Eurotrip 2010: Geeks on a Plane CHOPPER!!

By Jeff Naeyaert

With our super tight schedules everyday we rarely have time to get back to the media center to download photos and spend any meaningful time writing, so we apologize our day-to-day coverage is more day-to-every-other-day-or-so…  But I'm taking a break from shooting today to stay back and write about the lap we just took of the Nordschleife--IN A FUCKING CHOPPER!!!  Again, courtesy of our friends at KW, we got up early and thankfully before breakfast headed to a grassy hill that looked like something out of Sound of Music (not that i've ever seen that) where the helicopter waited to take us up in groups of 4. 

fortunately breakfast and the helicopter ride got switched :)


Carter from Import Tuner, Jay from KW and Sean from Super Street


<start stupid grin>

I was quick on the draw and got shotgun on my flight!  Sticking to corporate policy, Mike and I rode on separate flights kinda like the President and Vice President have to do in case anything happens, ya know.  As we loaded in I took a quick look in the back to see who I'd be dying with when this contraption went down in the woods!  I gotta admit I was a little apprehensive about the flight having never been up in a helicopter or even a small plane before, but since I was trying to shoot video with one hand AND get the requisite stills for facebook with my blackberry in the other, i had plenty to keep my mind occupied!  (stay tuned for that video--probably gonna be shitty, but its better than nothing!)  A quick check of the instruments and we're up! 

Looks good to me!






Being up in the air above the countryside you really get a sense of how massive this track is--words can't describe it (or at least mine can't)!  I wish we were gonna get a chance to drive the track because honestly I didn't get to just look out the window and take it all in, i was too busy dicking around with the cameras… 

The infamous Karussel


Down yonder's the spot where Niki Lauda got a hunk of his ear burnt off...


The pilot did a few negative g maneuvers that were fun and followed along the course as it cut through the landscape taking most of the turns without even braking! ;) 

After we landed I had the dumb permanent smile on my face for about 15 minutes as the rest of the guys got their chopper laps.  Good news, none of us crashed and died!

Dumb grin not going away for a while...


Calvin from Road & Track, Carter again, Mike from DSport and my mate Paddy "Lad" from Speedhunters

Well in real time the race is about to end and I need to get down to start/finish to catch the conclusion (DAMN!  looks like the Hybrid Porsche might be out of the race less than 2 hours before the end!!!)  BMW might win this with their M3 that as far as i know is a carbon copy of the Rahal-Letterman ALMS cars we just featured!  I still want a Porsche though :)

Stay tuned for more maybe even later tonight as we head to Fichtenberg for our visit to KW's factory!  Thanks again to KW for the ride--BEST HOSTS EVER!

KW Suspension

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Sunday, May 16, 2010 4:12 AM
bmw limped home... 4 gear was gone but they did it.. poor porsche team the car ran so well
Sunday, May 16, 2010 3:08 PM
Sunday, May 16, 2010 3:55 PM
that shot of the helo with the sun in the background is perfect
Sunday, May 16, 2010 7:03 PM
Hey I build those exact helicopters...amungst other ones to include the Cobra attack Helo and the V22 Osprey. Enjoy your time out in Germany. I wish I could have been there to witness the plethra of cars out there.
Monday, May 17, 2010 10:04 AM
From the schedule:
"00:00 -- Get together in the lounge
--- Transport to hotel"

What?? Go back to the hotel during a 24hr race? Please tell me you guys didn't.... =) j/k Looking forward to the race stories!
Monday, May 17, 2010 11:07 AM
@ brainrush & Jeff

what camera and settings we're used for that shot? Getting no blur on the rotors is impressive. It makes the helicopter look like its stalled...nooooo
Laura Heng
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Monday, May 17, 2010 11:08 AM
Dude. That's super cool!
Monday, May 17, 2010 1:55 PM
that must have been so sweet, LUCKY!
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