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bassman5066 July 31st, 2013 07:55

TDIs on Mt Washington
 
I'm heading up there from Quakertown, PA on Friday morning and probably hitting up the fest on Sat and Sun. I'm staying over in Lancaster, NH till the following Wednesday, and was planning on taking my TDI (91 Golf) to the top of Mt Washington on one of the days I'm up there. Then the idea of a cruise with lots of TDIs to the top of the mountain came up, so I was wondering if anyone else is interested in going to the top and snapping some great pics of our cars while up there. Mt Washington is the largest mountain in the Northeast, and is about an hour from where TDIfest is taking place. Nothing is set in stone yet, except the fact that me, my girlfriend, and my 91 Golf will be going to the top of the mountain. I'm trying to gauge interest in this and pick a day we can get a lot of cars together. Let me know what you think.

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bassman5066 July 31st, 2013 09:18

If I get 10 or so cars who would like to drive up on the same day, I was thinking about having some decals made up saying something like "This TDI climbed Mt Washington" and pass them around at the top of the mountain.

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skoullias July 31st, 2013 10:24

I could be convinced. The climb was also mentioned on the '13 fest thread, potentially renting out the road for a few hours.

Where is the scavenger hunt going to take place (or, would that spoil what is supposed to be a surprise)?

VeeDubTDI July 31st, 2013 19:53

We are looking into the possibility of doing a group drive on the Mt. Washington Auto Road on Saturday evening. Stay tuned... :)

PS - not sure if that would replace or be in addition to some sort of scavenger hunt (perhaps geocaching)... Still working out the details.

loosecannon July 31st, 2013 20:10

As mentioned in the other thread, biohazardtj and I are in

bassman5066 August 1st, 2013 04:45

Great. Saturday evening sounds good to me. I'm staying at a house on a large piece of property in Lancaster NH so we can have a little G2G with some beer and possibly BBQ after the drive. I would really like to have those stickers I mentioned made so I'm gonna need some notice to get them done in time and will be needing a head count to get enough.

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cevans August 1st, 2013 07:18

Quote:

Originally Posted by VeeDubTDI (Post 4256298)
We are looking into the possibility of doing a group drive on the Mt. Washington Auto Road on Saturday evening. Stay tuned... :)

That would be cool.

d.david August 1st, 2013 08:12

Cool, I'm up for the cruise...

n1das August 1st, 2013 15:58

Quote:

Originally Posted by VeeDubTDI (Post 4256298)
We are looking into the possibility of doing a group drive on the Mt. Washington Auto Road on Saturday evening. Stay tuned... :)

PS - not sure if that would replace or be in addition to some sort of scavenger hunt (perhaps geocaching)... Still working out the details.

IMPORTANT(!): IIRC, the Mt. Washington Auto Road closes and locks up around 4 or 5 PM in the afternoon. The road is private property. Have you made special arrangements with the Mt. Washington Auto Road people to be open after-hours? If not, the group drive needs to happen in the early MORNING.

It would be about an hour drive to the mountain from TDIfest, then probably a half hour or so to get organized at the gate, then it's an 8 mile ride up the mountain at 15-20 MPH all the way up in first gear, taking about half an hour.

During the climb, keeping the engine RPMs in the 2500-3000 RPM range in first gear works best. If another car is behind you and wants to go faster, pull over at the nearest turnout area (plenty along the way) and let them pass. Also cars coming down the mountain are required to yield to cars coming up the mountain when encountering each other in the narrow spots. First gear is required to climb efficiently and 15-20 MPH is the recommended speed by the Auto Road and puts the engine in the 2500-3000 RPM range. Staying in this range avoids the risk of turbo surge at high altitude and keeps EGTs under control. When you get to the parking lot at the top, leave your TDI idling for several minutes with the cabin heat cranked and fan on high because the engine will be thoroughly heat soaked at the end of the climb.

For people who have never driven up Mt. Washington before, the drive is not for the faint of heart or if you have a fear of heights. The Mt. Washington Auto Road is steep, narrow, winding mountain road with steep dropoffs in some areas and no guardrails. The road alternates between paved and dirt road sections in a few areas. Then there's changing weather conditions that factor into it. There's a short but serious climb (18% grade) at the top to enter the parking lots at the top. The drive can be somewhat nerve racking the first time you do it. Some people may not appreciate the driving experience. There's a big warning sign at the entrance that talks to this. Fear not, TDIs were born to climb these kind of hills due to the TDI's torque characteristics. The drive overall is a beautiful drive and a drive like no other.

