Another One Off The Bucket List

Posted on 22 Jun, 2014 by Scott Jones
Nurburgring Porsches Nordschleife

Some of my faithful readers may not know that The Nurburgring is one of motor racing’s most hallowed grounds, a 13-mile loop with 72 corners (or more, depending on how you count them) that has in the past hosted a wide variety of racing events including Formula 1, was the site of Niki Lauda’s famous accident, and also happens to be a semi-public road that anyone with 22 euros can take a spin on when the track isn’t in use for something else.

On the Xbox, my friends and I have ‘driven’ the Nordschliefe (the northern loop, as opposed to the attached, smaller, modern road circuit that currently hosts events such as F1 and WSBK), literally hundreds of times. When I realized that Frankfurt is only an hour and a half away, I decided to go see the Ring for myself and see if I could do my tourist lap.

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The trip was easy thanks to my iPhone’s GPS, and I arrived in my rented Opel Corsa at around 11:30. I was worried that I might not be allowed on the track in a rented car, but determined to go if only to see the place in person.

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Eventually I knew the track must be getting close, and suddenly this section appeared. I pulled off the highway and into a large lot that is a favorite among spectators during the official events, and also among those who come to watch the amateur nutters drive around. When I arrived I found this guy had set up to watch the day’s tire test, of all things. Most of the turns or sections are named, and this one is Brunnchen. For a map of the Ring, click here. Just standing there was fantastic after so many years of seeing photos of this historic place and pretending to be there in video games.

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