaxi

Ok, you get the idea,  now lets see her with Top Gear (sadly the quality is low on these as the YouTube BBC page is yet to carry them.

Clarkson Diesel Jag Pt1

Clarkson Diesel Jag Pt2

Sabine Top Gear Ford Transit


Nürburgring 2009

This Year will see massive investment into the Nürburgring, in fact they are turning it into an all year round leisure facility with major upgrades and expansion costing around 252 million Euros. The four main areas of investment are in Racing, Adventure, Business and Holiday. They will be working with existing tourism service providers to make, frankly, one awesome site. From Rock concerts to Formula One and the myriad of other functions from driver training to the grueling Nürburgring 24hr race – Nürburgring will be, and IS, a must for anyone interested in motor sport at any level.

For more information regarding activities and events at Nürburgring, go to there website HERE

Sabine – present work + website

frikadelli-racing-teamSabine Schmitz continues to expand her awesome career to date and is still a keen Professional Racing Driver. She presently races for Team Frikadelli Racing and while there is the Sabine Schmitz Motosport Website, Sabine is vespeedbee-beery much involved in a real hands on capacity with her ALL NEW website . At present it is mainly in German Language format, but Sabine tells me the English version is coming very soon.

For further information about Sabine, her work (past and present) and what she’s doing in the future, please do not hesitate going to her websites.



In conclusion; TWBrit, or moreover, I would like to take a moment to thank Ihre Meltem Yildiz at Dederichs Reinecke & Partner who are Nürburgring’s PR Team and special TWBrit gratitude to Sabine Schmitz for information and help with writing this article.


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Earth Hour went well – NOT!!

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Fifteen patients on life support and in surgery died at San Francisco General Hospital when power was cut for “Earth hour” on Saturday.

The hospital was pleased with their participation in the worldwide celebration of the planet.  “We asked all the san-franciscopatients and their families if they were all right with us cutting the power.  To a person, they all said as stewards of this planet it was their duty to observe Earth Hour.  They knew the risks and were willing to take it,” said hospital administrator Lawrence Cho.

Cho said that it was a net gain for planet Earth, despite the deaths. “The dead patients will no longer use any energy, and actually will be turned into energy in our patient incinerator,” said hospital administrator Lawrence Cho.

As power was cut in the critical care ward some patients screamed in pain, others died calmly in their sleep. Cho said that most of the medical equipment has battery-powered back up systems, but those were disabled, because hospital officials felt that violated the spirit of Earth Hour.

Heart surgeon Dr. Gregory Morris was doing an open-heart procedure when the lights went out.  “I wasn’t sure what I was cutting into.  Turns out it wasn’t his heart, but his bowels.  Unfortunately, Mr. Simms didn’t make it.”

Marla Tompkins, surviving sister of cancer patient Warren Tompkins, said, “Warren struggled for breath as his ventilator was powered down.  I thought he might make it, but with three minutes left before power was to be turned back on, he expired.  It was tragic, but kept me on the edge of the seat the whole time.”

Cho hopes other hospitals learn from the example of San Francisco General and participate in next year’s Earth Hour.



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A new season, back to the BBC and the best titles I think I’ve ever seen

Yes, Formula 1 is back and it’s back home to the BBC after being away for 12 years. Now I’m not going to bore non fans to death, but what I will say is the the title sequence blew me away earlier today. Iwas making a coffee when they came on and didn’t realise I had the volume turned up so high. So I came racing in and just as I was about to turn it down – then just watched and left the volume where it was LOL.

Here they are on You Tube, sadly not the same quality, but I do wonder how these people think these things up. Oh and yes, the music is back too….

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Musical interlude

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End of another week

Well I’m glad this last week is over, really, it’s just that I need the next 4 weeks over too lol. But I guess you all know what I mean by that.

Since last Sundays little accident, where I learned I should try keeping my eyes open and lift my feet more, mplastery leg has improved much, though the weakness and discomfort in my hip joint is starting to concern me a little. The back and upper front part of the knee is also still weak. But after finding out what Lorraine aka ‘That Woman’ is having to deal with, or should I say what her son is dealing with  I think I have libiohazard1-copyttle place to complain.

I have applied for what seems like dozens of jobs, yet the only ones that might be promising seem to be Govt. jobs, but I really don’t want to work at Porton Down.

Other news came with a conservative member of the European parliament publicly ripping Gordon Brown a new one which was both needed and very funny. He said, anyone who thinks they can borrow their way out of dept is on a very slippery slope… I can’t agree more.