Coming down the mountain requires staying in first gear and staying off the brakes, touching them only occasionally when needed. A technique I found works is to come almost to a complete stop right before a sharp turn then let the car gradually speed up again on its own while idling in first gear. If another car is behind you wanting to come down faster than you, pull over at one of the turnouts along the way and let them pass. The last time I was coming down the road, I let somebody in a Honda Pilot go by me and I could definitely smell their VERY HOT brakes as they went by. If it were at night I probably could have seen them glowing red-hot in the dark.

When you finally get to the bottom and get out onto Route 16 again, you need to get on the power and accelerate at WOT for several seconds. Your TDI may smoke a lot but it is needed to get rid of oil accumulated in the intercooler and exhaust system after 8 miles of engine braking while coming down the mountain.

It's best to get up there in early morning. If it's clear day at the summit you can look across Maine and see the Atlantic Ocean on the horizon. If clear enough and sunlight is just right, you can see the glitter of sunlight reflecting off the ocean waves. Looking to the north, you can see up into Canada. Looking west, you can see across Vermont and into New York. You can see much of New Hampshire looking to the south but a few nighboring mountains get in the way. On a crystal clear day (very rare) you can see the Adirondack Mountains in New York 130 miles away, the furthest points visible from the summit.

Just my $0.02 FWIW from having driven the Mt.Washington Auto Road several times. :cool:

I'm interested in the drive and looking forward to it. :cool:

VeeDubTDI August 1st, 2013 16:09

I went up the road around Memorial Day... first gear is ridiculous unless you have some massive turbo lag. I did it in 2nd and 3rd going up, and 1st and 2nd coming down (DSG with the small Passat turbo). But I digress - it's an awesome road and the 1st gear recommendation is good, especially when multiple people are going up the road together... don't want anyone getting too carried away. ;)

The idea here would be to make special arrangements with them to stay open after their normal hours so that we have the place to ourselves. They offer group discounts... more info to follow. :)

http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com/file...lubs13web1.pdf

n1das August 1st, 2013 16:36

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Originally Posted by VeeDubTDI (Post 4257132)
I went up the road around Memorial Day... first gear is ridiculous unless you have some massive turbo lag. I did it in 2nd and 3rd going up, and 1st and 2nd coming down (DSG with the small Passat turbo). But I digress - it's an awesome road and the 1st gear recommendation is good, especially when multiple people are going up the road together... don't want anyone getting too carried away. ;)

The idea here would be to make special arrangements with them to stay open after their normal hours so that we have the place to ourselves. They offer group discounts... more info to follow. :)

http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com/file...lubs13web1.pdf

OK Cool.

The DSG behavior is a little different. The 1st gear recommendation is from the Auto Road rules on the envelope given at the gate plus my own experience doing the climb w/manual transmissions in my 02 Golf, 05 ATD PD JWagen, and 2010 JSW. I've tried zipping up in 2nd at the lower elevations and all was good but found it better to stay in first gear as I got up to the higher elevations where it was required to go a bit slower. The first time I did the drive with Lisa riding along, she was a bit spooked at the steep dropoffs in some areas near the edge of the road.

Hopefully I will be able to do the drive in my 2014 BMW 535xd if arrives in time. :cool:

VeeDubTDI August 1st, 2013 16:42

Taking the BMW up the road sounds sweet!!

n1das August 1st, 2013 16:50

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Originally Posted by VeeDubTDI (Post 4257155)
Taking the BMW up the road sounds sweet!!

Arrival at the port in NJ is scheduled for next Thursday 8/8. Then it's probably a week or two until it arrives at Tulley BMW in Nashua NH. The build happened faster than expected due to the "Priority 1 - Customer -SOLD" status on the order. Hopefully it also gets expedited delivery to NH too.

The plan is to take the BMW provided I get it in time for the 'Fest. :cool:

Lug_Nut August 1st, 2013 18:36

N1DAS, I've driven it once, and that was in a 1978 Renault I bought for $500. You (the auto road owners) make it sound tough, it isn't. Altitude and turbo surge issues are nearly non-issues due to the height barely reaching 6,000 feet. There must be a lot of dead turbo diesels in Durango...:rolleyes:

It was coming DOWN that was the issue with very wet, probably original, brake fluid boiling enough to cause a continuous cycle of the rears dragging and heating up more and causing more vapor expansion and more dragging.

bassman5066 August 1st, 2013 20:17

n1Das, thank you for the good useful info. I agree, you do make it sound like quite the task but everything you said sounds spot on. As you said, I am confident our little TDIs will make it up just fine. This type of drive is where an EGT gauge comes in handy.

