Experiencing the Nürburgring Nordshleife during a Touristenfahrten session was one of the best experiences of my life. Being Canadian, I didn’t have a car to drive on the ‘ring so I rented a race car through Nurburgring UK. The car rental company is run by a guy named Dino, who is a third party that links you, the renter, with all the race car rental companies. He has a large selection of cars at his disposal ranging from older Alfa Romeos from 300€ a day to
Porsche GT3s for 1700€ a day. Dino acts as a middleman to set everything up for you with the rental company. You can skip the middleman and speak directly to the companies but from what I saw, the prices are the same whether you go through Dino or not, so going through him was worth it since he is English. The car we rented was a bright
orange BMW E36 M3 that had been stripped out and fitted with a roll cage, racing seats, race harnesses and suspension and brake upgrades. It was an excellent car. The only thing I would have liked would have been to have race tires rather than Z-rated performance street tires. If we were to crash the car, we would have had to pay 15,000€ if we wrote it off or the actual damages if it wasn’t written off. So basically, don’t crash. All third party damages are covered by insurance, so if you hit a wall or another car, that’s covered, but you still have to pay for the damages to the car you rented. There is a lot of risk driving the ‘ring, but for me, it was well worth the reward.
* This tip was written by my husband, Dave *
Catholics have the Vatican. Baseball fans have Yankee Stadium. Racing fans have the Nürburgring. The best thing about the greatest auto racing track ever built is that you can (if you are brave enough) experience it for yourself. The track offers “Touristenfahrten” which means the storied race track turns into a toll road for a few hours every evening during the week and on selected weekend days throughout the year. You pay 21€ per lap (or buy several laps at once and the price goes down) and get to tear up the track full tilt in your car. There are some rules that are very important — no photo/video or timing while on the track, stay right when someone is going to overtake you and when there are speed limits posted, OBEY THEM and just be safe. You can bring your own car on the track or rent a dedicated race car (see my tip on renting a race car) but do not bring a regular rental car on the track. Most rental car companies specify that their cars can’t be brought on the track. Be aware that racing on the ‘ring is extremely dangerous. It’s known as the most challenging race track in the world and for good reason. Cars and bikes crash here on a regular basis and if you aren’t careful, you could too. No matter how good of a driver you are, there will be lots of cars on the track to pass and get passed by. This was definitely one of the most fun things I have ever experienced and is something every car enthusiast will remember forever! There are other ways to experience the ‘ring, such as a Ring Taxi, which is a professional driver taking you around the course at full speed in a Porsche or similar. Expensive as well, but extremely fun from what I’ve heard. Check the calendar on their website at www.nuerburgring.de/en and look for Touristenfahrten dates.
*This tip was written by my husband Dave, the car enthusiast :) *
I keep asking she who must be obeyed if I can take my car to this village. I've seen the place numerous times of BBC's 'Top Gear', so I kind of feel I know the place already.
It is the home of the 'Nurburgring', the most impressive motor racing circuit on the planet. Once famously described as 'the Green Hell', it winds itself around 30 odd kms around this hilly area. It's history stretches way back into the 1920's and some of it is still used as an F1 circuit.
What really draws me to the place is the fact that when it's not being used for racing or car testing the full circuit is opened as a one-way toll road. No speed limits, although your insurance won't pay up if you have a prang. Sounds great, but remember that anyone can take any motorised vehicle around. You might meet a bunch of wrinklies going around on a coach, or some nutter making his crappy 1 litre Nissan Micra scream for mercy.
One lap costs around 20 Euro, although ambulances are extra.
It is a lot of fun, but you have to know, what to do, because it is very easy to land on your head.
Before you buy a Quad, you should make some training, for example by Zakspeed.
when you know it, lets use the offroad track near by Nurburgring, or drive in snow over the race track or during some race drive around the race track to see some interesting spots.
Quad is fun
This kind of races have a lot tradition, they are known. I can not say if in some other 24 hours race can race 230 cars at once. It is great one week attractions, all around car and beer.
The people camp around the race course for one week and enjoy the race. Usually there around 200 000 people on Nurburgring at this time. You can watch this race from Dorint Hotel aswell, or from VIP lounges over the pit lane. By Zaksepped Lounge over Pit Nr. 9 do I sit. Always when Viper is racing.
This event is for me a big stress, 24 hours full of amazing thoughts, hope and sometimes it can become sad. But it is always great experience.
So if you like beer, cars, nice girls and maybe camping, don't miss Nurburgring this year.
VLN is the biggest racing serie in the world. It starts 10 times a year and the racers drive long distance, the shortest race is 3,5 hour, longest 6hours. Average of spectaculars is around 40 000 people. Maybe it is by foreigners less known as other series, because it happens just in Nürburgring.
I have never been interested in racing and since I come there, I got addicted.
There race around 200 cars all together on the race track. There are cars of all sizes, from small toyota civic or peugeot 206 until big cup Porsches or our Dodge Viper, which drives my boyfriend. You can see all levels of racing teams, some are small and even the drivers are working on their cars during wheel changing, or there are some high professional teams using technology from F1, like we do. For 8 Euro you can spend a nice day full of amazing moments and a lot of smell of engines, tires or breaks.
If you like to drive around Nurburgring in a race car driven by racer, just contact Zakspeed company, they do this.
BUT: it runs on the longest race track in the world, it is just the one serie where you can go into pits of race teams and watch them working during the race, it is just the one serie where you can sit as co-pilot in the car during training drives
Take your car and bring it to Nurburgring during touristic driving, it is almost daily openned. Sunday it is crowded, but during the week in the evening you can drive here almost alone, which is great.
***if you meet pink peugeot 206cc, thats me!!!
High towering above the Eifel Region is the Nuerburg. The castle which can be accessed via various walking trails from Quiddelbach offers panoramic views across the region and the adjacent Nuerburg Ring Race Course.
The castle was build by Graf Ulrich von Are and was completed in 1160. It was the centre of the Are district in today’s Eifel Region. However after the family died out around 1290 this district became part of the Cologne Region.
Today one can explore the ruins of this once beautiful castle.
On Saturday, 18 June 1927, the region around Adenau, Nürburg and Hohe Acht appeared as in its Sunday best. Visitors from all over the Reich and the rest of Europe is expected. The Nürburg-Ring - the word was then still written with a hyphen - is to be opened. The speakers remind the auditorium of the beginning of construction in 1925, during which at times up to 3,000 workers were building the „first mountain, racing and test course“. After the inauguration motor sports take over, first motorcycle races and the day after car racing.
Many years have gone by since then and today the Ring is one of the main attractions of the Eifel Region. Many events take place here from spring till autum.