Armin Schwarz Newsletter 2007-12-22

All German Motorsports: our Team Matt Nelson With 15 years in motorsport Matt Nelson is one of the most experienced members of our team. Matt - whose main profession is in law enforcement - always keeps his cool at the pit stops, no matter how...

All German Motorsports: our Team

Matt Nelson
With 15 years in motorsport Matt Nelson is one of the most experienced members of our team. Matt - whose main profession is in law enforcement - always keeps his cool at the pit stops, no matter how nerve wrecking the situation may be. He has seen each of the surprises that are thrown at our crew during the races at least five times in his career. It's great to have such a man in our team.

The year in retrospect, Part 2: Full schedule set for 2008 - enthusiastic fans in the USA and Europe

After the end of the racing season we were present on several motorsport shows with great success. At the Essen Motor Show the AGM Buggy proved to be a magnet. Huge numbers of fans arrived for the autograph sessions at the stands of our technology partners, Eibach springs, BF Goodrich and Remus. Our press conference was extremely well attended. At the Bologna Motor Show we gave fans a great show with breath-taking jumps over the Moto Cross Freestyle ramps. The Italians loved it and I signed autographs until my fingers almost dropped off.

And it continues with our journey through Europe. From 10 to 13 January we will be at the Birmingham Motor Show, and at the Geneva Car Salon our Buggy will be at the Remus stand from 6 to 16 March.

Things continue full steam ahead for ou r fans. You already know from my Baja 1000 newsletter that I will be contesting all six rounds of the 2008 SCORE Offroad Series with All German Motorsports. The first race gets underway at the end of January in Nevada - and I can see my calendar for 2008 filling up rapidly.

This is not only a great prospect for the coming year. It's also a confirmation of our work in 2007. I spent the first two weeks in August in completely new terrain, driving a Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia in the Transsyberian Rally which ran over 8000 kilometres from Moscow to the Mongolian capital of Ulaan Bataar. We took the lead early on and held onto it for quite some time. After a couple of punctures and an accident in the end phase we had to retire - luckily without any injuries thanks to the Porsche's solid safety cage. I found the Cayenne's offroad capabilities impressive. All-in-all this rally was an amazing adventure in a wild and beautiful part of the world.

At the beginning of September we caused a stir at the Terrible's Primm 300, a SCORE round near Las Vegas. I drove the first two laps, that's around 150 challingin miles, before handing the Buggy over to Matthias Kahle first in our class and third overall. Unfortunately, Matthias was hampered by a technical hiccup but still we finished fourth in our class which impressed the American fans. For the first time we competed with our new sequential Xtrac six-speed gearbox and the carbon fibre dry clutch from ZF Sachs Race Engineering. I have to say hat's off to our technology partners - everything w orked perfectly.

At the 40th Baja 1000, AGM engaged 60 team members to support us at our 2100 kilometre highspeed adventure. Everything was prepared down to the last detail. But this time we didn't get far. I started first and after just 80 kilometres I had already taken the lead of our class and overtaken 15 Trophy Trucks which have good 150 horsepower more. Then our power steering failed. Later the wheel nuts broke on the rear left wheel. After 300 kilometres we stopped completely with a faulty transmission.

Okay, we still have an score to settle with the Baja 1000...

The year is over and the engines have been turned off - for the time being. Now it's time for me to thank my partners most sincerely for their support and trust. And to you my friends and Virtual Car Club members, I thank you for your loyalty and interest. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas, a very pleasant and healthy New Year and a great start into 2008.

I will be back with you in 2008 with videos, news and background stories to keep you informed and entertained.

Merry Christmas
    Armin Schwarz

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