I don’t know if it’s about being the eternal optimist, but I can’t help but still make plans and trawl through ideas of things I want to do and places I want to be or visit. At least I’m not looking backwards which is a very good thing. But then maybe I think the internet offer ‘too many’ possibilities.

My place has remained clean and tidy for 2 whole weeks which I’m kinda finding weird (being a guy and all) and while I’m doing laundry today I found myself actually sorting out my sock drawer – now, to me, this is just wrong – I’m simply not that domesticated!

In general global news, I have been watching the incredible hard work that the people of North Dakota have been putting with levy building and sandbagging – it’s incredible, the scale of what they’ve achieved is immense. But it does leave me wondering if BigDog knows how to swim…  On the political front it is starting to appear that Obama is quickly losing his shine not only to the American people, but the rest of the world as well – I think the coming months are going to be very interesting indeed.



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This looks weird doesn’t it?!


This my friends is the fastest car in the world, yet has no engine…

Yep, it’s wind powered and called Greenbird, and it just set the world record for the fastest windpower car at 126.1 mph on the dry plains of Ivanpah Lake  on the California/Nevada border eclipsing the old, American held, record of 116 mph , set by Bob Schumacher in the Iron Duck in March 1999 at the same location.

While I would like to congratuate the British Team lead by Richard Jenkins,  I just can’t get past the whole concept of the parking issues involved with such a beast – not to mention the low bridge issues.

But well done anyway – I’ll have a beer on your behalf.


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Just watched a movie

I do enjoy watching something so crazy, so not real, so full of action that some how they seem to makwanted_small_one_sheete it plausible LOL. I just watched ‘Wanted’ with Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman, and was totally riveted. What is it about Angelina Jolie that is not only as sexy as hell but terrifying in a sullen way?!wanted_movie_image_morgan_freeman

The thing about production of these things whether they’re plays, TV shows or full blown movies, is how do they take a basic idea and create such amazing locations, action, sets in a way to make that twinkling of an idea into something to have an audience sat on the edge of there seats. It boggles me completely. Then to approach the right people and get them to cough up gazillions of $$$ to make it.

I don’t often get this level of enjoyment from a movie or TV show, and I wasn’t too happy with then ending (because you really want a sequel with Jolie in it), but entertained I was, and might even have to go a buy the legal version LOL – which I would not have even considered had I not seen it.







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Sat Nav – you just can’t trust them….

This is an odd report from the Sheffield Star

A South Yorkshire man is facing court after he left his car teetering on the edge of a 100ft cliff – because his sat nav told him
Robert Jones, who says he drives for a living, admitted trusting the device even when it instructed him to turn down a narrow path which led to the precipice.

He only stopped when his car hit a fence above the drop.

The 43-year-old from Doncaster, who was arrested and charged with careless driving, described his experience as a “nightmare”.

While he stopped just in time to stop his BMW plunging over the drop and managed to get out of the vehicle safely, it took nine hours of delicate work to prevent the car falling and haul it back from the edge of the cliff in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

Mr Jones said the sat nav “kept insisting the path was a road, even as it was getting narrower and steeper, so I just trusted it”.

He added: “You don’t expect to be taken nearly over a cliff.”

And guess what award he gets………………. yep – this one



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Rocketboom – Twittering



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Adamo by Dell


You remember when Dell brought out the ‘Mini9’ a year or so ago? It’s input price in the UK was around £299. Then recently a Twitter friend bought one on a deal in the US for $99!!  This was the first next-gen mass produced solid-state hard drive laptop and they’re selling very fast indeed.

xps1Now Dell already owned the top spot for the most powerful laptops with the XPS range and more to the point, they held that title for a few years.  Recently they started adding some amazingly ‘artful’ monitors and desktops like the XPSone. It was obvious by this xpsonetime that dell were looking far ahead to future of home interaction and designing products to fit aesthetically into the modern

Now they have gone further and have introduce ‘Adamo by Dell’. This is the beginning of the stylish upper end Laptops build from a single machined and milled block of solid aluminum, 128 gig solid state hard drives and new monitor technology to allow for 5hours of battery life in a sleek new stylish shell. So here is a vid of them explaining Adamo and here is the LINK to the site… those wishing not to spend in excess of $2000 need not apply.



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Rocketboom – an odd one

The Raven

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Death by Failures

Two Royal Navy Submariners  (pron. sub – marry – in – ers) who died in an explosion onboard hms-t-001HMS Tireless in 2007 were caused by systematic failures a Coroner has ruled – what ever that means. The incident that happened under hundreds of feet of arctic ice where the Sub was on excercise.