So, unless we speak with the owners to rent some time on the road after hours, I suppose Saturday evening is out? As I said, I'll be up that way till Wednesday, so its whenever everyone else is going to be there.

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TheGrove August 2nd, 2013 04:55

Quote:

Originally Posted by VeeDubTDI (Post 4257132)
I went up the road around Memorial Day... first gear is ridiculous unless you have some massive turbo lag. I did it in 2nd and 3rd going up, and 1st and 2nd coming down (DSG with the small Passat turbo). But I digress - it's an awesome road and the 1st gear recommendation is good, especially when multiple people are going up the road together... don't want anyone getting too carried away. ;)

The idea here would be to make special arrangements with them to stay open after their normal hours so that we have the place to ourselves. They offer group discounts... more info to follow. :)

http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com/file...lubs13web1.pdf

Wish I could make it but committed to a family trip to Maine this year and couldn't get my sister's schedule to match TDIFest:(. Was going to try the drive but we won't be in Maine until around Oct 20 which is the tentative close date for the road.

The neat thing is if you plan on a group they even have group catering available. So you can have a dinner (several menus available) and drive the road as well.

bassman5066 August 2nd, 2013 05:02

Had anyone called the Mt Washington auto road to ask about arrangements? If not I can give them a call today.

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n1das August 2nd, 2013 07:54

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Originally Posted by Lug_Nut (Post 4257258)
N1DAS, I've driven it once, and that was in a 1978 Renault I bought for $500. You (the auto road owners) make it sound tough, it isn't.

I've driven the Mt. Washington Auto Road many times and I agree, it isn't tough. It can be a bit nerve racking for some if they have never done it before. I have smelled hot brakes on the way down from many drivers who did not heed the warnings about how to drive on the Auto Road. It wasn't a big deal for me but my g/f Lisa was nervous and freaking out along the way the first time she rode with me there. She loves it now.

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Originally Posted by bassman5066 (Post 4257357)
n1Das, thank you for the good useful info. I agree, you do make it sound like quite the task but everything you said sounds spot on. As you said, I am confident our little TDIs will make it up just fine. This type of drive is where an EGT gauge comes in handy.

TDIs were born for driving up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. :cool: I've done it in an 02 Golf, 05 PD JWagen, and 2010 JSW, all with manual transmissions.
I'm looking forward to it. :cool:

VeeDubTDI August 2nd, 2013 08:31

Quote:

Originally Posted by bassman5066 (Post 4257526)
Had anyone called the Mt Washington auto road to ask about arrangements? If not I can give them a call today.

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I am handling that this afternoon.

Campbellonh August 2nd, 2013 09:10

You guys all have fun. I must be a "faint of heart" person, because I've done it once and don't want to again. The car loved it, handled the steepness and terrain just fine, but I thought I was going to throw up by the time I got to the top, seriously thought about having someone else drive my car down (and I am always very reluctant to let anyone else drive my car). To top it off the top of the mountain was completely encase in clouds and we didn't get to see anything. That's my 2 cents warning to anyone else who has issues with narrow roads and steep drop-offs with no guard rails. I'll find some fun roads that are less petrifying for anyone who isn't up to the Auto Road venture.

TDIDaveNH August 2nd, 2013 09:28

Aww come on Cindy, it's great fun- I went this past June 23rd on a vintage Honda 3-wheeler. It's not THAT bad....and I made it down too;)

bassman5066 August 2nd, 2013 12:08

Quote:

Originally Posted by VeeDubTDI (Post 4257722)
I am handling that this afternoon.

Great, I'm sure you know more about the scheduling of events for the show than I do so hopefully we can pick a day when we get the most people to show up.

So looks like we definitely have some interest in making the trip so I may call my local vinyl shop to see what it would cost to get some stickers made up specific to our TDIs going up said mountain. If anyone wants one let me know, I will only charge you what it costs me to get them made, but you wont receive them till your car makes it to the top ;). I wanna do custom ones because I'm not a fan of the big bumper stickers that they give out on the mountain and it would be also cool to have ones that mention TDIs.

