I’m just back from our trip to the ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring. A full report on that trip is still coming. During touristenfahrten the week after the race, I had the chance try my new Rylo at The Nürburgring on some laps. I created a short video of one lap I’m calling “Rylo On The Ring” that shows some of the cool capabilities of the camera.
I’m getting ready to get on a plane and head over to The Nürburgring for the ADAC/Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Here’s some information for those that want to play along at home. I call it Everything You Need For Watching the 2018 24 Hours of Nürburgring!
First you have to get the feed from the race. Luckily there has been excellent English language commentary from Radio LeMans on the international stream. I’ve not seen links posted yet, but they typically use YouTube, so searching on “2018 Nürburgring 24” will likely get you the feed your looking for. Links may go up later in the week on The Nürburgring official site and the ADAC/Zurich 24 Hour Race official site (Note that the German site is more frequently updated, so I linked to that but you can click on the flag icon in the upper right corner of the site to switch to English).
The race starts Saturday, May 12 at 3:30PM Central European Time which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Time in the US, so it starts at 9:30AM here on the East Coast. As the name of the race suggests, it will run for 24 hours until 3:30PM Central European Time on Sunday, May 13. Read more
My professional background is mostly about data and analytics, so I thought it would be fun to apply Tableau Public to visualizing Nürburgring lap times that are available on wikipedia. To that I end, I’ve included a couple of dashboards here that I had a good time putting together and that you all may enjoy exploring.
Like the title says, just go watch “7:01” the documentary about the private Viper Nürburgring record attempt!
If you’re reading this, you need to spend 24 minutes watching this video. Do you like cars? Do you like The Nürburgring? Do you like underdogs? Do you have a pulse? If you answered any of these questions with a “yes”, then you need to watch this video.
The production value is high and some of the shots are simply gorgeous. It’s a great story that gives you a bit more appreciation for the effort required to land a lap record especially when you’re not a big manufacturer like Mercedes, Porsche or BMW.
I’ve said it before, winter is tough for Nurburgring enthusiasts. There’s no lapping of our beloved Ring in either public, Touristenfahrten sessions or private track days until the spring thaw comes to the Eifel mountains. Until then, we have to find other ways to feed our Nurburgring addiction. You could do worse things than browse the feeds of these 5 Nurburgring photographers to follow on Instagram!
I’m starting with Sebastian Bartl who is an official Nurburgring photographer and has some truly stunning work on Instagram:
Next up is Tom Stamp who is the Media Manager at Apex Nurburgring:
Matthias Mannheim, a photographer from the Cologne area, has some nice work, especially of the N24 race each year:
Another Mannheim with some great racing photos is Hendrik Mannheim:
Last, but not least, for this installment of the list is Laura Brunnenmeister from RingPix:
I hope adding these photographers to your Instagram feeds will help you make it through the winter and bring a little extra Nurburgring beauty to you every day!
Happy New Year, Nürburgring fans! Winter is still upon us. It’s a good time to look forward to 2018 trips to The Ring, fondly recall past trips and drive virtual laps to tide us over until the spring. While reviewing 2017, I’ve decided to make some changes at Green Hell Guides.
These changes impact the types of services we provide our clients, but not the customer focus and quality that they’ve come to expect! So that we can concentrate all our efforts on personalized tours, we’re discontinuing our teleconference-based trip consulting sessions and our single itinerary public group tours.
This gives us the opportunity to provide the greatest level of personal attention to our clients that engage us for the perfect Nürburgring vacation. Please do contact us with any and all questions about your potential Nürburgring trips and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and customize an itinerary that best suits your preferences and budget.
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I’ve updated our services and prices page accordingly. You may also notice a few other visual and content changes as we spruce things up for the new year. Here’s to a safe and fun year at The Nürburgring in 2018! I can’t wait to see you at the track!
There’s quite a bit new here at Green Hell Guides.
First up, those who follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram may have noticed our new logo as seen above. I decided it was time for a change from the image we’d been using on our business cards, shirts, etc. This new logo is meant to be a nod to classic US National Park patches on ranger uniforms, the classic Nürburgring logo and the Faszination Nürburgring logo. Looking at them below hopefully you can see the influence.
I also added a new slogan to the bottom- “Master – Respect – Preserve”. This echoes our philosophy about the Nürburgring. We strive to master it, but always respect it- lest it bite you! Finally, we are always concerned with preserving it for future generations of enthusiasts and ensuring its ongoing viability for both enthusiasts and the locals that depend on it for their livelihood.
Next up, I wanted to make everyone aware of an upcoming tour in May, 2018 for the 24 hour race. This is our first scheduled 2018 tour. It’s the perfect 24 Hours of Nurburgring vacation2018 24 Hours of Nurburgring vacation2018 24 Hours of Nurburgring vacation! We have a handful of spots available at this point, so contact [email protected] if you’re interested in details and pricing.
The current itinerary includes the 24 hour race, taxi laps, driving during public laps, a day trip to the Porsche and Mercedes museums, a road tour and a stop at Spa Francorchamps. As always, it will be an epic automotive adventure!
Finally, you may have noticed that our blog posts have some Amazon links to the right (or at the bottom on smartphones). These are handpicked Nürburgring products I think our followers will like and purchasing through these links does give Green Hell Guides a small commission. Please check these products out.
You read that right. The Nüburgring played a role in cycling history. That’s not motorcycling or motorcycle racing, it’s bicycle racing.
Given that the track is 90 years old, there’s always something new to learn about its place in history. I’m always eager to find out more about its place in motorsport history, the local impact of the track and so forth.
Sure, I know about Rad am Ring, the annual bicycle outing on the Nordschleife, but I was not aware that the 1927 UCI world championship was there. Find the details with some nice historic photos on Rouler’s site.
The first race is this coming Saturday, March 25. We’ll have more detail with direct links in a subsequent post, but you should be able to access the stream a bit before the race starts at 7:00 AM EDT from the VLN site.
I’m rooting for Dale, Luke and all of #teambtg in their new GT-86 as well as Sabine Schmitz and Klaus Abbelen over at Frikadelli Racing!
If you want to read more about VLN, ADAC, etc. see our previous post on that topic. Also, we’ve posted previously on watching VLN races over the internet before too.
So you’ve heard about Clarkson, Hammond and May’s new venture at this point. No, not The Grand Tour on Amazon, but their new auto enthusiast social network, DriveTribe. If you haven’t already joined the Green Hell Guides tribe, by all means, do so!
Once you’ve done that, here are the other best Nürburgring tribes currently on DriveTribe:
- Bridge to Gantry: Dale Lomas of the popular Bridge to Gantry blog and Ring Taxi fame has his tribe all set up.
- Nür: Chris Enright has established a quality community already of solid Nürburgring content.
- Nürburgring Now: the fine folks behind this popular website have their tribe up and running as well.
- Northloopers: this community from the UK is active on DriveTribe.
- Skylimit Events: the well known organizer of drift and track day events at The Nürburgring, Zolder and Spa is here too.
- Nürburgring Nordsch-Life: with a focus photos and viewing spots this one deserves a to be in your list of tribes as well.
There you go, so have at it! It’s easy to sign up now that no code is required.