The Royal Navy Board of Inquiry had concluded that the explosion which caused the death of Leading Operator Mechanic Paul McCann and Operator Mechanic Anthony Huntrod, was caused by a faulty self-contained oxygen generator (SCOG) which was part of the backup generator apaulandanthonynd was lit during a routine drill.

The deaths occured during the Arctic filming of Stargate Continuum – for which the film was dedicated to Leading Operator Mechanic Paul McCann (32) and Operator Mechanic Anthony Huntrod (20)





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A night of work and 5 hours in hospital

Sunday mid afternoon I get a call (first time in over a month) asking if  I’d do a double trunk to Severnside Dairy. Obviously I take the job and at 18:00 I’m on my way.

I get up to Severnside, drop off millions of empty cages, drop the trailer in the trailer yard and head to transport to get my return trailer number.7side

Returning to the trailer yard, I hook up to my trailer and I’m walking down to the rear to put my numberplate on the back in the dark when I trip. You see, it turns out that (and not uncommonly) they use old railway sleepers as wheel stops so we don’t reverse through the fence. The thing is, I didn’t see it at all. I tripped with my right foot and immediately threw my the same right foot/leg forward to stop me falling.  It did stop me (initially), but it took my entire falling weight and with the sound of creaking and an incredible feeling of tension and searing pain my leg gave way under me and I was down. Down and could not get up.

Suddenly, you realise how quiet a trailer yard is! Eventually I kinda got to my feet and tried to hobble thinking ‘hey, just bruised – I’ll walk it off’. A moment later and I’m now face down on the floor thinking ‘ok, maybe I have a problem’. Of course you instantly flash through you’re mind all the things/places you need to be the following day and that really, this can not happen.

After 15 minutes I managed to get back to the cab and half climb in to reach a mobile phone – of course it was the wrong one (I have 3), but second time lucky I sat back down on the floor and rang my home depot, in turn asking them to ring the transport office here and send help.

A moment later there were people coming from everywhere and a trip to hospital was on it’s way.

glos-hospital-160I managed to ring my mate – who thought it was all very funny as too, did I.  And rang my family to say that the NHS was about to try and kill me with MRSA at the Gloucester Royal.

I get there, get wheeled into a cubical for an hour and drugged up with Codeine – when my Aunt walks in!!  Now to explain, my aunt has been a career nurse her whole life and my uncle – a Dr, both live in Gloucester and it just proves that the family grapevine (for all it’s sins) still works.

5hrs, 5 long aching hours before I was seen!! The news I actually wanted, was the news I actually got – it was fatal, sorry, I’ll try that again…  Trying to get my jeans off my leg gave way again but more importantly showed the now awfully discolored thigh from knee to hip.  So I stand there with a leg turning black with bits in and the Doc says, I think that leg is much more swollen that the other – I, on the other hand think ‘no sh*t!!’.  So after much proding and poking, feeling of new lumps, bumps and dips in my leg – basically I did bruise, rip muscle and upset ligament. I was told that at some point over the next couple of days that my leg would probably seize up and this would hurt, to take painkillers and try to keep it moving. They tried to give me crutches but being a guy,  a Brit and more balls than brains – I refused.

I left.

Thanks to the family grapevine and to the staff at Severnside for their help and for not letting me drive my truck home – even if the Codeine did make me wanna give it a go – really, it would have been no problem (honest) LOL..

Ahhhhh (sigh) tomorrow is another day….


Writing and my lack of skill thereof;

Anyone who has followed this blog or any of my web-based things, will, for the most part note that I’m terrible at writing. Ironically, speedwriter-copywriting technical documents and designs are really not a problem for me though, but writing to other humans is!

You see, we all know that writing what may be in our thoughts or in fun, might not actually translate as suchimages-copy to the reader. In fact 90% of the time it is either seen as attitude or simply being rude. Now to be honest, I’m rude to all my friends, really – I do it on purpose.  But then there are the people you don’t actually know, I don’t know what makes them tick, what kind of humour they have, if they’re tired or stressed and so on.  At the same time they can’t see the smile on my face when I, in turn write a note to them. And lets be honest here – for all I know, they may not suffer fools gladly at all.hand_writing Then there is the other saide to all this, what if you/I read something the wrong way? What if someone used the wrong formatting by accident? and so on.