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VeeDubTDI August 2nd, 2013 13:58

Something using the Auto Road logo and TDIFest 2013 below it would be cool.

bassman5066 August 2nd, 2013 14:29

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Originally Posted by VeeDubTDI (Post 4258111)
Something using the Auto Road logo and TDIFest 2013 below it would be cool.

I was already thinking it saying TDIfest but the auto road logo is an even better idea.

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onlyinabeetle August 2nd, 2013 15:36

C'mon guys by car it has to be easy!!! I did the hike up and back it only took 8 hours!! LOL I even got a shirt that says "this body climbed Mt. Washington" (just ask me how walking the next 2 days was haha)

Sootman August 2nd, 2013 15:48

I've climbed it a bunch of times on foot but never had the pleasure of a drive up and down. Count me IN!

bassman5066 August 2nd, 2013 16:29

Yea a friend of mine was mentioning the hike and the variety of easier-hard trails they have available. I go up to NH often for snowboarding, as my girlfriends grandfather owns the house in Lancaster were staying at, but this is my first time going up when its warm. I saw that TDIfest was about an hour away and there's an excuse for taking a vacation. I don't think I'll hike up this year but that is certainly on my to do list.

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VeeDubTDI August 3rd, 2013 08:10

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Originally Posted by Sootman (Post 4258194)
I've climbed it a bunch of times on foot but never had the pleasure of a drive up and down. Count me IN!

I'm pretty surprised by that, actually. I figured you would have been all over that road! :D

I've sent an email and left a voicemail for the Auto Road group sales lady - hoping to hear back from her on Monday regarding a sunset group drive and foot at the top of the mountain. :cool:

bassman5066 August 4th, 2013 13:18

Will be working on the sticker design this week and meeting with ghd vinyl place on Friday. I'll post up some examples as soon as I can.

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VeeDubTDI August 4th, 2013 13:21

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with! :cool:

Abacus August 5th, 2013 08:35

I've driven the auto road a few times and think climbing it in winter is much easier on the nerves. Those drop offs are hairy.

Not to say I wouldn't do it again, so I'm in.


http://hikerinmaine.smugmug.com/Hiki...100_3155-S.jpg
http://hikerinmaine.smugmug.com/Hiki...100_0734-S.jpg

bassman5066 August 5th, 2013 09:15

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Originally Posted by VeeDubTDI (Post 4259595)
Looking forward to seeing what you come up with! :cool:

Yea I'm in the middle of preparing to move, closing out an insurance claim, piles of paperwork for work and preparing the TDI to make the trip to NH and up the mountain, needless to say I'm busy. I'm hoping to get a few minutes to design the logo tomorrow night and will post it when I get something

Climbing in the winter sounds like a fun adventure, I would love to do that one day. I also heard there's 2 back country ski/snowboard trails going down the mountain, and they are certainly not for the faint of heart with 30 or so ft drop offs and such. Id still like to give them a try one of these winters.

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VeeDubTDI August 5th, 2013 09:24

Just got an email back from the folks at the Auto Road. They haven't verified that the road is available on our chosen date (August 31st), but they will know for sure tomorrow morning and we can go from there.

Catering is not available after hours, so that opening isn't possible. We'll have to make other meal plans for Saturday night... I'm thinking dinner on your own, as there are numerous excellent eateries and restaurants in the area (small local things, no chains).

I'll have more details and firm pricing tomorrow after our phone call. :)

bassman5066 August 5th, 2013 19:48

http://s17.postimg.org/tmkbc7d9r/mt_...on_sticker.png

It's proving pretty tough to find a good high res image of the Auto Road logo. This is the best I could get, so post one up if you can find a bigger one to use.

This is what I came up with just playing around in paint. I can't seem to choose a font, there's just so many lol. This one was inspired by the usual sticker you get for going up the mountain. I didnt have the time to change every pixel of color to the same to represent what would be "sticker" color, but you get the idea.

Just to clarify, "sticker" is what I use to refer to the part that sticks on the surface, and will be whatever color vinyl we choose. "Negative" space is the spots that are not "sticker" but function as part of the total image.

Colors shown above:

Black: Sticker
Green: Sticker
White: Negative
Blue: Negative

I left an original logo on the bottom for anyone who happens to have more photoshop experience (and the program itself...) than I do. I'm going to work on it more tomorrow and think about how I can integrate the "TDIFest 2013" into it.

biohazardtj August 6th, 2013 07:08

if my car only makes it half way do i still get half a sticker? not that im worried or anythign but when me and Loosecannon get into "off road" adventures one of us ususlly ends up getting towed somewhere.

