Here’s the current situation with Green Hell Guides tours and COVID-19. Green Hell Guides continues to operate to help North American clients achieve the dream of experiencing The Nürburgring to the fullest. Given the current situation we don’t have any tours scheduled at this time. However, we will be looking at potential tours in the summer/fall timeframe. We are also offering self-guided tour services now.
Here’s some information on the current situation. Tours often include VLN races or the N24 race and these have been rescheduled as a result of the pandemic. April 30 public driving did resume. If you can safely reach the Nürburg area, track car rental, hotels and restaurants can accommodate you with social distancing procedures that have been implemented. Here’s a bit more from Dale Lomas at Bridge To Gantry on what the current experience is like.
If you are considering visiting The Nürburgring during this time, but are uncomfortable with an embedded tour guide from Green Hell Guides along, we can offer self-guided tour services. We will consult with you on your itinerary, handle your reservations and provide documentation to guide your tour.
As guide-led tours resume, Green Hell Guides will follow appropriate procedures like masks and social distancing to ensure safe, in-person tours as well. As always, we work with you to customize your tour to meet your needs. This includes any virus response requirements to ensure your safety and comfort.
That’s the latest on Green Hell Guides tours and COVID-19. We at Green Hell Guides hope you and your families are safe and healthy during these times. We look forward to assisting with your Nürburgring-related vacations!
The Nürburgring videos that usually get people excited are those that highlight speed, danger and the beauty of the track. I've posted about them before. These videos are different- they help you better understand the track, its history and some of the people involved with it. These are the top 5 Nürburgring informational videos.
To make it easier for our clients to schedule tours with Green Hell Guides, we’ve added calendar functionality to the website that shows upcoming VLN races as well as potential tours anchored to these endurance races. The Green Hell Guides Nürburgring tours calendar will show suggested tours as “potential tours” that would include enough time for all of our typical tour activities, but can be customized to meet your individual desires. Tours that are already booked will be shown as “confirmed tours” and will note if spaces are still available to reserve. Private tours will not be shown on the calendar.
Potenial tour dates are based on Green Hell Guides extensive experience planning trips that cover everything The Nürburgring and the surrounding countryside have to offer. We take into account the timing of races, tourist drive days and hours, museum days closed, etc. and offer tours that ensure you get to experience it all.
I promised a full trip report on the 2018 ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring in my last post about using my new Rylo camera on The Nürburgring during touristenfahrten public sessions. This post is that report.
If you want the quick 3 minute video summary, see the video directly below. Also, all the details are in the 2018 ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring trip report below the embedded video. Video also on Vimeo.
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.
Dale Lomas from Bridge to Gantry was a big supporter and gets some camera time as well. It’s well worth your time to check this out!
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!