This is very frustrating, but you see, it happends to me on a daily basis (go figure) So I’ve decided to back off from other things for a while and just annoy people from this blog – which I’m also apparently good at  LOL. But here, well – frankly I might be trying to be annoying lol. No one instance has made me do this and I have a lot on at the moment and basically can’t be bothered.

Actually, being horrid to people is the way I am, I will catch or pick you up if you fall – but then spend the rest of the time trying to trip you up LOL. Never the less, I save that  for friends.



Published in: on 22 March, 2009 at 03:52  Comments (8)  
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You don’t have to be big to move a mountain

So, how many times do you hear that whine of ‘I can’t reach that’ or ‘I’m not strong enough’, ‘I’m not tall enough’  – better still, ‘my grasp isn’t big enough’ OR, ‘you can because you’re a man’.  Well, ladies – you can!! and here is a video that proves it ;-)

Terry, aka ‘LittleTrucker’, who barely reaches 5 feet in height made this video just the other day of her delivering heavy furniture in Illinois.

Nice one!!



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Rocketboom – with a familiar intro maybe? lol…



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Microsoft’s Virtual Earth


I downloaded this a while ago and never really got around to looking at it.  I’m very used to using Google Eartlogo_virtualearthh which has been around for quite some time now and for the most part, it appears quite a polished product. Well, not always – you see they recently went live with the UK version of street view and skipping from one image to the next can actually turn the whole thing into a mashed up nightmare.

Virtual Earth from Microsoft is a little more simple to use, appears to have more recent ariel shots and while the transition from high altitude to up close and personal mapping is a little clunky (assume net speed to be the problem) I’m lovinggoogle-earth it. I’m not sure for why, may be it’s because you can see so many differences between a placgoogle-hqe on Google Earth and Microsoft.

There is one thing I have found odd though; if you zoom in to the Google HQ, the 3d of the draw buildings is really very good, while a look at the Microsoft HQ is not good at all… But, to be completely fair here – MS have over laid images of the buildings onto the 3d faces – they’re just not very clear.  


The future of this style of mapping/cartography is huge, yet sadly it’ll never be ‘real-time’ – unless there is an individual satellite for every user. That said, they is a possibility in a handful of areas where this will be possible.

Now all they have to do is get all the webcams and public CCTV hooked into the systems and we’ll be rocking!



PS. Hi, Bothell

Published in: on 21 March, 2009 at 18:54  Leave a Comment  
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Slower Blogging

I’m doing a full-on spring clean at the moment. Well, the truth is that I get my place inspected on Tuesday morning by the landlords agent and I have a ton of other stuff to do also.
On top of this I’ve pulled a muscle or trapped a nerve in the old back and with other stuff I have planned for this week, I need to keep moving before I seize up.
So its a little quiet at the moment.
However, it wont be next week as I should have plenty of new stuff to share.

Published in: on 15 March, 2009 at 22:35  Leave a Comment  

20 Years of Dell Ireland – goes to Poland

For those who don’t know, when it comes to Laptops I heartily recommend Dell products for many reasons. They are generally stronger and far more reliable than most. I certainly would never recommend a Sony Vaio.  But then, I’m not a fan of Dell workstations at all. That said, I’m seriously not a Mac fan, why? Because I like to keep my money in the bank and not piss it against the wall – derr!

So, what am I writing about? dell

Almost 20 years ago, Dell built its flagship production facility in Limerick, Ireland. They came to Ireland with huge financial incentives and got workstation and laptop production down to under 3 minutes per unit. They went on and grew to employing a staggering 10,000 people, 1/10 of the population of Limerick.

Now Dell is a huge company and while people and there dedication to a company can only be purchased so far, it’s important for them to do the right thing by the soon to be – former workforce.  I really hope they do because when a company does not like unions – it’s important for the company to be better than any union! Dell offer a one stop shop solution, from servers to full blown data centers and the people who work for the company do so by way of believing in both the company and the products they make. This belief in turn does not come from a wage packet, it comes from the very same two way relationship. That said, with all the greatest intention in the world – business is business at the end of the day.

Well, come April it all stops as production switches from Ireland to Poland.  This is not a major shock – but it’s devastating for Ireland and certainly for Limerick.

Since the loss of the Cork to Swansea ferry, vehicle access to the emerald isle has been seriously reduced. Taxation changes there have hurt Dell and in these economic times Dell has had to act.

I won’t be buying a Dell product in the foreseeable future as this Inspiron 6400 is just great – but by the time I am ready to order more, I just hope they’ll ironed out all the initial production teething problems in Poland.

Published in: on 15 March, 2009 at 00:06  Comments (4)  
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Boom & Rocket


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