So this was at the end of our vacation, a place that became familiar and we’d like to call home away from home…………..Nurburg and Nurburgring Circuit……..approaced from another angle……..seeing the castle tower from afar ………….it felt so good………
and driving along the race track felt good as well………..
But actually entering the Nordschleife was better………..
The Nürburgring is made up of two racetracks: the Nordschleife which was opened in 1927 as the “First Hilly Racing and Test Track” and the Grand Prix Circuit inaugurated in 1984. The two circuits, which can be driven around in combination, are together about 26 kilometres, making the Nürburgring the longest permanent racetrack in the world. A total of 40 left-hand bends, 50 right-hand bends and a 300m height difference with extreme slopes and gradients ensure a significant adrenaline kick for both drivers and spectators. Since its construction (1925 – 1927), the Nordschleife has enjoyed a reputation as a terrifying and merciless route through the Eifel forests. An English journalist who visited the Nordschleife during the opening race on 18 June 1927 even concluded “that it seemed as if a reeling, drunken giant had been sent out to determine the route”. The Formula 1 pilot Sir John Young Jackie Stewart – after all a three-time world champion in 1969, 1971 and 1973 – was so impressed by the circuit that he gave it the name which it will probably never lose: Green Hell (Grüne Hölle).
It can be scary but they have a sense of humor too…………
It was rainy all day so not much people there (weird enough, because the other times it was crowded like hell no matter the weather) so husband made up his own speed pace and I had the chance to snap a few pics
yes………..and the “karussell” too (a little shaky, forgive me….)
Although being one of the slower corners on the Nordschleife, the Karussell is perhaps one of its most iconic, one of two berm-style, banked corners. The entrance to the corner is blind, although Juan Manuel Fangio is reputed to have advised a young driver to “aim for the tallest tree,” a feature that was also built into the rendering of the circuit in the Gran Turismo 4 and Grand Prix Legends video games. The combination of a recognisable corner, slow-moving cars, and the variation in viewing angle as cars rotate around the banking, means that this is one of the circuit’s most popular locations for photographers. It is named for Rudolf Caracciola, who reportedly made the corner his own by hooking the inside tires into a drainage ditch to help his car “hug” the curve. As more concrete was uncovered and more competitors copied him, the trend took hold. At a later reconstruction, the corner was remade with real concrete banking, as it remains to this day.
After testing our cold blood we drove to the newest part of the Circuit for some serious shopping……….
and then it was over. Time to come back home.
We stopped for a night at Bad Krozingen, a thermal town, at this nice hotel that allowed free access to the thermal pool and yes…………we enjoyed it!
A swim (no, you won’t see me in a bath suit – I love you that much) a walk in the park where we had dinner, a good sleep and we were ready for home…
Last photo? Sempachersee, Switzerland