VeeDubTDI August 6th, 2013 10:12

The mountain has confirmed availability and pricing... now we just need more responses to my poll thread before we can lock this in and do it.

bassman5066 August 8th, 2013 12:06

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Originally Posted by VeeDubTDI (Post 4261440)
The mountain has confirmed availability and pricing... now we just need more responses to my poll thread before we can lock this in and do it.

This is for Saturday afternoon, correct?

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VeeDubTDI August 8th, 2013 12:24

Saturday evening.

Depart hotel @ ~5:15PM
Leave Mt. Washington @ ~8:30PM

VeeDubTDI August 9th, 2013 07:56

The group drive on the Mt. Washington Auto Road has been CONFIRMED!

Anyone interested in participating in this event should log into the registration system at http://reg.tdifest.com and edit your registration to add this event. Remember to add it for each person in your party who wants to do the group drive, even if he/she is only a passenger.

Cancellation Policy: We will ONLY cancel the group drive in the event of unsafe weather conditions on the Auto Road, as determined by Auto Road staff.

Restrooms: Restrooms are only available at the base of the mountain. There will be no restrooms available at the summit, as the National Park building will be closed. Please plan accordingly.

Driving Restrictions: Our group will be lead by an Auto Road van and followed by an Auto Road van. The Auto Road encourages everyone to have fun, but please no speeding, showing off, or otherwise acting like a fool. The Auto Road is both challenging and dangerous, and it is not an appropriate place to practice your racing skills. Also keep in mind that the general public will be leaving the mountain (going down) while we are going up, as they are all required to leave the summit at 6:45 PM. I don't know how many people this will be, but be prepared to encounter some traffic as we ascend the mountain. Going down, it will be all ours.

Any questions? Let me know!

n1das August 9th, 2013 14:22

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Originally Posted by VeeDubTDI (Post 4264430)
The group drive on the Mt. Washington Auto Road has been CONFIRMED!

Anyone interested in participating in this event should log into the registration system at http://reg.tdifest.com and edit your registration to add this event. Remember to add it for each person in your party who wants to do the group drive, even if he/she is only a passenger.

DONE! I updated Lisa's and my registration.

I'm trying to find out where my BMW is....it was due to arrive TODAY at the port in NJ. BMWusa.com website still shows it as "En route to US" status. :( I've been checking on it every few hours. I'm getting antsy waiting for it. :(

VeeDubTDI August 9th, 2013 14:42

Slow boat!

bassman5066 August 9th, 2013 15:02

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Originally Posted by n1das (Post 4264815)
DONE! I updated Lisa's and my registration.

I'm trying to find out where my BMW is....it was due to arrive TODAY at the port in NJ. BMWusa.com website still shows it as "En route to US" status. :( I've been checking on it every few hours. I'm getting antsy waiting for it. :(

I did the same when ordering my 2011. I annoyed the hell out of my sales guy to the point he promised to email me weekly updates. Its really awesome to order a car, but the waiting sucks. How long has it been?

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bassman5066 August 9th, 2013 15:10

Just to clarify, it is $30 per person not per car right?

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n1das August 9th, 2013 15:16

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Originally Posted by bassman5066 (Post 4264839)
How long has it been?

Not intending to derail the thread since the answer is O/T...order went in July 1 and things progressed faster than expected. Last info was it was due to arrive at the port TODAY in NJ and then it's another 5-10 days of waiting until it arrives at my BMW dealer.

I'm hoping to have it in time for TDIfest and to drive it up the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

n1das August 9th, 2013 15:18

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Originally Posted by VeeDubTDI (Post 4264430)
Anyone interested in participating in this event should log into the registration system at http://reg.tdifest.com and edit your registration to add this event. Remember to add it for each person in your party who wants to do the group drive, even if he/she is only a passenger.

Quote:

Originally Posted by bassman5066 (Post 4264844)
Just to clarify, it is $30 per person not per car right?

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It's $30 per person, even if they are riding along as a passenger. My g/f Lisa is riding with me and I paid $60 after updating our registrations.

bassman5066 August 9th, 2013 15:28

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Originally Posted by n1das (Post 4264851)
It's $30 per person, even if they are riding along as a passenger. My g/f Lisa is riding with me and I paid $60 after updating our registrations.

Cool just making sure.

Don't they prep the car and install some of the smaller, more modular options at the dealer before delivery to you?

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n1das August 9th, 2013 15:34

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Originally Posted by bassman5066 (Post 4264860)
Cool just making sure.

Don't they prep the car and install some of the smaller, more modular options at the dealer before delivery to you?

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It would show up as "Finishing touches" on the timeline when tracking it online. The status still shows "en route to US". :( It might already be at the port in NJ, just the website hasn't been updated yet. I'm getting antsy waiting for it.

It should be awesome driving it up the Mt.Washington Auto Road. :cool:

I agree with Lawson's heads up about driving on the Auto Road:
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Driving Restrictions: Our group will be lead by an Auto Road van and followed by an Auto Road van. The Auto Road encourages everyone to have fun, but please no speeding, showing off, or otherwise acting like a fool. The Auto Road is both challenging and dangerous, and it is not an appropriate place to practice your racing skills. Also keep in mind that the general public will be leaving the mountain (going down) while we are going up, as they are all required to leave the summit at 6:45 PM. I don't know how many people this will be, but be prepared to encounter some traffic as we ascend the mountain. Going down, it will be all ours.
That was the intent of my earlier post where I mentioned the challenges and dangers on the Auto Road as a heads up for anyone who has never driven it before. You have to pay attention and give it the respect it commands. IIRC, one of the rules is cars coming down the mountain are required to yield to cars coming up the mountain when encountering each other in tight places along the way. In some spots, when two full size vehicles should meet, the vehicles are inches apart beside each other while the inner vehicle is inches from the ditch on the inside and the outer vehicle is only inches away from the edge of a steep dropoff. The ride is challenging and can be dangerous, but it is a ride unlike any other. :cool:

VeeDubTDI August 9th, 2013 15:52

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Originally Posted by bassman5066 (Post 4264844)
Just to clarify, it is $30 per person not per car right?

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That is correct.

Uberhare August 11th, 2013 12:18

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/shi...MMSI=566454000

This is likely the ship your car is on. I'm out my clutch started slipping last week. New one is a few weeks out.




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Originally Posted by n1das (Post 4264864)
It would show up as "Finishing touches" on the timeline when tracking it online. The status still shows "en route to US". :( It might already be at the port in NJ, just the website hasn't been updated yet. I'm getting antsy waiting for it.

It should be awesome driving it up the Mt.Washington Auto Road. :cool:

I agree with Lawson's heads up about driving on the Auto Road:


That was the intent of my earlier post where I mentioned the challenges and dangers on the Auto Road as a heads up for anyone who has never driven it before. You have to pay attention and give it the respect it commands. IIRC, one of the rules is cars coming down the mountain are required to yield to cars coming up the mountain when encountering each other in tight places along the way. In some spots, when two full size vehicles should meet, the vehicles are inches apart beside each other while the inner vehicle is inches from the ditch on the inside and the outer vehicle is only inches away from the edge of a steep dropoff. The ride is challenging and can be dangerous, but it is a ride unlike any other. :cool:


n1das August 11th, 2013 15:10

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Originally Posted by Uberhare (Post 4266244)
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/shi...MMSI=566454000
This is likely the ship your car is on. I'm out my clutch started slipping last week. New one is a few weeks out.

I posted an update on my car in the BMW 5-series thread: (To keep it out of this thread since it's O/T.)
http://forums.tdiclub.com/showpost.p...8&postcount=83

How bad is the clutch slip? Will it hold well enough to climb Mt. Washington?

The very last part of the climb involves a short but serious 18% grade up to the parking lots at the summit. When I've done it in the past there is usually traffic ahead of me and pedestrians crossing the parking lot at the top of this short but serious climb. You usually end up having to stop or go slowly and requires 1st gear and just about all the torque your TDI can make to get into the parking lot. It's one of those few cases where I've wished my TDI were geared a little lower in first gear.

bassman5066 August 16th, 2013 07:23

I'm always wishing my TDIs had a bit taller of a 1st gear, mainly for performance. I find that (especially on the 2011) its tough to hit 2nd in a good part of the power band (2500 or so) without revving up first to like 4000, which I don't like to do that often.

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bassman5066 August 26th, 2013 07:37

http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?p=4279881


Just made a thread for my little after party on Saturday. Please respond in there if you would like to come so I can get enough food.

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